Name: Eleni S. Greenblatt
Hometown: Deer Park, Long Island
Occupation: Half mom, half real estate broker
CrossFitting Since: January 2013
Favorite WOD or Movement
Helen, or any workout with kettlebells. I guess it’s because I feel comfortable with the movements and it’s fun learning new kettlebell movements.
Least Favorite WOD or Movement
Jackie comes to mind, with Fran a close second. Thrusters suck the life out of me!
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before Crossfit?
Back in the day I was a competitive swimmer, then moved on to spinning and TRX workouts with a sprinkle of boxing. Oh and a few years in between spent in generic gyms not knowing what the hell I was doing, and boot camps that felt like slow torture. I got the itch to compete at something after the birth of my first daughter, so I ran three half marathons which I will never do again.
How did you get into CrossFit?
I have a friend who kept telling me about the hardcore workouts she was doing with handstands, flipping tires, hundreds of pull-ups and such. I thought it was pure craziness and I needed to see if I was up for the challenge.
Do you have any fitness goals for 2015? Where are you in terms of achieving them?
My goals for 2015 are to develop more mobility and to RX a lot more workouts. Yes, I have a shhhload of work cut out for me.
What makes CrossFit Virtuosity unique?
First off the coaches are top notch, they are all supremely knowledgeable and make me perform my very best every single time I come to train. They never have an “off” day. I trained when I was pregnant at Virtuosity and I was in amazing hands and never once did I feel uncomfortable. It was a luxury having all the workouts tailor-made for me. I cannot thank them enough. The people who workout here are all actually nice and non-judgmental. I love how we all support each other’s goals and accomplishments. That’s very rare in NYC…
How have you changed since starting CrossFit?
For the very first time in my life I am comfortable in my own skin. I have always been the type to hide in clothes and now I am so healthy and relaxed which carries over in my family and work. I hope to be a great role model to my daughters and show them with very, very, very hard work you can accomplish anything. My daughter Sasha and I did the Spartan Race this past June and it was such a great experience to share. Without Virtuosity, I would have never ever done that!
What advice do you have for people just getting started? Anything else?
Don’t compare yourself to others, you will only stress yourself out! Rest as much as you train in the beginning, I know it’s addictive but you don’t need to get hurt. Have fun!! Yes, competing is fun people!