Name: Ashley Riley
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
Occupation: Pharmacy Student
How long have you been a member at 1020? 8 Months
Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at Ten Twenty: On my first day, I was kind of nervous because I had never been to a CrossFit class. It's funny because I had been really skeptical about what a CrossFit class would be like and what it could offer. I thought that a workout only consisted of a 10-15 minute WOD and that was it. I used to poke fun at Kyle Mason and say that he spent more time driving to workout than actually working out. Needless to say I was super wrong, and I couldn't be happier about it. I didn't realize that there was also a warm-up, a lifting-focused component, a workout, and then a cool-down...summing up to be at about an hour-long workout. The reason my skepticism is so funny is because on my first day I walked in to find out that we were doing a Hero WOD that included a ton of lifting and about 2 miles of running. The WOD alone took about 45 minutes. Hahahaha. It was an awesome workout and it kicked my ass. I admit that I am happy that not every WOD is a Hero WOD though...
What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining? I've seen so much improvement in my flexibility and overall form for the lifting movements. Before, I really didn't have a lot of experience weightlifting, so I've come a long way! I've definitely improved my overall strength and have gained a lot of confidence too!
What are your individual goals? I would like to be able to do a pull-up! I'm working on it right now, but I'm not quite there yet.
Favorite moment at 1020 so far? I'm not sure if I have one specific moment...
What do you enjoy most about the coaching staff at 1020? I love that everyone is really encouraging and not judgmental at all. All the communication is positive, which makes for a really positive environment! I also appreciate how eager the coahces are to help me when I'm struggling with a movement.
Words of advice for someone interested in getting started? Don't be intimidated by the workouts. Everything can be scaled down and you can move at your own pace. I did the majority of my beginning workouts with a PVC instead of a barbell and I always got a good workout in.
Tell us something we don't know about you? I am fluent in sarcasm. Also, I have an identical twin.
Favorite WOD? Anything with DUBS.
Least Favorite WOD? Anything with Burpees (also ALL the OPEN workouts)