DeAndrea, December 2015
December 2015 Rogue of the Month is DeAndrea Bean!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I grew up in this area and have moved away a few times but always consider the Rogue Valley home. I graduated in a class of 11 and was more of a brain than an athlete growing up – the first asked to help with homework and the last picked for team sports. I have spent most of my life developing my career in Information Technology. I currently work as an IT Director overseeing a team of Project Managers. It provides a great balance of being able to coach and develop others while still being rewarded for being organized and a bit AR.
How long have you been CrossFitting ? How did you hear about RVCF ?
December 19th will be my one year CrossFitaversary!
I heard about CrossFit and RVCF through friends at work and decided to go through the onboarding just to see if I liked it. There was no turning back after that first day.
What training did you do before CrossFit ?
I attempted to run. I participated in a total of five 5K runs in 2014 and spent a lot of time on the treadmill at the gym. I did not enjoy even one second of it (except when it was over) – I just kept up with it thinking that eventually it would ‘stick’ and I would like it. Not so much.
How has CrossFit impacted your life ?
It is difficult to put into words what CrossFit and the people at RVCF mean to me and how they have impacted my life. Aside from my career, I have never worked as hard at anything as I’ve worked this past year on improving ME. CrossFit is the ONLY time I do not think about work, family drama, a bad date, whatever – I truly only think about my strategy for getting through class stronger and better than when I walked in. I am definitely not the same person I was a year ago – physically and mentally.
It has changed how I view myself and how accepting I now am of my body and the transformation it is taking. It has definitely encouraged me to be more confident and to accept that even if I am unable to do it now, I will keep working at it until I am able. It has also taught me to take better care of myself – to eat better and to listen to my body, when to keep pushing and when to back off.
I have never experienced the kind of comradery, support, encouragement and fellowship that I have at RVCF. I am not certain I would have stuck with CrossFit had I started anywhere else and I consider all of the coaches and fellow athletes my CrossFit family – they are a very important part of my life.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
I think being Rogue of the Month is now topping the list but I will always remember my very first competition – WODs of Mayhem. There were SO many people there of varying degrees of ability – all in my eyes better than me. And I was so worried that I would let my partner down or freeze up from the nerves and not be able to burpee or box jump. And just like every day at CrossFit, the RVCF family was there to cheer us both on, give advice for the next WOD and shout out every ounce of support the two of us could take. It was the best time I have ever had coming in last!
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
Hand Stand Pushups, of course! LOL
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members ?
The best advice I can give is to put your fear, apprehension and feelings of intimidation aside and just DO. DO the workouts – it doesn’t matter if your weight is scaled or you are the last one to finish. DO what the coaches tell you – yeah, they sound crazy sometimes but they know what they are talking about and are trying to help. DO show up every day (yes, Royal, aside from your rest days) and just keep pushing yourself.
The first day I walked into RVCF was the scariest – everyone was so fast, so strong, so good at the workouts. Recall that I was the brain and not the athletic one – I just thought to myself “What in the heck do you think you are doing here?? You can’t hang with these people!!!” But after a year of consistent mental and physical work I am doing things that I NEVER thought I would or even could do – and I LOVE it!