May 2018 – Mary Predenkoski -52 years old

What is your sports/fitness background?

Competitive swimmer from about 8 yrs old throughout high school and was certified as a lifeguard for about 10 years after that.  Oddly enough, although I was a lifeguard, I never actually worked as a lifeguard. I just liked the physical training needed to become a lifeguard.  After college, I did the typical aerobics classes, played on a volleyball league for a few years and biked around Baltimore County. Eventually, I joined the Y, took some classes, learned yoga and spent some time on the treadmill.  If you’ve not figured out, I had no focus when it came to any kind of fitness routine. In my mid 40’s I found myself significantly overweight. I changed my eating habits, picked up running and managed to drop about 75 lbs. I got bored with running, picked up part of the weight and then my husband told me about this colleague of his that opened a Crossfit gym.   I walked thru the doors of PCR 15 months ago and have never looked back.

What are your fitness goals?

A year ago, I would have answered this question strictly from a physical perspective, you know, the usual answer:  Get stronger, reduce body fat. I’ve come to the realization that fitness is multi-faceted. I want: to have a positive outlook on life; to be able to make the things on my bucket list a reality; to provide my body with the fuel it needs; and finally, I want to be able to kick butt and take names for the next 20-30 years!

What do you see as your greatest improvement?

Where do I start?  I would have to say my greatest improvement is my confidence.  When I started, I would look at the WOD the evening before the workout and have to look up each movement.  I was in “I can’t” mode. A year later, I no longer say, “I can’t”. I still may not be strong enough or flexible enough, but there is no more “can’t”  

What is your favorite and least favorite workout?

Fav workouts are anything with a partner or a team. Especially when the workout’s outside and/or involves equipment we don’t use often: smash ball, battle ropes, tires or the sled.  Least fav would be snatches.  Only because I have a hard time with the movement and I’ve not figured them out.  I guess this means I need to do more of them.

How has your experience at EC Health and Fitness affected your life?

I started out trying, what for me was, a new type of exercise.  It didn’t take long before the happy gym effect took hold. Being surrounded by such positive, happy people first thing in the morning, every morning just makes my day! It took me a while, but I’ve finally added Jamie’s nutrition consultation and now better understand what to eat, when to eat.  I can see results, so it makes me want to do more. Like ripples in a pond, I see I’m having an impact around me. My husband is not only eating healthier, my daughter is exercising more, my staff actually skipped the cake for my birthday. They gave me a box of RX bars instead!

What’s your favorite ECHF memory so far?

I have three, but they’re a progression of a specific theme.  A week after my first class, Bronson put me on a team in the Open.  I knew nothing other than it was Saturday’s workout. I was doing the WOD (DB snatches, burpees, box jumps) and was in the far corner of the gym by the back door. I remember hearing people cheering for me, by name.  I couldn’t figure out how anyone knew my name and why they were cheering for me.  Fast forward a few months, I was struggling to finish a workout doing the last set of burpees when I looked over and Cory was finishing my workout with me.  I also heard others encouraging me too. That was my ah-ha CrossFit moment.  Lastly, we were doing Karen and I was next to Elisa who was struggling to get the last 50 or so wall balls.  I told her I was going to finish her wall balls with her even if we had to do them 5 at a time. Every one of the 5:30 ladies grabbed a wall ball and did each and every one of those wallballs with Elisa.  

In 1 word, summarize your ECHF experience.







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