Member Spotlight: Melissa MacCaull
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: Melissa MacCaull
Lives in: Ossining
Age: I stopped counting after 30
You’ll find me at: 5:30 a.m.
Becoming a regular at the 5:30 a.m. class is not for the weak, the faint of heart or the sleepy. Establishing yourself as a regular at the 4:30 a.m. skill session is a whole other matter. It takes courage, stamina, commitment — and a cat who is desperate to eat well before the sun rises.
“Getting up early is easy if you have a cat named Jack who has his internal ‘get up and feed me b–ch’ clock set to 4:00 a.m. every day,” says Melissa. “I’ve been working on learning, smoothing out and consistently increasing kipping pull-ups, as they are a core movement for many exercises we do. I just started working on Handstand Push-Ups with two mats and getting rid of the extra bunny hop in Double-Unders.”
Melissa is no stranger to commitment. She expects to earn her Purple Belt in karate later this year. She also played Division 1 soccer at the University of Rhode Island, before going on to coach soccer at Washington State University and Northwestern University. In fact, several of her college records still stand. She holds the record for the most saves in a season (170) and the most career shutouts (21). But she’s most proud of the work she did coaching college athletes and the younger players along the way.
Still, for years her workouts were “sporadic,” either an “all in” or “moderately in” schedule that ranged from running seven marathons to the occasional solo gym workout during the week. “I decided to find a local box last October when I wanted to shake up my workouts,” Melissa said.
I tried CrossFit for a month in the city about four years ago. The box took more pride in running as many people through as the space would permit than in making sure you had proper technique and progressed. I went back to working long hours so I had to bail on that.
What was your first class at DSCF like?
I’m like Dory in Finding Nemo — I have no short-term memory and can’t remember my first class. I think I came in during the start of a Hero Week, so that was baptism by fire. … But from doing drop-ins at other boxes across the country, DSCF has one of the best coaching staffs and overall environment.
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