This month’s featured athlete has displayed such a commitment to the sport of CrossFit. Dina is focused on improving her skills and displayed a strong effort in all her WODs. It’s exciting to watch! She’s stepping outside of her comfort zone regularly and just registered for her first CrossFit competition! We’re excited to have Dina be CrossFit Salus’ Athlete of the Month for March 2014!
1. When and why did you start CrossFit?
I started crossfit in Aug of 2013. I had heard about it from a good friend. Her enthusiasm when she talked about it made me eager to try it. I drove past Salus a few days later and just had to stop in to see what it was all about. I went to an intro class and was instantly hooked. Finished my On Ramps in a few weeks and started classes right away. I get bored very easy and I love change so Crossfit is the absolute perfect program for me. I love seeing what the next WOD will bring!
2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?
It’s changed so much since I started 6 months ago. I am so much more comfortable with all the exercises and lifts. I don’t shy away from trying anything. Seeing my improvement over time is so addicting. I love seeing that little gold star!!!
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Definitely!! Most of what I do at Crossfit, I never did before. I never did a pull-up. I will never forget one of my first WOD’s, EVA (yikes). I was using three bands to assist me in my pull-ups. I needed all the help I could get. Then, on New Year’s Day, I did my first unassisted pull-up. It was a huge accomplishment for me. It motivated me to make 2014 a year full of PR’s. I can’t wait to compare myself in another 6 months.
4. How has your body physically changed since you started CrossFit?
My body has changed a lot. I am definitely stronger all around. And my favorite part, I have the best ABS I‘ve ever had in my lifeJ. That six pack is starting to surface!!!
5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways? (Sleep habits, stress management, as a mom, mental focus, sex life, work productivity, etc)
Crossfit has changed my life so much and is a priority for me now. I am a much happier person. I have more energy than ever, sleep better, and stress a lot less. As a mother of 2 little girls, I’ve managed to lose focus on myself many times. I would get into my “funks” as I would like to call it. And I know there are many moms out there that can relate. It would take me a while to get back into the grove of a workout regimen and force myself to go to the gym. Since starting Crossfit, this is the first winter in over 5 years that the “funk” didn’t get the best of me. I no longer plan my workouts around everything else. I plan everything else around my workouts!! No more excuses!!! Making Crossfit a priority in my life makes me a happier person all around. When I take care of myself, I am a better mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. And my husband definitely likes my new and improved body;)
6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?
AMAZING!! Life changing! And the best thing I ever did for myself!! I could go on for hours if they are willing to listen…hahaJ
7. What keeps you motivated to continue?
My energy! I love how great I feel. Seeing my improvements weekly is a huge motivation. And of course, my surroundings at the box. What’s better then working out with amazing coaches and members!?!? They are all amazing motivation!
8. Favorite WOD or lift?
I am a big fan of squats believe it or not. Front squats, back squats, OH squats, thrusters…. I have done more squats in the last 6 months then I have done in my lifetime… I like to work my quads and glutes. Every girl wants a nice booty and that takes workJ.
9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?
I would say don’t hesitate…“jump right in”. Don’t let anything intimidate you, a workout or a beastly member… That beast will be the first one cheering you on when you’re struggling to finish the WOD. And everything is scalable so don’t shy away from anything. Before you know it you will be PR’ing like crazy!!
10. What is your next goal to accomplish…or goat to kill?
Those darn DUBS!!! I am dying to master the dubs. HSPU are definitely on my list and maybe, just maybe a muscle up?!?! Hey, never say never in Crossfit. Or that will cost you burpeesJ
**I want to thank Gino and Angela for being such amazing coaches! You have created such a great community of members and friends. I am very fortunate to get to work out in such an amazing atmosphere every day, especially getting to work out with you two. You are both an inspiration and give me such great motivation!!**