June Athlete Spotlight: Paula



Paula is a Mahopac Middle School Reading teacher and a full time hockey/baseball Mom to her son Christopher. A majority of the time you can find her running around getting her son to practices, tournaments, playoff games etc. (that she loves to watch him at) but recently she has found some time for herself!

Paula started out with Coach Keith doing PT in order to ramp up for WBBC. During that time she struggled with running. Now you can find her running the 400m loop after every CF class! She is one of the hardest working Athletes at our gym. She is also the friendliest, nicest & most selfless person we have ever met! She always has a smile on her face, she always has a calming aura around her and she always puts a smile on all of her coaches’ faces when she enters the box.

Name: Paula Frey

Usual Class Time: 4:30PM, 5:30PM and currently living the teacher’s dream- 9AM/10AM in Pawling

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

My sister-in-law, Lindsay, had such positive things to say & I thought I would give it a try.  I first eased into it slowly with private sessions with Keith. Then began Boot Camp and went right into CrossFit.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression of CrossFit reminded me of some type of word puzzle with all the boards up and lingo that I had no idea what it was, i.e. WOD, AMRAP, 3×3? Now I actually know what it means!

What was your first awesome moment?

An awesome moment was when my son came to a class and ran with me and encouraged me to step it up!  Another awesome day was at the Operation Elite Progression competition when I PR’d my front squat!! And of course the WODing for SuperTY!

What are you working on now?

I am currently trying to run, run, run. I really struggle with my running. I am working on my breathing and trying to lengthen my stride.

What’s your favorite Elite Progression memory?

I would have to say that Boot Camp would be one of my favorite memories. We truly all came together to help and support each other. It has carried over into our crossfit classes…but I truly enjoy seeing my brother and sister in law in the classes that I take!

What are your word’s to live by?

“Slow and Steady”

What is your favorite & least favorite movement?

If I had to pick a favorite it would be squats. My least favorite movement are burpees of course.

What would you tell someone who was interested in joining CF?

They have nothing to lose, try it a couple of times you will love it!


Photo Credit: Everyday Lifters