THURS 08.23.12 Athlete Profile: ANNA WEITNAUER

Anna just returned from an amazing vacation. Here she is showing off her new-found plank strength overlooking Machu Picchu!

Athlete Profile: Anna Weitnauer

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga
Age: 27
Occupation: Business Analyst
When did you start CrossFit/join CFM?: second week of June
Favorite WOD: Fran has grown on me
Least Favorite WOD: anything with the AirDyne
Three words to describe you: barefoot, outdoors, comfortable
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: not much to say… I used to run cross country, swim, and play golf in high school. In college I was on crew. Since then I would ride my bike around town and tried a go at the Y what with their fancy computerized tracking of reps and sets, but it didn’t last. You need community!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My dad has been doing CrossFit for 3 or 4 years now, and my uncles and aunts have started it too. I didn’t seriously consider CrossFit (initially it seemed to pricey) until I chose to change my diet to Paleo/Primal. And I’m actually saving money with the new diet (a few CSAs) and CrossFit decisions– eating out was bad for my body and wallet.
Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I’d have to check the journal to see what it was. If you count the baseline, well, I nearly fainted. Other words that come to mind: uncoordinated, pained.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Besides the constant gun show for all my family and friends, I feel stronger, know I am stronger, and have a vitality that makes me feel that every day I am the healthiest I have been my whole life- yes, every day.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments: Fran Challenge 2012. I had no idea such dramatic improvements could be possible. It was encouraging to see the results. (For the curious- my time dropped from 13:10 to 5:16).
Any advice for people just getting started? You don’t have to muscle it out. Work within your current capability. The transformation and strength will come. Give yourself grace and time.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I like to play golf and ride my bike.
What did you eat today? so far, bacon and eggs
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? Try to. The off-limits foods aren’t in the house, but I won’t say no to a croissant if it finds me.

Free community WOD this Sunday

Let’s get together to break a sweat for the free August Community WOD at lululemon howell mill on Sunday at 10am. We’re heading to brunch afterward at Urban Pl8. I hope to see lots of CFMers there!

Workout of the Day

A1.Single Arm press L x15x3, :30 rest
A2.Single Arm press R x15x3, 2:00 rest
B. 20 minutes easy run or row or AirDyne
C. 10 minutes max double unders or double under practice

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