Congratulations to our December Athlete of the Month, Teresa Alfuth!
CrossFit is amazing. There are many different reasons as to why it is so great. For some, it can be for the love of an awesome, intense, workout. For others, it could be for the love of the community vibes. But as a parent, your children can be your biggest motivation. To be fit and inspire them. To keep up with them as they grow older. As for our 2018 December Athlete of the Month, Teresa’s motivation lies in her 18 month old daughter, Eleanor, hoping to set an example that women can be strong, too!
Along with being a mother, Teresa is a wife and a school teacher at Capital City Public Charter school. She has been a part of our community since August. In the few short months she’s been a part of our community, Teresa has shown incredible growth specifically in the strength department surprising herself and our coaches with constant PRs. Teresa always brings a positive and encouraging attitude paired with a smile to every class she attends. You can find her in a mix of the AM and PM classes at our Ivy City location. Please help us celebrate Teresa for being our 2018 December Athlete of the Month.
When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit on August 13th.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I am the mother of an 18 month old little girl named Eleanor. We live with my husband and two cats (Luna and Yen) in Brentwood. I am a secondary mathematics teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in NW DC. I enjoy knitting in my free time and am a HUGE Harry Potter fan (the books more than the movies).
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit I did not have much of a routine. It had been about 2 years since I had last had a really good workout.
How did you find CrossFit?
My Instructional Coach at school LOVES CrossFit and talks about it all the time. She opened my eyes to the possibility. When I found there was a box so close I knew it was time to join!
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
My honest thoughts were "I miss working this hard!" and "I'm going to be sore tomorrow".
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Having a daughter has changed my life. I joined CrossFit because I want her to have a positive self-image as she grows up. I know that she will be looking at me as an example - so I want to be a strong woman (figuratively and literally) who feels good in her own body.
Have you achieved any of those goals?
My goals are not fully achieved yet, but I am definitely starting to feel better in my body. I am getting stronger every day and every workout. I have already lifted more than I ever thought I could.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has affected my life outside the gym in so many ways. I have more energy when teaching students and I have something to talk with them about. I am realizing that I can be an example of feminine strength to more than just my own daughter.
What does Crossfit Hierarchy mean to you?
CrossFit Hierarchy has helped me change my life. After pregnancy I didn't think I would ever get back to feeling good in my body. I'm not there yet, but I am feeling better every day. The encouragement of the coaches and other members along with the awesome intensity of the WODs has kept me going. I LOVE it!
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
Every PR is exciting, but my most memorable was the first time I was able to do any lift with over 100# on the bar - front squats.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy? Go for it. Don't overthink anything and try not to be scared. You are stronger than you think you are.
Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?
EMOTM style with power cleans - I don't know why, but I like power cleans in the Metcon.
Least Favorite WOD?
Anything with EMOTM running - I'm not a fast runner.
Deadlifts - they make me feel so strong!
Least favorite lift?
Snatches - I just can't seem to get past my nerves with having a heavy bar over my head.
Something you might not know about me is…
I used to be an amateur race car driver at a track in Wisconsin. I have driven at almo