Name, Age, Occupation?
Sarah M.
26 Years Old
Formerly a Staff Research Associate in the Experimental Neuropathology Laboratory and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UCSD, currently an entering medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin

When did you start at Fortius?
July 2012

Sports / Fitness background?
I played volleyball year round from 2000-2004, played random intramural sports/recreational sports, went to the gym 5-6 times a year (prior to Fortius).

Why the jump into CrossFit?
My boyfriend, Wilmar, forced me to even though I was incredibly against it ?

Why did you choose Fortius?
Wilmar was doing his Weightlifting training there, plus it was free for a month when I started. I chose to stay because the workouts are challenging, yet doable, the coaches are knowledgeable AND down to earth people, and the community is filled with supportive, fun, and genuine people, some of whom are my closest friends ?

What kind of progress have you made over the past year?
Where do I even begin? I can run miles under 8 minutes again. I can do kipping and strict pullups, chest-to-bar pullups, double unders, toes to bar, overhead squats, things I couldn’t even dream of doing before. I can do workouts with a 53# kettle bell (I started with a 28#). I can back and front squat over my body weight and I can put a woman’s bar over my head without my arms trembling. I can snatch and clean and jerk now, movements that used to terrify me. I can also clean and jerk my body weight. I’m probably missing something, basically my fitness abilities and strength have COMPLETELY changed ?

Biggest misconception about CrossFit?
I used to think that all CrossFitters were snotty and mean (not true at all, some of my favorite people in the world are CrossFitters!). I also used to think that CrossFit workouts were impossible and I would never be able to complete one without feeling like I was going to die (also not true, while they are difficult and push you, they are all manageable and make you a stronger person, both physically and mentally).

Favorite and least favorite CrossFit movements?
Favorite: Double Unders and situps are tied ?
Least Favorite: Running and pull-ups

Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit?
Just do it! Don’t be intimidated by the crazy workouts; everything can be modified according to your abilities and can be done at your own pace. Also, don’t be intimidated by the pricing. It really does pay off, especially at Fortius; the community is SO supportive and the coaching for both CrossFit and Weightlifting is TOP NOTCH.

What’s next?  What are your goals for the future?
I’m sadly leaving California and moving to Milwaukee for medical school, so I am hoping to keep up with CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting over there.  Within the next year, I want to be able to do a muscle up, connect my toes to bar, increase my flexibility so I can perform normal (squat) snatch, and hit a body weight snatch. Also, long term goals, I would like to move back to San Diego and continue my training at CrossFit Fortius again ?