Our Ole Glory South’s October Athlete of the Month goes to Trini Foti! Trini’s CrossFit journey started back in February 2013 at Iberia CrossFit. Her husband, Carlo, initially introduced her to CrossFit, but it was the persistency of her youngest daughter, Shelby, that truly made her commit. One Saturday morning Carlo invited her to the box for her first CrossFit workout. It just so happened to be the Hero WOD, Murph, yikes! Prior to CrossFit Trini was a devout boot camper, so she figured Murph wouldn’t be too much of a challenge for her. When the soreness set in and lingered for a couple of days after she realized how much she underestimated Murph. However, the soreness didn’t prevent her from returning! She continued to come back for more and began a daily routine of working out at 5:30 AM every day.
Trini is one of the most energized and determined athletes we know. Every morning she comes in ready to put in the work. After the workout is complete, she will find another set of skills to work on to better herself. She recalls how difficult pull-ups were when she first started CrossFit. It took many months of practice and lots of patience for her to master this skill. Eventually she gained enough confidence to do them unassisted in a workout. That workout was Clovis, which is a 10 mile run and 150 burpee pull-ups. All of that extra practice had finally paid off. The next sets of skills that she is focusing on mastering include muscle ups and kipping handstand push-ups. We admire the fact that she is always willing to try something new.
Trini is 53 years of age and is married to Carlo Foti. Together they have two daughters, Fallon and Shelby. As a family they share a love of CrossFit and in 2018 they all participated in the CrossFit Open for the first time. Trini works as a CFO at St. Mary Sugar Cooperative, Inc. where she has been employed since 1997. During her spare time she enjoys gardening and tending to their bees.
Growing up Trini participated in cheerleading and swimming. She has always enjoyed a class setting rather than working out on her own, therefore aerobic, kick boxing and boot camp classes were always her go to exercises of choice. She is a social butterfly and loves to interact with people so she really enjoys the atmosphere of each CrossFit class.
As far as diet goes, Trini and her family try to live a relatively healthy lifestyle. “I have learned from CrossFit that your diet is just as important as the amount of work you put into the workouts.” Fad diets can change your weight, but CrossFit can change your whole body composition. When you combine high intensity workouts and a healthy balanced diet you can see significant changes. Trini has taken a liking to weightlifting. The Hero WOD, DT (5 RFT of 12 Deadlifts, 9 Hang Power Cleans, 6 Push Jerks) and Bear Complexes are one of her favorites, along with pistols. Running is one of her least favorites, although she takes time to work on her running a couple days a week after she completes the daily workout.
According to Trini, “the squat is the perfect analogy for life. It’s about standing back up after something heavy takes you down.” If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. For anyone who is interested in getting started here is what Trini had to say, “anyone at any fitness level can do CrossFit because every movement can be modified to your ability. There are no excuses, just choices. Get moving! It will improve your quality of life.” Keep up all of your hard work, Trini! We admire all of your determination!
“Success is a decision, not a gift.” – Ben Bergeron