Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!
Today I am spotlighting Mandy. Mandy works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego, but we haven't worked out in the same WOD more than a small handful of times. I really connected with her via social media. She's very inspirational. She sets goals for herself, makes a plan, and meets those goals! She also has a lot of fun along the way. You can check out her blog here: Formula Fitness
Name: Mandy Phillips
Occupation: Teacher and Entrepreneur
Location: Land O’ Lakes, FL
Favorite WOD: Anything weightlifting related, CrossFit Total, Grace, and Linda
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Deadlift Max: 250 lbs
Back squat Max: 155 lbs
Overhead Max: Which lift? 115 lbs (Clean and Jerk)
Favorite Girl? Grace or Linda
Got Muscle-ups? No, not even close….but that’s okay, one day I will!
1 mile run: 11 minutes exactly (running not my thing at all, but trying to change that!)
How long have you been CrossFitting? I am actually right at the 3 year mark! Started in September 2010, but have had to take a few breaks due to grad school and a torn ACL needing surgery.
What keeps you coming back/motivated? I am competitive by nature and my biggest competitor is myself! I love challenging myself in an environment that pushes me, while having phenomenal support from fellow CrossFitters and the amazing coaching staff at CrossFit En Fuego.
How did you find CrossFit? I was brought to CrossFit by some co-workers that had been going. So thankful they brought me!
What is your athletic background? I have played sports my whole life. Tried every sport I could as a child, but found my niche in softball, volleyball, and golf! Notice little running involved in all of those.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has dramatically changed my life! I am always looking for ways to further myself and increase my health. I have lost weight, gained muscle, and just become more confident in my body and fitness overall. Also, it has made my relationship with my husband even stronger! He recently started CrossFit in Feb. 2013 and we have never looked back! Took be a long time to get him there, but now we are a team and love focusing on our fitness together!
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.)
Double Unders were a struggle for me for a long time. I am able to do those and am currently working to lose the single I have in between my doubles! Running has always been a struggle for me and with the help in my fitness gained through CrossFit, I am now training for a half marathon! This is certainly something I thought I would never do!
What motivates/inspires you? I am truly inspired by others! I love watching people push themselves to do things they thought they would never be able to do. I love watching people hit an obstacle and persevere through overcoming it! This is what pushes me to do the same! This is the exact reason I have started training for the half marathon and I have even started blogging about my fitness journey (formulafitness.org). The feedback I have gotten from this truly pushes me to continue training because I know I am inspiring others as I achieve my own goals! Love being a motivation to others! That is what motivates me!
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? Before I had my ACL surgery, I was able to achieve a 500 lb CrossFit Total. That is a combination of my max lifts on deadlift, back squat, and strict press. That was always the number I wanted to hit and I did it! Now my goal is to get that again!
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? My next main goal is to complete an unassisted pull up! I have always had a hard time with pull ups, but am getting closer and closer everyday to lose those bands and achieve this goal!
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? Some goals that I have achieved are lowering my body fat %, increasing my strength on my lifts, and increasing my endurance through workouts!
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Outside of CrossFit, my husband and I really love hanging out with friends, traveling, and working on projects for our new home! Sports of course are always a huge interest for us too! Go Bucs, Rays, and Bulls!
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I have followed many ways of eating healthy before (WW, watching caloric intake, Low Carb, and Paleo). Currently, I am doing Paleo, but trying to figure out how to continue this while training for my half marathon. I have gotten a new Polar Heart Rate Monitor that has helped me track my calorie expenditure, but now I have to learn how to incorporate this into my diet!
What is your favorite meal? I am a huge steak lover and actually I think one of my favorite meals is what we had for dinner last night. Chimichurri Steak, Sweet Potato, and Asparagus….yum! Recently a close runner up has been Meatballs, Spaghetti Squash as “noodles”, and homemade spaghetti sauce!
Any advice for new members? My advice for anyone thinking about doing CrossFit or just starting is to just do it! Don’t be afraid! The number one thing I love about CrossFit is that they scale all workouts to your current ability, while pushing you slightly past that point to continue to challenge you. Don’t get frustrated you can’t do something or because others around you can and you can’t! Who cares!? They are not you! They have not lived your life! You are you and you define your competition! Push yourself to be better than you were yesterday, then you can look back and see how far YOU have come!