After retiring from competitive swimming after 19 years, and after a couple months of convincing, Hollis decided to try CrossFit at the local gym where her boyfriend was a coach. “After a year of steady persistence on his end and me not being able to do 20 chest-to-ground pushups to pass the fitness portion of Basic Law Enforcement Training, BLET, I decided that maybe it was time to give this whole CrossFit thing a go.” It did not take long for Hollis to fall in love with the sport and start competing. Her first competition was in the winter of 2016, after a friend had asked her to be partners for the in-house competition at her gym. She was reminded of her competitive swim days and decided “yeah I guess this could be my new thing.”
Nowadays, Hollis is at the gym for an hour and a half Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, making sure she is getting the most out of her training, listening to her body, and most importantly enjoying what she is doing. Often, Hollis is doing the workouts on her own, but she will occasionally seek out other gym members with whom she can socialize with so that she can get through a workout with good spirits.
When not at the gym training, Hollis is competing. “The cool thing about CrossFit competitions is that the events are unique and not generally repeated at other comps. You don’t really know what to expect until the workouts start getting released and most of the time those are subject to change. If the event includes movements like double-unders, wall-balls, cleans or rowing, I’m happy because I’m proficient at those movements. Because I have the shoulder mobility of a 75-year old oak tree from years of swimming, gymnastic related movements, handstand push-ups, chest to bar pull ups, toes to bar, muscle ups, have been harder for me to master. These movements are usually the determining factor on if I will compete in the RX division or scaled division.”
While it can be difficult at times, Hollis loves challenging herself and pushing herself to do things she does not normally do when working out. One of her favorite CrossFit memories was this past year when she competed at Wodapalooza Fitness Festival in Miami, FL. It was the biggest CrossFit event in which she has competed, and her parents and boyfriend were there cheering her on. Her event was on the main stage, so she had a prime viewing spot on the big screen. From time to time she would look up at herself – this was a very surreal and cool moment for her.
Included are some pictures of Hollis during her competitions and working out.