CFCR ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Name… Natalie Clark
When did you start CrossFitting… April 2016
Favorite wod… AMRAPs and WODs with rowing, wall balls, or burpees (unless it’s a burpee bar or box jump over and then I want to quit and die)
Least favorite wod… Anything with running or overhead squats.
Favorite lift… Most overhead stuff, except for OHS!
Least favorite lift… Obviously OHS
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)… I’m from a small town in northeast KS and moved to Denver in 2005 to work as a clinical pharmacist at Children’s Hospital. My boyfriend and I moved to Castle Rock last year to escape the Denver chaos and I now work for UCHealth. We have 2 dogs, Banjo (pure mutt) and Wally (a puggle).
What were you doing before CrossFit.. I boxed from 2011-2015 and was always in fighting shape-probably the best shape of my life. When my gym changed ownership, I decided to move on from boxing and just did my own thing in the gym. I slowly lost my motivation and discipline and got more and more out of shape.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout… First thought was “I’m never letting myself get out of shape again!” It hurt as bad as I expected, but I also couldn’t wait to come back.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit… I mostly wanted to get back to feeling like an athlete who could train hard several days a week
Have you achieved any of those goals… Yes! My baseline fitness is so much better and by tracking my workouts I can see I’m improving.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym…. Definitely. I’ve played sports all of my life so doing this on a regular basis has made me feel so much more like myself. I’ve also met some amazing people here who have become great friends both in and out of the gym.
Any advice for people getting started… Don’t be too hard on yourself for the first few months, be patient with yourself, and don’t worry about where you finish compared to everyone else when you first start. We’ve all been there!
Some of your recent accomplishments… I finally figured out double-unders, thanks to DLay and Jocelyn’s class!
What makes CFCR special to you? I have to admit- I was almost weirded out by how friendly, humble, and welcoming everyone (members, coaches, owners!) was on my first day! And every day after, really. But it’s truly what kept me coming back and eased my nerves about being new to CrossFit. And even if the WOD is miserable, that hour is still full of entertainment thanks to everyone’s positive attitudes and humor.