How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit at the end of 2013 and came to 7 Mile in 2016.
What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?
I liked the number of classes available, the types of classes/alternatives offered, and I had heard from a few people who went to 7 Mile how great the coaching was and the wonderful atmosphere at the gym. At the time you were also located right next to my workplace so it was very convenient for a mid-day class.
What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?
Like many people I get nervous with new experiences, but I also know those feelings go away pretty quickly. So if I wanted to try it out, I just had to do it. I went to the first classes / intros with a friend and that helped with some of the nerves.
You’ve been with us for awhile now. What, in your opinion, has kept you consistent all this time?
I enjoy that 7 Mile runs its classes on time, that the coaches ensure we use proper form (to help us improve as well as keep us safe) and of course the many people I have met. Once you attend a certain class for a good amount of time the other members keep track of you (in a good way!) – and that is great for accountability. The consistency has helped with many things including keeping certain health markers in the desired range, keeping me more productive the days I go to the gym and helping my mood. On the days I have had to miss a workout (unplanned), I find my productivity is lower and I may be a wee bit more irritable (I am sure my husband would say way more irritable!!)
The 2020 CrossFit Games Open is upon us. How have the workouts been going for you? You’ve done the Open before – any different feelings about this year’s Open versus the rest of them? Congratulations on 20.3 as well. Getting a PR on your deadlift AFTER doing Diane is very impressive! Huge congrats!
The Open is a great experience because I enjoy competition atmosphere. There is a different feeling going into the workouts and you can really feel the positive energy in the gym. Its also great to be cheering on others who maybe have met their goal or hit a new PR. The only difference this year is that I am now into the next age category – not that it really matters but I like to analyze how many total people are in this age category versus previous. And the deadlift PR was fun and unexpected. Handstands and a PR – it was a great day!
What is one thing you’re most proud of in the gym?
I am proud to be able to workout with my 21 year old nephew who is also into CrossFit. He has come to visit here in Cayman and we have worked out together. I am almost sure I heard him say “for being old, you are cool”.
What would you say is one trait/characteristic you’d like to pass along to your daughter Tillie?
I know you asked for one, but we often talk about responsibility, respect and staying true to yourself. She has been into karate for a few years and these same items are discussed which is great reinforcement and helps her keep us in line. It is awesome to watch Tillie figure out what she likes and pursue it – even when it may be very different to what her friends are doing.
Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?
I would not be upset if I had to sit in a casino and gamble all day long. I also quite enjoy really bad dance club music.
Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)
Not so much “crazy” items, but my bucket list contains:
- Watch the Chicago Bears in a Super Bowl (which is not in my control and which will probably not happen anytime soon) AND
- Take a month long trip to Italy and enroll in a culinary, coffee and cacao program.
What is your favorite WOD and why?
I do enjoy running and gymnastics WODs, but I really do not have a favorite. Sometimes my weakest moves can be in WODs that feel incredible to finish knowing I had to push a bit harder.
What is your least favorite WOD and why?
As mentioned above, even my least favorite movements (ugh thrusters) I do not mind in workouts as I feel a sense of accomplishment when I am done. And although my squat strength is weak (front and back!), I do enjoy pushing myself and talking to the coaches about how to improve (yes Brett on the accessory work – I’m trying!).
What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?
Biggest surprise about CrossFit in general is how many myths/misinformation there is (even all these years later). And the best surprise about 7 Mile Strength & Fitness is how they are able to dispel these myths (different strength classes, yoga, stretching, FIT classes, proper coaching, referring out when needed).
Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?
I do often recommend 7 Mile. We are all working towards similar goals even though we have varying levels of fitness. The coaches and owners of 7 Mile do really promote their own members in what they do professionally and what they are committed to for items such as charities. It is more than just a gym and I am very proud to be a member.
Congratulations, Kristen! We are proud to have you as our October 2019 7 Miler of the Month.