- What has been your biggest improvement while at CrossFit 1836?
Before joining CrossFit 1836 at the beginning of this year, I had the strength of approximately
15.2 pieces of limp pasta in each arm. Performing a single push-up was a questionable feat; a
pull up was not possible even assisted with a band. Right now, I can do 10 legitimate push-ups
and 2 chin to bar pull-ups without a band, so I’m really happy with that. Overall, I know my level
of fitness has improved tremendously.
2. Any advice for people wanting to try out CrossFit 1836?
If you’re looking to try CrossFit, my first piece of advice is to not look on the internet for advice;
talk to people who actually participate. Also, don’t be scared to walk in the door, even if you’re
already dripping sweat and winded from the trek across the parking lot. Everyone starts
3. What’s your favorite movement?
Heavy days for squats and deadlifts are the best. I can use 45lb plates, which makes me feel like
a cool person.
4. Why did you start CrossFit?
David Trojanowski joined CrossFit 1836 first. He told me that I should show up and do stuff. So I
showed up and did stuff. I liked the stuff so I kept showing up.
5. What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 1836?
The atmosphere at 1836 really sets it apart from other workout options. There is no way that I
could walk into a regular gym and have almost everyone know my name and say hello. If I’m
struggling with something at the rock climbing gym, no one comes up to me and talks me
through it. All of the coaches and the members at 1836 have a supportive and inclusive attitude.
6.What is your favorite Paleo meal?
I’ve never actually tried a Paleo meal. I’m pretty sure I have an allergy to anything that doesn’t
contain potatoes, pasta, or rice.
7. What is your favorite “cheat” meal?
Mexican restaurants, specifically Chuy’s, are my favorite place to stuff my face with food that
probably should not be regularly consumed due to health concerns.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have quite a few hobbies. I like to play video games, draw and paint, play piano, flute and
guitar, snowboard, watch anime and movies, read books meant for children, indoor rock climb,
work on learning French and Chinese, and aimlessly look inside the fridge.
9. What is something that you have accomplished while doing CrossFit that you never though you would be able to do?
In a pinch, I can now run a mile. Begrudgingly, woefully, regretfully, and slowly run a mile. Oh, I
also competed in my first ever CrossFit competition with a team comprised of 50% pregnant
women, and we did amazing, which is not what I expected.
10. What do you do for a living?
Companies pay me to tell them why they suck and then I help them fix it. My professional
background is in IT, finance, and small business operations. Right now, I work full-time for a local
company of about 90 employees called Harbor America as their Business Process Manager.
11. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
I live in Kingwood with my husband, Mike (he comes to CrossFit, too) and I’m pregnant with our
first baby. I’ve lived in Kingwood for almost 11 years, but I’m originally from the Tampa, FL area.
I owned an IT company here in Kingwood for 5 years before I sold it and changed careers.
12. What is something you want to achieve in CrossFit?
Someday, I want to be able to handstand walk at least 25ft.