I was never really involved in team sports growing up and I dreaded P.E. I had a short stint in gymnastics and figure skating before I started riding horses competitively for 10 years. In college, I was the type of exerciser who wandered aimlessly around the gym for an hour and then hopped on the elliptical for 10 minutes. I did "8-minute abs" with my roommates on a regular basis. I was lucky that I could eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight, but I was truly "skinny fat" and led an unhealthy lifestyle. I couldn't lift anything heavy and I couldn't run anywhere close to a mile. I remember trying to bench press an empty barbell and getting stuck on the first rep. My sister convinced me to try CrossFit in 2013, and after several humbling classes, I was hooked on functional fitness.
I joined Social Mechanics in May 2015 after moving right around the corner (I love the 2 minute walk to the gym!) I was feeling a little burned out from my old CrossFit gym in North Carolina and I was reluctant to start back up again. From my very first class at Social Mechanics, I was welcomed with open arms and I realized what a great place this was.
In July of this year, I had a seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy. My first question for my neurologist was when I could work out again. Now that I'm on medication and under the close watch of the trainers, I'm feeling great and I'm happy to be back in my favorite place. I'm grateful to have such a supportive community at Social Mechanics!
FAVORITE MOVEMENT IN A WORKOUT
I love bodyweight/gymnastics movements: pull-ups, handstand push-ups, ring dips, toes to bar, etc.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.
One last thing to check off my 2016 goal list is a muscle-up!
FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL
Brunch at Remedy. I'm putting my Social Mechanics discount to work!
SIDE NOTE: I'd like to name my dad, Joe Radigan, co-member of the month for diving head first into Social Mechanics while he was visiting me for the past month!