Members Of The Month: July 2018
Name: Dani Finochiaro
Profession: HR / Recruitment
Members Since: 2015
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I have been doing CrossFit for almost 3 years, starting with Climate CrossFit.
Were you scared to start? If so, what motivated you to start?
I was definitely nervous to start, but I had a few different motivations. First, I have known Coach Tony forever, so knew that the coaching would great. But I started CrossFit after I had to buy new (bigger) work clothes because nothing seemed to fit anymore. Bryan and I had been dating for a few years and we had gotten comfortable. It was time to get back into a fitness routine.
Did you have an athletic background before starting?
Not particularly. I played volleyball some during school, but not at a competitive level.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since beginning?
I’m not sure I can choose one, because there has been so many little accomplishments. My first pull up, first RX work out, first time stringing 20 double-unders together, first competition. All may seem small, but all big accomplishments in their own ways.
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
My mental game. Some workouts can get to my head, I get frustrated with myself because I want to do better. But when this happens, the Climate Coaches remind me that I have worked so hard to get where I am today and that I give it my all day in and day out. #thebestcoachesever
What time do you usually take classes?
Either 5:00am or 5:30pm, depending on how many times I decide to hit the snooze button.
How has CrossFit benefited you outside of the gym physically and/or mentally?
Just all around health is better, I can feel it everyday. Personally, prior to CrossFit I had migraines at least once a month; I’ve been participating in CrossFit now for almost 3 years and can count on one hand how many migraines I have had since starting. It may not be directly related to CrossFit, but I think it’s a big reason behind it.
Give us three words that describe you.
Honest. Fun-Loving. Strong.
What’s something we may not know about you?
Total Disney freak.
What is your favorite activity outside of the gym?
Being with family and friends. Bryan and I race cars and love being active outside with our dog, Zoey.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Spaghetti squash with ground turkey and spinach.
What is your favorite “cheat” meal?
Ice cream. That’s a meal, right?
If you could master one skill in the gym that you currently don't have, what would it be?
There are still lots of things I’d like to be better at, which makes CrossFit so much fun. Little victories are awesome! Currently, I’d like to string pull ups and more double unders together.
What's your favorite movement?
Cleans and Snatches are always fun when you hit the movement right. I like kettlebell movements and working on gymnastics.
What's your least favorite movement?
Burpees. Definitely, burpees.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit and/or Barbell Club?
Come to a free Saturday class! Try it out. The community is amazing, the workouts are challenging but great, and the coaches work with each member individually so you’re never trying to figure it out on your own. I bet you’ll end up loving it.