We’re so excited to feature Maria as our next Athlete of the Month! While she’s only been doing CrossFit for one year, she has really demonstrated a shift in confidence and determination to excel. That’s just the kind of thing that inspires other members to get better and inspires us as coaches, too!!
She’s kicking butt and taking names!
Meet the April 2019 Athlete of the Month… Maria McGoey!
April 2019 Athlete of the Month: Maria McGoey
1. Maria, when and why did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit 1 year ago. My reason why I joined was so Jeff and I could do something together.
Now, my being a part of CrossFit is something so much more than that.
I have so many personal goals I want to accomplish within CrossFit.
2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?
OMG, it has changed so much! When I first started CrossFit, I couldn’t even do 1 push-up! I had no core strength at all.
I am so much stronger after this past year and in much better shape.
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Ha, I can now do more than 1 push up, a (slightly modified) handstand push up and I can run for a longer period of time. Because I was never a big weightlifter either, I have learned so many different types of lifts.
There is so much more I can do now as opposed to a year ago.
4. How has your body physically changed since you started?
I am definitely more tighter all around. I also lost a few inches off my waistline!
Within this past year I have lost between 10-15 pounds.
5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?
I am sleeping better and I have so much more energy during the days.
CrossFit has given me so much more confidence in myself as well, both physically and mentally, more than I ever thought it would.
6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?
I’ll talk to my friends about the crazy workout I did that day, and always end the conversation with “but I finished it!!” As hard as some of the workouts are, no matter how much farther behind I am, the fact that I finished it makes me feel proud of myself.
7. What keeps you motivated to continue?
My why is myself and my family! I love having something Jeff and I can do together,
I love being able to show my girls what strong women can accomplish
and I love being able to fit into my jeans again!
8. Favorite lift or WOD?
I never really was a “weightlifting-kind-of-person,” but I’m beginning to like power cleans.
9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?
Just go at your own pace. Don’t worry about other people’s times or weights, just worry about your own and how much you have grown from the week before.
10. What is your next goal to accomplish?
My next goal, as silly as it sounds, is to complete 1 strict pull up. I’m almost there!
11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
- 2 rounds:
- 100m lunges
- 25 sit ups
- 15 handstand push
- 10 power cleans
- 600m run
12. Favorite thing to do for fun?
I love spending time with my family just playing in the backyard or taking our dog rocky for a walk.
13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?
My favorite healthy dish is quinoa fresco bowl from turning point and my favorite splurge meal is always ice cream! Yes, I have had ice cream as a meal.
14. If you could be a superhero/animal/superstar who/what would you be and why?
I have a made up superhero and the super power would be to be able to snap my fingers and have all the household duties (laundry, dishes, cleaning, cooking, etc.) done so I could have more time to enjoy life!
15. Favorite motivational/Inspirational quote?
Ensure that you do things differently!
My daughter found this quote once and it has stuck with me.
16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.
Growing up, I spent a lot of my summers in Italy with my grandparents. My sisters and I, at a young age, would fly on the plane by ourselves (or with a traveling relative) and meet my grandparents when we landed.
Celebrating the Success of our Athletes of the Month
Every month we feature a new “Athlete of the Month” at CrossFit Salus. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another because of their amazing progress, grit, gains and community engagement. These featured athletes are full of motivation. Read their stories to help you stay focused and motivated, too.