Name: Janet Beith
Hometown: from North Attleboro, MA; currently live in Narragansett
Occupation: director of content for a sports performance education company
When did you first start CrossFitting?: January 2016
Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty; or really any ‘chipper’ WODS; also any WODs with running, rope climbs, or handstand walks – just fun to do
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with many Olympic lifts – I like Olympic lifts (despite my less than stellar form); but my body does not enjoy doing a lot of them in one workout.
Three words to describe you: honest, compassionate, determined
Tell us about your fitness background: Ran track (mid distance) in high school and college (URI) and loved it; post college I ran and lifted here and there with no real purpose and never really at the high intensity I loved so much with track workouts. I found that with CrossFit.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love spending time with my family: my husband and 3 awesome boys: ages 6, 4, and 2. I like to hike, the beach/ocean, Science, nature, birds, Boston/NE sports. I also love to get on the track and do sprint workouts every now and then- definitely a vastly different experience now vs. college! But still fun.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I was looking for some kind of high intensity group fitness class in the area; came across CrossFit and decided to give it a try. I was immediately hooked.
Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Can’t remember exactly what my very first was (there were box jumps), but I do know during my very first week I did the Filthy Fifty. I remember actually wondering if it was some sort of joke and thinking “Wait, I’m supposed to do FIFTY of ALL of those things??” It definitely hurt but I finished, I loved it, and it left me wanting to improve.
What changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? I’m so much stronger (and healthier) than I was which is such a confidence booster in so many ways.
What changes in your life have you experienced since starting CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I’m more confident, and feel in control and good about myself: my body, my mind.
Please share with us any favorite CFSK moments: Participating in the past two Opens was pretty awesome. Also Murph the past two years. With everyone accomplishing these workouts together and cheering each other on: the camaraderie is definitely inspiring.
Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it! Never easy but definitely rewarding.