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??

Women Who Lift: Meet Mandy

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 Mandy. Mandy works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego, but we haven't worked out in the same WOD more than a small handful of times. I really connected with her via social media. She's very inspirational. She sets goals for herself, makes a plan, and meets those goals! She also has a lot of fun along the way. You can check out her blog here: Formula Fitness

 

Meet Mandy

Name: Mandy Phillips
Age:  28
Occupation:  Teacher and Entrepreneur
Location: Land O’ Lakes, FL
Favorite WOD: Anything weightlifting related,  CrossFit Total, Grace, and Linda
Favorite Lift:  Deadlift
Deadlift Max: 250 lbs
Back squat Max: 155 lbs
Overhead Max: Which lift? 115 lbs (Clean and Jerk)
Favorite Girl?  Grace or Linda
Got Muscle-ups? No, not even close….but that’s okay, one day I will!
1 mile run: 11 minutes exactly (running not my thing at all, but trying to change that!)

How long have you been CrossFitting? I am actually right at the 3 year mark! Started in September 2010, but have had to take a few breaks due to grad school and a torn ACL needing surgery.


What keeps you coming back/motivated? I am competitive by nature and my biggest competitor is myself!  I love challenging myself in an environment that pushes me, while having phenomenal support from fellow CrossFitters and the amazing coaching staff at CrossFit En Fuego.

How did you find CrossFit? I was brought to CrossFit by some co-workers that had been going.  So thankful they brought me!

What is your athletic background?  I have played sports my whole life.  Tried every sport I could as a child, but found my niche in softball, volleyball, and golf!  Notice little running involved in all of those.


How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has dramatically changed my life!  I am always looking for ways to further myself and increase my health.  I have lost weight, gained muscle, and just become more confident in my body and fitness overall.    Also, it has made my relationship with my husband even stronger!  He recently started CrossFit in Feb. 2013 and we have never looked back!  Took be a long time to get him there, but now we are a team and love focusing on our fitness together!

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 were a struggle for me for a long time.  I am able to do those and am currently working to lose the single I have in between my doubles!  Running has always been a struggle for me and with the help in my fitness gained through CrossFit, I am now training for a half marathon!  This is certainly something I thought I would never do!


What motivates/inspires you?  I am truly inspired by others!  I love watching people push themselves to do things they thought they would never be able to do.  I love watching people hit an obstacle and persevere through overcoming it!  This is what pushes me to do the same!  This is the exact reason I have started training for the half marathon and I have even started blogging about my fitness journey (formulafitness.org).  The feedback I have gotten from this truly pushes me to continue training because I know I am inspiring others as I achieve my own goals!  Love being a motivation to others!  That is what motivates me!

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  Before I had my ACL surgery, I was able to achieve a 500 lb CrossFit Total.  That is a combination of my max lifts on deadlift, back squat, and strict press.  That was always the number I wanted to hit and I did it!  Now my goal is to get that again!

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? My next main goal is to complete an unassisted pull up!  I have always had a hard time with pull ups, but am getting closer and closer everyday to lose those bands and achieve this goal!

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? Some goals that I have achieved are lowering my body fat %, increasing my strength on my lifts, and increasing my endurance through workouts!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Outside of CrossFit, my husband and I really love hanging out with friends, traveling, and working on projects for our new home!  Sports of course are always a huge interest for us too!  Go Bucs, Rays, and Bulls!


Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I have followed many ways of eating healthy before (WW, watching caloric intake, Low Carb, and Paleo).  Currently, I am doing Paleo, but trying to figure out how to continue this while training for my half marathon.  I have gotten a new Polar Heart Rate Monitor that has helped me track my calorie expenditure, but now I have to learn how to incorporate this into my diet!

What is your favorite meal?  I am a huge steak lover and actually I think one of my favorite meals is what we had for dinner last night.  Chimichurri Steak, Sweet Potato, and Asparagus….yum!  Recently a close runner up has been Meatballs, Spaghetti Squash as “noodles”, and homemade spaghetti sauce!

