Welcome to my weekly 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 Lydia. I have had the pleasure of knowing Lydia since November, 2012. Lydia was actually the first person I ever met in real life who did CrossFit. We met at a Pretty Muddy blogger event, and she had to leave the event early to attend her WOD. I was so confused. She spoke about CrossFit with such passion and as someone who had NO idea what CrossFit was, I did not understand. I do now. I am proud to call Lydia my friend and over the past year we've had the opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better, though we communicate most frequently thought Facebook chat Here we are at a VIP event in August, 2013.
I'm continually impressed by Lydia's dedication to the sport, and yesterday she competed in Battle for the Boobs, and I bet she did great.
Name: Lydia W.
Occupation: legal assistant
Location: Land O Lakes, FL
Favorite WOD: Anything with kettlebell swings
Favorite Lift: The deadlift or the Clean
Deadlift Max: 235
Back squat Max: 145
Overhead Max: Which lift? C&J for 135
Favorite Girl? Grace or Isabel
Got Muscle-ups? Nope
1 mile run: 8:30
How long have you been CrossFitting? Two years
What keeps you coming back/motivated? I love Crossfit for so many reasons and one of them is that I see results and I feel the best doing it. I’ve done a lot of things over the years and Crossfit is the perfect fit for my body and the way I like to push and be pushed. Another thing that keeps me coming back is the community. Being at the box, struggling, challenging, encouraging and suffering with likeminded people keeps me coming back for more. The people at my box are like my “tribe” as one of my coaches calls it.
How did you find CrossFit? A friend of mine from high school had been doing it for a couple years with her husband and kept telling me I needed to try it. I did once at another box (by myself) and didn’t have a great experience and kind of wrote it off. Then, that same friend and her husband opened their own box and asked me to give it a try one more time. I was hooked after the first WOD with them.
What is your athletic background (If applicable)? As a little kid I played soccer and then all through high school I played volleyball, basketball and softball. Although I tried out and made the team for community college volleyball, I ultimately decided not to play. Since high school I have stayed active with running, weight training and even a handful of triathlons – and of course Crossfit.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? Wow, in so many ways. When I first started Crossfit, I was still running a ton and training with my triathlon group. I could tell a huge difference in my running because of the Crossfit. Last year, while training for the NYC Marathon, I kept up the Crossfit during training and could tell my run was stronger because of it. I truly feel I am in the best shape I have ever been in and definitely the strongest I have ever been. I am more confident in myself and my abilities. I have developed a better understanding of fueling my body properly and with clean, real foods. And I truly feel it has made me a better, happier person.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.) Double Unders!!! They hate me. I can do them now but still struggle. I also would have never thought I could do a rope climb either!
What motivates/inspires you? I’m motivated and inspired by others around me. Seeing their success and hard work pushes me to always give everything I have. We only get one shot in life with the body we were given. I’m motivated by that knowledge. I want my body to be strong and healthy and I want to fuel it with clean, real food. The rest is out of my hands.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? Probably my first Crossfit competition. I didn’t do anything I had never done before or set any PR’s, but the fact that I showed up, competed well and had a great time was a huge achievement for me.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? Good question – I don’t know? I have so many things I am still working on. I guess to name just one I would say I want to get a full, strict handstand push up.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? It continues to amaze me when I achieve something I never thought I could do and yet I still always have a laundry list of things I have yet to achieve. But to name a few goals that I have achieved: deadlift 235 lbs.; bench press over 110 lbs.; double unders; strict press over 100 lbs.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I love to read, be on the water and take the boat to the island, to cycle – when I have time. I LOVE animals.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I’ve been doing Paleo 80/20, but I admittedly cheat. But basically just want to stick to eating real, clean foods.
What is your favorite meal? Paleo: grilled steak with mushrooms & onions, bacon wrapped asparagus and roasted white sweet potato. Non-Paleo (don’t laugh): pizza or mac-n-cheese.
Any advice for new members? Give it a REAL shot. Don’t go to two classes and then quit. Every single thing we do can be scaled. Do not get discouraged if you have to scale something. I have been doing Crossfit for 2 years and still have to scale things. Go in with an open mind, give it your dedication and trust your body. And always remember “don’t compare your beginning to someone’s middle”. You are there to compete with yourself and you are only responsible for you.
Don't compare your beginning to someone's middle. How true is that?? I'm a beginner to my sport and it would be so easy to get wrapped up in the "why can't I?" Great advice, Lydia
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