1. Share your CrossFit Prototype experience and fitness journey.
I walked into CFP the day after my 28th birthday in 2015. I had been at a different box since 2011 and was starting to lose interest in CrossFit and steam for working out in general. My good friend Marc Mespelli knew of my frustrations, and had been bugging me for months to come try out a class at CFP. My first WOD at CFP consisted of 5 RFT of rowing, burpees, and wall balls and I thought I might die. Thankfully with a little (or a lot) of encouragement from Brian, I came back to WOD another day (TM Peg). Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the coaches at CFP in different areas of fitness and found my true passion – weightlifting- thanks to Ben and Joe! I truly could not imagine my life now without it, and I look forward to coming to the gym 4xs a week!
2. What is your favorite part about being at CFP?
The best part about CFP are the people! No matter what time of day I walk into the gym, I am always greeted by a friendly face or have the opportunity to introduce myself to a new one. I feel blessed to be a part of such an outstanding community as well as have been able to build some invaluable friendships. CFP is the family I never knew I was missing.
3. What are your hobbies and activities?
My hobbies and activities outside of the gym include traveling everywhere and anywhere I can, photography, hiking, good food and drink, reading, writing, spending time with my family, and discovering new places around New England!
4. How has (if it has) CFP helped you outside of the gym (in sports etc)?
CFP has helped me build confidence in myself, provided me with support and structure to hold myself accountable, and reassured me that hard work pays off!
5. What are your continuing fitness goals to this point?
At this point, my health and wellness goals include losing another 20lbs to drop a weight class, continue to build strength and muscle, and to remain injury free! I also have a goal of getting 200# over my head and plan to participate in another Olympic weightlifting meet in October!
6. Favorite quote?
I have two mantras that keep me motivated regardless of where I am at in my health and wellness journey. The first one is, “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”. The second one is, “small changes, big results”.