Holly, March 2013

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The March Rogue of the Month is Holly!

 

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Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…

I was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and I moved to the valley for college. I have been married to my husband Joel for 6 years and we have two kids Jack (5) and Harper (21 months). They keep me on my toes and keep me laughing even when things get crazy.  I have a bachelors degree in nursing and have worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Rogue Regional Medical center for 6 years. Two years ago I took a position as the Clinical Coordinator for the CCU, which is really a fancy name for assistant manager. I work with an amazing group of people and feel blessed every day to be in the position I am in.

How long have you been CrossFitting ? How did you hear about RVCF?

My friends Kelly and Anne had encouraged me to try crossfit multiple times but I always felt like there was no way I could do it. 6 Months ago I was on a business trip to Las Vegas, a few pictures where taken and when I looked at them I could not believe that it was me in the pictures. When I got back I knew I needed to do something I just didn’t know what. I was walking through my unit a few weeks later and heard my coworker Kristi talking about CrossFit and that she had started going. I was intrigued! Kristi was a regular gal like me…not some Olympic super athlete (my preconceived notion about people who did crossfit if I can be totally honest).  I agreed to give it a try and walked into RVCF on September 17th, 2012. The WOD was Fight Gone Bad… I was hooked.

What training did you do before CrossFit ?

I have never been a super athlete. I swam in high school and did sporadic training at “Globo Gym”… Hired a few personal trainers but nothing ever stuck.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?

When I started I was overweight, depressed and had a chronic achy hip and back. CrossFit is more than just a work out it’s my antidepressant. I love how I feel after a WOD. It is shown me the great amount of strength that I have within me. Things that may seem impossible are possible if you have the mental drive and resilient nature to overcome them. CrossFit is an amazing analogy for life and has impacted me greatly in a personal and professional nature.

What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?

There are a million! Every day I go I see something that impacts me. From watching another member fight till the very end on a particularly hard WOD to being cheered on as I finish up my WOD. There are so many moments of greatness within this community.
I love how excited the coaches get when they see someone achieve something or work hard. I don’t know how many times in the middle of a WOD I have been celebrating in my head for some tiny jump in the right direction only to look up to see a big grin and head nod from Kelly and Jake. That is not something you will get from “Globo gym”

What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?

I love tabatas!
And I love Olympic weight lifting.

Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?

Be kind to yourself but NEVER give up. I don’t know how many times I wanted to lie down in the middle of work out… DON’T do it. You may not be the fastest or lift the most weight but who the hell cares… do this for yourself… and you will never get better unless you do the work.
Get your diet in check. Do a round of the whole 30 it makes all the difference in the world!
Celebrate your successes. Things move fast and just when you get something down there is always something else you can do with more weight or less support… celebrate yourself for all your wins!

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  1. Pam Darnall
    Pam Darnall03-04-2013

    It’s truly amazing watching your transformation, nothing slow about it! Every time I see you I see an improvement! Wow! Keep it up!

  2. Michelle
    Michelle03-02-2013

    Great job, Holly! Congratulations! 🙂

  3. Niki
    Niki03-02-2013

    Congrats Holly! So proud of you!

  4. Anne
    Anne03-02-2013

    Yay Holly! Your journey has been so fun to watch and I love to see you grow both personally and professionally. Congratulations of how far you have come and I am excited to see how you continue to grow (or shrink?). Love you!!

  5. Molly Mullane
    Molly Mullane03-01-2013

    Awesome and inspiring! Nice work and good advice.

  6. Melissa
    Melissa03-01-2013

    Congratulations Holly! Your motivation and drive is so amazing. I love seeing your infectious smile every night at the gym =)

  7. Erin
    Erin03-01-2013

    Congratulations Holly!! Always cheerful, fun and smiling, while continuing to be fierce, strong, and determined to reach your goals. You are definitely an inspiring individual, and a great role model for your children.

  8. Marsha
    Marsha03-01-2013

    Congratulations Holly!! I haven’t got the pleasure to workout with you yet, but I sure hope I do soon. Congrats, congrats, congrats!! 

  9. Jamie
    Jamie03-01-2013

    Congratulations Holly! I’m so proud of your accomplishments in your weight loss journey and amazed by your quick progress in all of the CrossFit movements. You’ve gained such strength in a very short time! Keep up the hard work!

  10. Jessi
    Jessi03-01-2013

    Congratulations Holly!!! All your hard work is paying off, shedding weight and gaining mobility!! So much fun having you in the evening classes. You should be so proud of your efforts!!! :)) Thanks for adding to the inspiration and positive atmosphere of RVCF!

  11. jake
    jake03-01-2013

    You are an amazing women Holly ! Your transformation over the last few months is awesome. It’s a pleasure to coach you every night. You are always giving 100% on every workout. Thanks for being such a positive member of our community. You are a good friend and role model to us all.

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