Our July Member Spotlight is Teresa! She recently celebrated her one year CrossFit Anniversary with us, and we are so proud of all that she has accomplished since starting. We are honored to have Teresa part of our 203 family, and thank her for her dedication and commitment. Teresa passes about 5 other CrossFit gyms to come here, and it means so much to us. From day one Teresa has shown that absolute fire in the gut attitude. She is willing to try anything and never shies away from a challenge. She is busy with work and her two girls at home, but has made a commitment to her health and is here every week without fail, often coming at 6 am, 6 pm, or noon…whenever her schedule will allow. We can’t wait to see what #gainz this next year will bring for Teresa, keep kicking a$$ girlfriend!
Name: Teresa Kenealy
Where are you originally from? Shelton, Connecticut
What high school and/or college did you attend? Shelton High School / Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Connecticut) – BA in Business Management
Favorite sports teams: I don’t really follow sports much. I typically only pay attention to the sports highlights or major events for the season. However, I will share that my husband LOVES the Yankees, so by default I support them too. I’m not allowed to really repeat this, but… Back in 2004 I secretly hoped the Red Sox would win the Series. I think they were due their shot at glory. It had been long overdue and they deserved it.
What do you do for work? Currently employed with United Healthcare as a Contract Management Expert working with Provider Network Contract negotiations – a full-time telecommuter (ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT) since February 2014. I no longer cringe when the forecast predicts a snowstorm. I say bring it!
When and why did you start CrossFit: I started CrossFit in May 2014. My very good friend (Mindy) raved about its magical powers and gave me that extra nudge to come try it out. My experience in the past has taught me that it’s always best to workout with a friend, especially one who is committed to the work. You need to have that “person” in your life that will push you to want more even when you thought you were done. It’s never “done” with CrossFit…there’s always “more.”
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: My favorite lift is the deadlift. Feel like I can do these all day. Least Favorite…overhead squats. Ugh, I hate them for more than one reason – my weight limit is far below any RX and I struggle to keep that bar from pulling me forward.
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? My first workout was 1 Deadlift EMOM for 8 minutes; 12-9-6-3 Deadlifts and Strict HSPUs (modified of course). Perhaps it’s because I’m short and I don’t have far off the ground to go for this movement, but I think that’s where my love affair with the Deadlift began.
Greateast CrossFit Achievement so far: I improved my MURPH time from last year by 2 minutes & 45 seconds! Yay J My CrossFit goal for 2014 was to be able to do T2B. Was sooo happy with myself when I was able to actually reach that bar!
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: I struggle with this question. But if I were to define a time in my life that still leaves me asking myself “how did I even do that.” I would have to say it was when I was earning my degree at Sacred Heart. I managed to earn my BA in 4 years while working full-time (40-60 hrs/week). This meant going to class from 6pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday after a long work day, no Summers off and 2 week cram courses during Winter and Spring breaks. To top things off, my oldest was a toddler at the time. My days were long and so were those 4 years. I needed to get it done and move on.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” CrossFit should have come into my life 10 years ago. I love the thought of challenging my limits. The best WODs? The ones that drop your ass to the floor leaving you gasping for air until you want to throw up. Who doesn’t love feeling that good???
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….: I can’t pinpoint one thing. I seem to have tons of things going on at once. My day is always so unpredictable, which is why I probably hit random CF classes often. But if there’s thunder and lightening, you’ll find me sitting on my front porch. Love, love, love watching a storm. It’s both soothing and calming. Throw in some wind and it’s the perfect storm!
Other comments?: Thank you to everyone at the box for making my first year a great one! Looking forward to more of them.
Rose throwing around 265
These tough ladies hitting Murph in the rain Tuesday!!
Kate looking confident at the bottom of her squat
Nathaniel during that tough thruster WOD