What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I discovered CrossFit in 2014, when a friend suggested I join him for a class. I had recently lost my 6-year old son to leukemia, and CrossFit provided me with an outlet for the grief and anger I felt. It was my therapy. It helped me channel those negative emotions and use them for something positive: improving my fitness.

What was your first impression?  How has that changed?

I was definitely a little intimidated at first. You look around and see people lifting heavy weight and doing movements you can’t even imagine yourself doing. Over time you realize that no matter how advanced anyone is, there’s always something to work on. That’s the beauty of CrossFit. Everyone is just trying to better themselves. You could have one day or 5 years of CrossFit experience, it doesn’t matter. Everyone is in the same boat.

What was your first highlight?

There are so many highlights! All the firsts! First time linking pull-ups, double-unders, recently taking a couple of “steps” on my hands.

What are you working on improving now in CrossFit?

I’ve been practicing butterfly pull-ups. Now that I’ve gotten a taste of handstand walking that’s another thing I’d love to work on! The great thing about CrossFit is that even when you’re able to do a movement, there is always room for improvement and efficiency gains. There is always something to work on!

What is your favorite CrossFit Westmount memory?

Definitely Open workout 17.1 at the gym. The community really came together to support one another and the vibe in the gym was amazing. There are no words to describe it. You just have to do the Open and live it!