Athlete of the Quarter

Laura Hockensmith

When did you start doing CrossFit?

September 2016.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

I genuinely enjoy working out, so I have tried every class from Bikram Yoga, to boxing, spinning, Zumba, cardio classes, and everything in between. I ran track and cross country in high school, so I occasionally will run too. Someday I would like to be one of those people who make running look easy.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

This is exactly what I’m looking for.

Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, military interests, etc.)

My husband Bryan and I moved to Virginia in 2005 to start our careers, his in military history/publishing, mine in museum education. I am currently the Chief of Education at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This means I create public programs for children and their families to make the history and science of the Marine Corps accessible to kids! We are rabid Nationals fans, and have been season ticket holders since 2006 (this is DEFINITELY our year!) We have two fur babies, Abigail, a Pomeranian and Dolley, a Jack Russell Terrier. (Yes they are named after the first ladies). Batman is my favorite superhero, and I prefer DC over Marvel, just because I have arachnophobia and don’t like Spiderman.

What is your favorite WOD and least favorite WOD?

Favorite WOD –

Surprisingly it has been “Rowing My Balls Off”
2000m row
50 Wall Balls
1000m row
35 Wall Balls
500m row
20 Wall Balls

I am definitely not fast, so this was a slow grind I could get behind.

Least Favorite WOD – Anything with Burpees.

Favorite Lift and least favorite lift?

Favorite Lift – Clean & Jerk

Least Favorite Lift – Overhead Squats

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

Do one pullup. I have never done one in my entire life, even during the Presidential Fitness test in elementary school.

Have you achieved any of those goals?

Not yet, but I can now hang from a pull up bar for a while, well long enough to do 5-6 rollie pollies, which I could not do my first week. And, I also did a pull up with a band…which was super exciting!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?

It has made me more confident in other life goals.

Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?

Participating in the CrossFit open. It was fun to see how hard I could truly push myself, and it was so fun watching everyone else compete, and think, wow next year I will be able to do that!

What advice would you give to a newbie joining New Day CrossFit?

Don’t get discouraged. Don’t feel bad if you can “only” do the scaled version, or are always the slowest (wait…that’s me! Lol) by coming to the box consistently, there will be a moment when you will be able to lift a certain weight or do something you never thought possible, and that’s a great feeling.

Something you might not know about me is?

I’m left handed!

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