Athlete of the Month: Cassie Bernardini

This month’s Athlete of the Month is dedicated and energetic. She’s made amazing progress and comes to class with a massive smile on her face…no matter what the WOD says. Cassie Bernardini’s positive energy is contagious and we’re proud to feature her story.

Be sure to give this girl a chalky high-five next time you see her at the box!

When and why did you start CrossFit?

I joined CrossFit about a year ago after my dad asked me to give it a try for about the 100th time. This time he asked I just happened to be feeling like my lifestyle wasn’t what I wanted and I wasn’t happy with myself.

Staying in my comfort zone wasn’t working for me anymore…

…so it was time to try something new and the support of my family helped me give it a try.

How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?

In a million different ways! Sometimes I have great days and sometimes I have terrible days, but I always try to find something in each class to be proud of myself for.

Even if it’s just the fact that I didn’t puke.

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

I can run! I’m not the fastest runner and sometimes it feels like I’m crawling, but it’s getting there.

I recently ran 2000m without stopping and it was such an amazing feeling, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire day.

How has your body physically changed since you started CrossFit?

Things are starting to take shape! It’s nice to get compliments from my girlfriends about my “glutes” but I’m pretty psyched about my arms getting some definition.

How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

Where to start?! I’m a happier person in general and …

I’ve gained a sense of pride in myself for the things I can accomplish.

Health wise, things are going in the right direction.

After having my thyroid removed five years ago, all my blood tests are finally hitting the right levels and I’m no longer anemic!

How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

Pure and utter insanity but so much fun.

You’ll surprise yourself constantly with what you can accomplish and how far you can be pushed. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging that even when you fail something you feel proud you made the attempt.

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

Getting stronger and seeing all the ladies at the box and what they accomplish. The women at our box are strong and motivated to get stronger it’s hard not want to be just like them. I also wouldn’t mind if I could be just as strong as my sister, Jessica, and keep up with her in a WOD one day. Maybe even beat her!

Favorite WOD or lift?

I loved doing the tire flips. It made me feel like I could singlehandedly change the flat on a 16-wheeler.

I do love a good back squat too, but only if Spice Girls are playing.

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

Don’t give up and don’t be scared. …

And eventually you will start to like mixing Metallica and System of a Down with Pitbull and Macklemore.

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

Eventually, I’d love to do a band free pull-up. Just one! But for now, I’d like to just use a smaller band that hangs down from the bar and not across.

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

Tire flips, air squats and snatches

Favorite thing to do for fun?

I like to watercolor paint portraits and take unnecessarily long drives for coffee.

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

Fav Healthy Dish: Cauliflower rice mixed with ground chipotle turkey, arugula and avocado.
Fav Cheat Meal: Asbury Biergarten pretzel with a bratwurst and a dirty martini.

Favorite motivational/Inspirational quote?

“For the love of god don’t puke.”-Me ….

“If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”- Thomas A. Edison