We are a little bit late in posting the January Member of the Month as it's already almost halfway through February! But, always better late than never! January's Member of the Month is the very deserving, one and only, Donna Kral! We are so very glad that you came back after a year off! Way to go, Donna!
Tell us about yourself!
I live in Portage and work at Brakebush as a Logistics Technician. I have two children, Lisa and Michael, who
When did you start CrossFit?
I rejoined CrossFit a year ago after taking about a year off. I initially started at the urging of my niece and attended classes at Tom’s garage and the Foundry. Due to a deep tissue injury and then a ruptured appendix, I took a year off. I knew I needed to get off my butt and do something, and decided I needed the structure and support of CrossFit.
What is your favorite movement and/or benchmark workout?
I like the clean and the clean and jerk.
What has been your biggest struggle?
My biggest struggles are the demons in my head that tell me I am too old, too slow, too heavy and out of shape. But I try to push it aside, do my best and tell myself that it is good enough, if I put in the time and effort.
What has been your biggest improvement?
My biggest improvement has also been mental. I previously looked at some workouts and dreaded them if they involved running, snatches or anything that I am not good at. I would sometimes even cancel class. I now look at the workout, write it in my journal and plan for it. I commit to it before I have an opportunity to complain.
What goals are you currently chasing?
My goals are to be strong physically and mentally as I age. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that the big 60 is right around the corner. With the awesome trainers and members at PCC, this is where I need to be to remain active and fit. I really can’t say enough about the support and help provided by the trainers. They do an awesome job!
If you could design a workout, what would it be?
My favorite workout would involve kettle bells, squats and a walk. (Just kidding about the walk!)
What is your favorite outfit to WOD in?
I have no favorite…yet!
How often do you talk about CrossFit?
Not often…People think I am crazy, and they don’t understand.
Burpees: Love ‘em or hate ‘em:
I have always done modified burpees…those I love. Otherwise, I would hate them.
Do you have a favorite moment or story about the Coop?
Almost every day is a favorite moment when I have the right frame of mind.
What advice would you give a new PCC member?
It is easy not to show up and then get in a rut. Commit to a realistic number of classes in a week and try your best to stick with it.