When you run into your Monday Motivator outside running to her workout at Rev, you know she's major motivator material. We're celebrating the awesomeness that is Caitlin all week long as our final Monday Motivator of January. She's a runner, spinner and TRXer, and just an all-around cool chicka. Check out her Q&A below.
1. Tell us a little bit about your fitness journey.
I was an overweight, unfit kid—the kind boys would laugh at during the mile run in gym class. That made me a self-conscious, shy person. I started working out in high school in hopes of keeping a poor body image from holding me back in adulthood. By my junior year of college, daily (or near daily) exercise was a nonnegotiable for me, and I turned into a pretty serious runner, logging over 30 miles per week on the regular. After foot surgery in 2012, I became prone to stress fractures that would sideline me for weeks at a time (which is a very distressing scenario for anyone who is accustomed to regular workouts!). At the same time, I was also starting to get bored of the monotony and isolated nature of running. It was during one of those stints of injury-inflected malaise that I decided to try spin. A friend had mentioned Revolution in passing, so that is where I started. Now, I am practically obsessed with the energy of group fitness and the particular brand of instruction and atmosphere Rev offers--TRX included.
2. Describe your BWE (best workout ever) in just three words.
3. What song are you obsessed with right now?
If it's appropriate for a brooding and/or inspirational slow, heavy hill, I'm probably super into it.
4. Is there a mantra that motivates you?
Maybe "Get uncomfortable." I guess I'm of the mindset that if you don’t step outside your comfort zone, you won’t see change—whether physical, intellectual, or emotional. I don't always heed my mantra, but it's there when I need it.
5. What are two things you just can't start your day without?
A Diet Coke. And then a second Diet Coke.
6. What's the healthiest thing in your fridge right now?
I always have a stockpile of broccoli.
7. What's the oldest thing in your fridge right now?
Wine, I think. Although there is a canister of languishing nutritional yeast that may, in fact, be older...
8. This or that? Choose one:
TRX or Spin: If forced to choose, I would have to pick spin.
AM workouts or PM workouts: Toss up. Mornings are best to ensure I get a workout in before I get distracted by life. Evenings are good for sweating out any workday stress.
Yoga pants or jeans: Yoga pants. Hands down, no contest.