Troiano…as in Stephanie

Cute lil’ La Habra
Legal and finance industry recruiter
When did you first start CrossFitting?
August 2017
When did you first start training at CFS?
Same! CFS was my first exposure to a crossfit gym.
Favorite WOD?
Anything with barbells. Power snatches and power cleans are my jam. Deadlifts…give me all of the heavy weights! 
Least Favorite Movements?
Anything that makes me breathe heavy. That’s not true; I actually really love metcon workouts / AMRAPS and rowing, but running and I don’t get along. 
Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I grew up playing soccer and softball in leagues, skateboarded a lot (though I’m more of a cruiser these days), and was a swimmer as well. Aside from that, I’ve always loved being outdoors…hiking and climbing rocks. Once I was out of high school I got into tennis and golf. I love movement and activities that are disguised as fun, so sports have always appealed to me. And I’m pretty competitive. Yoga is also a big part of my life. 
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I used to work out at the Brea Community Center and 24 Hr. Fitness. I’ve always loved weights (did I mention running is not my thing?) but felt stagnant after a while. Same routine, always waiting for someone to get off the machine I want to use. I just got bored. I remember wanting to get really serious about getting in shape and wanted to try CF to meet new people who were into it. That’s how I ended up at CFS. 
I don’t remember the first WOD, but I remember it being difficult. In fact, this was the case for a while! I was pretty out of shape when I started. 
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
Okay, so, take me back to 2019 lol. That was my year. I killed it! I was really disciplined then and noticed that the composition of my body changed the most. I feel like I was mentally tougher too. I felt good about myself overall. I lost probably 55 lbs total and was down like 20% body fat. It was just impressive to see what my body could do. It’s always fun watching yourself pass old PR’s too. 
The last year has been struggle city, BUT! I’m getting back on it. 
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
When I’m dialed in and make crossfit and nutrition a part of my daily habits, as in I don’t think about them, I just do them, I noticed that my relationship with food and how I looked at body weight changed. It became less about the number on the scale and less about restricting myself, and more about long-term maintenance, sustainability and overall lifestyle goals.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
Hitting a PR, mastering a movement, or getting a first of something is always a good time. 
Any advice for people just getting started?
I think listening to your body is really important. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to push yourself, which you should to a degree, but if something doesn’t feel right, listen to that. Focus on technique and master that before going heavier with weights. Tracking progress is also pretty important when you start out. It’s amazing how quickly your body adapts to new movements and heavier weights in so little time. Seeing small improvements vs. where you started is really cool.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
So many things! I have like 4 money-making side-hustles. I slang tee-shirts for fun, garden the heck out of my yard, rehab/refinish furniture, build stuff with wood…traveling, concerts back in the olden days when those were a thing. Huge bookworm. I like being busy and basically never sit down outside of working hours.