Our gal Ang! This gal adds an instant fun factor when she walks in the door! Always smiling and ready to take on the challenges of the daily WOD, Ang brings a very positive attitude to the gym floor. Behind that funny gal we all enjoy so much, is a very serious and quietly determined athlete. Ang stuck through some significant injuries and modifications and put in her work to come out better than ever and ready to take the world on. To celebrate this major achievement, Ang racked up not one, but two competitions in 2016, competing in Festivus and the Island Throwdown.
We can all learn something from Ang, stick to plan and do it having fun and taking the time to smile and laugh everyday!
1.What do you do for a living?
I am a Radiation Therapist at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.
- How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
Let’s see….. How did I get involved in Crossfit?
I have always liked working out, whether it was swimming, running or the occasional aerobics class….. Who doesn’t like a good grapevine or knee repeater? I was always a bit of a weekend warrior and had a hard time finding that one thing that I loved, so I did what many of us do and tried everything. After the birth of my third child in 2010 I was tired, overweight and really out of shape. A friend of mine at work was in the same boat and the subject of Crossfit came up. We signed up for the fundamentals class and I was hooked. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
- What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?
My biggest goal is to keep showing up and make myself, my health and fitness a priority. More specifically though I would like to improve on some of the gymnastic moves which do not come naturally to me. Oh and let’s not forget DOUBLE UNDERS…….say no more.
- Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?
My biggest challenge is also one of my biggest rewards. I have had low back issues on and off my entire life. A couple of years into crossfit my back decided to really act up, making it very challenging to perform a lot of the movements and participate with the class as I had become accustomed. I became quite frustrated and took a bit of a break from working out. I missed crossfit and the community terribly so with help from Corena (physiotherapy) and Dave ( chiropractor ) – and the best coaches on the planet I worked my way back – no pun intended – and feel better then ever. I continue to be mindful of how I am moving at the gym and in all aspects of life. Functional fitness at it’s best.
- Any results you would care to share?
I wish I could say Double Unders…..hehehe but I am happy to be able to string a few pull-ups together with no band. I also cleaned over 100lbs this year which had been a long time mental and physical block for me. Last, but not least, I competed in two competitions this year which really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Thanks Kelly!!!!!
- Favorite workout or movement?
My favourite movement would have to be most things with the barbell , except thrusters. Give me a clean, deadlift or overhead squat but please don’t say burpee.
- Least favorite workout or movement?
Did you see how I did that up there in question 6? I already answered question 7. Burpees are probably one of my least favourite things. Pair them with box jumps and voila you have Angie’s crossfit nightmare. A lot of self talk happens when those movements are in a WOD.
- Favorite music/song to CF to?
I really like a lot of music. Country, pop, rock, anything that really gets you out of your head during a WOD and makes you want to push harder. Wait… “Push it” yup….one of my favourites. Hehehe
- Anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to say a gigantic Thank-you to the coaches and gym members at Crossfit Charlottetown . You have no idea how much you mean me. My time at the gym is not only good for my physical health but my mental health as well. It is the best therapy anyone could ask for. No matter what mood I am in when I walk through those doors, I always leave with a smile on my face and the crap of the day left behind with my sweat angel on the floor.