July 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Allie W.

Tell us about yourself
I’m born and raised in the StL (I went to Oakville Sr for all the natives out there). I live with my wonderful husband, Casey, my two kids (Sophia and John), and our fur baby, Juno. I love my job as a research scientist and volunteering doing science outreach with the kiddos at schools in the area.
What made you start CrossFit?
After having recurring problems while training for half marathons and hitting “the wall” during one particular memorable half, I realized I needed to start cross training. I had a couple of friends who were doing CrossFit and after listening to them rave about it, I thought I should give it a try.
What were your thoughts after your first workout at CFT?
My first thought after completing the baseline was I’m going to throw up! And then
wondering how soon could I go back! I remember thinking I wanted to be able to do that
same workout or any other and not have it be so hard ever again.
What impact has CrossFit had in your life in and outside the gym?
It’s been awesome. First of all, it’s the people at Trenches that make it so great, the coaches and all the members. Love working out with them! Second, I love knocking off a goal that I thought I would never be able to do ever like a pull-up, regardless if it was kipping or strict, or that feeling you get after you finished some ridiculously hard WOD, like you can’t believe that you just did that. And I have to say in life outside the gym, I am way more confident and love being able to tackle challenges head on.
If you had to write a WOD, what would it be?
I love AMRAPs and anything with running, kettle bell swings and cleans in it is a good day.
What’s your diet like? How does nutrition play a role in your life?
I LOVE food – sweet, salty, fried, pasta, etc. I honestly don’t have a diet. I just try to eat the
junk food in moderation and try to earn it before I eat it.
What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?
Don’t be afraid to start slow and remember everyone is there with their own goals, so you don’t have to be worried about other folks judging. And never ever look at the WOD
beforehand to see what’s on the schedule, just show up.
What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?
“You’ve got to start to finish” – it’s simple and can be applied to almost any situation, either in the gym or out of it. If there’s something you want, just get up and do it, even its one day, one week, one month at a time. Time to start getting after your goals!