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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.
Name: Sara F.
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?