Vicky Herana

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Name: Vicky Herana
Age: 38
CrossFit Start Date (and box): 2010; 24 Hour Fitness
Favorite movement or WOD: Power Cleans
Least favorite movement or WOD: Snatch


What was your athletic background prior to CrossFit?
I was a Group X instructor and a marathon runner.
How did you hear about CrossFit? What convinced you to join, and why have you stayed?
My trainer (Monique), made me do “Cindy,” but I never got an explanation. Then my second trainer Melanie Wade (Brethren CrossFit) exposed me to CrossFit officially and explained the methodology. Afterward, Andres finally gave me the thorough rundown of the entire Crossfit methodology.

I have stayed because of the community and competitiveness.

How do you manage the mental and physical demands of CrossFit training?
For the physical aspect, it’s what you do on top of the training: supplementary work on endurance and strength. It forces me to work on my weaknesses.

For the mental aspect of it, it’s the mental fortitude and drive to dig deep. It forces me to keep driving to get better everyday. The mental rewards of improving definitely keep me going along with the great people.

What do you love about the people and/or place where you train?
I love the support and friendship. The people are my family because we spend so much time together. The sense of community really makes CrossFit valuable to me.
What do you do in your everyday life? How has CrossFit impacted that role (or roles)?
I am a corporate fitness manager. CrossFit has given me a more versatile background in terms of training people. I have implemented all the mental fortitude, hard work, and never-give-up attitude that CrossFit has taught me. You are never limited.
Looking back, what 2-3 things did you wish you knew when you started CrossFit?
I came into CrossFit injured; I had knee surgery due to my volume of running. It limited me in a lot of ways, so I wish I could have started CrossFit with a fresh slate. I also wish I knew it was going to hurt! It made me realize how important rest and recovery was.
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?  What is your most embarrassing moment?
Most memorable was my overhead squat PR! Also, I am proud of being able to overhead squat 95lbs. My first kipping pull-up was memorable, too, since it is such a complex movement.

Most embarrassing was when I first practiced snatch — the barbell literally flew out of my hands. But now I know the importance of using a hook grip!

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