Cindy Lou has been a member for nearly 3 years now and she has accomplished so much in her time at O’Hare CrossFit. She has ran a marathon, she has taken part in multiple CrossFit Opens, and she recently also just joined in on our Oly 101 session!
She is a staple in the 7:30 pm #Wolfpack crew and she has always been a friendly face for newcomers to OCF and to the 7:30 pm class. In her time at OCF, she has also undergone a major physical transformation and seen amazing success with weight loss and strength gains.
We couldn’t be more proud of all that Cindy has taken on since her time at OCF and we know she is capable of so much more down the line.
Get to know Cindy Lou!
1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in April 2014. I found out about CrossFit and OCF through my friend Emily and I was so intrigued by her weight loss that I decided to give it a try. When I first started I wanted to work on losing weight and getting ready for a Tough Mudder run.
2. What time of day do you come in?
I come in at 7:30pm with the WOLFPACK!!! Love my crew!
3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
I HATE burpees with all my heart and soul, and lunges! But I love everything else we do at the gym, especially any type of lower body workout because booty gains!
4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
This year I’m hoping to cut my marathon time for the Chicago Marathon in October and keep up with my brother and sister. I want to continue working on my weightlifting and finally make it to Performance. Also, drop my body fat to finally have some abs in my life. But overall, I just want to be the best version of myself and see how far I can take my body.
5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why. (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
I don’t have a specific athlete that inspires me but I love watching all the women who CrossFit. I love how they continue to change the stereotype and do what they love even though it may not be the norm in our society. #StrongIsBeautiful Also, I have to give a special shout out to my wolfpack, they always keep me going and push me to never give up in life and in the middle of a workout.
6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I am currently going to school to pursue my master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner, Midwife. So with that being said, I have a goal to deliver a certain amount of babies into this world and a couple of my friends have agreed to let me deliver their babies in the next couple of years. (I know it’s a little weird)
7. You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc...) would you want to be left with you?
I have to go with sushi and music. I’m always listening to something throughout my day, so any type of music player that can play Spotify would be great and maybe a book too.
8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
CrossFit has helped me with my overall health and with all my fitness goals. I’ve lost so much weight throughout the years and keeping it off can be very hard but OCF has been the consistency in my life to help do that along with my nutrition. As far as in life in general it has changed me completely. OCF has helped me deal with breakups, death, and everything that life has thrown at me. It has made me a stronger person not only physically but mentally as well. It has helped me realize that with every bad thing that can occur there is good that can come out of it. It continues to help me get out of my bubble and has given me the confidence to go after my goals in life. I don’t think I would be the person I am today without OCF.
9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
I’ve been with OCF for a long time so with that my priorities have changed over the years. When I first started all I wanted was just to be able to complete a workout. Now I’m more focused on getting stronger and working on my form with my lifts and hopefully, moving to performance this year.
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