Rising CrossFit Stars: Linda Altemark

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Name: Linda Altemark

Age:  35

Occupation/job: Social worker

Background in sports: got kicked off the football team as a 7 year old. I’ve tried different forms of exercise, like the gym, swimming, thai boxing, bjj… lost interest after a while.

CrossFitting since: September 2009

Affiliate: CrossFit Uppsala, Sweden

What WOD/class made you decide to become a CrossFitter?
It wasn’t a single WOD or class that made me decide to start training CrossFit. My husband Martin got introduced to CrossFit by a friend of his in 2005/06. I thought it looked really stupid. I mean why would anyone willingly put themselves through that kind of torture? Eventually it grew on me and I started getting really curious. Could this be for me? So I started thinking about CrossFit and how I could benefit from it. When Martin and Björn decided to open CrossFit Uppsala, in september 2009, it was a given to become a CrossFitter. Probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

How often do you train now ?
4 – 5 times a week.

Do you follow any speciel programming or are you (just) doing the WODs at your box?
I do the WODs at the box and, in addition, Martin does some programming for me.

Which one of your CrossFit related accomplishments are you most proud off so far?
If I have to choose one accomplishment… My 100 kg deadlift! I had only deadlifted 85kg before that.

What is your next goal(s)?
Hm, let’s see… I have to learn how to kip. Also I have to practise all sorts of lifts and presses. My upper body need to get stronger for sure. And I have to overcome my fear of medicine balls and box jumps… and over head presses… coordination is another thing that really needs improvement. The list goes on…

The most difficult thing in CrossFit ?
There are many difficult elements to CrossFit. To me the most difficult thing would be all kinds of presses… Techniques in weightlifting and anything that require coordination and/or precision.

How do you keep the motivation high?
CrossFit is constantly challenging and constantly varies. This, to me, is highly motivating. Not knowing what todays exercise will be, makes training fun. Also CrossFit has changed me a lot. For the better I might add. Both physically and mentally. I’m happier and healthier than ever before. I have a more positive attetude towards hardships in life and work. I’ve also become more competitive, so measuring and seeing results motivates me. In addition to all this we also have great fun as a group while training. Martin and Björn have really succeded in creating a fantastic atmosphere at the box.

Any good advice for new CrossFitters?
Find your strengths and your weaknesses. Train both! It’s really fun to do the workouts you’re good at and thats great! It may not be as much fun to do the exercises where you think you suck or get scared (which I do a lot). But the feeling when you succed is even greater. Try to get a mix of strong and weak that makes and keep training interesting. Set long and short term goals in realistic time frames to help motivation. Have fun, play a lot!

Any questions for the community ? (this is your chance to ask experienced CrossFitters anything!)
What are the dangers of constantly thinking about CrossFit?

Do you plan to attend any CrossFit competitions?
I’ve never been interested in competing before. But as I was watching all the athletes going at it at CrossFit Sectionals in Stockholm, feeling the great atmosphere where everyone were cheering eachother on I wanted in. I made a decision to start competing. So yes! I will probably end dead last but who cares, as long as I do a little bit better than before.

Linda has just signed up for FIT AS FU*K CROSSFIT CHALLENGE 25 SEPT in Køge, Denmark.

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