Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).
I recently acquired a new job as a Business Development Associate in Conshohocken for a UK based plastic polymer solutions company called Victrex; hoping to visit their manufacturing facility in 2017 and play a round of golf. There’s a Momma and Pappa Toad and my sister Jennifer – sex therapist PHD. During my free time, I love to go golfing with Doctor Tom and use my SodaStream to make Selza. I also enjoy singing. I’ve been singing ever since I could produce sound. When I was a toddler, you could find me entertaining family and friends. I used to put on performances singing and dancing to songs from my favorite artists; Tina Turner (Simply the Best), Whitney Houston (I Will Always Love You) and Bette Midler (Wind Beneath My Wings). For this past Christmas I got voice lessons and will be training to be on the Voice in 2019 (my 2 year plan).
My favorite book or movie:
Labyrinth is my all time favorite movie, starring the legendary David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. The songs are classics. It’s most notably known for David Bowie’s tight tights and carefully placed “cup”. A movie for all ages.
My favorite local restaurant:
I don’t know if anyone loves food more than I do. In my last job I traveled all over the US on an unofficial eating tour. I have many favorites but since this is CrossFit related and local, I will have to narrow it down and go with the following… State Street Kitchen on State Street in Newtown – Beep Em Boop (spelling guestimate) ordered with Chicken, spicy, and 2 fried eggs on top; basically a bowl of rice and vegetables. Finished off with a Chocolate Malt Milkshake from Zebra Striped Whale. Great post workout meal!
Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:
I was a Penn State Fitness Instructor in college. After I graduated from college, I was a junior member at Doylestown Country Club and I won the presidents cup and club championship in the A Flight Division. Also, I have 3 weightlifting certifications; USAW Level 1, Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification and Basic Olympic Lifting Certification.
How I was introduced to CrossFit:
Well it’s an interesting story… I had just graduated from Penn State University circa 2009 and it was at my friend Lisa’s 60th birthday party when in walks Matt. Lisa was a member at the CrossFit gym Matt owned at the time. When he walked in I thought he was Russian until he started talking to me. We were the only people there under the age of 30. After asking about my fitness regimen, he shortly convinced me to try a crossfit class.
My fitness routine before CrossFit:
I worked out at Saint Mary’s Wellness Center and one of the trainers put together a program for me which usually consisted of a 10 minute run on the treadmill followed by lifting on machines and some ab work. I thought I was in shape but was far from it.
My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:
Well I legit passed out after my first crossfit workout. My parents had to come pick me up and drive me home. There were like 200 air squats in the WOD and it made me dizzy, went to reach for my water and fell over. Matt was coaching the class and still reminds me, and anyone else in earshot, of it to this day #Thankful. My thoughts were damn I am really out of shape. I have to come back and get better. I learned that no matter how in shape you think you are nothing will prepare you for CrossFit workout. It’s the ultimate workout and test of your strength and endurance.
My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:
My proudest moment in CrossFit was competing and placing in the top 10 with all the coaches – Stef, Bri, Matt, Mike and M – in Summer Slam circa 2014 as Victorious Secret. My proudest moment in olympic lifting was weighing in as 69kg (previously in 75kg+) and going 6 for 6 at the York Barbell Weightlifting Competition in October 2014. A month prior to this, I competed in the CrossFit Center City weightlifting competition and completely bombed out in the snatch portion – going 2 for 6 in my attempts. So the redemption was sweet!!!
My favorite WOD is:
After betting my old score and setting a gym record, Fran is my new recent favorite benchmark WOD. Any WOD with snatches and also partner workouts with Bri and Stef!!!
My Favorite Lift is:
The snatch because no matter how strong you are there comes a point where technique outweighs strength.
My next goal is:
My ultimate crossfit goal is to perform a muscle-up. It’s my holy grail and Stefanie Neubauer sends me daily drills to tryout at the gym which I usually fail at in epic fashion, film and then send back to her so she can laugh at me.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
Back in 2013 I used to weight 183 pounds. In March of 2014 CFN ran a Paleo challenge and that really kick started my weight loss. From CrossFitting daily, doing 2 workouts a day at times, and from Matt’s nutritional support I was able to lose a total of 30 pounds by that September 2014. CrossFit also sparked my interest in Olympic lifting. I have olympic lifting certifications and compete in and coach athletes in olympic lifting competitions.
What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:
When I was originally thinking about my response to this question I was like, no brainer – Dr. Tom!
But then I forced myself to dig deeper, what truly keeps me coming back. When I walk into the gym, I feel like I’m apart of something that’s bigger than me. It’s the desire that we all have to be the best version of ourselves and others there genuinely want to help you get better. But I could go anywhere, why do I go to CrossFit Newtown? Because of the strong bonds and good relationships that I’ve created with these individuals over the past 5 years. I’ve sweat with them, been in pain with them, cried with them, celebrated with them, driven hours away from home to compete along side them. They’ve coached me and cheered for me on days that they could’ve spent with their families, given up their time to help me be the best version of myself and I’m grateful for that. I’m a firm believer of you get out what you put in. So put everything in, give yourself the best chance that you have to be the best version of yourself and I promise, you will be surprised at how much you will grow.
What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:
1) Keep trying and don’t give up. Nothing happens overnight. You have to be patient and take the wins where you can get them. That’s what will keep you coming back. We live in a world of instant gratification. It took me 3 years to get a handstand push-up. Miracles can happen. 2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help, about 20 members will rush over to aid you. I still ask for help from the coaches and they are a wealth of knowledge. 3) Don’t let your mind hold you body back – also a good tattoo.
Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?
The Allison of 2016 would say cookies and coffee but I have recently turned over a new leaf for 2017. I am on an eating template starting very soon and I will defer all nutritional questions to my nutritionist Matthew Giordano.