Athlete of the Quarter
When did you start doing CrossFit?
What were you doing before CrossFit?
I went to some gym here and there. I used to run a lot. I liked trying new things out like Bikram Yoga, Barre class, or Sensazao dance class.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
“Thank god I’m still alive. Okay, I’m really outta shape, but I’m ready for tomorrow’s class!”
Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, military interests, etc.)
Minnesota born and bred. Moved to DC about 10 years ago for school. For a few years after college, I
worked as a youth programs specialist for Gallaudet University. In Summer 2016, I quit my job to travel
in Asia throughout summer before starting my graduate studies in School Social Work for Deaf and Hard
of Hearing population. I am now pursuing my goal to become a clinical social worker and start a private
I’m recently married to RJ Fusco (one of the other members at the Box) and we have a Terrier fur-
daughter named Tonks.
I enjoy going to hockey and baseball games, but I don’t play very well at these sports! BUT, I love to play
volleyball and basketball!
What is your favorite WOD and least favorite WOD?
Favorite WOD – I really enjoyed the Bear Complex or anything with box jumps and running!
Least Favorite WOD – Anything with the air bike or push ups.
Favorite Lift and least favorite lift?
Favorite Lift – Deadlift
Least Favorite Lift – Overhead squats & snatches!
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
I had many goals, but my main ones were: doing just ONE pull-up, and at least five successful double
Have you achieved any of those goals?
I achieved not jut one pull-up, but at least 5!!! And my double unders can be up to 15 unbroken, but I still
need to practice more!
My new goals: crush some serious snatches and overhead squats & nail ONE muscle-up!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
Yes. CrossFit boosted my self-confidence. Body image really did get to me, and I worried about how I
look. After Crossfit, I forgot all about the body image because I was amazed at what my body really can
do and I feel strong. It also taught me to support other people when they try something new. It’s such a
nice feeling to be there for someone and see them achieve it.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
Wine & WOD! It’s one of my favorite memories here at the box. I had so much fun hanging out with the
ladies, and this made me appreciate this community much more.
A few other small things like breaking my personal records and seeing other people use a bit of ASL
around at the Box. I think it’s really great seeing how things have changed from the beginning.
What advice would you give to a newbie joining New Day CrossFit?
It’s always you against yourself. Never doubt yourself because you might be surprised at what your body
really can do. Something new? Just try. If you fail, then keep trying. Like Coach KJ told me before,
“Failure is an option.”
Something you might not know about me is?
I get bored really easily that I change my hair all the time!