Name: Anya Chervinskaya
Occupation: Software Developer
You have been coming to CFW for a few years now… how did you come about starting up?
I always wanted to try CrossFit but I was always to shy to actually try it by myself haha then I met Nicole at the gym I used to go to, and she convinced me to give it a go.
What sort of exercise were you doing before you joined?
I started going to the gym when I was about 24, just doing normal ”gym stuff”, then I got into powerlifting about a year later, when I met Nicole, who was also doing powerlifting. Other than that, I have never played any other sport in my life.
Do you remember your first CF workout and what it felt like afterwards?
Ohh it was so long ago, I can’t really remember. But I remember doing filthy fifty for Coach K’s 50th birthday. It was probably about a month after I started, and it was horrible. Everyone finished waaay before me, so I had to cut reps and pretend I was also done.
How often do you train in an average week?
I train 6 days a week. I try and do active recovery on Sundays, like yoga, running or swimming.
How important is staying healthy and fit to you?
It never used to be important, until I found myself depressed, overweight and unhappy with myself about 5 years ago. Is it now probably one of the most important parts of my life. Exercising helps me relief stress after a hard day of work, helps me stay healthy and look good.
You have made amazing progress in the box from being primarily a power athlete to a super capable all rounder. What have you done in your training to enable this change?
The biggest change I have made was the diet and my mindset. When I started CrossFit, my only goal was to lose weight. I tried probably every single diet known to mankind, but would not stick to it for more than a month. I had an issue with bad binge eating as well. At training all I wanted to do was cardio, as I though only cardio would make me lose weight. Two years into CrossFit, I was actually heavier than I was when I started.
This past Labour Weekend was NZ Team Nationals Competition and all the teams worked really hard. What do you like most about competitive CrossFit?
It makes me push harder and do things that I never thought I would be able to do. It also gives you something to train for.
How did team RX-ish feel about the competition?
Ohhh we felt great. It was the first RX competition for the most of us, so we just went there for the experience and to have fun, with no expectations 😊
All my teammates are my really good friends, that I have competed with before, so we were just looking forward to a fun weekend away 😊
Can you also tell us a little bit about the type of food you eat and what you have changed over the years to make it work for you?
I eat pretty much same thing every day. I weigh all my food, and try to hit the same number of carbs, fats and protein every day. Most of the carbs I eat (rice, bread, pasta) are around training, and most of the fats are in the morning. I also limit my sugar intake, and try to say no to all the treats at work 😊
I am definitely not 100% strict, and I do say yes to treats every so often, but I have to make sure I get back on track straight after.
What gets you through a difficult WOD?
Good music definitely helps a lot, and also positive self-talk.
What/who motivates you at the box?
The whole CFW crew really. From all our amazing coaches, to the amazing members we have got. I have made some really good friends at the box and working out with them by my side help me stay motivated and to push through dark places.
Hang power cleans, wall balls and dubs
Favourite workout music?
Drum and Base, or whatever coach Kurt plays 😊
If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering starting out at CFW, what would it be?
Nutrition is the key! Stick to one way of eating and do not give up. All diets work, you just have to find what works for you.
3 facts about me you may not know;
- Lost 20kg since I started CrossFit
- Moved to NZ on my own from Russia when I was 17yrs old
- Never played any sport, before starting CrossFit