The longer I’ve known Sarah and the more I learn about her the more she surprises and inspires me in her own unique way.
From the first time I sent her an email and realized that her email address was SarahAwesome, which instantly became her nickname, because why have a boring email address with your last name if you can have an awesome one with the word awesome in it.
To learning that she comes to 5 am class not out of necessity like most of our other members, but just because she likes the people in that class and enjoys working out early (sometimes she actually wakes up early so she can read before she comes to CrossFit).
Sarah is one of our shorter members, which can make some things that we do more difficult for her, but she doesn’t let that get in her way and she regularly refuses my scaling options or modifications that take that in to account because she’s determined to do the work as it’s written as often as possible.
Her dedication to whatever she sets her mind to never waivers and because of this and her willingness to listen and implement our coaching we have seen her make some huge strides in a relatively short period of time.
We’re looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings to you physically and mentally, Sarah Awesome. Keep up the solid attendance and hard work and all the puzzle pieces will continue to align!
Here is a little Q&A with Sarah about her experiences here at Cróga:
(Coach Dave): When did you join Cróga?
(Sarah): It was probably one of the best days in my life, I went to Cróga in the morning and adopted my rescue puppy in the afternoon.
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(S): I did CrossFit for about 1.5 years in Pittsburgh, then decided to move across the country from PA to CA with pretty much no money so I had to take a little break to save up money. During that time, I did a bunch of things, like yoga, sometimes I would run, I had access to weights so sometimes I would lift weights but it’s hard to get motivated consistently by myself so I worked out when I felt like it.
(D): What was your first workout?
(S): Oh gosh, I don’t even remember what it was at Cróga, sorry. I was so so so so happy to be back at CrossFit that I think I just fought back happy tears mixed with mild hysteria. I think it involved rowing, which I hadn’t actually done before. And I do remember the warm up had the bear crawl in it and I thought it was the most awkward thing ever.
(D): First reaction to your first workout?
(S): I apparently documented this on Facebook, fyi. I said “I am so so so happy to be back at CrossFit (see, I wasn’t kidding!). They let me jump right in and I wasn’t really shown any mercy. I thought I had been doing okay keeping up with workouts but toward the end of it, I was like ‘and I wanted to do this again, WHY?’ But I am so happy!” Hot damn, I luh ya, CrossFit!
(D): What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
(S): I was totes overweight when I started back at CrossFit even though I tried to keep up with workouts on my own! But there’s this really cool thing in Cali where people will deliver food to you at pretty much any time of day or night. For a Pittsburgh girl, this was marvelous, at first. And there is access to such a variety of food. I acted like a tourist the first 6 months I was here, I needed to try ALL the food and I wanted to drive to ALL the cool places so yeah, then I lost ALL of my good habits.
But once I got back into working out on a schedule, I chilled out with my food lust. I threw myself into the workouts at Cróga but it still took a long time for me to drop the weight. NOW, my looks have improved so much – I’m almost back to the weight I was when I moved here, yay!!. I am shapely again and I love that I can feel all the muscles forming underneath my skin.
I feel ECSTATIC. I’m 4’10” so it is really important that I stay in shape. Also, I feel strong and happy. Mentally, physically and emotionally, strong, happy, healthy.
My performance has improved so much – actually Cróga has been so amazing for that. I liked my other CrossFit box but I think they were sometimes lacking in attention to certain aspects of form. However, I improved faster and in less time at Cróga than I feel that I did at my old CrossFit gym so that’s exciting! I am able to lift heavier because my form is more on point. Cróga is seriously awesome.
(D): What days and times do you come to Cróga?
(S): I usually come at 5am MWF and 8am or 9am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. I have really been able to be consistent with coming 5 days/week and not feel like I’m dying.
(D): What’s your favorite WOD?
