Friday 141121


Athlete Profile: Brigid C.

Hometown: East Northport (Long Island), NY

PCF: When did you start with PCF?
June 2013

PCF: Favorite WOD
Grace!! or anything with a heavy barbell

PCF: Least Favorite WOD
14.5 comes to mind… or anything with burpees!!!!

PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
Growing up I danced (tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet). During college I pretty much went to the gym occasionally and used the treadmill and bike…AKA people watched. Following college I did the typical thing and signed up for a globo gym but never went because I was not sure what to do with most of the machines and was just intimidated and thought I “looked funny” doing things…. So, I started running and doing boxing/kickboxing. Did a few marathons and more halfs and 5ks than I can count. However, from just running all the time I kept getting injured, so I figured I needed to try something else. This is where you think I am about to say, “and then I tried Crossfit”… WRONG :)… Although, I did have many friends who told me I should try it and would like it. But I was still intimidated, so I got a personal trainer and kept running. He was great! I started lifting weights, had the desire to get a strict pull-up, and actually “liked” working out again (Note: this is where my hate for burpees started ;). After talking with a friend who did CF about the workouts I was doing with my trainer, he again suggested I try CF because “what I was doing was similar and it would be cheaper.” So after a few more months of deliberation, research and watching videos of people like Rich Froning, I thought why not. I tried a free class, and signed up for foundations the next day… And as they say, the rest is history.

PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
My first “real” WOD was on a Friday while I was still in foundations. I remember looking at the workout and thinking, “this is a safe one to start with, it has all movements I know and can do.” Those were rowing, push-ups (clapping for RX), and box jump overs. About halfway through the workout, I am thinking HOW AM I ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH… When sweet Maria comes up to me and goes, “I think you can do clapping push-ups.” My initial thoughts to this were, NO WAY, I am tired and your hands are supposed to stay on the ground when you do pushup. However, she convinced me to try and we came to a compromise of just doing some power pushups. So after I was done and got my bearings again my thoughts were, 1. This is hard, 2. Rowing 1000M is far and sucks, 3. I can do more than I thought…YAY but I still want to be able to do more.

PS Maria, sorry for the evil glare I probably gave you when you made that suggestion.

PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs. Favorite WOD?
When I started I didn’t have pull-ups or ring dips and while these are both still a work in progress I am happy to say that I can do them. I would say one of the biggest improvements I have made is not necessarily on one particular movement but in the way I approach a workout and my mental mindset. I know myself better and am better able to figure out how to break a workout up and push through to get one more rep.

Oddly (or maybe not so oddly), the only benchmark WOD I have retested also happens to be my favorite, Grace. I was able to take almost a minute and a half off my previous time and do it sub 3. I would love to retest Fran (I know crazy right…) but I think I would see good improvement on this one as well. The only time I did it was very shortly after I started doing pull-ups without a band. But I can safely say I would not have been able to do it RX walking in the door!

PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments you’d like to share?
There are a lot of “favorite” moments that come to mind so I will cap this at 3. One of the first things that jumps to my mind would be getting my first strict pull-up (I had been wanting this for a long time). I thought I was being sneaky and just jumped up on the bar before class one day to try and it happened. Little did I know Brian caught me and made me redo it for the camera but not before announcing it to the everyone. It was fun and terrifying having the group looking and cheering me on as I got my “second-first” pull-up.

Along the same lines I love being there any time some gets a PR or does something for the first time. It is always fun to cheer them on and celebrate their success with everyone.

Lastly, doing my first competition on the mall with some awesome people (Summer R. Jason E. and Thom S.). Having a bunch of friends and strangers screaming and yelling for/at you was a new experience that made me push myself and do things I didn’t know I was capable of. It also exposed my weaknesses and gave me things to work on.

PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
Just show up, I know it sounds cliché but it is what worked for me. Additionally, don’t cherry pick the workouts you show up to because they have movement you like or are good at (we are all guilty). You will get better at these but never at the others. What is a better feeling then when something new clicks or you do something for the first time!

If you have questions or are unsure of something don’t be afraid to ask a coach. They are all super friendly and helpful.

Get to know people. Don’t be afraid to talk to them before or after class. The PCF community is full of very friendly approachable people. I came in not knowing a single person and now have a new group of friends.

Lastly, and most importantly HAVE FUN! This combined with getting to know the people and the awesome coaches will keep you coming back!

PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
I have to go with Maria on this one. Someday I will have her Oly lifting skillzzz and back. 🙂

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  • Warmup: EMOTM 8 Min
    3 Hang Squat Snatch
    3 Situp to Straddle
    Alt: 3 Kipping Pullup/3 Planche Pushup

    RX’d Level II Level I
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    10-15s Ring L-Sit
    3 Strict HSPU
    5 Rounds For Time:
    6 Front Squat 135/95
    4 Front Rack Lunge 135/95
    3 Shoulder To Overhead 135/95
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    5-10s Box L-Sit
    3 Box assisted Pike Pushup
    5 Rounds For Time:
    6 Front Squat 115/75
    4 Front Rack Lunge 115/75
    3 Shoulder To Overhead 115/75
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    5-10s Box Tuck-Sit
    3 L-Seated DB Press
    5 Rounds For Time:
    6 Front Squat 65/45
    4 Front Rack Lunge 65/45
    3 Shoulder To Overhead 65/45

    Athlete chooses his/her weight. The goal is to add weight each round, the last round being the heaviest. Score is your HEAVIEST successful set. Post loads to comments.

    3 Responses to “Friday 141121”

    1. Maria Roselle November 21, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      yeah Brigid!! You’re a rock star!! You have come so far and I love seeing the progress. Keep it up, gf!

    2. Alison November 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Nice profile Brigid!

    3. Jason E November 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Snatch (x1): 205

      MetCon: 5:56 Rx

      (rest break-down)
      1-3. 6-4-3
      4. 3-3-4-3
      5. 4-6-3