Preferred Name: Penny
Where did you grow up? Waseca, MN
When did you become a member of Mi5 Fitness?
What do you do when you are not at Mi5?
When I am not at the gym, I like to attend concerts, travel, hike, run, spend time with my significant other, family and friends, try new restaurants or breweries and read. I also really love my job as a Social Worker.
How did you find out about Mi5?
I had some friends from my old gym who used to attend Mi5 and I was looking for a change, so I did a trial in January and I loved it!!
When/How did you realize CrossFit/Mi5 was the right fit for you?
I might get sappy here for a minute?! Hands down, when you walk in, you see and feel the community vibe here. I was welcomed the moment I walked through the door – and that hasn’t stopped. And the coaches,
all they want for you is to become a better version of yourself. The one moment where I knew I was a member for life was at GameDay Eau Claire when I saw the HUGE amount of support from the members who weren’t competing – what a commitment! I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of a community where we all want to see ourselves and others continue to be better versions of ourselves!
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
Anything involving squatting!
Either Back Squat or Squat Clean
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
There’s a few…but hands down the Assault Bike!!
What would your perfect WOD look like?
It has to be long – and something with running, deadlifts and cleans in it.
What is one thing you have been able to accomplish since starting at Mi5 that you never thought you'd be able to do?
Strict HSPU – I still need to scale it, but I’m making progress.
What motivates you to stay fit?
The ability to prove to myself how strong I am and how far I can push myself, the stress relief it produces – and I only have one body, so I have to treat it right.
What is something about you that Mi5 members do not yet know?
Back in 2001, I had a pretty significant weight loss of 50 pounds. Since then, fitness has become a high priority for me.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Mi5?
Have fun, give it your all and you won’t be disappointed!