Any advice for new members? My advice for anyone thinking about doing CrossFit or just starting is to just do it!  Don’t be afraid!  The number one thing I love about CrossFit is that they scale all workouts to your current ability, while pushing you slightly past that point to continue to challenge you.  Don’t get frustrated you can’t do something or because others around you can and you can’t!  Who cares!?  They are not you!  They have not lived your life!  You are you and you define your competition!  Push yourself to be better than you were yesterday, then you can look back and see how far YOU have come!

Women Who Lift: Meet Sara

Welcome to Women Who Lift! If you are interested in being featured for this series please email me at jennifer@metamorfit.org I would love to feature you. You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted, you just have to be a woman who lifts!

 
Today I'm spotlighting Sara! She is a fellow CrossFit En Fuego member! Sara was one of the first members of the competition team that extended an olive branch to me. She continues to offer me advice, helps me with weight selection and gives me gentle nudges to perhaps try a competition workout one day. 
 
Meet Sara

 Name: Sara F.
Age:  28
Occupation: Sales and Service Supervisor at HSN 
Location: Trinity, FL
Favorite WOD: Blake
Favorite Lift:  Cleans!  
Deadlift Max: 285#
Back squat Max: 215#
Overhead Max: Which lift? 165# (split jerk)
Favorite Girl?  Diane
Got Muscle-ups? This is a year-end goal! 
1 mile run: 7:40


How long have you been CrossFitting?  Two and a half years

 

What keeps you coming back/motivated? I started CrossFit for its competitive nature and the daily challenge of the workouts, but it's the community that has me hooked.

 

How did you find CrossFit? About three years ago, while working as a personal trainer at LA Fitness, I was fascinated by these crazy workouts one of our members did.  Intrigued, I befriended him and took his advice to check out CrossFit.com.  I spent HOURS watching videos of strong women lifting a ton of weight and decided to try one of the mainsite WODs on my own.  Needless to say, I was humbled by how sore it left me (for the week that followed).

 

What is your athletic background?  I grew up riding horses (I rode for my college's equestrian team) and also played ice hockey and soccer in middle/high school.

 

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?  Although I can speak endlessly about the physical strength I've gained, the changes in my physique, or how my diet has cleaned up, CrossFit has helped me realize my mental toughness, so to speak.  Having to dig deep and push myself into places I've never ventured during a grueling twenty-minute AMRAP or a hero WOD has shown me what I am really made of.  I've learned that I'm physically and mentally capable of much more than I give myself credit for.  

 

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? As simple as it sounds, I was thrilled the first time I was able to do the "RX" barbell weight for a workout.  Three years ago I could barely clean 65#--don't ask for the video because it's not pretty-- so I never thought I'd be doing a workout like Grace, which involves 30 clean and jerks for time at 95#!

 

What motivates/inspires you?  At my first CrossFit box in New York, I trained with and coached a member who was in her early 70s and attended classes three times a week, first thing in the morning!  I was so impressed by her enthusiasm for pushing her limits and never being afraid to challenge herself (and risk failing). 

 

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  Taking my level one certification, which gave me the opportunity to share my passion with others.

 

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit?  I'd love to be competitive locally or help our box qualify as a team for regionals.

 

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit?  I've taken my level one and mobility certifications and have had fun in a handful of local competitions.

 

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?  I love the beach, reading and country music.

 

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30?  For health reasons, I have to eat gluten free, and my diet is about 80% paleo.  I still eat pretty clean, but I have a killer sweet tooth and never deprive myself of a treat, whether it be ice cream, cookies or wine.

 

What is your favorite meal?  I love meat and veggies!  If there's seafood on my plate, then I'm pretty content. 

 

Any advice for new members?  Enter with an open mind, listen to your body (and coaches) and don't be afraid to scale until the movements are more familiar.  Oh, and my favorite CrossFit mantra: just keep moving!

 

I love her advice on listening to your body and don't be afraid to scale the movements!! I worked for a long time with just a bar until I felt that I was familiar with the movements! Just like when I first started exercising nearly 5 years ago, I modify until I am confident that my technique is good!

Have you ever competed in a CrossFit competition?  Have you ever competed in ANY sort of fitness competition?