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Member Spotlight – Cathy L

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Cathy joined our little gym way back in February of 2014. In addition to kicking ass at the 430PM classes, she’s been a real cornerstone of our social scene for more than three years now. We are super stoked to have her as a member, and really grateful that she took the time to tell us all a bit more about herself.

1. Give us a little background on yourself, as much or as little as you’d like to share (age, where you’re from, what you do for a “living”, etc.).

I am 48 years young and so happy I found Crossfit 3 years ago. I grew up in Sacramento and then spent 17 years in Seattle. Seattle is amazing, my second home and when I moved there I said I was never moving back to California. I was addicted to the outdoor activity, the fresh air, the mountains, the rain (I love rain! [who doesn’t???]). Seven years ago I moved to San Diego, reluctantly, (as funny as that sounds given the climate) for a job but I soon came to understand that it was the second best moving and life decision I have ever made. Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming. I’m staying!

To pay the bills and fund my fun activities, I am a Project Manager which really means I am a professional baby sitter [Hahahaha! It would be funnier if it weren’t true…]. On the plus side I work from home which is awesome. I live with my partner in crime and all things fun, Sheri, and my cranky cat, Frances. You may see her checked into CFHC every once in awhile [Sheri or Frances???].

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2. What hobbies or interests (other than CrossFit) do you have?

Hiking anywhere, Biking, Golfing, Pub Crawling (parents made sure they started me young per my photo! [not a craft beer??? What were they thinking??),


Camping, Road trips to Mexico or the desert. I just got my motorcycle license so I am anxious to get my own bike soon. My latest obsession has been with successfully attracting hummingbirds and orioles on our balcony. Frances loves it.


3. What got you interested in CrossFit? Why do you do it (i.e., what are your health goals)?

I discovered CrossFit because I was so tired of the monotony at my gym and I wanted to be stronger. I worked out a lot and I never saw a change in my body. I felt good but I had no upper body strength and that bothered me, given how much I worked out. I was also tired of my friends telling me my arms looked like garden hoses! Fast forward 3 years later and I have muscles that I NEVER believed I could have or could develop. “They” say you are stuck with the body type you are born with and for me that’s BS!!! [HELL YES!!! Couldn’t agree with you more!] I have lats, biceps, chest muscles and abs I have never had. The other concept of CrossFit that interested me was the fact that it was a different workout everyday. I bore easily, so this was a no brainer for me to try it – I was hooked.

4. What’s your favorite CrossFit exercise? What’s your least favorite?

Favorite – I love doing sit ups and discovered the butterfly sit up in class with the ab mat. It made them so much easier on my back. I even bought my own ab mat so I can do it at home. I also like air squats, pull-ups, HSPU, DU [super fun once you learn them, aren’t they?], power cleans, front squat, back squat, push press and bench press.

Least favorite – bar facing burpees and full snatches. I will do them but they aren’t high on my list.


5. What do you like the most about being a member at CrossFit Hillcrest?

I have a sense of confidence and pride that I did not have before which is very empowering. Secondly, the friends I have made! I love working out with all of you and appreciate my regular support system (thank you Summer and Greg!) as they make classes that more fun (and bearable if it is a killer WOD) and inspire me to do RX even when I think I can’t. Lastly, I really appreciate the coaches who have helped me get to the level I am today. Thank you Mike, Crystal and Dan for your encouragement and coaching! You all bring different styles to the table which I find very valuable. [You are so welcome, and are a pleasure to coach.]

6. Any other comments you’d like to share with our members?

I never thought I would be physically capable of doing the workouts in CrossFit that I am doing today. The support system at CFHC has given me the confidence to get there. It is as much mental as it is physical. I began to believe that I could do it which is half the battle. I’m stronger and more confident now than at any other point in my life! Thank you, CFHC!

Thank YOU, Cathy! You are definitely an inspiration to everyone at our little gym. Keep it up!

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