December Athlete Spotlight: Mary




How long have you been a member at CFD, and what made you want to get started?

I have been a member of Crossfit for a little over a year. I went to the intro class because a friend of mine was going and didn’t want to go alone. I wasn’t thinking that I would end up joining and loving it. Honestly, I didn’t love it right away; the first couple of months were very challenging. There were days when I got done with a class wondering if it was for me or not. I have always been good at things right away and never have had to work as hard as I did here. I think that is what I like most about Crossfit; it’s always challenging no matter what level you are at.

What changes have you seen in yourself since your very first day?

I have seen quite a few changes in myself since I started at CrossFit Dubuque. Besides the obvious things like being able to lift more and able to do things I was never able to do before, I have gained a sense of confidence that I didn’t have before. The sense of accomplishment that I have gained from CrossFit has carried over into other areas of my life.

What did you do for fitness prior to CFD, and what do you like most about CrossFit?

Before Crossfit, I was doing classes at my local gym. It was mostly strength training and cardio. I had been working out there for a couple of years, and was starting to get bored. I like that the workouts at Crossfit are always different, and the members are some of the best people I have ever worked out with. They encourage me to push myself and they sometimes believe in me more than I do in myself.

What type(s) of workouts are your favorite?

My favorite types of workouts are ones with squats and pull-ups. I like the workouts that have so many reps or rounds to do before you’re done. That means I’m in control of ending the pain.

What type(s) of workouts do you least like to see come up?

My least favorite workouts would have to be anything that involves rowing, wall balls, and burpees. Which happens to be a lot of workouts.

What are you goals going forward?

Looking forward I would like to work on my nutrition. I lack a little self-control around sweets.

What advice do you have for someone just starting out at CFD?

What I would say to someone starting out is don’t be too hard on yourself. I always had to remind myself when I started that the people in the classes have been doing this a long time, and have worked really hard to get where they are. Don’t compare yourself with others. Look to them to inspire you instead.

I would like to thank the coaches for the nomination and for all of their support in helping me to become a better athlete.

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