November Athlete of the Month: Ali Fracasso

November 2013: The Resilient Beast

She may be known for her speed, but she’s pretty tough between the ears too!

DSC_0121Meet Ali!

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

My name is Ali Fracasso. I am 23 years old and from Alexandria, VA.  I am the oldest in my family and have a younger brother, Matt and sister, Anna.  Matt is a freshman at JMU and Anna is a sophomore in high school.  I graduated from JMU in 2012 with a B.S. in Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy.  I am currently getting my masters in exercise physiology from JMU and will graduate in May 2014.  I am a graduate assistant at JMU, teaching general kinesiology.  I also teach group fitness classes at Gold’s Gym.

How long have you been doing crossfit?
I have been doing crossfit for about a year and a half now.  It all started when Lauren and Nate introduced it to me at Golds and after that I was hooked.  As much as I loved those crossfit workouts at Golds…when the Rock opened I was so pumped!!

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)
Go Big or Go Home.  This was the final workout in Charlottesville Superfit in February 2013.  I was pretty tired after completing 4 workouts the day and morning beforehand.  I really just wanted to stop multiple times throughout it, especially on the snatches. I pushed through and finished knowing that in life you have to go big or home.  No point in giving anything less.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?
Pull ups, push press and running

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?
Love pull-ups HATE chest-to-bar pull-ups!

What are your goals?
My goal right now is to continue to push myself everyday to get stronger.  My focus is strength in all lifts, especially on my snatch form and technique.

What motivates you to continue coming back?
The people at the Rock.  I didn’t want to leave Harrisonburg when I graduated because of the friends I made here at the gym.  Any box can program workouts, but not all can make you feel so welcome.  The Rock is so much more than just a crossfit gym…I always feel so much love after leaving the Rock and miss it when I’m not here in Harrisonburg.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Peanut butter.  I eat it almost everyday.  Seems to be working for Rich Froning so I don’t have any guilt.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?
Rocktown Crossfit is a community.  We all come from different backgrounds and experiences but share common interests and goals.  Everyone at Rocktown works hard and gives everything they have even when it’s tough.  I love spending time with some really hard-working, fun-loving, cool people.  Even on days that I don’t have it in me, I always want to go to the Rock just to see my crossfit friends!  I hate the days I can’t make it in!

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)
Rocktown is where my day begins and I never really want to leave.  The coaches are phenomenal.  They always push me to be a better athlete and never let me settle for anything less than my best. They really care about every athlete and spend time helping everyone before and after class. I also really like the programming and every night I always have to check the workout before I go to bed.

Nate and Lauren have done so much for me and I cannot thank them enough. They are more than coaches to me and I will miss them terribly when I move back to Alexandria in May.  Thanks for making my 6 years at JMU so AWESOME!!

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

There are many things we as coaches love to see in our athletes, but very few things compare to seeing Ali grow into the athlete she has become.  Ali has always been known for her speed and her love of running, but watch he workout…her motor and resiliency to carry on even when she’s tired, sore or even bleeding simply makes her a freak of nature.  Her final workout in Richmond Superfit August 2013 with blood flowing from both hands she continued to grab the pullup bar and head towards the finish line.  The thing that separates most of the athletes you see on the crossfit games and those you see at your local competitions is the ability to go to that dark place and Ali definitely has that mindset, she takes her body to places I only wish I could.  While she is a great athlete she is a better person.  No matter what the day, the workout, the weather, Ali will always have a smile on her face and an upbeat attitude.  We are so grateful that you have trusted us with your fitness goals and couldn’t me more proud of how far you’ve come.  I know Lauren is going to miss her “squat partner” but I think its safe to say we are all going to miss Ali, her heart and her competitive fire when her time at JMU is over.

Go Big or Go Home…I think its safe to say Ali is never going home 🙂