CFLA Athlete Profile – Renee Reiff

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“CrossFit Open 14.3 Workout”

8 Minute AMRAP
10 Deadlifts (135/95)
15 Box Jumps
15 Deadlifts (185/135)
15 Box Jumps
20 Deadlifts (225/155)
15 Box Jumps
25 Deadlifts (275/185)
15 Box Jumps
30 Deadlifts (315/205)
15 Box Jumps
35 Deadlifts (365/225)
15 Box Jumps

Box jump height stays at 24″/20″


A) 3 RFQ :45:15
GHD Back Ext
Strict AbMat Sit-ups
KB Chop Rt
KB Chop Lt
*KB Chop Demonstration Video*

B) With a partner, complete
DL (155/105)
Thrusters (155/105)

C) 20 minutes, complete
3×5 FS (+2-5)
3×10 Chin-ups (weighted or assisted)

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Hometown: Woodland, CA
Age: 20
Occupation: UCLA Student, Intern at MGM, Intern at CFLA
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June 2013
When did you first start training at CFLA?:
September 2013
Favorite WOD: Anything with squat cleans and situps
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves overhead work (especially overhead squats)

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I grew up playing soccer and basketball my entire life. I tried out cross-country, but I found very quickly that distance running wasn’t my thing. I attempted T-Ball, but grew bored of it and same with ballet. Soccer and basketball stuck with me because of how physical the sport was. I was never the star player, but I loved just being part of the team and competitively playing against people. I also made some of my closest friends through those sports who are still my best friends today. But I gave up sports in college because I wasn’t good enough to play in college league and that wasn’t my passion, I found I’d rather be a theater nerd smile. Before CrossFit, I would do my own workouts at the UCLA gym but it never felt like it was giving me results and it was mainly a solo workout kind of place. The thing I love most about CrossFit is that it’s more a competition with myself and pushes me harder than I ever have before, plus I get to workout with friends!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I was living in San Luis Obispo with my sister over the summer and she somehow convinced me to take a CrossFit class with her. I had never heard of CrossFit before and when I researched it I definitely didn’t think I could do what I saw in those videos. Plus, I had never really lifted weights before. I only ran sprint drills and things like that in soccer so I thought I was in over my head. I remember one of my first WOD’s was Nancy. I could only do the OHS with a barbell and nearly fell over halfway through the workout (I had zero upper body strength)! It kicked my butt in a way no other sport had, and I wanted more. So I kept showing up and eventually have grown stronger. Nancy is still my worst enemy WOD though, that chick is tough. Whenever I see her name on the board I shutter.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I never thought I could deadlift 200 pounds before! I just feel more confident in my own body than I ever have in my entire life. A moment when I realized I was strong was when I opened a very tightly sealed jar in a breeze (heck yaa didn’t have to ask for help). I also don’t need help lifting heavy objects because I got this now. However I might not be the fastest or lift the heaviest, but just getting through a WOD is an accomplishment for me. I am also less self-conscious about what I eat now. The WLC has been awesome and taught me a lot that I will keep trying to incorporate in my life, but man do I love pancakes and pizza. I decided I am only here on this Earth once so I don’t want to spend time wanting to shoot myself for eating a piece of cake. After the Femme Royale I remember hearing some random girls stressin’ about only eating Paleo after the competition. In my mind I’m like, “Dude I just did three WOD’s in a row, I want a burger!” I don’t spend time anymore freaking out over what I eat.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
CrossFit has definitely taught me mental discipline and patience. When I first started I would look around and see people lifting crazy numbers and finishing WOD’s so fast and all I wanted was to be on their level. But I learned very quickly that I couldn’t just walk in and do that. I now use this mental discipline when tackling the film industry and school because it takes time to learn and become great at something. I want to start from the bottom and take my time learning the basics so that I am prepared and ready for anything the industry throws at me. I also did not expect to be surrounded by such amazing people. I feel like I have found a home in a huge city. Throughout college I have had no family to go to when things got rough because home is too far away. Now, I feel like I have people here I can rely on and go to. Sometimes, I come to the gym after having a bad day and walking up those stairs and being happily greeted by Niki and Lauren is enough to make my day better. The fact that the entire staff takes the time to get to know each person really makes CFLA home. So thank you Andy, Lauren, Niki, Diz, Shirley, Jonesy, Kenny, Hacker, Chip, Michael, and Jen for letting me be a part of your family.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments:
I do private training with Shirley and for months we have been working on kipping. For some reason it wasn’t clicking in my head. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the movement. And each week we would get closer and Shirley would always say, give me a pull up and I’d almost nail it but kept missing. One day Shirley said it again, give me a pull up. And this time I was like screw it I’m over failing, I’m going to get this. And out of nowhere I pumped one out and pulled all the way through! It was freaking awesome, I couldn’t believe I did that without a band. Without Shirley I would not have gotten there, she is truly amazing and I am blessed. I also love hanging out upstairs with Lauren and Niki! Those two crack me up on a daily basis and take good care of me. And of course, I had a blast competing in my first CrossFit competition with Monica Arteche. She is the best support system.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Same advice Shirley gave me, just keep showing up. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results right away, good things come to those who wait!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? This is random but I love to cross-stitch and play the piano, been doing both since I was young. I am also a sound designer for theater and film at UCLA; I could spend hours working in Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro. I also love to film with my GoPro so you’ll probably see me filming some WOD’s. But one of my favorite things is taking spontaneous trips like going camping or to Disneyland, a museum, hiking, a concert, Lake Tahoe, anything! I love to explore, especially road trips with friends. Sitting down and reading a good book is fun too!



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