NAME: ELISE RICHMOND
BOX: MY BACK PORCH
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
My husband and I use CrossFit® as a way to get our bodies ready for big overseas expeditions, and as a by-product has fallen in love with the sport. It helps me pursue my love of rock climbing, hiking, and exploration.
Which affiliate box are you training at?
None at the moment just set up a gym on my back porch.
When did you start doing CrossFit®?
2015 when we started coaching it in Phuket Thailand.
How did you first hear about CrossFit®? Did you want to try it or were you reluctant?
My partner did it and we opened a gym together in Sydney.
What were you doing before CrossFit®?
Bodybuilding and powerlifting.
How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?
I've always been big on less is more and having really strong foundations. That is how I started CrossFit® and that has been the grounds of my success in the sport.
Favorite WOD or movement /Least favorite?
Anything with handstand push-ups. Snatches have been a nemesis of mine, but I'm trying to fix that this year!
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit®?
In one word, Everything. My whole world has changed for the better. And whether that was just a coincidence that the incredible changes in my life coincided with me starting CrossFit®, I will never know!
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit® Workouts?
I usually say to myself mid-workout "The fastest you go, the quicker its over, it's going to hurt either way."
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit® for the first time?
Find a coach and environment you get energy and education from every time you walk in. Pick 3 main movements you want to focus on in particular and stick with them until you master them, then move onto the next.
Any embarrassing gym moments you'd like to share?
I cleaned a bar to go into front squats and forgot to breathe and passed out in the middle of the gym.
How do you feel about nutrition? Are you super strict/flexible?
I used to be anal and then realized it wasn't serving me. Now I know what my body needs to do the tasks I require of it, so I give it that. I could eat the same thing every day no worries.
Thanks for reading my untold story,