Andrea joined Break the Mold as a part of the New You Challenge back in January. Since she started with us she’s deadlifted over 200#, completed the CrossFit Open and will compete in the Festivus Games on April 22nd. She’s a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and is a large part of our social impact mission through her involvement with New Roots and her time spent with our Steve’s Club kids on Saturdays.
What’s your athletic background?
I don’t know that I would call any part of my background, athletic. I was the least naturally athletic of all of my siblings, and by “least naturally athletic,” I mean that I was the awkward klutz of the family. Think brand-new-baby-deer-clumsy. As the youngest of five, my brother once told me that talent and athletic ability decreases with every child that is born in a family. That’s what older brothers are for, but then I learned a thing or two about genetics.
I played volleyball and rode horses through my pre-teen and teenage years. I was often described as the most improved player/rider or the one with the best attitude. Regarding skill and execution, I was pretty terrible.
Through my twenties, I discovered that I need to work a bit harder/longer than a lot of people in order to reach the same or similar physical achievements. I took up running when I joined Team Reeve for a Kentucky Derby Festival mini marathon, and within a few years, I had worked up to a race frequency that ultimately led to an overuse injury. Needing more variety in my training, I found a great group fitness class which was composed of circuit training and high intensity interval training, and then I somehow got talked into competing in the bikini division of the Kentucky Muscle. After surviving a 16 week prep, I did something so incredibly out of character and out of my comfort zone: I stood and even posed on a stage in giant clear heels, a serious spray-on tan, and a bedazzled bikini without vomitting or tripping once.
And then I quit. I refocused on other aspects of life and let nutrition and training fall to the wayside.
What was your first experience with CrossFit?
My first personal experience with CrossFit was at Break the Mold as part of a New You Challenge.
When did you start CrossFit?
Why did you choose Break the Mold?
Timing and character.
At the close of 2016, I was at a critical point. My health and wellness had steadily declined over a two year period, and although I had tools and options to get back on track, I needed a new challenge and a program with a focus on proper mobility, form, and technique. I stumbled upon the New You Challenge advertisement at the right time for me.
The character of Break the Mold as a Steve’s Club, a gym, a business, and a community center is what solidified my decision to choose BTM over other options.
What keeps you coming back?
Nicole and Chris’s programming, coaching, and encouragement; incremental progress and new achievements; friends who challenge and push one another; Steve’s Club teens who crack me up; and overall, a very special community.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Time with my better half, family, friends, and fur-kids.
What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CrossFit?
My energy levels have improved tremendously, and I have discovered an ability to push past walls that I previously didn’t think possible – a skill which I believe (and hope) I am still developing and training.
What are your goals for 2017?
Get back to a healthy lean tissue to fat tissue ratio; as of yesterday, perform well at the Festivus Games; and complete unassisted pull-ups!
What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit?
I would say that it’s important to choose a positive environment to start in and to set goals upfront. It’s also important to choose a facility with well informed coaches.
What’s your favorite & least favorite CrossFit movement?
It’s hard to choose a favorite. I have really enjoyed learning Olympic weightlifting, and if I had to choose a favorite, I’d say the snatch. My least favorite is box jumps. I’m hoping that improving my aerobic capacity will get me and box jumps on better terms.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Anything that involves chocolate and/or ice cream. Add whipped cream for bonus points…or a whole meal of just whipped cream. My sugar demon has no shame.