BadAss WODWOMEN Meet Amanda Northern From CrossFit Bagus

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Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.). *

I am a USMC wife; mother of three kids currently living in Okinawa Japan. I am a level two Crossfit Coach. I enjoy exploring this beautiful island, cafes and beaches. With everyone’s hectic schedules I try to plan as much family time as possible.

Which affiliate box are you training at? Which class time do you usually attend? *

Crossfit BAGUS

When did you start doing CrossFit? *


How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? *

My mother is actually the one who first introduced me to Crossfit. I didn’t really know or hear much about it at the time and the thought of lifting weights made me nervous. It wasn’t until a few years later and a move overseas to Okinawa when a friend asked me if I would join her in a “fit camp” offered at a local Crossfit Box. I said “sure”, “why not”; I’d heard of Crossfit and maybe this would turn into a new hobby or fun way to loose weight since I started to dread the treadmill. Little did I know how that one class would shake my entire world for the better. To say I was hooked was an understatement. This little box; filled with all people of different shapes and sizes; bonding together and cheering each other on to finish what looked like a torturous workout had me craving more! I immediately signed up for the “fundamentals” class; from there I went on to do Crossfit daily, then I added myself to the weightlifting class, then I went on to get my Level 1 certification to become a Coach and a year later my Level 2. Crossfit changed my life. And so many people will say the same thing. For the first time in as long as I can remember I am happy with myself. Not just physically but also how I felt about myself mentally. My life was no longer controlled by the thought that I had to be skinny. I wanted to be STRONG. I have never felt confident in myself or the way I looked. There was always an area of my body that needed some work. But Crossfit changed all that for me. My new goals became how can I lift more? How can I work on my gymnastics? How can I help others achieve their goals? How can I fuel my body so it can perform better? It just blows my mind thinking about how much my train of thought has changed. I’d give anything to go back to my younger self and tell her she doesn’t have to look a certain way to feel like she’s fitting in. She can be fast. She can be strong. And swear like a sailor while doing so. I wake up excited to see what I can push my body and mind to do. I owe it all to this Crossfit family who welcomes everyone; no matter body size, age or physical abilities. This community is what I’d dream every girl to grow up in. My daughter was born into Crossfit. I worked out until I was 39 weeks pregnant and returned 4 weeks postpartum. My children accompany me to my local box and I can only hope it shows them that they are capable of anything if they put in the work. Strength is beauty; not only physically but mentally as well.

What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit? *

I was a basic cardio junkie! Running and more running with an occasional stair stepper workout. A friend of mine wanted company for a free trial class at a local box so I decided to join her, I never once looked back!

How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting? *

My mental approach is so much different now! I use to feel defeated easily. I wanted to lift as much weight as the girl next to me. I wanted to finish the WOD first no matter my form etc. I wanted results ASAP. I was getting down on myself and not realizing some of these girls had been doing Crossfit so much longer then I had. No one started out great at a Crossfit. It took practice and patience and mental toughness to get better. I now focus on myself and listen to my body. I work on my weaknesses as often as possible. Whereas before I probably would have just quit. Now I fight for every rep.

Favorite WOD or movement *

Gymnastics! Just because I have a lot of work to do in this area and my upper body strength isn’t where I would like it to be. But that’s where the mental toughness comes to play. You have to work at what you suck at everyday!

Least favorite WOD or movement *

I love the Snatch lift and any Metcon style WOD

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit? *

I use to believe that I had to be skinny. I remember when weight first became an issue and unfortunately it was at such a young age. Once that seed is planted in your head it’s not easily removed. I had beautiful women role models that I would listen to talk about how “fat” they were or what body part needed fixed and I remember thinking to myself “if they think they are ugly or they are fat then I wonder what they think about me”....Crossfit changed all that for me. I have put on muscle and have lifted more weight then I ever thought possible. I can do things I never knew my body was capable of doing and that’s what makes me proud. Not the number on the scale or someone else’s opinion.

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?

Oh man, the Crossfit community. So many strong and strong willed women out there keep me motivated and they are all so eager to help each other and cheer each other on; it’s just amazing. Also some good rock music to push me threw the WOD!

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time? *

Don’t be embarrassed! I know a lot of people are so worried about what others will think of them if they can’t do a push up or if they can’t do a clean. Everyone is so focused on what they want to achieve no one is judging you for what you can’t at that given time. It’s the truest saying “the loudest cheers are for those who finish last”. Give it your best effort and it will only get better. No matter your body type or physical condition...the beautiful thing about Crossfit is anyBODY can do it!

What's your PR /pump up song?

“Watch Me” Neffex


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