Celeste Esera! Interview by Paddy Compter
Name: Celeste Esera
Occupation: Admin for a finance company
How did you start up doing CrossFit? Did your husband Tony have something to do with it?
Haha, how did you guess?! Yeah, I never wanted to do crossfit (only because it scared me and I thought there was NO WAY I could do the things “crossfitters” do). But luckily Tony signed me up for elements without me knowing, telling me he’d already paid so I had to do it and if I didn’t like it I could stop once elements was done.
What was your exercise background?
Haha. I did ballet when I was a little girl until 12. Apart from that I didn’t start any kind of exercise journey until after having Ava to be honest. I struggled to lose my baby weight with her so some friends talked me into joining the gym. And that’s pretty much it as far as sports/exercise goes.
How long have you been doing CrossFit now?
Bang on 4 years now. I wish I’d found it sooner!
How often do you fit in training in an average week?
On a good week 5-6 days, on a not so good week 3-4 days.
For those who don’t know your background (health wise) could you tell us a little about your heart condition and how that affects you physically?
Sure, where to start haha.
I was born with a hole in my heart, and a condition called Wolf Parkinson White syndrome. However neither was picked up until I was 18. At 19 I had surgery for the wpw and 2 days later open heart surgery to close the hole in my heart.
In more recent years, I have had rhythm problems, a condition called atrial fibrillation, and have had 3 heart procedures to attempt fixing it, the most recent being October last year.
I try not to let it affect my training, but obviously I don’t always have a say. I’ve become very good at listening to my body and scaling back or even stopping mid wod when needed. If anything it has helped me push harder and set bigger training goals, just to show myself I will not let my condition restrict me. Anyway, exercise is good for hearts right?!
How important is exercise to you (and your family)?
Exercise has always been important to Tony, I never used to understand what the big deal was.. until I started exercising!
Now it is a huge part of our lives, most of you probably know the box is our family’s second home haha. (But seriously)
What are you working towards at the moment?
Right now I’m training for the NZ Nationals team comp in October. By far the biggest and scariest goal I’ve set myself. It will be One year post surgery too.
I never in a million years thought I would be competing in CrossFit competitions, and now this will be my 3rd.
You and Tony are great role-models for your kids. How important do you think that is for kids (to have positive role models around)?
Oh it’s super important, I think. Our kids idolize us when they are young. And they are always watching, so its important they watch you doing the right things. It makes my heart smile when I hear my daughter say things like “I want to be strong like mummy”.
What/who motivates you at the box?
First and foremost, my husband. He pushes and motivates me to believe in myself. And pushes me to keep going, always.
The coaches all have a huge part in motivating and helping me achieve my goals, even with all my obstacles.
And last but not least, the members. Our CFW family have become some of our closest friends. Pushing through those dark places together helps me get through and keep going.
What are your physical goals for 2018?
To get strong AF!!!!
Power cleans and rope climbs!
Cleans, pullups and rope climbs… I also love grinding through a good hero wod or chipper!
Top couple of songs to WOD to.
Any up beat Michael Jackson, or Tupac!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering starting out at CFW, what would it be?
Take the leap and never look back! It turns you into a badass, who can do badass things!!!
3 facts about me you may not know;
I was born in Melbourne and lived there until I was 13, although both my parents are kiwis and I have a nz passport… so I’m a kiwi!
I was born 6 weeks premature, and had Xavier 6 weeks early.
I’m the eldest of 3 girls, with a massive 13 year age gap between me and my youngest sister.