October Member Of The Month: Christiane Rekai
Hey @emeraldcitycrossfit! Help us congratulate Christiane, our September Member Of The Month!!
Christiane came to Emerald City CF from the CD box and she continues to show up, put the work in, and always does it with a huge smile! (And she has a great sense of humor too!) She is a determined athlete and has put her progress to use recently having run a ½ marathon! Watch out for this lady, she is sneaky strong!!
Congrats, Christiane! Thanks for all you bring to our #gymfamily!
Occupation: Cardiac Surgery Nurse Practitioner
In general, what is your athletic background?
I was not very sporty as a kid; did a little gymnastics and swimming, but not seriously. About 15 years ago a friend asked me to do a sprint distance triathlon, and I got hooked on cycling. I did a some road and track racing, and while I loved riding, I didn't care much for racing. I've continued with road riding and last year did the Seattle to Portland ride in a day. I also love mountaineering and have climbed some really fun tall mountains in the past few years.
How did you learn about Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF)?
I came from CrossFit CD, which was in my neighborhood.
How has ECCF changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?
Left my own devices I'd never lift a weight, so I'm happy to have help addressing that part of my training. I'm generally stronger and much less bored with workouts.
What do you like most about ECCF?
Competent coaches who help me feel more confident with strength work, and the other members who are really fun to work out with.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Bodyweight stuff like planks and air squats
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
I like all of them!
What are you currently doing to try to improve your nutrition?
Always trying to drink more water and less alcohol, trying to eat more red meat
Favorite movie: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
Favorite and/or current book: Currently re-reading Atlas Shrugged
Favorite music genre/artist: I like all kinds of stuff but have been enjoying folk music lately
What do you like to do outside the gym?
Go up mountains, bake, nap, spend time with friends
Fun fact about yourself others may not know?
I spent the early 90s going to raves and clubs in NYC and Philly!
In 10 words or less, what does CrossFit mean to you?
Great workout with a side of smiles!