Dena has been a member at NewCov since May 2016 and is a consistent member of the 7 AM Class. She has made much improvement since her start at NewCov! She has volunteered at many of our events, is always willing to lend a helping hand and recently just participated in our Em’s Fitcamp Eight Week Weight Loss Challenge.
Thanks for being a part of our NewCov Family!
1. What made you give CrossFit a try?
I needed a change. I was going to LA Fitness and running all the time. My workouts were getting monotonous and I was getting bored. I knew a few folks that were members at NewCov, and one of them convinced me to come to a community class. I haven’t looked back.
2. What did you think after your first WOD?
“I can’t wait to do that again!” Or something along those lines. I came back, so it must have been good.
3. What has been your favorite CrossFit memory so far?
There are so many. My PRs…other people’s PRs…but last year’s Murph tops it. So many athletes all putting in the work, and still managing to cheer each other on.
4. What is your favorite movement?
It’s a tie between deadlifts and power snatches. But squat snatches are growing on me.
5. What is your least favorite movement?
Overhead squats and thrusters
6. Do you follow any specific diet?
Nothing specific. I do try to eat gluten free. I just did the Em’s Fitcamp Eight Week Weight Loss Challenge and I learned a lot about myself and food. So not a diet per se, rather a healthy way of living. Cook smart, eat smart LOL. Every time I think of eating something I know is terrible for me, I think of the phrase, “you are what you eat.” Sometimes I go for it anyway.
7. What has been the biggest improvement you’ve seen from your training?
Probably my mental health. There is something to be said for starting my day at the gym. It has really helped me push myself in ways that I never thought I could. My legs look great, too.
8. What advice do you have for beginners?
Stick with it. It doesn’t really get easier but it can be really rewarding and it feels so good.
9. What are your goals for the future?
There are three key movements that I really want to get; dubs which I can almost do consistently, headstand push ups, I just need to get over the fear of the handstand part, and pull ups.
10. Any shout outs… Go for it!!
My 7 AM peeps who consistently cheer me on and hold me accountable: Dennis, Karl, Ben, Mike, Jake, and Kirtley. Johnny, Raquel, Dave, and Steven for your coaching and faith in me. Megan for being such a positive influence and Emily for creating such a beautiful and fit community.