Xi XiaMember Profiles

How were you introduced to Crossfit?

I was first introduced to Crossfit back in 2010 in my hometown of Port Angeles, WA. The local YMCA was offering their first Crossfit classes, and a few friends and I took part in a short jump-start session. It was fun and interesting to be part of the first Crossfit class in the community. I saw the enthusiasm and love for Crossfit grow, literally and figuratively.

The demand for the class was more than the small YMCA fitness room could handle, and I am also pretty sure that they were tired of the holes we were putting in the walls. Right around the time I moved to Portland, the classes outgrew their facility and moved into a larger building in town, and have since branched off into three privately owned facilities!

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Crossfit has changed my life in many subtle consistent ways. With the best intentions, I had always eaten “healthy” and exercised, but not as well and as consistently as I had believed. Crossfit has provided me with a constant, in my sometimes crazy life/work/Army schedule.

No matter where travels bring me, I am able to find a Crossfit facility and jump right into classes. This constant amongst a crazy schedule has help me maintain sanity, time for self, healthy eating habits, and a connection to a larger health focused community.

Crossfit has enabled me to continue to do the active things I love and to achieve personal and military fitness goals in a shorter time than imaginable. Last year I completed my first triathlon, and then went crazy and completed three more (in hindsight four may have been two too many).

I have also exceed my Army fitness goals, and continue to stay motivated to make strides in military career. Since I have moved to Portland, Crossfit Portland has introduced me to an amazing community and network of friends that enjoy the same excitements and love of life.

I have always wanted to:

Snowboard and enjoy the sunny beach with friends and family in the same day, and in the same vacation spot.

One word people use to describe me:

Energetic, driven, active, motivated, chatty (Emphasis is by XX)

What do you do for work and fun outside of Crossfit?:

In my professional life I work for the State of Oregon, Drinking Water Services, where I help ensure communities receive a safe plentiful supply of clean drinking water.

For the Army Reserves I serve as an medical officer promoting the health of the environment and helping ensure soldiers and their families remain free from disease and injuries.

Outside of adult obligations, I enjoy all things outside and active. I can be found laughing, spending time with family and my fiance Mel, camping, frolicking in water, hiking, kayaking, wake-boarding, SCUBA diving, snowboarding, competing in triathlons, crafting, playing softball, bowling, making forts, and playing with my wiggle booty dogs.

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me

I am an enrolled tribal member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington and grew up on the tribal reservation. As a youth and young adult I participated in traditional canoe journeys and remain connected to my culture and traditions.

I strive to use my professional and military training and experience to give back to tribal communities. During college summers I worked as a tribal commercial fisherwoman, and for one season I ran my bothers 42 ft. boat, by myself.

Song that gets me pumped for a workout:

Lady Gaga’s Marry the Night is always good, Black Betty is also great, AND you can’t go wrong with the 80’s cardio station on Pandora.

Proudest Accomplishment:

Completing this “Who’s Who” sniff, sniff (teary eyed), oh and looking like a badass eating this banana.

Ok, maybe graduating from UW with my MPH.