Erin is our Member of the Month for June! She has been an amazing addition to the CrossFit Sanitas community. She has been a part of our wonderful community for 1.5 years but it feels like far longer. Erin celebrated her 1-year anniversary at CrossFit Sanitas in February by competing in our annual Tuff Love competition. It was awesome to see her challenge herself and jump head first into the competition with many of our other members.
Erin is about as consistent as it gets. Coming in 5+ days a week, often at different times throughout the day as her schedule allows. She loves to push the pace, but is also very focused on maintaining form and moving well.
How did you get started in CrossFit? What was your primary driving factor?
I found CrossFit in late 2016 after my 2nd child was born. I was a triathlete before having kids, but didn’t have time for one sport anymore let alone three. I had never regained pre-baby fitness after baby #1 and I was in bad shape. I found a gym with child care and a coach whose attitude was to do CrossFit to enable you to do whatever else you wanted with life. I was hooked immediately — I could get my ass kicked in an hour while someone watched my kids. It doesn’t get any better than that!
2) What are your goals for the upcoming 2019 CrossFit year?
- Limiting negative self-talk, in and out of the gym
- 15 strict, unbroken pull-ups
- 200# back squat
- Sub 7 minute mile
3) What has been your biggest challenge you have had to overcome since starting CrossFit?
Re-discovering my sense of self and sense of self-worth. I’m too quick to criticize myself and I think this is true for many peeps — especially busy moms. Training at Sanitas with this awesome Fit Fam has been truly empowering and a lifeboat in many ways. It’s a culmination of so many things — going to the gym is a given (not optional), count my damn macros (even though it’s a pain), stop the negative self-talk (and accept compliments), and proving I can do anything I set my mind to.
4) What is your favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?
I’m an aerobic junkie, but burpees are definitely my favorite. And strict pull-ups.
5) What is your least Favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?
I don’t have any movements I dislike, but I struggle with pressing weight over my head (strict press & split jerk especially).
6) What advice can you give to those just starting out in CrossFit?
It wasn’t until I joined CrossFit Sanitas that I realized how important your mental toughness and self-talk are. There are so many things in life that you can’t control, but you can control your attitude, your effort, and your mental toughness. Every time I enter the gym, I try and check my negativity at the door — it makes such a difference! If my technique feels off or I’m struggling with something I tell myself it’s not a “bad day”, just another day. I’m continually blown away by how powerful my thoughts are.
7) Lastly… what is your most memorable moment in Crossfit?
I signed up for Monster Mash CF comp in 2018 — my first CF comp ever! We practiced the workouts as WODs and I’ll never forget the day we did workout #3 with a bunch of heavy power cleans. Michael was coaching and about 2 minutes before we started the workout, he pointed out the increasing weight jumps for the cleans that I’d somehow missed. The last set of power cleans was 125# for the women, and my previous 1RM was only 115#. Michael told me to focus on each part of the workout and spend whatever time I had left on those 125# cleans. Everyone else in the WOD finished and cheered me on as I hit 5 power cleans at 125# just barely finishing under the time cap. It was such an empowering moment for me — proof that I really can do whatever I set my mind to.
A couple additions for the Member of the Month Workout.
- Whats your birthday? 10/15/1980
- Whats your lucky number? 12
- Do you like endurance-style WODs or strength-style WODs? Endurance style! The longer and harder, the better!
- AMRAPs or For Time? I like both … “Death By” or “until failure” are my true favorite!!
Member of the Month WOD: June 19th!
Every 4min until failure
20/15 Cal Bike
12 Push Jerk at 115#/75#
12 Bar Facing Burpees
12 Strict Pull-Ups
Cap is 24min (6 Rounds)
Once you cannot complete rounds, row for max cals until 24min is met.