When we were relocating here, my husband stopped in and chatted with Coach Wanda for a few minutes and thought I would love it here. So I dropped in to a class to check it out, I came to an evening class with Coach Dona and I knew right away from the great coaching, friendly and welcoming members, and the atmosphere inside the box, this was going to be my new home.
How long had you been doing CrossFit before joining CrossFIt 7 Mile and how long since?
I started doing CrossFit in 2009 and I joined CrossFit 7 Mile in 2014, so I had been CrossFitting about 5 years before joining CrossFit 7 Mile, and I’ve been a member for about a year.
How has your perception of women lifting weights changed since you started CrossFit?
I always liked lifting – it actually was my favorite health class in high school, but before I started CrossFit, I thought the only women who lifted heavy weights were the bodybuilders and Olympic athletes, and presumably if a woman lifted heavy like them, they would build a similar physique. I never saw women in the weight room at my gym, only on the treadmills, ellipticals, and occasionally the cable machines. I’ve since learned that it’s actually really difficult for a woman to get ‘big’ or ‘bulky’, and I have tremendous respect for any woman who lifts, for putting aside the stereotypes and critics to better themselves.
You are one of our stronger women in the gym and certainly are not “big”. What do you say to women that say they are afraid of “getting big” from lifting weights?
Those women we see in the media and in the spotlight that people point to as an example of what happens when a woman lifts weights have worked incredibly hard to build their body that way. It takes a very significant amount of time and dedication, specific nutrition, and the right genetics, among many other factors, to look like those women do, and spending a few hours each week doing the WOD and some lifting is not going to make you ‘bulky’. Generally speaking, we (as women) want to look and feel great, have some degree of muscle tone or definition, and be healthy. This is where spending a few hours each week doing the WOD and lifting will get you!
How do you balance being a mother and wife with your training?
Raising my boys is my full-time job, so getting out of the house to get a good workout in and spend time with friends is my break. I love staying home with my kids, but it doesn’t come without its challenges and when I’m home with them, it’s all about them. So getting to the box to do a WOD is my ‘me time’, my opportunity to clear my head, and refresh, and I come back to them re-energized and ready to take on the rest of the day.
How important is being fit for your children to you?
It’s very important for a lot of reasons. Most importantly (because it’s the most immediate need), I have to keep up with them. They are one and almost three now and all boy, always on the go, so it’s a lot of work (and requires a lot of functional fitness) to keep up with them, pick them up, carry/fly/wheelbarrow/horseback/chase them around, etc. all day. Also, I want to be a good role model for them, to show them how to be healthy and active, and how to take care of your body. Although this is a long way off, I want to be a good example of what to look for in a girlfriend, wife, and future mother of their children – hardworking and dedicated, proud of who they are and their accomplishments, and motivated. And as much as I can control it, I want to be around for as much of their lives as possible, and being fit and healthy is a big part of that.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of trying CrossFit and joining CrossFit 7 Mile?
Do It! I’ve been a member and dropped in at a lot of boxes across the US, and had some really amazing coaches (including training under a six-times Games athlete). The coaching and community here at CF7M is world class. I love this quote from Zig Ziglar, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” We were all beginners at one point or another. If you’ve considered CrossFit, you won’t get a better experience than at CF7M.