Athlete Profile: Lacie M.
ATHLETE PROFILE: Lacie M.
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
When did you first start CrossFitting?: January, 2010
When did you first start training at CFLA?: January, 2011
Favorite WOD: Helen
Least Favorite WOD: Murph
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I have participated in sports and activities (volleyball, basketball, running, swimming, skiing, yoga, pilaties, modern dance) my entire life. After college I felt displaced going to gyms and classes, struggling to find something I enjoyed, not really getting into a workout program. In 2009 I started running half marathons, took up a yoga intensive program and started coaching high school volleyball. When I found CrossFit, something clicked and I became instantly obsessed and felt like I found what I was looking for. It’s allowed me to get better at team sports, set goals and challenge myself.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My first WOD was in May of 2009 at Undisputed Fitness in Santa Fe, NM. It was fight gone bad and I had no idea what Crossfit was and didn’t know I was doing it. I was there looking for a more intense conditioning program to add to my running and yoga schedule. It was hard and I remember hosting a gala a few hours after and having a very hard time wearing heels and standing.
I went back to Undisputed but it was about 6 months before they started the actual Crossfit program. The leaps I made in strength and athletic improvement from the day we started Crossfit programming smashed what I did in the 6 months between that first day and the beginning of Crossfit programming.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I have lost 10 pounds overall but the difference in muscle to fat is huge.
When I started, I was unable to do a full pullup or lift a 45 pound bar more than a few times and my vertical jump barely got me over the volleyball net. Mentally, I had no idea of my limits and would stop myself far before I was actually challenging myself.
Now I can do kipping pullups, lift way more weight than I ever dreamed and can block people 6 inches taller than me on the volleyball court. I have learned to push myself and my limits and how to control the little voice that tells me I can’t.
I have changed my diet, my attitude and my outlook.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The emotional changes were something I never expected. I had no idea how negative my mind was or how much I was holding myself back. Crossfit has given me a new power and understanding of the limits I put on myself. It has also given me a sense of community and belonging that I have never experienced.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Everyday I walk in to friendly people, smiles and high fives. I love that!
Any advice for people just getting started? Keep with it. Go several days in a row and keep track of your success.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Business and marketing are a passion of mine. I am somewhat addicted to work.