Women Who Lift: Meet Trish

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at jennifer@metamorfit.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 Trish. Trish works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego. Trish came on my radar during our competition The Diablo Games. Trish completed in the RX division and this was the first time I ever had the opportunity to see her. I was watching her compete and my mouth dropped open. Seriously. I thought to myself "holy smokes, who is this woman and where in the heck did she come from?" She C.R.U.S.H.E.D. every WOD. Seriously. And she came in to the games questioning if she was ready for it. Not only was she ready for it, but she WON the RX division! In my honest opinion, she is ready for MORE!!   Meet Trish     Name: Trish B. Age: 32 Occupation: Insurance Agent Location: Tampa, FL Favorite WOD: Annie Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk Deadlift Max: 255lb Back squat Max: 185lb Overhead Max: Which lift? 155lb (split Jerk) Favorite Girl? I don’t really have a favorite. I admire any women who outlifts and outperforms the boys Got Muscle-ups? No muscle ups yet….one day, hopefully! 1 mile run: I’m not a runner in any way shape or form so if I can get it done in 10 minutes, I’m happy. How long have you been CrossFitting? About 3 years What keeps you coming back/motivated? I am one of those people that require a lot to keep me interested (I have a very short attention span). CrossFit is constantly varied which is great; combine that with a high intensity level and you get the perfect outlet for a person like me. I have yet to get bored or leave feeling like I haven’t worked hard. How did you find CrossFit? I was introduced to CrossFit by a team mate who happens to own her own CrossFit gym. We started talking about the kind of workouts we liked and didn’t like. She said I would love CrossFit and I needed to come and see what it was all about. I went the following Saturday and did my first WOD. I was hooked and have been doing it ever since. What is your athletic background? I have always been into competitive sports. I started paying baseball with the boys when I was about 4. After years of playing baseball I started to play fast pitch softball. I played year round up until I was about 19 or 20. I also played volleyball. I took a brief hiatus from softball and took up boxing and Tae Kwon Do. Now I’m back to playing softball (slow pitch). How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? My life has always been very busy. Naturally, with that comes associated stress. I can walk into the gym with the weight of the day’s stress on my shoulders, but without a doubt, I will walk out knowing that I threw it up, over and out of my head with every lift, skill and PR of the day.  Since I started CrossFitting I have noticed my level of fitness is stronger than ever before. I think that sentiment is mirrored in my life as well. 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.) I would have to say that I never thought I would be strong enough to deadlift 255lbs or jerk 155lbs over my head. I hope to increase those weights but it still blows my mind, lol. What motivates/inspires you? I am a bit competitive (with myself more than others), so I think that is where some of my motivation comes from. My biggest motivator is the support and encouragement from everyone in our CrossFit family. Whether it’s just cheering you on to complete a WOD or pushing you to hit a new PR, the genuine support and camaraderie is second to none. It’s hard not to succeed when you have so many people to help you achieve your goals. What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  My proudest achievement thus far would be winning my first competition, The Diablo Games. I’ve won plenty of softball games and tournaments but there is nothing like going head to head with other athletes and actually winning. I know there is still plenty of room for improvement but it’s still a good feeling. Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I would like to go to an outside competition and place. It would be awesome to win but I would be happy to place. What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I’ve been able to do just about everything Rx. That was a big one for me. I’ve also hit my goals in almost all my lifts. Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I play softball a lot. I also love to hunt and fish any chance I get. Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I try to eat clean and have a balanced diet (it doesn’t always work out that way). I don’t really follow any particular program. When I’m hungry, I eat. What is your favorite meal?  My favorite meal is a hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard; and don’t forget the beer to go with it. Any advice for new members? Don’t ever get discouraged! Keep going and you WILL get  better and stronger….no doubt. If you need help, just ask. You won’t find a better group of people that genuinely want you to succeed just as much as you do.   Loved learning more about Trish. Her advice about not getting discouraged is spot on! You can bet that no one starts off with a 285# deadlift, but keep with it, and you will get better and stronger. What's one thing you've done in your life that you never thought would be possible?

