Athlete of the Month: Lindsay Conn
Lindsay came to us and right away I could tell she was a little apprehensive. She just had that look of “Is this really for me?” Every week she was adding more and more to her workouts and it was so fun to watch her confidence blossom! Soon she was really taking interest in the movements and making sure she was getting them perfect. I recently just noticed that she moves really well in the Olympic lifts and told her to start coming to Heart and Barbell Club. We are so impressed with her progress, awesome attitude and contagious smile! The Tribe is so happy to have you Lindsay!
How long have you been doing crossfit?
Since July, 2015.
What is your Athletic Background if any?
I was not active growing up, unless you count one season of tee-ball around third grade and a few years of bowling. I was a decent bowler, but that’s all I had going for me. The only other physical activity I did was whatever I was forced to do in P.E.
How did you get started with Crossfit?
I was struggling to get into a fitness routine. I started working out at a local gym, but somehow could only talk myself into doing the treadmill or elliptical machine. The weights area was always super intimidating with all those dudes hogging the mirror, and I didn’t like the weight machines. I liked taking classes, but the classes I liked were at inconvenient times.
My boss and co-workers (Lisa Armstrong, Cortney Martin & Sheree Cooper) were CFCDA members. For weeks and maybe months, they would come back from their noon workouts looking sweaty and exhausted. I’d ask what they did that day, and would always be amazed at what they accomplished. The workouts sounded awful and impossible, but they always seemed happy about it. I didn’t think there was any way I could do what they were doing, but they kept telling me that I would love it. They persuaded me to try one class. It was a Thursday cardio class with sprints on the bike and then the rower. I remember someone hanging over the garbage can trying not to puke. It was very hard, and I loved it!
What are some of your Hobbies outside Crossfit?
I don’t know if it counts as a hobby, but I love all things makeup-related. My favorite way to start my day is to put on makeup. I know that sounds awful—it should be something like having breakfast with my kids. But no, it’s putting on makeup.
In the summer, I really like to go fishing. I can bait my own hook, and I’m very proud of that. I still can’t figure out how to get the fish off the hook without hooking myself. So, I can’t fish unsupervised yet. I love spending time with my family at the beach swimming, kayaking, or on the jet ski. We also like to go to Philipsburg, MT and mine for sapphires. Last year, I brought home several bags of dirt to dig through when I’m bored. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
I don’t really have any winter hobbies, other than complaining about how cold it is or how much snow has fallen or how slick the roads are.
What are 3 things we at Crossfit don’t know about you?
I have a soft spot for 90s country music. George Straight, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio…so many good ones! My dad used to blast country music and sing along while driving when I was a kid. He passed away a couple years ago. I like to listen to all those songs he used to play and remember what a great singer he was. I inherited a love for singing in the car from him, but I am a terrible singer. My children remind me of that on a regular basis, but I don’t care! I’m making memories!
I was very shy growing up. I was able to get through it by developing a sense of humor. I can find humor in most situations. That isn’t always a good thing, because this also means that if you trip and fall down, I will laugh at you. I’ll make sure you are ok first and help you up, but I will inevitably laugh uncontrollably. I can’t help myself.
I have 5 tattoos. The tattoo on my leg counts as 2. #1 was a crappy dragonfly I got when I was 18 years old, and #2 is the flower cover-up. #1 was supposed to look like a dragonfly with a shooting star-like trail, but instead it looked like a dragonfly with colorful droppings. #3 is a turtle on my neck that I got to represent my son. When he was a baby, he looked like a turtle when he stretched, it was so cute! #4 is ruby slippers on my left foot because The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie. #5 is a heart on my side, which I got shortly after my dad survived a massive heart attack. My mom has the same one on her ankle.
Whats your favorite thing about our Box?
Hard to name just one thing. I love getting to work out with such a great group of people. Everyone is so encouraging all the time. I used to think that I was the only one struggling to get through the WOD (and sometimes the warm-up) because I was so out of shape. Now I know that most everyone has the same disdain for burpees (aka “the Devil’s jumping jacks”) and thrusters (aka “Satan squats”), among other things. We are all suffering, I mean “getting stronger” together, and there’s something special about that.
What other boxes have you been too?
I tried CrossFit Max Effort in Vegas. It was cool, but there’s no place like home.