Lisa, Maddie and Becky

Lisa, Maddie, and Becky are all members of the 7:15 pm class. They each decided to take the jump and compete in the 2012 CrossFit Open that recently finished. We caught up with them to see how they came to this point in their CrossFit experience:

1. When did you begin CrossFit? Why?

Becky: It was in late September 2011. Maddie and I were recovering from a night of indulgence and decided that we’d had enough. We’d seen the people running around in the heat of summer near El Rey and wondered what the hell they were up to.

Maddie: After 12 years of smoking one day I decided enough was enough. I saw a car drive by that had a CrossFit sticker on it, so I googled it and in September 2011 I found myself at Pin Up on a Saturday morning taking my intro class with Charlie.

Lisa: I checked out crossfit.com and knew it was something I would want to do and I began Crossfit in late February 2011.

2. When did you “Drink the Kool-Aid? (become addicted!)

Becky: The Kool-Aid was drunk the minute I finished a Tabbatta (sp?) of air squats with Charlie during our intro class.

Maddie: I think after all of my 5:30 AM basic classes were over and I got to sleep in and do CrossFit at 7:15 PM, I totally started binge drinking the Kool-Aid. The 7:15ers welcomed us like we had always been in their class.

Lisa: My boyfriend Bob says I was addicted before I even started. I think I was addicted early in the basic classes!

3. What is a personal goal you have achieved and are most proud of since you started? How did you get there?

Becky: the kipping pull-up. I told myself at the intro class that i was going to be able to do pull-ups very very soon. So, in less than two months after beginning CF i was doing kipping pull-ups without any assistance.

Maddie: I decided one day that I was going to try to run the whole loop without stopping and push through the pain. I tried it a couple of times, and I would mentally give up on myself. After the third attempt I ran all three miles without stopping and I have been doing it ever since. If someone would have told me a year ago I would be running a loop at Memorial I would have told them that they are INSANE!

Lisa: I am excited that I can do kipping and chest to bar pull-ups (started with the green band), though I can’t do a lot of them in a row, yet! Recently I was able to do handstand push-ups by working at it after every WOD.

4. There are rumors that Maddie and Becky haven’t missed a class since they began CrossFitting…is this true? How do you do it!?

Becky: Yes, I do believe that Maddie and I have not missed a class since we began CF. The reason why is because first of all, I spend a whole lot of beer money on this program so I am not willing to waste that by skipping or missing days. Secondly, we’ve made this a priority in our lives. We work around our CF schedule. It has become part of our daily routine….Eat, Sleep, Work, CrossFit.

Maddie: I see and feel improvements every time I come to class. If I missed one class I would totally be cheating myself!

5. What made you decide to compete in the 2012 CrossFit Open? Was it a good decision?

Becky: So when it came time this year to sign up for the OPEN i didn’t even hesitate to consider doing it. I never once thought that i would be a contender necessarily given my short time with CF thus far but i did not care. I just wanted to do it. And yes, it was a great decision. It’s helped me learn how to evaluate myself athletically as well as remind me that this sport is all about how much you really want it for yourself.

Maddie: Lisa and Becky wanted to do the open, and I was totally on the fence, but I totally wanted to be a part of it. At the meeting they both told me to do it, and Charlie said the same thing. I signed up and paid for it that night so that I couldn’t back out, best decision ever.

Lisa: Competing in the games was a way for me to get a better handle on how I was doing. I am so happy that I did it as it has helped me understand what I am capable of, which is a lot more than I thought! I didn’t always do prescribed weights in WODs because I didn’t have the confidence that I could do it, but now I am testing my limits more in every WOD.

6. What advice would you give others about competing in the Open or even other local competitions?

Becky: Advice for others? Well, just like the advice Charlie gave us….if you’re thinking about doing it, DO IT. You won’t know how well you perform under pressure, excitement and the rush of adrenaline until you do. It’s different than our regular WODs to because you push yourself to new heights.

Maddie: if you are scared to do any sort of competition because you don’t think you can do it, don’t be lame, JUST DO IT!!! You have no idea what you are capable of doing until you are in that type of atmosphere

Lisa: Go for it! You don’t know what you can really do until you really try and competitions make me step it up a notch, especially the Open.

7. Who is your favorite super hero?

Becky: I’m going to have to go with the HULK, not HOGAN, but as in the Incredible Hulk. The dude who would bust out of his clothes when he was provoked and turn in to a muscly giant and save the day. I like that guy.

Maddie: I think Spider Man would totally be able to do kipping pull ups without chalking up or ripping his hands! Lucky bastard!!

Lisa: I don’t really have a favorite super hero but Jayna, one of the Wonder Twins, comes to mind. Jayna can transform into any animal, whether real, mythological, indigenous to Earth or to some other planet and can do anything!

– Becky, Maddie, Lisa

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