April Athlete Focus: Rach
“Rachael has been a huge part of this community for the past 7 years, serving as a great friend, role model, and inspiration for others! Not to mention being a killer athlete!”
– Coach Jake
Member since: March 12th 2011
Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂
I live in Medway with my husband, Eric. We’ve been together for over 20 years. He’s my biggest support and cheerleader in life, and is overall just the greatest, most talented human being I know. I’m a psychotherapist for kids, teens, and young adults. I’ve had a private practice in Medway for about 7 years. I specialize in treating anxiety, OCD, trauma, depression and suicidality/self-injurious behaviors. I love my job and, although I’m on-call 24/7, I think I do a pretty good job of living a balanced life. I practice mediation/mindfulness everyday which helps to keep me grounded, focused, and calm. Besides my love of CrossFit I love bikram style yoga, hiking, and trail running. I take Fridays off during the summer so that I can get to the beach as much as possible. I love cooking, movies, and music. I’m secretly, well, not so secret to some, a huge fan of old school hip hop. Yet, I also love old 90’s hardcore as well! I aspire to live a happy, adventurous life, and to help others to create happiness in their own lives.
What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?
I came from years of cardio at globo gyms, so the thought of weights was really intimidating, but I was very bored with my routine. CFT just opened and it was slim pickins for other gyms in the area. I think the website, at the time, seemed less scary than the couple of other gyms that were around.
What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??
Right away, I really enjoyed the thrill of learning different lifts and movements. Now, 7 years later, I return every day because I’m still learning. I love the challenge of always working on and improving on things.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?
The relationships I have with my friends at CFT is by far my favorite part. We’ve all been through so many fun days and hard days together. It feels like my home away from home.
What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
Good question. I’m not sure I have a proudest accomplishment. I was happy with myself for finishing the muscle ups in 18.3.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My aging body! LOL! Nagging little injuries and health issues make me want to scream sometimes. I’m usually really disciplined about getting to the gym no matter what state my body is in. I’m not sure if that helps me or hurts me, but I’m consistent.
What is your favorite CF movement to do?
I love OHS, weighted lunges, all things gymnastics, and lifts from the hang.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
Come in with an open and inquisitive mind. Remember that this is a process and you’re learning. Some days you’ll walk away feeling like class was the biggest challenge of your day and other days you’ll feel like it was a piece of cake. Whatever happened, just come back the next day.