What happens when you take everything life throws at you with a big smile on your face? Well, life smiles back at you and gives you the opportunity to have a life filled with joy. Gives you the possibility to do what you love and be surrounded by people who help you get through difficulties! Today the interview is with Stacey Kroon. A woman that has the most charming smile ever. A woman whose heart is filled with love and positivity! Check out what Stacey shared with us!
Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Stacey Kroon: Hello, my name is Stacey Kroon. I fell in love with Crossfit and found a way to have my life revolve around it. My job, my fun and my friends all have Crossfit in common. I coach at Crossfit Fenway, I work for Again Faster Equipment (selling Crossfit gear), and I compete for Team Again Faster. I am 27 years old and placed 10th in the 2009 Crossfit Games. I am someone always looking for an adventure and I thrive when a challenge is in front of me.
IS: How long have you being doing crossfit?
SK: I have been doing Crossfit for two and a half years.
IS: Have you been involved in some other sports before that?
SK: I was always a very active child. I did everything from horseback riding to bowling to softball to gymnastics. In college I played volleyball, did diving, and track and field (I was a thrower – cannot have people thinking I ran!) I love moving and pushing my body to see what it is capable of. I just feel better and more alive when playing sports. I actually chose my college not based on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life but how many sports I could play while I was there. I chose my major Exercise Physiology because I wanted to learn more to help myself perform better. Sports have always been a huge part of my life.
IS: How did people around you accept the fact that you are doing crossfit? Did they take a jaundiced view of it?
SK: When I first found Crossfit no one really knew what I was talking about. No one understood it. Luckily I started doing it with my sister so I had someone else get excited about it with. At the time I was a Trainer at a globo gym and the other trainers thought I was crazy. I would try to tell them a real push up is when you go all the way down and hit your chest to the floor, not half down. They did not listen. So in a way the people around me either chose to ignore what I was doing or they brushed it off and did not ask too many questions. But that did not slow me down…I loved it.
IS: Do you have a nutrition plan that you follow? If yes, do you meet disapproval from you friends?Or do they understand why you eat the way you do?
SK: I follow pretty strict Paleo. I did it because I feel better and I am able to push harder in my workouts. Your food intake is so directly related to how well your body can perform. To me it is completely worth it. My friends understand how much competing and Crossfit mean to me, so they have learned what I eat and why. I have even got some of them to change their eating habits based on my own.
IS: What does crossfit mean to you and did it change your life in some way?
SK: I look at my life and I always see Crossfit being part of it. I do not think I will ever be done with Crossfit. It is so entwined in my life and it brings me so much happiness and joy that I wish everyone could find something in their life that made them feel this way. It did change my life. My job, my friends, my hobby, my fun time – all of it has to do with Crossfit. I do have friends that do not do Crossfit and I do have “other” hobbies, but Crossfit is my favorite. I imagine I would have had an active life even if I did not do Crossfit, but now it is so much more rich than I could have ever foreseen.
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