Preferred Name: Mariah
Where did you grow up?
Blue Earth, MN
When did you become a member of Mi5 Fitness?
September of 2017
What do you do when you are not at Mi5?
When I'm not at the gym I like to spend time with friends and family and travel pretty regularly. I also have a wonderful job as the supervisor at Fly My Group!
How did you find out about Mi5?
From the one and only Ashley Jacobson! I trained with her one on one to start out.
When/How did you realize CrossFit/Mi5 was the right fit for you?
I had always been a competitive athlete when I was younger and in high school, and when that was over I didn’t really have anything else to turn to. Years later I found crossfit and loved it because it’s a constant competition with yourself, and there’s no end to improving. I knew Mi5 specifically was the right fit for me after getting to know the coaches and members. My hour at this gym is always my favorite part of the day because you can leave your worries at the door and get lost in some fitness and fun with the best people.
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
Cleans! All cleans.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Wall balls and deadlifts.
What would your perfect WOD look like?
Cleans and burpees! I also really enjoy long chipper WODs.
What is one thing you have been able to accomplish since starting at Mi5 that you never thought you'd be able to do?
Pull ups. I couldn't come close to doing one before and now I can do at least six strict!
What motivates you to stay fit?
I'm motivated by thinking back to where I've been, where I am now, and where I want to be. I also feel the difference mentally and emotionally when I’m not active and that’s enough for me to choose to stay fit!
What is something about you that Mi5 members do not yet know?
Since starting my fitness journey three years ago I’ve lost almost 40lbs.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Mi5?
Commit to showing up. One thing that has helped me is learning to not rely on motivation because sometimes it's just not there, especially during an extra stressful week or dealing with whatever may come up. Pack that gym bag and make it a habit to show up as many days a week as you've committed to. Also, don't compare yourself and where you’re at to others. Be proud of walking through the door, as sometimes that’s the hardest part. Lastly, feel confident in knowing you’ve picked the best gym out there!