A massive congratulations to Cidhinnia for earning the November Member of the Month title. If you haven’t had a class with her before, you’re missing out big time. She’s such a fun person to have in class. She has the ability to connect with individuals on a deep level while at the same time maintaining a fantastic sense of humor – quick to crack a joke! This is a combination few can exude especially to the caliber Cidhinnia does. She’s a walking model of exactly the type of person we love having at Firewall – someone who likes to have a fun time, but also wants to improve themselves each and every day. Congrats Cidhinnia! Be sure to check out the Q&A we did with her below!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started in Spring 2012 at a box in Boston.

Why did you get started in the first place?
There was a box opening in the same building where I worked and I figured if I made it to work,
then I had no excuse but to make it to the gym! The building discount didn’t hurt either! lol

When you first started, what was something you experienced that you didn’t expect to?
That I would love having a barbell in my hands so much. I never imagined that I would be a total
meathead! LOL Prior to starting CrossFit, I had never done any kind of weightlifting. I never
expected to get so addicted and to get so excited about what my body could do. It was amazing
to stop worrying so much about the number on the scale and focus more on the number on the
barbell!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who’s looking to get started at Firewall? What about
someone who’s 6-9 months in?
For someone just starting, I would say that you have definitely found one of the most supportive
places to focus on becoming the best version of yourself. This is such a positive place with great
coaches and an amazing community of members.
For someone who is 6-9 months into their journey, I would say that you should continue to
focus on setting goals for yourself. It’s always about being better than you were before, making
progress (not perfection), and that, as much as you probably love the gym, rest and recovery are
equally as important for your continued growth and development as an athlete (and YES you are
an athlete, even if that isn’t a term you’ve ever owned for yourself before. It took me a long
time to accept it too!).

What’s your favorite part about CrossFit?
The constantly varied nature of the programming and the built-in coaching is key. It’s great not
having to think about what I am going to do that day and just focus on showing up and giving it
my best.

What’s your favorite part about Firewall?
My favorite part about Firewall is the supportive community exists here. Not all CrossFit style
gyms have that. I appreciate that it’s ok that we all have individualized goals and reasons for
being here and that they are all valued and supported. Also, the coaches are all so great about
figuring out modifications and making sure we are being safe with the movements while
ensuring we still get a great workout.

How have you seen your effort inside the gym positively affect your life outside the gym?
The gym is my “me” time. It supports not only my physical health, but also my mental and
emotional health too! It’s one way that I show my kids the importance of taking time for
yourself. It’s helped me feel as strong on the outside as I do on the inside. Plus, it has shown my
boys that strength isn’t just for one gender. I also love that I have energy to be active with my
boys.

What’s your WHY for working out?
Part of my “why” is definitely about how it makes me feel inside and out. But it’s also that as a
single parent I want to make sure that I stay as healthy as possible for my boys.

What’s your favorite place in the world you’ve been and where in the world do you want to go the most
but haven’t been?
Picking one favorite place is hard! I love to travel. Barcelona was definitely one of my favorite
places though.
I haven’t been anywhere on the African continent, so I would love to travel there.

What do you think each of your 3 sons will be doing for work 10 years from now?
I think Tristan will be well into his music production career. Tomás will probably be working as
some kind of computer scientist. Tiernan, who loves all things animals and can argue the pants
off of anyone, in 10 years will have likely just started graduate school.

What’s something not many people know about you?
I have multiple autoimmune disorders, including Addison’s disease which literally almost killed
me in 2020. This affects so many things in my life. It has also been a lesson in how critical it is to
stay physically healthy. My physical fitness likely made all the difference in why I survived and
am still here today. It is also why I so appreciate the support from the coaches and the
community at Firewall as I work to regain my strength and rebuild myself.