Each month we nominate one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. This month we chose Tracy because she is a leader, works well with all types of people, has developed skills through hard work and practice, did an excellent job in the Detox and always has a smile on her face and kind words for new members. It’s having members/friends like Tracy that reminds us why we opened this business in the first place.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
9 months.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was 30 years old, and tired of feeling 30 years old. I was bored with my gym routine and needed a new fitness challenge. I started researching CrossFit to see what the hype was all about. After a few months, I signed up for CrossFit Stamford’s On Ramp class. It was love at first WOD. Now I’m 31 years old and I’m happy to say I’m in the best shape of my life!

What is your favorite movement?
The snatch.

What is your least favorite movement?
The snatch. Hahaha. In all seriousness, I do love and hate the snatch. The snatch embodies all things fitness — core strength, upper and lower body strength, and

I love it because I’m constantly learning new ways to improve my technique, which improves my overall strength and flexibility. But I also hate the snatch because it’s hard! But when I get it right, I feel like a total badass.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The community and coaches are incredible. For the first time in my life, I look forward to working out. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like working out… more like something cool I get to do with really cool people, that also happens to be a really good workout. CFS coaches focus on proper technique, so I feel safe when I’m working on a new skill or movement. There is also a big focus on recovery, mobility, and diet, so I know I’m getting a holistic approach to fitness and learning how to improve my overall health.

Most memorable moment?
The CFS competition on 2/15/15. It was a big day for me because I really struggled to keep up with everyone in the workouts. I’m pretty sure I’m the smallest person at CFS (4’11” 110#), and that can make the WODs really difficult because I can’t lift the same weight as easily as some as my taller friends. However, CrossFit has taught me to challenge myself and push my limits in a healthy and exciting way.

I struggled a lot in the competition, but I finished every workout, did things I never would have been able to do before CrossFit, and even PR’d my hang power snatch. The comp sticks out in my mind because it reminds me that even when I’m having a tough time, I can be really proud of how far I have come.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
3 months: 50 unbroken double under (right now I’m at 20-ish); 150# back squat (right now I’m at 135#); continue to work on skills that give me a hard time. I’ve added what I call a “love/hate” workout to my training. Right now I’m focusing a lot on OLY work to improve my strength. But, after my OLY days, I do a 5-8 min AMRAP with two movements — one I love, and one I hate. Right now it’s double unders (love, though I recently hated them…), and wall balls (hate… I still think the line should be lower for me, haha).

1 year: I want to improve my scores in the CrossFit Open. I just completed my first open and it was really hard! But inspiring. I know what I need to get better at, and I’m looking forward to the challenge!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
Paleo = chicken wings, pulled pork, and paleo chocolate chip cookies (I LOVE this recipe).
Non-Paleo = pizza, ice cream, and anything chocolate.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
If you have been thinking about signing up, do it. I’m mad at myself for not starting CrossFit sooner. And when you start, have fun! Look to the more experienced athletes for inspiration and information.

Don’t be scared or embarrassed. Everyone starts off having a hard time. CrossFit is awesome, and you will be celebrated just for showing up and giving it your all. And if you put in the work and stick with it, you will be amazed at what your body is capable of doing and how quickly you will improve.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. I am really inspired by petite CrossFit women. She reminds me that short girls are awesome, too!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
One of my colleagues found out I do CrossFit, and now he calls me “Little Beaster” or “LB” for short. I like it.