How were you referred to MO2DT/what motivated you to join? I actually just researched it. I was intrigued by CrossFit but never knew exactlywhat it was. I read lots of misconceptions, which I now know are just that. I’ve always been athletic, but I just wanted to do something different, take on a new challenge. I looked for reviews online and read nothing but good things about MO2DT.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why? As basic as it is, squat form. I’m proud of the fact that I have good form in that movement now.
What do you spend the majority of your time doing when you aren’t at Crossfit? I’m a student at Drake. I work full-time at United Way of Central Iowa, where I am a Project Manager. I also am completing my Masters Degree at Drake. I’m involved in several volunteer-based coalitions through the City of Des Moines. I sit on several boards. I also enjoy bike riding and going out, too. I’m pretty social and enjoy going out and having fun. I am going to Croatia this summer, so I’m looking forward to that. As cliché as it sounds, I’m also looking forward to getting better here!
Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or has pushed or challenged you during a WOD? Well, Jess was a big part of me feeling confident about CrossFit. I did the foundations course with her. She was critical in building a solid foundation for me, but 5:30 is my favorite time to come and that has helped, too! There always seems to be similar faces and I enjoy that. One key person that has actually helped me develop a skill is Coach Brett. He was randomly walking by while I was in class working on my squat snatch form. He noticed I was struggling when he was passing by and he took the time to work with me on it. Within a minute of him just demonstrating the technique and talking me through it, I had it. I remember that was how I got my squat snatch form down.
What movement are you most looking forward to improving on?
Kipping pullups. I’m trying to get better at those for sure. And overhead squats. Although I’m not doing too much outside of classes to work on them by myself, the scapula pull ups we do in class has helped. I also like to watch the prep videos on Sugarwod. I’m big on researching, so I watch those because I can see the movements before class starts.