Luciana

When did you start Crossfit?

My start at Crossfit happened in 2015 and totally by accident, when I showed up to a yoga class that had been just cancelled. Seeing the look of disappointment on my face, the lady at the gym reception said “since you made it here, why don’t you try the CrossFit class which will start now?” I never thought I would find myself in a “box.” I said “Why not?”

I thought I’d die and really hate it, but once you get in your 40s, you somehow don’t really care about other people’s opinions more than your own, and you don’t mind looking foolish. It was serendipitous. I never thought that I would enjoy lifting weights and and high intensity workouts, but I kept coming back for more.

Favorite movements?

I like handstands. In my first year at CrossFit, I didn’t have the confidence to go up into a handstand. I feared that my arms wouldn’t be able to support the weight of my body and I would come crashing down. Gradually as I built my core strength, I overcame my fear and moved to handstand push-ups.

I also enjoy deadlifting. It is a powerful exercise that engages multiple muscles at one time. And there is something appealing about heavy lifting something that seems an immovable object and fighting against gravity.

Least favorite movements?

Snatches. It is scary for me to have weight “over my head.” And I know the only way to become comfortable with snatches is by practicing snatches. There is no shortcut.

How did you end up at Jayhawker?

I had just moved from overseas to Lawrence and was looking for a box to continue doing CrossFit, and to connect with the locals. It can be nerve-wracking to walk into a new place for the first time when you don’t know anyone there. From day one, I felt welcome and that was what I was looking for.

What keeps you coming back?

So many things keep me coming back to Jayhawker – people are very supportive of each other, the camaraderie. Andrew is an awesome coach and I have fun. I always leave feeling like I accomplished something.

CrossFit has taught me many life skills that are key to other areas of my life. It puts me in touch with my innate ability to be strong when I am feeling challenged by difficult circumstances.

What are your fitness goals right now?

I want to be well rounded in all aspects of fitness such as cardio, endurance, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility and balance.

What do you do when you’re not at the gym?

I enjoy taking long walks with my dog Canelo. On the weekends and when the weather permits, both my husband and I and Canelo go for hiking around Clinton Lake. I also work as a marketing consultant and work on applied research projects for the social sector.