Check this awesome Q & A with our December Athlete of the Month Maggie Newell!
1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
Five years ago I was only running for fitness. My brother was doing some CrossFit stuff in the military and gave me a kettlebell for Christmas, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. I was doing my residency with Randy Grant and he pushed me to contact Chris and bothered me until I followed through. I’m so glad he did!
2. What time of day you come in?
Usually 7 a.m., but occasionally 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.
3. What is one movement you hate and one you love?
I love thrusters, box jumps and wall balls and hate any pushing or pressing and double unders.
4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
Two! To keep CrossFitting in some capacity until my due date first of all, because I think movement and strength are so important to continue through pregnancy. Second, I’ll be doing the TCM NYC marathon in 2017 – I was training for it when I found out I was pregnant and was able to defer until next year.
5. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I love to tap dance and still have my own shoes. And no, I will not show you.
6. You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with?
I think I’d be pretty set with a jar of peanut butter and the latest Tana French novel.
7. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
Discipline, goal-setting, and being comfortable with being uncomfortable are all traits you can learn or practice in CrossFit that carry over into every day life. Right now, I’m looking at pregnancy as a year-long endurance event. CrossFit has taught me how to scale for any capacity, how fueling can make my body feel better, and how satisfying it can be to just keep moving and sweating in the company of others. I also realize that even my job can by physical, and I make sure to do simple things like brace my back before I hoist a patient in a stretcher and get a fair amount of rest before an overnight shift.
8. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
When I first started, I couldn’t wait to be able to complete the workouts “Rx.” I’ll tell any woman just starting, it took me a full two years to be able to do unassisted pull-ups. After that, I was interested in mastering skills like muscle-ups, and “getting my numbers up” in lifting. Now, I’m back to living that scaled life – but this time, focusing on perfecting my form now that I’m not stressing about “going heavy.” CrossFIt has been sort of like the changing seasons for me in that sense, and I know I’ll have other cycles and seasons in the future.
Rate your skills: 1-10– 10 being your best.
Endurance – 10
Stamina – 9
Strength – 7
Flexibility – 1
Speed – 5
Agility – 5
Balance – 5
Accuracy – 5
Power – 7
Coordination – 7