Athlete of the MonthNovember

Kaitie P

Career: Student

Years at CrossFit Fortius: 1

"I’d say the biggest misconception is that you need to have a substantial background in weight training or fitness to even start CrossFit"

Name, Age, Occupation?
Kaitie P., 22, Student at USD

When did you start at Fortius?
I started at Fortius in August of this year so pretty recently.

Sports / Fitness background?
I grew up playing sports. I was on my school’s volleyball, soccer, and softball teams but decided to stop playing in college, which is when the gym became a big part of my life.

Why did you choose Fortius?
After exploring around San Diego for new fitness options, Fortius stood out to me as a great place to give CrossFit a try. The instructors and members were all very welcoming and friendly, especially to a newbie like I was/ still am, so I knew it was a great fit.

What kind of progress have you made over the past year?
Since I’ve only been doing CrossFit for a couple of months, every class I seem to make some kind of progress. It’s been fun and challenging to learn all of the new movements and then hit pr’s shortly after. Before CrossFit I never knew what any of my max weights were or what I was capable of lifting, so this format has allowed for a lot of fitness growth.

What the biggest misconception about CrossFit?
I’d say the biggest misconception is that you need to have a substantial background in weight training or fitness to even start CrossFit. Sure it helps, but when you find a gym that is willing to work with all of its members, no matter their skill level, anyone can make progress and see results if they genuinely work hard.

Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit?
My advice would be to just do it. Give CrossFit a try, put in real time and effort, pay attention to the coach’s advice and just go for it.

What’s next? What are your goals for the future?
I’m excited to see what progress I’ll be able to make in future months as I continue with this programming. My biggest goals I hope to accomplish soon are getting my Handstand Pushups and Toes to Bar!

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