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 Amanda. Amanda works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego.She is an amazing woman who has been on an inspiring weight loss journey of her own. She also works to save children from drowning as a trained infant swim resource instructor and lifeguard. She's inspiring.
Name: Amanda Leigh K.
Occupation: Certified Infant Swim Resource Instructor and lifeguard
Favorite WOD: Murph
Favorite Lift: Squats and bench press
Deadlift Max: 170
Back squat Max: 145
Overhead Max: Which lift? Push Press, 105
Favorite Girl? Angie
Got Muscle-ups? No
1 mile run: 8:47
How long have you been CrossFitting? 15 months
What keeps you coming back/motivated? CrossFit is constantly changing and always a challenge to be better than yesterday.
How did you find CrossFit? My honey joined and was really excited about the results. I had been working on my fitness level and weightless for 7 years and wasn't seeing the results I wanted. I tried it once with him and a really good friend and her husband and was hooked.
What is your athletic background? I've love sports! I ran cross country and track in high school and played recreational sports in college. I love to hike, swim, cycle and playing outside.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? It has transformed how I view myself and my fitness. CrossFit has become a family passion and I love having something we can all share together. I am stronger now than I've ever been and that is truly exciting for me.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I can do a pull-up and Rx weights in multiple WODS.
What motivates/inspires you? Being stronger than yesterday and experiencing noticeable personal and physical positive changes motivates me. Over the last 8 years, I have lost 121 pounds and I remember where I've come from, this is a huge motivator for me. I know how hard it is to stay healthy and continue to progress toward a healthy lifestyle. I am inspired by hard working, dedicated woman that know where they've come from and remember the struggles that got them to the strong point they are at now.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? Diablo Games was my first competition and I know I gave everything I had, did my best and hit several PR's.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I plan to continue to work toward being able to do multiple pull-ups without having to stop. I also plan to continue my work toward doing HSPU without any head mats.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I completed my first Tri and CrossFit competition this year. I can also do a pull-up and HSPU's (with 1 mat). I have increased all of my weights by a lot:).
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I am a certified Infant Swim Resource Instructor at the YMCA. I LOVE watching children gain confidence in the pool and watching a child rollover into a float position never gets old for me. I love the outdoors, gardening and anything that has to do with the ocean or water. I love spending time with friends and family but also those rare but quiet moments when it's just me and nothing to do but reflect on my faith, goals, achievements and plans for the future. I am completely excited about being able to re-establish myself as a professional while still being able to be a good wife and mother.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? Yes, I follow the "healthy choices" plan. In all honesty, I eat healthy the majority of the time but I enjoy what I eat and refuse to make food and meal planning a chore.
What is your favorite meal? One that someone else plans and cooks for me :). I love Caesar salad and the sundried tomato and shrimp with pasta dish my honey makes for me.
Any advice for new members? Stick with it, keep track of your progress, allow yourself time and push hard toward your goal. Never ever lose track of your goal and be proud of your accomplishments no matter how small. Every step makes you stronger than yesterday.