Congrats, you have been chosen as the Lincoln Park Athlete of the Month!
Name: Tiffani Darling
Nickname: Tee or Teavis to close friends
Where are you from? Grew up in Williamston, MI and went to Olivet College for under-grad. Moved to South Bend, IN for 8 years and did my graduate work in non-profit administration at the University of Notre Dame. Moved to Chicago in fall 2010.
Occupation? Manager of Patient Experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump, Tommy Boy, Independence Day, Dazed and Confused, House on Haunted Hill, and Resident Evil (first one only)
Favorite music or artist: I love almost all music- but my favorite is hip-hop, 90’s alternative, and dance. Fav artists are Nas, Jay-Z, Kayne, RHCP and STP.
Favorite or current book: Anything by David Sedaris, Gone with the Wind, and “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.
Favorite food: Mexican, and my mom’s cream cheese chicken and green bean casserole.
Favorite quote: “We must all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Ben Franklin
What is your fitness background? I ran track and played basketball in high school, then I played basketball, ran track and cross-country, and soccer in college. After college I started doing more long distance running and marathons.
Sport or activity that you are training for, if any? Training for the cross fit Garage Games in June with a few of my LPCF teammates- super pumped!! I’m also doing a local trail race series and a couple half marathons throughout the summer.
How long have you been CrossFitting? Just over 7 months.
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of LPCF? Physically, I have increased my upper and lower body strength a ton, and have also improved my core and flexibility. Mentally, I have been challenged in ways I could never imagine (even after running marathons). I really enjoy and look forward to the team environment and camaraderie that makes cross fitting so enjoyable and addictive! It’s never easy but the great people help push you and it’s very rewarding.
What is your least favorite CrossFit Move? Snatch and overhead squats
What is your most favorite CrossFit move? Wall balls, ball slams, push press, and HBBS
Is there any particular WOD that you can remember is your favorite? My favorites are usually the longer, Saturday partner workouts. I like the ones that split the reps between you and your partner and/or move from station to station. It’s fun and always seems to fly by. I also like any WOD with running in it.
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? There are still some pretty basic things I want to accomplish in my first year- specifically doing a strict pull up and strict TTB. I also have a goal to be able to go RX on a full week’s worth of WODs. I want to eventually run another marathon and see how much my time can benefit from the increased strength and endurance I have now. And finally, I want to kick butt at the Garage Games and also participate in another LPCF Throwdown.
I am passionate about: I am extremely grateful and lucky to be blessed with a wonderful partner and a loving family. I believe that happiness is achieved by caring for and about other people and giving back by being kind. I am very passionate about the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Michigan State Spartans, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish!
What is something that others may not know about you? I can free style rap about any topic, and dominate in Beverly Hills 90210 trivia.