AotM September 2013

September 2013: The Warrior

With her elbow pads and shin guards she may look like shes ready for battle, but its the double unders that are in for the beating!!

kendraaotmMeet Kendra!

My name is Kendra Anderson.  I am 26 years old and from York, PA.  I came to Virginia to attend Bridgewater College where I earned a degree in Allied Health Science.  After graduation I attended Eastern Mennonite University’s second degree nursing program.  Currently, I am working as a medical/oncology nurse at RMH.   I live in Harrisonburg with my boyfriend, Brent, and our fat orange cat Hobbes.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

I started Crossfit in January when The Rock opened.  I was super nervous about starting, but am so glad I decided to sign up.  I would encourage everyone, regardless of age or fitness level to come try a workout!

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

January 14th, my first crossfit workout, sticks out in my mind. I remember looking at the clock and only two minutes had passed (then Nate yelling at me to stop looking at the clock).  I thought it would never finish, but it did, and I survived!

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Some of my favorites are: power cleans, box jumps, and running.  Since I have learned toes-to-bar and kipping pull-ups I secretly like when they show up in a workout.  I also like rope climbs and double unders (but only when I have my shin guards and elbow pads).

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

Thrusters will forever make me look at the whiteboard and want to run home.  Seriously, I would much rather run the few miles home then do thrusters.  Rowing was my least favorite movement when I first started crossfit because well, it is exhausting!  I am slowly starting to appreciate this movement more.

What are your goals?

Among many things I am currently working on improving my front and overhead squat. The great thing about crossfit is you can always get better at something.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

I am motivated by seeing the progress I have made since January.  When I first started crossfit I was scared to do a handstand, could not do a single pull-up and my arms looked like I had entered a war zone when attempting double unders.  This has all changed!  The awesome coaches and athletes at Rocktown Crossfit have helped to make this progress possible; you continue to motivate me to improve every day.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

I cheat most meals.  I just really love food, especially ice cream.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Rocktown Crossfit is a community.  We are excited for the first person who finishes a workout and continue to cheer until the last athlete has finished.   We celebrate successes, no matter how big or small they may seem.  It is a community I am proud to say I am a part of.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

Growing up I played competitive sports year-round.  After my last college field hockey game I stopped exercising almost completely for a few years.  The Rock has allowed me to once again have a competitive outlet! I am now in the best shape of my life and am disappointed when I miss a workout.  Thank you Rocktown coaches and athletes for all your dedication and determination!

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

It has been a pleasure to watch Kendra grow these past few months.  She has worked very hard and to see the strides she has made recently is what you hope to see in every athlete that walks through our doors.  We all give her hell about her elbow pads and shin guards but we are all probably just jealous we didn’t think of it first!  (and if anyone needs advice on a headband, I’m pretty sure Kendra has been rocking the pre-wrap since day 1)  Kendra is always a great competitor that will push you to keep going but she is also a great motivator who will cheer those one once she has finished.  Her work ethic is like none other and the integrity she represents during a workout should be an example to many.  We look forward to seeing your continued growth and hopefully we will get you signed up for a competition sooner than later (hint hint).  Congratulations Kendra, keep up the good work (and the whip marks to a minimal).