Interview with Heather Hodges

Heather Hodges

Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Heather Hodges: My name is Heather Hodges, I’m 39 years old and the mother of 2 sons ages 8 and 9.

IS: How long have you been doing Crossfit?
HH: I started CrossFit on October 1st, 2008.

IS: Have you been involved in some other sports before that?
HH: I played volleyball in college and a little tennis as an adult.

IS: How did people around you accept the fact that you are doing crossfit?Did they take a jaundiced view of it?
HH:  My husband started CrossFit before I did and I thought the workouts sounded ridiculous and dangerous. But when he started getting in great shape I started to take notice and wanted the same thing for myself. Some people who didn’t know much about CrossFit have warned me that it is too strenuous, but I have found that the CrossFit method is a fantastic way to get in the best shape of your life when it is supervised by a competent coach.

Heather Hodges

IS: Do you have a nutrition plan that you follow? If yes, do you meet disapproval from you friends?Or do they understand why you eat the way you do?
HH:  I follow a Paleo/Primal eating plan along with good supplements and vitamins (AdvoCare). I eat lean meats, lots of vegetables, fruit, raw nuts, olive oil and coconut oil. I do eat steel cut oatmeal and I have cream in my coffee as a treat. I try to avoid sugar, grains, and processed foods as much as possible.

IS: What does crossfit mean to you and did it change your life in some way?
HH:  CrossFit has been a powerful influence in my life. It helped me get in the best shape of my life and I’ve changed careers because of the positivity and community of CrossFit. When I found CrossFit I was a psychology instructor at a university, now I own a CrossFit gym and am a trainer full time.

IS: What is your favorite WOD and which one do you hate the most?
HH:  My favorite WOD is “Cindy” and my least favorite is “Claudia.”

IS: Is it hard for you to combine your daily tasks with workouts? And have you ever used the excuse that you are too busy to workout?

HH: I have the blessing to be able to work in a gym so I really can’t make the excuse that I’m too busy. What I do find as a gym owner is that I miss working out with a class. Sometimes I have to train on my own between classes or during a break at the gym and that can be lonely.

IS: What is your biggest accomplishment in crossfit so far?
HH: I made it to the 2010 Regional Qualifier in really tough region last year. I am also able to do handstand pushups and muscle ups and at my age I’m really proud of that.

Heather Hodges with her children!

 

IS: Do you remember some funny story with you and crossfit?
HH:  I don’t know about “funny” but I’ve got plenty of inspiring stories from CrossFit. But the most phenomenal thing I think I can say about CrossFit is the community is accepting, generous, and supportive.

IS: What advice would you give to the beginner crossfiters in Bulgaria?
HH: Be persistent in your training but also be patient, there is a lot of delayed gratification in CrossFit. It may seem like one workout or one good meal don’t matter, but they add up over time to a mountain of effort that will yield you big results over time. Stay focused, train hard, eat well, sleep long, and have fun!

Workout of the day, October, 14

Workout of the day, October, 14

 

Scale the weight to 60% of your 1rep max

If you are a beginner scale:
5 deadlifts
10 push ups on knees
30 jumps on a rope

If you are advanced:
5 deadlifts
10 push ups
45 jumps on rope