Get To Know Staci Vinz

There’s no question that Staci is someone at CFP that most members would look up to; and not just because she’s so tall.  This new mother, wife, professional, and CrossFitter goes into the gym and into life with the mindset that you get what you put in and it’s clear she’s willing to put in the work.  She’s proof that you can be strong, sweet, and grounded.  Here’s your chance to get to know Staci Vinz. 
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What do you do for a living?
I am a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
Spend time with my husband Shawn and our daughter Kennedy.  I also love to travel (I have a very large bucket list of places to see).
What made you decide to try CrossFit?
I decided to try CrossFit on the recommendation of my friend Veronica who thought I would really enjoy the “crazy” workouts.  I was looking for something more exciting than just running and it sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try.
How long have you been at CFP? 
I’m coming up on 6 years at CFP.
What was your experience with fitness like prior to CrossFit? 
In high school (which was quite some time ago) I was a three sport athlete:  soccer, basketball, and track.  I took up long distance running and the “globo-gym”  for many years, until I came upon CrossFit.
What was your biggest fear when you started CrossFit? 
I wouldn’t say that I really had any fears when I started CrossFit.  I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started CrossFit. It was still pretty new when I started, so there wasn’t much talk about it, which is probably a good thing, because it may have scared me.  I think that the only fear that may have crossed my mind is that “What if I’m not good at this”.  Sounds kind of silly, but coming from my athletic and competitive background, that mentality is hard to put to rest.  I learned that it’s not about being good or bad, but more about how much effort you are willing to put in when show up to class that matters.
What goal(s) are you currently chasing?
Currently my goal is to get back my pre-baby strength.  Due to modifications during pregnancy, I lost some strength, but slowly getting it back.  I am also still trying to master handstand walking.
What’s the hardest part about CrossFit? 
The hardest part of CrossFit for me is being mentally tough enough to push through the physical toughness on days that I’m just not feeling it.
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What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you? 
I’m kind of boring, but most might be surprised to know that I have broken my leg twice and have a titanium rod in it.
What your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach at CFP?
I have gotten so many good pieces of advice over the years, but the best advise has been to just have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing and you won’t stick with it.
How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since starting CrossFit?
My outlook has changed in regards to focusing on becoming strong and healthy, and not just trying to be “skinny” as it has been in the past.  My eating habits have drastically changed since I started CrossFit.   I have learned how to fuel my body to not only perform my best in the gym, but also to perform my best in my daily life outside of the gym.  Health and Fitness has become a lifestyle instead of chore on my “to do” list.
What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?
Meeting Shawn.  We met at CFP, started dating and the rest is history.
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Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?
I have stuck with CFP because of the community and caring environment it provides.  I have formed many life-long friendships through CFP.  I have stuck with CrossFit due to the variety it provides.  I never get bored with working out.
What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining CFP?
Ask questions if you are not sure about something.  Know that we are all here to support you, not judge you.
You’re a new Mother now, Congrats!  Why did you choose to continue CrossFit during your pregnancy
Thanks!  To be honest, the thought never crossed my mind to not continue CrossFit during my pregnancy.  I knew I would have to make modifications, and decrease my intensity, but I knew wanted to stay active.  My main goal of pregnancy was to stay healthy and active to provide the best growing environment for my baby.  The thought that labor and delivery might be easier because my body was used to working out was also a good motivator to stay active.
What was the toughest part about pregnant lady WOD’ing?
The toughest part of pregnant lady WOD’ing would be breathing!  Had to slow the pace down to be able to maintain steady breathing so I wouldn’t over exert myself.  Obviously some movements got pretty tough to complete as well, and needed modifications.  Pregnant-lady burpees are no joke (I think they may be worse than normal burpees!!!)  I was pretty happy that I was able to do unassisted pull-ups throughout my whole pregnancy!!!
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