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?
Tabata!
 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? 
Yes!

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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