Crossfit – Kristi Bird – July 2016

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Kristi Bird
When did you start CrossFitting… I have been going to Castle Rock CrossFit since May 2015.
Favorite wod… I pretty much like any Saturday partner WOD. I so appreciate the opportunity to catch my breath in the middle of a workout while my partner does their part.
Least favorite wod… Any of the workouts that require Thrusters or Overhead Squats
Favorite lift… Power Cleans
Least favorite lift… That is a toss up between Thrusters and Overhead Squats. Not a fan!
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)… Most of my family is from New Jersey and I spent the first 12 years of my life there. I then moved to South Florida and I stayed in Florida until I graduated from the University of Florida with my Masters Degree in Special Education. (Go Gators! ) After college, I spent some time teaching in Georgia and Alaska before settling here in Colorado and meeting my husband. We have two daughters, Becky (age 16 ) and Rachel (age 9). We also recently adopted a very cute and active Labradoodle puppy named Piper (age 9 weeks).
When I am not at CrossFit I spend most of my free time cleaning up after the puppy and trying to train her to use the bathroom outside. The rest of my free time is spent with family and hanging out with the gang of friends I have made at CrossFit. It is such a diverse group that there is always something different coming up that we are doing. I certainly think the trip to Mexico with just the girls was my favorite!What were you doing before CrossFit… I worked out sporadically by going to Yoga and Zumba classes and training for half marathons when they came up. All of those activities got pretty routine and boring after a while. I can’t say I have ever been bored at CrossFit. I have felt like passing out before, but I have never been bored!What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout… My neighbor, Deanna, had been trying to drag me to CrossFit with her for a year before I finally gave in. I never even lifted weights or touched a barbell before CrossFit, so it was pretty challenging! Brenda was the coach that day and we were doing Front Squats. I could barely move the next day, but I came back. After day two of CrossFit, I couldn’t quite figure out how to sit down on toilets and chairs because I was so sore. I had to learn to do a kind of controlled fall to sit and get through the day. It took me four days to recover enough to come back, but I did. In that first month of CrossFit I was so nervous that I felt like throwing up before most classes, but CrossFit was so different and had so much variety that it kept me interested. After over a year, I keep coming back because I think it is fun and there is still so much to learn. Sometimes, the “fun” part doesn’t quite kick in until after I am done with the workout!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit… I started CrossFit to get ready for a trip to Hawaii. I wanted to get toned and look better in my bathing suit. That was my first goal. After that I wanted to do a 20 inch box jump and graduate off of the trainer bar.

Have you achieved any of those goals… I did achieve those first goals, but now I have better ones.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym… I think I am in the best shape that I have ever been in. I played softball in high school, but I don’t remember being in this kind of shape. The coaches in high school didn’t work us as hard as the coaches at CRCF. I am also pretty impressed with my good cholesterol and blood pressure results. Apparently, my results put me in the athlete range. Considering I still feel like a beginner at CrossFit, I think that is pretty good!
I have to also mention the great group of friends that I have made and keep making through CrossFit. They really are the friendliest and most supportive group of individuals I have ever run across.

Any advice for people getting started… Try not to be intimidated by the amazing athletes that are RXing every workout and lifting 3x as much as you. Everyone started somewhere and those people are very willing to give pointers and share advice with you. People have different strengths and make progress at different rates. You will keep improving if you keep showing up. I also recommend paying for one of the extra skills classes. There are some moves that I don’t think you can master without extra practice and additional coaching.

Some of your recent accomplishments… I just learned how to do a double under a week ago. I still have a ton of practice to do until I can link them together without the singles in between for breaks, but it is a start. I also made it halfway up the rope today. I really need to learn how to make it down safely before I venture up much farther!

What makes CFCR special to you?! The people make CRCF great! The coaches and people you meet in the classes are so supportive and friendly. No matter what your level of fitness, strength, or your years experience, you immediately are accepted as one of the CFCR community. I really didn’t expect to make friends when I joined. I thought I would attend class, get a workout, and go home. It makes class so much more enjoyable once you start to get to know the other people!
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