Athlete Profile: Mary B.
PCF: When did you start with PCF?
MB: January 2011
PCF: Favorite WOD
MB: Anything that does not involve body weight movements, especially Burpees.
PCF: Least Favorite WOD
MB: Anything with Burpees involved.
PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
MB: Growing up, I played basketball year round from a very young age so I was used to having exercise built in to my life in the form of daily practices. In high school I was introduced to lifting and plyometrics, but it happened infrequently with little benefit. In college I remember walking in to the student gym and feeling totally overwhelmed. I had no idea how to workout other than belonging to a team sport. Needless to say those few years were a hodge podge of sorts. Four years ago with my move to the DC area I started running half marathons and did a few triathlons, I liked the idea of having a set plan and goal at the end. I had not heard of crossfit before my husband introduced me to it and I started a few months after he did at PCF.
PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
MB: It was thrilling and terrible all at the same time. I would say thrilling because it felt promising that I would get the hang of the movements and it felt good to finish. On the other hand, it was terrible because it was by far the most I had physically and mentally pushed my body in a really long time. I could not believe how exhausted and sore my body was.
PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs.
MB: When I look back at what I was doing when I first started PCF and where I am today I just think holy cow! I am the strongest I have been at any point in my life, I can do pull-ups that I never thought I’d be able to do without bands and I can complete some WODs rx’d. For example, I completed half Cindy a few weeks ago for the first time rx’d. The last time I did half Cindy I had to use bands for the pull-ups and I did knee push-ups.
PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments you’d like to share?
MB: I really enjoyed participating in the paleo challenge. The same week I started my foundations class I also jumped right into the challenge. It was a great way to jump into the PCF community, learn about paleo cooking and transition into a much healthier lifestyle.
PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
MB: First, write down your workouts, you’ll always have something to look back at and see how far you’ve come. Plus, I can never remember what weights I did the week before so writing it down helps. Secondly, ask questions to coaches or other members. We’ve all been in your shoes with the same exact questions.
PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
MB: That’s easy, Erika. She’s the fittest and cutest pregnant women ever. I only wish I could dominate the WODs like she does!
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EMOTM 10 Minutes
1 Rope Climbs
4 Handstand Push-ups/Negatives/Holds/DB Press
Hang Squat Snatch (95/65)
Hang Squat Snatch (65/42)
Overhead Squats (65/42)
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