Wednesday 161116

3 Rounds for time:
12 Chest to bar pull-ups
21 Hang power snatch, 95#(65#)
400m run

Post Results to BTWB.

Linda with her wonderful husband, Eric, another Verve legend.

Linda with her wonderful husband, Eric, another Verve legend.

Dear Verve, 

This week the wonderful Linda Kiker is our Wednesday Athlete Highlight. Take some time to read about this marvelous woman!

Hometown?
Fort Worth, Texas

Age?
53

Occupation?

Semi-retired personal chef (because I just can’t close the door on food and cooking)

What do you like to do in your free time? 
Love me some family time, hanging out with friends, cooking, all snow activities, dog walking and I’m learning to grow things lately.

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Verve? 
3 years

What is your background in sports and fitness? 
I was a competitive swimmer from age 5-20, dabbled in track and field where I generally took up space, kick boxing and various other trendy cardio efforts in a basic gym.

What changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? 
My body has “shape shifted” as I like to say. I’ve gone from a mom bod with little muscle and basically pear shaped, to an athlete’s bod. My health has improved pretty dramatically, due to the fact that the ideas of proper movement, nutrition and mental state are part of the everyday discussions at the gym. I’ve begun to turn around the effects of early menopause lately. I’m putting on muscle and sleeping really well. I’d say my fitness is always improving. I’m pretty excited that I’m not in a place where I’ll just degrade. I fully expect to get better all the time- and I know I will! I’m not going to acknowledge the limits people place on my age group.

Has CrossFit influenced your life outside of the gym? If so, how? 
Oh yeah it has! Nothing holds me back. I confidently go out there and try new things, make friends (major gym perk) and I have energy all day long.

What’s your favorite benchmark workout? 
You know what? I’m not a fan of anything with a name. Seriously. So I’ll just say anything with double unders or cleans if I have to say something here. ha

Any advice for someone just starting? 
Eat and recover. Give yourself a break. Push your ego away. Understand it takes TIME to build things because you gotta tear them down first. 

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