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December Member of the Month: Judy Chiang

Last year, I went on a hike up Mt Wilson with Judy. I like to walk fast, but she was able to keep up every step of the way. Every few miles, she would ask for a break through gasps of breath that sounded like she was on her death throes. 10 seconds later: "ok, I'm good!", and we would continue on at the same pace.

That's Judy in a nut shell. She will push herself to the absolute breaking point. Her lungs beg her for mercy, and she responds by punishing them even more. Of all the four-letter words that come out of her mouth during a WOD, "quit" isn't one of them. For that reason, I can't think of anyone more deserving of Member of the Month!

Now let's hear from Judy:

How long have you been CrossFitting? Since 2016 November?! Learning function movements through Youtube. On and off bouncing around different gyms...

What made you try CrossFit? The sense of competition brings out something special in a person. Plus it's fun.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while at CFNP? Double under, handstand, deadlift heavier than my own body weight.

What’s the best thing(s) about CFNP? Coaches, and the community. You don't quit, I don't quit. And just when you think you might… the coach is there. Eyes on you, checking your movement safety, turning the music up and keeping you motivated right to the end.

Which class time do you most commonly attend? 9 AM!!!!

Is competing one of your goals? No. Crossfit helps me to live a healthy and energetic life-style. So I can conquer more peaks. That’s my goal.

Do you have any advice for someone on the fence about trying CrossFit or joining CFNP? I would tell them 99% of the CrossFit community is there to better themselves for tomorrow, not just to prove themselves today.

CrossFit can either be AMAZING or TERRIBLE! It depends on how you like to be motivated, if there are competent coaches around you, what your goals are, and if you actually enjoy exercise. So choose your gym wisely.

What keeps you motivated? Unlike commercial gym, I like how CrossFit WOD will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that's capable of practically anything and everything. That's what keeps me going! Being strong mentally and physically!

How has CrossFit changed your life? It's changed my life in several ways, all positive. * It's now absolutely a habit to exercise regularly. One of the main reasons I joined was that I had zero knowledge proper forms. Now, I can't imagine not exercising three times each week. I'm not a pure fanatic about it, but I go to CF gyms on vacation. I can easily see myself doing CrossFit for the rest of my life. * I've gained a group of friends that I work out with. * I've gotten used to being uncomfortable. Sure, you get fitter and stronger, but it's very useful to be put in a situation where you are physically uncomfortable on a regular basis.

What has been your favorite workout and why? Anything required in a long triathlon type of workout. Like rowing, bike, running, jump rope, deadlifts, ski erg.

What is your favorite cheat item? Beer and fries

What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym? Hiking. I am hardcore day hiker. Always looking for the hardest day hike to complete in a single day....hikes are are packed with thrilling elements such as airy exposure, difficult navigation, gutsy traverses, and long distances.

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