December Female Athlete of the Month – Alyssa Carter

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December Female Athlete of the Month – Alyssa Carter

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT? WHO OR WHAT GOT YOU STARTED?
A:
I have been doing CrossFit for about two years. I grew up playing softball and was used to training in the group atmosphere. When my time playing softball was done after college, I realized I missed training with other people and having that feeling of a team and family. My boyfriend talked me into trying out CrossFit and then I was hooked.

Q: TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF: (FAMILY, CAREER, HOBBIES, INTERESTS)
A:
I am a fourth generation Arvada Native and still have lots of family in the area. I teach biology and marine biology at Arvada West High School, which is also where I attended high school. I love learning new things, watching documentaries, coaching and playing softball, and getting outside with friends, family, and my pup as much as possible.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
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My favorite memory at Alpine was when I got my first bar muscle ups in an Open workout this last year. I had only done one or two ever, but ended up getting 10 in a workout. I also will never forget when Luke Sugar launched a banded PVC pipe into the ceiling right after getting instructions to NOT let go of the pipe for that very reason.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR WORKOUT REGIMEN BEFORE JOINING ALPINE?
A:
After playing softball in college I tried to continue to create speed and agility workouts to mimic how I used to train and supplemented with strength. I tried to make it 3-4 days a week to the gym. This was difficult for me to keep myself motivated and come up with new workouts that I enjoyed.

Q: HOW HAS CROSSFIT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
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Thanks to farmer’s carries, there is no such thing as a second trip when unloading groceries! In all seriousness, I am much stronger and try to challenge myself doing everyday tasks. Most importantly, I have made such great friends with my 4:30 buddies (and others of course) that I enjoy spending time with outside of class.

Q: IF YOU COULD WRITE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
A:
I would (and should) write a book about all the ridiculous, yet hilarious things that I experience as a teacher. Never a dull moment when hanging around high school kids every day…

Q: WHAT CATEGORY WOULD YOU BE LEAST EXCITED/MOST EXCITED TO SEE ON JEOPARDY?
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Least excited= anything involving history and politics. Most excited=Disney Trivia or science facts.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST WORKOUT, AND WHAT DID YOU THINK AFTER DOING IT?
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I think Murph was my first workout. It was awful, but I felt so accomplished when it was over.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE WOD?
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50 AB calories for time is the worst if that counts. I haven’t done enough of the signature WODs to keep track. Anything with thrusters is usually awful, but I enjoy doing high intensity sprint workouts because there is less strategy and less thinking involved.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENTS?
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Favorite=box jumps, sprinting, burpees. Least favorite=snatch, double unders, assault bike

Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEWBIE JUST GETTING STARTED AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
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Don’t let CrossFit intimidate you! Everyone there is trying to be a better version of themselves; They don’t care how strong you are or how fast you run. Show up to get a good workout in, push yourself, hang out with friends, and leave feeling better than you did when you walked in the door. Also, don’t feel like you have to be able to do all the movements that competitive CrossFit athletes do. Scaling a workout is nothing to be ashamed of and helps build strength and technique in weak areas. It sure is an awesome feeling when you finally get a movement that you have scaled and never thought you would be able to do.