Meet Kristi, a sporty scientist who inspires people to do things that they love rather than sit and wait. Kristi once been insecure and tried to compare herself with everybody until she realized that her only competitor was herself. Let’s see how this scientist does her CrossFit and how she continue to walk through the door!
Name: Kristi L Pellegrini
Affiliate Box: Solidarity CrossFit
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
I’m a scientist and a dog mom. I’m currently in a long distance relationship (my boyfriend was my WOD partner when we lived in the same place), so it’s not uncommon for me to find myself in the car on the weekends.
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started late 2016 / early 2017.
What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?
The BCFE (before CrossFit era) of my life was sports in grade school and early high school (soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, cross country), which gave way to marching band (late high school through all of undergrad). After undergrad, I would “run” and sometimes, do yoga.
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?
Starting out, I was constantly comparing myself to everyone else in the gym and I was straight up frustrated ALL THE TIME. Now, it’s me versus me. Am I doing better than I was doing previously? Heck yeah. That’s growth.
Favorite WOD or movement?
Snatch is my favorite!
Least favorite WOD or movement?
Wall balls or burpees are my least favorite.
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?
I’ve created families at the boxes (three now) that I’ve had as home boxes, and this has kept me motivated and definitely given me support on my worst days. I also found my nutrition coach through CrossFit, and that has caused physical, mental, and also lifestyle changes. My fitness journey started with CrossFit, but it doesn’t end there. CrossFit has taught me that I can absolutely do hard things. It’s given me a different measure of growth and progress than I am accustomed to – looking at my own personal growth and not being so concerned about how I rate with everyone else in the box. Where else can you find a community of people who are cheering you on – even when you’re the last to finish, or you’re lifting 100 lbs less than them. I’ve tried to let this spill over into all other areas of my life.
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
I feel like 90% of the motivation I need for CrossFit is the motivation to walk through the door. I’ve found myself a tight community of people who are helping me with that accountability. They are checking in and asking me about my workouts. They are encouraging me to get my butt through the door. And when my butt is in the box, they are cheering hard for me to get it done. I’ve taken their cues, and I’ve been internalizing them. But ultimately, my motivation comes from the community. And I’m inspired by the PRs I see there – whether people think it’s one worthy of celebrating or not (it’s ALWAYS worth celebrating).
What’s your CrossFit goal for 2019?
An unassisted pull up.
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?
Walk through the door. Now. Don’t wait until you lose a certain amount of weight. Or until you’re “more fit.” Just start. Right now.
What’s your PR /pump up song?
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March is the founder of the Barbell Beauties. Her goal is simple… Empower every woman to grab a barbell and LIFT. She’s been an active CrossFitter for 7 years and credits that sport for turning her into a true athlete.