Member Spotlight: Rachel Margulies
First Name & Last Name: Rachel Margulies
Hometown: Lansing Area – originally an East coaster
Age: The year of the dirty 30 :)
Occupation: Consumer Insights & Strategy for Pringles at Kellogg Co.
When did you first start training at CF269? January 2016
Favorite Workout/Movement: I really like squats, in general and also with weight. There’s something about feeling really grounded
Least Favorite Workout/Movement: Wall Walks, I feel like my eyes are bulging out! Plus I haven't mastered the graceful way down … :)
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I played a lot of sports when I was younger (softball, basketball, volleyball) but stopped when I got to high school because you had to sign a Code of Conduct - I was a bit of a wild child, so I just wasn't havin' it :) I went to the gym pretty regularly throughout my 20's - but always stayed just out of reach from my ideal body. I was doing a lot of stair-steppers & the elliptical and just wasn’t seeing results. I started playing soccer about 2 years to get the cardio and to be part of a team - but damn soccer was way harder than I thought plus I'm not that good (definitely gave it my all tho!). And now I have joined CrossFit! There’s a bit of a competitive/team vibe which I really like and the workout is unmatched.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? One my colleagues recommended that I check it out after I mentioned that I wanted a personal trainer. I went in and met with Chris - he took me through a mini 10 min workout and I was sweating more and breathing harder than I had in months doing my own workouts - After that I knew I had no idea what I was doing on my own. As for my first WOD - no idea, either way I know it kicked my ass and I came back for more J
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after) Being accountable to 3 classes a week has really given my life a bit more structure. It was so easy before to just talk myself out of working out after work. Also, not surprisingly, days I workout I tend to eat much better – I am much more conscious of what I am eating and how much. Overall, I have started to see some muscles come out of hiding, I feel much stronger, my clothes are fitting better, and I feel like I have much more endurance. A couple weeks ago a friend asked me to go for a run – we made it 3 miles! I hate running and there’s no way I could have made that if I hadn’t been doing CrossFit for 3 months.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced though CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Anything on the mental/emotional side? I made a friend!! I was relatively new to the area because of the job change plus I was also going through some personal stuff; so along with getting a workout I also wanted to meet people outside of work. And after a couple months in another newcomer joined and I met Lauren. I feel like it’s hard to make genuine friendship as you get older but there was something very natural about the way we clicked. She helps keep me motivated and accountable – also there is an added a layer of fun to the classes we attend together!
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF269 moments. I really enjoy watching the entire gym rally around Linda – there is so much support that it’s contagious so it feel natural to cheer everyone on – I love that kind of environment!
Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t think about it too much – it seems intimidating but just fully commit to what you’re being challenged to do and in 60minutes your future self will feel amazing!
Also, you don’t need to do go crazy on the weights – if you want to be the next [insert popular CrossFit icon here] then go for it! – but if you’re just looking for a workout then be safe, focus on form, and work up a sweat!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love to travel, cook/drink, listen to educational audiobooks (I throw in a couple in a couple syfy novels J), watching movies, and taking care of my old lady (18 yr old cat)
Favorite quote, or words to live by? Don’t regret the things you’ve done, regret the things you didn’t do when you had the chance.
So I guess I live my Jim Carrey’s movie “Yes Man” – the power of yes! (c’mon, there are worse movies of his to live by… J )