Behind the scenes with our Barbell Athlete of the Month, Laura.
How or when did your focus shift to concentrating on Novem’s Barbell Club programming?
I moved over to Crossfit from Bootcamp in April 2017 and almost immediately started coming to Barbell classes. I like to think I actually made the switch more for Barbell than for Crossfit!
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I played saxophone as a kid, but the cool part is that I played the same saxophone that my grandfather played in the US Navy band. That sax was played in ceremonies across the US, in Korea, and at sea! (And I still have it, of course.)
What is your Athletic background?
Um, non-existant? I played intramural sports as a kid and a little club ice hockey in college, but I was definitely never called an athlete until I came to Novem.
What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
I think my favorite might be the snatch, even though it’s the lift I struggle with the most. There’s something about getting a little bit better each time, the tweaking and adjusting, that makes me kind of obsessed with it.
What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
Setting goals and smashing them, basically. My time at Novem is the longest I’ve spent at any fitness-related endeavor and it’s because it feeds my need to be a tiny bit OCD and competitive…with myself. I like lifting because I can see the results every time I come in, and there is always a way to be better the next time.
Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
I’ve been trying to keep this super close to the vest, but I think so. I’m sure there will be some old lady comp somewhere down the line where I’ll feel comfortable competing. Ha!
How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
I’m naturally a sort of big personality, but that hasn’t always translated into feeling comfortable with who I am. Novem, and especially Barbell, has really given me a huge dose of legit self-confidence. Plus, I get to smile like a crazy person when my kids proudly tell people that their mom is strong.