Nov 6th, 2014
Here are some questions we asked Cindy to answer in an effort to get to know her better. My personal impressions of Cindy are all good – she is a lovely person with a professionalism and positive attitude that makes taking her class a pleasure. She is also very knowledgeable and eager to share her knowledge in an effort to make everyone in her class move better. She is also a total gamer – willing to try almost any new skill or experience. So fun to be around!
Check out her responses and make sure to say hey when you see her in the gym…
What is your athletic background?
I was involved in martial arts for the majority of my life. I started out with Tae Kwon Do, then moved into MMA practicing in Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. Additionally, I participated in various team sports such as soccer, volleyball, softball, and basketball. I currently train in both Olympic Weightlifting and Power-lifting. As a matter of fact, I have a power-lifting meet in Sacramento at Super Training Gym onNovember 9th!
How did you get into Crossfit and what is your history with CrossFit?
I lost interest in MMA, mostly because there weren’t many women involved in the sport at the time. I was looking for something new to challenge me. A friend invited me out to try a Crossfit class in Texas and I was immediately addicted. My first workout was called “300” and I’m pretty sure I almost died that day. Crossfit helped me feel constantly challenged–the goals are never-ending and that’s what makes it addicting!Throughout the years, I’ve been to many Crossfit boxes, and when I stumbled upon CFO, I immediately knew I wanted to be part of the community. I straight up enjoyed the vibe! I love how organized, kind and humble all the coaches/athletes are. The athletes are eager to learn and the coaches are even more eager to give out and make you feel right at home.
What can an athlete do to stay motivated when they are not achieving a result?
I think a positive attitude is a must to continuously stay motivated. Athletes should always understand that results are never linear and there are no shortcuts. Comparing yourself to others or comparing yourself to past results will only hinder one’s progress.
Ways an athlete can stay motivated:
– Play your favorite jams; I highly recommend all the jams on Bubble Butt Pandora Radio
– Workout with a buddy
– Set an achievable goal (think of the end result)
– Try new things outside the gym. It’ll make you appreciate what you’re doing more (for me it does).
– Switch up the environment
– Change up your routine
What do you expect from the athletes you coach?
I expect everyone to have a positive attitude the minute they walk in the door. Whether you workout on a recreational level or a competitive level, I think its even more important to have fun while getting a great workout in and learning something new simultaneously! Additionally, I’d expect everyone to have good sportsmanship–be humble, have respect for others around you and be a good role model to others.
What are you personal athletic goals?
My goals are pretty simple: To always progress and become stronger- emotionally, mentally, and physically. Athletically, I’d hope to someday break records and/or keep qualifying for bigger meets in both Power-lifting and Olympic Weightlifting. I’ve also dabbled with the idea of competing in a Figure/Physique Competition in a couple of years or so.
What is your favorite crossfit workout to coach? What is your favorite to do?
My favorite Crossfit workout to coach AND do is the Bear Complex (dead-lift, hang power clean, front squat, push press, back squat, push press)!
What keeps you motivated as a coach?
I’m a student for life and I’m always out exploring (and testing) new ideas from as many resources as possible. Naturally, I’ve always been a very curious person. Exploring in general has kept me motivated to learn and try new things. You can never know enough! Additionally, when I see athletes get excited about their progress (PR, technique improvement, mobility improvement, etc.) , someone understanding how to do a movement (that ah-ha moment), and especially hearing about how fitness has changed their life on a personal level, it’s a sense of satisfaction on my end!
What do you consider your ‘specialty’ and how does it affect your coaching philosophy?
Although I am a Strength and Conditioning coach, I would consider my “specialty” on the strength side of things. I especially enjoy helping people get STRONG, not just the physical portion of it, but also the mental–it’s even more important. Attitude is everything and if you can’t learn to enjoy the process you’ll set yourself up for failure very quickly. I like the saying “Strong people are harder to kill”. I feel with stronger muscles, tendons, and connective tissue, you’ll be less likely to injure yourself – now and when you’re older. If you’re stronger mentally, then you have better control of your attitude in any given situation and the ability to make it a more positive impact.
What is something that would surprise us about you?
Once upon a time, I served in the United States Army!