Jun 24th, 2010
Hannah showing off her badges of honor
I am thrilled to announce that this week’s spotlight is the very lovely Hannah! Hannah is just one classy babe. Serene, charming, funny, and if you take the time to listen, incredibly wise — not to mention knock-your-socks-off gorgeous.
Let’s face it – many of us came to CFO looking to improve our fitness, etc., but also to upgrade our aesthetic appearance. Hannah is one of my favorite CFO stories because when she walked in the door she was already the ideal beauty. Over the past year it has been fascinating to me to watch her get stronger, fitter and just plain tougher. How do you improve on perfection? Well, just look at Hannah for that answer. And in her personal dealings with people it becomes quickly evident that she is even more beautiful, strong and tough on the inside. I’ve certainly gotten some invaluable advice eavesdropping on her conversations at 6am.
As an athlete Hannah is dedicated and very disciplined. She will literally beat herself bloody to get the job done and then come back for more. And if you have not seen her kipping pull-ups yet, you are missing out on pure artistry and grace. Hannah has recently become engaged and I think we can all agree that Davey is a very lucky man.
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Name: Hannah Love
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?
A: A little over two life altering years.
Q: What is your day job?
A: Acquisitions Editor at UC Press and mom. I prefer the latter job to the former, but when I don’t show up at work, I’m told I won’t get paid. The nerve.
Q: What is your athletic background?
A: Danny Staton, my best friend when I was younger, used to make us play The Six Million Dollar Man and Woman (you know, based on the show with Lee Majors and LIndsay Wagner). We both had bionic super powers (of course) and so we would have to run around the neighborhood leaping things and climbing walls and saving things from harm. It was pretty athletic.
Q: What is your favorite strength move?
A: Complaining about Mike’s workouts. (It’s exhausting).
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A: Talking during warm-up. It’s really hard to talk fast in a whisper while the coach is trying to explain things. You have to keep starting and stopping in the middle of your sentences.
Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: Getting through the first six months of CF. I was very hard on myself in the beginning and a few times I went home in tears, swearing never to return. Davey would tell me I didn’t have to go back, but if I wanted to be there, I was going to need to figure out *why*. It was a Yoda and Luke Skywalker moment. In six months, I got a kipping pull-up and then I did 100 of them for one of those crazy girl-named workouts. It was a breakthrough to learn that I could push myself like that. And my hands were all bloody, which I thought was pretty cool.
Q: What is your most desired goal?
A: Pull-ups with a forward facing grip and a handstand push-up.
Rant or Rave: I never imagined myself in a place like CFO. I had no athletic confidence and worse than that, I ran obsessively (25-30 miles a week), and believed that I was keeping thin because of it. Of course, I wasn’t really building any strength, and compared to what I eat now, I wasn’t really eating enough to call it eating! I couldn’t do a pull-up, a push-up, a rope climb, a box jump, or even one jump rope. I was terrified of people watching me work out (ok I still am), but I couldn’t deflect the overwhelming sense of community, support and encouragement that was/is in abundance at the gym. And so I was hooked. (Also, Mikey kept saying "good stuff, Hannah," and I think it’s cool when he says that). I won’t bore everyone with too much mushy mush stuff about how CF has changed my life, etc, but it has. I am 100% confident that it is the people at CF that make it what it is. I’m sure I would have given up a long time ago, or lost interest, had I been at a different gym.
Important Stats: Stats are not my strong suit. Let’s just say I’ve done pretty well (for me) at a few things and still want to improve on lots of others.