Alexxa came to us initially as the girlfriend of Coach Preston, but boy has she come out of her shell and made a name for herself at Cróga.
I’ll never forget the moment I knew Alexxa loves to compete and really understood the intensity side of CrossFit. I was coaching one of her first 5 or 10 classes and the WOD ended with a 400m run. She headed out the door to go run her final lap, a minute or so later I went outside to check on her and about 15 seconds later she completely caught me off guard. Most people come around the final corner and just jog it in at about the same speed as they ran the whole lap unless they’re racing someone. Alexxa came around the corner and absolutely SPRINTED, 100% effort, the final 100m all the way through the finish line and then said “TIME!” as she finished.
As a coach, it was absolutely awesome to watch and from that moment I knew she was going to do great with everything she tried. She always give 100% effort, she does tons of extra mobility and she seems to be squatting in her free time because she’s getting damn strong, quickly.
So far so good for Alexxa, it’ll be fun to watch where CrossFit takes her and to watch how much fun she has in the process dancing her way through warm ups and celebrating awesome PRs.
Here is a little Q&A about Alexxa’s experiences here at Cróga:
(Coach Dave): When did you join Cróga?
(Alexxa): I joined Cróga in January of this year! I’m not trying to brag or anything, but it’s been four months and I still have no idea what I’m doing.
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(A): Before Cróga, I regularly went to the gym, was a runner, danced for a few years, and did marathons. By marathons I mean the Netflix kind.
(D): What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
(A): My first workout was four RFT of power cleans, front squats, and lateral burpees. After that I decided going on a run was a good idea, and after that I laid on the floor of my living room for several hours.
(D): What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
(A): I’ve gotten so much stronger than I ever knew I could be, and I’m panicking less about all of the terminology. Before Cróga, I thought a power clean was scrubbing the counter really vigorously and a jerk was an insult.
(D): What’s your favorite WOD?
(A): My favorite WOD would probably be anything related to squats, squat cleans, or something short and sweet. My arms are the size of noodles and my shoulders have the range of motion equivalent to a hunchback, so any overhead movement is a struggle for me.
(D): “The Alexxa Noble” WOD! What would it be?
(A): The “Alexxa Noble” WOD would either have a lot of burpees, sprinting, and leg work involved, or a competition of who could eat the most peanut butter and Oreos while simultaneously binge-watching House of Cards. I would probably crush that WOD.
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(A): I love that CrossFit as a whole is so versatile and targets every area of your body. I never get bored. I love Cróga specifically for its emphasis on community; everyone is so friendly, patient, encouraging, knowledgable, understanding, and charismatic! Every day I feel extremely blessed to be around such an incredible group of people.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for rest 2016?
(A): My biggest fitness goal for 2016 would be to keep pushing myself and to keep getting stronger. Specifically, I want to squat 225 and be able to do a muscle up. The second one is probably going to be a joke given that I have no upper body strength, so pray for me.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(A): My favorite culinary discovery would be my protein shake- Gatorade with cookies and cream protein powder. It sounds wild, but it’s sugary sweet and even Coach Dave liked it so I have his stamp of approval! I keep getting weird looks when I tell people what’s in it, so I should probably start lying.
(D): What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
(A): I don’t know much about other CrossFit gyms, but all of the coaches and athletes made me feel so welcome. The coaches devoted extra attention to me and answered all of my questions so thoroughly, and the athletes encouraged questions with the utmost patience and understanding. That kind of warmth and kindness has left such an impression on me. That, coupled with the immense knowledge and talent the staff has couldn’t be a better combination. One of the coaches exemplifies these qualities in particular, and he’s also really really ridiculously good looking which makes it hard to focus in his classes. Especially when I can see his biceps. What was the question again?
(D): Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
(A): Thank you so much Croga for being a community first, then a gym. Croga is by far one of my favorite places to be at because of the immense emphasis on community, and I couldn’t be more grateful for you guys. Thank you again!