May 2014 Athlete of the Month

Anyone who has had the privilege  to WOD next to Anna knows how amazing her mindset and determination is. She pushes everyone around her as a result (even me a few times!). You are a pleasure to Coach and a joy to train. (And we miss Max when he isn’t here).

Name: Anna Savage
Age: 44
Occupation: Part-time IT Service Delivery Manager, Full-time stay-at-home Mum
Lives: West Auckland

You are always so cheerful when you train Anna. What makes you smile? The coaches, the people who are training with me. Everyone is so encouraging and supportive. Crossfit makes exercising fun and I really enjoy it as well as the improvements it brings.

When did you join up at CFW? I came with my husband for the free trial in late January this year and joined after Elements in Feb.

And what was the thing that motivated you to start? Your husband? Or vice versa? Wanting to shed those extra kilos I put on after having children was the main driver to start. My husband had been doing cardio/weight training at home and was interested in Crossfit and thought it would be the ideal exercise for me. After some research he chose CFW for us to try it out. After that first session I was hooked and wanted to learn more.

How would you have described your physical condition when you first started? Overweight and rather unfit.

Do you remember your first workout and what it felt like afterwards? “Nancy” was my first WOD (5 rounds of 400m run and 15 OHS). I had my run scaled back to 300m, then 200m and used the dowel for my the OHS. I was totally out of breath and my arms and legs felt like jelly but it was exhilarating.

How has your life changed since you started cross-fitting? I feel invigorated and have more energy now. I can carry both of my kids at the same time whereas before I would tell them Mummy is too tired and that they’re getting too heavy for me to carry 🙂 I can see firm muscles appearing and my husband loves that I can carry all the shopping into the house and take out the rubbish all by myself.

What about food. How has your diet changed since you started? I started doing Paleo after Easter and have cut out sugar and grains. We have increased the amount of veges and protein. Even the kids are adapting to the changes reasonably well, however they still need to work on their vege intake. Noticeable improvement so far have been better quality sleep and quicker recovery after my workouts.

It is awesome to hear you putting in so much effort in your work in the box. What keeps you pushing through a WOD? The coaches yelling at me to keep going 🙂 But the main thing here is mental focus, it’s the mind telling the body that it can do it, just one rep at a time. Also knowing that the WOD will end soon and the more effort I make, the more I’ll improve.

Who motivates you at the box? The coaches and the people in the class training with me. When I see the others working hard lifting heavier weight it inspires me to keep at it so that I might get there one day.

How have you found juggling training with being being a mum and working? It’s a balancing act and I’ve been very fortunate to have whanau living close by who can help with child minding duties. As a result I’ve been able to keep to a regular training schedule with minimal disruption. For those times that I can’t get rid of the kids, the playpen area at the box is great for keeping them preoccupied while I train, although my 2 yo has learnt to escape by tipping out the toys and use the empty box to climb over the railing.

What are your physical goals for 2014? To be fitter and stronger, and to improve my overall co-ordination and body awareness. I’m very happy with my progress so far and hope that it will continue.

What part of crossfit do you enjoy the most? I enjoy every aspect of it: the warm-up, mobility and stretching, skills review, the scalability of the WODs. But sometimes the warm-ups can be harder than the WODs. I like the surprise of walking into the box each time not knowing what the WOD is. Also I love the CFW community!

How many times a week are you coming into the box? I’ve been coming in 4 to 6 times a week, usually the 9:15am session

Favourite exercise? Deadlift

Least favourite? Wall balls (especially when I have to do 50 of them in a single round!)

Dream WOD? Don’t have one yet – maybe something with deadlifts, push press and box jumps?

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering starting out at CFW, what would it be? It’s hard work but very rewarding. Don’t be put off as all the exercises can be scaled down to your level of ability. Be patient, train consistently and keep a record of the weighs for all the workouts so you can see your progress over time. Ask questions, the coaches are only too happy to answer them.

3 facts about me you may not know;
1. I’m a qualified librarian
2. I did oil painting in my spare time (before having kids) and even manage to sell a few in art exhibitions
3. My favourite food is smoked salmon and dark chocolate

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