We asked Fixx athlete, Caitlin Switaj, a few questions about her CrossFit journey…
What brought you to Bootcamp classes in the first place?
“I am a competitive triathlete and am trying to qualify for my professional license this year. Strength training is so important for endurance athletes, especially for injury-prone ones like me. Unfortunately, I let my strength training fall to the wayside during the COVID shutdowns (my gym back in my hometown in Washington State still hasn’t resumed classes).
I finally got bored enough doing push-ups and banded monster walks at home, so I researched bootcamp classes near my new neighborhood in Tucson and the rest is history.”
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
“I was a bit nervous to take classes at a place that also offers CrossFit workouts. I did CrossFit briefly about 6 years ago, but the coaches prioritized PRs over good form and I ending up hurting my back.
I was clearly worried for nothing because all the coaches at CrossFit Fixx are quick to point out whenever form corrections are needed. I actually really want to give CrossFit another try once I’m in my triathlon offseason.”
What was your first “bright spot”? (Positive moment)
“I can’t remember my first positive moment, but one of the most memorable was completing this crazy workout back in July that consisted of 80 burpees, 60 pull-ups, 60 box jumps, 40 up downs, 30 ring rows and lots of rowing. I was able to finish within the 28-minute time cap. It was exhausting, but everyone was so encouraging!”
What are you working on now?
“I definitely need to work on my coordination. Double unders have always been my nemesis and I would love to be able to do 10 in a row.”
What is your favorite FIXX memory?
“When we got the SkiErgs! I really enjoy cross country skiing with my husband and dog, but there aren’t a ton of nearby opportunities. This is the next best thing!”
Do you have a favorite movement? Favorite style of workout?
“I love cardio heavy, body weight workouts because that what’s most familiar to me. Burpees are probably my all-time favorite movement.”