October’s athlete of the month goes to Cecilia Baker

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October’s athlete of the month goes to Cecilia Baker. Cecilia is a joy to be around and truly passionate about giving 100% to her training when she is at CFSWP. Cecilia inspires those around her by her lively spirit and cheers and encourages those around her. When C is not at PSU, working or working out she also interns/volunteers to help assist in the Getting Started class and in other regular CF classes. If you have not met Cecilia yet, be sure to catch a class with her at 5:30pm or in an occasional noon open gym class or at Oly class.

Name: Cecilia Baker

When did you start doing CrossFit? What motivated you to start CrossFit?

I started Crossfit in February 2013, I’ve heard only the name of Crossfit when I was in high school, I didn’t really think anything of it, but then I saw my cousin do it, and that’s when I got intrigued. I think what motivated me was hearing more about it through friends and my coach from ultimate frisbee, and I watched so MANY youtube videos of CF and fell in the bandwagon…but really though, the clothes, shoes, wrist wraps, tape, the insane amount of chalk that is never enough for me and that’s when I decided I wanted to give it a shot.

Favorite WOD/lift? Nancy and Squat Cleans

Least Favorite WOD/lift? Karen and MOST DEFINITELY DEADLIFTS

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I was born in China, raised in Oregon. I grew up in a small town called, McMinnville, if you haven’t heard of it, that’s my point…the country side is actually pretty other than that, not much to it. I am the youngest in my family, while growing up I have always played sports mainly soccer, and amongst other sports even ballet..that wasn’t my proudest moments. I was also a nerd, when I was in elementary school, I was in a Chess Club, in 4th grade, I won my first tournament ever (I still have the trophy to prove it) and got to go a higher level tournament because of that, and my whole team got to go the National Championship, it was super intimidating becuase it was all ages. Overall, I try to be active and now that I am a senior this year at PSU, it’s getting scarier each day, and surreal. And I thought going to college was surreal.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Before Crossfit, I did whatever to stay in shape, running, free weights, sports. My sophomore year of college I had joined Ultimate frisbee club, because I’ve never played before, and it was almost like second nature to me, probably because of the sports I played growing up. I wouldn’t say my throwing was second nature, that took some time for sure. I was also obsessed with cycling, because it was super hard to be cycling for 60 minutes straight, I was drenched in sweat…TMI?

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I think my first WOD was FGB, honestly I don’t remember that all too well, because I was probably timid and I didn’t know what I was doing, although my second WOD I do remember because, it was Nancy, and I was thinking this is hard, I want to do more, and be better at it!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?

I don’t remember actually setting goals when I had first joined, since I didn’t really know what to expect, I didn’t think I would stay. I think if I did, my goals, were to just get into better shape, and to be strong. I am pretty sure I have achieved these goals, I have also gained a great amount of knowledge of the fundamentals of lifting, and mobility as well, which is what motivated me into studying to become a physical therapist.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?

Crossfit is always on my mind, 24/7 my friends hate me.

But for real, Crossfit, has opened up my life, as corny as that sounds, I don’t think I have loved something as much as this before. I love coming to work out, and it’s always a challenge, because no matter what the WOD is, it sure as heck beats sitting on the couch and eating junk food (even though I still do that at times) 😉 Crossfit has taught me how to be healthier especially through the Paleo life, I have always eaten bad. When I did the Paleo challenge, I didn’t realize my eating habits were that bad, I am such a snob now when it comes to eating certain kinds of food, I definitely am not 100% paleo ( I still love pizza, burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc. so it’s still bad, but not terrible). However, I have changed from choosing inorganic to organic foods, and also supporting our local farmers, which only helps in developing a better economy and community. I pretty much annoy all of my friends when it comes to crossfit, and ‘eating healthier’ but that’s because I care about their health, and honestly being healthy is key to life. (Yay)

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit SW Portland?

As for the noobs, ALWAYS listen to your coach, (which I still have yet to work on) know your limits, it’s not the coaches fault when you injure yourself, especially when you don’t listen, have never lifted, or have not done anything really, be patient, and do what you’re comfortable with, push hard in a workout, but not enough to hurt yourself. Don’t be intimidated by others as easy as that is for your first time, most people are there to get a good workout, not to show off and belittle you and if you need help, ask! Generally people are friendly if you are 🙂 Hard work pays off but progress takes time, so don’t expect immediate results, because the best results happen when you work hard for it. Get after it!

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