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October Athlete of the Month

October Athlete of the Month

Kelsie Helberg


Hometown: Amherst NH

Age: 22

When did you first start training at FOCF?:  This June

Favorite WOD: Anything with lifting, and any MetCon-esque workouts.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with pull ups! The gymnastics side of CrossFit kicks my butt!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: 

My parents stuck me on alpine skis at age three, and I have been a snow-sport addict ever since.  I ran cross country and was on the nordic ski team in High School.  I cycled for the University of Vermont for a year, and tried a few triathlons.  Before transferring to school out here, I did a NOLS semester that included backpacking, rock climbing, back-county skiing, and whitewater canoeing.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?

Last summer, I worked with a CrossFit gym in Massachusetts.  However, it was a bootcamp type format in a park (they were moving their gym that summer), so I didn’t get the true “CrossFit” experience.  

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

Oh boy.  I was not a happy camper.   If you are ever in Walla Walla, the Taqueria Yungapeti has great burritos, but they are terrible pre-workout food…I can’t remember exactly what the workout was, but it included Turkish Getups for sure, and maybe box jumps.  What I do remember is that I could hardly lift my arms up for several days.  

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?

Don’t let my sports background fool you!  I was totally out of shape before starting CrossFit (and really bummed out about it).  Since starting, my fitness and health have improved by leaps and bounds.  I’ve definitely lost some weight, but more importantly, I’m stronger and happier.  I’m taking better care of myself too (sleep and nutrition-wise), though there is still room for improvement.  Also, working out with FOCF has given me the confidence to train with the ski team at Whitman, and I’m going to race this winter!  

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I’ve gotten very good at covering up bruises from the weights with makeup!  Seriously though, I feel much more coordinated (which I think is largely due to learning how to properly lift weights, so the bruises are totally worth it).

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / FOCF moments:

I’m blanking on a favorite moment, but I’ve really enjoyed meeting people and feeling like a part of a community here.  The Anniversary party was a lot of fun!  

Any advice for people just getting started?

Stick with it!  I’m going to nerd out here, but one of my favorite Aristotle quotes is, “We are what we repeatedly do”.  So, if you come to FOCF and work hard every week, then you are an athlete by default.  You start from where you are, and every workout is a step forward!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I loveeeee being outside!  Hiking, biking, you name it… I am getting into mountaineering, and I learned how to tele-ski last winter. 

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