It’s not every day that I see a transfer from another box with a way of being that tugs on my soul. This yogi has an incredible contagious smile that is genuine all of the time. When I first had her in my class, I knew UB was lucky to have welcomed her to San Francisco as I saw her cheering for other members whom she had just met for the first time without needing any reminders or encouragement to do so. She’s also attended a number of local competitions to cheer our athletes on with her incredible spirit and positivity. In this interview you’ll learn about what commitment means to her and how she hammers away at something until she gets the result she wants. I’m sure this mentality shows up in many other areas of her life. I am filled with gratitude to have the honor and privilege of highlighting… the one… the only… Kim!
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Relationship Manager for State State Street Global Advisors
When did you first start CrossFitting? April 2016
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I had been curious about CrossFit for a while but, as a yogi, didn’t think the two could coexist (turns out they are the perfect compliment). My roommate in Boston convinced me to sign up for a month long onramp at CrossFit Southie and I was hooked after the first movement and enamored by the energy and athleticism of the community in Southie.
Favorite WOD: 12 days of Christmas and the hero WOD “Wood,” which was my first real WOD after my onramp. We strolled into the box and this kid Jason looked at us and was like “umm did you even look at the WOD before you came?! It’s a hero WOD” (insert genuinely concerned emoji). I’ve done it now three times (it was “coincidentally” my going away WOD from Southie) and from there on out it’s been a personal benchmark.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that is a sub 8 minute sprint (a la Diane or Fran). I’d much rather a 30 minute chipper.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I can’t imagine my life without the friends I have made at CrossFit and the community that pushes me past my expectations every time (unless I’m sandbagging it)
What made you realize UB was the right CrossFit home for you? I dropped in to a Wednesday night class with Nikki and happened to catch Jenny there. Her energy, excitement, and knowledge had me hooked. When she said that a pillar of UB is family, I knew it was the place for me. The structure of the classes, the community, the coaches, and the toaster out back (Gill knows what I’m talking about) reminded me so much of my old box and knew it was the fit fam I wanted to be a part of.
What kind of activity or work do you do that really lights you up and makes you feel alive on the inside? Surfing and skiing
What’s your definition of greatness? An unwavering commitment to your craft/passions, continuous curiosity for improvement, and the selflessness to share with others. I realize that’s a super deep definition haha... I should have given a warning that I’m currently in Nosara, Costa Rica for my 4th yoga and surfing retreat with Rolf Gates and Richard Schmidt, who are both two of the greatest in their crafts and I had a chance to reflect on this question after an epic day in the surf. Rolf (my yoga teacher, mentor, and acclaimed author) and Richard Schmidt (who is one of the greatest big wave surfers and one of the first to surf Mavericks) both exude the qualities of that definition. I have found that the UB community, coaches and athletes alike, also fall into that definition and continue to inspire me.
What’s something incredible that became possible for you? My first pull-up!! Turns out lat strength is critical for them... 🤦🏻♀️. Shout out to Christopher C, who spent countless extra hours at UB with me out back after WODs coaching me to my goal through targeted ancillary work, Instagram videos, and straight up just making me jump on the bar and give it some (failed) pulls. Also shout out to Coach Max and Sam who witnessed all those failed pull-ups but continuously cheered me on and finally called “it’s good!” for my first pull-up (pictured here).