A massive congratulations to the one and only Cindy Bennett for receiving our September Athlete of the Month title!! The past few months Cindy has put in loads and loads of hard work to better herself in all aspects of life.  We could not be prouder of how far you’ve come since joining us, Cindy.  We can’t wait to see where your progress takes you a year from now 🙂  Check out the Q&A we did with Cindy below!!

1. How long have you been CrossFitting for? How long have you been at Firewall?

I have been CrossFitting since 2012, and moved to Firewall in February of this year.

2. What is your favorite and least favorite movement you perform at the gym?

My favorite movement is the dead lift. It’s one movement I don’t have to modify, and I feel super strong!

I have a lot of movements that I do have to modify, so that makes them not my favorite – but I’d have to say I like burpees the least. My mobility is not what it used to be, and lots of things hurt after I do burpees (including my ego!).

3. In September, you gave yourself a personal wall ball challenge for the month; what was the challenge and why did you decide to do it?

It was something Coach Kayleigh had suggested a year or so ago. She called it Calendar Wall Balls. Every day, you perform the number of unbroken wall balls that matches the date. Sept 1 is 1 wall ball, Sept 2 is 2 and so on, until the end of the month. If you miss a day, you have to make that number up. (FEB is the best month to do it LOL) I have done it before, but it was prior to my latest series of shoulder issues. I’m not very good at them, I struggle with breathing during them, and often end up throwing up ‘airballs’. Kayleigh suggested it as a way of slowly making myself work harder. I was also looking for something to entice me to get to the gym more often- Having to make up several days of wall balls is horrible.

4. What is your proudest accomplishment ever in CrossFit?

I still remember the day I hit a 200# back squat. But I think my proudest accomplishment was returning to CrossFit after I had a torn/detached retina and subsequent surgery. The doctors have repeatedly assured me it was NOT CrossFit related. But it really scared me. And working out with an eye patch and limited vision was a whole different thing. I have recovered fully from that, but every once in a while, when I’m feeling sorry for myself, I try to think of how far I have come.

5. Who started CrossFit first, you or your daughter (Coach Kayleigh)? How did the second one get involved?

We actually started at the exact same time!! Same on-ramp classes etc. My nephew had been going for about 6 months and of course, as all CrossFitters do – had been talking about it at all our family gatherings. I was afraid to go by myself, so I begged Kayleigh to come with me. Many years ago (in my 20’s – that ‘s a lonnng time ago) I was an ACE/IDEA certified fitness instructor – teaching 6am Step Aerobics classes. (Legwarmers and all!!!! ) Once I tried CrossFit, I knew it was meant for me. And Kayleigh kind of likes it too 😉 Watching her gives me an incredible sense of pride and awe at how she’s able to push herself.

6. What is your favorite part about CrossFit Firewall?

I don’t think I can separate out one part. Firewall is actually the 3rd CrossFit gym I’ve been a member of. But Firewall is different. It is the people, the coaches, the programming, the facility, the location. It’s the kind of place that is for the ‘regular person’, but can also be for the athlete who wants to push to the next level. Everything combined makes for the perfect overall CrossFit gym. I think it all comes down to what Dave and Bucky have envisioned and built, and keep evolving.

7. How has your increased fitness in the gym affected an everyday activity or chore you might do outside of the gym?

There are many chores I would never have attempted prior to CrossFit – removing and installing floor tiles for example. But I think the biggest activity I’ve been able to take on and continue is owning a German Shepherd Dog. She’s 65 pounds of energy. She needs a lot of activity, she’s super strong and needs a strong person to control her. Luckily CrossFit has helped me keep up with her!!

8. We know you love your wine! What’s the best wine you’ve ever tasted? Which wine would you recommend to someone who’s never really had wine before?

Best wine I’ve had recently is a bottle of Merlot- (I don’t usually drink Merlot) Emmolo from Napa Valley. I had it a tasting and it’s got a really nice smokey, full bodied, not too fruity taste. It cost more than I usually allow myself to pay- but I’m saving it to celebrate the end of the October Nutrition Challenge!!!!

For someone who is new to wine drinking, I would recommend a red blend. They tend to be a bit ‘milder’ and easier drinking, and can pair with a wider variety of foods. One I like for beginners is pretty inexpensive : ‘Black Cloud’ by Cloudbreak. Available at your nearby Natick Total Wine & More for $9.99 🙂

9.Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?

Oh geez. I’m going to go with the one horse sized duck, I’d lay on the ground in the fetal position and hopefully he’d leave me alone!!!!!