(508) 481-2372 ali@pennantcrossfit.com
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit back in June of 2018, so almost 1 year ago! I started because a) I hate regular gyms and was super bored with my routine and b) because I was getting married in September and wanted to look less soft in a wedding dress.
What is you favorite movement?
I think wall balls. Is that weird? I feel like it’s the ultimate movement. It’s cardio, it’s explosive, it works your arms/shoulders and it destroys your legs. I think my years spent rowing (building big quads) makes me good at them and I like feeling good… and having big quads.
What is your least favorite movement?
Double unders. Gosh they feel good when you get them, but when you don’t, you feel like garbage.
Tell us a little about your life outside the gym!
After my time rowing and studying at Michigan State, I transplanted here from Michigan back in 2011 to row with Riverside Boat Club on the Charles River in an attempt to make the US Rowing Team. I trained with them for 3.5 years and eventually called it quits on behalf of my mental sanity and physical safety. I never reached my goal, but the journey was something special. Rowing holds a special place in my heart, especially because it brought me to Boston where I met my incredible husband David. He is my rock. We enjoy being outside, playing games, relaxing, traveling, and eating together. And we’re really excited to welcome Baby Leo to the world in June!
What were you doing before CrossFit?
After I quit rowing in 2014, I started just working out in gyms doing random things that were boring. Eventually I transitioned back into endurance mode and competed in a couple triathlons, swimming races and eventually the Boston Marathon in 2018.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit and how have you achieved those goals?
One goal was to slim down for the wedding. I just did it my getting my butt to the gym 5 days a week and let the coaches take it from there. My other goal was to diversify my body movement. I’ve always thought it was important to be able to move your body well, not just in typical weight lifting fashion, but more in a survival way. If something bad happens in the world, I want to be confident in my ability to run, jump, throw, climb over things, crawl, or do whatever in order to survive and care for my family.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has really helped me to be more confident in my body mechanics, performing tasks at work and in other physical endeavors. Plus it relieves me of the task of figuring out what workout to do everyday. That is nice.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or thinking about giving it a shot?
I’d say to be open and willing to try new things. Inversions can be scary. Throwing weight around can be scary. But if you’re patient and attentive to your coaches, you’ll master the movement effectively and safely.