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Athlete Profile: CHLOE STRAGIER
Assistant Title Officer at Pacific Northwest Title
First CrossFit WOD (other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals):
“My First Throwdown VI Finals”
10 DB snatch (50/35)
10 Box jump overs (24″/20″)
20 DB snatch
20 Box jump overs
30 DB snatch
30 Box jump overs
First Thought After First CrossFit WOD:
Yikes! It’s really intimidating working out with all these people.
Before CrossFit I Did:
Outdoorsy stuff and some gym things. Mountain biking, a little bit of hiking, dance classes, swimming and body weight movements. I did pretty much the same workout every time I went to the gym – run a mile or two on the treadmill then do planks, bicycle crunches, glute bridges and air squats followed by a lot of stretching.
Favorite CrossFit Movement:
I like gymnastics movements a lot, especially toes to rings. Also box squats.
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement:
Deadlifts. They tend to hurt my back so I go light and it is kind of discouraging. I know it’s important to play it safe though! I also dislike the bike except the rare occasion when I can actually go fast on it. And thrusters.
Most Surprising Accomplishment:
Getting 1st place at My First Throwdown! What a crazy experience. I don’t think I’d ever been 1st at anything before and I gained a lot of confidence and respect for myself that day, as well as some wonderful friends.
Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit:
This is hard to answer because there are so many positives! I have three to mention…
Number one is definitely the community. I didn’t really hang out with anyone before I joined KCF and I identified strongly with being a loner. Now, every time I go to the gym I get to see a friend or make a new one! I have never met such a supportive and badass group of people and I am so happy to be a part of this cool kids club!
Second, I will forever be grateful to KCF for giving my Mom her strength back after her first battle with cancer. She went from rock bottom during extremely aggressive chemo to being able to deadlift more than her bodyweight. She was able to ride bikes with my Dad and live her best life until the very end, even when she was battling cancer again and didn’t know it.
Third, every time I walk in I think it looks like a super awesome grown up playground with the ropes and rigs and that makes me super happy.
Short Term Goals:
200lb back squat, linking muscle ups, handstand walks
Long Term Goals:
Do another competition, run a distance longer than 5 miles comfortably, get stronger
Cookies and blueberries
Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym:
Mountain biking, baking/cooking, taking naps in the sun, hiking, swimming, reading, gardening
Share with us your “Why”:
I continue to do CrossFit for many reasons. It has changed my life in a big way. Before starting I remember being so tired and spacey that my family was worried for my health. I was constantly worried about my weight, I didn’t sleep well, my joints were going downhill fast and I felt like I wasn’t making much forward progress in my life.
When my Mom signed me and my husband up for the 6 Week Challenge as something fun for us to do together, I never thought it was something I’d keep doing long term because I didn’t think I could afford it. By the end of the challenge, I realized it was something I couldn’t afford to NOT do. I was happier than I’d been in a long time. I had energy, I was eating as much as I wanted without worrying, my joints weren’t hurting which allowed me to hike more and do the things I love. I was finally feeling strong again.
As I continued with CrossFit, it became something to share with my Mom. I would work out with her in the evenings and we would talk about class when we got together for lunch. I remember sitting on a box with her resting and her smiling at me, saying “this is so cool!” and how happy she was that she could finally share this part of her life with someone. For a little while, CrossFit became our “thing.” As her health declined, and through her eventual passing, KCF became even more important to me. It was a place I could go and not think for an hour. I felt supported by the community and I was able to get some relief from the sad and angry through hard work.
I CrossFit because it makes me happy. I CrossFit because it makes my life better. I CrossFit because it connects me to my Mom. Every time I go to the gym I see friends. I am always moving forward. Even on my worst days I crush goals and accomplish something. I have changed a lot in the last year, and I am so grateful to KCF for showing me what I am capable of and pushing me to be better.