Athlete: Zina Kao

How old are you?

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
3.5 years

Do you remember your first WOD? How did it go?
Dude - that was like 500 workouts ago! I have no idea - humiliating I’m sure.

But here’s the thing: Humiliation is a human construct. It’s a limitation imposed by your own mind. I call it the why-do-I-suck-so-bad phase of CrossFit. You need to get past your negative self-talk. You need to stop judging yourself so harshly. There’s a perception that CrossFit is really hardcore. And it is, but only in the sense that it’s limitless - there is no ceiling and there is no floor. If it’s too easy, go strict, go heavier. If it’s too hard, go slower, go lighter. No CrossFitter cares about what you can or can’t do. They only want you to succeed. There’s no loss of dignity or self-respect anywhere but in your own mind. Just let that go and embrace the CrossFit desire to succeed and support the success of others! Because really, we *all* suck-so-bad one way or another. Woo!

What is the best part of ACF?
Is this a trick question? I LOVE THE HOODIES!

Duh...it’s the people of course! The coaches, the sunrise killaz, the Saturday morning FRIENDamentals! There are boxes closer to where I live, but I love working out at ACF because of the people (and the hoodies).

What movements are you currently trying to master?
The squat. And the inchworm.

Why the squat: the squat is the foundation of so much of CrossFit. If you can get that right, seems like a lot of CrossFit suddenly gets a whole lot better.

Why the inchworm: after having two 10lb babies, my core/midline stability/neutral spine/whatever is troubled. The inchworm hurts so bad and I’m ready for it to hurt so good!

What is your favorite WOD?
I love any WOD where I can workout with friends! I can’t work out alone or with strangers. If you workout with me, prepare to introduce yourself!

Why do you CrossFit?
Many many reasons but here are my top 3:
1. I would like to prove that it is possible to CrossFit and wear glasses. 75% of Americans use some sort of corrective lens - where are you all?!
2. I would like to be prepared in the event of an emergency. For example: what if Hugh Jackman needed to have all his clothes ripped off and then be closely checked for injuries. I want to be ready. With my bare hands.
3. I would like to be FITTER@FIFTY. That’s my motto.