BadAss WODWOMEN Meet Dora Urniežiūtė From CrossFit Kaunas

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

I am Dora a mother of a two year old, wife, CrossFit trainer, personal coach and a non practicing family medicine doctor. I am an avid snowboarder, I love exercise in any form and trying out new sports and activities. I am passionate about science based exercise and nutrition, training and helping people through training. I love learning something new daily and broadening my knowledge on all kinds of topics as much as I can. Learning is probably my biggest passion.

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

I train at CrossFit Kaunas, I coach there as well. I usually do my workout right after I finish training the morning class. So it's around 10 am.

When did you start doing CrossFit? *

I started doing CrossFit around 3-4 years ago at a regular gym. There were no CrossFit gyms in our city until we opened CrossFit Kaunas a few months back.

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

I heard the term CrossFit while reading about nutrition somewhere. The term caught my attention and I entered it in the YouTube. Started on one clip of CrossFit games and ended up watching all the workouts of the games in one day. Several days later I did my first CF workout at the gym, which consisted of some rounds of running, KB swings and pull ups, if I recall well.

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

I was playing football, snowboarding, running and exercising in a regular gym, so machines, treadmill, some aerobics classes. After watching the games I ditched the group classes and started lifting and working on gymnastics more seriously. Watching those ladies kick buts at so many skills were life changing.

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

I am much smarter, much less concerned with intensity and much more with skill and strength.

Favorite WOD or movement *

Anything gymnastics related, pull ups, push ups, handstands. I am terrible at those too, takes me so long to gain strength for the skills and to learn the skill themselves, but so rewarding and the most creative.

Least favorite WOD or movement *

Probably weighted lunges.

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

Physically I am the strongest I have ever been and surprisingly not much slower than I was when I was running 6 times a week. I control and feel my body much better. Mentally, I became tougher, more self confident, I don't care about others opinions about my body anymore and therefore I don't judge other women's bodies. I have actually decided to be a trainer and a coach and not a doctor because I saw how training and healthy lifestyle have changed my life and that of others and decided that it's better to impact a smaller community of people who want change than do little to no impact on several thousand of people many of whom want just a quick fix.

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

Being a good example for my family and my CrossFit family, setting a physical goal I want to achieve (like a new gymnastics skill, certain weight I want to lift, time I want to beat). Watching the mums at high CrossFit level is really motivating, the people I train most of whom are very busy still coming to train despite everything going on in their lives and achieving new skills, getting PR's, interacting, enjoying or suffering through the sessions. They are very motivating to me as a coach. I want to study, learn new skills so I can coach them, they keep me wanting to be one step ahead all the time.

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

Do not be intimidated. So many people are intimidated by CrossFit because so many gyms send the wrong message, at least in my country. People come to an affiliates FB page and see only muscle ups, 2 m box jumps, ripped men and women, people going at impossible intensities, they don't care about the "scalable for everyone" message under those posts. I would be intimidated as well. And then there are CF Games... But in reality, it is probably the most scalable group class one could attend. You don't have to go to the tempo of the music, your coach knows you, you basically get your personal workout and a semi-personal training and it's much cheaper than private sessions at a regular gym. Plus it's more of a family than just a group of people exercising.

Something you might not know about me:

I can exercise to the Prodigy one minute and Taylor Swift the next. I am very good and suffering through long workouts but that doesn't mean I love them :).

What's your PR /pump up song?

It depends on the day, but it's usually some upbeat, slightly old school rock.

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