Athlete of the month Profile: Michelle Shomura
Hometown: Richmond, BC
When did you first start Crossfit?: June 2010
When did you first start training at CFK?: July 2012
Favorite WOD: Too many to name! Grace, The Chief & any chipper WOD.
Least Favorite Wod: Angie, Murph, Cindy…100 pullups is just ridiculous!
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
As a child, I was a dancer and a swimmer but I loathed PE. I was never fast enough or good enough and was that kid no one wanted on the team. This greatly affected how I thought of myself. At UBC, I filled my long breaks with visits to the Aquatic Centre gym and developed an interest in cardio/weights. Before Crossfit, I was a member at Fitness World and also did cardio kickboxing 3-4 days a week!
How did you first get exposed to Crossfit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it? How did it feel?
A co-worker kept talking about Crossfit and how she was sure I’d love it. Since the gym is in North Van, it took me awhile to agree to drive out there after work. As soon as I did the intro class, I knew I loved it and wished I’d tried Crossfit sooner! I honestly can’t remember what the WOD was but I think there were wallballs, skipping and burpees. I was fairly fit going into Crossfit but I was definitely gassed from that Intro WOD!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?
In the last 3 years, I have become so much stronger and have pushed myself to do things I’d never thought possible! Taking the Level One Cert taught me so much and has completely changed how I think about my training. The shape of my body has also changed a lot. I’ve learned to embrace my muscles and not pay too much attention to what the scale says. In fact, I don’t even own a scale. As a teenager, I weighed myself every morning and let that number dictate my life. It totally screwed with my head!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like Crossfit that were totally unexpected?
I never thought I’d ever eat so much meat!! Before Crossfit, I shunned red meat and even considered vegetarianism. Switching to a predominantly Paleo diet quickly nixed that option! I’ve also discovered that I do enjoy cooking! It’s best to know exactly what goes into your food and there’s no better way than to make it yourself!
Please share with us any favorite Crossfit moments:
My favourite Crossfit moment thus far is my first big competition at Crossfit Taranis last fall. I had a fantastic team (Diesel, Christine and Geoff) and we had so much fun. I’ve always known that I am a competitive person but that weekend, another beast was born. After that weekend, I’m addicted to the rush and can’t wait to compete again!
Any advice for people just getting started?
Crossfit can be overwhelming and intimidating to a newcomer. Take things one day at a time, one step at a time. Don’t let what’s going on around you intimidate you and don’t let chasing the whiteboard run your life (something I’m still learning!). Crossfit is about brining your best to the box every day and giving the WOD your all. We all have good days and bad days. We are all different athletes and bring different strengths to our training. The coaches and other more experienced athletes are always available to give advice and help you out so never be afraid to ask. Most importantly, HAVE FUN and enjoy your new friends! We are one big happy Crossfit family!
What are your hobbies, interests and or talents outside of CF?
I am a teacher and love working with kids. At school, I share my passion for fitness and health with my students. This June, I will be taking my Crossfit Kids Cert and hope to start up a Crossfit Kids Program soon. Other than that, I love spending time with my furkids and hanging out at the beach/mountains.
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