Meet Maura Dudley a Bostonian and Red Sox Fan (Can you believe it?). A member of the early morning crew, she is currently a “sculptor of young minds” aka teacher. She works out out with passion and zeal and obviously is eager to set a good example to her students. Read more about her below, SCCF is happy and proud to have her as member of our CrossFit family.
Maura Dudley: I grew up in Red Sox Nation, 30 miles west of Boston. I came west to attend graduate school in education. I currently keep out of trouble by teaching AP Statistics at a charter school in Redwood City, tutoring math on the side, and selling fine outdoor clothing at Patagonia.
SCCF: Have you always been athletic or has CrossFit been your introduction to human movement, in general?
MD: I grew up in a great time for girls’ athletics and played sports year round starting in elementary school. I played Division 3 field hockey in college and have always been a runner of sorts. While living in Boston after college, I coached high school field hockey, cross country, and track and rowed on a club team.
SCCF: You have a history in athletics. Tell us your most memorable moment?
MD: There are a few: back-to-back defeats of ranked rivals Gettysburg (to make the NCAA tournament) and Salisbury (in the first round) both in triple overtime my sophomore year in college, unexpectedly winning districts in hurdles in high school, beating all the boys and girls in the timed mile in 5th grade, and the Opening Ceremonies for the 2001 Jewish Olympics in Israel (I represented the U.S. in field hockey).
SCCF: With all the CrossFit and niche training facilities cropping up in the area, why us? And what got you started?
MD: My coworker Trevor was a member and he convinced me to try fundamentals. I was really nervous to join regular classes after finishing fundamentals, but working out consistently, asking for help with new movements, and being surrounded by encouraging members improved my confidence. Now SCCF is just a part of my morning ritual.
SCCF: Tell the community one your biggest achievements since training with us, and where you want to be a year from now.
MD: There are many achievements. I grew up not being able to do a pull up or climb a rope, so doing both of those at the age of 31 was pretty amazing. I am most surprised by the 2012 Open workouts. The main reason I signed up was to force Trevor to do it too, and I did not expect that I would be able to do all the workouts. Surprising everyone I’m sure, I did all workouts as prescribed and kept hitting PRs (lifts) and firsts (chest to bar pull-ups). It helped to have Trevor telling me to just get another rep when I was tired. He’s responsible for about 10 of my reps in each of 12.3 and 12.5.
Mostly, I just want to be stronger every day, mentally and physically. But my SMART goals for a year’s time are 50 double unders, at least 10 consecutive kipping pull-ups, deadlift 200 pounds, and do two handstand push ups. Before I die, I hope I can do a muscle up.
SCCF: If a workout came up tomorrow that you dreaded the most, what would it be?
MD: I am game for anything, but I don’t love doing rounds for time of a couplet or triplet of movements that take me forever (double unders, strict pull-ups, dips, burpees). I don’t like being rushed on a movement that I’m still working on; I prefer doing them in AMRAPs when everyone gets to finish at the same time.
SCCF: We started this column to highlight members of our community and any hidden talents they may have. What ninja type skills would the community least likely guess you possessed?
MD: My students know that I am really fast at typing data into my graphing calculator (which is helpful when you teach Stats). My colleagues know that I drink seltzer like it’s going out of style and have a knack for logistics. In summary, I possess no stupid human tricks.
SCCF: If paleo allowed all the beer and ice cream you could imagine, what flavors would they come in?
MD: No thank you to the beer. Ice cream, on the other hand, is my kryptonite, especially if it’s not coffee flavored, includes peanut butter, and is cold.
SCCF: Many say it’s the bond of suffering together, which brings this community close to one another. Have you found this to be true? Any other new found friendships worth mentioning?
MD: I love being a part of the 6am crew and I look forward to seeing everyone each morning. While I’m a little younger than many of the 6am-ers, everyone is so encouraging and motivating. When I’m too nervous to try something new, there’s always someone there to boost my confidence.
SCCF: Through pain and hard work comes clarity and results. What inspires you to keep coming back for more?
MD: I love being coached again and having a team-like group to improve with. Since I’m still new at this thing, making progress regularly is very addictive.
SCCF: Unknown and unknowable is a training principle we align ourselves with but you will often hear us nagging you to train with proper equipment. If you could recommend something to a new client looking to improve his dress code, what would it be?
MD: I think you can wear any kind of athletic clothes. Just bring positivity and confidence.
SCCF: Top 5 songs you would sync to our iPod for your next training session
MD: All The Above – Maino, Bombs over Baghdad – Outkast, Run This Town – Jay-Z, Stronger – Kanye, All of The Lights – Kanye
SCCF: We constantly preach the virtues of good sleep habits and ancestral type eating. Have you taken that step? What have you noticed most?
MD: I’ve always been pretty good about getting lots of sleep, so I’ve had that going for me since high school. I’ve been eating Paleo for about as long as I’ve been CrossFitting with slight variations in strictness. With the Paleo diet, I have more energy to get through a long school day with students and my dinners are so tasty. It’s also so much easier to avoid all the crappy food that people bring school and my students think I’m so weird. They are fascinated by what I eat.
SCCF: If we found you kicking your feet up anywhere in the world, where would it be? And what book would you be reading?
MD: On a dock in Wiscasset, Maine with some Kurt Vonnegut.
SCCF: When you’re not down at our shop taming wolverines, what types of kinesthetic mischief would we find you celebrating in?
MD: During the school year, CrossFit is all I have time for (teaching high schoolers is a workout of its own). In the summer, I try to fit in more hiking and running.
SCCF: Is SCCF a family affair or are you the only exercise assassin of the bunch?
MD: I’m the only one doing CrossFit but everyone in my family is very active. I’m working on getting them to a box.
SCCF: Training in so many different modalities almost certainly exposes weaknesses is a person’s skillsets. Since training with us, what has been the most surprising exposure for you? And have there been any elated moments of newfound acquisition?
MD: My weaknesses came as no surprise to me and I enjoy the skill work that helps me get better. I do get a boost from my background in running and rowing and unlike most people, I love when those elements are in workouts.
SCCF: I don’t know about you but I am always thinking about my next meal. What’s for dinner tonight?
MD: Probably a Prather Ranch brisket (yay beef share!) that cooked in the sous vide machine for 48 hours along with cauliflower mash and sautéed kale, spinach, and chard.
SCCF: If we started taking up a collection fund at the box for you to be surgically modified with any superpower, would we find you banging out iron crosses for reps or cooking one of Amy’s paleo recipes with your eyes?
MD: I’m actually quite content putting in the work to get better. However, I have always dreamed about a machine that scans my students’ papers (non-multiple choice problems) and grades them for me. Then I could have more time to have fun.
SCCF: We’ve been putting together a new equipment list. Any special requests?
MD: Yes. Parallettes, 15 pound bumper plates, a reverse hyper, and a wall outside that we can climb and throw sandbags over.
SCCF: If we want to know more what class would we most likely find you at?
MD: You will find me at 6am just about every day. If I’m around on Saturday morning, I’ll be there too.
SCCF: Leave us with 3 words.
MD: Just keep moving.