Annie came to us about 6 months ago as an experienced CrossFitter and every single day she's in class at 7 am is an absolute pleasure. Despite years of experience, she listens intently, is open to feedback, and makes the necessary adjustments and because of this we've really seen her take her CrossFit game to a new level. And, on top of that, she started with us as a Croga Nutrition client a few months ago and has been absolutely killing it on her macros and in the gym because of it. A few weeks ago she told me that she hasn't slept this soundly in years and she has a whole new level of energy in the mornings and throughout her day now that she's being fueled correctly and I couldn't be happier.Annie is a wonderful athlete to honor as our Member of the Month because she is an incredible person to strive to be more like. She's kind, fun, thoughtful, and dedicated to improving as a human daily. Congrats on your success so far at Croga, Annie! We can't wait to see what the next 6 months and beyond hold for you.
When did you join Cróga?
September 2019, after almost 2 and a half years at another box.
What were you doing before for fitness?
16 years as a swimmer. And then quite a few more attempting to recover from that post-retirement :)
What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
At Croga? I dropped into one of Coach Hailey's classes for a DT like WOD. Think my feelings were something along the lines of "Yes, I'd like all of the barbell please...crap, that got heavy." First ever Crossfit WOD? I definitely remember doing Fran for the first time during my on-ramp classes. "Well that was awful...When can we do it again?"
What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
The biggest improvement I've seen is in my general confidence, in and out of the gym. Not being afraid to get outside of my comfort zone (embracing it, actually). The PR's along the way are a fun bonus too :)
What days and times do you come to Cróga?
Every weekday at 7am and Sundays!
What's your favorite WOD?
Crossfit Total is fun. Or maybe DT. Who doesn't love to lift all of the heavy things?
What's your least favorite WOD?
Tommy Mac stole part of my soul.
"The Annie" WOD! What would it be?
something with a gross amount of rowing or bike. Maybe a shoulder to overhead situation. Or a kettlebell. And not a burpee to be found.
What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Sundays! Post-fitness coffee/breakfast bestie catch-up.
What's been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
It's not exciting, but blending protein into my coffee in the morning before coming into the gym has been a game-changer. I'm also having fun experimenting with whatever I've got in my refrigerator.
What's your biggest fitness goal for this year?
Gah! There are so many! All of the gymnastics, continuing to improve and get consistent with my double unders, I'd love to deadlift 300# (that's probably more than a year goal...) Maybe the biggest one though is to refine my clean/snatch technique, especially squat cleans/snatches. I want to be more comfortable getting under a bar quickly.
What do you love about CrossFit?
The challenge!! Every day I know I'm going to do something that pushes me outside of my comfort zone either physically or mentally (most of the time, both). That is so empowering.
What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Show up! ESPECIALLY on the days that you don't want to and for the workouts that scare you. You'll never regret it. Be prepared to try things that intimidate you, to fail, and to get back up when you do. And on the days that you're not physically at your best, immerse yourself in lifting up someone else. You'll be amazed at what it does for your mood (and your fitness!)