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Interview with Katelyn Schaaf of Kato CrossFit

Today we get to chat with Katelyn Schaaf who competes out of Kato CrossFit. Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about your background?


I am originally from Blaine, MN. I am associated with Kato Crossfit and have been crossfitting for almost two years now. I have competed in five competitions now and counting. I am 22 years old and studying at the University of Minnesota State, Mankato to be a Graphic Designer.    


What do you enjoy most about competition day?

I absolutely love the energy level and the atmosphere on competition day. Everyone is so nice, and you meet so many new people. I love knowing I can go to any other athlete and they will be more than willing to help or just chat for a bit, but once we hit the competition floor we are all no longer friends, we are competitors. Everyone wants to see everyone succeed but we also all want to win and its great knowing everyone is going to give their all in every event, but they also are there the pump you up and support you.


What made you start competing in this sport?

I have always been a competitive person growing up, I was in sports all through high school. When I first started at Kato Crossfit I remember thinking “this is the place I want to be”. There was so much to learn, and everyone made me feel welcome. After a while, a friend I met at there, Josh Laffrenzen, asked if I had a partner for a small competition at my gym. I told him that I didn’t, and I didn’t I wanted to compete because I was scared, and I didn’t think I was good enough. He then convinced me to anyway and I loved it. I liked seeing how far I could push myself.

Do you have any advice for first time competitors or people thinking about trying a competition?


Have fun!! It is a competition and you want to win, but you also should have fun doing it. It will show your limits, strengths and weaknesses.

Don’t give up. No matter how badly you want to stop during the workout, do not stop. You can push yourself a lot farther than you think you can.

What’s your favorite all time workout or movement?

My favorite movements would have to be sandbag cleans, burpees, box jumps, weighted lunges, clean and jerks (dumbbell or barbell) and shoulder to overhead. My favorite workout would have to be either Nacy, Annie, or DT. I have trouble picking just one thing.


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