Follow Christine, an athletic pet lover and a professional Zoo Keeper who has passion to interact with the wildlife. Aside from being a CrossFitter, Christine is also workaholic. CrossFit made her life at ease especially when she’s working a manual labor all day! Let’s follow her journey on how to be stronger everyday at work!
My Garage at home, but I went to CrossFit Burien when I first started out.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I live near Seattle, Washington with my boyfriend, our three dogs, and two cats. I am a professional Zoo Keeper and I specialize in large carnivores. Lions, tigers and bears… wait for it… Oh, my! When I’m not busting my butt at work, I’m busting it for fun on a trail hike or a run. I like spending time with family and friends and getting outside whenever I have the chance.
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started Cross Fit last October of 2013
What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?
Before CrossFit, I was a long distance runner, mountain biker, and a swimmer. I still do all those things, but change it up a bit. Yes, a CrossFitter that likes running. I first did CrossFit when I was living in San Diego, California. At the time, I was running about 70 miles a week. A friend of mine invited me to her box for a “share the pain” week. I went and did the workout and thought, no big deal, just some sit ups, push ups (that I had to do on my knees) and pull ups (which I had to do jumping). Then, I couldn’t walk for three days, which made me realize I was seriously lacking in my fitness, no matter how far I can run.
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?
When I first started, I just wanted to be the fastest. I didn’t really like the weight portion, so I would go light, and pick the easiest scaled move to bust through the workout as fast as possible. Now, I look forward to the weights, I pace myself and challenge myself with making sure I can do a heavy weight even if it means going slower, and focusing on technique.
Favorite WOD or movement?
I like anything with running, box jumps, and kettle bells.
Least favorite WOD or movement?
Snatches and thrusters, ugh.
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?
Since I started CrossFit, I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and better at my job. My job is manual labor all day, and being stronger and focusing on techniques keep me from getting injured and allows me to go through my day with more ease. Mentally, I am able to break problems down to deal with them in pieces, kind of like how I would approach a seemingly overwhelming WOD. I am more aware of my body, my mind, and my choices.
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
I’m motivated by the health benefits of being fit. I enjoy pushing my body to exhaustion. It is relaxing and I am proud of the work I do. I do my best to be my best to help avoid the illnesses that plagued my family members. It’s similar to how I approach my job, if I focus on prevention now, then I don’t have to spend as much time on treatment later.
What’s your CrossFit goal for 2019?
Bar muscle ups!
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?
You don’t have to be fit to get fit, and CrossFit focuses on what you can do, and is versatile to fit everyone’s abilities. There’s nothing like hitting your first RX WOD, and knowing what that means.
What’s your PR /pump up song?
Move B@#%h by Ludacris
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.