Preferred Name - Katie, KT, KTG, I've heard a lot of variations
Age - 29 1/2
Where did you grow up?
Burnsville aka "the dirty burn"
When did you become a member of Mi5 Fitness?
July 2018 after living in Pine County for 4 years where there was no CF within an hour radius... or Chipotle
What do you do when you are not at Mi5?
I am a school psychologist and behavior interventionist (I really just consider myself a social-emotional learning specialist). I love working with kids- they are hilarious. Never a dull moment. Literally... never. I do other cool things like Spikeball, all the yard games, working out/lifting heavy things, games--lots of games, reading, anything personal growth-related (I'm an enneagram 9 so it is what it is).
How did you find out about Mi5?
I moved back to Burnsville, researched all the CF gyms in the area and made a spreadsheet. Mi5 had a really amazing Groupon so... #goodmarketing Very thankful it turned out so well (but I don't believe in coincidence, so...)
When/How did you realize CrossFit/Mi5 was the right fit for you?
When I noticed a shift in my mindset and I was able to stay consistent and dedicated and actually excited to work out. New friends are cool, too.
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
Deadlifts, squats, burpees...
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Anything lunges and wall ball
What would your perfect WOD look like?
Hmm maybe a mixture of heavy deadlifts and box jumps, double unders, burpees (but not jump over row burpees)
What is one thing you have been able to accomplish since starting at Mi5 that you never thought you'd be able to do?
Biggest thing is a mindset shift on my health & wellness. I enjoy working out now because of how good my body and mind FEEL afterward- no longer to accomplish a weight goal or make my body look like an unachievable photoshopped picture (lol but seriously, diet culture). I am consistently amazed that my body and mind can push through and accomplish these workouts that literally seem impossible.
What motivates you to stay fit?
On the days that I lose motivation, it's the PEOPLE that get me to the gym. I have made so many amazing friends it makes me want to cry. Love you guys.
What is something about you that Mi5 members do not yet know?
Hmm...I'm left-handed, I'm an introvert, and I really hate Bon Jovi music please no more Bon Jovi
What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Mi5?
Stick with it and it will feel better. Learn how to do movements correctly and use the right weight for good form... it can be really easy to get caught in the ego but CrossFit is not about that, it's about progress. And I promise you if you keep showing up, you will feel progress in no time!