September Member Spotlight: Lana Bednarczyk
Name: Lana Bednarczyk
Crossfitting Since:May 2018
Attends Class: (times per week?)
I don’t think I have an all-time favorite quote, but currently I’m a big fan of 2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED CROSSFIT?
My goals were pretty basic. I wanted to get leaner and stronger, learn how to do olympic lifts, do a pullup, and just get in overall better shape.
HOW HAS CROSSFIT DIFFERED FROM YOUR FORMER TRAINING?
Growing up, playing volleyball was my main source of exercise. In college, I got serious about working out and went to the gym about 5 times a week. Before crossfit, my typical workout would be about 30 min of cardio (run, stairmaster, or bike) and 30 minutes of different strength training, sometimes throwing a HIIT workout or spin class in there. I did a lot of power lifting, but never did any oly lifting. I also played outdoor volleyball (grass and sand) at least twice a week. CrossFit has pushed my harder than I have ever pushed myself before – in my former training, I had few goals to work towards but in CrossFit, I’m constantly working to get better, faster, stronger, and to try harder.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS HAVE YOU SEEN WITH CROSSFIT?
I’ve gotten so much stronger than I thought I could, my body composition has completely changed for the better, and my confidence has gone up a lot.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT HOBOKEN?
I LOVE the programming and I am challenged everyday. The coaches are all so attentive and knowledgeable! But the best part is the community – I’m so thankful for my CrossFit Hoboken fam.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT YEAR IN YOUR OWN FITNESS?
I want to hit at least 200lb for my back squat (15 lbs to go!), 105lb snatch, 135lb clean, chest to bar pullups, and bar muscle ups.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOK LIKE YOUR YOU?
-Breakfast: post workout protein smoothie with protein powder (currently strawberry), spinach, pineapple, and coconut water
-Lunch: salad with lots of different veggies, 4 oz of chicken, a tiny bit of dressing, and typically avocado if I have any. I may add quinoa to the salad if I want some extra carbs.
-Snacks: Protein bar (current obsession is Think Bars), fruit, or raw veggies
-Dinner: Varies depending on what I’m feeling, but typically I’ll always do a vegetable (or a few vegetables) a meat, and a starch. I’m a huge fan of the Laura Lea Balanced cookbook and switch up what I meal prep every week with most recipes coming from this cookbook!
-Dessert: dark chocolate, halo top, or a healthier dessert that I bake bc a life without dessert is a sad life.
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