Keep learning about the folks you work out with - today we are featuring Heather aka always-killz-it-Heather. Most of the girls looking at the board usually go: "Oh, Heather did that with what?" (utter disbelief). The girl can move some weight and just keep getting stronger! Here is her interview:
- Where are you from?
Arlington, Texas. It’s in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I lived there until moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to attend Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) and have bounced around the country ever since.
- What do you do for a living? Married? Kids?
Currently, I am the Instructional Coach for Davis Intermediate School in San Jose, California. I work onsite with teachers to provide support in implementing curriculum and assessments. I also coach soccer, cross country, and track and field at the middle school level.
Most of you know my husband, Curt (aka, the body-weight ninja) from the gym. We have been married for almost 9 years and have two fur-kids: an English Bulldog named Flash and an English Mastiff named Marley.
- What do you like to listen to when you workout?
I like to listen to a little bit of everything when I workout-it mostly depends on my mood. Some days 90’s rap does the trick; other days it’s Pearl Jam or O.A.R. I’ve also been known to go back to my Texas roots and jam to some Robert Earl Keen while working up a sweat.
- Weirdest or most surprising fact about yourself.
I’m really good at air hockey. Just ask Curt. I also really love pickles.
- How long have you been doing CrossFit?
It will be two years in April!
- What are some things you’ve accomplished since starting?
I am definitely the strongest I’ve ever been-especially in my upper body. Being a soccer player for most of my life, I never really spent time focusing on strengthening anything but my lower half (even as an athlete at LSU). CrossFit has definitely changed that! My overall fitness level has improved, too. I am in better shape now than I was ten years ago. I have also noticed that my mobility and flexibility are getting much better thanks to our warm-ups. I have always been a slacker when it came to stretching; I am now definitely seeing the benefits of spending time prepping my body before working out.
- Are you working on any new CrossFit goals or PRs?
I am still trying to get that elusive strict pull-up. Although I no longer need all the colors in the rainbow to do a strict pull-up, I’m still working on getting one without any bands (or box assistance, or jumping…). I’m also trying to improve my kipping. In fact, improving anything that involves me hanging from a bar is a goal of mine.
- Favorite cheat meal.
I’m pretty biased towards Mexican food-I like all of it! And you’d probably be pretty impressed with how many bowls of chips and salsa I can put away given the chance.
- Do you have any hobbies or other sports you’re into?
I still play some soccer every now and then. I also like to snowboard and hike. As far as hobbies, travel is high up on that list. I try to get out and explore every chance I get. I also like to cook…and eat!
- Name something on your bucket list.
To live abroad. I definitely want to keep traveling, but it’s always been a dream of mine to live out of the country for a few years. I also want to learn a foreign language-hopefully, I’ll able to check both of these things off the bucket list if I live overseas for a couple of years.
- Imagine you have a chance to go anywhere in the world, but it has to be with one of the following celebrities: Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, Mike Tyson, Alicia Keys, or Oprah Winfrey. Where would you go and who would you go with?
If my celebrity choice is limited to these folks, I’d have to say Vegas with Mike Tyson…right????