How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I have been doing Crossfit for a total of 2 years but very sporadically due to illness and not finding the right box with the right people. No one could handle my craziness!
What is your favorite thing about Crossfit?
I really love the daily challenges of each workout and each individual movement. All of the WODs have been a challenge for me to become a better version of myself than I was before I walked in the door. I have always been an athlete, but I never did movements like these and seen such improvements.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
A happier version of Winnie the Pooh, I just really love honey. I have so many pictures of baby Kirsten wearing almost everything Winnie the Pooh, until middle school!
What can you never leave home without?
Hydroflask and my Jeep keys <3
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
For this week, I would have to say all of the PRs but mainly my butterfly pullups. It felt so good to have tried them and actually felt comfortable doing them. For once, I didn’t feel like a flopping fish out of water doing pull ups.
What inspires you?
Just kidding, kind of… My students and my family, typical teacher answer, some days I come to Magna after having a really hard day. During the WODs, I try to either reflect or forget about the school day and the reasons it was so hard. I have found that behind my reflections I have been able to find reasons for why the day was so hard and fix it in the classroom. I have also been pushing myself to meet new PRs with the slight frustration I walk into Magna with. Overall, I absolutely love seeing my students crush goals and make so many improvements in their behaviors, problem solving skills, socials skills and communication skills. I can only imagine the excitement my family has after seeing my improvements as their daughter, sister, Aunt, future wife and daughter-in law.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
My advice is you have to be vulnerable to make the greatest achievements. You need trust yourself and push yourself. I have always been “scared” of heavy weights and large numbers but it is beside those numbers and weights that I am challenged the most and feel the strongest. I continue to struggle with the silly mental games I play besides the weights, but as soon as I tell myself “ Don’t be a b*tch, you have to try it”. The feeling of at least trying and sometimes conquering the weights is AMAZING!!!
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I wouldn’t actually, I think I would only change the spelling so people say it right. I would change it to KURSTEN so I am not called Kristen or Kiersten.
On the beach, with a nice cold beer.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Gosh, this questions always get me. I really do not know. I guess talking to pets and being able to understand and speak all languages. I really love learning about all different cultures and trying to speak the native tongue… You should hear me speak Navajo!!!!! Its hilarious. Plus I want to have a thousand puppies!
-- Congratulations on the purchase of your first home Kirsten!