Posts Tagged ‘miranda oldroyd’

While I think the regular “Beyond the Athlete” segments are great, I was trying to come up with a way to spice them up.  So, to take it to the next level, I set my sights on having “Celebrity” editions and getting some of the best CrossFitters in the world to take part in our quirky interviews as well.  Not only can we learn what kind of shampoo they use, I tailored the questions more toward how they became so successful at the sport so we can hopefully pick up some tips on how to improve our own game.

First up is Miranda Oldroyd.  Miranda is one of the more recognizable figures in CrossFit today.  She finished 21st in the 2008 CrossFit Games and was an ESPN commentator for the 2011 CrossFit Games you all have been watching.  Miranda founded and owned CrossFit 801 in Salt Lake City (before recently moving to Santa Cruz, CA) and can be found all over the CrossFit Headquarters YouTube site doing demos for the daily WODs.  She is Rogue Fitness sponsored athlete and you can check out some of her personal bests here.  And, if that isn’t cool enough, she was more than willing to give up some of her own time and answer my bonehead questions.  Again, for those of you who are not used to the “internets” please be sure to click “Read the rest of this entry” to see all 25 questions.

What is your current job and what are your accomplishments?    

I work for CrossFit as a member of the Seminar Staff for the Level 1 Seminars as well as the CrossFit Coaches Prep Seminars. When there are areas I can help out I also work for CrossFit Media as a commentator/who knows?? I consider my training to be somewhat a job as well. I competed in the 2008 Games, suffered an injury in 2009 and plan to get back to the Games as soon as possible! I am a wifey and a mom to the most amazing dogs on the planet, Gunner and Midgee!

1. Where did you grow up and where do you currently live?

I grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. I lived in Utah my whole life until just a few months ago when I moved to Santa Cruz, CA.

2. What is your athletic background? 

Not much to tell here. I was a high school cheerleader and ran track for one season in high school. I competed in one local fitness competition in Utah before finding CrossFit. I am more of an athlete now that I have ever been in my life.

3. How did you get started with CrossFit and how long have you been doing it?

I first found CrossFit in November of 2007. My husband and I were both personal trainers and stumbled across the website as we were looking for new ways to improve our training.

4. What mistakes did you make early on that held you back from improving?

I made the mistake of changing my programming to mimic the Games after the 2008 Games. Everything was short and heavy. I always wanted to add weight to everything. I have now had to go back and strip the weight down so that I can build an aerobic base.

5. What are your favorite exercises/WODs?

Favorite WODs: Grace, Isabel, Amanda, Nasty Girls.

6. What exercises/WODs do you hate?

I am going to try not to say I hate any workouts…so that my brain doesn’t revolt when I have to do them. I am currently working to improve on workouts with a lot of running. 🙂

7. With all of your past success in competition, what are your current goals with regards to CrossFit?

I want to find out what my athletic potential is. I truly believe that if I hit it, I will not only qualify for the Games but I will do very very well. It’s not about beating anyone else, its about REALLY finding out what I can do.

8. Through your experiences, what has had the most impact on making you a better CrossFitter (endurance, strength, Oly lifting, etc.)? Furthermore, what advice would you give novice CrossFitters looking to improve their WOD times/rounds?

Sound technique and an aerobic base. Master the basics, get yourself a set of lungs. PRACTICE movement.

9. In your perfect world, what would you be doing in 10 years?

Working for CrossFit. Training clients out of a small barn in my back yard.

10. If you could eat dinner with 3 people past or present (besides Jesus who is overused and not that interesting of an answer), who would you choose and why? Furthermore, what would you order for dinner?

I will choose 4. All of my grandparents that I didn’t appreciate enough when I was young. I would order pizza!

11. Who is your celebrity crush?

CrossFit has ruined celebrities because none of them look as good as the guys I see every day, especially my hubby. But, if I had to choose….Ryan Reynolds.

12. What is your favorite movie and why?

I am going to get ridiculed for this….I love 8 mile. There I said it. I am the world’s biggest Eminem fan.

13. What is your favorite book(s) and why?

Eat, Pray, Love….it sucked me in.