CFLA Athlete Profile – Alyssa Parker
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Former Restaurant General Manager; Currently, Niki’s running partner, prepping for the Avalon 50 Miler!
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: Nov 2013
Favorite WOD: Anything with wall balls, rowing, or long workouts.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with any type of gymnastics movements!
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: My sister and I grew up playing sports. We were the girls playing neighborhood football with all of the boys. There wasn’t a day that went by that I wasn’t at some sort of softball, soccer, or volleyball practice/game. Ultimately, softball was my sport of choice. I played competitive softball all through middle school and high school, and eventually, softball is what got me into college. I was fortunate enough to play for Dartmouth College all four years—starting at first base for every single game. After graduation, I retired from softball. I spent the following years consistently working out and running, but was never able to fill the void of competitiveness or being part of a team that softball always provided me.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? One of my servers (in the restaurant industry) in Scottsdale was constantly coming to work with torn hands and sore muscles, and I was always giving her a hard time about it. Knowing that I worked out religiously, she challenged me to check out her CrossFit gym on their bring-a-friend day. Bored with my mundane workouts, and confident that I was already in great shape, I agreed to go. My first work out was Fight Gone Bad. It killed me—and I loved it. Never have I felt so exhausted so quickly. More importantly, I really enjoyed working out with like-minded people. I signed up that day and have been doing CrossFit ever since.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Most significantly, I’ve seen my mentality of health and fitness change for the better. In college, I used to think working out at the gym had to be a 3-hour ordeal for it to count. I spent many hours at the gym, isolated with my headphones, running on a treadmill and doing ab workouts. Boring! CrossFit has played a big part in redefining my body image. Strength and functionality is what drives me now. I am less concerned about a number on a scale and more focused on being a well-rounded and strong athlete.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? CrossFit has been able to fill the void that softball left. I’m able to feed my competitive spirit while feeling like part of a team. I used to be that person who believed working out with other people only held me back. Now I do not know how I would be able to get up every morning if it wasn’t for my 7am and 8am regulars. For someone who has moved 8 times since graduating college, CrossFit has provided me with a much needed community and family.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: The Buddy Battle was one of my favorite moments. Shout out to RyRy for being the best partner ever! I also really enjoyed the 2014 Open workouts. I feel like those 5 weeks really embodied the spirit and tenacity of CFLA. Mostly, I enjoy the day-to-day. I love my 7am & 8am classes. I love watching people break through personal barriers. Lastly, I truly enjoy “stretching”, mostly talking, with people after workouts.
Any advice for people just getting started? Humility, especially for people who are already “fit”. We all have strengths; we all have weaknesses. Show up on the days with movements that are difficult for you. Stay consistent. Know your limits and scale things when appropriate.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Wait… we’re supposed to do things outside of CrossFit? I’m at the gym all of the time! On the rare occasion I am not at the gym, I enjoy surfing, playing flag football (summer 2014 champs!! Woot woot), and playing tennis with my sister. When I’m not outside, I do make time for quite a bit of TV… is the new Bachelor season on yet?
6 on the 6:00
And Coming Monday
3 Rounds for Time:
15 DL (225/155)
Scaling for HSPU:
A) HSPU with head level with hands
B) HSPU with 1-2 Abmats under head
C) HSPU from box