If you've been consistently coming to UB over the year, you've likely seen more and more of this week's long overdue awesome, Sally Chou! Sally is a long time UB member who recently started getting deeper into the CrossFit and olympic lifting world. If you've attended any of our Thursday night Oly classes, you've likely seen Sally there, working on her clean technique and laughing a ton. She is one of those rare athletes who is able to keep things light and fun while really focusing on her technique, and she's constantly coming back for more - it's great to see such awesome!
Name: Sally Chou
Nickname / Alter Ego: Sal, Sals
Hometown: Milpitas, CA
Occupation: Mobile User Acquisition Manager at NexonM
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I went to my first 1x1 onramp sometime in 2013 at CrossFit Burlingame and the head coach made me do the WOD “Grace” aka 30 clean and jerks on the same day I actually learned how to do clean and jerks... AND a 2k row after that. I was definitely not hooked.
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: I finally took a second chance at CrossFit again in April 2014 when work moved up to SF with the UB sign in plain view of my building. I’ve also been on limited membership (10 classes per month!) until only 2 months ago. It was about time...
Favorite WOD: Anything with rowing, pull ups, snatches, box jumps or a nice combo or all of the above.
Least favorite WOD: Anything with running and burpees. I’m inefficient at both and usually scale my weights if either is involved cause I’ll be overly out of breath after doing either movement. Working on it though!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: I’ve been a competitive paddler for 10 years now. I was training on the national team for a couple years (2013-2015) and really needed to bring my fitness to the next level off the water. My paddling coach had a CrossFit background and before we got on the water, we would do stuff like learn OH squats, toes to bar, or do a simple WOD like Cindy where I would get absolutely destroyed. I thought I was pretty fit so naturally I was curious to learn more. Most of my teammates did powerlifting in the gym but explosive strength training (snatch/cleans) seemed more relevant to me as a sprint paddler than raw strength training (bench/press/deadlift).
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? (1) I became more of an athlete rather than just being a “crossFitter” or a “paddler”. I’ve learned a lot about sleep, nutrition timing and intake, and being mentally strong. (2) My perception of beauty in women also changed a lot through the year. Although it’s sometimes frustrating that strong-bodied women are still looked down upon even in my group of friends, I enjoy redefining beauty standards and the stereotypes of lifting for them.
What’s the last thing you searched for on Google? ... Some insight into my mind:
“When was Chuck E Cheese founded”
“Is the adams apple a bone or cartilage”
“How many calories are in a cronut hole”
“Bay area flesh eating bacteria oysters"
What’s your secret talent?
I’m really good at selfies, to the point where I’ve been dubbed the name “Sallfie”
Me @ world champs with US, CA, AU!