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***Athlete Profile*** Larissa Murray-25, Project Assistant/Contract Administrator – New Wave My very first experience with Crossfit was with a box back home in PA about 5 years ago. I had a friend from high school who had just started coaching, so I went there a couple of times to see what it was all about. I didn’t continue at that box after those first couple classes. Black Diamond is where my real Crossfit journey began at the end of May 2014. I believe my first WOD involved KBS, GHD sit-ups & one other movement that I can’t think of at the moment. I remember feeling like if that workout was just a small taste of what Crossfit had in store for me, I was excited for more. My favorite type of movement would have to be the snatch, because it’s for me it’s the most challenging & rewarding. As for my favorite WOD, definitely a chipper. Least Favorite movement: Thrusters, thrusters thrusters, & any WOD that involves thrusters. One day we’ll like each other Sports background: I’ve played soccer since I could play, so about 5 years old up until I graduated high school. I’ve continued playing in adult leagues here & there. Before Crossfit, I went to a “globo gym” & worked out a few times a week. Since being at Black Diamond, I’ve started playing in a softball league as well. My favorite moments at Black Diamond would be seeing people reach personal goals/records. Some of the movements we do aren’t necessarily a walk in the park for most people just getting started, so to see people make the strides with fundamentals & see them payoff in the form of PR’s is exciting. The friends I’ve made are also one of my favorite takeaways from my experience at CFBD. Any advice for people just getting started? Focus on those FUNdamentals, especially for the Olympic lifts. They’re challenging, but if you continue to practice them the safe & correct way, you’ll be reaching your personal goals & records quicker than you might think. Also take full advantage of the coaching quality we have at Black Diamond, there’s no better box to just be getting started. Have fun! Interests outside of CrossFit: I enjoy pretty much anything outdoors. My wife & I try to stay pretty active with our 3 pups. I love football, so when the NFL season starts, I’m watching that every Sunday, Monday & Thursday.