Rosanna Burke

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

My family moved from Sicily to Boston when I was 8.  I grew up in a traditional Italian  family, having Sunday dinners and lively conversations with my 5 siblings and their  families. I met George at a dance club (more about that later) and got married while studying to be a nurse at Simmons College.  I feel blessed to have 3 children; Matthew 23, Jason 21, and Georgina 16.  I love my faith, spending time with my family and feel good when I am helping others.  I enjoy working  part-time as a nurse at a boarding school.  Being a nurse has taught me to never take good health for granted and to take good care of my body…I try to live what I preach to my patients.

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

Unlike many CF members, I was never an athlete. Growing up I took some gymnastics and dance classes but never played sports in High School.  I always enjoyed dancing and that is where I met George.  He asked me to dance at a night club…it was the 80’s and Disco was what it was all about…. Once I finished college, I did start to exercise regularly and did so up to when I joined CF .  Before starting CF I had never lifted anything but patients and laundry baskets.  I never felt strong. I had absolutely NO upper body strength.  I decided to join CF after Elena and Mike twisted my arm.  Kidding!  Last year I was turning 50 and I wanted to do something new. I wanted to improve my posture and with my kids getting older I finally felt I could take the time to join a gym.  I never thought about getting stronger; but now that I have been at CF for over a year I can say this is the stongest I have ever been.  I love that I can pick up heavy things.  Especially at the super market…the 34 pack of poland spring water at BJ’s?  No problem…I love that!  I would never have even attemped it in the past…Functional movement at work.

For the first time in my life I feel like an athlete…sort of..

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

I was never interested in working out at a gym before.  I did not want to take the time.  I live on the beach and enjoyed running outside. I was not interested in working out with other men who would be lifting weights. But I have to say I got over that pretty quickly. I find everyone to be humble, encouraging and inspiring. I enjoy being around other people who care about keeping their bodies healthy and strong.  One of my favorite things about CF is that I get so caught up in the workout (trying to breathe and stay focused) that I can forget about anything else that is going on in my life.  I like that, and find that to be a great stress release.  I love the encouragement I receive from others.  I would not get through some of the workouts without their help.

4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

 There have definitely been some exciting moments over the past year and a half.  I jumped with excitement when I did my first hand stand in 30 years.  I looked around me to see if anyone noticed my surprise  when I was able to lift the 35 lb Kitty litter into my carriage at the supermarket. I had never done that before!  I truly felt like a little kid this past summer when I climbed the rope for the first time and yelled out to Mike LeJeune  “look at me”  It was his coaching that got me up the rope of course.

5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?

One of my challenges is double unders…what can I say?  My brain and legs don’t seem to communicate well.

My goal is to avoid injury.  I am 51 doing things I never attempted in my 20’s!!  I am definitely pushing my body and if I can lift weights, jump on boxes, do hand stands and run around holding 10 lb balls, all is good.

I would love to get my sons to try RCFBC.

6. Has being apart of RCFBC changed the way you feel about fitness? 

Yes,  I see that anyone can become strong.  You don’t have to be athletic to be strong.  I am no longer fearful of weight lifting.

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