Michaela Xavier

Love to Eat? Introducing

Are you passionate about food, nutrition and recipes? Unleash your inner foodie and check out our brand-new site - share your favorite recipes at Nutrition-WOD today!

Print

Name: Michaela Xavier
Age: 33
CrossFit Start Date (and box): 2008
Favorite movement or WOD: Helen
Least favorite movement or WOD: DT

GET TO KNOW MICHAELA

What was your athletic background prior to CrossFit?
Gymnastics and acrobatic skiing
How did you hear about CrossFit? What convinced you to join, and why have you stayed?
I heard about CrossFit from my husband, Judd.  I tried it,  and I hated it.  I thought it was terrible! My first workout was Helen — I couldn’t do the pullups, the KB was heavy.  The coach kept telling me to keep going and I said, “Are you kidding me?”  I didn’t think anything good about it, but my husband convinced me to stay with it.  The workout made me mad, since I was in shape and it shouldn’t have been that hard.  After about 3 weeks, I started to see improvements; once I could actually start to do pullups, that was when it all became amazing to me and I realized that it works.
How do you manage the mental and physical demands of CrossFit training?
You have to enjoy it.  You have to rest when you need to, but you do this sport and put yourself through it because you like it: the look, the ability to do things on my own with my family, in life in general. The experience of CrossFit makes you stronger in other areas of life — nothing feels as tough outside of the box.  CrossFit is not the most difficult aspect of life by any means, but life is not going to be without pain and sickness and CF enables you to deal better with other things in life.
What do you love about the people and/or place where you train?
The passion for fitness/CF.  You may not know someone but you share the same bond of doing a CF workout together.  CF attracts certain people – those who work hard, those who are honest, those who don’t look for shortcuts — people you can rely on. It is the mentality of the community.
What do you do in your everyday life? How has CrossFit impacted that role (or roles)?
I own CFSV.  CF gives me the strength to go through life every day! Things come up and you aren’t going to stop doing dishes or going to the park with your kids. I am going to do it and I am going to finish.
Looking back, what 2-3 things did you wish you knew when you started CrossFit?
Give it a try.  Be consistent in coming to the gym – give it a chance by coming in 3-4 times per week.  Make it fun, cheer the small accomplishments along the way and don’t compare yourself to others.  Make friends and embrace the community at your box, all of whom enjoy it like you.  Let the results and the body take care of itself – don’t get your head wrapped up in things that you can’t control since it is a whole lifestyle.
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?  What is your most embarrassing moment?
I was in the CF Games in 2008 at Aromas, and there was a Fran workout with chest-to-bar pullups.  I couldn’t even do a single one and I was so embarrassed!

Most memorable.  Every time we get together for a workout like Barbells for Boobs or for a big event like camping at Aromas or when I compete at local throwdowns and a client comes to watch me, it is a great feeling – it makes you realize you have created and are part of something bigger than yourself.

Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

CrossFit Silicon Valley posted an article
mindcoach published the post How To Have More Fun With Your Workouts on Tabata Times
Have you ever had this conversation with yourself? It’s time to workout, i.e. lift weight, run...
CrossFit San Diego posted an article
tarynhaggerstone published the post 5 Things I've Learned About Competing in Olympic Weightlifting on
I only started competing in weightlifting two years ago (i.e. not that long ago), and sometimes...
CrossFit Endurance shared a link on Facebook

Mid Week http://buff.ly/1zo4RN7

Diablo CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Go Coach Jordan Go!

CrossFit Milpitas shared an image on Facebook

@beastlyc @mcarmen1974 and @craythy with @rique_dantas farewell and best wishes down in Brazil from the whole #crossfitmilpitas family!!

