Get to Know Betsy Hassett

She’s smart.  She’s tough.  And she’s got layers.  Please, keep reading to get to know the wonderfully hilarious and very sarcastic Betsy Hassett.


What do you do for a living?

I am a Legal Representative for Mayo Clinic.  Basically a paralegal specializing in insurance payment disputes.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?

Adventures with friends, road trips, concerts, new activities.  I’m up for pretty much anything.

What made you decide to try Progression?

I kept getting bothered by my friend to try it and then realized nothing else I had done so far had worked so the Progression Bootcamp was my birthday gift to myself and I was hooked.

How long have you been at Progression?

Since May 2015.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

I did outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing and some yoga but lacked any real motivation to do much beyond that.

What was your biggest fear when you started at Progression?

That I wouldn’t be able to do anything or that I’d look stupid.  It’s been fun surprising myself and learning what I’m capable of and everyone’s too busy trying to get through the WOD to pay attention to what anyone else is doing.

Favorite cheat day meal?

Probably Mexican or really good pizza.  And chocolate.  All the chocolate.

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

I’m really trying to work on overhead movements and improving my upper body strength.

What’s the hardest part about CrossFit?

I think the biggest challenge is mental.  Forcing yourself to go on a day when you know you don’t like the movements or thinking you can’t get a movement right. Usually once I stop overthinking, the rest follows.

What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?

I am on my second fixer-upper house and can pretty much do all of the remodeling myself.  I avoid complicated electrical or plumbing, (and I hate drywall).  I’m planning to learn siding and roofing next summer.

What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach at Progression?

I don’t know if I can pick just one thing.  I just love that they’re all so willing to help you and make sure you’re doing things right while still making sure you’re pushing yourself.

How has your outlook on health and fitness changed since joining Progression?

I’ve turned into one of those people who really likes going to the gym and misses it when I can’t go.

What has been your fondest memory during your time at Progression?

I had a lot of fun with Friday Night Lights this year but really it’s been getting to know so many great people over the last year.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with Progression?

I’m at Progression because of the people.  As for CrossFit in general, I love how everything is easier after starting – from just carrying stuff around the house, to portaging a canoe or whatever.  It really is functional fitness.  Plus it’s fun to lift heavy stuff.

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining Progression?

Don’t be afraid to scale but don’t let yourself get comfortable there.