Name: Tamea Bacon

Hometown: Saunderstown, RI
Age: 37

Occupation: Finally got recertified as a Personal Trainer, and am starting back up Oct.1st. Also a mom to 2 awesome kiddos 🙂 

When did you first start CrossFitting?: August of 2016

Favorite WOD: Murph – this year was the first time I was able to participate. It was SO hard, and so awesome at the same time. I’d love to be able to do it with a vest next time!

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with overhead squats …I hate those things, lol. (but I also realize that if I don’t do them, I won’t get better)

Three words to describe you: I hope people would say I’m Kind, Happy, & Determined

Tell us about your fitness background: I’ve always been involved in sports… I played tennis, indoor track, and soccer through middle school & high school, and went on to play D1 soccer at Florida Atlantic University, where I also studied Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I still play soccer once a week on a coed team which is really fun. I love running, and Obstacle Course racing – I love the feeling after completing a tough race, or being able to conquer a challenging obstacle (CrossFit has really helped with that!) I’m also a huge animal lover, especially dogs. One of my favorite things to do is to go running or hiking with our younger dog Cody. But above all else,  I love spending time with my husband & two kids. This was our first summer in RI, and we’ve really enjoyed exploring all of the beautiful beaches, parks & bike paths around RI.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I kept hearing about it, and had a few friends say, “Oh Tamea, it’s right down your alley”, lol. My daughter was taking a gymnastics class, and next door there was a CrossFit class going on (this was in Northern MA). I was signed up for a Spartan race, and was determined to learn how to climb a rope… I saw a rope hanging down from the ceiling in the CrossFit box, and thought, AHH HAA! And that was that 🙂

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I can’t even remember the specifics of it, I just remember afterwards! I think I silently sat in my car in shock for like 10 minutes before I drove away. I hadn’t worked out that hard probably since pre-season in college. It was awesome…I was seeing stars, and knew I had found my new workout!

What changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? CrossFit has reminded me that our bodies are capable of so much more than we realize. I love feeling strong and fit, and there’s no better feeling than being able to accomplish something that I previously thought impossible. It’s helped me with my running & endurance, and I’ve noticed that as I’ve become more fit, my recovery time after a tough WOD or race is much better.

What changes in your life have you experienced since starting CrossFit that were totally unexpected? CrossFit has sort of “awakened” this sleeping competitive side in me that I didn’t realize I missed as much as I did. When I became a mom, I gave up doing a lot of the things that made me happy – I think I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. CrossFit plays to that competitive side; not with other people, but with myself. I’ve always loved challenging myself physically, but over the years after having kids I lost sight of that. I remained active, but didn’t regularly challenge myself. CrossFit started a chain reaction… after realizing how happy it made me, I started playing soccer again, and signed up more regularly for OCR’s.

Please share with us any favorite CFSK moments: It has to be the CrossFit Open! This was the first year that I participated. The comradery through the workouts was incredible, and also helped push me beyond some mental blocks I had. I feel like after the open, I really started to make progress with my strength & WODS. If something looked challenging, I stopped thinking “I can’t do that”, and instead thought “I’ll try, and worst case, I’ll modify.” And more times than not, I didn’t need to modify! It’s amazing what we can do once we get out of our own way 🙂

Any advice for people just getting started? CrossFit will change your life, and only for the better. There’s no better place to start than at CFSK. All of the coaches are so attentive & encouraging, and it’s such an awesome community. Set smalls goals, and work on those one at a time. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re able to achieve those goals! And, if you struggle, you’ll have a whole support team cheering you on .