Beverley Cardozo

In honour of Mother’s day, meet one of our many mothers (and grandmothers!) who train with us at CrossFit Waitakere… Beverley!

Interview by Paddy Compter

Name: Beverley Cardozo
Age: 37
Occupation: Bank Manager at ASB
Lives: Henderson

You have been coming to CFW for around two years I believe… how did you come about starting up?
About 2 years I think, started as a casual member after having my daughter as I live out west and was going to be working out west too.

What sort of exercise were you doing before you joined?
I’ve always enjoyed being active, NZ is such a beautiful country and have had the opportunity to try stuff I never would have dreamed of if I lived in India. Apart from going to regular gyms in the past, I have completed a marathon and a number of triathlons.

How often do you train in an average week?
About 4-5 times a week

How important is staying healthy and fit to you and your family?
Super important! You only get one body and it can do some amazing things but you need to look after it. Both my husband and I enjoy the health and mental benefits, we find we sometimes are less patient if we have missed a workout for a few days. We have better energy with regular activity and absolutely want to set a good example for our kids.

How do you push through a difficult WOD?
I try not to focus on the little voice in my head that says I’m too tired instead I just focus on the reps to be done, breathing, and tell myself not to stop till the WOD is done or the timer goes off.

 You are one of the morning class regulars. How is it getting up and training so early? 
I’m a morning person, I would much rather get it done in the morning, so I don’t have all day to make excuses and not turn up in the evening.

It’s like my mental therapy, one of the few times my brain disconnects from the million things I need to do and just focus on the task at hand. It sets me up for a much better day.

And can you tell me about some of your experiences competing – you’ve done both team and individual comps – what were they like?
I have only done one team comp and one individual (apart from the CrossFit Open). I found the team one was awesome, lots of fun working together as a team and you worry less about the things you can’t do as the team can strategize to each person’s capability. The individual comp definitely taught me the things I need to work on but also helped me push to do better than I would do in a regular class.

What/who motivates you at the box?
The small achievements. It took me ages to get a kipping pullup, or even to kick up to the wall but just the little challenges each day and achieving the small things I couldn’t do before feels awesome. The members and the coaches are amazing and so encouraging. I’ve tried a few gyms/ bootcamps etc over the years and the members here are so welcoming.

Favourite exercise?
Umm is there such a thing?! (unless your Amber who shreeks with glee when she sees snatches on the board lol) I tend to prefer the longer WODs.

Least favourite?
Being upside down! I need to work on getting one HSPU! But does anyone like thrusters too?

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering starting out at CFW, what would it be?
DO IT. For many reasons, some of which already mentioned you will not regret it.

3 facts about me you may not know;

  1. I used to be a runway model in India (a long long time ago)
  2. My husband and I have 2 kids, Adam who is 4 and Elise who is 2. We have NO family here whatsoever! Babysitting offers always welcome =)
  3. I have completed 2 Half Ironman events, and I had never ever owned a bike before deciding to give triathlon a go!

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this!

While I’m sharing my story, I would also like to offer my help to any of our members that may need ‘banking’ type guidance and advice. Especially in

-home ownership,

-protecting you, your family, or your assets with insurance (yes I hate paying for it too), -or making the most of your kiwisaver (if you’re starting to qualify for masters category like me lol and are thinking about your retirement)I’ve worked with ASB for 15 years so and know a thing or two, if I can’t help you myself I usually know someone who can.

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