Meet Taylor R., our November Athlete Of The Month!
CHCF: Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I was born in San Antonio, and moved around a lot as a kid. My family landed in South Florida when I was in middle school - so I consider myself Floridian. I have one younger sister and she lives here in Greenpoint.
CHCF: How long have you been in New York, and what brought you here?
It's going on seven years, and my career is what brought me to New York. I was always involved in digital marketing and had various internships, and then found an opportunity here in a more specialized field called SEO (search engine optimization). So, now I’m at Conde Nast and I work on 22 of their brands - The New Yorker, Vogue, GQ. I make sure that all of the content that our writers produce shows up on the first page of Google.
CHCF: What’s your fitness background?
I grew up playing all kinds of sports, but in middle school I fell into competitive all-star cheerleading. It’s not your typical rah-rah stand on the sidelines cheerleading, it has it’s own subculture. I did that all through middle school and high school, competing across the country on a national level.
CHCF: Is this the kind of cheerleading where you throw people like 12 stories in the air?
Ya - when I did a thruster for the first time in CrossFit I thought, this is exactly what I did in cheerleading.
CHCF: What brought your to CrossFit?
I used to go to the gym all of the time and thought I had to run at least 3 or 4 miles before even do anything else. Then I would get to the “anything” part and would just decide I was tired and would go home. So I never saw any progress, and I never stuck with it. I started looking around for something different, that wasn’t a $40 class like spinning or Barry’s Bootcamp - and one day I walked by Crow Hill and decided to try it.
CHCF: What are your favorite lifts or skills?
I like anything with a barbell. I just love feeling strong. On the flip side, I hate everything that has to do with the pull-up bar.
CHCF: Don’t you also hate running?
Oh, ya - that’s also on my list. If I’m at a class that has running, it’s because I haven’t worked out in a few days and feel like I really need to do something. That’s the only reason why I’d show up for running. Even one lap around the block is torture for me.
CHCF: And you used to run whenever you went to the gym!
Ya, and that’s why I never stuck with it. I’d go to the gym 4 times a week and would just be sad on the treadmill.
CHCF: Is there anything about CrossFit that has surprised you, or that you thought would be different?
I’m the type of person that gets bored really quickly - so the fact that I’ve stuck to it for a year and a half now - and have been able to commit to coming every week, I think that’s a testiment to CrossFit in general, the programming, and everything we have here. It’s always changing and I’m always being challenged.
CHCF: How many times a week are you coming to class?
I’d say 4 or 5.
CHCF: What should they look for in Athlete of the Month?
I think everyone has said this, but commitment and perseverance - but I’ll add one thing to that. The willingness to cheer on and motivate other people. There have been so many times where I feel like I’m on my death bed, and I’ll hear someone from across the room yell my name. It’s really nice and motivating to hear someone yelling for you, and it’s probably a complete stranger.
CHCF: What advice would you give to someone who has just started?
When I first started I was afraid to fail. I felt really intimidated, and I didn’t progress as fast as I could have - because I was afraid to try. So, don’t be afraid to fail - it’s just part of the experience.