Member Monday: Betsy Karli

2
Oct

Member Monday: Betsy Karli

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This week we check in with an afternoon regular, Betsy Karli! — CrossFitting since: Completed Elements in July 2015 and joined CrossFit in August of 2015. — A little about yourself: In truth, I am a small town South Dakota gal just trying to make it in the big city. I moved to Wauwatosa after 26 years in South Dakota for a change of pace and a job opportunity. I am currently the Pharmacy Manager at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital. I am getting married at the end of the month to Tony Soyak (also a member of BCF) whom I met in the Elements class, and we have a puppy Claude, that occasionally joins us at the gym. — How did you get into CrossFit? I have never been athletic as I was not even good enough to play sports competitively in a small town, but I have been taking fitness classes since I went to college to help provide structure during my workouts. When I moved to Wauwatosa, one of the first things I wanted to do was join a gym. I was about ready to join the WAC when I decided I needed to try something different and I figured now was the time to try CrossFit since part of the appeal I had heard was the community atmosphere. I came to the gym on a Saturday afternoon and attempted some horrible ring rows led by Sara but decided to give CrossFit a shot anyway. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? Overall, CrossFit has helped me in two very different aspects of my life. One being that I have finally stopped the unhealthy habit that included obsessing about what I ate and how much exercise would be necessary to burn it off. Secondly, I was able to make friends and met my fiance at the gym which has translated to me feeling more at home in Wisconsin. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? I have only been to one other CrossFit gym but I would assume not many gyms do introductions with a question of the day. But besides that, I think just as many people have said before, the atmosphere provided by the people and the coaches. I get to workout for an hour and catch up with some of my friends at the same time! — Advice for people just getting started: I think the hardest part for some of us is just getting in the door consistently at first.

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