August 2016 Athlete of the Month: Rachael Easterbrook
Give us a brief introduction about yourself.
I grew up in Cabbagetown and lived most of my life in Toronto. After graduating from Bishop’s University, I lived and worked abroad and eventually settled in Australia.
Sydney became my home for 9 years and I worked for Flight Centre there; consulting, managing and getting new stores up and running. After 8 years, I ran a travel business from home.
When I returned to Canada 7 years ago, I worked in an acupuncture clinic and went back to school part time studying Ayurveda; one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems.
My current job: “mummying” it.
When did you join CF 416? What brought you here? What did you do previously in terms of fitness/health?
I joined 416 in July of 2015. I have always been active, but my main focus had been Ashtanga yoga. I did yoga for 10 + years, but I eventually grew bored with it and plateaued. I knew then that I was ready for something more challenging, and happened to walk by the old location. As soon as I saw the weights, I wanted in.
How is CrossFit different from all of the things you’ve listed above? What has kept you coming back?
Well to say I have drunk the Kool-Aid is an understatement. It’s a love affair and feel like I have tapped into a part of me that’s been dormant. I’m rediscovering that I’m fiercely competitive. The top-notch programming, dedicated coaches, endorphin high and the awesome members have kept me coming back. It’s truly the best workout experience I have ever had.
What has been the most difficult movement for you to conquer during your time as a CrossFitter? What has been your favourite movement?
The snatch. I have fear of lifting heavy load over my head. I’ll get there. My favorite movement is deadlift. Clean is close second.
What are your current fitness goals? Future goals?
My current goals are to nail the rhythm of my kip on toes to bar. I’d also like to get a handstand push up. Future goals are to be able to do muscle up and to possibly coach. I’m booked in for the CF Level 1 course in August.
Who or what inspires you?
All of the elite athletes at our gym inspire me; the coaches; and my good friend Olivia, in Sydney, Australia, who has been CrossFitting for years, and is fighting
What is your favourite restaurant in Toronto?
My favorite restaurant is Patria.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice before your first CrossFit class, what would it be?
Be patient and enjoy the ride!
If you had to eat one snack for the rest of your life, what would it be?
How do you take your coffee?
I quit coffee 6 years ago. I have replaced it with green smoothies.
What is your dream vacation?
To swim with whale sharks in Exmouth, Western Australia. Have you seen the size of those things?!
Let’s say that vacation didn’t pan out, and you instead find yourself stranded on a deserted island with one of our coaches—who would it be and why?
I’d have to say it would be a tie between Luke and Robyn. Luke for being ’larger than life’ and for Robyn, because well, I just want to do everything she does…ha, ha.