Each month we bring you an interview with one of the inspiring athletes at Salus. We highlight this individual because they have something very special. They give their best in every class, they are hungry to learn and always ready to put in the work. Not only that, but this person supports their fellow classmates and encourages them to reach their goals, too. This athlete embodies what we believe the Salus Community should be all about.
This month we are excited to highlight Christina Froelich. Christina started with us back at the containers in the complex parking lot during COVID – you remember training outdoors in the sun, rain, snow…dust and pollen?! We knew she was tough from the start to begin in that kind of environment.
“Christina is an extremely hard worker, she sets goals and picks things out of her comfort zone to challenge and better herself. She is so positive and supportive of others and a pleasure to coach. She directly shows her appreciation for the help we give her and I have lots of pride for her, we are blessed to have her.” ~Coach Gino
“Christina is one of those athletes that is always a pleasure to have in class. Although she has experience she is open to learning and applies the cues given to her. Don’t take her quietness for weakness cause she is fierce!!” ~Coach Scott
“Christina does not back down from a challenge. Many may associate her with Barbell Club first. However, she has been working hard on improving gymnastics work and even ran a 1/2 marathon in the last year. While coaching her, you can see she is driven to improve, soaking up any advice you give.” ~Coach Erin
Meet Christina Froelich, Athlete of the Month for May 2023
1. When and why did you start at Salus?
I started in August 2020 during Covid because rugby still wasn’t happening and I needed a safe gym to get back into regular fitness.
2. How has your performance changed since you started at Salus?
I’m the best athlete I’ve ever been since starting at Salus. I’ve been a competitive athlete my entire life, and now I have more overall strength and ability than ever before.
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
I barely knew what a snatch was when I walked into Salus that August, and now I’ve competed in weightlifting 3 times and can throw 120 pounds over my head!
4. How has your body physically changed since you started?
Increased muscle mass and loss of inches, especially around my midsection. I like the way I look a lot more now than I used to.
5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?
I’m much more conscious of my eating because I want to feel fueled during and after a workout.
It has helped me remember that food is fuel, and I’m proud of what my body can do because of the effort I put in, which has been a huge lift of a mental block.
6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?
One of my favorite places; somewhere to go to learn and find motivation, a place where people care about you and will support you.
7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”?
Very plainly, Salus saved my life.
Without the gym and a community to welcome me the last 2.5 years, I would be in a much different place. I keep going because without CrossFit and Weightlifting, I would feel lost.
Hitting a new PR and pushing others around me to test their limits bring me a lot of joy, I wouldn’t miss out on that feeling for anything.
8. Favorite lift or WOD?
I’ll always love a good back squat. Next goal PR: 275lbs!
9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Salus?
Take it slow!
There’s no reason to feel like I need to be capable of every skill your first week.
It takes time, but it’s part of the experience.
10. What is your next goal to accomplish?
My 2023 goal is to compete in one fitness competition per quarter.
11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
Jump rope crossovers, overhead squats, handstand walks… no running 🙂
12. Favorite thing to do for fun?
13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?
- Healthy dish: Salmon + grilled eggplant
- “Splurge” meal: Challah bread French Toast with syrup (think meemom’s)
14. If you could be an animal what would you be and why?
I’d be a cheetah — fast, determined, and smart!
15. Favorite motivational quote?
“Starting over doesn’t mean starting from scratch.”
16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.
I’ve seen soccer games in three countries (USA, France, Spain).
Congratulations to Christina Froelich, our May Athlete of the Month!