Holly, March 2013
The March Rogue of the Month is Holly!
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!