Coaches notes are great but it is always good to get the athletes perspective.This weeks Coaches notes courtesy of Gabby.
Tell me a bit about yourself outside of FC.
I'm Gabby, also fondly known as @gabrielalaloca, Fit Club's resident yogi crossfit mutt, I'm a recovering vegetarian, an artist of words (kind of like a poet but who the fuck refers to themselves as a poet anymore), I work for lululemon and love to wear small shorts, I've lived in a bunch of places but Columbus is and always will be my home.
When did you start? What were your goals?
In January of 2015, I on-ramped. I went semi-regularly, cherry-picking work-outs that I knew I would be decent at and then I took about an 8-month Crossfit semi-hiatus while I lived in Puerto Rico. Since I returned to Columbus in March, most weekdays you'll be able to find me at the gym.
I've had a passion for movement since I was little. I was a dancer and an athlete and I never really lost the desire to truly study my own body and feel good in it. When I was introduced to Crossfit, I was in a place where my yoga practice felt stale and uninspired, so I wanted to see what mechanics of alignment I could take away in order to enhance my ability to move and push my own limits physically and mentally.
If you have them, what are some stats (weight lifted/lost, etc)?
Well I did deadlift 300 pounds the other day which was pretty rad. I also very recently did my first pull-up ever which makes me actually lol that one can be so strong in one area of life/exercising and yet not even pull their own ass off the ground, #metaphors.
As a lifelong athlete, I am at my strongest with every lift, I'm just about back to running some sub-7 minute miles pretty regularly, my gymnastics blows but it blows a lot less than when I first started, so. There's that.
How has Crossfit/Fit Club improved your already fabulous life?
Oh gosh. Not going to go into too much detail with this one, if you're curious to hear more about my story ask me at the gym as I am pretty open about it - in short, lots of body image issues from being a dancer as well as a pretty serious surgery from a knee injury caused some damage and trauma for me at a young age. Finding yoga began the healing process both in body and mind, but it wasn't until the past four or so months that I've been at the gym regularly that I've started to feel at home in my body for maybe the first time ever.
To me, this is just as much a spiritual practice as yoga. The space to grow and learn a lot about what happens when I want to panic, and in my head I'm like "fuck, fuck, fuck" about toes to bar and the whole trajectory that spirals on when things start to fall apart.
And perhaps most importantly, the people that are there to scrape me up off the ground when I feel like I've been defeated by a workout, or something else going on in my life outside the gym. The relationships that we have with each other, the way we all inspire each other in so many ways, the genuine care that lives inside those four walls. We're equals in this thing together. We help each other. And we're better for it.
1775. Because I'm a lunatic.
Least Fave WOD?
Oh shit what was the one from The Open with thrusters and burpees over bar? 16.5? That was terrible.
Fave Mitchism/Coach advice?
The other day, Mitch said something that shifted my entire approach to training. He said, "Don't try for the tricks. Build the superpower and the tricks will come." So for me it was kind of like, training is never about luck. And I have to keep working on what I suck at but not in the sense of throwing myself around and hoping that something just looks kind of like what the elite athletes are doing. Building the "superpower" in body takes time, and dedication and hard work. Yeah sure, scaling sucks sometimes but it's pretty important for me to be egoless if I want to build real body intelligence and smart muscle memory that will be a rock fucking solid foundation for continuing to evolve into lifting heavier, or increasing cardio capacity or doing muscle-ups or whatever.
Any nuggets of wisdom to share?
Two things. Basically expanding on everything Mitch said summed up, something that was taught to me in my yoga teacher training: "Don't sacrifice the integrity of the body for the glory of the pose." The second thing is something that I often struggle with in that the body can handle a lot more than the mind thinks it can. Basically any workout or skill that can mentally fuck me up, tends to and so I repeat this, remind myself to breathe, start rapping "Lose Yourself" by Eminem in my head and get back to the grind.