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 Mindy. Mindy in a personal friend of mine, and I love her! We are both Polar Ambassadors and active in the Tampa Bay Blogging community. We've done all sorts of activities together from SUP'ing, to watching Flashdance the Musical. I adore Mindy, she inspires me, and I know she'll inspire you too.
Name: Mindy Artze
Occupation: teacher and blogger
Favorite Lift: Dead lift
Deadlift Max: 220
Back squat Max: 200
Overhead Max: Which lift? 105
Favorite Girl? Fran
Got Muscle-ups? Nope! Not yet
1 mile run: slow
How long have you been CrossFitting? I began CrossFitting in the middle of May, but there was quite a bit of travel that stopped me from attending consistently over the summer.
What keeps you coming back/motivated? I love lifting heavy weight! I like how it makes me feel. I love the people at CrossFit Blackbeard and don’t like missing workouts.
How did you find CrossFit? A friend of mine told me about CrossFit Blackbeard about a year ago. I didn’t have the courage to try. I was afraid. When I finally decided to try I could have kicked myself because it’s my favorite workout I have ever done. It felt like coming home.
What is your athletic background? I was an athlete all my life. I played sports all through my childhood. I always found success in athletics. I taught aerobics all through my adult life and even taught til I was 8 months pregnant. When I got divorced, I gained a lot of weight and stopped exercising. I am still trying to get rid of the weight that I gained.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has reminded me of the athlete I used to be. My body has limitations, and I usually give into the quit when I work out. Not at CrossFit. I am pushed and pushed and pushed and I realize that I am much stronger and capable of doing so many things I never imagined I could do. CrossFit is Beast Mode! I don’t think I realized how strong I was until I went to a CrossFit box in NC on vacation. It was an all women class, and I was pushing myself without even realizing it. The coach wasn’t paying attention to me or anyone else in the class. I realized that my coach has trained and pushed me in a way that I have that fire inside now. I don’t need someone to tell me I can do it anymore… I just do it. Don’t get me wrong without Rob or Trey from CrossFit Blackbeard, I would not LOVE it like I do now.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? The first time I got a double under, I almost cried. I think I did a loud “Whoop!” when it happened. Then I tried to string a few together. Now I can do them. I am not perfect and I get LOTS of whip marks all over me, but I can do them. And I like doing them. I can do about 5 in a row at a time. Haha… Not that great yet.
What motivates/inspires you? Being a fitness blogger, I have a lot of friends who are bloggers as well. I am so inspired by their adventures in fitness. I was really motivated to try CrossFit after seeing your (Jenny’s) posts about CrossFit En Fuego. I am also motivated by the amazing men and women I workout with on a daily basis. Even though many are in better shape than I am, they all treat me equally and have always supported and pushed me.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? My proudest moment was showing up for a Saturday team workout and seeing that it involved a lot of running. When it comes to running, I am slow as can be. I try, but it is definitely my weakest areas. I remember thinking, “OH CRAP!” and wanting to run. Then I was put on a really tough team. There were 2 guys and one girl and they are beasts. I was feeling pretty good because I knew they would help with the workout, the problem was we had to do team runs. We won! I was pushed harder than I have ever been, but I did it! And we won!
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? Pull ups and handstand walks.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I can do “Man” push ups and I am PR-ing my maxes. My 200 lb back squat was a big moment. I had lifted the most of any woman in the gym until one of my friends heard and she lifted more… I will get her though!!!
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I love blogging, anything with my son, going to Rays, Lightning and Bucs games.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I am trying to eat healthy. Live my life… I have begun tracking what I eat on myfitnesspal.com Find me there… Artze Fartze
What is your favorite meal? STEAK!
Any advice for new members? Don’t be afraid! There is nothing to be afraid of. CrossFit members are the most helpful people. We talk about CrossFit all the time because we want people to feel like we do. CrossFit makes people happy! Give it a try. You won’t regret it!
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Mindy's Fitness journey
Mindy is very inspiring! I had no idea that she used to be an aerobics instructor!
What's something that you've physically done that surprised you??