CFLA Athlete Profile – Woogene Lee
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
Occupation: Restaurant Owner (fundamentalLA – check it out!)
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 2013
When did you first start training at CFLA?: 2013
Favorite WOD: Anything involving cleans and/or pull-ups
Least Favorite WOD: Anything involving running (franklin hill…ehhhh)
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I grew up mostly swimming, playing soccer, and golfing. In high school, I focused on just golf, and spent a LOT of time playing around CA and traveling around the country playing on the Junior circuit. Eventually I got burnt out and retired (quit) when I graduated. Since then it’s been random workouts (curls, skull crushers mostly), swimming, playing soccer here and there, until I joined CFLA.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I got super interested in CF when I first watched random youtube videos. One of my first was the Rich Froning/Jason Khalipa 13.5 workout where they were facing off and just kept moving for what seemed like forever. I looked deeper into what CF was and pretty much everything about it appealed to me–the whiteboard, the structured WODs, tracking metrics and improvement, people in class supporting each other through a tough workout, all of it.
My first day at CFLA was a Saturday during the Crush Cancer Saturdays last year. This workout in particular was as many reps as possible in 1min of each of the five movements (clean, shoulder to overhead, double under, burpee, kettlebell swings), then, 2 min of rest, then that same number of reps for time. I remember thinking I was in decent shape, but I couldn’t clean 65lbs, or do more than a few burpees at a time. I went home shaking and exhausted, passed out on the sofa, and was sore for the next 4 days. It was amazing, and I was hooked.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Since I started CF, there’s been a huge improvement in my functional fitness. I can tell I’m able to lift random things off the floor more safely and easily (cases of beer, sandbags, barbells…) than before. Even though I lifted weights before I started CF, I think about lifting completely differently now–no more walking back and forth from curls to chest flys. In general, everyone on the coaching staff has got me thinking about how my body works together, how tight hammies can cause a sore back, the importance of range of motion and mobility, etc.
Also my thighs are bigger, for sure.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I think much more holistically about my fitness and lifestyle than I ever have before. Working out used to be about bigger arms and chest, but CFLA has me thinking of working out as just part of a thought process and routine that includes mobilization, daily journaling and goal setting, reflection, thinking about diet (I may not eat right, but at least I feel guilty about it now), supplementation, etc. I expected to get really jacked, but I’ve gotten so much more out of it than that.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: The 2014 CF Open days all stand-out in my head as being the most fun, inspiring, and memorable. It was shortly after I had joined the gym, and starting a month before the first workout, I could feel the energy building–everyone encouraging everyone else to sign-up and participate. The actual workouts were a combination of energy and positivity expressed through WODing (yup, that’s a word), dancing, chanting (ohhhh, a lay lay), and cheering. Zach and Kenny hugging with the rest of CFLA going crazy and supporting at the end of 14.5 at Trojan CF was particularly insane!
Any advice for people just getting started? The biggest piece of advice I can give is to pick a class, and go to that class consistently. Get to know the others in your class, learn new things about people, make new friends (I love my 7am class). My favorite aspect of CFLA is the community. I love the people, how we interact with and support each other. I’ve made a lot of awesome friends here. Take advantage of this opportunity in this big city to make friends with like-minded people who are genuine and amazing. You’ll get stronger physically and emotionally.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Any free time I have I try to be eating, relaxing, or working out. I love Grower Champagne, and I can drink a lot of it, so I would count that as a talent.
7 Hang squat cleans (155/105)
Then, 50 Burpees
And Coming Monday
100 Pull ups
100 Push ups
100 Sit ups
– 25 minute time cap
Scale beg: ½ Angie
Scale int: ¾ Angie
***MUST do movements in order***