The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #21

November 21, 2018

Untold Story #21
Photocredit: Kimberly Potterf Photography

 

NAME: STEPHANIE KNACKSTEDT 
AGE: 39
BOX: OLD GLORY GYM

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).

A full time working mom in the IT field, love decorating on a dime and am a proud cheer mom.

What class time do you usually attend?

 5:30 pm

When did you start doing CrossFit®?

July 2016

How did you hear about CrossFit® and what was your first workout?

I joined a New You Challenge with a group of 12 other women. I can’t recall my first workout, everything was so new to me!! Our coach just opened his gym and started the Challenge for those who wanted to try CrossFit®. I was too intimidated to start on my own and this was the perfect way of getting introduced to the program. A couple of months prior to this, I was hospitalized with flu and pneumonia and was in the hospital for one week. I went to the ER after three weeks of being sick and apparently misdiagnosed twice by my family doctor. The ER doctor immediately started an IV drip of antibiotics, morphine and other medications and told me that it was going to be a few days before I could go anywhere. I had daily respiratory therapy and couldn't walk up/down stairs or make it 100 feet without my oxygen level dropping. My doctor said recovery would take 3-6 months.

What were you doing before CrossFit®?

I was pretty sedentary for a couple of years before CrossFit®, which is why I was intimidated when I started.

How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?

It's a marathon, not a sprint- rest days are crucial. The body needs to repair itself and it is the quality, not quantity, of your workouts that are important.

Favorite WOD or movement / Least favorite?

Least favorite- Overhead Squats Favorite- Deadlifts

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit®?

I've gained 12 pounds, but have gone down two sizes in clothes. I started at a size 8 and currently wear size 4. I'm mentally stronger- I finished the Marine Corps Marathon and rowed 26.2 miles last weekend.

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit® Workouts? 

As a full-time working mother, I only have one hour to dedicate to myself and I make the most of that time. My daughter is my inspiration because she works incredibly hard at her gym (competitive cheer) and progress takes time. I have more appreciation because I understand how it feels to push your body to do different skills and movements, results do not come overnight.

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit® for the first time?

Trust the process and everything can be scaled to your ability. Everyone starts at a different level, but we all get to our goals together. I could barely do a push up when I started and can deadlift 300 lbs., got my first pull up from a dead hang and no longer need my inhaler.

Something you might not know about me: 

I'm a Virginia Tech alumni!

 

Thanks for reading my untold story,

Stephanie