December's Member of the Month was with us for a bit back in our Foundry days and after a brief hiatus is back at it and has been a regular attender to our 6AM class. Stephanie is proof that consistency pays off! We're glad we've been seeing you so often lately; keep up the good work!
Tell us about yourself (family, schooling, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
I have a two daughters who are 12 and 10 and a 2 year old son. I am engaged and getting married June 22,2019. I have lived in Portage for 18 years but grew up in Mazomanie, WI. While growing up,
When did you start doing CrossFit?
The first time I did CrossFit was a few years ago when the Foundry was open. I only did it for about 4 months though. I started with Portage CrossFit Coop in April of 2017. It took me until about October to get on a consistent schedule, but now I feel like I'm missing a part of my day when I'm not able to make it in.
What is your favorite movement and/or benchmark workout?
This is a tough one because I don't know that I have one. I like the challenge of all the workouts and movements. Out of all the movements Push Press or Strict Press are probably the ones that I'm the best at, because they don't involve a lot of other movements and they're the hardest to overthink. My favorite workouts are the ones where you really feel like it kicked your butt.
What has been your biggest struggle?
I would say snatches; I know I have a lot to work on when it comes to a lot of the movements, but I enjoy the challenge and know that with enough practice the things that I'm uncomfortable with will come.
What has been your biggest improvement?
I haven't been told to keep my knees out while squatting in a while.
What goals are you currently chasing?
My current goals are to get to where I can do pull-ups, not just 1, handstand pushups with only 1 mat, 24" box jump, more RX WODs, increase weight on all movements, and most importantly have consistent/proper form on all of the movements.
If you could design a workout, what would it be?
1 min Push Press
1 min Sit Up
1 min Clean
1 min Row
1 min Rest
How often do you talk about CrossFit?
Everyday, I love it.
Burpees: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
I don't mind them in short spurts like 7-10 at a time. I hate them 50-100 at a time.
Do you have a favorite story about the Coop?
I don't have a specific story but my favorite part about the Coop is that no matter how many rounds or how fast you do the rounds everyone high five's at the end of the workout and says good job. The support here is amazing.
What advice would you give a new PCC member?
Don't get discouraged or compare yourself to anyone else. Don't be afraid to modify. Keep track of your workouts. I didn't start to do this until I was 6 months in and I regret it. Always listen to the coaches; they are always trying to help you improve. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions or get a little extra help with a movement that you're not quite getting. Know your limits and don't be afraid to stop when you meet them or push until you find them. Most importantly, Have Fun!