CrossFit Iron Mary's shared a link on Facebook

BB Warmer (No Measure) Coach Leads Snatch Pull P2, Snatch Pause P2 (12 min to reach a heavy) Pull from Position 2, Full Snatch from 2 without dropping bar between lifts Back Squat (10 min to reach a Heavy 3RM) Metcon (AMRAP – Rounds and Reps) 12 min Team Relay 150m Row 5 Power Clean 135/95 Rx+165/115

CrossFit Amundson posted an article
Walnut Creek CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Always looking to shake it up a little bit, we are having our first ever "Bring your friend to WOD Day!" This can be anyone...co-worker, roommate, whoever! We hear all the time of friends and family that you want to expose to what we have to offer, so here is the perfect opportunity. They get to partner up with you, the veteran, and you can help them through a WOD. The first one will be the 26th of this month. Space is limited to 6 (6 members + their guest) so sign up asap! https://trial-345ba0b7.sites.zenplanner.com/loginSignup.cfm?appointmentId=8E70B179-EEFA-4214-AB12-4A9235CD6140

CrossFit Iron Mary's posted on Facebook

6 AM Endurance. As most of you know the computers have been a little "Possessed" for the past week or so. The box is aware of the problem and we are working to resolve the issue in a timely manner. Tomorrow we will be doing the Crossfit Total. Please look at your past score before you come to class so you will know your PRs for the back squat, strict press and deadlift. This will save you a bunch of time and a big headache. See you in the morning. Scott

CrossFit Invictus shared a link on Facebook

How to get a better rack!

Ravikant Dewangan published the post Decoding CrossFit: A Recipe to Success on
I have been a member of NewEra CrossFit for 18 months and I always wonder about the impact it has...
Walnut Creek CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

http://crossfitwc.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/back-to-life-and-a-class-based-society/

J. Humenay published the post Stronger VS Lighter - Friends or Foes? on
Ever see "Body weight" on a workout and cringe a little bit? I do. At 5'8", I hover somewhere...
MobilityWOD shared a link on Facebook

Wham!

coachfla3 published the post Exercise Dependence Syndrome on
How much exercise is enough? When does exercise become a disruptive factor in our lives? Sport...
CrossFit Invictus shared a link on Facebook

Juggling for Jude: A 9 Year Old's Mission to raise money for St Jude's Children's Hospital! Hollis is juggling her soccer ball to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. In just two weeks she's raised well over $5000, and her current juggling record is 207--alternating feet and no thighs! Her goal is to hit the $15,000 mark by end of August for this great cause!

CrossFit Silicon Valley posted an article
Walnut Creek CrossFit posted an article
Walnut Creek CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

The birth of Walnut Creek Barbell Club on Facebook. Lend us your likes! https://www.facebook.com/WalnutCreekBarbellClub

CrossFit San Diego shared an image on Facebook

Thanks for everyone that came out for Member Appreciation on July 5th. We knew going in that it was a day that was already chock full of BBQ outings, glad those of you that could through another one on your schedule to hang out with us! We'll catch the rest of you at the next one, we're doing it once a month all summer long!

CrossFit Iron Mary's shared a link on Facebook

Fall Race Programs http://conta.cc/VVAZbS

CrossFit Invictus shared a link on Facebook

Do you have a love/hate relationship with Toes to Bar? Then check out this post with tips on how to tackle them in your next workout!

CrossFit Kindred shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Kindred is now an official delivery location for Caveman Bowls! Place your order by Thursday and pick it up at Kindred the following week, with free shipping.

Anonymous posted an article
CrossFit Brand X Poway shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit Pleasanton shared a link on Facebook

This Sunday we have a team competing at the CA Affiliate Showcase at the San Jose convention center. We need to provide a judge in order to compete. Judges will be compensated with $50 and lunch. Please comment if you are interested/available or contact KK or Tony Alfonzo! Here is the link for extra info: http://www.legendarycompetitor.com/events/ca-affiliate-showcase-2014---norcal

CrossFit Brand X Poway posted an article
CrossFit Brand X Poway shared an image on Facebook

Brand X CrossFit Ramona WOD Front squat Followed by: 20:00 EMOM first: thruster second: burpee Start at 1 rep and add 1 rep each minute Then: 3:00 AMRAP 30 double-unders 30 box step-ups 2:00 AMRAP 25 sit-ups 25 walking lunges 1:00 AMRAP 5 broad jumps 10 air squats

