Well, we fell off a bit and have not done an AOTM in a while, but we are getting back on track!
Our July 2015 Athlete of the Month is another one of our ladies, Gabrielle Perlmutter. Gabrielle started at CFB around January. At that time, she was just a peanut! However, her work ethic turned her into a little powerhouse and we never even saw it coming. This equestrian, farm worker, outdoor adventurer and soon-to-be law student has some serious determination and drive. We love the look on her face mid WOD. Total fire breather. Check out the interview with Gabrielle below and stay tuned for a WOD named after her.
When and why did you start CrossFit?
I started Crossfit around November of 2014. Before I joined, I knew I was looking to become involved with something to strengthen and challenge me both physically and mentally. I thought the first step would be to step outside of my comfort zone; walk in to somewhere I had never been, with people I’ve never met, to do something I’ve never done.
What were you doing before CF?
Before CrossFit, I rode for two URI equestrian teams as well as trained and rode horses on my own.
What were your thoughts after your first class?
“I should have stuck with horses” was my initial thoughts as I struggled to breath simply jumping rope. I was initially intimidated by how difficult and HEAVY everything seemed. I was even more so intimidated after seeing the other athletes perform skills and movements I couldn't even imagine myself doing. However, I quickly realized this was a sport of great intensity and community and I was hooked after my first banana run.
Tell us a little about yourself (family, hobbies, interests, job…)
I just graduated from URI, and will be attending Roger Williams University School of Law in the fall. I’ve worked, shown, and trained horses for the past 13 years. When I’m not at Crossfit, I can be found working on the farm. I get the most enjoyment being active outside.
Has CF affected your life outside the gym?
Without a doubt. Crossfit greatly improved my way of life. Taking care of my body became more than what I did in the couple hours I was there. I eat cleaner, I sleep better, and take better care of my body.
What has been your proudest achievement in the gym?
Double Unders. 10,000 whip marks and 10,000 tries later and I can finally string some together.
What is your favorite movement or WOD?
My favorite movement would be anything with running or shoulder to overhead. I don’t have a favorite WOD but I love a long chipper.
My least favorite movement would have to be thrusters.
Any advice for new crossfitters?
“Embrace the suck” whatever that means to each athlete. Embrace the heat, the cold, the pain, the mornings, your least favorite movement, the 100 reps to go.. That’s how you get through it and thats how you get better. It doesn’t get easy it just sucks less.
Also, be patient. You wont always have the heaviest lifts, fastest times, greatest scores. Focus on your foundation, stay committed, and CFB will help you with the rest.
What would your “dream WOD” look like?
My dream WOD would include 400 meter runs, power cleans, box jumps, and maybe burpees!