May Member of the Month: Maria Dotta

IMG_7041-Md Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc). I work as a Physical Therapist in the outpatient department at St. Mary Medical Center, treating a mixture of orthopedic and neurological conditions. I also have a great family, my parents who are always supportive of me, a brother who lives out in California, Sister and Brother-In-Law, and two nephews who I love dearly.

My favorite book or movie: I don’t have one favorite, but I love a variety of action, and chick flick comedies. Some of my favorite movies include Die Hard, Shawshank Redemption, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing

My favorite local restaurant: Again don’t really have one favorite, love sushi at Oishi, and the Green Parrot for their Philly Cheesesteak egg rolls :)

Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you: I’m working up the courage to go sky diving in about 2 weeks for my friends birthday, really pretty scared but always had it in my mind as something to say I did….you only live once right?

How I was introduced to CrossFit:  I was hearing a lot of different things and was very curious to try it out because I love variety in my work outs. So when I saw a Living Social Deal I begged all my friends to come with me, luckily Nicole Turkel decided to join me and we haven’t left

My fitness routine before CrossFit:  Little bit of everything…. I belong to LA Fitness, would do running, spin classes, kick box circuit, zumba, yoga/hot yoga. I also have done various running races, triathlons and Duathlons so I would road bike, run, and swim when training for those.

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:  I am so out of shape! and I am going to feel this tomorrow. Which I think it was pretty hard at work the next day, I always forget how much bending, squatting, lifting I do on a regular basis until my muscles are sore from working out.

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:  I was surprised to end up as one of the top ten females within Crossfit Newtown during the Open Games, as I am not very good at double unders, and still can’t do pull-ups without the bands.

My favorite WOD is:  Anything that involves mostly legs, because I’m really good at those…wall balls, box jumps, dead lifts, etc.

My Favorite Lift is:  Back Squat

My next goal is:  Perform pull ups without the bands

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym? Recently I’ve had a lot of people asking me if I lost weight, which my weight really hasn’t changed a whole lot, I’m just more muscular and toned, and I attribute that to working hard at Crossfit Newtown, and encouragement from all the coaches there.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:  The people are great (members and coaches), everyone is very supportive and willing to help you achieve your goals.

What advice I would give to a someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:  Don’t be discouraged or compare yourself to someone else, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Work hard to get the results you want.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice? No, I’d like someone to give me advice, lol. But in all I like to try to live by everything in moderation.

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