Athlete Spotlight: Emily D.

Emily D.

Hometown: Evergreen Park, IL

Age: 34

Occupation: Information Management

When did you first start CrossFitting?

When did you first start training at CFC?

Favorite WOD:
100 burpee pull-ups for time. I love and hate this WOD. The first time I did it there was a 20min time cap and I didn’t make it to 100. Ever since then I’ve wanted to crush this WOD.

Deadlifts and back squats are my favorite lifts.

Least Favorite WOD:
Anything with thrusters. Well, anything with an overhead lift component, but most especially thrusters.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
In high school I did basketball, softball, and track and field. In college I did track and field (sprints, hurdles, relays, high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, discus) and cross country. You can’t tell me there is a better sport on the planet than track and field. I also recently took up hurling, an Irish sport that is somewhat similar to lacrosse.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I didn’t know CrossFit existed until 2012, when I saw the Games on TV. I had desperately been looking for something involving fitness and weightlifting post-college, and was so excited to find that CrossFit was a thing. I still wish I had found CrossFit sooner.

I don’t remember my very first WOD. But one of my very first WODs was a partner Filthy Fifty. I felt like how everyone feels after they do a Filthy Fifty.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)

When I started CrossFit, I hadn’t been doing any consistent exercise, and none of it involved heavy things.

CrossFit has helped me build a ton of strength and has taught me how to do everyday movements with the proper, safe form. Also, I had lingering back and neck issues from college sports, and CrossFit helped me build strength in those areas. Doing CrossFit has improved my posture and helps protect those areas from further deterioration.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFC moments:
My favorite moments are seeing people get PRs or finish a WOD they didn’t think they could finish.

Any advice for people just getting started?

Don’t be intimidated. That won’t get you anywhere. Give it a shot, you may surprise yourself.

Tell us something interesting about yourself totally unrelated to CrossFit:
I’m a huge science and math nerd. And I’m a librarian.


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