Athlete of the Month - Helen White

How did you start CrossFit? How many years have you been a member at Delaware Valley?

I actually found out about CrossFit and CrossFit Delaware Valley through my good friend Mary, who was already a member. I went to the box, which was on Groce St. in Glenolden at the time, thinking I’d get a quick tour or something. Next thing I knew, Rob had me rowing, doing KB swings and (I think) burpees! I’ll celebrate my 10th anniversary at CrossFit DelVal next month.

What’s your favorite thing about seeing the box grow? What is a favorite memory at DelVal (If you can pin point just one).

The growth at the box has been incredible and I think it goes hand in hand with the evolution of CrossFit in general. DelVal has quality coaching and that helps to build the community. Sometimes, I do miss the pre-LuLuLemon, old school whiteboard scores and Chucks as your lifting shoes days. I have a ton of great memories from CrossFit DelVal. From a workout perspective, completing the Hero WOD ‘Clovis’ with Dawn is one. From the fun part, there were spirit weeks, proms, competitions…too many to count.

You’ve had to scale some workouts due to various health issues. What keeps you coming back despite some of the issues you’ve experienced? What advice would you provide to athletes who want to CrossFit while injured?

I’ve had a few surgeries over the years – hip replacement, rotator cuff repair and a knee scope. I credit CrossFit for keeping me healthy enough to recover well from those. I’ve learned to listen to my body more and the coaches’ work with me to find scaling options. I would tell other athletes to listen to their bodies – there’s no shame in scaling. For me, as long as I’m moving and getting a good workout in, that’s quality gym time. I keep coming back because I wouldn’t know where else to go after work!

How has CrossFit DelVal impacted your life inside the gym and outside of the gym?

CrossFit DelVal is an integral part of my life. As many before have said, it’s like a second home. People talk about the community aspect of CrossFit and it’s true. I’ve made lifelong friends through my years at DelVal and I wouldn’t change that for anything.

What other hobbies do you have outside of CrossFit?

I don’t have any specific hobbies per se but enjoy spending time with friends, watching sports, the beach and, of course - Jimmy Buffett!

What is one fun thing about you that we may not know yet?

Hmmm…I can’t give away all my secrets