SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE:LINDSAY

How long have you been a member at NCF? My Crossfit anniversary is February 1st, 2013.


Which class do you usually attend? I am typically a diehard nooner. I am completely addicted to endurance class as well though, so I attend that each week.

How did you find NCF? I am an addict in recovery which is where I met Doug and Abby and a lot of my friends in recovery were doing Crossfit at NCF so I decided to try it. I tried one class and didn’t come back for another year. I wasn’t ready the first time. Once I came back and started full time in 2013 that was it….I was hooked!

What is your athletic/fitness background? I have played sports since I was a small child. I was always doing something. Basketball, volleyball, softball, gymnastics. I also worked out obsessively in high school because of some crazy body image issues. Once I got into drugs and alcohol all those things went by the wayside. I got clean in 2010 and started doing a gymnastics class and swimming after I had my son in 2011. I realized exercise was a really good outlet for me and I have used it as a part of my recovery and to build my own self confidence ever since.

What is your most challenging move in Crossfit? Most bar work is hard for me. Snatches and overhead squats mainly. I don’t do them enough and those movements are intimidating for me.

What is your favorite Crossfit move? I love anything gymnastics and cardio. HSPU, running (weird that I would even say that), burpees, wallballs, pull ups, double unders. Love all those things.

What is your favorite thing about NCF? My favorite thing about NCF are the friendships I have cultivated there. There are people in our box that I will have lifelong relationships with. People that I love and friendships that I cherish. I also love that I can come in there, do the WOD, feel like dying and be able to laugh about that with the other crazies who are there doing the same thing I am. It’s one of the best parts of my day. There have been times I have come in and I am having a bad day and have cried through an entire WOD and felt supported and loved.

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting Crossfit? Running a 9 minute mile…finally! Also just watching my body get stronger and being able to do more movements that I couldn’t do when I started. There is always progress. That’s what I love about Crossfit. You can see the gains if you keep putting in the work.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness? One of the main things Crossfit has done for me is helped to change my body image, which is something I have issues with since I was teenager. It has also taught me that I don’t have to be the best…I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. Of course getting a PR is great but just being able to move my body and play with my kids and keep up is a big deal because I see so many people these days who can’t do that. It has given me a healthy way to let off steam. As far as my fitness level goes….there is no comparison to where it is now even compared to when I was in high school. It’s exponentially better at 38 than it was at 18.

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I would like to be able to clean my body weight…I only have about 15-20lbs to go until I can do that. I would also like to keep working on my endurance. A sub 9 minute mile would be amazing!!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I coach fastpitch softball, I play softball as well, I love camping and spending time outside with my kids and the people I love. I love riding horses. I am a Christian so God is the foundation for all that I do. He has blessed me so much in my life. I am so grateful for the life I have now and the relationships I have.

Any advice for new members? Keep coming back. Not going to lie…it really doesn’t get easier, but it will change the way you feel and is worth all the exhaustion. You will see gains the longer you participate and that makes it worth it for sure.

From your Coaches:
The best thing about Lindsay is that she's persistent with her exercise and fitness and for someone who has had several setbacks in her years training with us she's never given up or quit. She shows up everyday and works hard, modifies when she needs to and continues to improve. Here we are 3 years later and she's a total badass human being. That's what this deal is about. Mechanics, consistency and then intensity. Lindsay continues to progress in her fitness because she focuses on moving well and improving one day at a time. -Doug

Lindsay is such a great athlete to have at the endurance class. She attends very consistently and inspires me with how hard she works. Lindsay has a quiet confidence before each WOD begins. She never freaks out or panics if there's a movement she doesn't like. She just works hard & keeps moving.... putting her whole heart into each workout, and all with this incredible humility. I aspire to be more like her & look forward to having Lindsay in my next class. -Ruth

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