Aevitas Athlete Spotlight - Bridget

Our Aevitas family is full of the most amazing people! This Aevitas Athlete Spotlight segment is all about Bridget Conlin.  If you don’t know Bridget yet, this should give you a peek into who she is, and why we decided to spotlight her! If you do know Bridget already, you know she is friendly, good natured, and is more than 8 months pregnant and still CrossFitting!!  Bridget is due to deliver her second child at the end of June.  Even if you already know her, keep reading - you might learn something that you didn’t know before!

Bridget killing it on her favorite movement

Bridget killing it on her favorite movement

Question: Hi Bridget, tell us a little about yourself (where did you grow up? where do you live now? family? what you do for a living? etc).

Bridget: I grew up in Delmar and now live in Guilderland. I work for an insurance company as an investigator in the Compliance department. I am married and have a 2 year old daughter and another baby on the way!

Q: What was your experience level with athletics prior to joining Aevitas?  

Bridget Prior to CrossFit, I went to local gyms and enjoyed group fitness classes. Growing up I was always playing a team sport up to being on the rowing team in college.

Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? Were there any terrific people in your bootcamp with you?

Bridget:  I have been doing crossfit since Aevitas started outside in the park back in 2013. There was a young, newlywed-acting couple in my bootcamp who I became friends with, Dave and Diana Edelson! We decided to stick with it after boot camp and see if Chad and Karen could pull off this crazy idea of running a gym and having full time jobs...and look where they are now!

Q: What is your favorite thing about Aevitas?

Bridget:  My favorite thing about Aevitas is the sense of community. I love working out in a group atmosphere and how everyone is encouraging of one another. I found this to be especially helpful with working out during my two pregnancies, everyone is looking out for me and encouraging me to keep going!

Q: Imagine you’ve made it to the finals of the CrossFit games.  What movement are you hoping will be in the final WOD and why?

Bridget: Rowing for sure- there is something about being on the rower where I can mentally get in the zone and just push myself more than during any other type of exercise. I am competitive with myself and always want to do better. I think this comes from when I was rowing during college and our training for the winter would be in an old racquetball court filled with ergs (no ventilation) doing 2k and 10k testing.

Q: And what are you hoping won’t be in the final WOD and why?

Bridget: Pull ups because I don’t have any yet and it’s a bummer when you can’t get a score.

Q: You’ve continued to do CrossFit well into both of your pregnancies.  How do you find the stamina and mental strength to continue working out so close to your due date?

Bridget: The days I come and hit a workout are the days I feel the best, so that is what keeps me coming back for more. I am the type of person who gets anxious if I don’t get some sort of physical activity in.

Bridget with her first baby, Ann, in 2016

Bridget with her first baby, Ann, in 2016

Q: How has staying fit through CrossFit helped you through your two pregnancies?

Bridget: Staying active and fit has helped me prepare physically and mentally for giving birth and the recovery after. Knowing I have endurance and strength is reassuring. It also has helped me keep up with my 2 year old, after a workout I feel more energized.

Q: In what areas have you improved the most since you began at Aevitas

Bridget: I think the main thing that has improved since starting at Aevitas is my confidence. When I first started I would have never worn a tank top to work out, I would always cover my arms. Now I can’t imagine working out with sleeves, I would feel suffocated. It’s suns out guns out everyday!

Q: What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of Aevitas?

Bridget: Outside of Aevitas the rest of my time is spent with my family. We love to go to Indian Ladder and check out other local events.

Q: If you could spend the afternoon with anyone you have never met, from history or the present, who would you pick and why?

Bridget: That is a hard choice, but I think it would have to be Celine Dion. I have loved her forever and got to see her perform in Vegas. Her energy is awesome and I like to model my car singing for Ann after her. I will be going to her show in Albany in December so maybe I’ll get to meet her then.

Q: Your daughter Ann is too cute.  No question here, it’s just worth stating that Ann is adorable.

Bridget: Ann says I know!

Q: Favorite TCBY flavor?  What toppings?

Bridget: Honestly I prefer the real deal, full fledged ice cream, but I go with vanilla cake flavor at TCBY with a Reese’s topping.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Bridget. We are so excited for your upcoming family addition!

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Karen Southwick