December Member of the Month: Lydia Lavigne

Lydia has been a stellar member of the CrossFit Sanitas community for over 5 years now, since we were running classes in the Gymboree. If you are around the gym in the morning, you will definitely know who she is. Not afraid to make new friends, crush workouts, and invest time in the monthly challenges (i.e. winner of the November Rowing Challenge!), she is an infectious personality that has helped to develop a wonderful community here at CrossFit Sanitas, and we appreciate her greatly for that. She is also a dedicated marathon runner, and is probably the most consistent member on our track crew that runs from March until October every year. We’re pretty sure she still runs out there, even though the official track sessions have ended!

Here are the Member of the Month Questions to give us a little more insight into what makes her tick…

1) How did you get started with CrossFit?

I started CrossFit shortly after moving to Boulder in 2013 because I was looking for something different. I was bored of working out with the same routine of Day 1 back/bis, Day 2, chest/tris, Day 3 legs, etc. with cardio thrown in between, like a more bodybuilding style routine. I had gained weight over a few years after not being motivated and was just really looking for a fresh start with something new. I was never really into group classes before, but thought I’d give CrossFit a try.

2) What are your goals for the upcoming CrossFit year?

Get better at bodyweight movements, because the reason I hate them is because I’m terrible at them. I’ve taken a more balanced approach towards workouts this year, incorporating more yoga and not pushing quite as hard as previously, so I’ll continue that, too. Overall, I like having a good endurance base that helps with a lot of things, but from there, I really just want to focus on weaknesses of stability and strength and have fun.

3) What has been your biggest challenge you have had to overcome since starting CrossFit?

Patience and time. Having the patience to realize changes can be realized, but they take real work and time. This includes slowing down if need be (hello Zone 2 running) or pushing harder if need be (ok, let’s pick up the Rx weight today to challenge yourself). Having the time to do everything I want to do is probably the bigger challenge, though. Stuff like balancing the need for rest and acknowledging I need more than 5 hours of sleep, slowing down on workouts so I can be functional at work, prioritizing certain things in life, etc.

4) What is your favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?

Favorite workout is probably Nancy, but favorite movement is probably power snatches or dumbbell snatches (I think I’m the one weirdo that likes these).

5) What is your least Favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?

Pick a bodyweight gymnastics movement and I hate it since I suck at it. Except push ups, I like push ups.

6) What advice can you give to those just starting out?

It sounds cliché as it’s been said so many times before, but keep showing up. You may be totally awesome when first starting, in which case you don’t need this advice, but for everyone else, things will come if you give it time. Strength and mobility (or whatever your weakness is) will come. I remember the days of not being able to do a proper air squat and now back squats are one of my favorite movements. Just keep showing up – it may take a while you’ll get there.

Also, and this goes for me almost every day still – get out of your own head. No one cares what weight you have on the bar or if you’re scaling. You showed up to class to work out, and you’re there to work out in however manner you need to or can. That’s an accomplishment on its own. You showed up. You’re doing the work. That’s what counts. I compete with myself all the time, thinking I should be better or faster, or that I don’t compare to some mythical version of myself. It doesn’t matter in the present sense – what matters is what is in front of me for the day and I just need to get out of my own head.

7) What is your most memorable moment in CrossFit?

There are so many memorable moments! I can’t really pinpoint one, where I appreciate those times every day of celebrating successes and sharing/empathizing challenges of people in the gym. I think the times I love the most are those I’ve shared with others and had the opportunity to enjoy their company. Some things that cross my mind are the workouts and motivations for 5:30 a.m. WOD + breakfast group, shared suffering in some hard track workouts (and a few lonesome track workouts), that time when Antonio decided to program Kalsu as a tester workout (so we had to do it twice), Friday Night Lights (and Friday morning lights) in the Open, Thanksgiving Day Murph with the run in gusty winds (can’t remember the year), and margs, queso, Topo Chico (and other treats) with the girls (you all know who you are!). I’m fortunate to have met some dear friends from the gym and look forward to more memorable CrossFit moments.


Member of the Month Workout: To be done on Wednesday December 18th!

For Time:
77 Cal Row
42 Alternating Dumbbell Snatch at 50#/35#
31 Push-Ups
19 Power Snatch at 115#/75#
6 Body Blasters

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