May Athlete of the Month – Alli Rehfeldt
Congrats to our May Athlete of the Month, Alli! Alli came to about 5 bring a friend days before reluctantly joining. Since she has joined, she has become a force to be reckoned with as CrossFit brought out her competitive and athletic nature. She also had made huge progress in way of mobility and pure strength.
Coach Alex says “Alli is a Class A example of what CrossFit can do for somebody again. She has been able to tap into her full capability and be a well-rounded athlete. I have enjoyed watching her continue to grow at such an amazing rate. She truly understands how to bring the intensity during a workout and works hard each day she comes in to improve herself.”
Coach Bill says “Limitless Confidence and strength is what I see in Alli. Since the early days, when Alli would come to every bring a friend day and was filled with self limits and doubts on what she “can’t” do with her “bad” joints. Fast forward to now and all you would see is the athlete she has been her entire life. Strong, caring, and motivating to others. All she would say now is, “Hold my beer” while she changes out of heels or running shoes, in order to crush some weight.
Coach Sam says “Has made such progress I can’t even handle it.. She keeps a smile on her face even during the toughest workouts.” And Coach Kim says “She maintains good form throughout workouts is sooo positive and humble. She’s totally been kicking ass forever.” And Coach Staci says “Nothing makes me happier than seeing that tall drink of water walk through the door at the gym. She pushes me in workouts, pushes me outside the gym, and I’m very fortunate to get to spend time with her.”
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Alli Rehfeldt
Age/Birthdate: 38 – January 8th
Where were you born/did you grow up? Rhinelander, WI
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees): UWSP – Physical/Health Education
Career: I’ve been a Teacher, Software Trainer, Accounting Manager and Quality Improvement Manager
Family (married, children, pets, etc.): I’m married (Seth) and we have two kids, Chase (7) and Greta (6), and an 11 year old black lab, Remi.
Where do you live in the area? Whiting
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Running
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit: Running, biking, volleyball, and I play soccer, basketball and baseball with my kids.
Tell us a little about your early CrossFit experiences? What made you try CrossFit? When did you start? What were your first thoughts during your first workout (or fundamentals)? Did you start at CFSP or another box?
Staci brought me to multiple Bring a Friend days before her and I made an agreement that if she ran a 5 mile race with me, I would go through fundies. I started at CFSP a little over a year and a half ago and I won’t share what my first thoughts were.
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP? I’m a pretty stubborn person, so early on I kept coming back just to prove to myself that I could in fact do the workouts. That changed a few months in and I kept coming back because of the support of the fellow athletes and coaches. Now, Crossfit is about the friendships, the challenge each workout brings, and how each day I can improve on something.
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you?
My biggest surprise was actually how much I love CrossFit. I was probably the biggest skeptic in a fundies class and wasn’t sure it was something that would even work with my complicated knee. My most unexpected benefit is having two legs that are equally as strong, which means, I can sit down using both legs (one leg used to be too weak to support me).
Your proudest CrossFit moment?
17.3! I got to the round of 95# squat snatches and couldn’t even clean the weight right away. After several attempts, I was finally getting under the bar, but was still failing. I had 30 seconds left in the workout and had one last chance at the lift. I found something left and pulled off a 95# squat snatch. That one makes proud.
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome?
My biggest challenge has been gaining enough strength and flexibility in my knee to be able to do the movements as they should be performed. I didn’t know what it was going to be capable of, especially because it’s been 20 years since I’ve been able to do anything competitively. My brain still freaks out when I have to do box jumps.
Most humbling CrossFit moment?
My first 6 months were the most humbling. I had been an avid runner for 7 years, and just about every workout gave me a slice of humble pie.
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Does running count? My favorite lift is the clean and wallballs are sometimes my jam.
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Snatch and double unders (curse you 17.5)
Your favorite WOD time?
NOON-THIRTY… (whispering) and 5:30 too
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit
For anyone interested, I invite them to come and try it. I do my best to educate those that have a negative perception of crossfit, in hopes that I can help them understand anyone can do crossfit, not just elite athletes.
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes?
Maybe the fact that I used to be a Phy Ed teacher or I used to be a wedding photographer.
Tacos, calamari, and cookies.
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows):
Gladiator, The Departed, Good Morning Vietnam – Homeland and Big Bang Theory
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games):
Going to see live music and keeping my kids busy
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality? My personality is pretty laid back and easy going. My CrossFit personality is quiet, focused, and sometimes angry.