March Athlete Spotlight: Colette Pickering

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

I recently graduated from Penn State University. I work in the sales department for a fire resistant clothing company. I travel 90% for work, so each week I am on the road headed to somewhere new. In my freetime I love painting, golfing and being outdoors (especially the beach).


My favorite book or movie: My favorite movie is Shutter Island, and the classic, Something’s Gotta Give.


My favorite local restaurant:  My favorite local restaurant is Nektar Wine Bar in New Hope. Semi local restaurant, Gummlai Thai in Abington. A bit of a hike restaurant, El Vez in Philadelphia.


Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you: I was briefly a  member of Crossfit Newtown in 2014, before transferring colleges.  While in school, I minored in Recreation Parks and Tourism Management, so I love the outdoors. I was even able to hike part of the Appalachian Trail and Smoky Mountains.  I also started the recycling program, so don’t forget to throw your water bottles and Bangs in the blue can :) .


How I was introduced to CrossFit:  I saw the Crossfit Games on ESPN in 2013 and decided it was my 2014 New Years resolution to try a new fitness routine — and I am so glad I did!


My fitness routine before CrossFit:  An intense amount of cardio,  HIIT classes and Yoga.


My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:  Wow, I love this! AND Wow, I am out of shape!


My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:  My most recent accomplishment was getting 15 consecutive push-ups. I am double jointed so push-ups we’re always a challenge for me. My two proudest lifts were back squatting 205 and deadlifting 233.


My favorite WOD is:  Annie: (for time) 50-40-30-20-10 Double-unders and Sit-ups. My abs are usually sore for a week after this workout.


My Favorite Lift is:  Back squat!


My next goal is:  My next performance goal is to get five consecutive pull ups. My next aesthetic goal is to have super defined abs.


How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym? I have become more confident and hard working. I (usually) wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get to class, and that alone has made me a more dedicated person in general.


What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:  I love the community atmosphere at CFN. I love that there are people pushing me to get the weight up/workout done and vice versa.


What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:  Be your own competition and motivation. Also, don’t be intimidated by how much weight someone else can throw around.


Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?  Never restrict certain foods or food groups from your diet. Though it’s important to eat a nutritious and balanced diet, restricting something only makes you want it more– I’ve learned the hard way.  Moderation is key, and restriction is the enemy.

A few months ago I started counting my macros, thanks to the help of Matt and the GLean program. In doing so, I have lost a significant amount of weight and body fat. I believe counting your macros is the easiest way to cut body fat while still enjoying food and living a normal life!


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