Athlete Profile: Missy Hornberger

hornerbergerprowlerWhen did you start coming to CrossFit York? September 2008. I’d just finished working as a spin class instructor, and I was looking for a new gym. A friend who worked as a nutritional counselor turned me onto this new gym in York… and so one day I just showed up.

What intrigued you about CFY? I had been involved in a lot of group fitness classes. I had been through a lot of drama, where gyms would be bought out and new owners would come in and change the culture of a gym. I’ve been in the York area all my life, and so I knew all the gyms and all the owners. I needed a new facility, and CrossFit York was brand-spanking new.

How has CrossFit changed your approach to fitness? It’s made me realize that being fit means having functionality for everyday life. Additionally, the community here is like no other; the people get you through the door and they also keep you coming back. Fitness has been something that I’ve struggled with personally, and our CrossFit community makes me care less about the numbers on the scale and more about moving well. And moving well and functional fitness, for me, are crucial. I have a torn ACL that, instead of having surgery to repair, I’ve actually been able to build muscle around to support that structure.

So, I’ve heard you talk a little about the difference between “an athlete who crossfits” and “a crossfitter.” How would you characterize yourself, and why? I am a crossfitter, but this is something that I’ve come to over time. I used to think you had to be “all in” with the paleo eating and the 8 pairs of Innov8s in order to be a crossfitter, and since I didn’t, I initially thought of myself simply as an athlete who did CrossFit wods. However, I understand now that we all come to CrossFit in our own time; we can’t give up on ourselves. And most importantly: everybody belongs no matter what shoes you’re wearing or what you’re eating. This sense of belonging is the basic culture that Rusty has built here at CrossFit York. He allows us to be who we are, as long as we are striving to be the best athlete that each of us can be.

What are your current strengths? I love the prowler and the tire flips!

Talk a little about your inspiration to take your crossfitting further with the L1 Certification you earned last summer and the CrossFit Kids Certification you recently received. I attended the L1 cert to simply be a better athlete myself and to continue to mentor new athletes as Rusty increased the membership. With the CrossFit Kids certification, I felt that was a calling of sorts. Challenging the next generation’s views on nutrition and fitness is really important to me.

What advice might you give new athletes who are just getting started? Listen to your coach; listen to your body. As the CrossFit York matriarch, I understand the value of these lessons. And I abide by them; as a full-time mother, I have too many things and people I’m responsible for to be injured or sidelined.

Athlete Profile: Catalino Gonzalez

catalinobacksquat_1How long have you been coming to CrossFit York? My first real WOD was on December 11, 2012.

What’s your athletic history? In high school I competed in track and field. My events were the 110 and 300M hurdles and the long, triple, and high jumps. [Editor’s note: those hurdles are 39′ high!]

How did you find CrossFit York? Last August, some friends and I decided to sign up for a Tough Mudder. I was all over the internet looking for ways to train for that obstacle course, and in doing my research, found that many Tough Mudder competitors were crossfitters. I then stumbled across the CrossFit York website, and saw that a group of athletes from CFY had actually run one.

Describe your first WOD. Well, I thought I would die. It was some little WOD, like a 5 minute AMRAP of 10 sit ups, 10 push ups, and 10 medicine ball squats. I barely finished. I bet the coaches were like, “This dude ain’t comin’ back.”

Why *did* you come back? I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. And I wanted to show my kid, Julian, that we don’t just quit. Also, I was treated for colon cancer three years ago, so I’m committed to my health. I’ve made other lifestyle changes, such as eating a mainly paleo diet, to help me remain cancer-free.

Favorite movements? Backsquat, definitely.

What still presents a challenge for you? I used to hate rowing, but I’ve made peace with it. I’m good, now, when the rower comes up in a WOD. However, I still am working on pull ups and toes-to-bar. There was the death by TTB the other day, and I was happier than a school girl that I was able to complete that WOD Rx; before that, I’d never gotten my feet all the way up to the bar. That day, I made it through 8 rounds!!

So, you’re pretty much always here with your son, Julian. Who’s your next recruit? My wife, Evelyn. She currently recovering from a torn meniscus, but I keep working on her.

Any advice you’d give to our athletes who are just starting out? The first day is the absolute worst. If you can get out of bed the next day, you’ve already won. It just gets better the more you keep coming.