October 2019 Member of the Month: Carly Pedersen

Congratulations to our October 2019 Member of the Month, Carly Pedersen. She has been an amazing addition to the community. Here are some comments from the coaches about Carly:

"Carly is awesome! She’s super dedicated and energetic and inclusive. She holds herself and the other people she works out with to a high standard. She’s extremely dedicated to the kids that she works with at the group home. And extremely dedicate to her dragon boat team. AND she used to give guided Segway tours around DC FOR A COMPANY NAMED “SEGS IN THE CITY” (I swear.) "

"She never lets her ego get in the way and is very coachable and a delight to have in class."

"She always has a smile on her face and is constantly looking to improve.  I’m always so happy when she takes my classes, and even happier when I get to take a class with her"

"I love her commitment to using CrossFit as a vehicle to improve her life as a competitive athlete. Often people say oh I have x,y,z event coming up to train for so I need to do this less. Carly and I had a meeting to discuss how to KEEP doing CrossFit while trying to qualify for a spot on the Dragon boat team. "

Do you have any nicknames?

Not a good one. Feel free to think up a new one, I mostly get Car or coach. I always wanted a nick name (though I should be careful what I ask for). 

Where are you from?

Marblehead, MA, Northshore! It’s about 20 miles north and known mostly for sailing.

How long have you been doing CrossFit? I’ve been doing CrossFit a little over a year. 

What brought you to CWCF? It took me a long time after college to realize that I could be an athlete again. When I found Dragonboat, I became better because of a great coach, and when that coach moved home, I was definitely lost. I didn’t know how I would keep getting better as an athlete. Enter a fluke ad on Facebook about a 6 week challenge. I walked into Commonwealth, met with Abby, and got that undeniable feeling that this was somewhere I was supposed to be. CrossFit has rewritten and reignited my passion for fitness in an all new way.

What classes do you usually attend?

5:30, sometimes 7:30, sometimes 6:30 (It’s been all over the place this summer).

What do you love about CWCF?

So I know everyone says the people, but it’s true. I appreciate how the people at CWCF understand my intensity. I feel like I can come as I am. Plus, no one gives me a hard time about being too competitive.

What do you do outside of CrossFit?

I work in a Group Home with 18 teenage boys. Those boys mean so much to me, but they are definitely a challenge every day! They are constantly teaching me the meaning of resilience. 

What is something about you we might not know?

Hmmm...I used to lead youth conservation crews so I’ve spent a total of 9 months living in the woods and am certified to cut down trees with a chainsaw. Also I used to give Segway tours for a company called “Segs in the City.”

Who is your superhero?

My superhero is my old boss. She’s a badass public defender who is a staunch fighter of many injustices. I hope to bring her level compassion into my daily life.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite CrossFit movement is the clean. I feel so strong and powerful wrenching that barbell off the floor. 

What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?

I wouldn’t have gotten back to racing at the Dragonboat World Championships without you guys, so a big thank you to Commonwealth for that.

CrossFit wise: My first toes to bar was a jump up and down moment for me

What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?

Short term goal: do enough squats so I don’t hate them anymore. 

Long term goal: compete in a CrossFit competition

What motivates or inspires you?

Shout out to the bad ass women crushing it at Commonwealth. I like to think of myself as strong. When I came to the gym and saw so many women who were way stronger and fitter than me, I knew I had to get my butt in gear. You guys inspire the hell out of me. 

What is your best tip for new members?

My advice to new people is make friends at the gym. Ask people when they are going next so you have some accountability to show up. Text them that you are sore and omg wasn’t that workout hard. The community is one of the best parts of Commonwealth, it is open to you and we are happy to have you here. The more people you get to know, the more you will enjoy going into tough workouts. The more you go, the better you will get. 

Do you have anything to add?

I want to add an enormous thank you to the coaches at commonwealth. From playing songs to cheer me up, to letting me vent about work, and of course improving my performance, you guys are the best! I see how hard you work to help all the athletes here. Keep on being great!

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