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Aline brings a certain goofiness (which I can definitely appreciate) to the box. But, more than that, she brings a certain tenacity! Through her sister, Hilary, we have had the good fortune of adding Aline to the Big Horn family! She is consistent, hard-working, and willing to reach beyond what she, at first, thought she couldn’t accomplish. It’s an extreme joy to experience Aline’s “happy dance” after achieving a new PR, or if we select “80s Cardio” on Pandora! :-) She normally frequents the afternoon/evening classes — so, if you haven’t met her yet, make it a point to attend the 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm class. Read more about Aline below:

Age: 30

Occupation:  Barista at Starbucks in the EARLY mornings, then stay-at-home mom to Hannah for the rest of the day.

When did you start CrossFitting? August 2014.

When did you first start training at Big Horn CrossFit?  August 2014.

Favorite WOD (workout): Anything with heavy deadlifts (those are my JAM!)

Least favorite WOD (workout): Karen!!!!! I hate HATE HATE Karen! She caused me to have a mental breakdown, crouched over a slam ball, at the wall – but I STILL finished!

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I was the fat kid in high school and college, so I wasn’t super athletic (I’m also severely uncoordinated). I did marching band in high school, but that’s about it. I got more active after I lost 40lbs in my senior year of college and completed P90X and Insanity before I got pregnant. I also did Krav Maga with my husband a few years ago, but it caused too many bruises (people seriously thought I was abused).

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My sister, Hilary, started CrossFit in Washington, DC, during her grad school program, and I was pretty skeptical about it at first. I had read a lot of bad things about it and was worried about her health. Then, I started seeing the results she had, and when she moved here and decided to look for a box, I decided to join her!

Take us back to your first WOD (workout): My first workout was the baseline workout (500m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, 10 pull-ups), and I thought I was going to die. My first actual class involved snatches, which of course, is one of the hardest weightlifting moves to understand. I’m a kinesthetic learner, which basically means that I have to try and fail at things many times before a light bulb goes off, so it was a very interesting workout for me. Coach Jess was awesome in how she explained things to me, and I kind of understood the move using the PVC pipe! I really liked weightlifting (MUCH more than cardio), so I decided I wanted to come back.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body? I have seen more muscle tone in my abs and legs. My legs have always been my problem area, (cellulite and all that jazz) so I am happy to see the changes. In addition, I did the Whole Life Challenge (WLC) in the fall and am doing it again now, so my diet has been more under control as well. I have not seen many changes on the scale, but I understand why that is. I’m looking forward to the body measurements at the end of this WLC, as I was not too pleased with my results at the beginning. I am working hard at chipping away some of that body fat!

What sort of changes have you seen in your life?  I have always been a perfectionist and tend to quit at things when I don’t see an improvement. Being a kinesthetic learner has not been easy for me because I don’t catch on as quickly as others and it makes me feel stupid. With the help of the coaches, Hilary, and all of the other BHCF family, I have learned that I need to get out of my own way and push past the mental struggles I have. I focus on two letters (Rx) and sometimes get discouraged when I can’t Rx a WOD because I can’t do pull-ups or I am not at the Rx’d weight yet, but I am always reminded by the coaches that it takes time and that it’s better to learn the moves correctly and improve upon them slowly than it is to hurt myself. Sometimes I foolishly feel like, after my few short months here, I should be able to compete in the CrossFit Games or be as good as someone who has been doing CrossFit for years – but I have come to realize that slow and steady with lots of hard work is much better than quick and incorrect.

Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: I love all of the social events that the coaches put together – it’s so nice to come to the gym and have friends there, instead of going to some big box gym where you hang out on a treadmill surrounded by strangers. The camaraderie is great here, and I also really like being able to do an activity with my sister (even though she kicks my butt on a regular basis). I also love having dance parties during the WODS, especially when the music is hip-hop or 80s (although some coaches may appreciate it more than others).

Advice for people getting started? Just get in there 3-4 times per week and work hard. Don’t work on your fitness alone – your diet needs to change as well. Get as much sleep as you can. And above all, be prepared not only to transform your body but also to have your mind transformed as well. CrossFit has been just as much as a mental strengthening exercise as a physical workout. It gets hard, and you may have mental breakdowns (THANKS, KAREN), but ALWAYS come back.

Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? My husband, Dustin, Hilary, and I are part of Broncos Brass, and we play for tailgaters and at pregame at all of the Broncos’ home games. Doing this has made me a rabid Broncos fan, so I watch all the games and know quite a bit about the team (some may say I am a little obsessed – just ask Hilary). I also love being outside, going hiking, playing with my daughter, Hannah, and hanging out with my friends and family. It’s a good life!