Greetings Relentless Family! We are pleased to announce our March member of the month here at CFR, Kate Calyore! She is a loyal member of our competitor’s team. Scroll down to learn more about her!
- What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?
Hanging out with Christian (my husband), my pups, and friends, hiking/camping/outdoor activities when it gets warmer. Also, Christian and I are really getting involved at our church, Vox in Hartford, and we LOVE it there!
- Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?
I’ve travelled solo twice, once in Europe for 3 weeks and once for four months in the Oceania/Asia after I graduated and before I started my job. In that trip I spent most of my time in India, New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. My ideal next “big trip” would be to South Africa, so Christian and I can dive with lots of sharks and go on a safari (obviously not solo this time!).
- How long have you been with us at CFR?
End of June 2018. Before that, Christian and I started CrossFit at a gym in South Carolina where we lived for 8 months during my last rotation for work.
- Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?
One workout sticks out because it absolutely kicked my butt. It was 10-9-8…2-1 calorie row and 115lb front squat. I had never really done front squats before, so I grossly underestimated how it would feel. I also remember learning about the comp team program the first week and then wanting to attack every workout so I could join as soon as possible J At that time, Emma was the only other girl on comp team, so I think it is so cool to see how many more females have pursued joining comp team since then!
- What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?
Since joining CFR, I’ve learned that I love competing, so it’s been great getting to compete with different partners/team members from CFR, and I am proud of every competition. But I think the moment I surprised myself the MOST was during the Clean/Snatch ladder at Misfit Toys Competition, when I hit a 15lb PR for snatch. That was definitely beyond what I thought I was capable of or even imagined myself doing, hence, that was the only CrossFit-related-time I’ve done a big happy dance afterwards J I don’t expect any more “big” PRs like that again, so that was definitely a moment to remember!
- Design your perfect workout?
I love either sprints or longer/heavier workouts where I can pace. Also, the more movements, the better! So….
20 Kipping Pull-ups
15 Box Jump Overs
10 Kipping HSPU
5 Power Cleans #125
1 rope climb
- What is your least favorite movement?
Bike and row… unless it is very short sprints or recovery. Oh, and definitely GHDs.
- Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
“Give it all you’ve got”
- Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle now that you have been a CrossFit athlete?
I used to really struggle with bad eating habits like binge eating and poor body image, but CrossFit has helped me to control/overcome that. One of my coaches in South Carolina took interest in me and encouraged me to start “eating clean” because it would help my performance and how I feel overall. By researching and learning more about nutrition, my relationship with food has shifted from something that gave me temporary, immediate gratification to something that fuels my body for work, workouts, and life in general. I still don’t have perfect eating habits, but I have come a long way from where I was, and I can without a doubt say that CrossFit is one of the main catalysts. These days I try to focus less on what I look like and more on getting stronger.
- What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?
The biggest thing I’ve learned over the past almost year and a half is to focus on your personal journey and progress. Put blinders on when you get tempted to compare yourself to others and do what is right for your body, regardless of whether it is “Rx” or not. One of my favorite CrossFit sayings is “It’s just you against you”, so take pride in your accomplishments and improvements! Also, lean into the uncomfortable. I still don’t love when my least favorite movements show up in workouts, but I try to view it as an opportunity to attack my weaknesses.