Tricia Tardif – June Member of the Month!

Congratulations to Tricia for being CFR’s June Member of the Month!  She is mini but mighty, speaks French fluently, and is a loyal member of the weekend, evening and recently 7am classes… so pretty much all our classes!

Tricia Tardif - June Member of the Month

1)      What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?

I love live music. I like going to concerts or catching music at breweries or bars. I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to podcasts, binging on Netflix and petting my cats 🙂 (This was the hardest question for me to answer – Lol. Turns out I have very few interests outside of CrossFit. I am currently accepting suggestions for a new hobby).

2)      Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?

Whenever Coach Erik gives this question at the whiteboard my go to answers are either: I speak French, or I’ve been skydiving a few times. But something else that most folks probably don’t know is that despite how much I hate running (see question #7) I love doing obstacle races. For the last 8ish years I’ve done one or two mud/obstacle runs each year. It started when I challenged myself and some friends to do at least one 5k per month. The idea was to get better at running…I didn’t but we had a really good time!! We did regular (boring) 5ks but mostly a bunch of obstacle and mud races. The most challenging and rewarding one I did was the Tough Mudder at Mount Snow in Vermont. Don’t worry…I still loathe running!

3)      How long have you been with us at CFR?

I can never remember how long I’ve been at CFR. I remember it was late fall…I think it’s been almost 5 years. The time flies by at CFR

4)      Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?

Before CFR, I was going to another CrossFit gym a couple of days per week in addition to boot camp style group classes. After being amazed at the size of this gym (it is rare to see CrossFit gyms with so much space and equipment), the first thing that hit me was the community. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The vibe at the gym was very positive and made me want to keep coming back.  The second thing was how knowledgeable and caring the coaches were. I was coming from a CrossFit gym and I learned more in my first week at CFR than I did in 3 months at the other box. The coaches gave me the attention and guidance I needed to really start developing my CrossFit foundation.

5)      What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?

I have so many moments that I am proud of over the last several years. When I first started CrossFit, I was so scared to do competitions. My first competition was as a team with Coach Gary, Coach Chris and a former member.  I was super-duper nervous, but it turns out I really love doing competitions. Now I do a couple comps a year – they are so fun! Most recently, I’m proud that even after 5 years, I continue to make progress and keep getting a little better at this CrossFit thing. In the last month I PR’d my back squat, clean, push press, snatch and the Diane benchmark workout!!

6)      Design your perfect workout?

20 min AMRAP:
5 handstand push-ups
10 overhead squats
15 toes to bars
30 double unders

7)      What is your least favorite movement?


8)      Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Get It!!!

Tricia Tardif - June Member of the Month
She’s not kidding; it’s on her whiteboard EVERY DAY!

9)      Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle now that you have been a CrossFit athlete?

Prior to CrossFit I tried all kinds of gyms and fitness programs. I would always get bored, lose motivation and moved on to the next thing. CrossFit has kept my interest and has definitely had a positive impact on my lifestyle. I’m all around a healthier person – mind, body and spirit.

10)   What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?

If you trust the process, CrossFit is life changing. It will impact all areas of your life for the better. You will be stronger, more confident, have more energy, be motivated and get to be part of this crazy CrossFit community.

My advice to new members is to show up. Show up early to mobilize but more importantly to socialize and get to know folks. Show up even if the workout looks impossible or scary or boring or includes running :-). Often the workout is not what you expected, and you will always feel good after a workout. My girl Brene Brown agrees and says it best, “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”


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