February Coach Profile

Name: Heather Fraelick

Nickname: Team Fraelick (just half the team though)

Age and weight?  31yrs 145lbs

Occupation outside of being a Crossfit Coach: Marketing and Communications Specialist for Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC) a community supported fishery. CAFC is a collaboration between area residents, shore-side operations, and the local-fishing community – like a farm share but with fish!

Hometown: Gloucester all the way, baby!

Favorite WOD: Nancy. Love me some overhead squats and it’s one of the few benchmarks I can do Rx. Happy to say I recently cut 3 minutes off my time on that one!

Favorite Lift: Deadlift. Just kidding, that’s my least favorite :) I like hang power cleans and I love kettle bell snatches.

Which class times do you usually attend? Well, I coach Monday and Wednesday nights so I tend to hop around – I faithfully harass coach Scotty-the-body Weissman on Fridays at 8am, though!

How long have you been Crossfitting? Since the day CFCA opened :) October 2010.

How did you find Crossfit? Facebook, duh.

Do you have an athletic background or was is all cigarettes behind the bleachers back in the day? Never tried a one, thank you very much. I was definitely an athlete – I played field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse growing up and I captained my collegiate lax team.

How has Crossfit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? A more appropriate question would be what part of your life hasn’t it impacted. If you’ve read my testimonial you have an idea of my back story but in short I was trying to regain my body and my confidence. CFCA pushed me from day 1 – to be stronger, to be competitive again and to stop being afraid to fail. Every WOD completed reminded me that I was awesome. Seriously. Or, at least that I was better than I gave myself credit for. That feeling immediately trickled out into my life and I saw a transformation start. I have had a clean diet for more than a year now (Paleo!), I have a hot husband who is the other half of Team Fraelick, and I have been coaching at CFCA for 9 months now (holy shit!). I have found true kindred spirits in this freakin’ amazing community of folks and I’m humbled daily by your determination, successes and energy.

What motivates/inspires you? Seeing new PRs on the board makes me jazzed. Witnessing people in my class do things they never thought they could makes me excited to put myself out there too. AND the new folks who walk through that door who don’t know anyone remind me to be brave – I mean, we CAN be an intimidating, loud bunch! :)

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through Crossfit. PULL-UPS!!!! Also, to keep it real and to help others do the same. Part of overall health and fitness is having a healthy mind too – I never want to get back to a place where I beat myself up because of how I look or let the scale numbers dictate how I feel about my body. It’s important to keep things in perspective, work hard and give yourself a break. Feeling super strong is beautiful.

I know its hard to imagine, but do you have hobbies/interests outside of Crossfit? Cooking takes up a LOT of my time but I love it. Sometimes I blog about it at What Feeds Us. I also LOVE to garden and I volunteer for a local program called Backyard Growers – check them out! I am also a speaker for the Melanoma Foundation of New England and I have spoken to hundreds of students at high schools across New England – sharing my story, talking about the dangers of indoor tanning and educating about skin cancer.

What’s your favorite aspect/part of CFCA? It’s hard but it’s FUN! I also love coaching such a range of ages and abilities. Seeing my parents have such a positive response as new members has been amazing. It’s really brave to come jump on high boxes and do handstands with your kid yelling at you! Oh, and I love checking out my new muscles in the mirror. Don’t pretend you don’t too!

Any brilliant advice for new members? FORM over weight, weight over time. Work on the mechanics more than anything. Also, be open to being coached – you can always learn and adjust!

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