North Central Regional

Athlete Profile: Kim Hagger - North Central Regional

2nd Place finisher from the Mountain Sectional.

Kim Hagger has a background in gymnastics and endurance sports, but just recently found a love for CrossFit. Always a competitor, she decided to enter the Mountain Sectionals to test her fitness, she suprised herself with the outcome. Hagger is headed for this weekend's North Central Regional in Castle Rock, CO.

Name: Kim Hagger
Height: 5’ 4”
Weight: 160lbs
Affiliate: CrossFit 5280
Regional: North Central
Sectional: Mountain - 2nd
Fran: 4:14
Helen: 10:00
Grace: 2:52
Back Squat: 235lbs
Pull-ups: 34

What is your athletic background?
I have always been active in sports. In high school, I was a gymnast and ran track. In college, I was a springboard diver. After college, I experienced a bit of a let down in regards to athletic competition, particularly in the individual arena. However, I always kept active playing flag football, recreational soccer, runs or triathlons.  Whatever I could do to keep moving and not get too out of shape!  Then, kids came along, and the athletic games became difficult to get to. I still participated in triathlons to keep in shape, but that was about it for awhile.

What is your history with CrossFit?
My husband, Mark, is the one who introduced me to CrossFit. A gym had opened up by his office. He tried it and really enjoyed it.  After about 6 months of me thinking he was crazy and that I could never do the workouts he talked about, I gave it a try. In November 2008, I found a new love for daily competition! Something to strive for at each workout to push me beyond what I thought I was capable of. It was just what I needed to get back on track with my health and fitness. That and a little incentive for some trash talking on the home front of who could outdo whom in the WOD.

In January 2009, Craig Kloppenberg, owner of Crossfit 5280, talked me into competing in the 2009 Rocky Mountain Regionals. I was 28th. Not too bad after only 6 months or so of crossfit - especially for a 37 year old.  After seeing what everyone had to go through in Aromas, I thought I would never try that again!  But for some reason, I registered for the 2010 Mountain Sectional. I hoped to finish in the top 20 at the sectional. I had no idea I'd end up on the podium. I didn't realize how far I'd come in my training.  I find the atmosphere of the games to be exhilarating. Everyone striving to do the best they can. Everyone cheering all the competitors to achieve the best they can.  The camaraderie of spectators and athletes makes it one of the most unique experiences I have ever been through. It is truly inspirational.  

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
I am not an affiliate owner, nor am I a certified trainer. I am just an athlete at Crossfit 5280. I have never trained anyone in CrossFit itself. However, I was a gymnastics coach for a period of time and coach a local girls high school diving team where we do incorporate CrossFit into our workouts.  But in regards to training for crossfit, it is simply fit into the busy every day schedule.  As a 38 year old mother of two great, active kids, wife, construction business owner, volunteer, and high school coach, the morning workouts are early enough to allow me to have the rest of the day for all the other hats. It is my time then and all about me. So I am able to give it my all and take out any of the day's stresses at the gym. I try to approach each workout with a full effort. There are plenty of days when the body doesn't agree with the scheduled workout, but once you get to the gym - the whole crew is there helping you through and cheering you on, and you're all in it together. Once you hear 3,2,1...GO you are in the moment, and the body takes over.  Just keep moving.  One more rep. One more round. Two down, three to go. Just keep moving.  Followed by, "Wow, did I just do that?" It is not my full time job. It is not even my part time job.  It is just one of the jobs I choose everyday. The one to keep me healthy and sane.  The one that introduced me to some remarkable people and allows me to meet new remarkable people all the time. The one all about me.  

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8 comments on this entry

1. Julie wrote...

Love it Kim!!! I am so excited to see you compete this weekend!!

2. Kelly Jo wrote...

Awesome Kim! Am looking forward to competing with you again this weekend! Safe travels girl! :)

3. Evan5280 wrote...

Right on Kim!!! You are an amazing athlete and competitor! I'm psyched for you this weekend. Good luck and don't forget to have fun!!!

4. randy wrote...

get some! you rock kim. you made us all proud at sectionals, do it again!

5. Jennifer Higgins wrote...

Kim, I'll be keeping an eye out for you. Always cool to see 38 mothers of two! Good luck.
Jennifer in Tucson

6. Joylyn wrote...

Kim, you are an amazing athlete! Can't wait to cheer you on this weekend! Congrats!

7. christine wrote...

Kim, you are inspiring!

8. Heather wrote...

You rock Kim! Looking forward to seeing you and all the other amazing athletes compete in a few days. Good Luck!


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