When she's not breaking hearts on the basketball court, Brianne is also an awesome Hooverballer. Come out to see her in action (and play along) this Sunday at 10 am.
Athlete Profile: Brianne V.
Hometown: Bremerton, WA
When did you first start CrossFitting?: July 2010 - have been on and off over the years. Just came to CFM after going through physical therapy this year.
Favorite WOD: Pretty much anything that doesn't involve overhead squats. Any workout that has double unders is now my new favorite because NOW I CAN DO DOUBLE UNDERS! Yeah!
Three words to describe you: Intelligent, modest, and awesome.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Zero group sports. However, when I was in college I wanted to be more active and in good shape but I already knew I hated working out on machines (so no "traditional" gyms), so I ended up running on a daily basis and doing yoga. That lasted for a few months and then I hurt my shoulder and that put an end to working out - until I found CrossFit 🙂
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I went to CFATL. I went through the intro course and my first workout was Fight Gone Bad - I scored a 169. I was skeptical at first because it was so expensive and they were trying to convince me that whole grains weren't healthy but I decided to try something new.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? When I started at CFM it was literally like starting brand new all over again because I had just spent four months in physical therapy for shoulder, hip, and lower back issues. I've been at CFM since the beginning of June and I already see a huge improvement in my strength (just PR'ed my deadlift by 55 pounds y'all!), endurance, mental abilities (I think I can I think I can), and attitude.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The mental change. You really have to learn how to focus and get into a certain mental space that supersedes anything you may be feeling physically. That change has transferred over into other areas of my life with positive results.
Other favorite CFM moments: Anytime I PR (awesome feeling) and HOOVERBALL! Love my Sunday Fundays 🙂
Any advice for people just getting started? Don't tell yourself you can't do it - otherwise that's exactly what will happen. Just focus on your breathing, remember any pain/fatigue/etc is only in your head and break down the reps as much as you need to - if you just do 5 then there is no reason you can't do 5 more. Also - do mental math as a distraction. I've become a beast at doing fractions in my head to make it through a workout.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Eating, reading, bowling, swimming, traveling, meeting new people, laughing at myself, and climbing stairs.
What did you eat today? I had a Lara bar, an apple, and some almonds for breakfast. Just had lunch at Marlow's Tavern and I had the pita club. It was amazing - ham, turkey, bacon, arugula, tomato, with wasabi mustard.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? I attempt to follow primal/paleo. I think I am doing well but then when I actually keep a food log I can do better. I can't wait to do the WLC challenge (Lis can tell you how excited I am about this - Lis can we talk about the challenge now?!?) so that I can become more disciplined in my diet and really give my body the foundation it needs to perform well and be healthy!
Workout of the Day
Rest 8 minutes
Rest 2 minutes between all sets, except sets 4&5, when you will rest 8 minutes.