You guys, we haven’t done an athlete profile for a while, but we have a great reason for starting them back up. Alyssa Parker has been a member at the gym since 2013, and some of you may know her as arguably one of the most powerful athletes at the gym. But we realize that because she usually works out at 6am, many of you might not know her well at all.
We want you to get to (re)know her better because starting Saturday, Feb 23rd, Alyssa’s 30 for 30 Event will pop off! What’s 30 for 30, you ask? It’s when a crazy person who turns 30 years old wants to do a marathon of workouts. Every hour on the hour for 30 hours straight Alyssa will do a workout. Zach Goren did this a few years ago and it ended up being an amazing community event. Members of the gym came at all hours of the day and night to do one or three workouts with Zach, which was incredibly bonding. We hope to have the same bonding experience during Alyssa’s 30 for 30!
Next week, I’ll post a sign-up sheet to join Alyssa for workouts. It’s pretty thrilling to do a workout at 2am. And the event has been known to include a dance session in the wee hours of the night. We’d love for anyone and everyone to come out to play during the event. Look for the sign up sheet.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
Sports have always been a huge part of my life. I was involved in everything from street football with the boys and morning surf sessions with my dad to organized sports like soccer, softball, and volleyball. As most of you know, I ultimately landed on softball and pursued that very heavily from a preteen through college. After playing softball at Dartmouth, I’ve basically been in search of anything that would fill the void I felt from being a former D1 athlete. Fortunately for me, I found CrossFit 7 years ago and never looked back. These days I dabble in casual 50 mile ultra marathons and play coed flag football, but CrossFit remains a staple in my life.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I was working in Scottsdale and at the time, my workouts consisted of lots of cardio at the gym and training for random half marathons. For weeks, one of my coworkers was coming in super sore and wouldn’t stop talking about this new CrossFit gym she joined. Me being me, I was intrigued and joined her for a weekend workout at the gym. The programmed WOD happened to be Fight Gone Bad and I absolutely loved it. The gym was packed with members that day and the energy was so electric. The workout was tough, but doable–mostly it was nice to be around and compete with like-minded people again. I was hooked and signed up for an unlimited membership immediately.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Working out has always been a part of my life. Before CF, I focused mostly on cardio, hardly stretched/mobilized, and ate healthy but didn’t think too much about it. Post joining CF, I would say mindfulness was the biggest change. I have a better balance with working out. I stretch ALL THE TIME. I pay attention to what food I am putting into my body (especially those weekly boxes of cookies). Most importantly, I am a lot stronger!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Not only did CF fill the softball sized void in my heart, but well beyond the fitness and physical improvements, it unexpectedly led me to some of my best friends. Post college it was really hard finding new friends in the “real world.” I moved around a lot of work for a few years and never felt at home anywhere. Once I joined CrossFit, specifically former CFLA, I found my people. I have CFLA/Oak Park to thank for introducing me to my LA family. Traveling adventures and ultra marathons with Niki. Flag football and other less PG escapades with RyRy. Weekly dinners with Cerussi and his family. I wouldn’t even be at my current job of 4 yrs without Doss! My whole world is different because of the community of crossfit and CFLA/Oak Park.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / OAK PARK moments:
-1st year Catalina 50 miler– a bunch of CFLA/Oak Park members came out to the island to support us.
-Banding together during the Whole Life Challenges
-Saturday morning Open workouts and competing in teams
– Zach’s 30 for 30!
-Anytime the coaches play Taylor Swift for me during class
Any advice for people just getting started?
Show up regularly. Consistency is key. And remember nothing is as hard as it seems in the moment.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of the gym?
We’re supposed to have interests outside the gym?? Just kidding– sort of. I enjoy watching movies with and learning about all the latest pop culture goss from my mini-me/sister. Drinking wine with my ladies. Watching football on Sundays. Surfing in the summer. Hanging with my dog, Riley. And generally obsessing about all things Taylor Swift and Dartmouth.
A) Leg Strength
Weighted Reverse Lunges
B) For Maz Thrusters
3 Rounds on the 8:00
Adv: 24 Cals Ski + Max Thrusters
Int: 18 Cals Ski + Max Thrusters
Beg: 12 Cals Ski + Max Thrusters
(2-minute cap per round)