We’re excited to announce Kate Swift as the November CrossFit Salus Athlete of the Month! Kate is one strong mom. She may be more consistent than any of us realize. With a traveling hubby and a new babe at home, she still continues her CrossFit journey whether in Massachusetts or at her “home” box, Salus. She’s a hard worker, an amazing athlete and a super-mom!
1. When and why did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in the Spring of 2015 after my husband Chris kept telling how much I would love the workouts, the atmosphere, and the people. I was currently in a workout rut and decided to give it a try.
2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?
Overall I have become stronger, more coordinated and comfortable with barbell movements.
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Yes, a ton!
When I first started I wasn’t able to do a single pull-up…
this past May I was able to RX and PR Murph.
4. How has your body physically changed since you started CrossFit?
I started CrossFit and then shortly thereafter became pregnant with my first child. I was fortunate to stay in good health and was able to workout my entire pregnancy due to the supportive and knowledgeable coaches. During that time my goal was to maintain my fitness and stay active.
When I returned after my daughter was born the struggle of getting back in shape was still difficult but I was able to lose all the baby weight while hitting PRs.
I am currently halfway through my second pregnancy and I now feel totally confident that I will recover quickly and be stronger and fitter than I have ever been.
5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?
Prior to CrossFit, I ate and exercised only to lose weight. I now have a better relationship with food and exercise.
Food is now fuel and exercise is something I do because I love my body.
6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?
It’s constantly varied, impossible to get bored, fun, frustrating at times, yet super addictive.
7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”?
Self-improvement, stress relief, proving to myself I can overcome obstacles.
I want to remain in good shape and active for my family.
8. Favorite WOD or lift?
I love chipper WODS. There is seriously nothing more satisfying than crossing things off a list.
9.What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?
First… Compete with yourself.
Second… If you come home from On Ramp overwhelmed and frustrated (like I did), stick with it, you’ll be surprised how quickly it will come.
10. What is your next goal to accomplish?
It’s a lofty goal but I would like to PR my Murph time this May, which will be 2 months postpartum.
11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
50, 40, 30, 20, 10 Cal Row, KB Swing, Medicine ball sit-ups
12. Favorite thing to do for fun?
Hiking in the woods, going to the beach, hanging with family and friends
13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “cheat” meal?
Healthy Dish: Sweet potato chili & Cheat Meal: MOGO taco
14. Favorite motivational quote?
“Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything. Your anything, might just be somebody else’s everything”