September Athlete of the Month, Patricia Anderson

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1.  The DC Metro is very transient; from where did you move? What brought you to area? What do you do as a career?

I am a native New Yorker–from Long Island originally and Brooklyn more recently. I first moved to DC for college at The American University and have been here for most of the past 20 years, with the exception of a three year stint in Brooklyn. My career has been pretty diverse and I now work as an event producer.

2.  How did you get started in CrossFit? Did you have prior athletic experience? And how long have you been at CFSA? What’s your favorite or least favorite workout?

As a kid in PE classes, I was not naturally “athletic” and therefore often discouraged when it came to physical activities and organized sports. About eight years ago through the combination of adopting a regular yoga practice and an outdoor boot camp in Central Park, I discovered my “inner athlete” and a love for being physically active. I continued practicing yoga and picked up Zumba and kickboxing for cardio balance in my fitness routine. I thrive in dynamic environments and definitely needed a challenge–so a couple of years ago, I noticed my friend Raquel Russell bragging about CFSA on Facebook and it piqued my curiosity. From what I knew about CrossFit, I thought it might be a good fit for me, except for the running. Two plus years later, I love CFSA and I still hate running. And burpees. But now, people regularly refer to me as “an athlete” and that is incredibly empowering.

3.  What’s your greatest improvement/achievement since joining us at CFSA?

There have been many victories for me along the way because I came in with no expectations besides generally improving my fitness. I would have NEVER imagined being able to lift some of the weights I can lift now. My favorite workouts are always the very long, seemingly impossible partner/team workouts that usually happen on the weekends. By far, my greatest achievement was the memorial September 11th workout last year. It was an incredibly moving experience and the most difficult physical challenge I have ever faced.

4.  Now that you’ve been crushing it in the gym, what advice would you offer our CFSA newbies? What motivates and pushes you to continually improve?

As long as you are showing up and giving it YOUR best, you are continually improving yourself and your life. Today may not be the day you achieve the big goal–whatever that big goal is–but so long as you keep showing up for yourself and moving forward you are improving.

5.  Tell us something about you no one at the gym knows. It can be anything: worst job you’ve ever had, the cheat food you constantly crave, the workout you fear most…anything you’d like to share.

I strive to live gratefully in the present. And still most days I dream of living at the ocean and making a living as a singer/CrossFit coach/yoga instructor.

September Athlete of the Month, Sydney English

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1.  The DC Metro is very transient; from where did you move? What brought you to area? What do you do as a career?

I moved to DC from North Carolina for law school. I am currently in my third and final year of school at The George Washington University Law School.

2.  How did you get started in CrossFit? Did you have prior athletic experience? And how long have you been at CFSA? What’s your favorite or least favorite workout?

I was looking for a local CrossFit gym. I was previously a member at a CF gym in NC and wanted to pickup where I left off. I have been at CFSA for three months. My least favorite workout is the front squat and my most favorite, the back squat. Besides CF, I played field hockey and ran track in my younger years.

3.  What’s your greatest improvement/achievement since joining us at CFSA?

I have improved and continue to improve my technique/ posture when lifting.

4.  Now that you’ve been crushing it in the gym, what advice would you offer our CFSA newbies? What motivates and pushes you to continually improve?

Go at your own pace and be in competition with yourself. Because everyone is coming from different levels of experience, it can be intimidating to measure your progress against your fellow classmates, so don’t.

5.  Tell us something about you no one at the gym knows. It can be anything: worst job you’ve ever had, the cheat food you constantly crave, the workout you fear most…anything you’d like to share.

I have a huge sweet tooth that is insatiable. “Sweet” of preference: anything chocolate.