Q&A with Maile Nelson, your Member of the Month
Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit and how did you get into it?
A: “As of May 2017 I have been doing CrossFit exclusively for 8 months. I was first exposed to the sport when I was unable to climb the rope obstacle at my first Spartan race. It was in Temecula, 98 degrees, 12+ miles near the finish line and I had to do 30 burpees as the penalty for not completing this obstacle. Even though Meaghan wasn’t the owner of Shifted at the time, I was awed by her accomplishments I saw on Facebook and asked her if I could come in to her gym and practice rope climbing. As everyone knows, she is always very supportive and gave me great tips as I practiced over and over. I even came in a second time months later to hone that skill before I ultimately added a rope to our back patio. Last year my “boutique” type gym had a major shake-up with programming and trainer turnover. Panicked since it was in the middle of my race season, I remembered how helpful Meaghan had been the year before and I showed up for my first CrossFit class in September.”
Q: What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
A: “I absolutely LOVED CrossFit from day 1 !!!! Not only did I feel it’s where I belong, but admittedly I was a bit disappointed (angry would be too strong a word) that my coaches over the years and specifically the previous 3 years had scoffed at CrossFit WODs and “kipping” was tantamount to cheating a workout. Not only were they wrong, I drop in their respective gyms now and then and remind them of such (in a joking manner of course).”
Q: Favorite workout or movement & least favorite?
A: “Favorite workouts at the beginning were the cardio blasters because it played to my strengths, but now the favorite WOD will include dubs. It took me so long to “get it” with weekends practicing and practicing, that to be able to string 3, then 8, then 20, now 40 together unbroken is SO satisfying. I think most people can relate. Least favorite is the overhead squat and snatching, but they are improving.”
Q: When not at Shifted, where are we most likely to find you?
A: “We are still decorating our new home, so when I’m not at Shifted I just might be out “window shopping” for ideas. Usually though I am so tired from our daily WODs I am often home reading (yes, CrossFit books/journals/videos) or doing crosswords.”
Q: How has Shifted positively affected you inside and outside of the gym?
A: “There is great respect in the athletic community for Meaghan as a businesswoman, a trainer, and as an athlete. I’m proud of our box’s reputation! I feel I am a more well-rounded athlete with much greater mobility and strength. This has translated to faster finish times in local road races and Spartan events.”
Q: Best achievement so far?
A: “Obviously making it to the Masters Online Qualifier ranks as one of my best achievements moreso than being the 2016 Spartan Open AG world champion. I felt the support and encouragement at CrossFit SFP leading up to the Open, then the Qualifier was so overwhelming, it felt as though my success was our success. That kind of advocacy was really invigorating!!!”
Q: Goals for this year?
A: “My goal for this year is to continue to work on my mobility as it is currently my most limiting factor.”
Q: Something no one at the gym knows about you?
A: “Not many people know I collect limited edition bronze and porcelain horses, I rarely lose at Monopoly, and I almost became a large animal veterinarian, but a career in finance chose me.”
Q: Favorite Food?
A: “Artichokes, especially with mayonnaise.”
Q: Drink of choice?
A: “Red wine, margaritas a close second, however.”
Q: One thing you can’t live without?
A: “The bond I have with my husband Barry, followed by my trail shoes and Skinny Pop popcorn a distant third.”
Q: If you could have one super power what would it be?
A: “Maybe being able to fly???”
Q: Advice to someone thinking about trying CrossFit?
A: “I share CrossFit on a daily basis almost. Sometimes it’s just a stranger asking where I work out, but with my former gym buddies I have suggested they step out of their comfort zone, commit to 2 weeks of CrossFit, and then tell me their thoughts. Know you’re going be sore, and tired, even though you’ve been “training” elsewhere. It’s not going to be easy, but it’ll be worth it. Our gym is filled with such supportive amazing people, I am grateful on a daily basis I took the chance, left what was familiar and comfortable. I tell them they’ll sleep better, their posture will improve, muscles will appear without trying to isolate a particular area, and most importantly they’ll have FEWER injuries. Incredible opportunities arise when your mind is free from negativity and fear.”