May Member of the Month : Katie Kryder
You might not know Katie by name, because when she’s in the gym she is all business. If you come to night classes, you have most likely seen her in the back getting her STRONG program on. Everyday Katie walks in, puts her head down and headphones in then gets to work. She has been religiously following the STRONG program since it started and the results show. Congrats Katie on being the May Member of the Month!
Q: How did you get started with CrossFit?
A: I joined a CrossFit gym that my brother was going to back in NY. Before that, I was going to a generic gym, which involved mostly doing cardio and being afraid of the free weights. I instantly fell in love with CrossFit, the variety it gave my workouts, and the confidence I gained.
Q: What brought you to San Diego Athletics?
A: When I first moved to San Diego, I dropped in at a few local boxes. It only took one drop in at SDA to make up my mind. I got really good vibes from all of the members and coaches and it had the best programming out of any gym I’ve been to before. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I ended up meeting my amazing fiance and a lot of my best friends here. Dawww.
Q: How long have you been at SDA?
A: My three year anniversary is coming up this July!
Q: What is your favorite movement/ type of workout?
A: I really love power lifts. Squats and deadlifts. The kinda leg day that makes you limp around for rest of the week.
Q: What is your least favorite movement/ type of workout?
A: Anything involving running. Last year I ran a half marathon to see if it would make me hate running less. It didn’t work.
Q: What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment so far?
A: When I walked in to SDA, I couldn’t even do one strict pull up. Now I rep out weighted pull ups and I can do bar muscle ups. That’s pretty cool because I love to track my progress. I also look at all of the knowledge I’ve gained as an accomplishment too; I’ve learned so much about my body, what it’s capable of, and how to properly fuel it. It’s given me a lot of respect and love for myself!
Q: If you had to say something to someone walking into SDA for the first time, what would you tell them?
A: Don’t be intimidated by all the super fit people, they had to start out somewhere too. You just have to show up, have fun, and trust the process. Also, celebrate small personal victories… You don’t need to finish first in a WOD or have a huge PR to be proud of yourself.
Life outside CrossFit
Q: Where were you born/ grow up?
A: I was born and raised in Upstate NY. The snowy part. Hence why I moved to San Diego.
Q: What sports/ activities did you do growing up?
A: I played soccer most of my childhood. I was in ski club. I also dabbled with track & field and cheerleading for a bit.
Q: What are your favorite things to do outside of the gym?
A: Spend time with my two fur babies, Archie and Livy. I love anything involving the beach and outdoors. I’m a low key book worm. I try to travel as much as I can.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: PIZZA! Or Lasagna. I love Italian food.
Q: What is your favorite album?
A: This is difficult. I laugh because when I listen to my headphones at the gym, it can vary from death metal to Taylor Swift to gansta rap to country. It depends on my mood. I don’t really have a favorite.
Q: List your top 3 movies of all time:
A: I grew up in the 90’s and I don’t really think anything compares to those comedies. I’m going to go with Dumb and Dumber, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Ace Ventura Pet Detective.