Name:  Alana “snooks” Weinerman

Age?  27

Occupation?  Just starting a new sales position with Bluewolf Group!

 How long have you been training here?  I have been at Crossfit Elevation about 6 months

 How did you get started in CF?  I started crossfit because a personal trainer I had after college was starting a crossfit program at my old gym.  We did a lot of CF workouts to help me shed some of the college tons that I had gained from too much beer and late night pizza (guilty!!).  I have been obsessed ever since especially because I like weight lifting but don’t know what to do at the gym and I hate being on the treadmill or elliptical for an hour – with xfit, it’s something new every day, you make friends, and get to see your improvement.

 Favorite workout?  I love anything that is a lot of rounds but short reps.  I really like Cindy and Annie because they are fast, a lot of work, and I can do them rx!

Least Favorite workout?  Nancy!!   She is my nemesis!!!  I’m not a fabulous runner, nor can I overhead squat really heavy, so this one just kills me.

Favorite movement?  I think my favorite movement is the power clean – that and air squats.

 Least favorite movement?  I can easily say that I actively dislike running.  I’m working on getting better!  But it is something I know I’m not good at, and that makes it hard to enjoy doing it. But you have to keep working on it in order to improve.  I was just never gifted with that raw running talent that some seem to have!

Biggest accomplishment here?   I think my biggest accomplishment would be either completing Randy rx or power cleaning 110 pounds.   That made me feel really proud!  Mostly though I find that I accomplish something every time I come in, and having friends and a support system at the gym ensures that is possible every day.

Hardest thing you have learned here?  That you have to shut up when Jason is speaking, otherwise he yells at you.  I’m joking.  I think the hardest thing I have had to learn here is how to fail when getting a one rep max.  I usually like to just stop when it gets too heavy rather than try it and just bail out.   Also, try not to show up late, or you WILL do burpees – a harsh castigation, alas, it is the price!

Favorite nutritional tip?  Through the whole life challenge, the best tip I could offer is to plan ahead ad not allow yourself to get too hungry.   Have nuts or fruits to snack on all the time.  When I get hungry and have not planned ahead, that I is when I end up eating like crap (happen more often than I would like to admit! It’s hard to plan out meals!!)

Favorite healthy recipe or meal?  I just made this chicken enchilada stew from after seeing it on the crossfit elevation website – so easy and delicious and spicy!  I highly recommend making it.

Most helpful recovery tip?  For me, I like to go to the gym as much as possible during the week and then rest on the weekends, so I have been trying to get in the habit of taking a walk or doing yoga to stretch a little more.  However, I think the best recovery tip is just to keep moving.

 Advice for beginners?  Stick with it and don’t worry if you aren’t doing the same weight or work out as everyone else!!  Soon you will start to see yourself getting stronger, and it is a real testimony to the effect crossfit can have on one’s body.  I love everything about Crossfit Elevation, particularly the people there.  They are there to help and support you!

Have you been craving some pizza during the WLC? This is an easy and delicious recipe. Feel free to mix up the topping with different veggies or put some more meat on top!

Mexican Meatza

Prep 15 min | Bake 30 min Makes two 6-inch individual meatzas, enough for 2-4 servings

Ingredients: Meat Crust: 1 pound ground beef 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cloves garlic, crushed

Toppings: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of your favorite salsa Green bell pepper, cut into thin strips Red onion, cut into thin strips Avocado, diced garnish: fresh lime, chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the crust seasonings until combined.

Make the crust. Divide the meat in half, roll into a ball, and press evenly into an 8- or 9-inch round pie pan. Cover only the bottom of the pan and smooth the meat with damp hands until it’s an even thickness. Repeat with the other piece of “crust.” Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through and the edges are brown. Leaving the oven on, remove the meat crusts from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan.

Assemble your meatza. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the meat crusts on the baking sheet. Spread about 1/4 cup salsa on each meat crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Arrange the peppers and onions on top, pressing them gently into the salsa. Pop the pizza back into the oven for 10-15 minutes, until hot and browned to your liking.

Garnish your meatza. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with diced avocado, then squeeze a little fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


WOD for 130227:

Partner WOD 5,000 Meter row (each person rowing 250 meters at a time)