CFLA Athlete Profile – Maggie Griffin

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Hometown:  Chicago, IL
Age: 28
Occupation: Operations Management, Department of Pathology at UCLA
When did you first start CrossFitting?: February 2013
When did you first start training at CFLA?: February 2013
Favorite WOD: I like running, but specifically I like WOD’s with multiple runs.  They give me a chance to chase, as well as refocus.
Least Favorite WOD: Wall Balls are extremely mentally challenging for me.  It’s really easy to throw down the ball and even more difficult to pick it back up. 

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I tried a lot of different sports growing up; the problem being I wasn’t really good at any of them.  So when high school rolled around, I went to the one team that didn’t cut anyone, Cross Country.  I grew to like running, and loved race days, which were the perfect mix of anticipation, nervous energy, and adrenaline.

In college, I randomly started playing Ultimate (Frisbee), simply because I wanted to try something new.  At first it started off as a fun way to stay in shape, and meet people, but I quickly realized how much I loved it and how competitive it was throughout the entire country.  My team use to run about 1-2 track practices a week, mixed in with some tabata workouts, and then, of course, 2 am practices (since we were borrowing Michigan Football’s indoor practice facility) or practiced in 3 feet of snow (did I mention that it was Michigan?)

I now play for the Los Angeles Women’s Ultimate Team, Viva, travelling to about 3-5 tournaments for the regular season and then another 2-3 for playoffs which are in September-October.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?The first time I heard about CrossFit was through other Ultimate players.  They were all using it as a cross-training tool, and loving the performance results.  Andy (Dunn) also joined CFLA before me, and pressured me into joining.

My first WOD was a Saturday, so it had a whole lot of body weight movements.  I think it was 1 mile run, followed by 50 pushups, sit-ups, and squats, finishing off with a 1 mile run.  I think I went into a little bit of shock when I saw it.  After finishing it, I had two reactions: That was really hard.  And I think I’m going to like CrossFit.  

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? The first time I really started to notice changes in body was during my 2nd Whole Life Challenge.  But even more so than the physical changes, I noticed my mentality had completely changed for the better.  I broke my toe on the very first day of the challenge, and instead of giving up (which would have been the easy thing to do, and something I definitely would have done in the past), I figured out what I could do exercise wise (with Shirley’s help) and did it.  I’m less likely to give up because of a setback, and that’s awesome. 

 CrossFit has definitely improved my Ultimate game too, increasing my endurance, stamina, and overall confidence on the field.  I also think that it’s help improve my recovery time after a long weekend of playing. 

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I was definitely hesitant to try and join CrossFit.  I think because I had tried all these other gyms/personal trainers/fitness regimes, and I was worried about the cost/benefit of the program.  (I couldn’t have been more wrong, by the way).  But I think that CrossFit has changed the way I look at new experiences and challenges now.  I’m way more active (even outside of sports) and I feel like I seek out new adventures.  

Also, I get excited to go workout now.  That’s definitely not something I thought I would ever say.

 Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Femme Royale was an unbelievably fun experience.  It was great to be part of the CFLA community and cheer everyone on, and know that everyone was going to do the same for me.  And then waking up to a bunch of Groupme texts, already reminiscing about the workouts, and how we were all so super sore. 

 The CrossFit Open was another amazing experience.  I couldn’t have asked for a better  team (BOOM-shak-a-laka), but even more than that the support that I got from the coaches to get my first TTB, and first 65 lb overhead squat was the best feeling in the world.  I had to do one of the Open workouts at another CrossFit gym one weekend, and even though it was their official open workout, it didn’t even come close to CFLA’s Open Saturdays.  The energy and fun were just not there. But I think that’s when I realized how lucky I was to be a part of an amazing community at CFLA. 

Any advice for people just getting started?  Don’t believe what you read on the internet. It’s so important to know your own limits, but also push them.  You’ll definitely surprise yourself.   

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I recently graduated with my Master’s in Public Health and Business Administration, so I’m finally allowed to have hobbies and interests again!  I’m passionate about public health issues especially childhood obesity, women’s health issues, and smoking cessation. I’m a fanatic about sports, especially college football (go blue!)  Nothing beats fall Saturday mornings. I also love traveling, especially across the Pacific Ocean and am really excited to get my PADI diving certificate this fall.  I love the water and wakeboard/wake surf every chance I get; although I can’t seem to master regular surfing quite yet. I’m constantly searching for a new TV show (after binge watching all the HBO, BBC America, and Netflix Originals I possibly could) or book to read (GoT, and 1Q84 are the most recent).     

Friday’s Workout

A) 3RFR on the 3:00
Max Effort Bench press (BW / ⅔ BW)
**30 sec cap each round**

B) In 10 min
Max kipping pull-ups
**200m Run every time you come off bar**

100m Sandbag front carry
250m Row

And Coming Monday

A) 20 Front squats (+2%)

B) “Barbell Continuum”
2 Rounds of 2 circuits for quality
3 Deadlifts
3 Sumo deadlift high pulls
3 Power cleans
3 Push presses
3 Front squats
3 Squat cleans
3 Jerks
3 Power snatches
3 Overhead squats
**Hold onto bar through both circuits of each round**
**Rest 2 min between rounds**
**Courtesy of CF Vancouver**

C) 3 Rounds for quality reps on the 4:00
:45 HSPU
200m Run





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