September Athlete Spotlight: Sarah Kucharski

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Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).

For my paying job, I work in private fire investigation, but my real passion is Recoverun, a non-profit program I founded to train people in addiction recovery to become distance runners. So…obviously I run A LOT (for personal reasons and for the program), and my goal is to one day have enough funding to bring Recoverun to treatment centers, prisons, and recovery centers/high schools/houses around the country. I’m also an avid knitter, equestrian, Netflix and chiller, and book nerd. I am incredibly lucky to have a husband and friends who tolerate my multiple passions, and who put up with the hair from my three cats.

 

My favorite book or movie:

Harry Potter Series (same answer for both)

 

My favorite local restaurant:

Marsha Brown’s

Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:

I’m a certified running coach. Also, I’ve been chosen as one of Bucks County’s Emerging Leaders for 2016 by the Intelligencer (I’m pretty psyched about this…)

 

How I was introduced to CrossFit:  

I did my first Spartan race as part of a team, and the strongest woman on our team just blew me away by how easy she made everything look. I asked her how she worked out, and she told me she did CrossFit. I think I looked up CFN the next day.

My fitness routine before CrossFit:  

Run ALL THE MILES and do any YouTube workout that promised to burn the most calories.

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:  

I just want to be stronger

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:  

The first time I completed an Rx WOD

My favorite WOD is:  

Anything with running and without wall balls

My Favorite Lift is:

Deadlift

My next goal is:  

Multiple consecutive pull-ups (my white whale)

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Shortly before beginning CrossFit I began treatment for anorexia (I’ve struggled with eating disorders my whole life). The thought of gaining weight was terrifying, but I was inspired to become stronger by my Spartan experience, and even more so when I began to spend more time around the people at CFN. Instead of setting weight gain goals, I began to set weight lifting goals, knowing that I would have to gain weight in the form of muscle in order to reach them. CrossFit allowed me to grow (literally and figuratively) without compromising my fitness. It was one of the tools that allowed me to avoid inpatient treatment and maintain my family, work and relationships, all while I healed. I am stronger now, at my heaviest weight in years, than I ever was before I started.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:

The environment is challenging without being competitive. I am always inspired to achieve more, but I never feel that there’s pressure to bypass safety or common sense in order to “keep up.” Also, I’ve been to other gyms or centers that are incredibly weight-conscious (i.e. “sweat is fat crying” mentality) – for me that’s just a huge turn-off and a flawed perspective on fitness. CFN has always been inclusive and realistic – the focus is on strength, not a certain body type.

What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:  

Treat yourself with kindness. You are surrounded by the nicest, smartest, most supportive community of people (both trainers and athletes), who only want to see you succeed. No one reaches her goals overnight, so ask for help and celebrate every accomplishment.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?

You have to eat to get stronger. There is absolutely no way around it. Even if weight loss is your goal, you will never be able to lift heavier and do the more difficult WODs if you’re not fueling your body. If you don’t know what to eat, ask a professional (not the internet).

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