MEET A MEMBER OCT 17- NATALIE SEFTON

My name is Natalie Sefton I am 41years old  I am originally from Sydney but have lived in QLD since I was 10. I work part time at Kelvin Grove Junior School in learning support as a Teacher Aid. I am married to Richard and have 3 active kids Ellie, Alice and Archie. My kids love all sports netball, nippers, rugby union and league and all three of them are mad about CrossFit kids. 

Photo By Elisha Thompson

Photo By Elisha Thompson

I have been doing CrossFit for 2 years now I live on the same street as CrossFit Mitchelton and would drive past numerous times a day thinking how easy and convenient it would to ride my bike to the classes. Why not give it a go! Renee a fellow kindy mum and CrossFitter gave me the final push to give it a go. I thought she looked so fit and strong. After having my kids so close together I had neglected myself whilst in the zombie no sleep zone and was up to my ears in nappies.

I grew up playing competitive sports as a kid and I wanted to regain my fitness and do something for myself again. I came along and watched a 9.15am session in action before I signed up. Luckily it was full of mums like me and they looked like they were having fun at the same time. The first month was the hardest,  I was so confused with the different weightlifting movements and just running 400m was a real struggle. I really thought it wasn't for me and if things didn't get easier by a month I would give up. Luckily there are supportive and patient coaches especially Nick Logan in those early days and familiar friendly faces in the classes, so I kept on coming back. The coaches helped scale my workouts to suit my fitness level and I started to feel more confident each week and eventually I was hooked. 

Originally,  I wanted to loose a few dress sizes, tone up and regain some fitness, but now it's all about getting stronger, working on my technique and turning my weaknesses into strengths. After a year of doing CrossFit I was desperate to get kipping pull ups, so i would get advice and annoy anyone who was willing to show me how it was done. Lily, the gym owner, gave me a great program which I would practice while the kids were doing CrossFit. Eventually I got 1 PULL-UP at the start of this 2017 and this has been my biggest CrossFit highlight so far. I have a long way to go and I am now working on stringing pull-ups together and doing them in a WOD. 

My favourite workouts are probably the strength sessions. I love all the heavy lifting bro sessions, but I also enjoy a good metcon and that feeling afterwards. My biggest weakness, apart from the dreaded wall balls is doubting myself before a workout and thinking I couldn't possibly lift that weight. I think the coaches (especially Phil) and my workout buddy's have worked me out now and know when I need that extra push.

Photo By Elisha Thompson

Photo By Elisha Thompson

Since starting CrossFit I definitely feel more energised, confident in myself, my clothes do fit me better and I have that competitive spark back. I am always surprising myself of what I achieve in a WOD. My motivation in CrossFit is to keep on improving, master those difficult techniques, get stronger and believe in my ability!

My husband and I are setting a good example for our kids by being active and getting them involved in all sports especially CrossFit kids. My kids are constantly trying to recruit their friends to CrossFit and they encourage me in my workouts too. CrossFit Mitchelton is a great little community with amazing coaches and friendly faces and we always feel welcome, what more could you want!