CFHB Member and Coach Spotlight: Meet Alaira

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So I’ve been slacking on my member spotlight, but can you blame me? There have been so many awesome CrossFit related things to blog about that I just realized I’ve been neglecting one of my favorite blog posts to write. Since it had been a while, I figured I’d switch things up a bit this time and do something extra special. For the first time ever in the history of the CFHB blog, I’m not just going to focus on a member, but a member and a coach. It dawned on me that all of us love our coaches, but few of us know anything about them, so over the next few months, look for a spotlight on not just a CFHB member, but also a coach.

Blame the English teacher in me, but every time I read the Shakesperean quote, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” I’m reminded of Alaira. Her running game is off the hook and by that I mean, she is an amazing runner and all around athlete. She loves to be active and is oftentimes on an outdoor adventure on the weekends. I’m sure that you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Alaira’s contagious ear-to-ear smile at one of our classes. Personally, I love and adore Alaira’s willingness to learn from others. She is always open to improving and getting better and I truly admire her humility. So here’s a little bit more about my favorite trail runner:

Name: Alaira Bilek

Occupation: Supervising Engineer for Southern California Edison.

How long have you been Crossfitting? I have been crossfitting for 1 year and 8 months.

What brought you to CrossFit Huntington Beach? My cousins recommended that I look into crossfit as they believe crossfit workouts would help me train for the Spartan and Tough Mudder races. I looked at several crossfit websites and visited gyms that were close to work and home. After seeing the afternoon class working out and speaking with Rosario and Mike, I knew CFHB was the right gym for me.

What is your favorite part about the box? The coaches and members are welcoming, and they motivate/encourage you to do your best. An example would be the plank hold challenge last year. I didn’t know what to expect as it was my first time doing the plank. I wanted to give up at 5 minutes as I was starting to shake. But the coaches and members were cheering me on and wanted me to keep going, so I continued to shake for 6 more minutes. Without their encouragement and support, I would have quit in 5 minutes.

What were you most afraid of when you first started? I was somewhat intimidated working out with all men on my first day (6pm class). I was afraid that I couldn’t keep up with these men! I also found learning the crossfit movements and acronyms challenging when I first started the gym .

What class time(s) do you attend? I attended the 6pm, 5pm, 9am, or 5am classes.

What do you like about that class? I prefer to attend the 5pm class because I enjoy to working out and talking with the group of women who normally attend that class.

What are your fitness goals? Short term: connect my handstand pushups. Long term: remain healthy and strong so I can continue to trail run, SUP, and rock climb with my husband and 2 boys up until I’m 80 years old.

How has CrossFit helped you move toward those goals? Crossfit has helped me become a more well rounded athlete. I use to mainly trail run and wasn’t focusing on improving my upper body strength. With crossfit, my upper body strength has improved, and I can now do handstand pushups and bar muscle ups. Crossfit also taught me that in order to perform well, you need to eat well.

Favorite CrossFit Lift? Deadlift because I feel strong and mighty when I lift over twice my body weight.

What’s your “Spirit Animal?” I am new to the ‘spirit animal’ concept, so I completed 2 online ‘spirit animal’ surveys. Results were a butterfly or bear. I am choosing the bear; I dont like butterflies. Although, I would rather see a butterfly than a bear on my trail runs.

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