February 2019 – Christy Culp
“Christy always comes in with a great attitude and puts in some serious work. She pushes herself and others which makes 312 a better community” – Coach Steve
Culp, CC, Little C, Kirky
35 (as of this week!)
In general, what is your background?
I grew up in Michigan and lived in the same house from birth until college. I spent a year at University of New Hampshire, then transferred to Michigan State. Since starting there I lived in the UK, Denver, Vail, New Orleans, DC, and Seattle before finally making it to Chicago. Post college, I started my career as a concierge at The Ritz-Carlton and spent years moving up and around with the company before moving into tech. Now, I’m VP of Customer Success at a Seattle-based tech startup.
How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start? I’ve been a 312 member for about 1 ½ years, starting when we (Craig – the member, not the coach – and I) moved to Chicago. I started CrossFit 4 ½ years ago in Seattle. I was a bit of a workout junkie before finding CrossFit (fun fact: I taught Zumba when I lived in DC) and was introduced it through some friends who consistently impressed me with their discipline and ability to push their physical limits. Despite being pretty scared of hurting myself doing it, I signed up for a basics class. The Olympic lifts won me over. I was hooked right away!
How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
When we started at 312, I was impressed and intimidated with the level of athlete present at the gym. It seemed like EVERYONE could do handstand pushups, butterfly pullups, and could lift more than me. I learned quickly to check my ego at the door and to focus on my progress and weaknesses. Where I am as an athlete and my abilities are something to be proud of, so I’ve learned to give myself more grace. I’m also a LOT stronger and more comfortable with heavy WOD loads now than I was when I started at 312.
Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Pull off a kick-ass wedding in September, clean up my eating habits in preparation for said wedding, join strength class/focus on the mechanics of my lifts in order to get some overdue PRs 🙂
Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
Mid-term goal (this year) – muscle-ups, get to a point that I can Rx the WODs have have 135# cleans/jerks, learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through Chicago winters, make peace with the Assault Bike
What do you like most about being a member at 312?
The 312 members and coaches are the absolute best! We moved here knowing pretty much no one, and it sucked. Over the past 18 months, you all have consistently made us feel at home – like you’re excited for our progress and to spend time with us. When I’m having a tough day, I know I can look forward to seeing my 312 friends and sweating together.
Favorite and least favorite movements: Favorites:
HSPU, OHS, snatches, dubs – pretty much all the things most people hate
Assault bike, thrusters (though Coach Steve has helped me to come a long way on these!)
Favorite and least favorite WODs:
Favorite: Diane, anything mid-weight where you just put your head down and go (most Open workouts)
15.5 (thrusters and rowing) – NEVER again
Favorite post-WOD meal:
Thai food! Some combination of veggie noodles or rice, lean protein, and lots of veggies with Thai flavors.
I know this is weird, but I hate movies. I don’t have the attention span to enjoy most of them.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams, Billie Holiday, Taylor Swift, Hip Hop
Favorite quotes or words you live by?
“There are only two mantras: yum and yuck. Mine is yum.” – Tom Robbins
“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” – Invictus poem
What are a few of your most notable achievements?
Moving into my VP role at work this year, and really just finding my niche in the tech space; becoming a homeowner; traveling to 49 states (I’ll get you, Alaska!), convincing Craig – after he had lived a bachelor life for 44 years – that we should get married
I’m passionate about:
Knowledge; logic; quality (I don’t cut corners); learning how to be a better friend, partner, and coworker; empowering others to realize their potential
Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
Well I already shared my Zumba secret…so I am that person who will talk politics and religion at a bar, every time. I don’t have strong opinions about what others should think – I just like to debate and discuss.