Congratulations Buff!

1) How long have you been in CF?

I started CrossFit about 7.5 years ago at Anaerobic I in RSM.

2) How did you come across CF?

A friend of mine moved to Iowa, and tried CF there. We had worked out together for years, and she knew how much I like different workouts, and she also knew I was looking for something new in my fitness routine. Believe me, I’ve tried absolutely everything over the years! She insisted for about 6 months that I try CF, and I told her I would – but it took me so long to find my way to a Box. When I finally decided to try it, I asked around, made a connection with AI1 through a friend, and showed up not knowing a thing about CF – I hadn’t even looked it up! So, when I walked in, I looked around and saw Olympic lifting going on, and I thought, “OK – why not?” I was open and ready for something completely new.

3) What are your favorite movements/lifts? What are your least favorite? Any recent PRs you would like to mention?

I’ve always liked snatches and overhead squats, for whatever reason. I’ve had many PR’s over the years, but every day is different in lifting for sure – so nothing to mention at the moment. My least favorite lifts are probably cleans because I haven’t been able to go as heavy as I’d like. They sometimes feel very illusive.

4) What is one goal you would like to set for yourself regarding CF?

I always, always want to be better at running – faster and more efficient. Lifting-wise, I’ll keep working on my cleans. And pull-ups…I hope to do more of those in the New Year.

5) Do you have a favorite girl or hero WOD?

Although Murph is brutal, I like that one the best. One of the things I love most about CF is what I call “shared suffering.” We all do these workouts, they challenge us beyond what we think we can do, and afterward we look around, and we have done it with the support of others. I love the everyday challenges I face at CF.

6) Where are you from?

I am from Lincoln, NE – born and raised. I’ve lived in CA since 1994, when my husband and I married and I moved to Southern California.

7) If you could have one super power, what would it be and why??

I would love to be able to time travel – there are so many things I want to understand about the past, and how things were throughout the centuries.

8) If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?

1. To have the world share an understanding of peace and why it matters.
2. To help those who are hungry and needy
3. To have all dogs live forever

9) If you could host a dinner party with any three people, dead or alive, who would you have attend?

Oooo, good one! There are so many famous and historical figures who are interesting, but I think I’ll be a little more personal. I would invite the people I miss the most…my dad, who passed away 10 years ago this month, my best friend who died when we were 22, and both sets of my grandparents (can they count as one?). It would be so wonderful to have them all together and to see them and hug them again.

10) Share one thing that people in the gym would not know about you.

I have peaked 5-14,000 Foot peaks in Colorado – La Plata 2 x (14,360), Mount Yale 2x (14,196) and Mount Democrat (14,154)

11) How has CF changed your life?

I love the discipline of CF, and it has made me stronger, more aware of my body, and has shown me I have inner strength beyond what I knew before.

12) Would you like to give any shout outs to those in the gym who have encouraged you or inspired you?

I’m super grateful for the friend in Iowa who insisted I try CF – she knew I would love it. Also, a shout out to all the friends I’ve made over the years, who are still some of my best friends. Carrie and Tom Romero encouraged me to come to Reform with them last summer, and I’m so grateful they did. Some former members of my old gym, who have been at Reform for a few years, kept encouraging me, too, to try out Reform – but it took me awhile to decide to make the change. I’m so happy I finally listened, and I absolutely love my new CrossFit home/community where I’ve made some new and terrific friends already.

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