Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Profession: I have no profession per se, I just work hard at everything I do. ????
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I did nothing before CrossFit, I smoked cigarettes, drank liquor, and relied on my charming personality to get dates.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? About 4 years ago I found out about CrossFit. I was at home scrolling in FB and an ad for an Introduction CrossFit class came up hosted by a local CrossFit gym, it was an all women class that was held later in the evening and it briefly explained what CrossFit was and how it could benefit my life. The price was right and the time worked for my schedule and so I gave it a try.
What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? I can’t remember what my first workout was, what I do remember though was the team atmosphere that the group class created. Despite the age differences, cultural differences, socio-economic differences, I felt like I was among linked minded people. Although we were completed strangers when we first started out we all became good friends at the end. To me, CrossFit is great because it always pushing you under the pressure of high intensity. I compare the feeling to being in the military and being forced to perform under pressure regard of the situation with people you would go to war with. CrossFit offers a very similar feeling to that.
Favorite Cheat Meal: I wish I had a favorite cheat meal but most of my cheat meals turn into a cheat day to hell ????????????. My cheat meal usually starts with coffee creamer, a polish omelet with deep-fried potatoes, then for lunch I eat French bread with unsalted butter and brie cheese and for dinner a large pizza with ranch dressing (lol I know, I know, I know) , and to end finally satisfy the carving, ice cream or a whole box of mini snickers ice-cream bars.
Favorite Healthy Meal: My favorite cheat meal includes a lean hamburger patty with steamed green beans and air fried potatoes. Salmon is a close second with rice and cauliflower.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Being introduced to CrossFit has become more to me than just exercise. It has helped me create a higher standard of life for myself. I don’t mean the typical higher standard of living in the form of money or material wealth. What I mean is what I believe to be life’s true gift, which is the overall health of your mind, body, and heart. CrossFit has also taught me how important it is to forge great relationships to others around you. Before CrossFit, I was all about myself and instant gratification. This was usually short-lived. It was fun while it lasted but it never lasted long leaving me feeling empty. I’m in a good place now thanks to CrossFit. They’re not just better, their actually really great now.
What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? An unexpected change that I experienced is the way that I have changed my whole lifestyle in order to make sure that I am 100% ready to perform to the best of my ability when I come to workout. I cut out drinking, eat healthier and make sure I get enough sleep. Like during the staff Christmas party last year, I chose to eat the steamed broccoli and grilled chicken that was available while everyone else chose to eat the fried onion rings and pasta. I would have never done that before CrossFit. I’m not even mad about what I had to give up to be healthy. At this point, I don’t miss any of my old habits. Living a fitter and healthier lifestyle is really satisfying life. It’s really amazing to see what CrossFit does to people. I’m so very thankful that I am one of those people.
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? My advice would be to try different CrossFit gyms, each have their own personalities and the energy within them is contagious, so find a gym that speaks to you, then find a gym partner and push each other to be excellent, day in and day out, every day that you show up, look at it as “THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY” to make a difference in your health, today, right now.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I would say that my hobby and my interest outside of CrossFit is investments, I like to invest my time and energy in promising opportunities.