Kimi Nishio, 34
When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in 2008 at Crossfit Oahu.
What do you do outside of CrossFit? (Family, hobbies, work....)
Outside of CrossFit I lead an adventure packed life of a superhero. Well, not really. I work at Coke in Human Resources. I like to bake, knit, read, hike, and shop.
What is your favorite/least favorite benchmark workout?
Favorite is Helen, which is surprising because I hate running. I like it because the reps are challenging enough to complete in a small number of sets, but not daunting where you have to plan your breaks.
Least favorite is Diane. 21-15-9 Deadlifts & HSPUs. This one is terrible.
What is your favorite/least favorite movement or lift?
Favorite movement or lift - That is a trick question because it depends on how many and at what weight.
Least favorite is anything with running, especially running with a plate.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit, I worked out/people watched at 24 Hour Fitness. Believe it or not, I was running too. I did 10ks, a couple half marathons, and even one full marathon (never again). Then I moved to Honolulu and was looking for something new. There was a box 2 blocks from my house and with some encouragement from a co-worker we tried their free class.
What were your goals when you started CrossFit? Have you achieved them?
My goal when I first started was to survive each WOD. It was an accomplishment if I knew what the movements were without looking them up before class. Over time my goals have changed to include getting stronger/faster to eating healthier to better work/life balance to gaining new skills. I've made progress on them, but there is always something more to strive for.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
The physical and mental strength gained through CrossFit transfers over to life as confidence. Physically - I stand up straighter and it is really easy to move stuff. Mentally - Preparing for a big presentation is like tackling a tough WOD. One step at a time. If you mess up, then pick it up and keep going.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in CrossFit?
Ask questions. We all started out as a beginner learning the language and movements of CF. Be patient. Some skills can be learned in minutes, others in days, and some in years (HSPUs - cough cough). It is all about progress. Put in the effort and you will see progress.
Who or what inspires you to keep moving?
I have met the most incredible people through CrossFit. They are passionate, encouraging, supportive and fun. It is a community. It is a family. And I can't imagine my life without all of you.