December 2016 Spotlight Athlete: Erin Greene
I find it very ironic that I’m answering these and my quads are soaked in Tiger Balm.
What made you decide to start CrossFit? I was living in Italy and a couple friends were really into it. I was already teaching multiple classes at our base gym and doing my own thing in between them, so when I got the chance, I would join them. It was difficult because of the language barrier (although many CrossFit terms are universal), but it broke up my usual routine. When we moved back to the States, I was finding after not having a typical gym for about 5 years, that most of them were either small studios which were a lot of money for a time slot or big box places where everyone threw their music in and didn’t talk to anyone. I knew I had to drink the Kool-Aid and come to the dark side.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? You could say that the past couple of years, I didn’t push myself as hard as I could in the weight room. It was mostly aesthetics over function and teaching up to 20 classes a week between SPIN and Group X, I was completely exhausted, so I was only mustering what I could. Coming into Strongpoint, I was back to doing lifts I hadn’t done since college and beating even those numbers. Rest, good coaching and listening to my body has been a tremendous help.
What do you like best about the gym? The 9am’ers, making sure we’re pushing Liz to her max potential, listening to Mike and Connie talk about their hippy days and of course, Jason’s hair.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD? Deadlifts all day every day. Diane and Donny have been two of my favorites even though they both made me want to puke.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? Ring Dips and Toes to Bar.
What motivates you to show up day after day? My college coach said something to me that I’ve kept in the back of my head since I was 18. It definitely wasn’t something insightful, but it fueled my fire and even more than 20 years later, I’ll pull it out when I need it. I do quite a number of things to prove people wrong. Besides, I’m a creature of habit. If my routine is off, it throws my whole day out of whack.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? I don’t like being injured or sidelined and if I feel like I’m going to do something that may hurt myself, I won’t push past that point.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Hitting 3 bones (300#) on my deadlift, getting my HSPU and Double Unders.
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? When Jason doesn’t show up for rowing days. Those days are pretty disappointing.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you? Birds, frogs and worms petrify me. If they get too close to me, I’ll break out into a cold sweat. If I have to touch one? I’ll cry.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? “No one dies on our watch!”
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? Stringing together Chest to Bar Pull Ups and Toes to Bar. It’ll happen.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out? Do what you can do, but embrace the challenge.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? That first step is always the hardest, but you have two choices: jump feet first or hang there by the britches of indecisiveness. One hurts a lot less.
Coach’s Comments: I have found that one of the hardest things to do as a trainer is to train other trainers, but it has never been an issue with Erin! Despite her vast experience, she came to us in the fall of 2015 with an open mind and an empty cup and has never looked back. She mentioned that she is a creature of habit and I’m pretty sure that there would be a picture of her if you looked up “consistency” in the dictionary. She routinely trains at our 9:00 am class Monday through Friday each week and is able to seamlessly balance her training with the demands of a job and family. While she was strong and had some basic body awareness starting out, her lifts have all improved as well as her gymnastics skills and aerobic capacity. She participated in the 2016 CrossFit Open, where she had to scale nearly every workout, and was completing most daily workouts as prescribed just a few months later. Simply put, Erin pushes other members and not in a pushy, aggressive, “I’m better than you” type of way. She pushes them via her own effort, expanding skill set, and example. Plus she’s strong… like real strong… like set the new all-time women’s gym records for the deadlift and sumo deadlift within a year strong… like deadlifts more than a lot of men strong! Erin also regularly expresses her fitness in pursuits outside the gym as well. She has participated in a number of obstacle course races, adventure events, and is currently training for a marathon. Erin has been an awesome member to date and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!