Raleigh CrossFit Athlete Profile
Name: Colleen Herman
Hometown: Oregon, IL
Family: My parents live in Illinois and my older sister lives in Wisconsin
Education: Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI
Occupation: Associate Technical Writer at Allscripts
Colleen started at Raleigh CrossFit four short months ago, and in that time has made some amazing strides toward her goal of getting back into shape. Prior to joining us, Colleen was in a rut that many of us are familiar with.
Once I moved to Raleigh, I started my new job, sitting in a chair for about 8 hours a day, and after work I would continue to sit around my apartment being bored. As the months passed, I was gaining weight. Occasionally, I would go for a run, but I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to keep exercising. I was bored doing the same thing and I wasn’t pushing myself. Finally, I just decided that I needed to change something in my lifestyle, so I did some research and found CrossFit would have the variety and motivation that I needed. I tried a class, felt like dying, and then I scheduled my Foundations to continue the cycle.
While Colleen had participated in sports as a child, she had not participated regularly in any athletic activities since before high school.
I would have to say that all of it (training at Raleigh CrossFit) was pretty challenging for me, at the beginning. I was incredibly out of shape and I did not have the strength to be able to do the movements and WODs. It was hard to see everyone around me easily doing the movements and WODs that took me twice as long to do. I had to keep telling myself that it would take me a while, but I would get better. Granted, I am still out of shape and it does take me a while to do some movements, but I am doing better than I was.
At first, I was really intimidated at how fast, strong and intense everyone was. I had never really been around people who were so dedicated, and it was kind of scary. The intensity and dedication is almost contagious; you just want to keep improving. I am also starting to really appreciate how supportive everyone is. I guess because I wasn’t super involved in team sports and I am not the most social being, I never have been a part of a community like Raleigh CrossFit. It’s really nice feel a part of a group.
I think my biggest achievement has been my squat. I remember during foundations the coaches would set a box or wall ball behind me because I couldn’t judge how far into a squat I needed to go. I would lose my balance or fall over A LOT. For a while, I wouldn’t use any weight doing squats and I was lucky if I could work with a PVC pipe. I am now confidently at the point where I can use a regular bar and add a pretty good amount of weight to it.
Don’t let Colleen’s modesty fool you- watching her progress week after week has been nothing short of incredible! And for those of you who have worked out with Colleen, you know what a positive outlook and great attitude she has.
My favorite CrossFit experience is just coming into the box and having about an hour in my day where I can relax and just workout. I am a very high strung individual, always thinking about what I need to do, when it needs to be done, and everything else that I haven’t figured out. When I’m at CrossFit, I am so focused on the WOD that any stress or anxieties kind of go away.
Since I have finally become comfortable with most of the movements, my main goal is to continue improving (adding more weight, being able to do more reps in a row, etc.) I also really want to motivate myself to come to weekend WODs more regularly. Also, it would be pretty cool if I could do a pull up. There are many, many new goals.
I have to agree- I think it will be pretty cool to see Colleen get her first pull-up! But I also know that we will get to see many more milestones along the way due to Colleen’s hard work and dedication.
Thanks for sharing Colleen- keep it up!
* One class on Monday, Sept. 1 at 900-1000a
* Gym is closed on Saturday, Oct. 4, however we will schedule an outdoor WOD at Fletcher Park at 900a, weather permitting. We are hosting the United States Powerlifting coaches course,where coaches Kim, Chennelle, Chad, Zach and Mark will earn their USAPL Coaching certification. Thank you for your consideration in allowing us to host such a certification, so that we can also aid in your athletic development :)!