Athlete Spotlight: Daija H.

Athlete Spotlight: Daija H.

Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Age: 31

Profession: General Manager

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I wasn’t very active growing up but played some sports.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I was first exposed to CrossFit back in 2013. I had gained weight from moving and needed a change but didn’t know how or where to start! My friends did CrossFit and saw immediate results, I thought I would just give it a try!

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? I remember not even being able to finish the initial Baseline workout!! I literally did 3 pull ups towards the end and threw up…. It was so embarrassing!! But coming to the gym, every workout I always say “that was the hardest workout I’ve ever done” as I’m laying on the ground.

Favorite CF Movements: Deadlift, power cleans, kettlebell swings, wall balls!

Least Favorite Movements: snatch, running, pull-ups, strict press, … basically everything I’m not good at!

Favorite Cheat Meal: BRUNCH!!! (mainly for the bottomless sangria )

Favorite Healthy Meal: spaghetti squash, chicken & rice….I”m a very boring eater.

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I am insanely ticklish! especially my feet!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I gain weight super fast, so when I began CrossFit the first time around, I had some insane “newbie gains”. I love that with CrossFit, you are focused on what you can control vs what you want to control. Your body changes the way it wants too, naturally! I am able to decrease fat and increase muscle at the same time. I also sleep like a baby every night!!

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? Focusing on a high-intensity functional fitness program has given me the ability to appreciate my body for its capabilities rather than be ashamed of my imperfections (from society’s point of view) I have a new found motivation for eating healthier and when you feel good, you look good!

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? As everyone who does CrossFit says, don’t ever compare yourself to someone else. Everyone is on their own fitness journey. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t doing workouts RX, or if you need to modify, or if you’re not lifting as much as someone else, you don’t know how long or hard they have been training. Be consistent! Make healthy life choices, show up for the workouts and push yourself for yourself. You are your own competition. Put in the work and you will not only see the results, but you will feel them, too! Embrace new friendships, after all – we’re all drinking the same kool-aid!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I am not only a GM by profession, I am very passionate about developing leadership and sales training. I read a lot of mentorship and leadership books. I love to write (currently working on my first book ) and I enjoy hitting the beach, nightlife on occasions and hanging out with my husband and my girlfriends! I am very much a homebody. 🙂

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