‘I Want To Be Better Than Expected.’ CF Games Edition Member Spotlight: Tracy Kuipers

With the Open beginning this week, I wanted to spotlight one of our members that has been training hard for the Games all year.  Tracy Kuipers is easily one of our most veteran members.  I’ve gotten to work with her regularly through our Olympic Weightlifting program, and it amazes me how far she’s come.  Not only is she a great athlete, but her knowledge of the lifts and of CrossFit as a whole is something I’m equally proud of.  I know when I have Tracy in a workout, it’s like having another coach in the room.  She’s constantly helping those around her get more comfortable with what we’re doing.  All of this along with her seemingly never-ending reserves of energy makes her a great asset to our gym.  Thanks TK for everything you do, excited to see what the next few months have in store for you! -Casey

How and when did you start doing CrossFit?

I started two and a half years ago.  I met Chris and Annie Mello through friends, and I knew them for a while before they talked me into coming in to try out their gym, CrossFit.

What is your favorite part about CrossFit?

The energy of this place and the people.  I pretty much just come to hang out and meet people, the workout is a bonus.  As far as actual working out, definitely power cleans, but really anything with the Olympic lifts.

What about your least favorite part?

Wallballs and Thrusters!  But seriously, I hate the negative perception that a lot of people have of CrossFit.  A few bad gyms out there give CrossFit a really bad name at times.

You’ve been training for the CF Games this year, how do you feel going into the first round of competition?

I feel stronger and much more prepared than last year.  I learned a ton last year competing in the Open, mostly about what I needed to get better at.  I’ve learned to manage my weaknesses.  I’m way more comfortable with heavy weights when I’m tired.  As much as I complained about all of the powerlifting we did, it made me so much better as a whole.  Everything else, even bodyweight stuff, got easier.  I’m much more confident because of it.

What goals do you have for this season?

To keep improving.  I know that I’m way better than I would’ve been had I not done the Open last year, which is why I feel everyone should try it.  Participating will also force you to meet people from other classes you wouldn’t otherwise meet.  You learn to push each other, it’s healthy competition.  We have a strong gym and I know that we’re capable of sending individuals and a competitive team to Regionals.  Along with that, I want to be consistent.  I know I’ll do well in heavy lifting, but I also want to consistently perform well in the bodyweight and skilled workouts.  I just want to be better than expected.

8 Responses to “‘I Want To Be Better Than Expected.’ CF Games Edition Member Spotlight: Tracy Kuipers”

  1. TK, we appreciate you at CFSF! I love your smile, energy and outlook. Excited for the games. – Greg

  2. MoJo says:

    Way to go TK! I am so very proud of you and love when I get the chance to WOD & Oly with you! You’re “amazeballs”!

  3. barb paa says:

    Amaze-balls TK! LOVE working out with you when it happens. You are such a great motivation for me. You are going to kick some booty this year and I can’t wait to be there to see it!!! Casey is so spot on when he said it is like having another coach in the class, you seem to know just what to say to help someone get the lift. Keep it up!:)

  4. Amac says:

    TK!! Perfect person for this spotlight. I remember when I started CrossFit you were one of the people right there to help me with everything. You are such an inspiration to others and a great motivator. I know I have you to thank for helping me in so many ways. You are going to be great in the open! You always seem to exceed expectations and surprise the hell out of a lot of us. I am always impressed by watching you wod because you are so damn fast!! Great work!!

  5. SpecialK says:

    What a way to start sectionals! TK makes everything better! I can’t wait to see what you are made of this year. CFSF wouldn’t be the same without you.

  6. Rob Mc says:

    The epitome of Crossfit! Congrats! CFSF is lucky to have members like you. You push yourself hard, rarely complain, and are always willing to help someone out. I hear a lot of people say they wish they could do things as good as you, and my response is, if they are as willing to do well at Crossfit as you, then it will happen. Keep up the great work!

  7. Jackie says:

    Congrats TK! You are such an inspiration during WODs. I love working out with you. You are so positive and upbeat.

  8. Kaaren Huber says:

    Congrats Tracy and good luck with CF Games!! You are an inspiration to CFSF — keep up the great work! :-)

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