Athlete Profile – Tiffany P.

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Today’s Workout


Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 DB squat cleans (45/25)
10 burpees
15 box jumps
*note: be prepared for the “unknown and unknowable” during this wodKids PR Day (35 of 286)


Hometown: Puryear, TN
Age: 29 (in Hollywood years)
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 1/28/2010
When did you first start training at CFLA?: 1/28/2010
Favorite WOD:“Cindy”
Least Favorite WOD: “Squat a Ton & Run”

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I don’t have one. I teach college chemistry, and the work it took to get there, and the work it takes to do it, kept me sedentary most of my adult life. The only things I ever did for fun and exercise was a fencing class in college, and a series of ballroom dancing classes. I would very much like to do both again, and maybe check out the stick-Fighting class Becca talks about. (There is something so deeply satisfying about beating the crap out of something with a stick.)

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My husband began CFLA in November of 2009. We started Zone dieting together, and he encouraged, but never pushed, me to try the gym itself. He explained the concept of Tabatas to me, and I was fascinated. I started trying to do some one my own with his Gymboss timer (that I got him for Christmas, from CFLA!) and it was kinda fun. I finally got brave enough to show up and try CFLA myself.

It did suck. I will never forget that first workout feeling and that weird iron/blood taste in my mouth! The baseline made me want to hurl, but the first real WOD….I could barely do anything, and I remember I didn’t like that feeling. I wanted to be able to do all the cool things my husband could do!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? My weight has not decreased substantially but my size and shape have really changed. (My pants would start falling down and I’d have to go buy smaller ones – honestly that was the only incentive I ever really needed in any of this.)

My core muscles and my back muscles (especially after this Wendler Deadlifting) feel like bone instead of squishy. And my quads have actual contours in them. I can do double unders now too!!

Last bp check a couple weeks ago was 116/76!! I feel so much stronger, steadier, and I don’t get colds anymore. I can handle the stress of my two jobs so much better now!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? This has completely changed my nutrition habits, and activity levels for the better. I also never dreamed I would start wanting to come work out if I hadn’t been there for a few days; my body wants to go to the gym. I am happy and excited that I get to come to CFLA and I have a wonderful time when I am there.

I also never dreamed I would end up assistant-coaching kids classes, and it is a blast!! I was nervous about it at first, but it is so much fun, and kids are truly amazing at all these things! I love that they have fun doing this, because this was never fun for me as a kid – never presented in a fun way that made me interested in my own fitness. The PR Day was really inspiring and wonderful and I can’t wait for the next one!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments:
When Andy said, “Those of you with balls, don’t bounce on them. Just go down and tap them lightly.”
When Becca said I was “secretly badass”.
When I actually won a prize for improvement on the Cindy challenge.
When I showed up and did the Smoker Challenge anyway, even though I couldn’t run in the finals (capsulitis).
When Andy told us, “You can do anything for 20 seconds.” This is actually my most favorite one, because it has affected my whole outlook on life. Thank you, Andy.
When I got double unders!!! Watch out! (No, really – sometimes I accidentally let go of the rope in shock – still working on that.)

Any advice for people just getting started? Just show up. Even when giving your all isn’t very much, you showed up and tried. IT GETS BETTER. It never occurred to me to quit. Andy was right. You can do anything for 20 seconds. Or two minutes. Or twice a week. Or more….

I only do this 2 days a week. You can, too. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but it has been worth every second of misery and pain – there is glory in this I never realized was possible. I feel GREAT and I am having FUN!!! Just wait til you have to buy clothes that are SMALLER!! smile

Oh yeah – don’t try to rip tape with your teeth. Ask Shirley.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Making jewelry, art, crafts, gaming, drinking, cooking, chemistry, Nintendo, the blues, and FOOTBALL!!!! Always looking for something new and interesting and fun. Just discovered karaoke! And I wonder what CF is like in Ireland…….



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