Name: Kristen
Occupation: Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Microbiology and Immunology

Fitness/Sports/Athletic Background:
-15 years dance training – ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre
– Recreational running, cycling and yoga

Family:
Husband Jason, Dog Pilot

When did you start CrossFitting?
March 2010

How did you hear about CrossFit?
A friend of mine owns a box in Halifax and I saw her pics on Facebook and I was hooked before I even started.

What do you like/dislike about CrossFit?
It’s addictive. This goes for both the “like” and the “dislike” categories. I like that it’s addictive because it keeps me coming back for more. But I dislike that it’s so addictive because that means I hate missing days. When I can’t make it one day and I see a WOD I’d really like to do, I’m disappointed. It also means that I’m dragging myself out of bed at 5am to guarantee that I make it to class (on time) each day.

Favorite WOD/Exercise/Skill?
Death by squats.

Least favorite WOD/Exercise/Skill?
I have a love/hate relationship with most WODs, but I wouldn’t complain if I never had to do wall balls or pullups again.

Besides CrossFit what do you like to do? Sports/Hobbies/Activities?
Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, baseball, ultimate… although since moving to MD last year I haven’t really done any of these.

Goals for 2011? 105 lbs split jerk, 210 lb deadlift and stop standing on a box when doing pullups. I should be able to jump the extra few inches to grab the pullup bar. Other than that I just hope to keep improving in general.

Advice for a newbie? Hang in there and one day the tricky skills will just click. I won’t say that it will get any easier, because you’ll find yourself pushing yourself harder as you improve, but the movements will become more natural.

Workout of the Day

“Grace”

30 Clean and Jerks (135/95)

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