The Faces of SPT-Robyn Frascella - CrossFit SPT

The Faces of SPT-Robyn Frascella

Who is Robyn Frascella?

I am a chef by trade with a background in nutrition. I am incredibly lucky that I am able to have a job that I love, playing with food all day. Miguel and I have been married for almost 28 years, spending a few of those years in Venezuela where our oldest, Michael, was born. He is now grown and has flown the coop. We still have Daniel at home who is up here at SPT working out when he’s not at basketball.

What is your CrossFit SPT testimony?

Before I started Crossfit, I was running a lot, playing indoor soccer and doing a little yoga to stay fit. What I really wanted was to find a sport that that would help me build more strength and maintain mobility. I was really curious about Crossfit, I had heard great things about it but I wasn’t sure I could do it.

How did you find CrossFit?

Back in the fall of 2015, Daniel was trying out a class at SPT. When it was over, Shannon walked out with him to talk to me about him doing an On Ramp class to learn the fundamentals. I thought, this my chance to try Crossfit too. Shannon’s timing was perfect, I had no chance to chicken out!

What was your first experience like?

When we started that On Ramp class, I had never picked up a barbell in my life and was not super comfortable with even being in a gym. I thought, how do you even use this strange equipment and what the heck is a quad? It was a new challenge but it was empowering at the same time. I loved it from the beginning. Shannon and Casie have been amazing coaches, incredibly patient and inspiring. They are constantly encouraging and pushing me to do my best.

What is your greatest memory at CF SPT?

It’s hard to name just one! Last year’s Murph is a good one. It’s fun to have everyone bring their families up to workout together. It’s a great sense of community. What I have also enjoyed is watching SPT grow. Back when I started, sometimes it was just me and Hadi in the 7am class. It’s been great to meet new people and watch the gym grow so much!

What is your purpose, your “why”, when you are in the middle of a tough workout?

What keeps me going is the thought of how good it will feel when it’s over! Actually, what gets me through is that I refuse to quit. Knowing that it benefits me in so many ways, not only am I physically stronger but mentally too. I have ankylosing spondylitis, an auto immune disease that affects certain joints, my spine and my eyes. As it progresses or when it flares every few months, it can be tough but the great thing about Crossfit is that there is always something I can do. Shannon and Casie are great with helping scale workouts, suggesting alternatives to movements or working to help in open gym. So even if you have an injury or maybe a mobility issue, they can still help you get a challenging workout.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of CrossFit in your opinion?

This is a great question because I can say personally that I used to think Crossfit was a crazy intense sport that only people with distant Icelandic relatives could do. It is really a sport that anyone can do, regardless of age or ability. All it takes is a positive attitude and a willingness to work.