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Member Spotlight: Danielle Garrido

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We have more than 100 members at DSCF who hail from all over Westchester and Putnam. Our membership is extremely diverse, with people of all ages, backgrounds and athletic abilities. This series spotlights members from across our community.

Member: Danielle Garrido
Lives in: Mahopac, NY
Age: 29
Occupation: Finance Manager, American Express
You’ll find me at: 6:30 p.m. class.

Danielle, her husband Brian and daughter Sofia are familiar faces around Downstate CrossFit. Danielle, in fact, was named the gym’s Fittest Woman in 2014. But it’s been a long, hard road to get to that point. Danielle first dabbled in CrossFit a few years ago, but she admits she didn’t take it seriously and often felt intimidated.

After the birth of her daughter, Danielle committed to getting in shape and brought her family along for the ride. Brian took a bit of convincing, she recalls, but now he’s hooked. And Sofia even has her own pint-sized dumbbell set, courtesy of her uncle, Coach Dom.

She credits the strong community and “amazing” coaches who are patient, committed and bring a variety of skills to the table for her success.

What sort of lifestyle did you have before joining DSCF?

My lifestyle before DSCF didn’t involve much exercise (running on a treadmill every now and then), but did involve lots of eating — you know, the good stuff: pizza, pasta, bread and lots of cookies! And I can’t forget our ritual of bacon, egg and cheese with hash brown on a hero every Sunday morning.

When I found out I was pregnant in 2012 with Sofia, I stopped working out all together. It was the worst decision ever. After having Sofia and gaining more than 65 pounds, I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I’m sure you other mommies know what I mean. Losing the weight was not easy, and the thought of running on a treadmill didn’t excite me. When I found out DSCF would be opening in February of 2014, I knew it was exactly what I needed to get back in shape again, and so I joined. #NewBeginnings

How has DSCF changed that lifestyle?

I could go on forever answering this question because it truly has made a huge difference in my life as well as my family’s life. Yes, I actually got my husband Brian to join — never thought I’d see the day — which obviously helped out a lot. He was able to see firsthand the experience, community and overall camaraderie that CrossFit has, especially DSCF!

You’re the parents of a (super cute) two year old. How do you balance making time for the gym, along with, well, life?

With Brian and I both working full time and having Sofia, it makes balancing and getting to the gym extremely difficult. But I have the mentality that if I really want to go, I’ll find the time, and I do just that. Brian and I may have to do the old switch-a-roo with Sofia so we can both attend class, and maybe dinner is at 9 pm — and maybe sometimes it’s Cheerios — but it works for us! CrossFit has become a part of our life, and we make time for it just like everything else.

Any advice for new parents?

If you want to take good care of your kids, take care of yourself first! Often times we mommies and daddies want to do everything and anything for our kids, but we forget about ourselves. It’s important to do something you love and ensure you make time for that.

What’s your favorite CrossFit memory?

I must say that I have tons of amazing CrossFit memories, especially how far I’ve come with all of the coaches help in the last two years. However, I do have a favorite. At the Valentine’s Day Massacre, Crossfit Danbury competition, we were in the Final 4 WOD, and I got my second muscle-up ever! It was a struggle, but I got up there! What really made this one of my favorite memories was the amount of cheering (actually screaming) I heard from our DSCF community as I was trying to get up! #DSCFStrong