Athlete Spotlight!

Nicole (left) twinning with her daughter!

Nicole (left) twinning with her daughter!

Athlete Profile: Nicole H.

Hometown: Argyle, NY

Age: 39

Occupation: Registered Nurse

When did you first start CrossFitting? July 2015

When did you first start training at UPCF? July 2015

What's your favorite workout? Anything with handstands and thrusters

What's your least favorite workout? Anything with burpees and running

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I competed in gymnastics from ages 8-14, then cheerleading and softball in high school. As an adult I did a lot of cardio and some weight training at the Y for several years prior to joining UPCF.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Honestly, one of my co-workers used to do it in Albany and she lost a ton of weight and got into really great shape. It sounded like crazy workouts (tire flipping included) and starving yourself (paleo) and honestly kind of intimidating. I talked to Coach Windy about it last summer and she put my mind at ease. After my first workout I was hooked and never looked back.

Take us back to your first workout... what was it and how did you feel? My first real workout was power cleans and running. I was super-intimidated and scared that I would be the weakest/slowest person there. Even thought I was one of the last to finish, everyone was outside and cheering me on as I ran to finish, it made me want to push myself even more! It was awesome.

What sorts of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? I hate to say this, but I didn't see any major changes with my body until I buckled down and changed my diet. Many of us did the Whole 30 this January which cut out all grains, sugar, and dairy. It was a pretty minimal way of eating and I feel it has re-set my metabolism. I watched the pounds literally melt away and over the 30 days I lost about 12 pounds. I have continued losing weight since then and am now only 8 pounds from my goal weight. My daughter lost 16 lbs and my husband is down 20! We are going to do it one more time soon to push ourselves even more and reach our goals. Plus, we all feel better when we eat clean. I am definitely stronger and I am starting to see muscle definition (especially in my arms).

What sorts of changes have you experienced in your life after starting CrossFit that were unexpected? It is my stress relief. I have a stressful job and tend to be an overall anxious person. I always feel SO much better after a workout. My mood is better and my whole family is more conscious of our diet and activity level. I have also made a bunch of great friends who are so supportive!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit or Underwood Park CrossFit moments! I love the sense of community there. Everyone is encouraging and really wants the best for each other. Some of my favorite workouts are the ones where you look at it in the beginning and think, "there is no way I can do all that"! When the workout starts, you just start chipping away at it and before you know it, you have done it! We had one recently like that and another one called the "filthy fifty" last year. They are memorable and left me with such a sense of accomplishment when I was done! It made me realize that I am stronger than I think I am! If I can do all that in a workout, I can do anything!

Any advice for people just getting started? DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING! Focus on yourself and learning good technique, especially in the beginning. The weight and speed will come.

What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Spending time with my awesome family!

Thank you, Nicole!