Athlete Profile – Carolyn F.J.

Today’s Workout

CrossFit Games Open WOD 11.3

Complete as many rounds as possible in 5 minutes of:
Squat Clean & Jerk (165/110)

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Hometown: The Bronx, NY
Age: Is this really necessary? 44
Occupation: Life coach/workshop facilitator
When did you first start CrossFitting?: January, 2007
When did you first start training at CFLA?: January, 2007
Favorite WOD:Favorite? OK – Angie
Least Favorite WOD: Anything w/more than a 400 meter run

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Played little league growing up, the only girl on a boys team. Then girl’s softball. Played softball in college and started playing basketball in college – which says a lot about how good the team was. Always did athletic stuff, was never a star or a standout. After college started “working out.” Always found people to work out with who liked it to be intense. Found my way to LA and found trainers who were intense and did more radical stuff – outside, bear crawls on the beach, heavy weights, etc. I have never been the fastest or strongest at anything. I could always be counted on to show up.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? It was at Andy’s old gym, 6am. It was something that included running and climbing the rope, and probably kettle bells? Andy said something like, “It will be hard, and the others all know what they are doing so it will feel uncomfortable.” I was really scared despite having done hard stuff prior, I finished and was strangely hooked. Became a 6am regular, 3 times a week.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Hard to measure given a year after I started I became pregnant with Lucinda. I had a fantastic pregnancy and crossfit was a huge part of it – I was at the gym 3 days a week until 2 days before giving birth! I felt great and it was one of the biggest highlights of my pregnancy – I felt like a super-champ and the support was extraordinary. I was back at the gym 6 weeks after having her and consider the last 2 yrs my “coming back” from having a baby. It was challenging on many levels – crossfitting pregnant was truly the easy part. Just now I feel like I’m truly “back” at the gym in a fuller way in my energy and ability. I recently re-upped to 3 days a week again and it feels really good. I weigh less than I did before Lucinda and overall I am stronger and I have maintained a consistently high level of fitness – even if it doesn’t look like it compared to other crossfitters. . . although I don’t recommend comparing.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I am more willing to face challenges and take on things that scare me. I am clear that I can handle a lot more than I think I can, and, I am also smarter about what I take on. Crossfit has given me a great reference point for what true mastery is and the kind of time, dedication, and practice it takes.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Becca saying to me at 9 months pregnant, “Please don’t come to my class anymore – I don’t want you to have that baby in my class!” A fellow crossfitter asking at 8 months pregnant, “Does your doctor have ANY idea what you are doing?” Andy saying, “Carolyn you have no fast-twitch muscles – at all.” Getting a handstand (recently). Laughing during the insanity of wods. Supporting others. Being supported. Feeling strong. Every time I am done with every WOD. Being part of a fun, supportive community.

Any advice for people just getting started? Show up, be open to support, use the coaches. It’s very natural to feel extremely afraid before a wod begins — and this may not pass. Keep showing up, ask for assistance – and enjoyment will come!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Finding great breakfast restaurants, good coffee, food, collecting Mexican arts and crafts, travel, personal growth, being of service, laughing.

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