Meet Taylor Parker!
Hometown: Santa Monica
Occupation: First Grade Teacher
Favorite Cheat Meal: Cake...or ice cream...or ice cream cake.
Favorite Super Hero: She-ra! Princess of Power!
Favorite Crossfit movement: Deadlifts. All day.
One thing people would be surprised to know about me:
I was a cheerleader for six years. Ready?! O-K!!!
1)Why you decided to try CrossFit?
Peer pressure - a friend convinced me to give it a shot, and I immediately loved how different it was from every other workout experience I'd ever tried.
2) How has CrossFit changed your life?
Oh boy. The "How Crossfit Changed My Life" List is a long one, but I'll narrow it down to my most important take-away so far. Before Crossfit I was constantly comparing myself to others and wallowing in my shortcomings. Crossfit taught me to "run my own race." The moment I stopped comparing my successes (or lack there of) to other people's successes is the moment everything fell into place for me. Now I know that the only person I have to be stronger than is the person I was yesterday. That knowledge was a game changer for me.
3) What advice would you give to someone that wants to try CrossFit but is hesitant?
Do it!! Crossfit is for everybody! I'm still at the place where I have to scale/modify a lot of movements, but it doesn't keep me from getting an incredible workout, having a lot of fun, and feeling like I am a part of the Crossfit community every time I step through the doors of the Depot. I know it's totally cliché, but I'm gonna say it anyway: If I can do it, anyone can do it!
4) Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Hitting my first RX! It was a 12 minute AMRAP - 20 Hang Power Cleans (65#) and 20 sit-ups. You never forget your first time.
5) What/Who inspires you the most?
My two year old daughter, Hunter. She deserves a mama as badass as she is, and she's pretty darn badass.
6) What is my favorite thing about depot?
The community is amazing! The coaches are as encouraging as they are knowledgeable. I always feel like I'm being seen and supported. And my fellow athletes are equally awesome! I look forward to seeing my peeps every day! 5-AM-Crew!! Whoop whoop!!