Natalie Pullen

Meet Natalie Pullen, our first featured athlete for 2014. Natalie is loved by all – so if you haven’t met her yet, introduce yourself to a person who’s described by the following phrases:

  • “She is an amazing person. I love to see her working out in the box, as well as watch how she attacks life. She faces everything head on, she takes all of the little curveballs that life throws at her with grace and beauty, and she’s always heard encouraging those around her.”
  • “I don’t know Natalie very well outside of CF. I just know that she is AWESOME! She is 9 mos pregnant, teaches full time, in school full time, and still CFs 2-3 days a week. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met and is so encouraging to be around. I love being around her – it’s just fun!”

When we told Natalie that she had been selected, she said “I am so honored to have this, seriously. And, I’m touched by others’ words about me. I’m going to try to squeeze in as much wodding as I can in the next few weeks…but I’m really going to miss it when I have to take time off after birth :(”

Congratulations Natalie!

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Q&A with Natalie:

What have you learned about yourself in doing Crossfit?
I am stronger than I’ve ever been. Even during pregnancy, I’ve felt fit, strong, energized, and so mobile!
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What changes have you made in your nutrition program?
I started eating Paleo about 6 months after starting CFE. Prior to eating Paleo, my doctor was having a hard time diagnosing my stomach problems. Since eating Paleo, I not only lost 15 pounds, but my stomach pains went away. I haven’t been strict Paleo while pregnant, but am counting down to sign up for the next Paleo Challenege after Baby Pullen is born!.
 
What is the hardest part of these changes for you?
Eating “on the go” is hard. I have a busy schedule, with full time school and work. I’m always tempted to grab food that is convenient. I have to make an intention to prep food on the weekends and in the evenings. And…I love candy. If it’s in my house, I’ll eat it. So, I just don’t tempt myself by not buying it!
 

What is your athletic / fitness background?
I danced ballet and tap since I was 5 years old. I haven’t dance competitively since college, but still help with coaching local dance teams. I tried out for all sorts of team sports in Junior High and High School and never made the teams. I love to remember those times of rejection when I’m WOD-ding…..it keeps me going!

What keeps you coming back to CrossFit?
C
ommunity, Coaches, Results, and lifting heavier than the day before.

What is your most favorite lift?
Overhead squat!!!

What is your least favorite lift?
Snatch.

Favorite WOD?
Filthy Fifty: I always get nervous about it, but then I chip away at it and feel so accomplished when it’s over!

What are some remaining fitness goals that you have for yourself?
Get back into shape after delivering baby, unassisted ring dips, and getting stronger at push-ups

What advice do you have for others that are looking into CrossFit?
JUST DO IT! Joining Crossfit will be life changing and one of the best decisions you will make for your body, mind, and soul. I still remember the day I walked into CFE and introduced myself to Jesse to ask “How can I join?”

What have you learned about yourself in doing CrossFit?
That my body is capable of lifting heavy things and my mind is able to help me overcome “impossible” physical challenges.

What do you think about the trainers at CFE?  (ok, that is a shameless plug)…
I love each and every one of them. They make each person in the gym feel welcomed. Every word of encouragement from them has pushed me to do one more rep, add more weight, and endure one more minute of WOD-ing. I can approach any of them to teach me something new or help me improve my form.

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