Shelley, congratulations on being our athlete of the month for November! We’d like to put you in the spotlight through a little interview to help others get to know you a little better.
- First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself—where are you from, what do you do outside of the time you spend here, hobbies, fun facts, etc. anything goes! The more the better! What would you like people to know about you?
I was born in Vancouver but grew up in Paris, a small town about an hour or so west of the city (not the cool one). I moved to Toronto about five years ago with my boyfriend Craig, and love being in the city, there is always something to do, see or… lets be real… eat. I can happily spend hours walking around different markets and neighbourhoods here… I’m a sucker when it comes to unique one-off items (and my credit card usually shows it) My job keeps me pretty busy but when I’m not there I enjoy coming to the gym, ruining a good book by reading it too fast (yes that’s a thing), cooking and wine with friends. If I ever have the opportunity to be a sloth for the day, I take it and enjoy every second, usually in a onesie or sweats of some kind. I’m fortunate to have had the same group of girlfriends since I was very little so I see them as often as I can, as well as my siblings and their little ones. I’ve also met some great friends at 416!
- Tell us a little bit about your fitness history. What were you doing before you joined CrossFit 416? How did you find out about us? How was your first class here? How long have you been coming here? What has been the biggest factor in keeping you hooked at CF 416?
When I moved to the city and started working in an office I noticed a big difference in my energy when compared to being on my feet all day. I saw a trainer for about a year and decided I was looking for a different challenge. I’ve never been naturally athletic or sports inclined but became interested in CrossFit after a few friends from home had started and couldn’t say enough about it. One of those friends recently became a coach he liked it so much! I was quite intimidated (insert token CrossFit joke here) but learned pretty quickly the movements could be scaled and there would always be a new way to challenge myself. I found 416 after walking past it a few times and checking the gym out online. When my commute reduced I figured there was no better time to make my move! My first class was with Andrew, who was very welcoming and quickly showed me I’d found the challenge I was looking for. I’ve now been a member for a little less than a year and truly enjoy coming to the gym. The biggest factor in that enjoyment is the people! I’ve made some great friends and have (slowly) gained confidence in the movements. I’ve still got lots of room for improvement but am encouraged by what I’ve accomplished so far.
- If you could go back to that first class and give yourself some advice based on what you know and understand now, what would it be?
Hmmmm so much to say to this one! I would say relax, everyone is on different levels so the only person you should be comparing yourself to is your future self (Wodify plug). I would also say that it takes work… I was under the assumption that I would learn the movements and that was that… but there is a lot more that goes into it and it is certainly a process! Form over speed and weight… and for goodness sakes STOP looking down! (Still working on this one… eye contact back squats give me the willies).
- What is your favourite movement in CrossFit? Why?
Hmmm ‘favourite’ might be pushing it until it’s all over but I do enjoy box jumps, wall balls and cleans. Still working on those double-unders but get pretty excited when I string a decent number together!
- Aaaand your least favourite movement and why?
That would be a toss-up between thrusters (coordination) and snatches (grip)!
- If we could create a Hero WOD named “Shelley”, what would it be? Movements, rep schemes, rounds, length of time, etc. all variables are yours to unleash your programming creativity here!
A 15 Min AMRAP of my ‘faves’(because anything longer is kind of cruel):
- 15 Hang Power Cleans (75/105)
- 15 Box Jumps (20/24)
- 15 Wall Balls (14/20)
- 15 Double Unders (because I can hope to string this many together J)
- What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to? Why? Where are you planning on going next?
I just got back from Portugal and the Azores and would highly recommend it… great food, really affordable and a great mix of city and coastal sights. We hiked some pretty cool lagoons and found some beautiful beaches off the beaten path. The driving is also pretty crazy… lots of steep coastal roads with tiny barriers… luckily once we reached our destinations most places sold wine for less than water 🙂 Next I would say anywhere warm and relaxing with really good food and wine. Maybe Southern France?
- How do you like your toast? (The more detail the better—think specific bread, butter, condiments/toppings, shade of colouring, etc. haha)
This is an odd question… When I was a kid my Mom used to make us toast with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar… and it was delightful. Now that I’m older I try to limit my toast to when I’m enjoying runny eggs or with some type of nut butter before a workout! That doesn’t mean I enjoy sugar/breakfast pastries any less… it’s a real problem.
- Tell us something about yourself no one might ever guess about you.
The sound of people chewing drives me up the wall. I also hate the feeling of chalk which is ironic.
- Next year, when you compete in the CF 416 Classic, what will your walkout theme be?
Starboy by The Weeknd ft/ Daft Punk
- What is your most embarrassing childhood/teenage infatuation/trend/fad, etc. that you wholeheartedly prescribed to?
Chunky highlights. Way too low-rise jeans. White pointed toe boots. There just isn’t the kind of time to paint a true picture.