Cari A – Athlete Profile

Cari’s always got a smile for us when she gets here!


First Name & Last Initial:

Cari A


Norfolk, NE


Couple months from 39


Full time money side of Insurance, part time Vision

When did you first start CrossFitting:

August 2015

When did you first start training at IHCF:

August 2015

Favorite WOD:

Anything that involves Rowing

Least Favorite WOD:

Hmm.  Not fond of “pull-ups” but working to think of it as a challenge instead of a dislike

Tell us about your sports and fitness background:

I played soccer from grade school into my High School years.  In college I studied for the National Athletic Training exam, and graduated with a BS in K-12 Physical Education/Health.  I’ve always loved learning, especially anything health related.  More recently I have gotten into a world of spinning (hula hoops, poi, chucks, & staff), a variety of 5ks, and one 10k

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it like and how did it feel:

Hilary posted about her gym having an open house, which was right around the corner from where I live.  I wanted to check out the place, so I came.  From the first moment I walked in the door, I was greeted like family.  It was then that I was given one of the best gifts ever of a round of classes.  I don’t recall the first class, but I do remember I was nervous because I had heard stories about CrossFit.  Also, it took several days to recover

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after):

Overall I feel more positive about things, clothes are getting looser, and I crave working out

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected:

I feel more confident to handle unexpected.  I’ve always skirted around change whenever possible, so for me to willingly step up for new things is huge

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/IHCF moments:

It’s not a specific moment.  The IHCF family who won’t let me quit, but instead encourages and channels their strength to lift up everyone around them.  It can be during a workout, or just in your everyday life.  Everything happens for a reason, and I found a new awesome family to enhance this chapter of my life

Any advice for people just getting started:

Even if the workout seems daunting, just focus on one or two parts at a time.  Chris does a great job of breaking it down and giving you top focus point(s).  Don’t be afraid to communicate with him on fears, pains, etc.

What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFitting:

Hula Hooping, or other prop spinning, reading, coloring, crafts, puzzles (jigsaw), cooking, sleep 🙂


Cari, it’s been a great to get the chance to know you and see you grow as an athlete and a person.  We look forward to what you’ll become in the future!