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Angela took a moment from monitoring the U.S. Death Star Program to do the Athlete Spotlight this month. Here’s what she had to say:

Name: Angela P

Birthday: February, 16, 1976

Occupation: CIO IT Partner / Systems Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin

What did you know about CrossFit before coming here? Not a damn thing.

Why did you try CrossFit Thornton? In January my friend asked me to do the Tough Mudder with her. By March she’d gotten herself knocked up and bailed out, but I was committed. I started running, lifting weights, doing P90X, things outside my normal athletic repertoire. One day I was settling in to do a 9 mile run at the gym, and on the TV were some amazingly fit individuals doing ridiculous things. “The CrossFit Games,” the affiliate announced at the next commercial. I don’t think I looked at the treadmills timer the entire run, but I remember thinking “I’d like to do that. I don’t know if I could, but I’d like to.” Talking with Jeff was what sold me—not only on CrossFit, but on CrossFit Thornton in particular. He was bright, exciting, not condescending, and made me think this was something I could actually do.

How do you like our program? Love it. Love, love, LOVE it. Did I mention I love it? I throw myself fully into my interests, and if something doesn’t live up to my expectations I won’t waste my time
with it. My experience at CrossFit Thornton has far exceeded my expectations, and now I find myself looking forward to next month, next year…just to see how far I’m able to go.

What is the best part of being at CF Thornton? Sheesh. I don’t know, lots of things…the couch? Maybe the chalk? Definitely Lawrence’s stories and that face Jeff always makes when he demonstrates
a lift.

Has your life changed since being here? Um, yeah. I think it has. I haven’t felt this kind of burning excitement to go an activity since my ballet days. I also feel strong mentally, as though pushing myself through our workouts gives me a deeper level of clarity in my everyday activities.

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be? Wall balls. What horrific form of torture were people envisioning when they came up with that movement? Let’s see, let’s throw this weighed sack at a spot waaaay up there on the wall, catch it while squatting (providing you haven’t stopped said weighted sack with your face on the way down), then repeat umpteen million times until a) your legs lose the ability to do more than jiggle like a gelatinous mass, or b) you finally catch that f&*%ing ball with your face.

If you could only do one movement for exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Pull-ups. I just like them and think its super cool when girls can do them.

What are your goals for the next 3 months? Five strict pull-ups without assistance, kipping pull-ups, and to finally get those double unders! Oh, and to be well enough prepared for the Turkey Challenge to complete the workouts as prescribed while managing to not barf on my fellow competitors. Okay, maybe a little barf.

Lots of thanks to pass around at this place. Not sure there is enough room…but I’ll give it the good ‘ol college try.

  • Bridget and Susan – for being amazing examples of what I could achieve if I reaaaly push (oh, and special thanks to Bridget for all the fantastic tips during class).
  • Nikki – who, through her actions, shows me I can always be trying harder (much harder…I have yet to cry at the end of a WOD)
  • Kim – for putting up with my erratic schedule and still taking class with me
  • Jason – for being more excited than I was at doing my first strict pull-up (and I was pretty excited)
  • Josie and Carlos – they’re just…inspirational.
  • And of course, Jeff and Lawrence – for managing to not point and laugh when my physics degree fails me in the middle of a WOD, leaving me unable to calculate 60%, 70%, or 80% of some 1 RM something, or keep track of rounds/reps/sets past the first one. And (sigh) for being fun, wonderful, knowledgeable coaches to work with.


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