Industrious 15 Minutes of Fame: Meet Stacey!
1) What (who) brought you to Industrious?
A few things sort of aligned for me all at once: Industrious was starting their 2nd summer of outdoor workouts at Premera Blue Cross (my employer) in July 2016. I had honestly never considered doing Crossfit because of the usual thoughts non-Crossfitters have: “it’s too hard for people like me”, “I can’t do the things they do”, “I’m not athletic enough”, etc. etc. Lucky for me, my coworker Christine encouraged me to sign up for a class with her because we both felt like we needed help with our fitness. I was hooked after the first 30 minute class! So much so that I ended up signing up as a an actual member in October 2016 after the free sessions at Premera were over.
2) What is the most significant change-whether social, physical, mental…you have experienced since you have been here?
All of those aspects have changed for me, to be honest. Socially and mentally, I feel like I have been able to be more “myself.” Before crossfit, if I was in a situation where I would be meeting new people for the first time, I remember asking my husband things like “do your friends know I’m chubby?” because I didn’t want them to be surprised at how I looked. I would change my clothes 5 or 6 times before finally settling on what to wear for a date night because I didn’t like how anything fit. I don’t worry about those things anymore! Physically, I am more confident and stronger than I have ever been. I was able to bench press over 90 pounds (for 3 reps) a couple weeks ago and I distinctly remember struggling with bench pressing a 45 pound bar when I went to a regular gym a few years ago. Now I seek ways to be more active outside of the gym, which helps when I have a 3 year old son and 9 year old stepson to keep up with!
3) What is your favorite thing about Industrious?
EVERYTHING. The coaches make me feel welcomed and capable of anything. Their positivity is a huge contributing factor to everyone’s success at the gym. Towards the end of the free sessions at work in 2016, I remember Stephen being so excited about how far my squat depth had come. I truly think he may have been more excited about it than I was! That type of energy is contagious and you WANT (need??) to surround yourself with those types of people. The community and the people at the gym are all great to be around- they are just as encouraging as the coaches. I recently was completing my last 12 banded pull-ups for the Helen WOD after the time cap and everyone else was done- but I was determined to finish regardless of the time being over. So much positivity was coming from the other athletes around me and I have never felt more thankful to be a part of this gym and this community. The workouts are challenging, yet fun, and keep you coming back for more – no matter how sore you think you are. (Thanks, Molly! Haha) Literally everything is my favorite part! I’m proud to be able to say that I’m a member of Industrious.
4) What are your goals or aspirations for this year?
Maybe an unassisted pull-up would be nice. Just 1 for now! Being overall better conditioned – running is a struggle for me and it might be as much of a mental block as it is a physical one. I, admittedly, need to learn how to jump over those mental hurdles without so much hesitation. I psych myself out sometimes with doubt and negative self talk if I think something is too heavy or too hard.
5) Share one thing we do NOT know about you!
Hmmmm… my husband and I have traveled to Vegas over 30 times since our first trip together in May 2010. The trips used to be much more frequent before we had our son- we went for a weekend trip 4 months in a row once! We got engaged there (he proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower), and then 6 months after that we got married there. We had about 20-30 people (friends and our families) fly in to Vegas to celebrate with us and it was a lot of fun (and much less stressful than trying to plan a wedding myself!)
Aside from Vegas trips, I have a pretty family oriented life. I have a full time job, and then my evenings/weekends are usually based around my boys’ activities. For now, they are all into indoor inline speed skating- which is something my husband did as a kid but is getting back into now as an adult. My husband and I went to Lincoln, Nebraska a couple weeks ago for him to compete at Nationals and he actually placed 3rd overall on his age group! Both of our boys are skating right now too- and I love watching the 3 of them do something together that is active.