Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. (Where did you grow up, where do you work, Family,etc.)
Hi Everyone, I’m Rebekah. I grew up in the area (with a small stint of time in New Jersey when I was young). My parents live in the area and I had a brother. I am a single mother of a beautiful 2 year old named Lily. She is my world. Best oops ever! Very shortly after my daughter was born, my brother, unexpectedly, passed away of unknown causes. He was my best friend. I am lucky to have amazing parents and support system, so we are getting through the loss together. The experience has taught me that life is short and nothing is guaranteed. Currently, I own a company with my Dad. We do Real Estate and Telecom stuff. What that means exactly, I don’t know. We have some real estate investments and are building some homes in the area. We are also building cell phone towers. It has been pretty interesting working in a family business. I come from a corporate background, so it has been a big change in thinking.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the gym?
I have a very close family. We spend a lot of time together BBQing, playing games, and that sort of stuff. I love to sew, paint, and draw (none of which I get to do as much as I’d like).
What did you first expect when you joined CrossFit?
I was very intimidated to join CrossFit. I thought everyone was going to be super ripped. My cousin’s husband was an athlete in the Games 2 years ago and I was so impressed with all the athletes and the community. I knew the community was great but I didn’t know how I would fit into that community…so far so good, right?!?
What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing?
I am pretty proud every time I finish a WOD, it’s the small things. My double unders are coming along faster than I expected. I hit a 120 jerk a couple weeks ago and I finished my first Murph (modified) with a broken toe.
What has been the hardest part of joining CrossFit? Most rewarding?
The hardest part of joining CrossFit was walking through the door the first time. Fear of the unknown. The most rewarding part of joining CrossFit has been the abilities that I am gaining and the relationships that I am building. I love that I can track my progress and putting in the work is starting to show. The people and all of our coaches are great!
What are some of your goals, personal and fitness, for the future?
Goals: I have so many! They are written in my journal. I really want pull ups, handstands, real push-ups, better running and burpee skills, and to get stronger.
My main life goal is to raise a healthy happy daughter into a full functioning adult.
What is your favorite workout?
I don’t think I have a favorite. I will do whatever you ask. I probably won’t finish first but I will finish!
How has CrossFit benefited your life beyond fitness and the gym?
CrossFit had affected my life in so many ways. I am generally in a better mood. I am putting better things into my body and learning all the time. I am achieving things that seemed so far off a lot quicker than I thought I could. Getting out more and being more active and continually learning to eat better have been huge for me and my whole family. Some days CrossFit is what gets me through. It’s been an emotional lifesaver!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in the gym since you’ve joined?
We were doing snatches in a workout and I guess I was fatigued or not watching my form and bashed the barbell into my forehead…thank God it didn’t split it open and only one person saw but I felt like a bone head. I am pretty clumsy, so if you are watching, you will probably catch me doing something that is embarrassing. Please feel free to laugh, I promise I will join in!
What made you decide you wanted/needed to start CrossFit?
When I found out I was having a baby girl I knew I wanted to be a healthy role model. I wanted her to see me healthy and happy and working on making myself better. Many people have a negative body image. I am one of those people but I don’t want to contribute, in any way, something that will make my daughter see herself in a negative light. I need to be the example.
What results have you achieved since joining our gym?
The biggest result is that I am an example for my family. Both of my parents are starting to be more interested in health and nutrition. I am starting to realize I am strong but I need to quit the negative self-talk in my head as it really causes me to stall in reaching my goals. I’m a work in progress and I feel like I am getting better every day!
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our program?
Do it! It will be the best addiction you have ever had! If I can do it, anyone can do it. I try to convince my mom all the time. She thinks she is too old but I say neigh, it’s called scaling.