What was your fitness like before coming to CrossFit Mt. Lebanon?
I have always been active. as a youngster and into my teens, I participated in gymnastics at Polish Falcons. As I became older, I ran the gamut of gyms from European Health Spa, King’s Gym and Fitness19 to mention a few. Oh, but let’s not forgot the boon of in-home fitness tapes from Jane Fonda (yeah, you read it right), Tae-Bo, Insanity, P90X (1, 2 &3). The CDs/Tapes grew old and monotonous, and I never found guidance or good strategies in the gyms, despite going to Atlantic City to work out with Tony Horton once.28814676584_fa549d3dbd_z

How long have you been working out with us and how did you get into it?

I have been working out with CFMTL for over 18 months. I was introduced to CFMTL by my son PJ who gifted me for Christmas the on-ramp and a month membership. After that month of sweat and struggle, I questioned (and still do) whether it was a gift or payback for his teenage years, especially since he at the time, also coached the 7:30 class.

What were your thoughts after your first workout here?
“Boy that was easy!” LOL! No, I thought that I was in pretty good shape, but it was a real challenge. It really humbled me. It still does to this day, there are times after some WODs I think “what the hell was that?”

What were your goals when joining us?

To be more fit with focus and guidance. To see improvement and to be able to achieve28865999863_4a9440b267_k a movement, weight or time that I thought I would never do. Oh, and not to die!
What inspired you to make such a drastic change to get healthier? What or who was the biggest motivator?
PJ actually inspired me, his transformation, change and commitment to Crossfit. The biggest motivator was the 7:30 class. It was a fun and great group that was really encouraging when I first started. This is the fantastic thing about the CFMTL community, everyone is really supportive whether cheering others on during a WOD or a fist bump or simple “good job” after the WOD.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey? Biggest obstacles?
I always thought that I was really coordinated. However, my biggest challenges are getting the movement in the lifts or on the swings, or the ropes. Ok, so come to think of it, basically I am still really challenged!
28192873043_0134e1feaa_kWhat changes have you made to your daily life, diet & workout routine that have been the most successful for you?
I make time to be at the gym. The new programming this year combined with Lurong Challenge this past spring tied it all together. My performance improved and I felt better, I lost weight, and inches. I also like to supplement different workouts such as body lab, spinning, and yoga with doing the WODs.
What advice would you give someone looking to start a similar journey?
Don’t be intimidated, be committed and show up regularly.
28814678064_19ae92b77c_kFavorite WOD/Workout Least Favorite WOD/Workout:
For me they are kind of the same, the WODs that I look at and cringe and dread are the ones that give me the most satisfaction when I complete them.


Favorite Lift/ Least Favorite Lift:

When you’re not here, where are we most likely to find you?
Either at work or working around the house. I really like to do home improvement project.
Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past self-advice, what would it be?
It is something that I have known all along, in order to be successful you cannot separate exercise and eating right. No matter how hard you work out, if you are not eating properly, you are just running in place, and God knows I hate running, let alone in place!

28192841883_300cf8b437_kFavorite healthy snack

Paleo pumpkin cake
Do you look up to any particular athlete at the gym?
Of course I look up to those athletes that always rank at the top of the Whiteboard, the dedication and hard work that goes into that type of performance is admirable. However I admire the ones that show up regularly and push themselves to get their first double under, pull up, rope climb or a new PR. It is their perseverance and dedication that I admire.
How do you feel about the coaching staff here? Who has inspired you the most?
That is like picking your favorite child. Each coach brings something different to the class. What I appreciate most is that the coaching staff takes the time to correct my form, or give suggestions to improve, even if they are not coaching the class at the time.29355868410_6af1fedc2b_k

When you’re not here, where are we most likely to find you?

Either at work or working around the house. I really like to do home improvement project.




Favorite CHEAT MEAL?
CAKE, vanilla or marble with lots of icing, from either Lincoln or Shore’s Bakery.
Do you have any suggestions how we can make the experience better for you?