Deadlift Max: 213
Back-squat Max: 165
Got Muscle-ups? Nope
1 mile run: 8:15
Name: Colleen D’Ercole
Occupation: RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Favorite WOD: Have not found one yet. I love the anticipation of coming in and finding out just how I’m going to challenge myself that day.
Favorite Lift: Deadlift, because lifting a lot of weight makes me feel like a badass!
How long have you been CrossFitting? About 10 months.
Which class time do you usually attend? Monday-Wednesday class at 615pm.
How did you find CrossFit? My daughter (Amanda) and I wanted to get in better shape for a cruise that she got me for my birthday. We both worked with different people who had experience with CrossFit so we decided to give it a try. After all, if it didn’t kill us it would make us stronger.
What is your athletic background? With the risk of dating myself too much, I grew up in a different time than most of the athletes I see at the box. I remember going to the baseball field with my brothers to try out for the Little League team and having the coach tell me I could not try out because I was a girl. I played Varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years of high school. After that I just played recreational sports. I coached my kids’ baseball and soccer teams when they were little and one of the moms asked me if I wanted to join her indoor soccer team. I immediately fell in love with it. I did some running for a few years and now I play on a COED softball team and do CrossFit. Mainly I just want to stay active and enjoy myself along the way.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I have always enjoyed to companionship of team sports but I also like being independent. CrossFit seems to have a perfect balance. There is definitely an air of competitiveness in the box but there is also always someone there to cheer on his or her neighbor when necessary.
What motivates/inspires you? I am such a competitive person that when I go to a workout I am always comparing myself to everyone else. Not to the point that I get discouraged but enough to make myself push harder and be better than I thought possible. There are so many amazing athletes around that I never get tired of watching them perform and this makes me want to try even harder.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? This is really a hard thing to pick because I am really proud of a lot of things that I have accomplished over the last ten months. All of us like adding more weight to the bar, mastering a technique, and improving our mile time. I would have to say the thing that I am the most proud of is that I show up. I come to my classes and I try to be the best 50-year-old CrossFitter that I can be every single day. I can’t tell you how many times I find myself shaking my head as I walk to my car and telling myself that I can’t believe I just finished that WOD – and then I smile.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. I am hoping that with a little more time with CrossFit I might just be able to find the motivation I need to improve my nutritional habits. I am not quite sure what this will entail but any improvement will help.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Of course my family is the most important thing in my life. My dog, Sophie is very special to me and believe it or not most of the time I really love my job.
What is your favorite cheat meal? Well most of my meals are cheat meals so it’s kinda hard to have a favorite!
Any advice for new members? I would recommend that you find what motivates you and use it to your advantage. I am competitive, so coming to the gym and standing next to someone younger and fitter than me makes me do things that normally I would not think of doing. Don’t be intimidated by the person next to you – learn something from them. Everyone deserves a spot in the box, so just claim yours and run with it.
Have you met Pukie? Close, but no cigar!