April 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Candice Petty - Strongpoint CrossFit

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April 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Candice Petty

April 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Candice Petty

What made you decide to start CrossFit?

After my divorce a few years ago I decided that exercise videos in my living room may not be my best option anymore. So, I hopped on Living Social to see what adventure I could find.  When I saw the ad for Strongpoint CrossFit, it terrified me.  It obviously stuck with me because a week later, after the deal had expired, I was talking about it with a lady named Susan who I was showing fabric to.  She said, “You should totally do it.”  You should call them and I bet they would still honor the Living Social deal.  It’s funny how an encouraging word from an almost stranger could have such a huge impact on my life.

What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?

Tons.  I had never even done a push up when I started.  This year I have really been getting stronger and I have been very proud of my numbers… 180# back squat, 215# deadlift.  I even got my first unassisted pull up during the open and managed to squeak out 9 of them.

What do you like best about the gym?

The People!  We are pretty much all amazing, right?  There is an awesome sense of community in our gym.

What is your favorite exercise or WOD?

Um, wall balls of course!  You get to throw a ball at a target and catch it, while also squatting.  What more do you want?  Slam balls are my 2nd favorite.

What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?

The ones with pull-ups because I am terrible at them and still have to use a sissy girl band.

What motivates you to show up day after day?

So many things.  I love getting to the gym and seeing everyone’s cute faces.  I love doing challenging workouts with my friends.  And I pretty much like getting better at stuff.

What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?

During a workout, I am always aware of everyone around me and where they are in the workout.  I’m basically a ninja.  When I am working at a similar pace as someone I will tell myself that they are better than me and they should finish before me and that makes me slow down.  It’s weird – I’m not sure which category of mental dysfunction that falls under.  I’ve only recently become more aware of it and I’m trying to quit.

What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?

A few weeks ago, during a partner WOD on a Saturday, the last movement was 6, 95# Thrusters.  Ryan Miller, Laura Davie and MK were cheering me on and proud of me for doing them unbroken.  It felt really awesome!

What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?

Hmmm… probably when I wore a cute outfit on burpee day.

What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?

I am an introvert and I really value alone time.

What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?

Pretty much anything Amanda Larson says during mobility.

What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?

I would like to be able to string together toes to bar and pull ups.  I am interested in continuing to learn more about nutrition and the impact that has on my conditioning.  Overall, to improve.

What advice would you give to someone who just started out?

Congratulations, you have just discovered the key to a healthier life!  Embrace it, enjoy it!  You can do anything you put your mind to… just be careful to have proper form. J

What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?

Being on a fence is neither productive nor fun.  CrossFit is both productive and fun!  It’s your nickel.  Spend it wisely.

Coach’s Comments: Candice has been with us for a very long time… the Living Social Deal she referred to was our first time working with Living Social in 2012 when we were still in the much fabled “old gym” down the street. I still remember her sitting in the car for about 15 minutes waiting to come into the building and how nervous she was for that first session!  While her schedule did not really allow her to get into the gym very much during her first two years with us, she has found more time to train and has been consistently attending 2-3 times a week for the past six months.  Perhaps most profound about her story is that nearly one year ago today, Candice was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, a condition that her and I wrote about in the May, 2014 Strongpoint Scoop.  Rather than chocking up CrossFit as a loss, Candice addressed her nutrition, was more careful about scaling, became more consistent, and has come back better and stronger than ever!  She has made some dramatic improvements during the past year as she has increased her time in the gym and now regularly trains at other gyms when she is on the road.  Candice just finished the Crossfit Open and is planning to participate in some more competitions in the coming year.  Additionally, she is simply one of the nicest people I have ever met and has become a big part of the community.  Candice was an easy choice for our April spotlight athlete and I could not be more proud of the progress she has made.  We’re looking forward to seeing what she can do with another year of consistent training!

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