Athlete Profile #2: CrossFit Really is For Everyone

By Kristin Steinmetz

When I tell people about CrossFit and they quickly dismiss it as “not for me”, I know I have a list of athletes that would prove them wrong.  But my go-to example nowadays is my mom, Diana Roselli.  My mom is a 60 year old mother of 3 girls, grandmother of 5.  She’s had success with weight loss before, but after every best-seller book and accompanying diet craze, the numbers on the scale always crept back up.  Now, for the first time in her life, there is a mental component to her workout.  

In the beginning, she proclaimed that she would do the WODs, but was not going to touch a barbell.  Mom has become infamous for a little complaining at the sight of burpees on the whiteboard or shaking her head after she hoists up that barbell for her max effort squats.  She has even cursed out her own daughter/coach mid-WOD!!  But she then proceeds to put on that familiar face – the one that lets us know she will not stop until the work is done.  She always keeps going and has become on of our most faithful attendees.

"My daughter Kristin had been doing CrossFit for about a year when I had the opportunity to watch her compete in an event.  I was very impressed by the way she looked and the amount of work she did in 20 minutes, but after seeing her I just shook my head and said, “You are out of your mind, and I would never even think of doing that”.
Fast forward to December 2013 when she and her husband decided to open CrossFit TreeHouse and I would take the opportunity to try CrossFit. I was tired of how my weight would yo-yo every year.  Well, it is now 5 months later and I hardly ever miss a day of doing my WOD, AND I’m also weight lifting.  Who would have thought at 60 years old I would be squatting 50 lb. weights, deadlifting 70lbs. and fitting into a size 4 dress?!  This was not a size I saw even when I was in my 20s.
I give credit to my daughter, Coach Jason and the rest of TreeHouse community for encouraging me to continue when there were times I wanted to give up on completing a WOD. It has given me a newfound confidence and pride in the way I look and feel.  There are days I don’t feel like doing it, but once I am there and have finished, I am glad I completed another day."

She gives credit to us, but we throw it right back to her.  Yes, we are there to come up with programming and make sure everyone is motivated and moving well, but it is the athlete that shows up everyday and puts in the effort.  She did this. She is becoming leaner and stronger and more confident because she simply comes here and tries her best every WOD.  I can’t wait to see her continued growth as we grow the TreeHouse.

 Here’s “Mom” drilling some snatch technique and after the first mile of her first “Murph” this year

Here’s “Mom” drilling some snatch technique and after the first mile of her first “Murph” this year