July’s athlete of the month: meet Susan W. AKA Suwick

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Susan has been chosen as July’s athlete of the month. Susan is a joy to around, always has a smile regardless of her day or the wod on the board. She encourages those around her and is committed and dedicated. No excuses for this gal. You can catch a class with Susan on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm or Sat at 9:00am.

Thank you Susan for being apart of CFSWP family and making it a great place to train!
Name: Susan Wickstrom
When did you start doing CrossFit?
May 1, 2011

What motivated you to start CrossFit?
I had friends who were CrossFitting and loved it. My son’s school had an auction and I bid on a month with CFSWP—and won! I looked it up online and thought “OMG, it’s in a GARAGE.” But I went anyway.
 Favorite WOD?
 Least Favorite WOD?
Anything with running in it.
Favorite Lift?
Bench press, because I can recline while doing it.
 Least favorite lift?
Thruster. Isn’t that universally hated?

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I’m the lead communications officer for the state public health division. I have a husband and teenaged son who are avid cyclists. I sing in my neighborhood community college and love reading and attending local theater (Ashland and Broadway too).  

What were you doing before CrossFit? 
I walked every day, did about three hours of yoga a week and three hours of aerobics with weights. I thought I was in pretty good shape.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? 
Boy, I am not in good shape.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  
I wanted to take my fitness routine to the next level, and look and feel better.

Have you achieved any of those goals? 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? 
I feel fitter and more energetic than I ever have in my life. My clothes fit better and I am super strong.

What are some of your best achievements inside the box?  
My favorite accomplishment is finally doing a pull-up after working on it for a year. I also loved dropping in to Crossfit Kona and kicking ass there!

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? 
I remember brushing my hair at the mirror and seeing my bicep pop out for the first time. That was special.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit SW Portland? 
Just keep going.
I can play the violin, cello and piano—but not well at all.
I was a waitress for 12 years.
Anything else you want to share?

I’m so happy I found CFSWP. Coach Steve really gets meI love the great people I’ve met there whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It’s a fantastic, friendly community and I always feel better after my workout. I never get tired of it.



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