The Weekly Dose of Awesome

If you've ever had the pleasure of training with this 7:30am regular, you know Cynthia D. packs a powder-keg punch in a pint-sized package. I always look forward to (and am impressed by) her endless energy and ability to crack a good joke in the early morning hours. This Canadian native is the first to tell you exactly what her weaknesses are --- but also recognizes the benefit of her consistent commitment. In just under a year, I've seen her progress from heavily scaling WODs to clocking it at the top of the class with RX weights.

If you caught a glimpse of this badass firecracker mid-WOD, you'd probably never guess that she broke her neck in a nasty mountain biking accident and endured a full year + of physical therapy to even begin running again. Other athletes may have hung it up, shied away from pushing their limits and been content with simply surviving. But there's something special about Cynthia D, and it's been a pleasure to watch her thrive her at UB. Congrats, buddy, and keep up The Awesome!

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Name: Cynthia B.Domingue

Nickname / Alter Ego: Hummingbird was giving to me... as well as Marta Stewart... BTB or by the book. Hummingbird is by far my favorite nickname.

Hometown: Ange-Gardien, Quebec, Canada ( a village meaning guardian angel)

Occupation: Retail Manager at Mission Bicycle Company Official on paper, unofficial the rest of the time (Urban Designer/ Urban planner of Training)

When did you first start CrossFitting?: 5 years ago. When I lived in Montreal, Canada I was restaurant manager and I needed to train fast and efficiently. I saw a gym called MissfFit (a CrossFit gym for women). Less daunting than the other CrossFit gyms, way too hardcore, that were open in the city. I was sold. Really loved it.

2 years later, I moved to Vancouver, Canada where the CrossFit gym were way too fashionable and overpriced, without any personal approach. I couldn't be more disappointed. Signed up in a normal gym with a personal trainer. I needed that personal support and motivator. I always liked training in smaller groups combined with having someone watching over you, so you are not doing any goofy moves that could lead to injuries.

July 1st, 2014, I broke my neck mountain biking and survived, but mentally I was crushed. 12 months of recovery, physio, acupuncture, massages, and training later.. starting entirely from zero, I started running. The only thing not too rough on the body then, compare to what I was used to do for fun. May 2nd, 2015, got married and the next day, went running the relay at the Vancouver Marathon. I Moved to San Francisco at the end of June 2016. Next to our new apartment, I found UB. At that time, its been 15 months since the accident. I still needed a really personal approach, but wanted to get back in shape. I dropped by the gym, talked to Jenny. I stalked the internet for UB reviews. The more I read about UB, the more I knew this was for me. Did the test out and I sign up on the spot. Jenny adapted everything for me. Every class the coaches were making sure I could do the movements. I was on the edge of depression (New city, no friends, no job, no human interaction before JC came back from work). Thankfully, after signing in, United Barbel allowed me to refocus on positive actions and killing it at the gym was putting a huge smile on my face. My husband couldn't be happier of the investment. LIFE CHANGING.

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: see end of question #5

Favorite WOD: Anything with the rower, used to HATE it, now, its my favorite all body workout.

Least favorite WOD: Still struggling on the S$%#? wall balls WOD.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? See novel on question #5

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? See novel #5 + Everytime I have to get up a 7am to go to the gym, its rough. But the results are soooooo worth it, even if I dragged my self there with my eyes half closed. Lost 2 pants size and I'm leaner than ever before. I have the energy of the Energizer bunny (always been like that, but now its non stop) and I finally love myself. This is a hard one for many ladies out there. I get to feel like a stronger and better version of myself, everyday.

What’s your secret talent? I can whip up a meal in minutes with barely anything all mostly cooked from scratch. (My man JC's opinion here) Pistachio lactose free ice cream being one of my number one secret along with my house made rustic bread. This is also what I can resist as a cheat meal. :)