Member Monday: COACHES EDITION- Heather Reardon
Please list any certifications and/or fitness accolades:
Yoga E-RYT 200
Balanced Body Barre
Mad Dogg Spinning
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what made you want to try it?
I have been doing CrossFit for about a year now. I have been active my entire life; I was a 3-sport captain in High School (field hockey, basketball and softball) and continued to stay active during college. In my early to mid 20’s, I began running. A lot. I have numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons, 3 marathons about 15 triathlons under my belt, but I never felt “strong”. Sure, I could run 4 hours straight, but I probably couldn’t hold my 30lb dog over my head. After I ran the 2015 Chicago Marathon, I changed my fitness goals from endurance training to strength training and overall conditioning. A couple of months later, I met with Mike about starting a yoga program at Bare Cove, and that’s when he introduced me to the world of CrossFit and I have been obsessed ever since
What is your favorite aspect of being a CrossFit coach?
Witnessing how CrossFit can bring people of all different ages, shapes, sizes, colors and abilities together in one room, killing the same WOD and supporting each other 100% while doing it. Its pretty amazing to watch this happen day after day.
What is the most frustrating aspect of being a CrossFit coach?Honestly, not being able to jump in and do the workout with my class!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to try CrossFit for the first time?
Go in with an open mind and forget anything you have heard about CrossFit in the past and be your own judge. And yes, anyone can do it.
What are some of your favorite activities outside the gym?
I love to travel. My parents have a house in North Conway, NH and we go up there as often as our schedule allows. My 3 year old daughter, Madison, calls it her “treehouse” because its in the mountains surrounded by trees. My husband Pat and I love Costa Rica and go once a year on a surfing trip. Other than traveling, I love being outside as much as possible; boating, running and beach days with family and friends are my favorite!
What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I start listening to Christmas music non-stop the morning after Thanksgiving.
Who is your favorite CrossFit athlete and why?
Katrin Daviosdottir. She is so disciplined and driven. When she didn’t make it to the games in 2014, she made it her goal and priority to come back mentally and physically stronger in 2015. She didn’t let that experience stop her from continuing to pursue her dream. It was such a great learning moment for any CrossFit athlete to see a games athlete fail an event one year, only to become the fittest women on earth the following year.
Favorite moment at Bare Cove:
My first “Family Feud” competition at Bare Cove this past December. My partner, Mike LeBlanc and I met the day before the competition in my Mobility Yoga class and we ended up working really well together and placed 3rd overall! It was such a fun day watching everyone push themselves and have a great time doing it!
Thrusters and box jumps
Least favorite movement (s):
Rope Climbs- I’m afraid of heights.
What is the thing that you HATE to mobilize?
I’m a yoga instructor. I like to mobilize everything! The more you do it, the less you will hate it.
You’re on a deserted island and can only have three things… What would they be and why?
My family, chocolate and my phone.