Name: Briana Drapp, but everyone seems to call me Bri.
August 2018, but I feel like I really didn’t start taking CrossFit seriously until the Open around February/March 2019.
What class times do you attend?
My schedule can be a little all over the place sometimes and I’ve honestly attended every class except 6:30pm consistently for a while now. 5:30am is my home class though and with PTA school starting up this week I’m excited to be back with my early squad consistently.
How did you find CrossFit Condor?
Ryan Wolfgang convinced my dad (Brian Drapp) to come and my dad eventually convinced me. It took a lot to convince me because I had some bad experiences with CrossFitters in the past, but once I realized this was a really great supportive group who wanted me to see me be successful, I felt like I had finally come home.
First memorable CrossFit experience?
Everything kind of seems like a blur looking back on it, but I want to say my most memorable experience was during the Open when I had this moment of realization after the 19.1 scores went in that I sucked. I scaled it and I was in the bottom 14th percentile. And half the WOD was ROWING; something I spent 4 years of my life doing in college. I, being an overly competitive person, was not about to let this stand. I took a good hard look at myself and knew what had to change. This experience of utter shame and disappointment in myself after the Open results were released I believe were my catalyst to changing myself into the person I always knew I could be in regards to CrossFit and other parts of my life and after seeing those results, I began to take CrossFit more seriously.
What is your biggest challenge that you overcame?
After taking a good hard look at myself after those Open results were finalized, I made changes in all aspects of my life. Most people I brushed it off as I was going on a “diet” but in reality I was making a complete lifestyle change. I started eating healthy and stopped drinking alcohol. I upped my intensity on workouts and began adding trail running on the weekends. I began losing weight and looking better but that wasn’t the thing that was truly making me happy. I was happier because I could start challenging myself in different aspects of CrossFit. My weight went down but my lifts stayed the same or increased, meaning I was maintaining my muscular strength and losing the weight in a healthy way. I got my first toes to bar, kipping pull up, strict pull up, double-unders and I began flipping up into handstands on the wall and doing small handstand push ups. I was pretty proud of myself and I thought, “Let’s keep going.” I linked toes to bar together and started getting chest to bars and increased my pull ups to 6 strict pull ups in a row. All of this I could have never done if I didn’t lose weight. The most impressive thing I did was when I got my first rope climb. I actually cried because when I first started working we had a rope at work and I couldn’t pull myself up one pull and I was so embarrassed. I finally felt proud of myself and the person I was becoming and it made the nearly 40 pounds I’ve lost feel worth way more than just looking better in the mirror.
What do you love most about CrossFit?
I love that every day is different and unpredictable. I like that I don’t know what I’m doing most days either until I look at the WOD that morning. With rowing it was the same thing nearly every day with variations in the intensity and we barely lifted. Sometimes we would be sitting there erging (on the rowing machine) for 20 kilometers without stopping and it would get very lonely and monotonous. I love that CrossFit is individual but we’re all cheering each other on. There’s no real competition pressure it’s just fun competition among friends. I also just know I’m going to die every day at every WOD so I don’t really get the “test piece anxiety” I used to get with rowing a 2K test piece.
What do you love most about CrossFit Condor?
The people. These people have become my family. I have my CrossFit moms and dads and they all take care of me because sometimes I’m a mess. These people are my biggest supporters not only in what I do in the gym but in what I’m accomplishing in my regular life. I don’t think I would have been able to make the necessary lifestyle changes I needed to make without them.
Favorite movement or workout?
I love working on all the lifts, but my favorite are deadlift and back squat. I have been having a lot of fun working on a lot of the gymnastics movements as well. When it comes to the WOD if I see rowing in it I’m sure I’m the only person who is excited about it!
What is your favorite thing to do on rest days (hobbies)?
I was introduced to trail running and I have fallen in love with it! It’s a lot of fun to be out there in nature. I also laying out in the sun and reading. I spend a lot of time on YouTube when I’m relaxing just researching different techniques to help me with gymnastics or lifting or watching other people’s transformation stories to keep me motivated and focused.
CrossFit advice for new members?
Weight loss happens in the kitchen, fitness happens in the gym. Rest days are important and essential for your recovery and gains. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it’s worth it.