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!
This week I introduce you to Lindsay. I've been a fan of Lindsay's blog The Lean Green Bean for quite some time! We also work together with Fit Fluential and I'm excited to be able to share her story with you today.
Name: Lindsay L.
Occupation: Registered Dietitian
Favorite WOD: Anything with overhead squats or squat cleans ;)
Favorite Lift: Overhead Squats
Deadlift Max: 260#
Back squat Max: 190#
Overhead Max: Which lift? 125# jerk
Favorite Girl? Grace
Got Muscle-ups? Nope
1 mile run: Haven’t done one in forever. Probably 8ish minutes
How long have you been CrossFitting? I’ve been going 5-6 days a week for a little over a year.
What keeps you coming back/motivated? First of all, the people. I’ve met some of my best friends doing Crossfit. Second, the variety. Every day is different so it’s never boring. It makes it exciting to get to work hard every day, but also be able to do so many different lifts and skills.
How did you find CrossFit? A box opened up just around the corner from my house and I bought a groupon.
What is your athletic background? I played volleyball, basketball, soccer and was on the swim team growing up. I played junior Olympic volleyball in high school and was did crew (rowing) in college.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? It’s brought a new community of people into my life. It’s made me the strongest I’ve ever been. I’m 28 and in the best shape of my life. I have more endurance. I used to run 3 miles a day, several days a week. Now I rarely run unless it’s in a WOD and my 5k time is much faster than it was before. It’s made me excited about working out again and it’s helped me push my limits and do things I never thought I could do.
What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? I FINALLY figured out how to string toes to bar together after a year of trying and I can do several butterfly or chest to bar pullups in a row, vs. having to use a band for pullups when I started.
What motivates/inspires you? The people I workout with. Seeing their times, max weights etc, motivates me to work harder and get better.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement? 5:04 Fran.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I want to get a 200# back squat.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? Pretty much all my max lifts are things I never thought I would ever do. I can overhead squat 125#, deadlift 260#, front squat 150#, push 125# over my head, clean more than my body weight and I’m 10# away from a 200# back squat.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I write healthy living blog, love taking pictures, being outside with my dogs and traveling.
Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? Nope.
What is your favorite meal? Chicken enchiladas.
Any advice for new members? Don’t be afraid to start. Take the time to learn the proper form for your Olympic lifts before you start trying to use heavy weight. Have fun and make yourself your biggest competition, not others.
Wow! Lindsay sure is strong! Her advice is spot on. Master the form first before you attempt to go heavy! You will prevent yourself from injury!
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