Athlete Profiles: Meg Paszko

Meg – best time and hardest women’s scale of yesterday’s “Pushing Helen”

1. When you’re not in “Superman” mode, what’s your Clark Kent job?

I work at MANNA (a non-profit in Philadelphia that delivers meals and nutritional counseling to people living with life-threatening illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes -www.mannapa.org). I also work some nights at a club – bar-backing (can i call this an extra workout? I guess not compared to cross-fit).
2. How did you find out about CrossFit and why did you decide to do it?

My brother said I had to try this new thing he was doing and check out some blog – i ignored him for a couple months but during a visit home he had me do a tabata (squats, push ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups) and in about 15 minutes I felt like I wanted to die – I was hooked. Have played sports all my life and considered the 1 hour workout/2 hour practice the norm, so when 15-20 minutes beat me up – I decided there’s a reason for this crazy cult.

3. What’s one specific personal record you’d like to reach through CrossFit and when do you want to reach it by? See this table for more ideas.
Long term – To be able to do the workouts Rx’d – like no more rubber bands for pullups – consecutive sets of straight pushups – women’s weights on thrusters/push-presses etc. I guess for a shorter goal – I’d like to get a pretty solid kipping pull-up in the next month or so and decrease my 5K time to sub 27m.

4. Favorite CrossFit moment so far?

First pull-up for Kar and I. And in a strange way, getting my butt handed to me when we did a running/squat thrusters (can’t remember the name) workout outside – made me realize breaks aren’t worth the first workout back’s pain and reminded me there’s a long way to go. Crossfit is humbling – that’s one of the great parts of it.

5. Favorite place to get a meal in Philly?

With friends at my apt.- potlock style. I guess restaurant-wise I’d have to say Govinda’s, Adobe, or the Belguim Cafe (all with great Veggie options).

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