Name: Kate Hammond
Affiliate Box: Titan 112 Crossfit – I usually attend the 5:15PM or 6:30PM classes
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
My name is Kate Hammond, Im 36 yrs old and I’m born and raised on Long Island, NY. I’m an only child so my cousins and close friends are like my brothers and sisters and i would do anything for them! I have amazing parents that do anything they can for me and I look just like my dad! I was married 2 years in November to my husband Jason (who ive known for 20 years!), he’s one of 3 boys so you can imagine how being an only child and marrying into a family like that is lol. We got married on the east end of Long Island which was my dream wedding location. We have a 10 year old Akita named Misiu (thats Polish for Teddy bear) who is pretty much our child. I work in digital marketing where i focus on automation and technology (it’s not as boring as it sounds!). I’m a reality TV junkie, I will give almost any show a chance and I get sucked it but I’m terrible at paying attention during movies, I’m that girl that constantly asks questions, goes on my phone and then wonders what the hell is going on. I love a good book and a beach chair, I could spend hours just sitting there reading while attempting to get a tan. My taste in music ranges from gangster rap to 90’s alternative to country, I love it all and have the most random playlists! My favorite holiday is 4th of July so every year we throw a huge party with a big fireworks show that we start planning in March – My husband loves 4th of July so much he proposed on July 4th 2015. I enjoy going to dinner with friends, summer Fridays at the beach but mostly spending a Friday night on my couch after a long week of work and WOD’s. I competed in my first CF comp in October with my best friend from HS (the one who kept telling me to do it) we came in last lol but we did it! I have an amazing support system at the gym, with friends and at home which really helps! I also was voted as Septembers Athlete of the Month at my Box – you can see the Youtube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LnF7-CkJ-s
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started Crossfit end of January 2018 (almost a year)
What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?
I had done Cardio Kickboxing for 2 years. My friend has been doing CF for 3+ years now and he would try to get me to do it forever, I had been watching the games for years now and I was always interested in CF but honestly just figured I wouldn’t be able to do the things they did. I started reading more about how it really is for everyone and finally decided to give it a try and went to 2 other Crossfits before i found my home box.
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?
When I first started my only goal was weight loss, i didnt care about anything else. I would attend 3-4 days a week, go in dot he WOD and leave – i got my workout and i was good. The turning point for me was Murph, I knew i really wanted to participate so I started increasing my workouts, increasing the intensity and pushing myself. The endurance piece aside, once i realized I was getting stronger and what I was capable of I was hooked and i realized it’s not just about weight loss, there was so much more to Crossfit – especially the community aspect.
Favorite WOD or movement?
Fight Gone Bad and Cleans
Least favorite WOD or movement?
Thrusters and Devil Press
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?
From the physical side I’ve seen amazing changes, I’ve lost over 30lbs and went down over 4 sizes in clothing. I’ve never had energy like this before and my endurance is crazy, i completed by first 5K this year which never would have happened without Crossfit. My lifestyle has changed tremendously, I’ve completely changed my eating (I eat Paleo now), I don’t “sit around” like i used to, I spend weekend morning at the gym rather than sleeping healthy lifestyle has become a priority in my life. I would say the biggest change that has come from CF is my confidence. I’m proud of who i’ve become and I dont hide like i used to, this was the first time in 10+ years I’ve put on a bathing suit and went to the beach with friends. I dont shy away from pictures anymore, i’m not afraid of people judging me and I really just am enjoying my life like never before. It might seem crazy to some people but Crossfit really did change my life for the better.
I have pictured I would be happy to share – You can also see some of them on my IG – kt_hammond
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
Proving myself wrong.. sometimes when I see an insane WOD and think to myself, “what the hell was coach thinking when he programmed this”. I go in and I do the WOD and I want to die during it but i finish it and i either get a quicker time than i expected or more reps or whatever – i still surprise myself in what i can do almost a year later. My family and friends also are big motivators, I got lucky, my husband is my biggest fan and biggest motivator and my family is extremely supportive and honestly are amazed with he things i do sometimes lol. I’ve met some amazing lifelong friends through CF who push me, inspire me and never give up on, sometimes they are the only reason i make it through a WOD. Overall, I belong to a great box, we have a great group of people who always push each other and just want to see you succeed. Our coaches are also amazing, they know when to push me and know what im capable of and wont give up on me.
What’s your CrossFit goal for 2019?
Honestly, to just keep going. Keep pushing to get better and stronger. I’d also like to get a 145lb clean and beat my Murph score 🙂
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to fail and ask for help. I was petrified I would embarrass myself, I has no idea what i was doing and I’m not the athletic type. Everyone is there for the same reason and everyone wants to see you succeed, not fail. It’s ok to be last because you’re doing more than 90% of the people out there.
Something you might not know about me:
I come off as valley girl or “basic” or whatever you want to call it lol so people assume i love to workout to pop music or dance music but my pump up music is heavy rock/alternative and my 2 favorite songs to lift to are “Bodies” by Drowning pool and “Beast – Southpaw Remix” My PR backsquat is 210 and my PR bench press is 125 (1X3)