I sat down with Danielle to interview her and get a little snap shot of her life in and outside our doors. She has been awesome to watch progress over the last couple years and we are happy to feature her as our Athlete of the Month for the month of October.
1-Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Spokane. I left to go to college in Denver at Regis University where I played soccer and earned my degree in Nursing. After college I moved back to Spokane where I could be with family.
2-What is your occupation?
I am a pediatric nurse at Sacred Heart and work in the Surgery Center
3-How long have you been married and how many children do you have?
I have been married to my husband Rick for 11 years. We have a set of girl twins, Ella and Addison and a 3 year old son, Tyson, who tags along for many of my workouts.
4-What motivated you to come to CFS?
I was actually out at a bar having a drink with some friends and family and my cousin Jenni, a member at CFS (and quite the beast I may add), mentioned Crossfit. I had heard of it but didn’t know a whole lot about it. After listening to Jenni explain more about it, and her promise to go with me, I decided I would give it a try. At the time I felt ashamed of where my body was after giving birth to my kids, especially since I was on bed rest during a good portion of my pregnancies. I wanted to find my strength and fitness again. With Jenni’s help and all the encouragement inside the doors there, I have been able to regain my fitness and feel good about my body and my health again.
5-How long have you been a member of CFS?
I joined December 27, 2013.
6-What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
My first pull up unassisted. It was a kipping pull up but it still counts! I pulled my chin above the bar and have never been able to do a pull up in my life!
7-Who/what inspires you?
I love to watch athletes push themselves and that is so motivating, but what motivates me the most is when I see the average person inside the gym pushing hard and not quitting. That perseverance that it takes to get better no matter where you are at is motivational to watch.
8-What is your current Crossfit goal?
Well, today I accomplished my goal of getting my first handstand pushup! So I am setting a new goal today of doing an entire workout with handstand pushups in it.
9-What is your least favorite/ most favorite movement?
Workouts with lots of burpees are my least favorite. I don’t mind doing a few at a time, but when a workout calls for several of them, it kills me! My favorite movement is the clean. I don’t know what it is I love about them, but they are awesome!
10-What brings you joy?
Baking! I love to bake. Also family time and just being able to nurture others brings me joy.
11-Favorite go-to food?
Sandwiches- they will never go away.
12-Any advice for fellow CFS members?
Just show up! Getting there is the hardest part. Schedule it in and make it a routine and don’t let yourself make excuses not to go. No matter how much you don’t feel like going some days and maybe you weren’t able to do your best, you still accomplished another day and that is more than not showing up at all.