May 2015 – Krista Glei

Krista Glei

What’s Your Age? 39

Look at the clearance on that DU!

Look at the clearance on that DU!

What’s your occupation? Store owner/Manager

When did you start CrossFit? I started CrossFit at the end of July 2014. So, I’ve been at it for just over 6 months now. I started out as a 3 times a week person, but now I’m there 5 days a week, sometimes 6 if I can swing it.

What do you like most about CrossFit?

My favorite part about CrossFit is the challenge it presents.  Sometimes it’s a challenge just to finish the workout.  Some days it’s a challenge to lift more than I did last time.  Some times it’s a challenge to do it faster or better or to get more reps.  And let’s face it, some days it’s a challenge to beat one of the times on the board.  Hey, we’re all a little bit competitive – even those of us that appear so sweet and innocent.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

My favorite movement is the deadlift.  Probably because I still can’t believe that I can lift that much and it makes me feel like a badass.  Any lifting with a barbell makes me feel like a badass really.

Except Overhead Squats.  Those are my least favorite – yes, even more so than the dreaded Burpee.

Do you have an interesting story about how CrossFit has impacted your life?

3 years ago, I was fat.  No, really fat.  And I spent 6 months sweating my butt off in my living room and counting calories.  And 45 pounds later, I was a much healthier, happier person.  Since then, I’ve done lots of home workouts through Beachbody (think Insanity, P90X – not that I did either of those – that’s just what Beachbody is known for).  After a while, I felt like I was in a rut.  I would cherry pick workouts and make excuses for not doing ones I didn’t like.  I decided that at this point in my life, I shouldn’t have to do workouts I hated.  Then Chey convinced me to try CrossFit.  One day was all it took.  I was hooked.  It’s competely changed the way I view working out.  I’m no longer sweating in my living room alone.  Instead, I have this whole new group of wonderful people that encourage me even when I’m sucking it up and I’m the last one standing.  I never dread a WOD – and it definitely never gets boring!  Every day is a new, fantastic opportunity for me to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.  And the victories (when they come) are oh, so sweet.  Who knew you could get so excited to string together a couple double unders?  I never got that psyched at home in my living room.


Krista also wins the award for Best Socks on deadlift days.