Shedna K.Name: Shedna K.

Age: 26

Occupation: U.S. Navy

When did you start at Fortius? October 2015

Describe your sports / fitness background: “Cardio” and cheerleading LOL 🙂

Why the jump into Powerlifting?: My awkward left big toe doesn’t bend and jumping around in CrossFit is hard…. Powerlifting requires a more direct focus and I love to be the girl that lifts heavy!

Why did you choose Fortius? Livesore brought me here, but I was honestly unhappy at my previous well known box. I was always told to “scale”. The first day I walked into Fortius, I was coached, and got 5 HSPU’s…when I had tried for almost a year to do ONE! Sold! Became a Fortius lifer.

What kind of progress have you made over the past year? PR’d most consistent days of going to the gym because of the environment. Squat from 205 to 236, deadlift from 215 to 308, bench from 130 to 154 AND COUNTING! Did my first competitions in CrossFit and Powerlifting. This is only the beginning!

What would you say is the biggest misconception about CrossFit/Powerlifting? That lifting makes you manly… Lifting makes you a badass!

Favorite Movements: Deadlifts are LIFE! Benching comes close.
I love being able to do pull-ups! My current max unbroken strict is 15! Watching all the navy boys do so many half pull-ups makes me grateful for CrossFit! My favorite CrossFit workout is Jackie. And Thrusters, as much as I hate them, I probably love them more! Such a full body workout.

Least Favorite Movements: Least favorite CrossFit workout is Fran. I died. Least favorite Powerlifting movement is squatting – I’m terrified of it, but with the Fortius programming I’m becoming more comfortable with increasing weight and maintaining adequate depth.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start CrossFit or Powerlifting? DO IT! Don’t listen to people bashing it! Go in with a positive spirit and open mind. Challenge yourself to improve daily and the reward is priceless.

What’s next? What are your goals for the future? I’m training to become an Elite Powerlifter 🙂 however long it takes, I want to lift everything everywhere with everyone!