Our team has selected Trishia for Athlete of the Month of February for many reasons. She embodies our core values being Humble- Hungry-Happy! Her attitude towards challenges is inspiring to others. Trishia has transformed her body and life with us and we could not be more proud to have her as part of the Hippo family! So please in enjoy this short interview and give Trishia a big high five next time you see her crushing it in the gym!
1.TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m a 50 year old mom of 2 sons (24 and 21). I met my husband at an Aggie football game almost 30 years ago and we’ve been married for over 26 years. I work in marketing and communications for Wood.
2. WHAT IS ONE THING WE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT?
Not sure, I’m WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). I’m pretty much an open book, ask me anything. What may surprise you is I’m actually an introvert.
3. WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT?
I wanted to do a workout that had a ton of variety. I was convinced I’d be flipping tires and tossing firehoses.
4. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CROSSFIT?
This might sound cheesy but it’s the people. This outgoing introvert has met and become friends with a lot of great people. And I miss them when I don’t come to Hippo.
5. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
Making my first box jump. Box jumping was more of a mental challenge than a physical one for me. I had to get passed the fear of jumping and when I did I felt like I overcame much more than just jumping a couple of feet.
6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVEMENT/LIFT? LEAST FAVORITE?
Favorite is probably the back squat. Least favorite is the clean and jerk – for some reason the double moves are just too much for my brain, I overthink it every time. Looking forward to developing muscle memory for the clean and jerk so I don’t have to think about it anymore.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
I have a couple of goals but know they will change each year. For 2020 my goals are to deadlift my own weight, I’m less than 10lbs from hitting that; consistently do 20” box jump – I was there until I wiped out, now I have to build the nerve again; pull-up – not even close but have progressed from ring rows to jumping pullups.
8. WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HIPPO HAD ON YOUR LIFE IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
As I gain confidence in the gym, I gain confidence in other areas of my life. I find I’m challenging myself to do new and different things and not settle for just going through the motions. Not to mention that I have more strength and muscles at 50 than I probably had at 25.
9. WHAT MAKES CROSSFIT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FITNESS PROGRAMS THAT YOU’VE TRIED IN THE PAST?
For me the difference is the emphasis on building muscle. I’ve mostly done cardio type fitness programs (I actually enjoy cardio, especially running) and have done very little weight training. Regarding CrossFit Hippo specifically, it is the most encouraging inclusive program I’ve ever been a part of. The coaches do a great job of knowing each of the athletes – they teach us when they need to and push us when they need to but always in an encouraging way. All the athletes are welcoming and encouraging, there’s never a feeling of cliques, or “cool kids” vs the newbs. Just a great environment that makes people want to keep coming back.
10. IF YOU COULD CREATE A WOD, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
I would do a partner WOD:
10 rounds for time partner
1) completes 200m run partner
2) 5 T2B / 10 KB swings/ 15 air squats
11. WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT CROSSFIT, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
I love going to the movies, traveling (especially to see NASCAR races) or simply hanging out with the hubby and the pups watching tv. I also really love my job.