Christine Candler and Lizzie Hickey “WOD sisters 4 Life”

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

Lizzie-  I am a 23 year old Aries (if you know of any athletic and single male Sagittariuses) and have lived in Weymouth my whole life. I graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2013 with a degree in Anthropology and Education. I currently work in Boston as a recruiting researcher at a start-up software company full time and coach lacrosse for the Laxachusetts club team after work and on the weekends. I am just a sophomore of the real world so I am not sure if that is what I want to do for a career, but it works for now.  I live at home with my parents, my two brothers John (25) and Tommy (19) and our perfect labradoodle Lester.  In my spare time I like to go out with my friends, watch terrible reality TV, and lay out at the beach. Living the dream one day at a time!

Christine-  My name is Christine Candler, I am 24 years old and live in Weymouth. I am currently a nanny for a family in Hingham. In 2013, I graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Sociology and will be attending grad school at UMass Boston in the fall for the same. 

2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)

Lizzie- I joined RCFBC a little over a year ago after I graduated college. I walked on and played lacrosse all four years at Wheaton and athletics have always been a really big part of my life. Through athletics I came to love training, getting stronger, and pushing my body past its limits. Once my college lacrosse career ended I started having trouble getting motivated to push myself in workouts. I had heard mixed reviews about CrossFit but it looked like the kind of intensity I was missing so I tried it and never looked back! In doing CrossFit I get excited about working out again and always having something to improve on. I thought I was strong as a college athlete, but I have never felt stronger than I do now.

Christine- In high school I was a track athlete and currently hold 4 weightlifting records at Weymouth High School. After graduating, I focused so much on coaching athletes that I let my own athletic ability slip away. 5 years later I had totally lost myself. I had gained a ton of weight and lost all my strength and power. I was so far from where I use to be that I didn’t even know where to begin. I was embarrassed, I was uncomfortable, and I was unhappy. Now having been a member of RCFBC for just over a year, I can’t believe the mental and physical changes I’ve seen. I’ve slimmed down tremendously and I am stronger than I have been in years. It took a long time to get where I am but it was all worth it. I am confident, I am determined, and I am hopeful; and I owe it all to RCFBC. 

3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?

Lizzie- I have been on a team since as long as I can remember. I love the camaraderie of working hard and accomplishing something together. I love cheering people on and have found that the support of a team really helps to push me even more in a workout.  There is something about watching someone push themselves super hard that inspires me to push myself super hard. I love going into the gym and knowing that whoever I am working out with is on my team and in it with me for the whole hour. I also love working out with my partner in crime, Christine. We have really been able to help each other get stronger and healthier and we are always laughing and making even the hardest workouts fun. The RCFBC community has been so welcoming of me and I feel like I learn something new every time I go!

Christine- The community aspect is the best part of RCFBC. Everyone is so friendly and everyone truly wants to see each other succeed. Sometimes I think I genuinely wouldn’t have made it through a workout without my coaches and fellow CrossFitters cheering me on from start to finish. These people care. They want to see you succeed and they want to see you become the best version of yourself.  The RCFBC community is the best support system and family you could ask for. 

4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Lizzie- That’s a tough one. I am probably most proud of my pull-up progress. I have always been pretty bottom heavy so pull-ups have never been a strength of mine. I actually used to cheat at them in gym class. I recently got my first kipping pull up and I am still working on getting strong enough to do more than one in a row or do a strict pull up, I am pretty amped about how far I’ve come. I also am pretty proud of my snatch, I had never snatched before CF and it has strangely become one of my favorite movements.

Christine- My favorite accomplishment has been my back squat. When I last tested out 6 months ago my 1 rep max was 215. Which is only 20lbs away from what I was squatting in high school. Although this time around my range of motion is much lower and I have better, safer, form than I ever have before. I am so proud of what my legs are capable of now that they weren’t before starting CrossFit. I love being able to feel and see my muscles, its a constant reminder of what I have accomplished. As the wise Chris Froio once told me, “Strong is the new Sexy”.

5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?

Lizzie- I’m definitely still trying to work on my pullups, but other than that I would like to be able to get my toes to bar and ring dips. I just want to get better and stronger all around. I am also trying to get better control of my nutrition which is difficult since everything tastes better smothered in cheese and with a beer.

Christine- My challenges going forward would be primarily my upper body. That’s where my mobility lacks most which hinders my ability to gain strength as well. However, with time and effort I know eventually I will see the results I want, and need.

6. Has CrossFit changed the way you feel about fitness and health? 

Lizzie- CrossFit has made me feel more comfortable in my skin. I have always been pretty self-conscious of my body. I have always had a more athletic build and for some reason I never inherited the super fast metabolism that both of my brothers had.  Athletics have always been an outlet for me in that area because I found it easier to value my body for what it does rather than how it looks. CrossFit continued to reaffirm that idea and help me be more appreciative of the body that I have. I used to be even self conscious about my muscles, now I couldn’t be more proud.  CrossFit has also helped me to think a little more about nutrition. Instead of eating differently to just lose weight like I had in the past, I have been able to shift gears into eating things that make my body feel better and stronger.

Christine- I had originally joined CrossFit with two of my friends who have since decided it wasn’t for them. However, since then my good friend Lizzie Hickey has become my partner in crime and I owe alot of my success to her. She has pushed me further than I could have ever asked and has been my sole inspiration to becoming a CrossFit bad ass. Back in November we both decided to partake in the Paleo challenge. It was so encouraging to have someone by my side who was equally as determined to change their lifestyle and better our health. RCFBC taught us the truth about food and opened our eyes on how to attain healthy eating habits. By the end of the challenge we had both shed numerous pounds and inches, and since then have continued to do so. It is so easy to live healthy when you are given the proper knowledge of the harms and benefits different foods have on your health. RCFBC has also informed me on the importance of regular chiropractic care and was able to recommend me to Dr. Christopher Olivieri, who has an office within the RCFBC box. Dr. Olivieri is wonderful. He has informed me on the importance of having a healthy spine and the effect it has on different diseases, and has worked with me specifically on my posture and overall mobility. With his help, I was able to improve tremendously as an athlete. As a whole, RCFBC has changed my life. They have given me the tools and knowledge I need to ensure a healthy life; and I am confident that my mental and physical health will only increase from here. I am far too educated now on health and fitness to ever go back to my old ways. The key to living to be 100 is simple: Exercising, eating healthy, and regular chiropractic care. Take care of yourself now and life will reward you in the end. It’s never too late to start becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Lizzie and Christine are two awesome, strong, and smart ladies!  We are very thankful to have Lizzie and Christine apart of our RCFBC family and are proud to have been a part of their journeys so far to a longer, and healthier life…. Beer and cheese isn’t such a bad idea ever once in awhile. 🙂

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