March 2014 Athlete of the Month

March 2014: The Goat

It’s true, Ivy loves goats (the animal)…but its her continued work on her crossfit “goats” that make her your next Athlete of the Month!

ivy AOTMMeet Ivy!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

Hello!  My name is Ivy Haines and I am 20 years old.  I am a junior at JMU studying dietetics (nutrition) – I love food (see Instagram).  I was born and raised in Charlottesville with my mom, dad, and two older brothers Skylar, 24, and Adam, 22 — They’re alright.  I also have a dog named Teddy, but we don’t get along very well.

 How long have you been doing crossfit?

I have been doing crossfit for just over a year.  I think I was in the second Peak group after The Rock opened.  I had previously been a member at Gold’s solely for the Les Mills Body Step classes (I rocked that class).  Then I started taking Boot Camp with Ali, which is where I met Val (and Meg), who told me I should try crossfit at The Rock.  I was hesitant at first, but I decided to give it a try.  I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan at first.  I had never touched a barbell before, and I missed my step class.  I started out by going only three times a week, but before I knew it, I was running there everyday (literally)!

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

My first “crossfit moment” was probably Katie’s AOTM workout.  I didn’t mind the two 800m runs, but the ten factorial of burpee-pull-ups and front squats was the worst thing ever.  I really don’t like front squats…or burpees.  I still have a scar on my hand from that workout.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

I really like running, box jumps, double-unders, ball slams, rope climbs, and pull-ups.  I just noticed that barbells aren’t included in any of those.

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

Rowing.  I really hate rowing.  Like, a lot.  I remember one time I checked the website and saw a 2000m row.  I didn’t go to crossfit that day.  I’m pretty sure the day after that, an article on cherry-picking your workouts was posted.  From then on, I never checked the website again.  A couple weeks after that, I walked into crossfit and looked at the white board and saw a 2000m row.  Karma.

What are your goals?

My overall goal is to keep improving.  As soon as I catch on to something, there is always another movement that I could work on, or weight that I could increase.  Right now, I would really like to get handstand pushups, improve on overhead squats, and kip toes-to-bar!  My other goal is to compete in a SuperFit competition by the end of this year (*cough*Meg*cough*)!

What motivates you to continue coming back?

The mixture of the people and the workouts keeps me coming back.  Going to The Rock is literally the highlight of my day.  I love how close everyone is, and how much fun we can have working out!  I like never knowing what the workout will be until I get there and am trapped, and always doing something different each day!

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

 Ideally I would have pimento cheese on wheat thins, deviled eggs, stewed tomatoes and a fried peanut butter and jelly for an appetizer.  Then I would have pasta with garlic and olive oil topped with crab, shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, basil, and Parmesan cheese for the main meal.  Finally, I would end with sticky toffee pudding cake with vanilla bean ice cream and a piece of chocolate pecan pie for dessert.  This would probably never actually happen, but I wish it would.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

 This is a really difficult question; Rocktown means a lot to me.  Ask my roommates, friends, family, and they will tell you.  The Rock is not only a community, but also a big family of crazy fun people from all different age groups and backgrounds.  I can go to any class at any time of the day and be able to find a really great group of familiar faces and an awesome trainer.  I have even met some of my best friends at The Rock.  Rocktown is filled with the most motivating, selfless, physically strong, and mentally tough individuals I have ever met, and The Open this year has really showed that.  The Rock has seriously changed my life and my pant size and I don’t know what I would be doing without it (probably Body Step).

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

The Rock has really grown since it opened last year.  I remember being the youngest member at one point, and now, there are preschoolers in there making gainz.  I haven’t really mentioned the trainers up until now, but they are really the heart of Rocktown.  I love how Laura Lee is always on the ground yelling at people (in encouragement) in the last minute of the workouts, and how Dana is so sweet in complimenting me when I Rx workouts, and in recommending I buy lifters (thanks mom!).  I love how Laken is so incredibly badass and will tell me to up my weight even when I think I can’t, and how Sarah can go from being such a down-to-earth trainer to a mentally fierce competitor in the matter of seconds.  Finally, I love how Lauren is always there to gossip encourage me to never settle for good enough, and empathize with me on front squats, and how Nate always leads by example in stressing good form, and continuous to makes snide remarks about my love of goats.  Goats Rock.  Thank you for making me feel like a part of a community.  The Rock is the best.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

Ivy has been a prime example of someone who we challenged to put more weight on the bar for her workouts and she has grown tremendously since doing so.  In Ivy’s early days at The Rock how fast she could finish a workout seemed to be a prime concern.  Lauren then challenged Ivy to go a little heavier any opportunity she had…shortly after pullups, toes to bar and overall strength shortly followed.  Ivy’s overall attitude each day is a blessing…she is very upbeat, and has a great outlook on each workout (or at least it looks like she does) and no matter how hard is always smiling at the end.  Her commitment is nothing short of amazing, as it could be 3 ft of snow on the ground and Ivy would walk to the gym that day if she had to! She continues to push her peers on a daily basis (Meg and Emily among others) and is a great person to be around….oh, and she’s also a pretty good runner as well.  Ivy, thanks for making The Rock your home away from home, we will miss you this summer!

We still aren’t 100% sure about her love of goats but we will trust her on that one….

Ivy Haines aka Tom Cruise at the Halloween Workout