Meet our favorite west coast transplant: Meredith. While Meredith is eager to learn and improve in the sport of CrossFit, her genuine passion for people and community shines bright. Read on to learn more about our 5:30am all-star.
WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
I moved here from Southern California, where you can workout outside year round. So running half marathons was my main form of exercise. Out here, I had no idea what to do—winter is confusing. Jumping to last July, when my husband Curtis and I were talking about the question, “What is something you wish you were doing right now, but think that it is too hard in our real lives?” My answer was exercise, and when he asked what I wish that looked like, it just came to me: CrossFit. I knew the workouts were created for you, so you didn’t have to spend mental energy on what you were planning to do that day. I knew they could be scaled down. People always talk about how great the community is, which sounded fun. And I thought I might be able to find an early morning option, the only realistic thing for our full-time work schedules. I keep coming back because the community really is awesome, and it’s fun to be a beginner at something and then get better at it. It’s fun to measure progress through accomplishments and not a scale too.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
Usually we are just cruising through our workweek together, bookending the day with Transformers or Go Fish. But we happen to all have Mondays off, so we do something fun as a family then (after the WOD). I have two boys—Riley (5) and Peyton (3) who love to ride scooters and bake while sitting on our countertop. Curtis and I love to explore and eat—we have a map of every restaurant in the city we want to try.
WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?
I did a handstand push up and squealed like a child. It was way fun. But before that, about 5 months in I took my 5 year old back to California for a Disneyland trip. I didn’t bring a stroller and had to carry him all over the park. And I could; I even felt good doing it! It’s great to feel like I’m keeping up with my kids as they get bigger.
IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
For sure a pull up. I have never done one in my whole life and would love to.
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?
The advice I received that helped me was that gym culture matters. A good CrossFit box will make everything else about CrossFit easier, because you will feel more comfortable being a beginner, people will be helpful and encouraging, you’ll form community faster, you’ll feel more comfortable asking questions about things you don’t know. So at the beginning, don’t focus so much on whether you like doing CrossFit for exercise, (you will, because it’s hard in the best way) focus on whether you like being at that gym. You’ll show up at 5:30AM for good culture.