October 2020 Athlete Focus: Sue Scarcella

“You couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our CrossFit Torque community than Sue. She always has a smile on her face and never fails to show her great sense of humor when she’s in class.”

Tell us about you! 

My name is Sue “SCAR-CELLA”  (where the second C is definitely NOT silent)…lol Sara

What’s something that other members may not know about you?

I am engineered with an inquisitive mind. I often find opportunities to test myself and to take me out of my comfort zone (Possibly why I love challenges so much).  These opportunities allow me to learn so much more about myself and what my limitations are so I can work on them to be a better human (and athlete).

Some of your hobbies or favorite things to do. 

The only time I truly relax is when I’m sitting on a beach.  That is by far my favorite place to be.  In my spare time I enjoy DIY projects, cooking, networking and of course fitness.  I also really enjoy being with my family.  Funny story…My husband and I met in a ski shop where he worked and I was looking to buy a ski rack for my car.  This guy Ned (who some of you know from CFT) sold me all the wrong parts and I had to go back to the shop where my now husband, spent all day pulling together all the right parts so I could successfully attach skis to the roof of my car.

What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

 I moved to Foxboro in 2011, and when my last CrossFit gym changed their class hours, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to get my workout in just a little closer to home so I could spend more quality time with my family.  I’ve known Amanda and Meridian for years, and decided it should be my next CrossFit “home” – especially since they welcomed with me with open arms.  I knew its where I was meant to be.

What has kept you coming back to Torque day after day?

The coaches; the WODs; the cleanliness of the gym; the community, & the budding friendships (of course).  I feel like I fit in here 🙂

And/or favorite thing about CFT? 

Without a doubt, the community is my favorite thing.  It’s a safe space to unwind from the stresses of the day – but I also know i’m going to get in a great workout.  It just makes me happy.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

I have felt comfortable enough to push myself in the WODs.  But my proudest thus far is, FINALLY understanding the mechanics of double- unders has been amazing!  I still have a lot of practicing to do, but I can say that I can do more than 1 DUB.  The workshop with Molly was so much fun and I got so much out of it!

What has been your biggest challenge?

 Definitely counting reps, keeping track of my AMRAPs without a board, or simply adding plates to know how much weight i’m moving…lol  My biggest challenge has been that I overthink EVERYTHING and the longer i think about it – the easier it is for me to get in my own head.  Since joining CFT, I have been encouraged and reminded that I can do these things, and IF I feel off about it, it’s ok to take a step back from it and find an alternative.

Do you have a favorite movement?

To name just one favorite doesn’t seem fair… but it would be anything that involves rowing, deadlifts, and maybe a kettlebell…

What piece of advice would you give to someone who might be hesitant to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

I keep trying to convince my husband to try it…… but I would say to others:  Give it a fair shot.  Be patient with yourself as not everyone is at the same level, but everyone started with a day 1.
If you could have a super power what would it be?


Anything else you’d like to share!

I joined just before quarantine, but I’d like to add that this gym has been my solace during isolation. I so am grateful for that. 

I’m usually at the gym 5 or 6 days a week.  You can find me (mainly) in the 6pm class – maybe the 9:30AM Friday class…  (7 or 8AM on Saturdays)
people working out in a group fitness class


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