CoreFit Member Highlight: Alicia Carlson
Occupation: Credit Union Underwrite
From: Grand Coulee, WA
When did you start coming to CoreFit? Almost 8 years ago
Why did you start coming to CoreFit? I needed a change in my fitness routine and a coworker told me about Kurt so I went to one of his bootcamps and loved it!
Who is your greatest fitspiration and why? Don’t let this go to your head: Alyssa Hawley! She’s focused, trains hard but is also grounded and humble. She’s our local female Spartan Athlete. One day I’ll grow up to be just like her.
What is your next fitness goal? This year: A double trifecta. It’s too expensive to do 3! I also want to work on my skills like T2B. I’d love to do another fitness game but I have to work on my back first.
Favorite workout song? Shipping off to Boston. Love the Dropkick Murphy’s
When you are in the heat of the workout and feel like quitting, you think… I give myself a mini pep talk. Positive words like “you’ve got this”. Or I break down the movement or the workout into sections in my head and chip away at it. It doesn’t seem as daunting if you break it down into smaller sections.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at CoreFit so far? I’ve had many accomplishments over 8 years that it’s hard to pick one. Every year I get stronger and find new challenges. The two biggest ones would be the fitness games last year and the Montana Spartan Beast as they both tested my mental and physical strength. I never would have thought I could compete with strong female athletes in Spokane like I did in the fitness games nor did I ever think I could run a 13/14 mile obstacle course after I hurt my knee 5 years ago. It’s been a long road to get back into running.
What is your biggest dietary weakness? Anything with Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) & peanut butter.
Favorite part about CoreFit? I have to pick one? I don’t think I can. I guess aside from the challenging workouts that one conquers every day it would be the feeling I get when I am there. Corefit is truly unique in that it doesn’t feel like a chore to workout. It is my sanctuary-a place I can go and destress or a place I can go and just be surrounded by likeminded individuals who share the same passion I have for fitness. Everyone wants to find a place where they belong and for me it is Corefit. It’s my happy place.
If you could sit down to lunch with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you choose to have lunch with and why? Galileo. I loved Astronomy growing up and it would be interesting to see what he thinks of our world today and if he had the technology we have today – image what he would discover.
How has coming to CoreFit influenced the rest of your life? Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become an important part of my life and it is due to Corefit. But the most valuable benefit has been developing the skills needed to overcome adversity and challenges. Life is full of struggles and challenges; how you can adapt and response to those difficult times shapes you. Whether it is finding the strength to complete a difficult lift, WOD or even a Spartan Race, Corefit teaches you how to overcome these challenges.
What is a motto or saying that you live your life by? There are two sayings I use all the time but the one most recently that has impacted my choices is “if it excites you and scares the crap out of you at the same time, it probably means you should do it”
What are your main hobbies outside of CoreFit? Fitness is a big part of my life. I used to love to dance and I found Jazzercise in the last three years and now I teach classes 2-5 times a week. I love to travel as much as possible – experiencing other cultures is fascinating. If I’m not working out or traveling I’m probably at home spending time with my dog Ranger.
Favorite workout/exercise? Least favorite? Favorite workout: I love to run and dance. Skills: Double Unders and Pull ups. Least favorite: exercise – Airdyne: if I have to do something right afterwards – that thing kills my lungs; skills: Wall Balls/bucket carry (they kill my back)
If you had all the money in the world, how would you spend your days? I would probably travel the world. Spend more time volunteering.
Favorite Restaurant? I don’t eat out much but I guess in Spokane it would be The Flying Goat
What has been your top memory at CoreFit to date? There have been many but I think the top memory is completing our first Spartan Race (Montana Sprint 2015). No one (except Chelsea and Mike) had every done one so we had no idea what to expect but we all supported each other and conquered that race. I would never have done that type of race on my own and the way everyone worked together showed our true “corefit spirit”.