Name: Callie Jean Duenas
Occupation: Editorial Supervisor at Zulily
CrossFitting Since: May 14th, 2012
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Working really hard to get that 1st dead hang pull-up. I had been a serious runner for about 2 years and had zero strength when I started CrossFit.
Favorite WOD: Anything that doesn’t involve super heavy things! Annie and JT are always thrilling!
Favorite Lift: Currently it’s the movement I struggle with the most… Overhead Squats! I try to make my favorite lifts and movements in CrossFit ones that I need the most work in.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything involving thrusters……
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Getting my 1st strict muscle up and or hitting a goal I have been working towards. It is such a great feeling getting to celebrate personal wins with our coaches and my CrossFit family.
Why You Do CrossFit: I was very blessed to have parents that taught my sister and I what hard work was at such a young age. I learned very quickly that things aren’t handed to you on a silver platter. In every aspect of your life, you have to have the dedication and drive to get what you want. I was actively involved in organized sports all the way through college, but down the road I realized that I wasn’t getting what I needed out of my fitness routine and lifestyle so I stepped outside my comfort zone and dropped into a strengths class. After my 1st day, I knew that I had found my niche.
I CrossFit because I feel empowered, mentally strong, and humbled. What I get out of it is all dependent on how much work I put into it. The community and coaches are inspiring inside and outside the gym, and I am so blessed to have people who support and cheer me on everyday. What more could you ask for?
Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizzaaaaa so much pizza
CrossFit Secret: All great things in life start with an aggressive hip opening…….
What Do You Do On Rest Days: I love to run along Lake Washington, spend time with my friends, eat my way through Seattle Happy Hours, attempt to be good at yoga, avid netflix watcher and dog stalker
What Can’t You Live Without: Beer, Hugs and Laughter
Favorite Vacation Spot: As long as I am with family or friends, any place I travel is spectacular. If I had to choose…. somewhere tropical with a beach, cocktails and activities!