November 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Joyce P.

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Chicago, IL but raised in beautiful Colorado Springs and now live in Lake St. Louis.  I have been married to my amazing husband Rob for 20 years.  We have 2 children, Jennifer, 16, attends Timberland High School and Tyler, 14, who attends Christian Middle School in O’Fallon.  Jennifer is a competitive cheerleader at Cheer St. Louis and Tyler plays hockey with St. Peters Spirit, and skateboards at the Youth Activity Park.  He loves CrossFit too, but hockey has now interfered with his workouts. I currently work at Prairie View elementary in Dardenne Prairie as a Reading Interventionist, working with students in grades 2-5.  My husband works for American Airlines as a pilot, so my family travels a lot.  Our all time most memorable trip was a trip to Africa 2 years ago.

What made you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit with Tammy Brenningmeyer and Renee Deremiah.  Tammy’s husband Todd was a regular and Tammy decided to join.  She invited Renee and I to try it.  I knew I needed to add something to my exercise routine, besides run/walking with Tammy and Renee.  I have always been an athlete and I was up for something new.  God bless Tammy and Renee!

What were your thoughts after your first workout at CFT?

My first thoughts were, “I am so out of shape!  But I like it already!”  Everyone was friendly and encouraging from day 1.

What impact has CrossFit had in your life in and outside the gym?

I have to say I have never been to a gym where EVERYONE is so encouraging, helpful and friendly.  It has given me mental strength as well as physical strength.  I will always finish a workout, no matter what insane numbers P.C. puts up.  I love knowing no matter the work out, I can complete it because the coaches always have a way to scale, which contributes to a successful workout.  Being 52, and overweight, at other gyms I always felt so defeated, because I could not keep up.  I know I am stronger physically and more flexible.  Outside the gym, I have more energy, I just feel better and more confident.  I also like being a role model for my kids.  I do go home and brag sometimes about how much I bench press or how many sit ups I did!  I tell my young students, especially the girls,  “You can do hard things…. You are a strong girl, keep it up!”

If you had to write a WOD, what would it be?

My favorites are:  sit-ups, push-ups, back squats, sledgehammer, deadlifts, sled-pulls and kettle bell swings.  Love bench-press…but hard to put in a WOD.  Take note: There is NO mention of running!

What’s your diet like? How does nutrition play a role in your life?

Really, do we have to talk about food?  If I won the lottery I would hire a chef!  Nutrition is my weak point and I know it.  I love to eat healthy, but I get busy/lazy.  I also love sweets-ice cream, brownies.  As for most of us, I’m better when I plan ahead.  I’m hoping Trish will help me when she gets her nutrition certification. I never knew how hard it is to lose the weight as you age…YIKES!

What advice would you give to a new Cross Fitter?

My advice to someone new to CrossFit is to keep coming back.  I would tell them to never try and keep up with anyone, it is not a competition.  Scaling is not failure, scaling leads to success!  I would tell them they would not find a more knowledgeable coaching staff, a more caring coaching staff or more encouraging work out partners.  CrossFit Trenches will do anything to help you succeed.  I would not lie and tell them one day they will love burpees and that “Burpees are fun!” Nope!

What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?

Two quotes stick with me…because I usually do finish last, ha!  And isn’t most of life’s challenges a mental battle.

“Just because you took longer than everyone else, does not mean you failed!”

“Your body will do what your mind tells it.”

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