Sheree Calder

Why did you join CrossFit Uncut?
Having a husband who works away during the week, it was really important to me to be able to come in and train during school hours. So, it’s really awesome that there are a whole range of classes that I can come in all week long that suit my needs. I had a goal last year to try and fix some back problems so I joined a big gym here in Dunedin and worked with a personal trainer. He left and suggested that I come and try CrossFit, so I came down and I’ve been working on my upper body strength and core strength ever since.

What were your first experiences at CrossFit like?
I was really nervous, more nervous that I am right now (laughs). I had just been used to working one on one with a personal trainer and in a big gym where no one notices you, no one cares what you doing. So to walk into a group setting was pretty terrifying, but I just really felt like I was gonna struggle to keep up with all the athletes in here and I was just going to be left at the back to my own devises, but my nerves were pretty quickly calmed. Everyone was really friendly and helped me find equipment and get sorted and the coaches just really took me under their wing.

What are you wanting to achieve through CrossFit?
Yeah I don’t have a big goal here, I just feel like each day that I walk in I’m trying to work towards really small milestones. Before I came here I couldn’t even do one pull up, now I can string ten or eleven together. I just have really small goals like unassisted handstand push-ups, and muscle ups which are things I just never have considered ever being able to do in my life.

What do you think of the coaches and other members?
They are just a really awesome bunch of people, they love having a laugh and a bit of a joke around. They’re really supportive, really encouraging. They don’t really care what you’re lifting, or how fast you’re doing the workout, they’re just always cheering you on, they’ve always got your back. The coaches are really passionate, they get really excited when you hit a PB (personal best) or tick off a milestone.

Is there any advice you would give to someone who is on the fence about joining?
As a former CrossFit skeptic, I’d say don’t knock it till you try it. Don’t listen to anything that you might hear about it, and make up your own opinion by coming in. I just heard lots of rubbish being spoken about CrossFit and I listened to it, but I’m happily eating my words now. It’s definitely nothing like what I had heard, it’s the complete opposite, I love it.

Member Spotlight Monday – Sheree Interview‘‘As a former CrossFit sceptic, I’d say don’t knock it till you try it. Don’t listen to anything you might hear about it, make up your own opinion by coming in.’’

Posted by Crossfit Uncut on Sunday, 20 August 2017