Deborah Wise is a 42 year-old mother of three (Jacoby-13, Carlton-10, and Miranda-4). She and her husband, Eric, live in Elizabethtown. She is originally from Hanover, PA. Her husband grew up in Hershey and went to school at Elizabethtown College, which is how they ended up living there. Deborah works at the PA Departments of Education and Human Services for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. She oversees state pre-kindergarten programs, home visiting programs and develops standards, assessments, and best practice guidelines. Her duties also include professional development for educators. Deb's schedule is extremely busy but she always makes sure exercise is a part of it. "It is what I do for ME!" she explained.
The picture on the right is Deb at her heaviest point in December 2012. She had been a basketball player in high school and was very athletic, but over the years, with marriage, divorce, marriage, kids, and life events, the pounds piled on. In January 2013, after a knee injury the winter before, she decided to set out on a healthy lifestyle and leave the person in the picture behind. She joined a local gym and started with a very simple 45 minute exercise routine which consisted of 10-20 minutes on the elliptical, squat thrusters, squatting, rows, incline push-ups, and a few other simple exercises. "My original goal was to get to the gym three times a week. After about four months, I felt good enough to start some classes at the gym. I tried Spinning, Zumba, Body Pump, and HIIT. I fell in love with HIIT. The constant variety and mix of strength and cardio provided fairly quick results."
One of the trainers who taught Deb's classes was into CrossFit. He incorporated some CrossFit-like components into his classes. "I started setting small goals for myself. For example, a single strict pull-up (now I can do 5) and running more than one mile (I just completed my first marathon). I did a bunch of those 30 day challenges (plank, squats, push ups), and started lifting in earnest (with the real bars and boys in the gym)". Deb was hooked and felt that joining a “real” CrossFit gym was the next logical step for her. She did some research and joined us at Gamma.
"Honestly, I am a bit addicted at this point. I feel healthy and strong. I can outlast my kids at almost everything we do together, and when I miss a workout or eat something less healthy, I feel yucky. I also keep the picture above close by. I never want to get to that place again. It’s just not who I am. Also, I mentioned I tried some other classes. You will still find me on the Zumba floor or Spinning on occasion, but CrossFit is the only thing I do consistently. I believe it is the constant variety and new challenges that keeps me coming back for more. There is always something new to learn, a new PR to chase, a time to beat. I am competitive and being able to constantly set new goals and learn new things keeps me engaged."
When asked what she would tell anyone considering CrossFit, Deb explained. "The advice I have for those considering CrossFit is- Just do it. I have friends who I work out with who say CrossFit is not for them. I really want them to come and just give it a try. Everything is scalable or can be modified to each individual. The feeling of community is at the essence of CrossFit and no one is ever left out. As an educator, I truly believe in the tenets of CrossFit. It allows, even celebrates failure, when trying to reach goals. We cheer the loudest for those who persist, not necessarily the strongest or fastest. It is a safe place to build a better you, whatever that means for each individual. And although we are serious about our workouts, we also have loads of fun!"
When asked about Deb, coach Ty had this to say, "Deb is great to coach, but even better to work out with. Deb brings a level of intensity and focus into the gym that is contagious. When she is there, she means business."
On the lighter side of things, Deb jokes that she can kind of Juggle. She has a bunch of odd allergies with tree fruit being among the weirdest. No apples or oranges for Deb!
Posted on Sun, December 14, 2014
by Ty Rost