Callie, April 2014
The April Rogue of the Month is Callie!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I grew up here in the Rogue Valley. My husband, Aaron, and I were married in 2010 and I am a stepmom to his two boys Tyler (11) and Luke (8). I work as an Orthodontic Assistant for Dr Gary May and I love my job there.
How long have you been CrossFitting ?
I’ve been Crossfitting since November 2011 partly at RVCF and partly out of my garage. I heard about crossfit from a couple of my friends. Actually, the first time I tried it was at The Den where they were doing “Murph”. They scaled it for me so I only did a half Murph, but I remember thinking how hard the work was. I liked it but wasn’t hooked until my friend Sarah suggested we try this new Crossfit gym that opened called Rogue Valley Crossfit.
What training did you do before CrossFit?
I don’t know if it was considered training lol. I did a lot of spin class and swimming. After I got married I did a figure competition.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
That’s a loaded question lol. I’m a pretty quiet person, but Crossfit has slowly drawn me out of my shell. The confidence and mental strength that I’ve gained has spread out to every area of my life. I can also deadlift over 70#, which if you knew me before I couldn’t do.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
This last open has been pretty memorable. I love seeing everyone push their limits, and the final minute of every workout when the cheering is the loudest.
If I had to pick a memorable moment it was probably when Annie snatched 120#. After a snatch workout a few of us girls kept putting weight on the bar to see how heavy we could go. Sarah and I snatched 105# and attempted 110# quite a few times, but it was Annie that made 120# and it was so cool to watch!!
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
I like any WOD with cleans, deadlifts or wallballs. Chippers and team WODs are the most fun for me.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?
Be ready to become an athlete. You may never have considered yourself one, but once you do crossfit that’s what you become.
Also, please do not think you need to get in shape before coming. In Crossfit there is no limit to getting in shape. No matter how long you’ve done it you will be challenged mentally and physically every time you come. Good news is you will always be getting stronger, faster and healthier — more so than you’ve ever been.