Featured Athletes - Mom/Son Team - July 2013

1. What are your names?
Mother and Son Team - Katie and Carlton

Katie Villareal
Carlton Hogan

 2. When did you start doing CrossFit? 

 I started fundamentals at Phalanx at the end of October 2012

Carlton: December 2012

3. What got you into CrossFit? 

Katie: I never would have tried CrossFit if it hadn't been for Barbara Yeagley. At the time she was the only person I knew in Sanford and I figured if she could do it, I could at least give it a shot.

Carlton: My mom got a Groupon for Phalanx, and everyone I know that goes to a CrossFit gym really enjoyed it, so I thought I could give it a try.

4. What do you like about CrossFit? 
Carlton Hogan

Katie: I like two things about CrossFit. First, it is an extremely positive environment. Everyone there encourages and praises each other. The coaches know you by name, they interact individually with you and everyone has one common goal - a serious workout while encouraging the strengthening and development of each of us as athletes.  The second thing I like is that the WOD is selected for me. I am not the type of person to push myself, so having someone else develop the plan for a total workout is good for me. It isn't like being at the gym where when I get tired I can just get off the treadmill and leave and no one notices.

Carlton:  I really like the positive environment that Phalanx has, the coaches that will work from the ground up to build a good base of fundamental knowledge of CrossFit (even if someone has absolutely no experience), and that everything is modifiable.

5. What is your favorite workout and why? 

Katie:  Anything that is done in an AMRAP. I like the countdown at the end and knowing if I push myself I can finish that last set. I also like any day we work on a skill for a particular movement. I'm not only new to CrossFit, but I also spend a lot of time trying to get past the movements that intimidate me.  I may not be the best at it, but the sense of accomplishment I feel when I finally get past the mental block is exhilarating.  It took me 6 months to jump on a box and 7 months to climb a rope to the rafters. It wasn't that I couldn't do it, I just wouldn't do it.

Carlton:  My favorite workouts include: tire flips, rope climbs, and deadlifts. There's not much of a reason they're my favorite, except that they're the most fun.

Katie Villareal
6. What is your least favorite workout and why? 

Katie:  Anything that involves Wall-balls.  They wear me out. I don't think they like me either.

Carlton: Anything with wall balls, overhead squats, and snatches. They just plain suck in my opinion. Oh, and squat cleans; I broke a finger doing those.

7. What else should we know about you? 

Katie:  I'm a Texas girl whole-heartedly lost in NC! I've been an RN for almost 15 years, and have worked in healthcare for 21. I currently work on a pediatric unit at UNC. I have a wonderful son who just turned 20 and is now a Junior at North Carolina State University. Go Pack!

Carlton: I'm a Psychology major up at NC State, starting my Junior year. I've been in North Carolina for about 2 years, and it's been slowly growing on me, but it isn't the same as Texas. I spend way too much time snooping around on the cars and free section Craigslist, and I like to hang out with friends from back in San Antonio that are here in North Carolina.

8. How has CrossFit changed your daily life? 

Katie:  CrossFit has changed my life 360 degrees. When I got here I knew no one and spent my nights on the couch eating Twizzlers and watching TV. CrossFit has given me an outlet, a sense of accomplishment, and a group of friends I have come to consider family. Don't get me wrong, I still eat plenty of Twizzlers.

Carlton:  Well, thanks to one of the awesome coaches, I got a job at Chick-Fil-A as the cow, which turned into unloading the truck. I find myself deadlifting and power cleaning boxes of waffle fries, coaters for the chicken, IceDream ice cream, and snatching bigger boxes to put them on the shelves high overhead. I also find myself more involved, since I actually have something to do and people to see in Sanford. Whether that means going to "half-birthday's" or dog/house sitting, CrossFit has opened up a new social network for me.

9. What personal changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit? 

Katie:  Well about 5 months in I had to buy all new pants. I went to put on clothes one day and realized everything I owned was too big! But honestly, the biggest change I have seen is in my self-esteem. I have never really had any faith in myself. I came to CrossFit at a difficult time in life, in the process of divorce, in a new town, new job, out of shape, and my only child leaving for college. I was alone for the first time. Even on a good day I never would have thought I could ever make it through those workouts. I may have to modify or scale things sometimes, but I have made it through workouts that I never thought I'd finish. I've realized I can do more than I give myself credit for. That's been the best thing about CrossFit for me.  Realizing it’s in me, I just have to find it.

Carlton:  Overall, CrossFit has improved my overall endurance (which means I can do yard work longer, yay...) and strength. I've noticed I care more about what I eat because Cook Out milkshakes and the WOD usually don't mix well.

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