INDUSTRIOUS 15 MINUTES OF FAME: MEET SHO!
1) What (who) brought you to Industrious?
I live in Edmonds and had driven past the CFI sign for several years. I remember looking up Industrious a few years ago because the name was so intriguing and the name came back to me when I was looking for an option to increase my physical training – CrossFit was something I had been thinking about trying. I have been weight training for years and had recently been trying a strength program (5×5 Stronglifts) for about six months which provided a good foundation with squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Cardio consisted of a few minutes on an elliptical or rowing machine. But….. it was a monotonous, solitary activity. I felt that I needed something more stimulating to keep me engaged in my workout routine. After my first class at Industrious, I knew I had found my new fitness outlet – the workouts were challenging, varied and never boring! I have been coming to CFI ever since.
2) What is the most significant change you have experienced since you have been here? How long have you been a member?
I have been a member for about a year and a half. The biggest difference is that CrossFit has changed my whole conception of ‘fitness’ and ‘strength’. My weight training in the past had focused on specific exercises. I built up my ability to do several discrete movements, but did not integrate the movements together – there definitely was not a functional component to the exercises. I don’t think I was able to even do a single pull up! Now, I can see how my body is stronger and better conditioned, not just in one area but with the muscle groups complement each other and working together throughout the CrossFit workouts. My overall strength and fitness has significantly improved!
3) What is your favorite thing about Industrious?
There are too many to name just one favorite – great camaraderie, knowledgeable & encouraging coaches, supportive classmates and a vibrant, diverse, community. Even on days that I have to drag myself out of bed to get to the early morning class (shout out to my 5:30AM classmates who are getting up super early every day!!), I never regret that I attended! The workout has become a important part of my morning routine.
4) What are your goals or aspirations for this year?
One of the hardest lessons for me to learn has been to temper my enthusiasm (OK – my ‘ego’), with the reality of what my older body can handle. Early on, I recklessly pushed myself too hard and suffered the consequences. The key is to develop the self-awareness to know what you are capable of and to be mindful of your limits.
So, how is this related to my goals for this year? Well, I am just getting over some shoulder and hip issues that have impacted my workouts for the last 2-3 months. My plan is to continue to work toward recovering my upper body strength and mobility and eventually surpass my skill level when I was injured. I have been careful with my rehab and gradually working my way back into shape. I am feeling better and success is coming at unexpected times – I got my first kipping handstand push-up the other day, so that felt really good.
My short term goal is to string together double unders and kipping pull ups. Longer term …. Muscle ups!
As I have grown older, I have become more serious about my health and fitness and made a goal to explore new challenges. I started hot yoga when I turned 50. Started CrossFit at 55. Looking forward to what I will try at 60 – maybe BASE jumping?
5) Share one thing we do NOT know about you!
I know how to throw boomerangs! Many, many years ago I competed in a couple of local tournaments. You compete in different events to test different skills – distance, accuracy, fast catch, endurance, juggling (two boomerangs aloft at a time) and doubling (release two boomerangs at the same time, catch them separately). It was fun!
Also, I have a twin brother….