Athlete Profile:  Emily R.

Today’s Workout
Four rounds for time of
3 Squat Snatch (135/95)
9 Pistols
27 Hollow Rocks



Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Age: 22
Occupation: CFLA Intern/ Lululemon Educator
When did you first start CrossFitting?: April, 2011
When did you first start training at CFLA?: April, 2011
Favorite WOD: “Cindy”
Least Favorite WOD: “Fight Gone Bad”

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I’ve been on a sports team every year of my life since I was four years old. Athletics have always been my outlet and passion. My two main sports were swimming and volleyball and in between those I played soccer, softball, water polo, and dabbled in some high jump. It wasn’t until I was harassed by the University of San Diego rowing coaches to join the team that I learned my true athletic potential. Rowing was something I swore I would never do because I was NOT a morning person but it was the best decision I’ve made in my life… as much as I hate to admit it. Being on a NCAA Division 1 team is unlike any experience I’ve ever had; it is truly a full time job. Before rowing I couldn’t run a mile in under 8 minutes, didn’t know how to properly lift weights, and had never been pushed so far past my comfort zone to the point where I did not think I was gonna make it through a workout. Being on a team that so heavily relies on discipline and mental and emotional strength has taught me more about myself that I ever imagined. As much as rowing wasn’t my passion I am so thankful for the experience and how it second handedly lead down the crossfit path!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I was first exposed to crossfit at USD. The athletic department turned the varsity weight room into “Crossfit USD” and I started going with my friends at the end of my senior year once a week for the last month of school. I don’t really remember what the WOD was but I remember doing kettle bell swings and wall balls… this was the first time I had done either of those movements and wall balls KILLED me! I was not comfortable after that workout. I am not a napper and I took about a 3 hour nap that afternoon!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Since starting crossfit my body has changed dramatically! I thought I was in pretty good shape before I started but clearly I was not. I may have let myself go a little bit senior year of college and since then I have lost almost 20lbs (15 of which I gained during senior year) but most importantly I have gotten so much stronger, leaner and healthier. While I may only look slightly different, I am much more aware of my body and feel so much better overall.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I think the most unexpected changes that I’ve experienced from crossfit is the self confidence I’ve gained. I’ve always been a very confident person but what I have gained from crossfit has opened my eyes to things I had never thought of before and has made me a much more well rounded and happier person. Another unexpected change aspect of what crossfit has given me is a solid group of friends! When I moved back to LA from San Diego I though I would be going back to SD every other weekend because I just didn’t think I was going to make good friends here and have the community I had in college but the total opposite has happened and I couldn’t be happier (mostly because I don’t have to spend money on gas to SD every other weekend)!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: One of my favorite moments was when I made it on the leaderboard for the 500m row – I hadn’t done a rowing test since I was on the team and I was so pumped that I still had it in me! 1000m next. Another one of my favorite moments was the gauntlet. Even though I didn’t pass most of the events it was so much fun being in the competitive atmosphere and giving everything a shot.

Any advice for people just getting started? The best advice I would give anybody getting started is to not quit. So many of my friends complain to me that they would just suck at crossfit and embarass themselves if they ever tried it so they just don’t want to and I always tell them that everybody starts somewhere. Coming from someone who thought they were in shape before starting and then having to spend 4 hours in bed after my first WOD because I literally couldnt walk to now being able to tell people with confidence that my sport is crossfit – you just gotta stick with it and tell yourself that you will get better. “Can or can’t …no matter what you think, you’re right.”

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love to be outside at the beach all day long playing volleyball, football or pretending I’m a pro surfer! I also love music and love to sing but it is a rare occasion when I turn the voice on. Just give me food, music and sunshine and I am a happy camper.

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