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Here at CrossFit Shorebreak, we pride ourselves on our amazing community. When you’re here, you will never be made to feel left out, discouraged, or like you are not part of the family. That being said, our number one goal is to maintain a supportive environment, free of egos!
Athlete of the Month: Kelley
Name: Kelley Wisman
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Occupation: 3rd Grade Teacher
When did you first start CrossFitting?: August 2018
When did you first start training at CrossFit Shorebreak?: August 2018
Favorite WOD: Anything under ten minutes with dumbbells
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with a long row
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
I played sports as a kid, but never at a competitive level. I’ve always worked out in some capacity (typically cardio machines at the gym or running outside), but I’ve never had any confidence in my physical abilities. That has really limited me in my past and stopped me from branching out and trying sports and physical activities I might have really enjoyed.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD (if you can remember…) what was it, and how did it feel?
I was first exposed to Crossfit by my husband (fiancee at the time). He had been coming to Shorebreak for a few months and kept bugging me to try it, and I would always laugh at the idea. Like I said, I had no confidence in my physical abilities and thought I would just embarrass myself. One day, I finally figured why not just try it once? Those first couple of days I was blown away by the warm community and how Rob and Lee made the workouts so accessible and easy to understand for a total newbie like me. My first WOD was a combination of rowing, kettlebell swings and kettlebell push presses. I’d never rowed before, and I was terrible at it. But instead of feeling down about how slow I was compared to everyone else, I experienced a crazy hunger for improvement that was new to me. I was dead after the WOD, but proud that I finished. I still don’t like rowing all that much, but I don’t feel like I’m dying while I do it anymore, so I consider that an improvement!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I could never have guessed that I would see so much progress in such little time. I’ve always labeled myself “unathletic”, and I can see now it was such a negative and unhelpful way of viewing myself! Crossfit has really helped me appreciate myself and realize that I am capable of so much more than I’d given myself credit for. There are so many people at Shorebreak that exude confidence, while still being so supportive and generous towards everyone else. Being able to work out in that kind of environment throughout the week is such a gift.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
My body, health and fitness have essentially done a 180. My body fat percentage has gone down, and I’ve started to catch glimpses of muscle definition peeking through. The ironic thing is, though, that I care so much less about what my body looks like and so much more about what it can do. I ran the fastest mile I’ve ever run last week, I’m able to move so much more weight than I ever thought possible, I’ve started to slowly add some two-workout days to my routine (gotta keep up with Brian), and I find myself seeking out more ways to be active every day.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t be afraid to start! You CAN do it, and you WILL meet the nicest, most encouraging people who are not intimidating at all! Also, don’t compare your day 1 to someone else’s day 1,655. Comparing your performance today to how you performed two weeks ago is so much more rewarding than comparing yourself to others. Lastly, utilize the power of “yet” in your self-talk. Changing my thinking from “I can’t do a pull-up” to “I can’t do a pull-up YET” was such a monumental shift for me in how I approach my fitness and keep myself from getting discouraged.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love cooking, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family.