Member Spotlight: Annemarie Cassidy
Name: Annemarie Cassidy
Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom, Former Air Force Pilot
Balance Location: CrossFit Glover Park
Member Since: January 2013
Comes to Balance: 4-5 times a week
What kinds of workouts were you doing before you started CrossFit?
I was teaching Zumba.
Why did you decide to try CrossFit?
I had just turned 40, had thyroid problems and just found out I had insulin resistance as well, which is a pre-diabetic condition. Everything I read said that increased muscle mass would be helpful for my issues, and I knew CrossFit would take care of that. Oct. 11 is now my 3-year CrossFit anniversary!
What advice do you have for people who are new to CrossFit, or to working out in general?Coming from the Zumba world, where you “Ditch the Workout, Join the Party,” I really enjoyed social, fun workouts and thought I would hate CrossFit. I thought it would be incredibly hard and everyone would see how weak I was. I was surprised to find, however, that the CrossFit community is, in fact, very social and is a supportive group of like-minded people who have similar goals, and who help everyone reach theirs. I also thought it was cool that I could be a 40-year-old housewife working out next to an Army Ranger and we could each do the same workout, scaled accordingly, and both feel like we kicked butt at the end of the day.
A lot of people I talk to are intimidated by CrossFit, thinking it is just for 20-year-old fire breathers. I am living proof, at 43, that anyone can do this! I know that a lot of women worry about getting “bulked up” if they do CrossFit. I always tell them that I lift as heavy as I can, 4 to 5 days a week, and this is as bulky as I can get, so they shouldn’t worry. Granted, I have visible muscles that I am proud of, but I am not worried that I’ll ever look like a body-builder. Also, I love that I can do practically anything my kids can do. Climb a rope? I can do that. Run up that hill? No problem! It’s a great feeling and my boys are proud of their mom.
My husband, Sean, was living in DC for work and my two boys and I were able to join him here in January 2013. At that point I had been doing CrossFit in Washington State for over a year and I convinced Sean to join CrossFit Glover Park with me when that program started the same month. I kept bugging Andrew to start a CrossFit Kids program and now our two sons, 13 and 10, also CrossFit three times a week. We are truly a CrossFit family!
Sean’s a morning CrossFitter and I go at noon, but occasionally he breaks away from work to get a workout in with me, which I’m sure makes me work a little bit harder. We also have strange dinner conversations with our boys, often discussing WODs, squat technique, etc. One of the boys even got up during dinner last week to show us his pistols.
The coaches are all great and I’ve recruited two of my best friends to join CrossFit as well. It’s like social hour to spend time working out with my friends.
The coaches are all very knowledgable and give you individual attention to help with what you’re working on. Everyone, no matter what their fitness level, is treated as an athlete.
I go to the noon class since I have kids to get to school in the morning and pick up in the afternoon.