Behind the scenes with our CrossFit Novem’s Athletes of the Month, Nicole!
What got you into CrossFit?
About 7-1/2 years ago I was in a bit of a rut. I wanted to get in better physical shape, feel better mentally, and just try to reverse all the damage I’d done to my body in the years’ right after college. In order to make sure I didn’t have any excuses, I started going to a gym within walking distance of my home at the time. Turns out it was a CrossFit affiliate. I didn’t even know what CrossFit was, but I stuck with in for 3 months and saw amazing results. About 6 years ago I moved to Fishtown, and although it took some time I eventually found my way to Novem; and I couldn’t be more thankful there’s such a great gym so close by.
What is your immediate fitness goal?
Once upon a time I wanted to qualify for the Games as a Master’s athlete. These days I just want to keep my strength and endurance up and my body fat percentage down … and maybe do another weightlifting meet.
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
My family and I recently connected with a brother that my parents put up for adoption many years before my siblings and I were born. The power of the internet is an amazing thing, and it’s been a wonderful experience to get to know my oldest brother, my sister-in-law and my two super awesome nephews!
What is your Athletic background?
I was never a particularly gifted athlete, although I was active my entire life. Throughout grade school I was a gymnast, and then in middle/high school I played field hockey and lacrosse. I continued playing field hockey in intramural leagues throughout college and into adulthood. In rare instances you can still catch me on the field in the PFHA adult league.
Favorite Benchmark, wod, and lift.
I honestly dislike most benchmarks, but if I had to pick one it would probably be “Diane.” My favorite overall workout is hero wod “Nate” and my favorite lift is the back squat.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
How has CrossFit not impacted my life is the real question. I found CrossFit at a very difficult time, so a lot of my own personal growth is really tied into how I progressed as an athlete as well. It’s let me see how resilient I am, how strong I can be when needed, and how to identify and improve on weaknesses. It’s where I met my amazing husband, where I’ve made friends I’m so incredibly grateful to have, and one of the few places where I can always be myself without judgment.