Carmen R.

"In exercise it is your stabilizing muscles."

Carmen R.

Started at Beacon: About 1 year ago
Proudest CrossFit accomplishment: A big CF moment was when I hit a PR weight for back squat and I was able to do 7 reps.
Favorite lift or metcon: I don’t have a specific favorite lift or metcon. What I appreciate most is the variety.
Hoping to improve this year: I am hoping to improve kipping pull-ups and to increase my weight in the snatch.
Biggest surprise since starting at Beacon: How quickly my old forms of exercise have become warm-ups.
Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit: I have two pieces of advice for new members. The first is to always mind your core. I have found that the most important aspect of CF movements, similar to everyday life, is your core. In life your core is your moral compass or belief system passed on to you from your family and experiences. In exercise it is your stabilizing muscles. When things get difficult and begin to fall apart, you need to keep your shit tight or you will end up getting hurt. My second piece of advice is for guys to wear tight boxers on days with a lot cleans.
Favorite Maine thing: The opportunity for outdoor experiences. You live somewhere special when you can ski and surf in the same day.
Interests beyond working out: Surfing, skiing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Additional thought: CF is one of many effective exercise philosophies. What makes Beacon special is the caring and expertise of the coaches and quality of people you workout with.

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