CFLA Athlete Profile – Karen Ballentyne

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age: 47
Occupation: RN
When did you first start CrossFitting?: July 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: Jan 2012 Private sessions with Shirley Brown
Favorite WOD: Maya
Least Favorite WOD: Niki

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Played hockey as a child, ran track, volleyball, field hockey, skied, iced skated, and gymnastic as teen. As an adult, I continued to exercise at gyms and did pilates.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I read an article about CrossFitters and thought it would be something worth checking out. I would drive by the gym and thought why not. I called, talked with Niki, explained what I was looking to accomplish and the next thing I was paired up with Coach Shirley Brown.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I went from a size 12 to a 4 in 10 months My 6 year old tells me I have more muscles than Daddy. I have more energy, strength, and more endurance.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Not to limit yourself, try something unexpected!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: For me, it’s the women’s 9am class. The group of gals are a riot to be with!

Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t be intimidated! Jump into the advance class or as I refer to it ” the big boy’s and girl’s class” the encouragement you get is awesome!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Love my Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, baking anything, ( of course low calorie? Well maybe not so low calorie) and trying something new, which I recently did by joining the Speed Team!!

Friday’s Workout

A) Air Squatchella
Focus on spinal extension

B) For quality load, working up across sets
Overhead squats

C) 4 RFT on the 3:00
200m Run
2 Push press (85% of 1RM press)
3 Jerks
–2min Cap–

Coming Monday
Mental Toughness

Memorial Day “Murph”

1 mile run
100 Pull Ups
200 Push Ups
300 Squats
1 mile run

Scale however needed. Event starts at 8am. Heats begin shortly thereafter.
**No regular classes!**


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