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Cassandra Rickertsen Athlete Feature

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While I, JB, absolutely love featuring members each month it is like choosing a favorite child each month…..and I only have one daughter so I don’t have to do that at home, lol.

There are so many people I want to highlight but we can only do one at a time and each of you will get your time to shine. As you all know the ladies of BOTB hold a special place in my heart and choosing between them is especially difficult.

This month we will get to know Cassandra a little bit more.  Cassandra and Dawn had been working out at CF480 together for some time and after taking her sweet arse time she finally decided to join us at BOTB.  I love working with Cassandra so much because I have had the opportunity to watch her confidence go through the roof since coming to BOTB and while I’d like to take full credit, I can’t. I simply gave her the opportunity to reach the potential I saw in her from day one but she took the risks and did the work to get where she is at….all I did was expect her to get there.  She is getting stronger and faster week in and week out and doing things now she did not think she was capable of.  The last workout she did at 480 was Fran and she PR’d that time by 2min when we did Fran a few weeks ago here at BOTB. I think there was a 3 month span between the two. Shaving 2min off your Fran time in 3-4mo is HUGE!!!!!!! Her lifts keep getting better and better and whether she likes it or not she has some weightlifting meets in her near future.  It brings me great joy to watch her become a stronger, more confident woman and look forward to seeing what she is capable of moving forward. She is a wonderful young woman with a very bright future ahead of her.  I am so happy she is a part of your community.


1.What brought you to CrossFit and what keeps you coming back?

CrossFit piqued my interest after being exposed to lifting in high school. I enjoyed time in the weight room more than the typical conditioning parts of gym class. Couple that with a lack of personal responsibility, I knew I needed accountability and a safe place to lift weights. I have since learned there is plenty of conditioning in CrossFit though it is hidden in forms other than just running.

The community 100% keeps me coming back. I feel accountable to my peers. (They question what I have been up to if I miss too many classes…) Those same people who get me to the 6AM class (arriving around 6:03AM everyday but I digress) are the same people who encourage me when the weights get heavy, reps get high, and breath gets short. We all have a common goal to finish the workout. Nobody gets left behind.

2.Tell us about your life outside of the gym. (family, career, interests, hobbies)

Wait I have a life outside of BOTB? Seriously, I shower more at BOTB than I do at my own place and I would not have it any other way. Between early morning WODs and evening yoga and Saturday mornings, I spend plenty of time at gym. Outside of the gym, I work in brain cancer research at Mayo Clinic managing a team of 20ish ASU undergraduate students. My work gives me a good combination of science and teaching, two of my interests.
As much as I love to be around people and socialize, when I need to recharge I go outside. Specifically mountain air and pine trees help to unwind and ground me. I am trying to explore more of Arizona on my bicycle but that’s a slow process.
p.s. I am single as a pringle 😉

3.What is your favorite CrossFit movement and/or Benchmark workout?

Fran. Perhaps due to my recent 2min PR, what up 6:02 Fran. As my strength increased and my pull-ups developed, Fran went from a test of strength to a more a test of conditioning.

4.What is the movement that when you see it on the board you want to leave the gym?

PUSH-UPS. My worst enemy. (I literally think they brought tears to my eyes in the middle of a WOD once or twice.) Luckily the coaches do not let me modify my push-ups too much these days. Half the time, my ability to do push-ups depends on my brain. They are *mostly* mental for me at this point.

5.What is your favorite indulgent food/meal?

$20 bruschetta board + bottle of wine from Postino’s.

6.What is your favorite motivational quote?

Rest – just as important as the WODs and yoga. Rest does not mean a forever break but rather listening to your body and mind when it calls for a physical and/or mental break. Rest will look different to every person, listen to what your body needs it to be.

7.If you could be an animal what animal would you be and why?

I’m positive my coworkers, students, and family would say queen bee. Lol, jk. I have no idea.

8. How has Crossfit impacted your life and helped you live “Life Unbroken”?

At 24 years old, I’m one of the youngest members at BOTB but I have already learned that life is far from linear. Some days will be easier than others, just like some WODs will be easier than others. A PR might not happen every time you attempt one but you have to show up and try.
As a woman, “Life Unbroken” applies to my perception of who I am. Some days I kill it with a solid workout, macros on point, and good rest. Other days look nothing like that, as far from “perfect” as can be. What matters is picking up the next day and striving for better. Not ignoring the imperfect days, rather accepting them as part of the journey.
Thanks to BOTB I have seen the huge changes in myself over the past six months. I definitely feel stronger than ever before. But more important to me, is the feeling of love towards my body. My legs carry me on a daily basis – up the stairs at work, standing up a heavy snatch, and cuddling my roommate’s pup in my lap. I am able to deal with tough situations at work due to calming techniques learned at Dharma Yoga. I have learned to accept each day for what is it, knowing I make choices that move me closer or further from my goals. The journey of accepting and loving myself never ends, I aim to live my life unbroken.