Gameday Fans! I’d like to introduce you to Beka Todd of Blueprint Fitness/Chitown CrossFit!
Tell us more about you! Where is your Hometown? What do you do for fun? What’s your favorite meal?
I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. I moved to Chicago about a year ago, and have been enjoying it ever since. I listen to podcasts, brew and drink coffee, try out new restaurants, volunteer, and watch lots of movies. My favorite meal is a toss up between pizza or thai yellow curry. Maybe someone should make yellow curry pizza?!
What made you start CrossFit? How long have you been doing it?
I started CrossFit, because a coworker was telling me about it, and the intensity and the barbell movements intrigued me. I had been working out at a Planet Fitness and had lost a bunch of weight, so I was looking for a new challenge. That was about 2 years ago.
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I love the barbell movements and the fact that you can always improve. I also love the mental games you play with yourself to always push harder.
What’s your favorite all time workout or movement?
My favorite movement is probably cleans, but I also love dumbbell snatches. I just feel so powerful whipping out a bunch of those lol.
How do you prepare yourself for a grueling workout?
I remind myself where I’ve been, and that I have already accomplished more than I ever thought possible, so not to put limits on my body. I also remind myself, that out of my whole life, this workout is maybe 7-20 minutes? You can do ANYTHING for 20 minutes.
Do you participate in any other sport, recreation or fitness activities?
I love yoga and riding my bike, and I never thought I would say this, but I like jogging too!
Do you have any advice for people thinking about trying CrossFit?
CrossFit sometimes gets a reputation for being only for people who are already fit, but it’s so untrue. Every movement is infinitely scalable. I had never considered myself an athlete until I started CrossFit as an adult. I didn’t play sports competitively or recreationally in high school or college. I just assumed athletics weren’t for me. But here I am, moving my body, and getting stronger every day and in the best shape of my life. If I can do it, then I truly believe it’s for anyone.