1. What brought CrossFit into your life? How did you hear about it?
I first heard of crossfit mostly from my patients at work. It sparked my interest at that point because any one I saw seemed to be insanely addicted... no matter what the pain they needed to get back to it and now. The first time I saw crossfit for real was during the open last year when I was taking a course with John and we went to Crossfit Moncton to cheer him on during one of our breaks. The intensity and atmosphere was enough to convince me that at some point I would have to give it a try.
2. When did you start at Maritime CrossFit?
My fiancee (Dan Noel) and I started at the beginning of December... exactly 4 months ago!
3. What are your goals? Short term and long term.
Short term: kipping pullups, ring dips (with bands), hand stand pushups --- hopefully within the next 3 months
Long Term: being able to do work outs Rx...so no bands with pullups or dips and of course...muscle ups...were talking really long term here.
Also a goal of mine to do a Tough Mudder sometime in the next couple years
4. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I'd say my proudest moment was my first pullup - I could never do a pullup from full extension before!
5. Do you have a favourite wod? Favourite movement?
hmmm... I dont yet have a favorite WOD but I like the long WODs that don't quite kill you but come very close like Fight Gone Bad and Barbara. Angie was the WOD one of the first weeks I started so I only did sets of 40 or 50 but i'd really like to take a stab at it someday.
As far as favorite movements I like rowing, squats and wall balls ...not because I enjoy them when Im doing them but I seem to be better at them then other movements and they dont tire me out as fast as upper body movements.
6. What is your least favourite thing to do?
Front squats and over head squats... OHS I try to avoid like the plague (I think I have only done them once). I also hate the warm up that has shoot throughs in it for some reason...not a dip fan.
7. What do you do as a profession?
I am a physiotherapist at the Max Health Institute in Dieppe
8. What are your eating habits?
I've always been a pretty healthy eater but I really liked following the paleo diet while doing the challenge. It really worked for me and I felt great so i've adopted it for the most part.
9. Has CrossFit helped you outside of the box?
I never realized how much crossfit would help my activities outside of the box. Its amazing what the extra strength will do. The week before signing up for crossfit I signed up for the hypothermic half marathon (seemed like a good idea at the time...). I don't love running...to be honest I dont even really like it that much either but I love pushing my limits. I fell in love with crossfit so I hated giving up a day of crossfit to run so i only ran 1-2 times per week to train and still had a PR of 3 minutes on the half...breaking 2 hours for the first time ever... I gave huge props to crossfit for that. Hockey also felt easier and I'm looking forward to seeing how it affects my biking and swimming when the weather gets a little warmer. It also helped me lose about 10-15lbs which is always a bonus!
10. If someone asked you about CrossFit and what it is all about, what would you tell them?
I'd tell them that it is like going to the gym but taking out all the sucky parts... like thinking up a workout for yourself, and doing the same thing day in and out, and working out with strangers, and using boring machines.
Crossfit is competitive but friendly, you can go at your own pace but you become part of a family, its about fitness, health and making friends. And some how its always fun...even after it kicks your butt. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and self confidence.
11. What do you love the most about Maritime CrossFit?
The atmosphere and the support from all the other members and coaches. Its the least itimidating fitness facility I think I have ever been in. The support helps you accomplish things you never thought possible!