Audrey, January 2016
January 2016 Rogue of the Month
is Audrey Ginder!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I grew up on the Central Coast of CA in Atascadero. I went to Cuesta College and completed my AA for Business Management. While going to college I started working at Trader Joe’s and loved it so much I decided to put my career efforts into TJ’s. I have been working for the company for almost 8 years. In 2012 I was asked to help open the store in Medford which brought me up here. When I moved here the only people I knew were my boss and two coworkers! Since moving here I bought a house and adopted a very judgmental dog!
How long have you been CrossFitting ? How did you hear about RVCF ?
I have been CrossFit since September of 2014. The first week I lived here I discovered the RVCF website but I didn’t have the guts to go try it out—That is until my friend Mel and I polished off 2 bottles of wine and she somehow convinced me AND signed me up to go to my first class just two days later. (Who says you can’t make good decisions while drinking?!?!)
What training did you do before CrossFit ?
Does watching P90X infomercials count as “training?” Ha ha! I was the kid who walked during the warm up run in PE classes. However, I did take a pole fitness/ yoga class for about a year– and it was so much fun, but way too expensive for a college kid with a part time job!
How has CrossFit impacted your life ?
Positively in every single way! I am so much happier because I now have an outlet for whatever I need. If I need stress relief- I go to class, if I need social interaction – I go to class, if I need motivation- I go to class. I have also met dozens of awesome people I call friends. I have never considered myself to be competitive, but now I’m noticing a little competitive streak just starting to peak through!
Because of how much I like CrossFit, my Dad wanted to try it out and has been going down where he lives since June. Watching him and listening to his stories makes a huge impact on my life. I get proud of him and then it makes me want to work that much harder!
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
I was only about 3 months in and the WOD was “Half Murph.” I should have known I would be in a world of hurt when the only other people in my class were Callie, Molly and someone else of a very high caliber as well. Of course they all finished when I was only about half way done. I remember Callie coming over to me and counting reps, she even decided to go with me on my last run. She kept telling me to breath through my nose (was I really breathing so hard that she could hear me?! Ugh… Embarrassing!) What felt to be a few decades later I made it back through the roll up door and the next class was a few minutes into their warmup! I didn’t care- I just fell right to the floor and thought “I don’t EVER want to feel like this again!” That was a mental turning point for me- I realized I was doing this to improve myself. I also realized this was a perfect supportive environment to do just that, so thanks Callie!
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
Right now double unders and pull ups! I am at that point in my learning curve with DU’s where I can get a semi-respectable amount strung together, and when I do I am so excited I don’t realize they are zapping the energy out of me. I am right there with pull ups too. I’m just starting to get them so its almost more of a mental “how to” than a physical “ouch this hurts.”
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members ?
Let yourself be a beginner. When I first graduated from On-ramp, I saw a WOD that had box jumps in it. I hadn’t learned that yet and thought about skipping class- I would look like I didn’t know what I was doing. But then I thought “If I skip this movement as a beginner, I will eventually have to ask for help when I am more experienced and it will be even more embarrassing. ” I went to class and got my very first baby box jump at 16 inches! Coach Kelly helped me and still to this day I have never heard him yell “Yeah!!!” as loud as he did when I got my first one during the workout!