Vicki Baca has been a member of CrossFit Mafia for just over 4 years. We recently had an opportunity to sit down and discuss her experience and why she does CrossFit.
Here's how it went down:
MAFIA: Where are you from and what is your sports/exercise background?
VICKI: I am from Longmont ,CO and did not play sports growing up. I used to play golf and the family and I did Karate for a long time before I got injured. That's how I got good at push-ups!
MAFIA: How did you come across CrossFit and why did you start?
VICKI: At the end of 2011 I had gained 30 lbs, so I decided to do something about it. For the whole year 2012, I didn't eat sugar or white flour and lost the 30 lbs. Then I wanted to start exercising and used DVDs in my basement but got bored and didn't ever follow through. In 2014, Joe told me about CrossFit Mafia and I was interested because of the Vitality class. I started Foundations with Brentnie. Then had most of my classes with Jeff at 5am.
MAFIA: When you started Foundations, one of my most memerable conversations was when you told me your daughter was soon going to have a baby. And I said "Congratulations you are going to be a grandma!"
VICKI: (laughing) I said "No, I'm not! Nobody is going to call me grandma." My grandkids call me Vicki.
MAFIA: What has been one or some of your most memorable moments at Mafia?
VICKI: We always have a lot of fun, but my favorite event is the 12 Days of Christmas. I love that everyone brings in their family and it's this big fun workout.
MAFIA: What are some of your biggest acheivements since starting CrossFit?
VICKI: My biggest acheivment is just that I have stuck with it for so long! I can also climb a rope and do a pull-up. Recently, getting into Committed Club and learning how nutrition impacts EVERYTHING.
MAFIA: Over the last year you made it a goal to complete ALL of the Girls WODs. Which you have recently finish, so Congratulations. Why did you decided to do that?
VICKI: I just think that those are the original CrossFit workouts so everyone should do them and redo them to compare your progress
MAFIA: (smiling proud coach) That is awesome, now which one is your favorite?
VICKI: I like all of the bodyweight workouts, but if I had to pick one it would be Karen. Wallballs are eveything!
MAFIA: What is your advice to a new member or potential member that is thinking about starting CrossFit?
VICKI: Don't be intimidated and DO IT to make yourself better. No one is judging you and a scaled workout is just as hard as an Rx workout. You will start seeing life changes everywere, in your marriage, your confidence, your body, your sex life, all of it!
MAFIA: Thank you Vicki! You are awesome.