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 Katie. Katie works out CrossFit 9,in St. Petersburg, FL but we've never had the opportunity to do any sort of athletic event together! We've both active in the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and that's how we connected. She's very motivating, and fun. You can connect with Katie through social media!
Name: Katie Mulford
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
Location: St. Pete, FL
Favorite WOD: I love the WODs that make you feel like you’re going to die at the end, ha! I am all about the high intensity workouts because they make me feel the most accomplished.
Favorite Lift: Deadlift…it’s the easiest for me to progress in! I also love front and back squat.
Deadlift Max: 185# Looking forward to breaking 200#!
Back squat Max: 160#
Overhead Max: Which lift? 60# overhead squat
Favorite Girl? I haven’t done all of them so I feel like I can’t choose…I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve done though so far!
Got Muscle-ups? Ha! Not yet.
1 mile run: Not sure on exact time, but I know I can run 1 mile in around 10 minutes.
How long have you been CrossFitting? Since October 2012.
What keeps you coming back/motivated? Everything…the coaches, the people, the workouts. I may be biased, but I think my box has the best coaches out there. They are so knowledgeable and incredibly encouraging. And they know when to push me to do my best. My fellow box mates are equally as encouraging and it’s always so awesome to walk into the box after a long day. Everyone’s always in a good mood and they’re all just great people in general. I love seeing so many different people come together for the love of CrossFit.
How did you find CrossFit? I had heard about CrossFit a few years before I actually tried it. A friend had tried it, but it wasn’t for her. Then the CrossFit “craze” started to kick in and I heard more and more about it and how effective it was. My boyfriend’s sisters started going to CrossFit in Ft. Myers so I heard a lot about it and was able to ask them a lot of questions. They were in love with it (and one used to hate working out) so I was pretty much sold once I talked to them about it.
What is your athletic background? I was never into sports growing up. I tried softball, soccer and volleyball, but I liked dance better. I started exercising on my own towards the end of high school. But I had no clue what I was doing and just did snippets of exercises out of magazines. It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I really started getting into healthy living. I learned the “science” behind working out and what I was actually supposed to do to get an effective workout. I realized I loved group classes and started going to a small locally owned gym that did a lot of bootcamp style workouts. I enjoyed it and went on and off for a few years. And then I found CrossFit.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has completely changed the way I see my body. I am much more confident than I’ve ever been. I have a little pooch on my stomach? I have a little cellulite? Who cares!? I just got a PR! I love my body for what it can DO and not how it looks from day to day. I love feeling strong more than I love feeling thin. To me this is a realization that every woman needs to make.
I’ve also learned to not say “I can’t” or “I suck”. Those phrases do not exist in CrossFit. You have to believe in yourself. And that attitude crosses over into your every day life.
I also take care of my body more and listen to it more. Heavy lifting will make you do that! I get massages, I do yoga…and I don’t feel bad if I choose sleep over a workout…because clearly it’s what my body needs.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do?
Heavy lifting in general! I never ever thought I’d be lifting.
What motivates/inspires you? My coaches and my box mates. They are all amazing human beings.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? Anytime I get a PR is a pretty amazing feeling and I’m reminded how far I’ve come.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I can’t wait for the day when I can do pull ups without a band!
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? An unexpected goal was the realizations I stated above. Even though it was unexpected I’d say it was the most important goal I could ever achieve.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Blogging, writing, reading, going to theater shows, running, hanging out with friends, family, my boyfriend and our dog, Maddie.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I really don’t believe in “diets” and follow the rule of thumb “everything in moderation”. However, I realize that everyone is different and different things work for different people. I just don’t think any kind of diet is one that people can sustain long term. Unless they have allergies, sensitivities, etc. I did try Paleo for a week with a friend. I wanted to see what it was all about and at the time needed a jump start to eat healthier again. As I expected, it was not for me.
What is your favorite meal?
I love all food! My favorite everyday kind of meal is pork tenderloin, roasted sweet potatoes and a roasted vegetable. I love roasted anything haha.
Any advice for new members?
Don’t be intimidated and don’t be afraid. Turn off the voice inside your head and believe in yourself. Don’t look around and compare yourself to others. Some people have been CrossFitting for years…so even though you may think you’re lifting too little that will change over time. And everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses. Pay attention to form and always ask questions. Be proud of yourself for doing something wonderful for you and your body!
I LOVE this quote from Katie "I love my body for what it can DO and not how it looks from day to day."
This is so true and I need to embrace it more! Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my stretch marks and loose skin that I forget what my body is capable of doing!