I have a feeling you may have a few things in common with this new CFP Transplant! Read on to get to know Kristin Gibbs!
What do you do for a living?
I am an Administrative Assistant at a Tax, Audit, and Wealth Management firm in downtown Rochester.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
I would have to say it’s just hanging out with my friends and family and trying new things. Usually if I’m not doing something that is involved with the gym I find I’m at home trying to maintain the house and food prepping.
What made you decide to try Progression?
I was at a CrossFit gym for a year before they closed us down. My previous Coach recommended Progression so here I am.
How long have you been at Progression?
Signed up back in December 2016.
What was your experience with fitness like prior to joining Progression?
I’ve always been part of the global gym. Growing up with a weight issue my parents forced me to work out. So usually it was just your typical elliptical machine with some random weights thrown in.
What was your biggest fear when you started?
The size of the facility and the large amount of people. Coming from a previously small community it was intimidating to join classes of 20 plus people.
Favorite cheat day meal?
Pizza and cookies.
What goal(s) are you currently chasing?
Kipping in general.
What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment?
My dang sweet tooth and just love of food in general.
What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?
I struggled with weight my entire life and 11 years ago at the age of 20 I had Gastric bypass surgery. It has been a great tool in my success from once being 270 pounds and a size 25 but it has by no means been easy.
What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a Coach or member at Progression?
That every lift is not about reaching for that one rep max. You need to learn how to cycle through your lifts, being able to do touch and go, that may mean you have to focus a lower weight.
How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since joining Progression?
I no longer worry about the number on the scale. I focus more on my muscle mass and body fat percentage at this point.
What has been your fondest memory during your time at Progression?
I’m a nervous Nelly when it comes to competitions or anything where people are watching me… so my experience with the Open this year is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, especially the snatches in 17.3.
Why do you think you’ve stuck with Progression?
The people are great. The Coaches are educated and caring. The programming is difficult and the facility is always clean and equipment is kept in good condition. I feel that Josh and Jen really give back to the members by updating the gym, purchasing new equipment and providing us with additional classes on the side. I also appreciate the longer hours that the gym is open and available for use.
What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining Progression?
Don’t be shy. Put yourself out there and get to know people. Join in classes outside of your normal every day routine. As you get to know people, the more comfortable you become. You have to mentally push through the intimidation factor.