Posted by Andy Petranek : Saturday, Sep 22, 2012
ATHLETE PROFILE: Lauren C.
Hometown: Denver, CO
Occupation: Sales Manager at Anna Beck Designs
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June, 2008
When did you first start training at CFLA?: June, 2010
Favorite WOD: Anything which includes weights
Least Favorite WOD: Franklin Hill Sprints
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: My parents were bound to have a child that excelled at something. Starting at the age of two I was put in ski school. From there I tried, swimming, diving, ballet, tennis, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, and track. Fortunately I was always good enough to make the team, unfortunately I was just good enough to always sit on the bench. I loved all sports and activities that left me gasping for air and feeling like I was going to fall over when finished. Yoga isn't my thing...
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? Ricky and I belonged to a athletic club in Colorado. Before we got married I really got into bootcamp and other work out classes in the gym. I realized I got a lot more out of working out with a group rather than on my own. One of the coaches took over a small racket ball court and made a little crossfit gym. The two women who took class with me, both twice my age with multiple children kicked my butt and I realized as a 26 year old I had a lot of work to do.
My first CFLA Wod was Angie. Give me an example of anyone who hasn't worked out tot his extent in years and tries 100 pullups? I remember scaling to maybe 60 and using 2 green rubber bands. I was unable to straighten my arms for 2 weeks.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I found CrossFit LA in 2010. We had just moved from Denver and after driving past the CrossFit LA sign I had to call. Scared to death, out of shape, and extremely sick with a flare from my Crohn's Disease I had been battling for over 12 years, it was time to do something about it. I had no energy, was tired constantly, and dealing with stomachaches every day. After waiting 5 months between my initial introduction meeting, I walked into the gym one random afternoon to finally sign up. Jonesy and Jen were in the office and I told them of my concern and with great understanding they accepted me and gave me hope! I have increased my energy and decreased my stress. I now thrive on CrossFit and being active. It’s a huge stress reducer for me and from someone dealing with a chronic disease, having a routine where I’m active makes me so much healthier. I have also been more aware of what I put in my body and know that popcorn will never be a welcomed snack.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? CrossFit LA has given me an opportunity to get my life back. I have found something I am extremely passionate about and my fellow students have not only become confidants but my family. I also have amazing memories and an entire wardrobe of Reebock CrossFit gear and from competing in The 2011 CrossFit Regional's and The Games.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: While training for The Games, my favorite memory was our team trip up to The Pit with John Hackleman and Kenny Kane. I got to spend the weekend with a group of my best friends, working out, and laughing. From spit ball fights to watching Jonesy and Sam cuddling it was such an honor to be there and so much fun!
Any advice for people just getting started? My advice for those just getting started is find a friend. You are surrounded by a wonderful community and it's always helpful to have someone similar to your level and athletic abilities to help push you and keep you accountable. I was lucky enough to have my husband there with me every class to help push me but have also found my girls: Nikki, Hacker, Shirley, Lindsey, Lacie (if she ever comes home), Anne, and others who push me every class to do my best.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I can't do any amazing tricks, I can't sing or play an instrument, I don't draw or paint, and I hate to cook. However, I have a warm heart and like to make friends. I posses an innate ability to work, communicate and interact with others. I am positive and honest and I hope to bring a smile to everyone I meet. If I have not yet met you and you see me at the gym, please introduce yourself - I'd love to know you!
Friday's Workout (NO CAP)
Fight Gone Bad
3 rounds, for max reps
1-min Wall Ball (20/14)
1-min Sumo Deadlift High-pull (75/55)
1-min Box Jumps (20)
1-min Push Press (75/55)
1-min Row (cal)
... and coming Monday (CAP)
Three rounds for time of:
12 2-arm DB Bent Over Rows(45/30)