Q&A With a Newbie: Stacie Shawback

stacie shawback 2Ever wonder if someone else is as scared as you are before a WOD?  Ever feel like you’re too shy to meet new members like you know you should?  Meet Stacie… She’s a newbie, a really cool chic, and your guide on how to successfully transition into CrossFit as a newbie.

Why did you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit because I wanted to challenge myself physically and I was looking for guidance with my workouts. I was also hoping to meet new people and the Boot Camp seemed like a great way to start!

What are your biggest fears regarding CrossFit?

When first starting CrossFit my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to complete the workouts. I have always seen myself as an athlete but CrossFit was definitely intimidating to me. Another fear was going into a brand new environment not knowing anyone. I am a shy person so everyday it’s a challenge for me to come out of my bubble and meet new members.

What would you like/expect to take away from CrossFit?

For me boot camp was a great start to learning new movements and proper nutrition. CrossFit turned into more than I ever expected. I have continued to improve my strength, endurance, eating habits, and have met some amazing people that continue to motivate me every day both at CrossFit and in my everyday life.

What do you do for a living?

I work at Mayo Clinic as a clinical assistant.

How do you make time to get to the gym?

During Boot Camp it was nice having a set time 3 days a week that I knew I had to make it there. After Boot Camp I decided to join CrossFit and continue with the FIT classes. I found the best way for me to make it there is signing up for the class a day or two ahead of time and staying committed to going. Also, communicating through e-mail with other members that I have met at CrossFit and planning times to go together.

What’s your favorite movement?

I enjoy learning kettle bell movements.

What’s your least favorite movement?

Assault bike and Push ups.

Favorite active rest day activity?

I like to meet up with a friend and go outside for a walk, especially now that it’s starting to get nice out.

How would you describe CFP’s sense of community?

CFP has an amazing sense of community. Everyone is friendly, supportive, and willing to help you achieve your goals. There are so many different ways that you can be involved at CFP and find what works best for you. The coaches at CFP are always available to help you both at the gym and outside of the gym.


  • Bootcamp is a great place to start!
  • If you’re intimidated by what’s going on in the gym you are not alone.
  • CrossFit may not be what you excepted; it’ll probably be much more.
  • CrossFit means different things to everyone; find what works for you and support others.
  • Everyone hates the assault bike.

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