November Athlete of the Month is Janelle H. You all know Janelle, she consistently goes hard in the gym and she spends time getting to know others! She just crushed PR after PR as well as our 6 week boot camp. Congrats Janelle for all your achievements. Keep crushing goals!
When did you start doing CrossFit? What motivated you to start CrossFit? How did you hear about CF?
My first exposure to CrossFit was watching extreme lifting videos on YouTube and from there I only heard about the “cult” mentality of crossfitters. The idea of lifting heavy for workouts was never appealing to me until I realized my cardio heavy workout regimen would not give me the strength and physique I desired. Therefore, in June 2015 I took My FIRST CrossFit class at CFSWP and haven’t looked back.
Snatch. The technical challenge can drive me mad, which keeps me coming back for more.
Least Favorite WOD/lift?
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I’m the middle child and a little type A.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
My previous fitness regimen consisted of a lot of uphill running and spinning. Also, when I would feel especially strong, I would do a “beginners” Pilates YouTube video that burns so bad it would induce temporary paralysis.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
Besides thinking that the lighter bar should not be called a “girl bar”, I instantly loved CrossFit and thought it was a shame people in general associate it with improper lifting and bulky women.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals? Current goals?
My first Goal was to do one strict pullup by December 2015, which was achieved at the start of August. My other start goal was a walking handstand and that is still a work in progress. Other than those two, I’m working on strengthening my back so I can deadlift more than my squat weight.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
The biggest change I’ve experienced from joining CrossFit has been self-confidence. Previously, I thought I had to maintain a specific weight in order to be ok with myself and was obsessed with the scale. Now I don’t feel the need to know my weight as I feel good physically and mentally.
What advice would you give someone just starting CF today/ a newbie just joining CrossFit SW Portland?
Take it slow at first and become familiar with the techniques, listen to the coaches, and ask questions even if you’ve previously asked it multiple times. Most importantly, have fun