(508) 481-2372 ali@pennantcrossfit.com
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in the Spring of 2016 because I was looking for a way to work out that was group oriented, challenging and fun.
What is your favorite movement?
My favorite movement at the moment would be back squats. However, I’m happy to do most movements in a CrossFit WOD! Depending on the reps, rounds, or weight any movement can feel great or excruciatingly difficult.
Tell us a little about life outside the gym!
Outside of the gym, I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and speech and language pathologist. I work in the school system with elementary aged children. It’s the best of both worlds be a full time working mom during the school year and home with my kids in the summer. I am an animal lover and will never live life without a dog. Harley, my chocolate lab, is as sweet as they come. At my house, I always have a puzzle on my coffee table and I love cooking for myself and the family when there is time. In my life, it is of utmost importance to me that I teach my children kindness, compassion, acceptance, loyalty and the value of family and friends. My hope is that I’m teaching by example.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit, I did everything and nothing! I spent my childhood as a ballet dancer. It is probably my background in ballet and my absolute love of dancing and movement that has helped me make sense of any other fitness activity I’ve engaged in. There was a long period where I didn’t have a fitness focus. I belonged to a gym taking aerobic style classes. I took pilates and yoga for a time. After children I couldn’t get myself to do much for several years. I was definitely at a low point with my fitness and after having 2 children in 2 years I found it hard to get motivated to commit to anything without feeling I was not taking care of my family. Then I found running. With a group of working moms, I started running short distances, which lead me to wanting more. I worked up to running longer distances and in 2012 I ran my first of 7 half marathons. In 2014 I ran the Boston Marathon and in 2015 I ran the New York Marathon. At that point, I had burned myself out of the long distances and arrived at Cross Fit in 2016. My next challenge is a sprint triathlon this September.
What were your goals when you joined Pennant and how have you worked towards them?
My goal when I joined Cross Fit was to find a way to work out that I enjoyed again. I found it! Over time I have wanted to become stronger, fitter, and feel comfortable in my body. Losing and maintaining a healthy weight has always been a struggle. I have been working with Well Fed to help me work towards that. As the fall approaches, my goal will be to maintain and balance work/family life with my desire to be at the gym. It is always a struggle in the beginning of the school year to make this happen.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Outside of the gym, CrossFit has also had an impact. I find myself thinking more about my body positioning. With any lifting or physical activity, or even when I’m sitting at my desk writing reports, I’m more prone to think about my body in space or how to move safely and efficiently.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about trying CrossFit?
My best advice to someone starting CrossFit is to focus on what you can do and work on becoming your own definition of stronger, fitter, and healthier. It’s easy to look around see what others can do, but at the end of the day it’s about you. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but in time you come to realize we are all there just trying to be our best selves.