Katie Szela!

Home Gym
“Encore”
4 Rounds Total
On the 5:00 x 2 Rounds:
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
12 Thrusters
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
9 Clean and Jerks
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
6 Devils Press

On the 5:00 x 2 Rounds:
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
6 Devils Press
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
9 Clean and Jerks
21 Over-and-Back Object Hops
12 Thrusters

Object Options:
Double Dumbbells- 50’s/35’s
Barbell- 95/65
Single Dumbbell
Odd Object

 

“Encore”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHt39rB10cE

Box Brief
We are keeping the theme going of nurses for our Members of the Month. Our next honoree is the one, the only… Katie Szela! Scroll down to read more about her!

Katie Szela- Registered Nurse

1) How did you get started at CFNE and what did you do before?

I got started at CFNE in October of 2018. I was planning on starting CrossFit before a travel nurse assignment to South Carolina. I wanted to join a community, learn some CrossFit movements & head down to SC with my golden retriever Murphy & be beachside. Little did I know I would become so attached to a community that became my family so fast. I have met the most beautiful people at CFNE who will be a part of my life forever.
Before I played ice hockey since I was a little girl. Which I gave up to dedicate my life to my Nursing Career. I am so grateful for finding CrossFit as a sport, I love how different each workout is, but rooted in the same foundation.

2) Where are you from and where are all the places you’ve lived?

I am from Danvers, Massachusetts! First day at CFNE after living in Natick for four years, I walked in to see Dan & Shea from my hometown! (No not the country artists, our wonderful coaches 😂)

3) What’s your favorite Crossfit movement?

I am obsessed with power cleans. Love a good ole’ barbell & bike workout!

4) If you were a Starbucks drink, what would you be and why?

I would be a Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream. I’m pretty sure it’s my personality in a cup- a little snuggly with the sweet cream, a whole lot caffeinated with the nitro. Plus how fun is it to say “TRO”

5) If you could only have one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?

Easy answer, charcuterie board @bradwasik. So many endless possibilities, it would never get old.

6) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed in your line of work?

There are far too many moments to count or say. I became a Registered Nurse when I was 22, it was eye opening at such a young age to see some of the things I’ve seen and have had to handle on a daily basis, especially now during a pandemic. There’s a balance during a shift of saving lives, maintaining dignity and respect for the patient, advocating, helping family members cope, educating, making people laugh as best as you can, and seeing emergent situations like a massive code, or a stroke etc. You show up, and you handle every situation as best as you possibly can. It helps to have a kick-ass, intelligent, compassionate team around you like I do on my cardiac unit and when I float to the Covid Units.

7) What is your favorite book, and why?

I love to read, I’ll read pretty much anything. My mind always goes back to “The Last Lecture.” We learn what matters most to the author Randy Pausch, he leaves a legacy of wisdom and knowledge. I think of it often especially when I lose a patient, or if one of my patient’s has a terrible or terminal diagnosis. Morbid, but a daily part of my job. I have learned more than I could say before patient’s take their final breath. I’ve learned what regrets they’ve had, what is most important to them before they’re gone, etc. I am determined to live a life that I am vulnerable, I love and express love everyday, to travel the world, I want to take every opportunity life gives me. I never want it to be too late.

8) What would you name the autobiography of your life?

“Shit happens, and I clean it up” #nursejokes hehe just kidding- I’d say “Just a Girl & Her Golden Retrievers.

9) What superpower would you want to possess?

I struggled hard with this, I went down a rabbit hole going back and forth with many superpowers & I think they all end up tempting fate. I’m confident in saying my answer is: Being okay & comfortable in your own skin, with the gifts & personality you were given is a superpower in itself. I’m still learning to accept those “superpowers” everyday.

10) What was the most important lesson you’ve had to learn?

I’ve learned that being resilient is the best tool in the toolbox of life you can have. Stuff is going to happen, you can’t prevent that. It’s about the attitude you have; it’s the foundation. It’s totally okay not to be okay, it would be naive to say no one feels the effects of life’s curveballs, it’s just all about how you handle it.

11) What’s your favorite memory from CFNE?

I have MANY. My two favorites are meeting my real life Golden Retriever, THE Morgan Bungerz. My second is the best, most exhilarating night at CFNE. A night dedicated to Morgan’s Dad, Jim called GetUp4ALS. Our whole community was there, some in spirit but you could feel palpable love in the whole entire gym and from afar. We got to honor those we have lost, and emphasize how thankful we are for everyday and our abilities.