Athlete Spotlight- Nikki V.

Athlete Spotlight- Nikki V.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA/ Knoxville, TN

Age: 25 Profession:  School Counselor

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I played soccer from ages 5-15 until I switched over to cross country my sophomore year of high school. I’ve been running ever since! I also ran track and field and played lacrosse. I ran cross country and track for Mercyhurst University. After finishing my collegiate career I went on to pursue my MS degrees and work for The University of Tennessee Athletics. I currently run half marathons regularly and plan to qualify for the Boston Marathon in February 2015.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I worked out with some really great women in Knoxville, TN. The organization is called Beauty Hunters. Though they were not purely CrossFit they had a lot of similar elements. After moving to Naples I did some research and joined CrossFit Naples!

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? My first CrossFit workout involved pistols, They’re a great move that I never knew about. I felt the pain of those for a long time, but I was sold on CrossFit from the very first workout!

Favorite CF Movements: Rope climb, box jumps, burpees and pistols!

Least Favorite Movements: Pull-ups and chin-ups.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Chipotle Chicken Burrito

Favorite Paleo Meal: Spaghetti Squash

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I accomplished getting three college degrees by the age of 24 (Two BA one MS).

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I have noticed more definition in my back and forearms. I also feel more energizes after workouts.

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? I feel like my endurance has been challenged despite being a former college runner. I am able to push harder on my long run days because of all the various movements and unexpected challenges CrossFit throws at me! It has made me mentally tougher as well. I am pushed to do new and difficult skills and though I may modify there is a great sense of accomplishment.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? CrossFit kicks everyone’s butt, everyone has weaknesses, Keep going.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I have an art therapy BA degree so I enjoy painting. I also love refinishing furniture and browsing thrift stores for  antiques. On weekends I like to take my dog to the beach and coach Golden Gate High School Cross Country, Go Titans!   Athlete Spotlight- Nikki V.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


“Tabata Mash Up”

  • Row
  • Squat
  • Pushup
  • Pullup

(Rest 1 min in between exercises)

Boot Camp

Skill: Back Squat 20 min AMRAP:

  • 30 KB Swings
  • 30 Sit Ups
  • 30 Goblet Squats w/ KB
  • 800m Run

Discussion: Supplement Exercise outside of the gym (focusing towards goats)

coming Wednesday

2 sets:

  • 500M Row
  • 40 Russian Swings 70/53
  • 30 Box Jumps (24 in/20 in)
  • 20 Russian Swing
  • 10 Box Jumps  (28 in/24 in)

(3 mins walking rest before starting next set)