“We are what we set our intention to be. Negotiating a routine and setting new habits is the precursor for success; having a buddy is really helpful for accountability; and, for me, one of the most important lessons is that it’s ok—healthy, really—to make time for yourself. My two young kids take priority, but if their mom isn’t happy, no one is happy..”

Congratulations to Erin, our latest Cypher Athlete Spotlight!

Cypher: What were you doing to stay in shape before you started Cypher?

I had just finished two bootcamps at my work, and was returning to fitness and self-care post child #2. Between kids, it was a lot of running and yoga; solitary activities to quiet the mind.

 

Cypher: What do you do for work?

Primarily, I direct a surveillance effort evaluating the impact of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. I also collaborate across public health with cancer control, immunization, communicable disease, and with health care providers for HPV-related research and programmatic work. I appreciate the drive and passion of those in public health, and the potential for positive change to which my work contributes.

 

Cypher: How did you hear about Crossfit Cypher and CrossFit?

Mauricio led one of the bootcamps at my workplace and had said to us, “Come give CrossFit a try and you’ll find you’re capable of doing so much more.” I liked the message, but was skeptical of CrossFit—It seemed cult-ish and over the top. But Mauricio had demonstrated a deeper knowledge, attention to form, and intuition about strength and body movement than other trainers I’d experienced, so I was willing to check it out.


Cypher: Describe your first day participating in a CrossFit workout. Do you remember what the WOD was? What was it like, and what were your thoughts when you left the gym?

Oh wow, I don’t remember. There were several of us from CDPH that started as a modified bootcamp mini-group at the lunch hour, so it’s fair to say we were eased into CrossFit. I really appreciated the attention to the basics: good form, good mobility, strength-building. I’m sure my colleague and I likely sat together in a car bemoaning whatever insane number of burpees we had just done, but the endorphin kick and strength increases kept us coming back.

 

Cypher: What has been the most challenging part of CrossFit for you?
Interestingly enough, I think taking care of myself outside of CrossFit has been my biggest challenge. Am I sleeping enough, eating enough, dealing with stress? If not, it shows. This has been a valuable test in holding my habits accountable.

Cypher: What has been the most rewarding part of CrossFit for you?

Feeling as strong on the outside as I do on the inside. But then Cypher went and made me even stronger inside and out.

 

Cypher: What is one of your most memorable CrossFit PRs or milestones? What did it feel like when you did it?

This year’s Open had a few really memorable experiences—getting those 14 pull-ups in 17.2 with gym-mates cheering me on; doing 17.4 with a good college friend in town from the East Coast; finishing 17.5 Rx. It was thrilling, exhausting, and satisfying to do all this with a really warm, enthusiastic group of people. As a parent, you give so much to your kids, it’s important to grow and celebrate yourself again.

 

Cypher: What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?

I gained about 8 pounds of muscle on my ectomorphic frame, got rid of the nagging runners’ knee pain, totally reset my diet (eating more food and more protein, in particular), and feel much stronger and more capable. I get asked to move heavy furniture, I can do the monkey bars almost as well as my kids, my joints don’t hurt, and I sleep like a log.

Cypher: What encouragement or words of advice would you give to new people coming in?

I can’t think of a more welcoming space than this one. Trust in the process, work with a coach to set your goals, and enjoy the ride. Everyone is supporting your success!

 

Cypher: How are you able to find the time to make training with us a regular part of your life? What advice would you give to those who may want to try CrossFit, but are just swamped with work/life?

Well, we are what we set our intention to be. Negotiating a routine and setting new habits is the precursor for success; having a buddy is really helpful for accountability; and, for me, one of the most important lessons is that it’s ok—healthy, really—to make time for yourself. My two young kids take priority, but if their mom isn’t happy, no one is happy.

 

Cypher: Who are/have been some of your greatest teachers? Why?

Definitely my children. They’ve taught me to truly open my heart and to self-reflect in ways I hadn’t grasped before. Oh, and for unwittingly helping to end any body shame I once had. There have also been several intelligent, impactful, and nurturing women mentors who have supported my professional growth. I am indebted to them, as well, and hope I am passing on the lessons they’ve shared.

 

Cypher: What fitness goals have you set for yourself to achieve in the next 12 months?

I will squat 200 lbs and, along the way, do more Rx workouts.

 

Cypher: What are some of your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of the gym? Any fun facts your gym-mates might not know about you?

With two young kids, THIS is my hobby right now! Soon, I’ll do more of the things I love–backpacking trips, travel, and reading a book in its entirety. Fun facts? I was in a ping-pong league in San Francisco until my pregnant belly got in the way of play, I just embarked on a backyard chicken raising adventure, I read palms for kicks, I rode and trained hunter/jumpers (horses) from age 4 to 30, and I have a thing for zombie-themed movies and TV shows.

 

Cypher: Spirit Animal & Super Power?

Gazelle. Though I would like to embrace my inner Polar Bear, which is, apparently, my birth chart spirit animal. Super power…a fast metabolism?

 

Cypher: If you could describe Cypher in five words, what would they be?

Sincere, aspirational, spirited, grounded, strong
Cypher: Any other thoughts or shoutouts?
A shoutout to Ashley, my special CrossFit partner from the very beginning and now a new mom. Congrats, we can’t wait to meet the little one!

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