Ashley Rasicot has been named the athlete of the month for November. Ashley became a part of the Wreck Room community in August of 2014 with plenty of experience and a very high CrossFit IQ. Such an extremely smart athlete. She always picks the perfect weights for her workouts, knows when it is time to take it up a notch and when it’s time to take it down a level or two.
Throughout November she took her workouts up a notch more and more and has become one of the most technically sound athletes Wreck Room has seen. Just watch her with that barbell! Swinging that 53# kettlebell and throwing that 20# wall ball has been making it into her workouts regularly which is quite the feat in itself. Here are a few other PRs from November that we are confident will be broken in no time.
Squat Snatch 1-rep @100#
Push Jerk 1 rep @115#
Benchmark WOD “Nutts” – took 5:31 off previous time
You can find Ashley working out mostly at 6pm and sticking around afterwards putting in a lot of extra work. Read below and learn more about Ashley.
Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do with your days when you’re not WODding with us?
My name is Ashley. I am 26 and I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in New Hampshire. I moved down here last August. I work at Under Armour in Supply Chain for Footwear. I am a big Patriots fan. I absolutely love to ski and would ski every day in the winter if I could.
We all find Wreck Room in a different way. Where did your story start?
I was working out at CF Boston before we moved down here. I knew I wanted to continue CF since it is such a great way to meet people. We emailed a few gyms and Wreck Room was the first gym we tried. I loved the environment and all the people so never even ended up checking out another gym.
What stood out most to you the first time walking into Wreck Room?
I loved how everyone was so friendly. I also noticed right away that the coaches are all consistent in how they teach movements and run the workouts.
Do you have a specific “why” for CrossFitting?
I first tried CrossFit when I was interning at Reebok in college. At the time it was still very new and I had never heard of it. I really loved the challenge of it but was still very intimidated by the weights. I went back to running all the time once the internship was over. After another few years of running I was so sick of it and needed to change it up. CF was really starting to get big at this point so I decided to try it out again and got over my fear of barbells.
What is your favorite part of Wreck Room?
Definitely the people. Everyone has so much fun. I love that WR has so many people similar to me, working a lot and still getting to the gym. It’s nice to have other people around to give you a push after a long day at work. I also loved the open workouts last year, it was so much fun having some competition.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
The greatest accomplishment for me was about a year and a half ago on the day I got a strict pull up. I never thought I’d be able to do that. Recently I would have to say getting a 100# snatch and finally being able to consistently use the 14# wall ball. I was pretty excited when I PR’d my “Nutts” time by over 5 minutes this Thanksgiving, mostly because I was actually able to do the wall balls!
If you could name a WOD after yourself, what would it look like?
Something with double unders, pull ups, and cleans
What is one exercise you would be ecstatic to never do again?
Push-ups, I absolutely hate them and they slow me down so much in workouts.
Clearly you’ve been making progress inside the walls of the Wreck Room. What effects has it had outside the gym?
One time I almost missed my flight coming back from Boston. I had to run with my bag (Home Alone style) through Logan airport. All I could think of when I was running with the “wicked” heavy bag was thank God I do CrossFit!
What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room?
Just come and try it! I was terrified of weights but I’m so happy I gave it a shot. Also, don’t compare yourself to others, scale what you need. My max clean was 35# when I first started. I would get very discouraged by other people so much stronger than me but the first time I PR’d (45 #) everyone in the gym cheered for me. It made me realize the PR’s are just as important whether it’s 35# or 135#. That is what is so great about CF.
Anything else you want to add?
Thanks to everyone at Wreck Room for all the fun times in and outside of the gym