CrossFit Woodstock Member Profile #10: Kasi Lavely
Hi all! I am originally from the very small town of Raymond, New Hampshire. I went to college in Connecticut and lived there for 2 years after graduating. In 2011, my then boyfriend and I bought a pop up camper, hitched it to the back of our 1998 Jeep Cherokee, and drove to Portland with our two dogs. Three years later, I live in a cute apartment in Sellwood with my little man, Gizmo. Funny how things work out, eh? I’m an Engineering Recruiter, which I love, but it’s incredibly stressful and the hours can be semi-ridiculous. I’m very thankful for 6AM classes.
How long have you been doing CrossFit? What is your fitness history? What have you gained from CrossFit?
I’ve been with Woodstock since May and still feel fairly new to CrossFit. The CrossFit culture always scared me a little. I have a coworker who never shuts up about it (you know the meme about the #1 rule of CrossFit…only talk about CrossFit? Totally that guy!). After plenty of encouragement and the boredom of working out on my own, I ran to Woodstock on a Saturday morning and got hooked. Yeah, I literally ran. What a stupid idea for my first class!
Previously, I used mainly kettlebells and the all-encompassing “functional equipment” of ropes, slam balls, valslides, slosh pipes, Burlee balls, etc., while always making time for deadlifts. Writing this is giving me the itch to throw around some bells. What are the chances we incorporate more at Woodstock? J
I love moving. I’ve always enjoyed fitness and like to find ways to challenge myself. Since I’m no longer a competitive softball catcher, one of my fallbacks is running a half marathon without having put in miles to prepare. CrossFit has helped build the physical and mental strength for that kind of thing while providing me with a challenge in every class. CrossFit also reminds me that eating properly is important. When I don’t, I’m punished. And it sucks. Eventually, I’ll get my name on the wall for some benchmarks. Someday…
Describe your dream vacation.
I don’t have a specific place in mind, but my dream vacation would be somewhere with lots to do and see outside and have incredible food and booze. Oh yeah, and the inability to gain weight from said food and booze. Hmm, with the exception of the last part, my dream vacation is sounding a lot like Portland!
Top 3 pet peeves?
- My biggest pet peeve is people saying they “could never do that,” no matter what it is. Ticks me off!
- Wearing jeans and sneakers. By sneakers, I mean running shoes or cross trainers. Not Chucks, Vans, or something similar. Those can be cute.
- Personal status updates on Facebook that should probably be left unseen to the rest of the world.
What is your best physical feature? Why?
I love my hair, however Crossfit is giving me a pretty nice butt. Most women would hate that I’m saying this, but I can’t wait for it to be a little bigger!
What tv show do you secretly watch?
Duck Dynasty! It’s totally opposite of shows I would normally watch, but is so freaking funny! Don’t ruin it for me by saying it’s all staged. In my head, there’s a redneck family who does whatever they want all day and is totally supportive of each other. Having grown up in New Hampshire and spent a lot of time in Maine and Vermont, that kind of a thing is not totally out of the realm of possibility to me.
Anything else interesting we should know about you?
I have a slight obsession with paleo baking. I have no clue how to create a recipe, but I can follow directions like nobody’s business.. Also, I love to do handstands in front of cool things. I was recently told that it’s overdone, but I don’t care. It’s still pretty awesome ☺
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share!
Thank you for sharing, Kasi! You have become a very welcome addition to our gym. It is always good to get more strong women in the ranks. Today’s wod is named in your honor.
Daily Warmup (check the board)
Hip flexor smash with lax ball 2 min each side (starts at 2:45 in video)
Freeing up the scapula with lax ball 2 mins each side
Back squat: 5 x 3 at 80% 1RM
12 min AMRAP:
5 renegade rows @ 1/2 BW
10 box jumps 30/24
15 KB swings 53/35