October 9

I am restless. In less than 3 days I will be competing in my FIRST CrossFit competition, The Diablo Games. I am just an excited ball of energy right now!! I train day in and day out and really should be well prepared for Saturday. Especially since I know 3 of the 4 WOD's Only one WOD has me freaked out and that is WOD #2. 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WOD 2 (A) Find a 2 rep max Shoulder-to-Overhead lift. *Standards: - The athlete will have exactly 6 minutes to successfully complete 2 unbroken (without reracking) lifts. - The lifts may be a Strict Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, or Split Jerk. The athlete may use any combination of these lifts as well. - There must be complete control of the bar overhead with feet together for the reps to count. - The athlete may drop the bar from overhead on the second lift, but will be required to pick it up on their own to replace on the rack for any subsequent lift attempts. - Clips must be used for each lift. - The bar will start on the rack unloaded. On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete will load the bar on their own to the desired starting weight. - The athlete must have both lifts completed BEFORE the 6 minute cutoff for it to count. (B) Max Length Bar Hang *Standards: - The athlete will have 1 attempt at a max length bar hang. - Athletes will be able to choose which bar to hang from. - Athletes may use any grip they choose with the exception of interlocking fingers above the bar. - Arms may be bent or straight. - On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete must be in the hang position. Once the athlete drops time is stopped.  WOD #3 For Time Complete: 15, 12, 9, 6, 3 of - Wall Balls * 10 yard “Weight Drag” - Deadlifts * 10 yard “Weight Drag” WOD Description: - Athletes will start at their assigned Wall Ball station with their Wall Ball on the ground in front of them. At “3,2,1,Go” athletes will pick up the Wall Ball and begin their set of 15. Once 15 good reps are completed the athlete will go to a designated lane where they will grab a handle attached to their weight stack. They will drag the weight stack, by pulling it backwards, approximately 10 yards to another designated area. At this station they will set down the handle, go to their assigned Deadlift bar and complete 15 good Deadlifts. Upon completion of the Deadlifts the athlete will grab the handle of their weight stack again and drag it back, in the same manner, to the Wall Ball station where they will begin their set of 12. Athletes will continue this format until the last set of 3 Deadlifts is completed OR the time cap is reached. - 12 minute time cap. Okay, so why does WOD 2 have me freaked out?? A few reasons. I struggle with overhead lifts. I suffered a shoulder injury in 2001, had surgery, years of physical therapy, and yet that shoulder still nags me. I can feel it "snag" when I lift something heavy overhead. My 2 rep max overhead lift is 75 pounds. And while I'm proud that I can lift that much over my head, I know it's not going to be enough to win WOD 2. And then adding insult to injury, the second half of WOD 2 is a max length bar hang. I have like baby hands. Seriously they are so small that I have a heck of a time wrapping them around the rig. What's a rig. Here's the rig. Basically an adult set of monkey bars. I have tried all sorts of grips, tape etc., and so far the longest I have been able to hang before my hands start to pull and rip is 7 seconds. Sigh. It doesn't hurt my shoulder, or wrists, or anything else. It's just my freaking hands. I think I have a deformity.  So I'm looking at scoring MAYBE 85 points for the 2nd WOD and there are women in my division who can overhead lift way more than that. So I've resolved that while I'll probably finish last in WOD 2, I need to bring my A Game for WODs 1 and 3, and hopefully WOD 4 will be kind to me and not include any rig or running. If I can score well on the other WOD's then I have a chance of not finishing last. Not that I would really care about finishing last, I just don't want to! One benefit is that I am in the last heat of the Women's Division which means that I can cheer everyone else on, see what techniques they use for WOD 2, get myself all psyched out by watching my fellow athletes kick serious butt and then go and give it all I've got!! Regardless of what place I finish in, I am a winner for even attempting a competition, AND I get this totally cool shirt! In celebration of the Diablo Games, I went and had my nails done today! I picked Diablo Red. Was there really any other choice??   What do you think of my upcoming competition?? Any advice for me??

Women Who Lift: Meet Emi

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at jennifer@metamorfit.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. Meet Emi   Name: Emily T. Age: 17 Occupation: Student Location: Florida 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??