Athlete of the Month: Christine Ingleton

This month’s Athlete of the Month has made some some major progress and continues to get better each day. Her dedication and pure energy are contagious; it’s a pleasure to feature Christine Ingleton as our next bad ass athlete!

1.When and why did you start CrossFit?

I originally started CF just over 5 years ago. I had just suffered a miscarriage and was in a very dark place. My husband had been doing CF for a few months and the box was hosting a Murph celebration. I couldn’t believe the energy and family feeling – not to mention watching the athletes powering through the workout. I started the next day!
When we were getting ready to move to Middletown I’d not worked out for over 8 months and had gained over 40lbs! I started at Salus in February 2015 – my CrossFit Re-boot so to speak!

2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?

I was never very athletic, I didn’t do sports at school, I was never a runner and I swim like a rock – but I was always active. A lot of hiking & biking and now with my family, backpacking and rafting.
My stamina is much improved, both in the box and with my family. It’s good to know that I can not only perform at my “sport”, but it carries over into my leisure activities.

My stamina is much improved

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Yes – everything! Before CF I really had never moved my body in this way! I’m not very coordinated, so kipping and double unders did not come easily!

Before CF I really had never moved my body in this way!

4. How has your body physically changed since you started CrossFit?

I am starting to see muscle definition in my extremities! My arms and legs are becoming more muscular and I love it! (I’m pretty sure I might have an ab in there too!!)
I know that with my frame and body composition that I will never be waif-like – but I’ll be thrilled if I could be Briggs-like!

5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

When I started CF I really was in a bad place. I was depressed, drinking too much, not taking care of my self – only going through the motions of my life.
Now I’m in a much lighter, brighter frame of mind – when I lift it’s all consuming, you can’t think about anything but the lift – and that has helped me in ways I can’t describe.

Now I’m in a much lighter, brighter frame of mind

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

Most of my friends are CF’ers – so no explanation is necessary! LOL
It’s hard to explain the camaraderie and feeling of belonging that comes along with CF.

7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”.

CF to me is the most empowering thing I have ever done in my life; I am fitter, stronger and happier that I can ever remember. I can push myself physically in a safe environment, discovering what my body can do.

It is the most empowering thing I have ever done in my life;

8. Favorite WOD or lift?

My favourite lift is by far the deadlift – no surprise there! But then, not much beats a good back squat either!
I really enjoy WOD’s where you just keep moving.. Small bites over a long time – anything but running really!!

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Leave your ego at the door.
We were all beginners once – we all struggle – it all sucks until it’s over.
Ask for help or advise, we are all here for each other.
Work the program, trust the coaches.
You can do it – smile – HAVE FUN!!

We were all beginners once – we all struggle

10. What is your next goal to accomplish…or goat to kill?

I’ve discovered that I’m really competitive – I want to improve my open position to the top 100 in my age group and division next spring (212 this year). I dream about perhaps making regionals eventually (I’ve got 15 years to peak!!)

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

It would probably be a long chipper. Rowing – deadlifts (ha!) – kettlebells – s2oh and back squats.

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

I enjoy being in the mountains, spending time with my family…. But mostly I enjoying doing a whole lot of nothing for fun! Nothing beats an epsom salts bath, a glass of wine & a good book!

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “cheat” meal?

I like to keep my food simple – nothing beats a good steak and steamed veggies.
Cheat, argh…. so many things lol. but probably I’d have to say ice-cream. Vanilla soft serve with chocolate sprinkles – old school.

14. If you could be an Olympian which sport would you choose and why?

I think I’d like to be a hurdler – it was the only thing I was half way good at in school. Short, with a technical spin. It’s about technique, not just pure speed, just like a good lift.

15. Favorite motivational/Inspirational quote:

“If you change nothing, nothing will change”