Natalie looking powerful with the barbell in her hands, as usual
Our June Member Spotlight is Natalie!!! Natalie is another one of our super dedicated members and she is approaching her 3-year CrossFitiversary!!!! Natalie is one powerful chica and is one of our strongest females with pretty much any barbell lift. She is super busy with work and has some crazy hours, but we love that she always makes her gym time a priority. Natalie is always striving for ways to improve and has taken a lot of extra time recently to work on her gymnastics and Olympic lifting technique. We love Natalie because she is willing to help anyone in need and is always asking what SHE can do for the box, or what SHE can do for one of our events. Lastly and very importantly, Natalie is also famous at the gym for her AMAZING desserts!! Most notably is her chocolate-peanut butter cake, which she brings to almost any special occasion at the box. Thank you for being such a great part of this community Natalie!
Name: Natalie Tedino
Where are you originally from? San Jose, CA
What high school and/or college did you attend? Danbury High School and WCSU/FIDM
Favorite Sports Teams? New York Yankees and my new found love New York Rangers!!!!
What do you do for work? I am Mate (yes, that’s my real title) at Trader Joes in Stamford although sometimes I think I missed my calling as a baker.
When did you start CrossFit? I started in July of 2012 with my friend, Nash, who kept bugging me to go because he said it was the best workout I will ever do, and it took me about two months to say yes and I have been hooked ever since! I started because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted from ordinary workouts and I didn’t really want to be in a gym running on a treadmill day in and day out.
Favorite and last favorite lift? Favorite is a tie between deadlift and back squat. Least favorite is the snatch.
What was your first workout, and what did you think about it? We did a 5-5-5-5 front squat and I maxed out at 83 pounds. It’s now around 180! We also did a 3-3-3-3 deadlift and I did 115, now my max is around 310! For the workout I modified the WOD to 5 rounds of 5 kettlebell swings and a 4-point suicide after each round.
Greatest CrossFit achievement so far? This was more of a mental/body thing for me. For about 10 years I would not wear a tank top out in public and didn’t even own one because I was so ashamed of my body. Then during one of our nutrition challenges at 203, with support of my team members, I bought a 203 tank top and haven’t looked back. Now I am proud of where my body is compared to what it used to be. Thanks 203!!!!
CrossFit Goal for 2015? I have two. Get my handstand push-ups and string together chest-to-bar pull-ups.
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit? When I was 4-years old I had childhood leukemia and I have been in remission for 20 years this year and honestly I have never felt better!!!
Complete this sentence: “CrossFit should…..” be a law that everyone follows!
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me…..: At work or sleeping
Other comments? I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing group of people!
Anna looking strong with her OHS’s
Justin working through a set of OHS’s
Alexis, Brian and Dave getting in some muscle-up work at 4 pm
Walsh, Kendra and Kim getting after their squats