Member Of The Month: September 2018
Name: Sophie Francl
Member since: 2015
How long have you been doing CrossFit and/or Barbell Club?
I started personal training/CrossFit classes around December of 2015, and then quickly transitioned into Barbell Club.
Were you scared to start? If so, what motivated you to start?
I wasn’t necessarily scared, but definitely nervous to try something so intense. I always felt pretty comfortable, though, since I was going with my twin brother, Jack, who had been going before I started. I was motivated to start going because that’s right around the time I started plateauing in swimming. I figured I should try some other from of cardio to improve. I ended up leaving swimming about a year ago to weight lift.
Did you have an athletic background before starting?
Yes, I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was about 8 years old and I’ve always participated in sports for my grade school.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since beginning?
My biggest accomplishment since starting is probably actually being happy with what I do in just training and my performance at meets. I don’t really remember ever being proud of myself after a swim practice or meet. I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself, and I guess I never felt like I was living up to my expectations. So, getting the chance to really feel proud about the work I put in is pretty cool. I also qualified for Youth Nationals. I guess that’s pretty cool too.
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
The most challenging thing for me has definitely been the mental part of all of it. I get in my head really easily.
What time do you usually take classes?
I typically go in to the gym any time after 4. Pretty much the only time you’ll ever catch me in the gym in the morning is Saturday’s. I think waking up early is the worst thing in the whole world.
How has CrossFit and/or Barbell Club benefited you outside of the gym physically and/or mentally?
Weightlifting has definitely given me much more confidence outside of the gym. I was really insecure when I swam and never really felt comfortable, I guess, and I would dread going to practice everyday. But now, there’s never a time where I don’t want to go into the gym. So, knowing that I get to go into the gym and do one of my favorite things while seeing some incredible people every night is really great after having to go to school all day.
Give us three words that describe you.
Persistent, independent, impatient
What’s something we may not know about you?
I’m a triplet and I’ve known how to surf and play the ukulele since I was about 9.
What is your favorite activity outside of the gym?
Hanging out with my friends and family.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
My mom’s whole grain rice bowls
What is your favorite “cheat” meal
I could live off of chocolate.
If you could master one skill in the gym that you currently don't have, what would it be?
I definitely want to master either a handstand walk or a muscle up.
What's your favorite movement?
Clean and jerk!!
What's your least favorite movement?
My least favorite movement is definitely push press or anything to do with upper body. I’d much rather squat.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit and/or Barbell Club?
I would tell someone that it’s totally worth a shot and that you’ll probably fall in love with it and it will change how you view anything regarding working out. And even you don’t like it, you’ll get to be a part of an incredible family!!