Athlete Spotlight- Caitlin H.

Athlete Spotlight- Caitlin H.

Hometown: Archbald, Pennsylvania

Age: 24

Profession: Elementary Teacher

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I did gymnastics since I was 2 years old! It started out with taking classes, then I eventually became part of the competitive team.  I did gymnastics until I was about 13, and then once I got to high school, I was a member of the cheerleading squad, and girls’ varsity track and soccer teams.  I also played club soccer for one year in college.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  One of my former coaches and coworker’s husband opened up a CrossFit box near Scranton, PA in April 2012.  I went to support the new business the day it opened, and have been doing CrossFit ever since!

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after?  My first workout was a 10 minute AMRAP that consisted of shuttle runs, push-ups, burpees, sit-ups, and air squats.  I was exhausted after and couldn’t walk for days!

Favorite CF Movements: Clean & jerk, double unders,  handstand pushups & handstand walks

Least Favorite Movements: Ring dips, wall balls, and deadlifts

Favorite Cheat Meal: Wings and beer!

Favorite Paleo Meal: Paleo turkey chili

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?  My nickname growing up was “Happy.”  It is very rare that you will see me without a smile on my face — unless, of course, you make me do wall balls!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I have noticed many changes in my body since I started CrossFit two and a half years ago.  I am so much stronger, more toned, have more energy, and have a more positive outlook on life in general!

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit?   CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways.  It got me back into shape after college.  It also makes me look forward to working out.   Also, I have developed some amazing friendships with people I barely knew a year ago.  They are always there to encourage and support me, and they play a huge role in my life.  But, most importantly, I met my fiancé at Crossfit! We just got engaged on Halloween at Walt Disney World!!

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? Don’t be afraid to try it! I have talked to so many people who think CrossFit is “too hard” or “not for them.”  Give it a try — I promise, it will change your life!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  My family and friends are the most important thing in my life.  I love hanging out with them & spending time with them when I travel back to Pennsylvania.   

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Thursday December 18th, 2014

A) Olympic Lifting: Squat Snatch

B) FOR TIME:

  • 100 Air Squats
  • 50 Burpees
  • 100 Air Squats

coming Friday…

A) Medicine Ball Throw

B) Press 5-5-5-5-5 to a 5RM

C) 4 rounds of 2 mins: 

  • 200m sprint
  • MAX Wall balls

Notes:

  • 1 min rest between rounds
  • Score total WB after 4 rounds