“…I have the opportunity to tell them about the time we spend just learning motion, proper form, modifications in each class, not just in the starter classes.”

Today we chat with Nicole Freeman, CrossFit 317 member since September 2016. Nicole got started through our Kick-Off program and then jumped in to our mid-morning classes. Read on to learn how CrossFit plays a role in work-life, weight-loss, and days off for Nicole.

What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“Initially I was very nervous and a bit intimidated; it had probably been a solid year or more since I had done more than yoga.”

How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“Since joining 317 I’ve managed to lose about 30 lbs. This came as a surprise, since my initial goal was just to become more active and work on the rest (diet..etc) later.  I still really haven’t made any huge changes to my diet/eating habits.”

How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“As a nurse, I only work 3 days per week and I was pretty much a slug on my off days, laying around, watching TV, sleeping in…. Now I’m pretty motivated to get up, get to 317 and that usually leads to a more productive day in general.  My coworkers have noticed that I’m down some weight and than I’m much stronger, especially when we’re moving heavy patients around.  They always seem surprised when I tell them I joined CrossFit 317.  I think people have the impression that CrossFit is dangerous, or that you already have to be in really great shape to even start.  So I have the opportunity to tell them about the time we spend just learning motion, proper form, modifications in each class, not just in the starter classes.”

Is there a particular class time that you enjoy?
“I like the mid morning classes.  The 9am and noon groups are always a lot of fun.  But to be fair, I haven’t attended the other times yet.”

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“My favorite part of CrossFit is the feeling of accomplishment at the end of every workout.  I can look at the WOD and immediately start thinking that ‘I’ll never be able to do that.’ (Especially when we have to run…outside.) and then 60 minutes goes by and I did it, and I lived…no matter what I had to modify, I still always feel a huge sense of accomplishment.”

If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?

What advice would you offer to someone that’s new to CrossFit?
“Advice that I would give new members is to not be intimidated and have fun, otherwise you probably won’t stick with it.”

Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“Outside of the gym I do a lot of yoga.  CrossFit has definitely improved my yoga practice.  It’s strange how well the two compliment one another.  I love to cook, sometimes I read cookbooks just to read them…. research I guess.  I’m also currently in the process of becoming a Child Advocate in Hendricks and Marion county, being another set of eyes and ears for children in need.”

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