Natick, MA (CrossFit New England)
5'4" / 140lbs
- 2014 7th Overall - Northeast Regionals Individual Competitor
- 2012 6th Overall - South East Regionals Individual Competitor
- 2011 22nd Overall - CrossFit Games Individual Cometitor
- 2011 2nd Overall - South East Regionals Individual Competitor
- Top 20 Finisher - Worldwide CrossFit Open - 2011-2014
- Clean & Jerk - 195#
- Snatch - 155#
- Back Squat - 265#
- Shoulder Press - 125#
- Amanda - 5:52
- Helen - 7:38
- Nancy - 11:35/95#
- Fight Gone Bad - 417
- Diane - 2:20
- Bergeron Beep Test - 18 Rounds + 17 Reps
In January of 2010 in Port Saint Lucie,FL Cheryl was recovering from anorexia and looking for something to help keep her healthy. But she was also looking for something that fulfilled that competitive drive and edge fitness gave her before. Within a week, she was hooked!
"CrossFit has saved my life. I never get tired of sharing my story. I spent a large portion of my early years as an adult living behind the eating disorder that controlled and consumed me. When my family and friends finally intervened, I spent my holiday season in a treatment center only to come out with no idea what I was going to do with myself. I was lost, and not really sure what to do without the security of the doctors and therapists I had available. The doctors told me I should not return to a gym and instead find better ways to exercise. Yet, I missed what I was so used to doing! I was a boot camp instructor, kick boxer, runner, soccer player. I missed fitness. I tried out mixed martial arts in hopes that it would fill the void. MMA was very fulfilling, but I still felt like I was missing something.
I was growing very curious with what was going on just two garage doors down. I would always see the people outside lunging, flipping tires, carrying barbells, doing (what I would soon learn were) burpees. It only took one workout there to realize that this is what I was meant to do. I immediately began spending less time at MMA and more time at CrossFit.
That year I competed in my very first CrossFit competition, the Florida Sectionals. This was my first introduction to the sport of fitness. I was so inspired by the women at that competition. I knew instantly that if I wanted to progress in this sport it was going to require a lot more strength that I had. It was going to be hard work, but I was going to have to work on getting comfortable increasing in size and creating a healthier version of me.
I know this is a really long explanation of how CrossFit changed my life, but it is something that I think about often. 4 years ago, I only dreamed of being like "them.." Here I am, 4 years later, doing things that I never even imagined I would ever be capable of."
Philosophy on Training: "Trust your coach, follow the plan, and give every workout 100%. It is incredibly hard the more knowledgeable you are to leave your fate as an athlete in the hands of someone else, but there is something also very appealing to the lack of pressure I feel to figure out what the best programming is. Instead, I focus on my efforts, my nutrition, my recovery, and my sleep."
Philosophy on Life: "Be proud of who you are today. It is human nature to always want to be better than we are, but if we don't take the time to enjoy the moment, we miss out on what is going on right now. Be truthful and honest, and give back to the people who impact your life. This doesn't have to be material things, It is more about showing your appreciation for the people in your life that help to make you a better person."
A look in to the Future: "I missed the Games this year. I can say with confidence that there is one little gap that I need to fill. It is was kept me out this year. Right now, I am drilling upper body strength and gymnastics. I have the engine, I have the strength, I have the desire...now its time to get GYMNASTY!"