Athlete Spotlight: Joanne


Joanne has been a long time member of LAX, so I was surprised we hadn’t done a spotlight on her before. If you haven’t had a chance to chat with her, it’s probably because instead of getting to class a few minutes early and making small talk, she prefers to run in a few minutes late and do burpees. In fact, I’m pretty sure she has done more burpees than anyone in the history of CrossFit. So here’s a chance to get to know a little more about the burpee queen…

If you could eat one food everyday and not get fat what would it be?

Does beer count? 😉 If not, then cookies!

If you were reincarnated as a piece of equipment, what would it be and why?

Ab Mat- so I can cushion your head while you do handstand push ups on me, because HSPU are my fave!

What’s your favorite sandwich?

Does avocado toast count? I don’t eat too many sandwiches.

Joanne making Snatches look easy!

Joanne making Snatches look easy!

Have you ever had a pukie? What was the workout?

Not all the way… but Fight Gone Bad gets me pretty close every time!

What was the last song you listened to?

My music plays on shuffle, so it could’ve been anything – most likely something punk or metal.

Name a song that makes you really angry when it gets stuck in your head (and won’t go away).

If I told you, I’d be afraid of how many people will sing it to me…

In the middle of the hardest workout you’ve done in a long time, you think what?

I try not to think during the workout because my mind wanders and I lose count of my reps. But usually something to the effect of “Ughhh I shouldn’t have stayed out so late last night… >_< “

“Which is worse? 100 Burpees for time, EMOM 5 Thrusters OR 100 Thrusters for time, EMOM 3 Burpees”

Since I’m the worst at getting to class on time (SORRY!), I don’t mind burpees since I do them every day. Last year, I lost a bet at the Holiday Bowl because my team lost, so I had to do 100 thrusters for time with a burpee penalty for every bar drop, which was just as bad as it sounds.

How many CF videos do you watch per week? per day?

Not very many, I have a short attention span so I don’t watch too many videos.

Name one life goal.

To visit as many countries as I can.

Where were you born?

I was born in LA but my parents moved me to Nebraska shortly after that, where I lived until I was old enough to get the hell out!

What was one fun thing you did this weekend?

The extra hour of sleep from daylight savings was much needed.

Workout of the Day 11/16/2015 – Monday


Front Squat 3 x 10 @ 50-60% 1RM

5 Rounds:
10 Thrusters (115#/75#)
200m Run

CrossFit 101

ME 500m Row x 2

5 Rounds:
10 Thrusters
10 Ring Rows
10 Sit-Ups