Richelle aka Smiley
One person’s pain was Crossfit North Vancouver’s gain because that’s how Richelle found out about our community. It was the summer of 2011 and a girlfriend at work kept telling Richelle about Crossfit. “She was always coming into the office really sore and talking about how crazy the workouts were. At the time I was bored with the gym and hated going to yoga. I was looking for something more challenging so I thought I’d try it.” From not being able to do a single pullup to crushing workouts after her daughter was born, Richelle has come a long way.
“In the beginning I just wanted to be fit and be able to survive the workouts and to do all the movements.” She does a lot better than just survive workouts now and enjoys the benefits in other parts of her life. “I definitely eat healthier now and I’m way more fit than I used to be.” There are still plenty of gains on the horizon for Richelle and with her spirit there is no doubt she’ll get there. “There are so many movements that I want to be able to do, like muscle ups and handstand walks. I still have a lot to work on and overall I just want to lift heavier and be faster.”
The nicknames says it all. Always smiling and always giving her best without any fuss. It’s been amazing to see her work so hard after having her first child and get back to where she was. Sky’s the limit!
Just the Facts
Name: Richelle Pelletier
Family status: Engaged
Profession: Mom / Sales
Do any other members of your family do Crossfit? Yes, my sister
How long have you been doing Crossfit? 5 years
How often do you train? 3 or more if I can
When do you normally train? 10:45 mom and baby class or whenever I can go
Favourite type of workout: I love chippers. Any workout with lots of variety.
Least favourite type of workout: Anything with thrusters!
Have you been in any Crossfit competitions? No
Would you like to? Yes, one day if I ever get up the courage
What has been your best Crossfit moment? When I got my first pullup. It took me a year and then it was even more exciting when I was able to build on that and start doing weighted pullups.
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the Crossfit program? Yes, I liked it when we used to have a Goat Day. I find that I don’t get to work on some movements that I’d like to improve on or even be able to do.
What inspires you the most? The people at our gym and some of their personal stories! Crossfit is tough and it can be intimidating and there are so many people at our gym of all different ages, sizes and shapes. From the pregnant women who work out throughout their pregnancy to the people who are injured in casts still doing anything they can do to keep active, to the people who train twice daily. To see people lose weight, hit PRs, do their first pushup…that gives me inspiration.
What is your favourite activity outside of Crossfit? Golf and hiking
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you?
I am afraid of the water. I have no problem swimming in pools or clear water but if I’m in the ocean or a lake I completely panic.