Melanie, February 2016
February 2016 Rogue of the Month
How long have you been crossfitting?
I joined RVCF last fall, I think October.
How did you hear about RVCF ?
What training did you do before crossfit ?
I did a lot of team sports in high school and league sports in college. After college I joined the largest hurling team in the USA and played on the women’s camogie team (google it, awesome Irish sport). When we moved out of Wisconsin (GO PACKERS) my husband and I started doing Spartan and other obstacle races.
How has crossfit impacted your life?
I’ve always been pretty active and looked for new ways to push myself but crossfit has really taken my drive to perform better to the next level (not sure if that’s a good thing J). Everyday there is a new challenge and the opportunity to prove to yourself that you can do it. I drank the crossfit Kool-aid and I’m in deep!
I also don’t pay attention to the scale anymore. To quote our favorite oly coach, “Ass moves mass”. The only numbers I care about now are prs.
Oh, one more thing, I have a severe addiction to purchasing workout clothes. Phew, I’m glad I got that off my chest.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
January 1 at noon class. Dave Marcus said “New year, no band!” I did my first wod with kipping pull-ups and no band!! Thanks for the push Dave!
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
I love long chippers with everyone’s favorite…wall balls!! I have a love/hate relationship with double unders, when I get them I love them and want to shout HELL YA! However most of the time I despise the suckers.
Do you have any advice for new crossfit members ?
Get over the intimidation. When driving to the gym the first couple of months my stomach would drop every time I turned onto Riverside (however that did make for great pregame dumps). It is a loud place with secret cult words like “WOD” “metcon” “amarp”. After a while you will realize it’s not a scary place at all, it is full of encouragement, support and friends. Even the huge girls in the corner of the gym who lift the really heavy weights (the ones you secretly want to be like), those girls aren’t scary at all and they will be the first ones to stop what they are doing to cheer you on during the last minute of the wod or stay late to give double under pointers. Walking into the door for the first time will seem daunting but trust me it will be epic.