January 2019: Athlete of the Month – Alexis Racanello
What inspired you start CrossFit? How did your journey begin?
- I first tried CrossFit while I was home from college over summer break. My dad asked if I wanted to go to a trial class at this new gym near our house. I took a few classes here and there whenever I was back from school until I joined BMCF in 2016. I loved the variety and feelings of accomplishment, I also loved how short the WODs were. Before CrossFit, I thought suffering through a boring 60 minutes on the treadmill was the only way to get in a significant workout. CrossFit was the first workout/gym I consistently stuck with for more than a month. Nearly 3 years later I’ve accomplished so much thanks to EJ and all the support at the gym. CrossFit helped me appreciate my body and love working out for the first time ever!
Tell us a little bit about yourself…what’s is a typical day for you? Anything you’d like to share?
- I work as a dance teacher. My schedule varies depending on the day and the season. I teach ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. I work with dance companies and dancers between New York and Connecticut to create new choreography. Some days I’m chasing 2 year olds around at 9am in the studio, but most of my classes are after school and on weekends. On my off days I try to get down to the city and continue to take classes on my own.
What was your athletic background before CrossFit?
- I danced competitively my whole life and continued to study dance in college. I don’t have much of an athletic background other than that. I briefly tried soccer when I was younger but ended up just running up and down the field for the duration of the games. While dance can be extremely athletic, I never felt strong until starting CrossFit.
What has been your favorite CrossFit memory?
- There have been so many amazing moments at BMCF. I love the sense of community and accomplishment after finishing a Saturday morning WOD on the rare occasion I get myself out of bed on a Saturday. Definitely, my favorite memory is the Friday Night Lights during the CrossFit Open. The adrenaline in the room is crazy.
What is your favorite exercise/movement or workout, and what is your least favorite?
- I love squats and I love box jumps! I’m not a fan of rowing, and I’m in a love/hate relationship with power cleans but we’re working on it.
What do you feel has been the biggest fitness goal or movement/skill you have achieved so far?
- This might sound lame, but “chest to deck” push-ups. Before starting CrossFit, I had little to no upper body strength and was unable to achieve one proper push-up. Now, anytime I can string five in row in the warm-up or workout, it’s a great sense of accomplishment.
What is at least one fitness goal you have for yourself in the future?
Pull-ups!! 2019 is going to be the year. I just want to get my chin over that bar!
Who inspires you/who is your hero and why?
There’s never a lack of inspiration at the gym. I’m always in awe of how hard-working and encouraging everyone is. My parents are my heroes. They’ve always gone above and beyond for my brothers and me. My dad is the only person I know who does three workouts on his days off. That’s some dedication to aspire to.
What advice would you give people just starting CrossFit?
Show up, work hard, be patient with yourself. Repeat.