Name: Kathy O’Shea
Nickname: I have a few! Queen or Queenie by my family, OSh by high school friends, Speedy G by my Ragnar teammates
Occupation outside of being a CrossFit champ: Second grade teacher at the Buker School in Wenham. Heading into year 31 and still LOVE it!
Favorite Workout: I love the Saturday morning Community Team Workout the best because it offers a little bit of everything-cardio, weights, and core. The team atmosphere is amazing.
Favorite Lift: Gosh, STILL learning the names. I think it is called The Push Press. I like it because it doesn’t require any technical moves and pushes me to lift weight above my head. I feel the weakest with overhead moves. I also don’t worry about pulling my back out of whack.
Favorite WOD Music: Well, that is a tough one. I think this is where my age shows. Most of the songs I don’t know. Would love to hear some country ( uplifting of course ). I do feel a bit bad ass when the songs just keep dropping the F-bomb. It makes me want to push myself harder-seriously!
Which class do you usually attend? Ladies Night can’t be beat. I am surrounded by strong, motivating, encouraging and caring women. I also love Kettlebell with Jon and Saturday’s community workout. The Friday morning trail runs top my list as well.
How did you find out about CrossFit? My childhood friend, Martha Fenton, introduced me last July. She had tried to convince me for years to join her. I was scared and felt so out of place just walking in to the Saturday morning class. Everyone looked incredibly fit compared to me. Actually, they were! By the end of the class I was hooked and the rest is history.
Did you play sports back in the day? I grew up with five brothers and sports was a daily occurrence. In high school I hated competition and avoided team sports. What saved me was that I found running rewarding. I trained with the Cross Country team in high school but would not compete. I ran for pure pleasure. I think if girls were allowed to play football I would have joined the football team.
How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym? As a result of the workouts and sense of community, I am stronger and more confident. I have more energy and I am stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am back to activities that I used to enjoy and making healthier choices all around. The support from CFCA during my three recent Whole Life Challenges have me wearing smaller sizes and I am seeing results on the scale.
What and/or who motivates/inspires you? Martha Fenton of course! Who could ask for a healthier role model? Sandra Qu inspired me to train for and run Ragnar and pushed me during trail and hill trainings. The ENTIRE CFCA community both motivates and inspires. I still find myself standing back at times in awe of such strong bodies lifting heavy weights or doing pull ups.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through CrossFit? I just accepted a number for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Completing the Boston Marathon by age 50 had been a goal of mine for many years. Needless to say, I did not achieve that goal. Crossfit has made me stronger and has me running again. I also have the mindset that I can complete the marathon. I know CFCA will support me through training all the way to crossing the finish line.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? Skiing-downhill and cross country, running, hiking, and reading
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA? The people! The sense of community is magical. Words can’t describe it. Honored to be part of it.
CFCA favorite memory? The 1st Annual CFCA Games last November. The weekly workouts at Ladies Night were great. Everyone was so encouraging and we shared many laughs.
Any tips for the new members? Keep going, ask questions and do not compare yourself to anyone but yourself. No-one is keeping score.