Every month we will be highlighting an athlete of the CFA community. Hopefully you will learn a little bit about all of our members, what motivates and inspires them to keep on pushing hard everyday at the gym, and maybe put a face to the name! Our inaugural athlete is Lindsay Nash. She's a mom, wife, teacher, and crossfitter! She does it all, and because of this, she is our Athlete of the Month.
June 2017- Lindsay Nash
When and where did you start Crossfitting? What made you want to start?
I started about 2 years ago at Arise. Anthony (my husband) had joined earlier in the year and was really trying to sell me on going. I had done some workouts with him at home but I was really intimidated. I committed to joining after I was finished nursing our second daughter, Abby, and with my school year in 2015.
2. Do you remember what you were thinking after your 1st WOD?
I liked it but I was really discouraged. It was a huge reality check of my fitness leveI. I wasn’t able to do things for even short bursts of time that I thought I should be able to do, but that frustration made me want to come back. I also remember the soreness! It was like muscle fibers within muscle fibers hurting.
3. What do you like most about Crossfit?
The community and the flexibility. I love that when I show up to a WOD I can make it what I need for that day and there is always someone encouraging someone else.
4. What are some of your Crossfit accomplishments of which you're most proud?
I think this changes for me constantly, but I definitely have some favorite moments and they’re not necessarily things that I’ve done but experiences in the box that make me love Crossfit. Like Moret and Jenn spotting me on my first handstand or the encouragement I got from a great circle of ladies cheering me on when I got to the top of the rope for the first time.
5. What is your favorite lift/movement? Least favorite?
I like rowing and lately I’m really liking Cleans.
My least favorite is box jumps.
6. Do you have a favorite WOD? Least Favorite?
Favorites are Chief (scaled) or a Rowing Annie. Least Favorite is anything that involves a lot box jumps.
7. Do you have any Crossfit goals for this year?
To be able to do more than a couple pull-ups or a few toes to bar in a row. And double unders.
8. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen? If so what does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I had a lot of success last year doing a cut with Renaissance Periodization. Adhering to any sort of strict food program takes commitment and prep time and it’s been really tough for me to stick to anything this school year but I just started a new cut and am really committed to making it through the summer successfully on it.
Cheat meal usually involves either pizza or sushi and beer.
9. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFA?
I’m a homebody, I spend most of my time hanging with the family and working in the garden. I love being outdoors in the sunshine any chance I get!
10. What is one fact that other CFA members may not know about you?
I’m pretty good at decorating cakes.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist/band?
No particular favorite, I listen to either alternative or country. I have learned a lot of Eminem though by coming to CFA!
12. What impact has CFA and the CFA community had on your life, in and out of the gym?
This impact joining Arise for me has been huge. The greatest impact has been on how I view myself and the awareness of the example I am setting example for our daughters.
The self-talk thing is super tough for me but during a WOD I get to practice cheering myself on and walking through my fears and self-doubt. It took a lot of friendly reminders from other members that tearing myself down doesn’t do anyone any favors.
I want our girls to be strong in their integrity, bodies, minds, spirits and hearts.
How would I want them to approach a challenge?
I come to Arise to practice being in that good space.
13. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions for folks just getting started at CFA?
-I can’t do it rx, well what’s the most challenging way I can do it safely?
-I don’t get the movement. Is this WOD supposed to be heavy or fast? Ask - it’s ok to ask!
-I lost count. Did I skip a rep? I’d better do an extra.
-If someone looks like he or she is about to give up or is really struggling encourage them. It helps. We’re here for each other not just ourselves.
-Introduce yourself to someone new.
-Leave your space better than you found it.
-Don’t get caught up in what the whiteboard says. We all have our strengths and weaknesses but it is kind of fun to always have that person you are chasing and to know that there’s probably someone chasing you.
-Advil, Epsom salt baths and STRETCH
-Be nice and have fun!