Crossfit Woodstock Member Profile #19: Heidi Ann Miller
Hey! My name is Heidi. I’m originally from the Bay Area but moved to rural Oregon when I was in middle school. Talk about a rough adjustment! I’ve been an Oregonian ever since and I can’t imagine what my life would look like if I wasn’t. I’ve lived in Portland for over 4 years now, and spend my weekdays working at 47th Ave Farm, growing and hustling organic veggies. I’m also a part-time student studying Nutritional Therapy, and in the Fall I will be attending the University of Western States to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.
You probably haven’t seen me in the gym many times without my partner in life and crime, Danielle. We’ve been together almost 4 years and have a kitty named BonQuiQui, 6 chickens, and a Mini Australian Shepherd puppy on the way! In my free time I like to workout (duh), read, play my ukulele, and go on lots of outdoor adventures.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been dabbling in CrossFit for a few years now, but I didn’t commit and make it a regular part of my life until this last Fall here at CrossFit Woodstock! I like CrossFit because even if I’m having a tough day, I always feel like a badass afterwards. It lifts my spirits. I have always been active. I was a high school track athlete, and when we would do a lifting workout I loved to feel how strong I was and could often out-squat the boys. After high school I ran 5 and 10ks, plus a half marathon. I also spent 6 summers as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service. Everyday was a workout. A really sweaty, hard, smoky, well-paying workout.
What have you gained from CrossFit?
I have gained so much more than strength from CrossFit! I’ve gained self-confidence and pride in what my body is capable of. I’ve also gained great knowledge about form and body mechanics that I can associate directly with farming, or what I like to call CropFit.
If your house caught on fire, what 3 possessions would you save?
Probably my journals, my ukulele, and BonQuiQui (the cat).
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Hmm. I think Shake It Out on Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials album.
What would you have for your last meal?
Half rack of baby back ribs with “Mystery Sauce” and fries from the Skyway Bar and Grill up in Zigzag – topped off with a Gin & Tonic (or three).
What is your best physical feature? Why?
I would never have said this 5 years ago, but my thighs! I used to be embarrassed of how big they were and felt bottom-heavy, but I’ve learned to appreciate them for what they are: machines! They are almost all muscle, and that’s awesome.
Desert island list: 1 book, 1 cd, 1 dvd.
This is going to be all over the place, but: Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, Bear Creek by Brandi Carlile, and Hot Rod. Definitely Hot Rod.
What tv show do you secretly watch?
I’m not so secretly obsessed with weight loss reality shows like Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss. I would squeal if I got to meet Bob Harper or Chris Powell.
Last impulse purchase?
Thanks for sharing, Heidi! Your hard working, no nonsense work ethic at the gym is an inspiration to us all. Keep up the hard work! Today’s wod is named in your honor.
check the board
lat rolling 2 min each side (starts at 2:30 in video)
barbell calf smash 2 min each side
(continue using the 1RM+5# we used last week)
front squat or overhead squat
5 @ 50%, 5 @ 60%, 3 @ 70%, 3 @ 80%, 3+ @ 90%
in teams of 2
with one partner working on the farmer’s carry at all times while the other partner works inside, complete as many rounds as possible in 18 min:
100m farmer’s carry 53/35
5 ground to overhead 135/95
5 burpees over-the-bar
And a special Happy Birthday! to our new friend, Violet Zerbe. Have a great day Violet!