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Athlete Spotlight – Susan Blonski

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What made you decide to try CrossFit?

Over the years I have joined a variety of gyms in Banff but could not find the place that was right for me. I was looking for a fitness program that would fit into my busy schedule. My dad who is an inspiration for all of us, is 83 and has been doing CrossFit 3 times a week for 2 years. He was out visiting so I took him to a class to try it out. Everyone was so welcoming and the 6 am class fits perfectly into my busy day.

What improvements have you made in the past 6 months that you are most proud of?

I am proud of the fact that I have made a commitment to improving my health, fitness and strength by belonging to the CrossFit family for the past 5 months. The longest I have ever committed to a fitness program.

If you could give yourself one piece of advice when you started CrossFit, what would it be?

Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s all about you and your improvements. I do wish I had documented how much I could do when I started. 

Any advice for people looking to try CrossFit?

Give it a go…..try one of the free classes or the Couch to CrossFit class. Having tried personal trainers where I could hardly walk the next day, I thought it would be too hard for me, that I would be too sore, but that has never been the case. You just do what you can and improve every day.

How has CrossFit changed your life/lifestyle?

Going to CrossFit 3 times a week has increased my energy level, helped me sleep better and has given me a whole new family of friends.

What activities do you participate in outside of the gym and do you think that CrossFit has helped with those?

Over the winter I curl and occasionally downhill ski. CrossFit has noticeably helped with my balance curling and my ability to sweep the rock for 8 ends of play. My increased leg strength has helped me keep up to the rest of my skiing family.

If you created a WOD named after you…what movements would it consist of?

Well not burpees! I would have hanging knee raises, box jumps, kettlebell swings and dead lift.

What made you decide to enter the CrossFit Open this year?

I wanted to try to push myself a little and see how I did. I also wanted a starting point so when I enter again next year, I have something to compare to.

Anything you would like to add?

One of the greatest things about CrossFit is that you don’t have to think. I just show up, check the WOD board and go with the flow.  I multitask all day, so this is one hour of my day that the only thing I’m thinking about is what I am doing right now.


Thank you for putting your trust in us Susan, with both yourself, and your family members.

It has been a pleasure to watch you improve as a CrossFitter and having you as part of our wonderful community.

Watching you compete and push yourself in the ‘Open’ has definitely been one of the highlights so far.

Good luck in the rest of the workouts and here’s to being fit, healthy and strong.  



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