Grace Wu

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Name: Grace Wu
Age: 32
Crossfit Start Date: March-ish 2011
Favorite movement or WOD: the moment when I’m finished with a metcon!
Least favorite movement or WOD: wall balls


What was your athletic background prior to CrossFit?
I am a testament that you don’t have to be a superstar ex-college athlete to do CrossFit!  I did gymnastics and Muay Thai kickboxing when I was younger, and I used to run marathons. Now, I use CrossFit to increase my level of fitness so that I can snowboard harder in the winter and surf in the summer.
How did you hear about CrossFit? What convinced you to join, and why have you stayed?
My friend, Scott Champagne, had been going to CrossFit for over 2 years, and would constantly preach that CrossFit was soul-crushing-punishing-fun-rewarding experience.  I went with him to his box, CrossFit Intrepid, to do an intro WOD and was hooked ever since.   I think part of me, and every dedicated CrossFitter, relishes pain – ha.
How do you manage the mental and physical demands of CrossFit training?
I just try to do my best during a workout.  I am at a box where some of the top CrossFit female athletes train – Valerie Voboril and Lindsey Valenzuela – so that teaches you a lot of humility.  Mentally, I try to push through to a happy place when I’m about to hit the wall and tell myself that the faster I push, the faster I’ll be done with the workout.
What do you love about the people and/or place where you train?
I love the people at Dogtown CrossFit.  The trainers, Liz, Adam, and Dusty are a crazy crew but very experienced and genuinely care about their Dogtown crew.  What I love most about CrossFit in general is that it is a real sense of community.  I try to drop into other boxes when I travel and have always been welcomed with open arms.
What do you do in your everyday life? How has CrossFit impacted that role (or roles)?
In my everyday life, I am an office worker, so that means a ton of time sitting in front of a computer.  I think CrossFit has given me more energy throughout the day and also has taught me to be more mindful of my body/health.  Since a large bulk of my day is in a sedentary position, I take more care to get up, move around, and mobilize throughout the day.
Looking back, what 2-3 things did you wish you knew when you started CrossFit?
  • It gets better! – I used to be a notorious WOD-shopper.  If I saw a workout that looked particularly gnarly, I would instead opt for a light jog or yoga as my workout.  But as you continue to train, the workouts become more manageable as you become stronger, faster, and more agile.  You just have to push through the first 2-3 months before feeling comfortable!
  • Lift heavy – I used to be scared to go heavy on my lifts.  I didn’t want to bulk up and I was nervous about hurting myself.  But now I realize that lifting makes you stronger and protects you from injury.  And it’s a better way to develop lean muscle mass than straight cardio.
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?  What is your most embarrassing moment?
Most memorable – Finally linking my double-unders.

Most embarrassing – I was bending over chalking my hands and hit my head on the pull-up rig as I straightened up.  The gym was concerned for about 30 seconds before busting out laughing.

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