Athlete Spotlight: Danielle G.

Athlete Spotlight: Danielle G.

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Age: 40
When did you first start training at CF Naples?: December 2012
Favorite WOD: I enjoy the WODs with low reps and multiple rounds.  I’m starting to warm up to the row machine…
Least Favorite WOD: 12 days of christmas and SANTI 🙂

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I have always been active in sports recreationally – softball, tennis, boxing.  Having a very physical job in horticulture for 20 years also keeps me moving everyday!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? A running partner introduced me to Crossfit in 2010.  She thought it would be a good fit and she was right!

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  Fight Gone Bad…I will never forget it…it was exciting to try so many movements for my first WOD but It sucked…I realized that I had horrible technique but everyone was so supportive, helped me get through it and made me feel like I could do anything!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  WOW…I participated in a CF Healthy Eating Challenge through the gym in 2011 and lost 11 lbs and 5% body fat in 6 weeks!  These results were amazing and I was hooked.  Everyone kept asking…”what are you doing?  You look great!”  This was the motivation to keep going and maintain the CF lifestyle.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I did not expect the sense of community that you find in CF.  Having gone to gyms most of my life, this was not something that I had experienced before.  Knowing that I am part of this community keeps me motivated.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF Naples moments: I was nearing the end of a benchmark WOD and not sure I could finish (I think I was even crying a little) another member asked how many more burpees I had to finish and she did the last burpees with me, shouting encouraging words the whole time.  It was the bump I needed to finish!  I was able to do the same for someone else months later – this is why I LOVE CF!
Any advice for people just getting started? Keep a journal of your WODs, weights, how you feel before/after workouts, etc.  This can be a great tool to keep you motivated and track your progress.  Remember that it is supposed to be fun!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents?  I wouldnt say that I have a talent or hobby but I enjoy meeting new people and traveling.  Someone asked me 5 years ago “If money were no option, what would your life look like?”…I answered, I want to live by the beach, work in horticulture at a Zoo, where there is no winter and cool plants!  Thank you CF Naples community for being part of my dream come true!  🙂

Danielle G

Wednesday’s Workout (June 12, 2013)
ADV
3 rounds-rest 2 min between
row 500
15 pushups
15 power cleans 135/95
INT
3 rounds-rest 2 min between
row 500
15 pushups
15 power cleans 95/65
SCALED
3 rounds-rest 3 min between
row 400
15 pushups (mod)
15 power cleans 65/45
Thursday’s Workout (June 13, 2013)
ADV
2 rds-NO REST
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2min max strict dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (30/24)
-1min max situp
INT
2rds-NO REST
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2min max kipping dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (24/20)
-1min max situp
SCALED
2rds-REST AS NEEDED
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2 min max jumping dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (20/14)
-1min max situp