(S): hmmm, there was one we did that was pretty much all body weight stuff and I remember telling Dave that it was “all the things I’m good at” but I don’t remember what it was. It probably definitely involved push ups and stuff like that. I think my favorite WODs are the chipper types or countdown ones (like 40 of something, 30 of something, etc) – I just hate doing the same thing over and over and over again but I like counting down and doing a varied amount of moves.
(D): What’s your least favorite WOD?
(S): Probably anything with double unders, handstands, OH squats or power snatches because I can’t really do any of those nicely and I hate sucking.
(D): “The Sarah Rodi” WOD! What would it be?
(S): It would be one of those 50-40-30-20-10 type deals. It’s so hard to pick what exactly would be in it because I like a lot of things. Maybe wall balls, push ups, box jumps, deadlifts, front squats, some sort of clean, push presses….I don’t know. I can tell you more accurately what shouldn’t be in it. (We’re all totally not puzzled right now as to why I would be a member of the month.)
(D): What’s your favorite post workout routine?
(S): I go home and get attacked with love by my dogs (we’ve been separated for, like, a whole HOUR – it’s hard on us, don’t judge), drink a second cup of coffee and make breakfast.
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(S): I hate to be fulsome in my appreciation but I feel like CrossFit saved my life so I love everything about it. At both CrossFit gyms I’ve been a member of, the people are totally awesome. The workouts are really hard and sometimes make me cry but I like seeing all the improvement and what’s hard work worth without a few tears shed?. I like that everyone works so hard and there are ways to scale everything and no one makes you feel like a loser if you can’t do something. It’s a very nice, supportive environment. If you miss a class, people ask you why, even if they are just being friendly and don’t expect an explanation, you feel a little guilty and guilt is motivating.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(S): Definitely Whole30. I was eating clean before I moved to Cali and in between trying all the cool new places out here I was continuing to eat clean but Whole30 is really helpful for being a reset tool and keeping me on track.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2017?
(S): 2016 was the year I made Sarah great again so 2017 should be the year I MAKE SARAH THE GREATEST EVER. (CrossFit is really good for my self-esteem). I should have a noble goal, like “I want to do double unders” because I’ve never even accomplished one but sorry, CrossFit, I don’t care about that. Too honest for my own good, I know. No, for real, I want to lift even heavier than I do now, I want to be well into triple digits with everything I lift and I want my “light” weights for “quick moving” WODS to be on the heavy side. I would LOVE to be quicker at everything. I would also really like to get my overhead movements locked down, so these shoulders need to cooperate with my goals and get more mobile.
(D): What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
(S): Don’t pay attention to whatever dumb meme your friend of a friend of an acquaintance whom you met once at a club that used to host emo bands back in the 2000s, shares on social media making fun of CrossFit/CrossFitters. You gotta come see for yourself. Also, don’t be intimidated, CrossFit really is for everyone! I could have actually started back a little sooner but I had this idea in my head that I had to be a certain fitness shape to walk into CrossFit again, WRONG (in the Donald Trump voice). Don’t worry about what shape you’re in, just show up. And once you’re showing up to CrossFit, be consistent!! Pick a schedule, stick to it, and keep pushing. In all honesty, you should just start at Cróga to build the best foundation, then you can take on the world.
(D): Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
(S): This is so nice of Cróga to consider me for member of the month, it is really an honor and very humbling since I am a pretty average CrossFitter. I’m effusive but I’m glad I found Cróga because it has made living in Cali, so far away from my all people, bearable. I’m obsessed with CrossFit and I like pushing myself to do better all the time, which CrossFit definitely encourages. Cróga is full of coaches who are committed and dedicated, smart and knowledgeable and such great examples of what CrossFit is and should always be. Coach Dave is a genius, very funny and his no bullshit attitude is really good for pushing me and for motivation. I enjoy the events and get-togethers that are scheduled, they enable me to meet other members who don’t go to class at the same times I do. Finally, shout out to Coach PJ, who lets me whine sometimes and just turns a deaf ear to it (Coach Dave NEVER lets me whine haha). I’m really going to miss Coach PJ and rap Fridays.