July Athlete Spotlight: Lauren Corcoran

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

I’m an R&D chemist for a surfactant company. Basically I develop soaps and shampoos to sell to major companies. I get to travel a lot and actually really love my job. My husband Sean and I live in Holland with our two cats. While I lived in Syracuse (where I’m from) my biggest hobby was snowmobiling and I haven’t really found a replacement for that here.

My favorite book or movie:

My favorite movie is definitely Grease and I read so many books I could never pick just one. I love to download whatever catches my eye onto my kindle and I find a new favorite almost every other book.

My favorite local restaurant:

This has to be Vecchia Osteria in Newtown. And Nektar in New Hope!

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

I was diagnosed with MS when I was 20. I’m lucky to have a mild case that responds well to treatment and most people don’t even know I have it because I have no obvious symptoms. All of my symptoms can’t be seen so sometimes it’s difficult to make others understand when I’m not feeling well. A lot of people don’t know much about the disease and I don’t openly talk about it but I’m always happy to answer questions!

How I was introduced to CrossFit:

My fiance (now husband because I’m a little late filling this out) has been doing CrossFit off and on for years. He always tried to get my to join but I of course believed the stigma and had zero interest. Until I bought my wedding dress and realized I needed to do something to feel comfortable with myself in it. I agreed to do it for the 6 months before our wedding, but ended up committing to a year after my first month!

My fitness routine before CrossFit:

Pretty nonexistent. I was a dancer when I was young so I tried Barre for a year or so and I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running but nothing that I was totally committed to.

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:

Wow, that was embarrassing. I’m going to have to work really hard if I want to do this. Also, ouch.

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:

Participating in the Open after only one month of CF. It was so hard and I could barely even do the scaled workouts but I’m so excited to see how I’ll do with the next one.

My favorite WOD is:

I don’t really have one yet.

My Favorite Lift is: 

I like all of the lifts. I have so much room to grow in this area and I feel so good when I am able to do just a litle bit more than last time.

My next goal is:

Wow I have so many. I’d love to get a pull-up, and box jumps, and rope climbs…

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Sean and I have really grown closer since I started. It’s something we can do together and the way he supports me and celebrates my achievements makes me love him even more. I also feel stronger and more confident in myself. I’ve never done anything like this and I’m proud of the little bit I can do.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:

The family culture for sure. Everyone there has made me feel so welcome and cheered me on from the first day.

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

Don’t get caught up with what everyone else is doing and compare yourself. Be proud for every time you walk back through those doors- especially when your whole body hurts and it feels like you can’t do it. You can. And after those first couple weeks you’ll feel more comfortable and able to push yourself a little bit more.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?

Not really. I don’t ‘diet’ but I try to make healthy choices when I can. I’m not the person to be able to really control my cravings but everything in moderation. If I have something not so good for me, I’ll try to balance that out for the rest of the day. Just be conscious of what you put into your body.

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