Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!
Today I am spotlighting Emi. Emi is a quiet, unassuming, young woman. Proud. Strong. And she's 17 years old. She's part of our amazing CrossFit En Fuego competition team and I often have the opportunity to watch her workout in the morning. I also happen to workout with her mother, and I'm always so inspired by the love, and support that her mom gives her; pride for Emi just beams from her. Emi has just begun her first year of college, and oh how I wish CrossFit was a NCAA sport because this young woman just rocks. She started CrossFit at age 14 1/2 and as she says "she has no athletic background except CrossFit." But I watch her and she's athletic in so many ways! She runs, she jumps, she does yoga. She's a true athlete.
Name: Emily T.
Favorite WOD: Anything with handstand pushups, power cleans, or bar muscle ups.
Favorite Lift: squat snatch!
Deadlift Max: 190
Back squat Max: 175
Overhead Max: Which lift? 140 – split jerk
Favorite Girl? Grace
Got Muscle-ups? Yes, but they still need some work.
1 mile run: 7:02
How long have you been CrossFitting? I started in December of 2010, so a little over two and a half years.
What keeps you coming back/motivated? I love the people and I love the support. It’s awesome working out with people who push me and encourage me to do my best.
How did you find CrossFit? I’ve known Pete and Jen for a long time and I wanted to join shortly after they opened En Fuego.
What is your athletic background? I have no athletic background besides CrossFit.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I was never athletic before I started CrossFit. When I first started, everything was so hard. I couldn’t do a pullup and I could barely snatch the 35# bar. Since I started, I’ve become much stronger and I can lift weights that I thought I’d never be able to lift. I definitely want to keep getting stronger.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I never thought I’d be able to lift more than my body weight over my head.
What motivates/inspires you? Watching other people push themselves and give it their all in a workout is so inspiring. I love seeing people PR, too. It’s awesome.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? Getting my first muscle up was pretty cool. It felt so impossible and I could hardly believe it when I actually got one!
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I just want to keep getting better and working hard. I want to see how far I can go in this sport. Someday, I’d like to try to make it to regionals.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I’ve achieved a lot through CrossFit. My strength and endurance have increased dramatically since I started.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I love yoga and playing the piano.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I don’t follow any diet. Most of the time, I just try to eat healthy. I have a huge sweet tooth though!
What is your favorite meal? I love my post-WOD meal – fried eggs with a sweet potato.
Any advice for new members? Stick with it and train hard because you can achieve any goal you have, no matter how impossible or far away it seems.
17 years old. I did not have this level of dedication or drive at age 17. Did you??