Another one of the kind folks who answered the call for interview guinea pigs was Heather Zinser, who transitioned from an athlete to a trainer at our box (CrossFit Continuum). She’s another of the many strong, independent, intelligent ladies we’ve met while crossfitting that I think of as a good role model for my daughters.
Heather was kind enough to answer a few questions to provide insights into her experiences with CrossFit so far…
Q: What brought you to CrossFit as an athlete?
My brother got me to do my first WOD. I was looking for something new to do to keep myself active, so he brought me to the box he was attending at the time. Needless to say, I was hooked.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a big kid at heart: 34 going on 13. I grew up in Wisconsin but moved to Colorado in 1997 to go to college. I’m a pharmacist. I obtained my CF-L1 in March 2013 and also hold CF Kids and CF Mobility certifications. Beyond that I also enjoy snowboarding, motorcycles, hiking, reading, shopping and drinking good craft beer.
Editor’s Note: She also thrives on coffee, from what we’ve seen! 🙂
Q: Why did you become a trainer?
I was never a natural athlete, so everything I have been able to accomplish in CrossFit has been through hard work. I wanted to be able to help more ‘regular’ people achieve more and help take care of themselves.
Q: What is your main focus or goal as a trainer?
I think my main focus as a trainer is encouraging people to step outside of their comfort zones… all while being safe of course. I like watching people try things they didn’t think they could do.
Editor’s Note: I can attest to Heather liking to push us as a coach. I think I’ve heard “That looks too easy – add more weight.” at least a dozen times in her classes! 🙂 But we always focus on form over just lifting heavier or faster, so she offers a great balance in her coaching.
Q: If you could start over as a crossfitter, what would trainer-you tell athlete-you?
Trainer me would tell athlete me to not worry what other people think. I was so intimidated to try new things, I wish I could have had someone encouraging me more in the beginning.
Q: What’s your favorite story from the box so far?
Ok….so I’ve struggled coming up with one story. But what I keep coming back to is the friendships I have made. I have made some of the best friends I currently have, all because of CrossFit.
I also truly appreciate the camaraderie that we have in our box. Its nice to always feel welcome somewhere. Then there’s also the added benefit of being able to stop in a box anywhere in the world and most often be welcomed with open arms.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of equipment at the box?
Hands down, the barbell is my favorite. Lift all the things!
Q: Where do you train? And where do you teach?
I train and teach and CrossFit Continuum.
Q: What do you think is the secret to CrossFit’s crazy success and growth?
CrossFit is so successful because it never gets old. There is always something you can be better at. Its also universally scalable to ANY person of ANY ability level.
Q: Who is your favorite CrossFit athlete and why?
Elisabeth Akinwale is by far my favorite. She is so humble, but still completely badass. She is also a little bit older than the rest, which I think is cool because she can still kick the butts of those almost half her age.
Thanks Heather for answering my questions! I look forward to the next time I get work out with you at the box!
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