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Athlete Profile: Stephanie

By admin | In Athlete Profiles | on October 19, 2010

Drank Kool-Aid: September 2009
Favorite WOD: Annie
Least Fave WOD: Fran. Meeting Fran during Big Girls Don’t Cry was the first time she ever wanted to quit during a WOD.
Favorite Lift: Squats and Pistols
Least Fave Lift: Press, but only because she’s been stuck at the weight for a bit, and running.
PRs:Last November, Steph had a tough time doing a pull up with a green band. Now she can rep them out completely band free!
Best CF Accomplishment: Beating Mike in a WOD once (and Jake too!), knowing what it means to grind out a lift, doing a real burpee, doing a “guy” push up, band-less pull up, and a T2B.
CF Goal: More PRs, improve metcon times, go band-less on all movements, and to feel confident on form for oly lifts.

Stephanie, our resident acupuncturist, found us last year soon after Mike’s FGB experience. She became CFI’s second official member and a regular at Rec Park. What I remember most about Steph was how quickly she picked up every movement. Her body awareness was always impeccable as was her form. To this day, she’s the only athlete I’ve seen get through a WOD with SDHPs without sacrificing form.

I also remember Steph’s first back squat set of 95# (see photo above) and first deadlift set of 35#. She’s now gotten up to 150# in her squat set and a 203# deadlift as of May. Her bench press work set is also impressively pushing triple digits at 98#!  I feel incredibly privileged to have seen her growth from Day 1, outgrowing bands, kettlebells, medballs, and barbells.   I especially love that the only thing she half-a$$es is her sandbagging efforts, though from time to time, her strength and abilities surprise even herself!  She’s also proud to say that she’s now in the best shape of her life. She tells people that this stuff “ain’t just for the looks, it’s functional too!”

We love Steph because of her incredible heart, uncompromising integrity with range of movement, constant thirst for knowledge, and mischievous role as one of the ‘7pm Bad Girls.’   Steph says, “I love  Intrepid because of the coaches and the family. The thing that I have really enjoyed is the friendly competition and team support (go varsity team!). Intrepid has changed my life in more ways than I can express and its all because of each and every one of you.”

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!  Thanks for writing such a wonderful, moving post on Saturday and we’re looking forward to more guest posts in the future!

WOD 10.19.10

Deadlift 1×5, 1×15-20 (65-75% of work set)

6 Windmills
8 Weighted Lunges
12 KB Snatches
16 Double Unders

23 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Stephanie"

  • Tamme says:

    October 19, 2010 at 6:45 AM -

    Happy Happy Birthday Steph!!!!!!!

  • Brian says:

    October 19, 2010 at 6:59 AM -

    Happy Birthday Steph!!! Check out that back 6 pack!

  • Anna says:

    October 19, 2010 at 7:16 AM -

    Happy Birthday my lifting buddy!

    You seriously push me everyday and I strive to one day get my form to look half as good as yours. Not to mention you are the reason I can feel my shoulder again!

    Have a wonderful 21st birthday.

  • melissa says:

    October 19, 2010 at 7:49 AM -

    hooray hooray! happy birthday!!! :)

  • Michael H says:

    October 19, 2010 at 8:01 AM -

    Anna let’s be real, it’s Have a wonderful 29th birthday. HAHA

    Happy Birthday my love! You will never beat me in a WOD again. I can guarantee that!

  • Justin says:

    October 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM -

    Happy birthday Steph!!

    Mike: You’re hilarious

    1. Marcus says:

      October 19, 2010 at 8:56 AM -

      Happy bday Steph!!

  • Melina says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:09 AM -

    Happy birthday! Its always fun when you are in the gym!

  • Jake says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:11 AM -

    Happy Birthday Steph! Bickering with you during class is the highlight of my day:)

  • Holley says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:22 AM -

    Happy Birthday Steph!!!

    I have had so much fun at CFI with you the last couple of months. I always know that if I’m unsure how to do a movement I can just watch you and know exactly what to do…although it always looks easier when you’re doing the lift. Congrats on losing the bands, I knew you could do it!

  • Pooja says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM -

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPH!!! I hope you have a great day :) thanks for always being so uplifting and exciting (especially on days when the WOD looks grueling!). you’re positive attitude definitely makes me feel like i can get through whatever the trainers throw at us! we love you steph!

  • becky says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM -

    Steph!!! Happy Birthday pretty!! I’m going to miss you pushing my ass to do better. Your looks are enough to up any weight I thought was about to lift. Have a fabulous day, you deserve it all. Sending you blessings via SB.

    And hello to the rest of my CFI family. miss u guys, see you saturday.

  • Jason says:

    October 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM -

    Happy Birthday!

  • Xuan says:

    October 19, 2010 at 10:41 AM -

    Happy Birthday Steph!!! Thank you so much for making my shoulder better (I think we’re almost there). Hope you and Mike have a great time celebrating!

  • Scott says:

    October 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM -

    Happy Birthday Steph!! I love the smile and energy that you bring to CFI. Congrats on your accomplishments. Have a great day and an amazing year!

  • Jenna says:

    October 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM -

    happy happy birthday steph!! you are such an amazing inspiration to me, so keep up the good work and i will follow in your footsteps!! :)

  • Alia says:

    October 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM -

    Yay! Have an awesometastic birthday! Did I miss you ditching the bands? =)

  • Avelyne says:

    October 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM -

    Happy Birthday to our resident Healer! If it weren’t for you I would have been out longer on those pesky western meds! Thank you SOOO much!

    Yay!!! No more security blanket(bands)!

  • Stephanie says:

    October 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM -

    Thank you everyone for the bday wished!! I love the CFI Family :) You guys keep me coming back for more ass kicking.

  • Nick says:

    October 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM -

    Have a great birthday and thanks for making my shoulder finally cooperate!

  • Michelle says:

    October 19, 2010 at 5:36 PM -

    Happy Birthday Steph!! Hope you had a great day!!

  • ChrisG says:

    October 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM -

    Happy Birthday!

  • Nick R. says:

    October 19, 2010 at 8:20 PM -

    Hey Stephanie happy birthday! Hope you had an awesome day!

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