Molly Eledge published the post BBQ Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes on Nutrition WOD
 Confession: I am a MAJOR fan of pulled pork. MAJOR. Not only does it taste delicious almost...
CrossFit No Boundaries shared a link on Facebook

July 2014 J&J Grassfed Beef Orders http://wp.me/p3sq8Z-3ta

CrossFit No Boundaries posted an article
rakeshpatelcfwy published the post Chocolate, Cheesecake and a Sexy Body - 3 Tips on How to Get the Body You Want and Eat the Foods you Love on
"How can I eat cheesecake and still get the body I want?" I'll be answering this question in...
CrossFit Iron Mary's shared a link on Facebook

Check out what is happening at Iron Mary's this month!

CrossFit San Diego posted an article
CrossFit Silicon Valley shared a link on Facebook

Go GAVIN! - Gavin Douglas hits good positions on the power snatch! He has been quite consistent in the evening class as he lives rather close to the box. We are so proud to be in a convenient location for Silicon Valley's finest fellows! LEVEL 1ACTIVATION:3min rope sled pull (135/90)3xSAP HSPU3x10"/10" PVC PP2min dynamic ankle workCrossover Symmetry ActivationSKILLS:5min working on single leg box jumpsSTRENGTH:2-3rnft:10 one arm alt. KB Turkish Getups (g... http://ow.ly/2JKx8I

CrossFit Future shared a link on Facebook

“INCINERATOR” http://wp.me/p2RAeU-2as

CrossFit Coronado shared a link on Facebook

Tuesday 8 July

CrossFit Future posted an article
CrossFit Temecula posted an article
CrossFit Pleasanton shared a link on Facebook

Organic Nectar of the Gods? Think again.

CrossFit No Boundaries shared an image on Facebook

First game over!! We won 11-10 yeeeew!

CrossFit Elysium shared a link on Facebook

http://www.crossfitelysium.com/7814-wod

CrossFit Black Diamond shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit No Boundaries shared an image on Facebook

No boundaries representing in the softball league

GymnasticsWOD shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Mission Gorge shared an image on Facebook

Who likes squatting? We do! We do! More Hatch tomorrow! Plus, some core work. See you in the gym!

CrossFit Fortius posted an article
Erin Sian published the post Crossfit Rowing: How To Stop Hating the Erg on
Fact: Bring up indoor rowing to a bunch of Crossfitters and without fail someone will start looking...
CrossFit Black Diamond shared a link on Facebook

http://wp.me/s49DVY-2766

CrossFit Mission Gorge shared an image on Facebook

We are sad to say goodbye to the Merrell family, as they begin their new adventures out East. You have been an important part of our gym, and you will be sorely missed. As with most Marine Corps tours, we know that this goodbye is not forever, and we hope you know that you always have a home here in San Diego and at CrossFit Mission Gorge. Best of luck to Coach Jacob Merrell, Amy Merrell, Olivia, and babe! We love you and look forward to keeping in touch!

CrossFit Elysium shared a link on Facebook

From @robbwolf "Grab your free Paleo troubleshooting guide (info for athletes, fat loss, and autoimmunity)" http://ow.ly/ySUkR

TJs Gym shared a link on Facebook

Juggling for Jude in Hawaii. No rest when there's important work to be done. We are blown away by the support! $5,275 raised in two weeks to help kids with cancer! Keep spreading the word, and THANK YOU!

TJs Gym shared an image on Facebook

Juggling for Jude stats as of today. 207 current record, $5275 raised so far. #jugglingforjude #stjude #thankyou #novacationsfromcancer

GymnasticsWOD shared a link on Facebook

TROUBLE performing or coaching a ROPE CLIMB?! Watch PART 1 of Carl Paoli's tutorial with BOXROX on HOW TO CLIMB a ROPE. #freestyleconnection #ropeclimb http://gymnasticswod.com/content/how-rope-climb-1

CrossFit East Village shared an image on Facebook

Newest addition to our arsenal

CrossFit Proper shared an image on Facebook

♠️♥️♣️♦️

Fu Barbell shared a link on Facebook

Chinese Weightlifting Concepts: Part 1

CrossFit Fortius posted an article

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV