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Member Spotlight

Taylor

We are starting a fun, new project at Crossfit Regeneration, the Member Spotlight. Our members are the very best part of this place. Determined, hard working, strong… basically awesome! As we continue to grow, it is harder for us to get to know each other, especially those who come in the mornings versus the evenings. This is a great way to get to know someone you don’t already, or learn more about one of your WOD friends, and find inspiration within our own community.

Our first Member Spotlight, is Taylor Haydock! Taylor has been a part of Regen for almost a year, along with her husband, Justin, and they have two beautiful children, Hamilton and Helene. Taylor is usually a member of “Team Zombie” (6 am class) where her drive and positive attitude does not go unnoticed. Coach Zach shared this about Taylor, “She’s a natural athlete, responds to cues very well, and always brings a positive atmosphere to the classes.” Taylor also participated in Project Teamwork as a part of the 2015 Open, where she rocked some big PRs and new skills!

Taylor was kind enough to answer some questions about herself for us:

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?

My husband joined sometime in the Fall of 2013 after hearing about it from fellow member and lifelong best friend, Brandon Quinlan. My first experience didn’t actually involve a workout. I came to watch Justin do a class so that I could see what all the CrossFit fuss was about. Charlie sat with me and our newborn daughter and spoke with me about the ins and outs of CrossFit. He answered a lot of questions I had and extended the invitation to come check it out when I was ready. I wasn’t ready just yet, but I’d be back!

When did you first come to CrossFit Regeneration?

I officially joined and attended my first class on June 16, 2014. That was the first day of Coach Kari’s CrossFit Mommies class AND the beginning of my CrossFit journey! The decision to join the world of CrossFit has been life-changing. The only regret I have is that I didn’t jump on board sooner! The Mommies’ class was THE perfect opportunity for me to get back into working out and making time for myself after having my second child.

Experience playing sports or exercising prior to CrossFit?

I have always had a passion for and been very active in physical activities and sports:

  • Ballet for 8.5 years from childhood into my early teens
  • Volleyball from 6th grade through high school; traveled with a club team in the off season
  • Group fitness classes as an undergrad student at UK
  • 2 years as the Group Fitness Director for UK’s Campus Recreation department, teaching classes for university students and faculty/staff nearly everyday during grad school
  • Ran several road races (5Ks, Triple Crown, KDF Mini Marathon)
  • Sprint triathlon and 70.3 (half-Ironman) in 2008
  • Tough Mudder in 2012 Before CrossFit
  • RIPPED and Spinning classes at LAC

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend?

I come to CFR 3 to 4 days a week. I usually attend the 6am class, but lately, I have been mixing it up with the 5 or 6pm. Starting in June until August, I’ll be at the 9:30 or 11:30.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Regeneration?

My CrossFit friends and the challenging workouts keep me coming back! This community is so wonderful and welcoming. I look forward to coming every day, and I’m sad when I miss a workout. I love that I can work out with my husband or at least talk about the WOD and challenge/hold each other accountable if we cannot make it to the gym together. The childcare option is a major plus, too. CrossFit Regeneration makes it virtually impossible for me to have an excuse to miss a day!

After a hard workout, what’s your favorite meal?

I love an ice, cold protein shake made with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, avocado, and ice after a good WOD!

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?

Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do when I’m not at the gym. I also love getting together with friends, finding fun activities to do around the city, and traveling to different places to visit out-of-town friends and family.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time PE and Health Teacher at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary. In addition to my “classroom” duties, I plan and implement several activities and programs during and after school to educate and help my students and their families, as well as my colleagues, lead healthier, more active lives.

Outside of teaching, I am an independent presenter for Younique, a natural-based cosmetics and skincare company. I enjoy spending time each day networking and sharing these amazing products with other women.

What is one goal that you are currently working on?

Toes to Bar is my current goal. I can do it, but not consistently enough for a MetCon. My ultimate goal is to regularly be able to perform at the C/prescribed level of Crossfit. I also live for the day when I can do a Muscle Up!

Favorite workout or movements? Least favorite?

I don’t have a favorite workout, per se, and as much as I miss Coach John, I sure do love the new programming. My favorite movement is Wall Balls – it’s such a great total body exercise! My least favorite movement is Burpees. Let’s just say I have a love-hate relationship with them!
Advice to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?

We have the best CrossFit box in Louisville-area as far as I’m concerned! Our Foundation class and Mommies’ group are both amazing ways to get started and ease into CrossFit without feeling intimidated. I love all of the new programs we offer, too. There’s such a variety, which makes CrossFit Regeneration so appealing to so many different people. We’ve got a really amazing thing going on here! I feel so blessed to be a part of it!

How’s your Front Rack?

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 4.21.43 PMI have been coaching CrossFit for nearly 4 years.  I’ve been doing it for almost 5.

In my experience, there are a few skills and concepts that once grasped, can impact everything else about an athletes’ experience in CrossFit.  One of those crucial things happens to be creating a solid front rack position.

The benefits to this simple skill are far reaching.  Everything from Front Squats, to Cleans, Push Presses, Jerks, and Thrusters will be easier, and more comfortable, as well as more efficient.  What a good Front Rack position can do for you as an athlete is, one, create more power.  The bar resting comfortably across your shoulders immediately transforms an arms-only movement into a full body movement.  You’re now able to utilize the strong muscles in your core and legs to move the weight rather than depending on arm and wrist strength alone.  And two, it makes doing all these exercises way more comfortable and enjoyable!  The weight will be resting easily on your shoulders rather than hanging over the no-man’s-land between your knuckles and elbows.  It doesn’t take much weight for that to become nearly unbearable.

So, in short, a 5 minute daily investment in developing comfort in this position will render huge rewards.

The question that I hope you’re asking right now is, “How do I develop it?”  For that, I hope you’ll come find out!