What do you do for a living? I’m a Primary School Teacher! Which means I can switch on my ‘teacher voice’ and ‘teacher stare’ pretty much on cue. It also means I’m a massive kid - being a bit silly and having fun with learning is what I love about it.
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what is your favourite thing about it? I’ve been doing CrossFit for just over two years now. It’s difficult to pick one thing that I love... I’ve made my closest friends through CrossFit and it’s a family. In regards to the training, I love the variance and how there’s always something to improve on.
What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit? My biggest achievement since starting CrossFit has probably been an improvement in my mindset. I can talk about how proud I was to get my first handstand push ups or pulls ups, but I think the achievement rests in me having the confidence to keep going, even when it got tough or frustrating. I’ve become more confident and outgoing in my everyday life as well. Is that a bit cringey? It might be, but it’s true!
What are you present training goals? My present training goals are to come back from injury! I’ve had a niggly knee and funny ankle which has meant that I’ve had plenty of time to work on my weaknesses. I do miss a lot of movements though and want to get fighting fit and ready to tackle the Open which is my favourite time of year.
What's the biggest pearl of wisdom you could offer to other CrossFitters, or those thinking about starting? My biggest pearl of wisdom for anyone just starting out, or those who are thinking of starting is probably to have faith in the process. You won’t see massive changes overnight, but you are improving by small amounts all the time. Invest the time and trust the programming and you will see results. Oh, and say hello to everyone! People are really friendly and want to get to know you! More friends means more motivation to come and train.
What part of a kids movie really scarred me? I’ve got to go with Disney on this one - either Dumbo and the scene with his mother in the cell which still makes me an emotional wreck... or Bambi. As an adult, I still find it hard to watch any movies with too much tension or sadness!
If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self do first? If my 5 year old self found herself in my adult body - she’d probably wonder what on Earth I was doing as a teacher and why wasn’t I a vet... on that same level, she’d probably go out and buy another dog or something (whoops #sorrynotsorry)
What is your favourite sports movie? Is it bad that I genuinely could not think of a sports movie and had to look them up? I grew up watching Chariots of Fire which will always be a classic in my eyes. I’m old school!