Athlete Profile - Anna Adatte
Get to know regular 7:30 p.m.-er Anna Adatte!! She's been CrossFitting for just over a year now. Full-time student, Dog Mom, and Miss Consistency (in my opinion) shares how she got started in CrossFit, what's she's working on, and why she keeps coming back!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I've been doing CrossFit since October 2017
What was your fitness/athletic background before starting CrossFit?
I was on Dance Team in high school and through college, I became your average Joe at the wellness center. Always consistent but never having the ambition to push myself each work out.
What is your day job?
My day job is nursing on a medical/surgical floor at Sanford. Although I am in school full time, so I'd say "student" is my current day job.
What are your hobbies/interests other than CrossFit?
If I'm not studying, working or attending a CF class, I am usually walking my dog, visiting home (Duluth) and hiking the north shore or trecking to Wisconsin to spend weekends on the lake. I like to cook, bike and downhill ski as well.
If you started in boot camp, what made you decide to give it a try?
No boot camp, I just went to a noon class with Katie one day and knew I'd gotten myself into a lifelong love for CrossFit.
Why did you decide to start CrossFit?
In general, I chose to start CrossFit so I could walk in the door and be guaranteed a fantastic and different workout each day. As well as the camaraderie of each class, the continuous coaching/motivation from the staff and the accountability for getting myself there when able.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has helped me maintain a better routine. While I don't work a strict schedule, I am able to plan accordingly on when I can get myself to the gym and sort of adjust around when that time is. CrossFit has also given me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone. Initially, I brushed off my desire to try CrossFit because I thought I needed to be in "better shape" before I started something like this. Knowing very well I am not the master of all movements/workouts, I still am able to push myself to compete with what I know I can do/what I want to do and continue to better physical/mental health regardless of how confident I am with each workout/movement.
What has been your biggest obstacle in terms of training?
My biggest obstacle has been consistency with attendance and putting in work outside of our one-hour WOD. When I first started I wanted to be able to attend the gym 4-5 times a week, life happens and it is not realistic each week. Doing extra challenges like Friday Night Lights or the Nutrition Challenge present me with opportunities to work on extra things I've wanted to spend time on outside of the gym, but often times I give myself the impression I don't have the time to stay after an extra twenty minutes and work on the goals I have set for myself.
Please share a memorable experience you’ve had because of CrossFit.
Friday Night Lights, I only attended two nights and had absolutely no clue what I was getting myself into. But the short time I had on the floor to do the workout, a burst of adrenaline hit me and I hardly remember doing the workout, but walking off the floor and wondering where that energy came from to finish it.
What are your favorite exercises and/or aspects of CrossFit?
I don't have a particular favorite exercise/aspect of CrossFit. But what I reiterate to everyone I try to get to join is the feeling you have walking out the door after each workout. There has never been a time I've walked away thinking I would've been better off spending the hour doing something else. Regardless of the (sometimes) dragging, I do to get to the gym, I always leave with a little skip in my step. If I had a dollar for how many times I've turned a bad day around by getting my butt kicked for an hour at CrossFit Fargo, I'd be able to pay for someone's membership.
Any goals you're working on currently?
I'd love to get a pull-up. While I'd love to do a handstand push up or TTB, nothing is more appealing than getting a pull-up to me right now.
What advice can you give to people thinking about trying CrossFit?
Don't wait till you are in "better shape" or "lose some extra weight" before you start CF. You can start CF to do those things! And there is absolutely no need for intimidation, the only person you're competing with when you walk through the doors is yourself.