Meet your Armadian: Nina Robinson
Tell us a little about your Non-CrossFit Life.
I am 31 years old and have lived my entire life in Texas. I am married to my best friend and have a 3 year old son. Outside of Crossfit, I am either spending time with my family or working as a District Manager for a large telecommunications company. I also LOVE to read. If you can't find me at the box, with my family, or at work, then you'll probably find me hiding away from the world with a great book.
When did you begin your training at CrossFit Armada, and how has it influenced your life?
I began Crossfit when I briefly lived in San Antonio. Upon moving back to Houston about a year ago, I knew I wanted to continue working out. I had a couple of friends that worked out at Armada and encouraged me to join. I was still pretty early in my Crossfit life, so I felt insecure about making the commitment. On my first visit to Armada, I attempted a really difficult workout. I was struggling to make it through this workout. Although I didn't know everyone, they crowded around me and encouraged me to finish. There was no judgement! Only positive people pushing you to finish. I knew Crossfit Armada was the perfect place for me.
Biggest challenge with CrossFit?
My biggest challenge with CrossFit has been trying to find balance between my family and work. I've realized that once you find something you love, you figure how to create balance. It may mean you're getting up a little earlier or asking your significant other to take on a little extra responsibility. If you're working out occasionally and you don't feel motivated to make time to work out - you haven't found what you love yet and you need to keep looking.
Favorite part of CrossFit?
Squats, squats, and more squats. I love the feeling of squatting more than I did yesterday. I love knowing that if I see squats in a WOD, I'm going to rock it. Besides that being my favorite movement, I love the camaraderie of Crossfit. We are family. We hang out outside of the box and hold each other accountable to each others fitness goals. You won't find that everywhere.
List some of your goals for the next 12 months and some recent accomplishments that you are proud to share.
Over the next 12 months, I hope to accomplish full knees to elbow and toes to bar. Over the last 12 months, I've lost about 40 lbs and completely changed my eating habits. I also recently made it into the "200 club" on my back squat which was crazy exciting. When I first began Crossfit a year ago, the coach had to hold my feet in order for me to do sit-ups. It's incredible to see and feel the progress.
What is your favorite and least favorite movement or workout? And why?
Burpees. Ugh. I can't stand them. The thought of them makes my skin crawl. I have to "get my mind right" when I see them in a workout. They can be pretty draining, however you get a sense of accomplishment when you've finally finished them.
What is your proudest moment at Armada?
My proudest moment at Armada was the first time I was able to 'RX' a workout. Those are the ultimate proud moments when you've worked so hard to achieve an RX. I can't wait to see my progress in the coming years.