At just 10-years-old, Lina is one of the youngest athletes in the CrossFit 100 family. Her refreshing perspective on the fit lifestyle, though, is something that we all need to be reminded of from time to time: “it’s just fun,” she shares. The very independent and very strong-willed 5th grader doesn’t take workouts too seriously, but her youthful enthusiasm about CrossFit shines through. We sat down with Marcela’s youngest daughter, Lina, to explore the facets of her experience.
When did you start coming to CrossFit 100?
My mom told me she wanted to teach me a lesson about two months ago. That lesson, we learned, were the basics of CrossFit. I wasn’t too excited about it at first, to be honest, but now I come almost every day during the week.
How did the first few workouts go for you?
The rest of my family has been doing [CrossFit], so I didn’t really mind. I was a little curious about it.
What do you find the most challenging about CrossFit?
The actual working out part. Squats are hard. Being a newb is also hard… and yeah, the 50 cal row – bike – run is definitely not my favorite.
What is your favorite?
Box jumps! Those are definitely my favorite.
What do you think is the most important part of coming to CrossFit 100?
Do you look up to your mom? If so, why?
One thing I really admire about my mom is that she’s so outgoing. My sister and I are really proud of her because of how far [CrossFit 100] has come and that she’s succeeding. Sometimes I wonder how she’s so motivated to do it because she’s up so early every day.
Do you feel like CrossFit benefits you more than just physically?
Yeah. Even though I just started here, I have a lot of fun. My mom’s been teaching me how to stay safe through the movements, so that’s good, too.
In the little amount of time you’ve spent here on a regular basis, what’s the most important thing CrossFit has taught you?
It helps me set goals.
Do you have specific goals in mind yet?
Not yet. I’ve had a chance to try a lot of different things here, so now I’m going to start thinking about what I want my goals to be. I’m not really worried about big goals, though. I’m just taking it slowly for now. Staying focused on staying safe and doing the exercises properly.
You probably hear a lot of other people’s goals while you’re here. Do you feel a sense of competition? Motivation, maybe?
CrossFit isn’t really a competing thing, even though a lot of people think it is.
Oh that’s interesting. Let’s talk about that a little bit. How would you describe the environment at CrossFit 100?
Well, you just do your own thing. You just come in and you just do it (your workout). People are around to encourage you. It’s fun when someone reaches a goal. We all cheer them on.
CrossFit can feel intimidating to someone who’s never done it. What would you tell that person?
CrossFit is a great way to make friends. We have a lot of fun here. I’ll be here to help you learn and support you – everybody here will. The people here always make me feel cared about. Once you make the decision to come, just take it step by step. Get comfortable with the movements first then decide what your goals are.