Athlete Profile: Debbie Ashway
How long have you been with CrossFit York? What’s your history with us? This is my 5th year. Rusty used to be a personal trainer at Gold’s where I had been working with another trainer. My trainer and Rusty were experimenting with CrossFit and they started me on these crazy new workouts. Rusty would bring kettlebells, boxes, and all this other equipment to Gold’s and it was awesome. Rusty then opened CrossFit York, and I was really intrigued by the workouts he’d put together for me at Gold’s, so I signed up. After a year, Craig started coming with me. He was excited about what I was telling him and seeing my progress. We are now part of the steady 6am crew!
What do you think about the changes CrossFit York has seen since its beginnings nearly 5 years ago? I like the new developments. When I first started, there were no introduction classes. Sometimes the “class” was just me and Rusty, or there would be me and one other athlete. Sometimes the WOD was programmed during the WOD. I love the changes. I like the 2-parts, I think that’s nice. On heavy days, we have a little something else to make us sweat a little.
You live in Lancaster County. Why on earth do you come all the way across the river to CrossFit York? Yes, we do. York County is where we’re from; we work here, and CrossFit York is our home. It is worth the drive. And if we’re going to come that far at 6am, there are no excuses for any one else NOT to take the time and make the drive!
I know you’ve done a bit of travelling. What other exciting CrossFit boxes have you visited? The most exciting box was CrossFit London. That was the highlight of our trip! We managed to find one box to get some local flavor: we walked in and everything was the same, except that the bumper plates were in KILOS. I remember there were front squats in the WOD, so we just guessed and put plates on. I remember saying, “this is heavy,” but I had no idea what the weight was.
What’s your favorite WOD? Anything tabata.They’re fun: short, quick, and intense.
What goals or challenges do you face? I’m still not that happy with my pull-ups. When I first started, I told Rusty that if I got a pull-up I would have a party. (I’m still waiting for that party!) So I have a pull-up, but I’d like to string them together better.
What do you eat? I have really learned to love the paleo lifestyle. I’ve learned so much about food, and it’s really helped me with my performance, my sleeping, and my energy levels. I can tell if I stray a little too far off. I remain 80-20.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit? Give it a chance. If you’re sore (and you will be), just get up and go the next day. And the next day. Just keep going; you’re going to fall in love with it.
Any other thoughts or insight you’d care to share? Craig and I are definitely a team. We come and do this together. This place is truly our CrossFit family; we’ve met so many great people and friends. And we are proud to be Masters! I’m going to be 50 in July. If I can do it, then YOU CAN, no matter who you are. Training at CrossFit York makes us better at what we love to do: skiing, biking, kayaking. The conditioning makes us able to do whatever we want, and we’ll be able to do it a lot longer.