CFLA Athlete Profile – Cathy Beach


5 rounds for time, 3 min rest in between rounds
20 pull-ups
30 push-ups
40 sit-ups
50 squats


A) Front Squat 3×5 @ 80-82.5%

B) EMOM 8 – Jerk
Working up to heavy triple

C) 4 rounds :90:90
Round 1:
200m run AFAP
Max supine ring rows

Round 2:
200m run AFAP
Max Strict CTB Chin-ups

Round 3:
200m AFAP
Max strict ring/bar dips
Round 4:
200m AFAP
Max Strict CTB Chin-ups

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Cathy on Cathy time.

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Occupation: West Coast Wholesale Coordinator for Alternative Apparel
When did you first start CrossFitting?: Jan 2009
When did you first start training at CFLA?: Jan 2009 (I don’t even think my membership is recorded back that far but it’s true….)
Favorite WOD: Anything with handstands, box jumps, pull-ups, situps…. ok, anything without running.
Least Favorite WOD: Franklin hill sprints

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Competitive gymnast throughout childhood, trained a ridiculous amount of hours for a kid under 10 yrs old. Burnt out by high school, switched to competitive cheer and competed on 3 different squads. Went back to coaching gymnastics in college under 1996 Olympian Amanda Borden, who was one of my heroes. Spent post-college years slogging away on the elliptical with an US weekly, and had a 6-month stint of faithful pilates devotion until I found CrossFit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Don’t know what my first WOD was, but I do remember my intro with Michael. For some reason, I didn’t think I’d actually be working out that day, and when he told me to start the baseline, I was kind of blindsided. But I liked it.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Fitness-wise, this has been the only thing I’ve stuck to and thoroughly enjoyed since high school. Although I’ve been thinner before, I’m healthier now than I have been in a decade. My eating went from lean cuisines & diet coke to an organic, vegetarian, whole-foods diet, and I don’t know if that would’ve happened had I still been up in LA Fitness pumping on that elliptical, powering through sugarfree Redbulls. However, after doing this for 5 years, I know that I need to go through phases where I’m coming multiple times a week for a few months, and then drop down to a couple times a week to let my body recuperate.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? That I’ve stuck with it for so long. I don’t really even remember adult life before CrossFit….

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Training in the mornings w/ Kenny and the whole team for 2011 Regionals, going to France a few years ago with my jump rope determined to come back w/ multiple double-unders, learning to butterfly pull-up thanks to Shirley, & coming back to CFLA after a year away and feeling like I never left.

Any advice for people just getting started? Be on time to class? smile

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I have a masters in clinical psychology from Pepperdine, and plan on actually starting my licensure hours this year, with a possible PhD looming in the future. I also like sample sales, green juice, and weekend afternoon naps.

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