Hi Meredith, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
Hi, well let’s see, I am 20 years old and I was born in San Diego. We lived there until I was 11 and then we moved up here so I probably did most of my “growing up” in Missoula. I am the youngest of 4, with my siblings all living in different parts of the country which is kind of neat. Right now I am just working on getting my undergrad degree and once that happens I really have no idea what I’ll do next but I’m thinking I’ve got some time to figure it out.
While you weren’t able to read my mind after class the other day (which I’m fairly certain your psych degree is for), you did mention that you were hoping to leverage that education to work with Vets suffering from PTSD. That’s fairly specific destination, can you share with us the motivation and inspiration for that journey?
I’ve grown up around the military–both of my parents were Captains in the Navy and I have a brother-in-law in the Army. Also, having lived in San Diego which is a big military city probably helped to fuel this fascination of mine. I have also come to the realization that mental health isn’t always talked about nearly enough as it should be. What initially interested me in PTSD in military vets is how PTSD manifests itself so differently in each individual, making it very unique.
Liz Marshall mentioned that you’re an expert sitter. I’m pretty good myself, but I get the feeling she was referring to something else… tell us more.
What Dr.Liz meant by that is that whether it be kids, houses, pets, etc. I can watch it all, sometimes even all at once but that might be pushing it a bit. I love kids and MOST animals so it makes my jobs easier and more enjoyable, plus it can be acceptable to do some actual sitting on the job.
Let’s talk shop now. How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
Well, as most 5VCF members may know, former coach Emily just happens to be my older sister so as you can imagine I didn’t have much choice in the matter but I am thankful now for her pushing me into CrossFit. She is about as beast as it gets, and she has bigger arms than most guys I know so I have used that as motivation to get my butt into the gym. A year and a half later, here we are.
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?
Hmmm well in terms of goals for 2k16, there are still certain movements that I would love to be able to do, i.e. handstand push-ups and the ever frustrating double-unders along with others. I would also love to hit some heavy PRs this year just so I can ring the bell. I also would love to do a competition completely RX’d and that goal may take me all year.
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
As cliche as it sounds I love spending time with my friends and family but in all honesty I spend most of my time at school, the gym or busy doing all of my “sitting”. Although I have recently started shooting so I do a bit of that and the sad thing is that my mom has better aim than I do…you go sal pal!
What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?
I know people talk about going to this so-called “dark place” and to be honest I am not even sure I know what that means, I just think to myself ‘one burpee at a time, or one more pull-up’ because I seem to do better in workouts thinking about getting one rep done at a time rather than the total number of reps. Also the little bit of competitive nature in me helps with finishing a workout.
If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?
Hmmm, I actually really like tire flips even though we don’t do them very often so I would say something with tire flips and heavy barbell work so perhaps either cleans or snatches. We can maybe even throw a few squats in there.