CFLA Athlete Profile – Kim Smith
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: TV Development and Production at Yahoo
When did you first start CrossFitting?: March 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: March 2012
Favorite WOD: Helen, anything with rowing
Least Favorite WOD: Tie between Muscle Ups and Rope Climbing
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Best summed up as jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Tennis, swimming, ballet, volleyball…have played them all to varied success. I led my high school basketball team to the state championships with a little help from my teammate, Hakeem Olajuwon’s daughter. She was MVP. I was Most Spirited. Going to an all-girls high school, learning self-defense was recommended to everyone so I did Krav Maga for over five years. During college at USC I worked summer jobs at Equinox and the LA Athletic Club downtown. Despite the perks of membership you would likely find me at the smoothie bar before ever seeing me on a treadmill. My most consistent activity is yoga, which I’ve been practicing for 10 years. I had tried every workout in Los Angeles that has ever offered a Groupon, until…
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Driving west down Santa Monica Blvd. to work every morning I saw groups of fit, good-looking people running up and down the block and looking generally happy about it! I had to try it out!!
My first class was a nighttime advanced class with about 30 people in it – the most I’ve ever seen in a class even since. Oops. The WOD was a clean and jerk – I just kind of stood there dumbfounded and out of my element. Luckily Jonesy noticed and really helped walk me through the movements.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Confidence, awareness, focus…there are countless benefits. My body has completely changed – I am stronger, more muscular and in better cardiovascular shape than ever before. The biggest transformation for me is in my mental state while coming to CFLA. The quarterly personal goals check ins-where you would write what you were hoping to achieve both in and out of the gym-forced me to think about all aspects of my life that contribute to the overall picture of health. I see myself as an athlete now.
The first Whole Life Challenge changed how I thought about food. There is so much conflicting information out there and so I became a little bit obsessed with nutrition, the science behind it and striving to eat only nutrient dense foods. Which led me to get into cooking!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I feel incredibly tough and unbreakable. I have pushed beyond the limits I previously imagined for myself.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: The Thanksgiving morning run, Franklin Hill sprints and WLC yoga!
Also, I will never forget when I got a postcard in the mail from Michael congratulating me for crushing the Helen WOD. I definitely overcame a mental roadblock in the middle of that workout and was able to turn off that little voice in my head saying “you can’t” – and it was so incredible to me that anyone had noticed. Everyone here coaches each other and is really looking out for each other. I just hope one day I can provide that kind of support back in some way.
Any advice for people just getting started? The community here is just incredible. Don’t give up! It might seem overwhelming at first, but the group dynamic makes it work! I tried going rogue for a year, thinking I could do the workouts on my own. True Blood was cancelled and the Giants won the World Series. It just isn’t the same by yourself. Stick with it!!!
Keep a record of your PRs, I wish I had started earlier to keep track of improvements.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?I have a chef’s certification and adore cooking. All things farmers markets and dining out. Food in general!!! If anyone ever wants recipe ideas please ask!!! I love seeing movies, reading, photography and art.
“Open Workout 15.2”
2 rounds of
10 Overhead Squats (95/65) – Scaled: 6 OHS (65/45)
10 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups – Scaled: 6 Pull-Ups
2 rounds of:
12 OHS – Scaled: 8 OHS
12 C2B Pull-Ups – Scaled: 8 Pull-Ups
2 rounds of:
14 OHS – Scaled: 10 OHS
14 C2B Pull-Ups – Scaled: 10 Pull-Ups
Etc., Following the same pattern until the athlete cannot finish the prescribed reps in the given time.
And Coming Monday
Recovery Week: Practice
A) Back squat (Use 90% of 1RM + 4-10lb as 1RM)
60% x 5
65% x 5
70% x 5
B) 4 RFQ at ≤70 RPE w/ SOMSAVS* scoring
30 Double unders
12 Alt. pistols
10 Power cleans (50%)
1min Rest between rounds
*SOMSAVS = School of Mastery Self Assessed Virtuosity Scale