CFLA Athlete Profile – Monica Dournaee Scott

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Hometown:  San Jose, California
Age: “One should never trust a woman who tells her real age.” -Oscar Wilde
Occupation: Attorney
When did you first start CrossFitting?: December 2007
When did you first start training at CFLA?: December 2007
Favorite WOD: “Two Girls For The Price Of One” and Murph
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves a 1RM

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I grew up as a swimmer and waterpolo player. In middle school, I fell in love with long-distance and cross-country running and I continued that through high school, along with water sports. I ran my first marathon in high school and was hooked after that. After a few years of long-distance running and triathlons I began to get “bored” and it was during this time that I found the perfect antidote, CrossFit. 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My brother actually got me hooked on CrossFit. He called me up one day in 2007, when CrossFit was fairly new, and told me about this new “type of workout” I should try, he knew I would love it. I immediately Googled “Los Angeles CrossFit” and came upon the CFLA website. I signed up for an intro class and a few days later I was huffing and puffing with Michael at the beach. I don’t really remember much about that first day, I think I may have blacked out a bit. What I do recall, is that whatever we did was HARD. When I tried to get up out of bed the next day my legs felt like a baby giraffe. That was all I needed. After that, I was hooked.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  While I still struggle with some movements, (ahem….box jumps…..yes, even after all these years), I think the biggest change is my attitude and outlook on life. I am more open to new things and to challenging myself, both mentally and physically.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? As I mentioned above, I think what most surprised me was my changed attitude and outlook on life. After starting CrossFit, I am more open to trying new things and being more confident when it comes to tackling physical challenges. The best example of this is our trip last year to Africa to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro (the hardest physical thing I have ever done by far, high-altitude is no joke!) I definitely would not have done something like that a few years ago!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments:  So many! I can’t even choose….. Some of my most memorable moments would be working out with the old “Beach Crew.” I loved working out outdoors in the fresh air. (Seriously, when is CFLA bringing back the Beach Program!??) It was so much fun being able to use all of the outdoor equipment, although I never liked doing Spiderman crawls in the sand. I do recall one fun “workout” where we pushed Jonesy’s truck up and down the street.  I also love partner workouts with my husband Ryan, we always have a good time and it’s nice to be able to share something you love with your partner. I also always have a great time with CFLA folks outside the gym, some of my most fun memories are from the Spartan Run in Malibu we did a few years back and, most recently, the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay.

Any advice for people just getting started? I think the best advice is just continue to show up!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? When I’m not at work or CFLA you can find me reading (biographies and memoirs are my favorite) or planning our next vacation. I love having a big trip to look forward to every year!


Friday’s Workout

A) Back squat (20min)
Work up to heavy 5

B) Press (15min)
Work up to heavy 5

C) 2 rounds for quality, alternating with a partner
1min Tire flips, Alternate after 1 rep
1min Burpee pullups, Alternate after 2 reps
1min Box jumps, Alternate after 3 reps
1min RKBS, Alternate after 4 reps

And Coming Monday

A) Tire flip skill practice (10-15min)
B) “Sky Jack”

10 Rounds for quality, 30sec rest between rounds

1 DB Turkish getup (Right)
3 DB split snatches (Right)
1 DB Turkish getup (Left)
3 DB split snatches (Left)
**Courtesy of DBWOD**




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