CFLA Athlete Profile – Miranda Naylor

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Hometown: Alamo, CA
Age: 30 on Feb 19!
Occupation: Family doctor in residency.
When did you first start CrossFitting?: October 2012
When did you first start training at CFLA?: December 2012
Favorite WOD: Anything metcon with bodyweight moves. That’s my jam.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with a lot of rowing.. I’m like molasses on a rower!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I was active in team sports as a kid.. swim team, t-ball, softball, soccer, and dance. Despite my involvement in sports, I was never a particularly athletic kid and lacked a competitive drive. I was the kid in PE who walked the mile and complained about her inner thighs chafing. One by one I lost interest in all of the sports except dance which I continued up until college. Throughout high school and college I was a gym rat and did the typical mindless cardio and machine routine. During my freshman year of college, I added about 20 lb onto my already chubby frame from all the crap I was eating (top ramen, anyone?). That was the least healthy I’ve ever been and I felt disgusting. But my desire to lose weight motivated me to become interested in nutrition, which is now a huge part of my life and career! By the end of my sophomore year, after meeting this dreamy guy named Chad, my husband now, I lost about 25 lb thanks to my new healthy eating habits (and becoming vegetarian!) and doing a lot of interval training. In medical school, I started running and lost another 5 lb or so.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My friend in medical school did CrossFit near our school in Upland, CA and told me about their free group class on Saturday. One day my other friend and I went to check it out. The WOD was a group effort bodyweight workout with squats, sit ups, pull ups, and running. I loved the group dynamic of working together to get the reps done. It was so motivating! A couple months later when Chad was looking for a new workout, bored of the gym, I suggested CrossFit! I had run by CFLA many times and seen those hunky men and svelte women running the 800m loop. I knew he would love it. What I didn’t realize was how huge a part of my life it would become!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I thought I was fairly fit when I started CrossFit but I quickly realized how wrong I was! I was definitely “skinny fat” and was not strong at all. I’ve toned up like crazy and developed so much more muscle definition over the past few years. And I’ve gotten so much stronger! I’m still a lightweight in class but I’m finally doing some movements Rx which makes me feel so proud!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? First off, CFLA has offered some amazing friendships and a sense of community that I never expected, especially in LA. It’s also fostered a competitive spirit (friendly competition of course) that helps push me to work harder and lift heavier. And the dedication I’ve learned to get through a tough workout has translated into every aspect of my life. I feel like I can get through any uncomfortable situation with my new found inner cheerleader yelling “Come on! You can get through this! Just a little farther!”

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Supporting CFLA at outside events is so much fun! I participated in Crush Cancer this past year and had a blast. Just witnessing so many people working hard toward a common goal is inspiring. I also love just mobilizing before class while chatting, and getting through a tough workout with the amazing CFLA folks. It also feels pretty damn good to PR or finally nail a movement you’ve been working toward!

Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t be afraid to push yourself! When I first started CrossFit, I was afraid to lift heavy. Of course I was afraid to hurt myself since I wasn’t used to olympic lifting moves. But also, as a woman, the fitness world kept telling me I was supposed to do high reps and low weight. Otherwise you’ll get bulky and no girl wants the dreaded bulk, they say! But it didn’t take long to realize that it’s really hard for me to build muscle! Now I still listen to my body, but I push myself as much as I can and have gotten a lot stronger.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love doing yoga, hiking with my Boston Terrier Bella, traveling, eating, and cooking.. And yes, I post a lot of food pics! Sorry! Food is a huge part of my life and I can’t help but share it with the people I love 😉


Friday’s Workout

A) Double under skill practice

B) 5 RFQ on the 4:00
10 Burpees
10 Toes to bar
20 Alt Pistols
**3min Cap each round**

And Coming Monday
Mental Toughness

“OPT’s Repeatability Test”
3 rounds, at 100% effort
250m Row
10 KBS (32/24)
10 Burpees
10 KBS (32/24)
10 Burpees
10 KBS (32/24)
250m Row
**Rest exactly 12 min between rounds**
**See 7/30/14**



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