Stella Art: November 2012

Artika Wadhwa: Vagabond of the Month for November

Where you are originally from and/or where do you live now:

I was born in India, grew up in Stoughton, I’ve lived in a lot of different places, some of my favorites being outside of San Francisco and on a farm in Switzerland.  I moved back to this area 3 years ago and live in Easton now.

 Month you were born in:


 What days/times you typically train at VBC:

Usually, I train 6 days a week with Saturday being my rest day. Typically Mon-Fri 6:30pm or 7:30pm group classes, in addition to Olympic Lifting on Tue at 6:30, Yoga on Wed at 7:30 and Power Lifting on Sundays at 10.

If I can’t make an evening class, I come in the morning instead.

 Anything else interesting/unique about you that you’d like to share:

I just became Reiki certified and am looking to work with a local hospital that allows volunteers to give free reiki treatments to chemo and hospice patients.

 In addition to being a CrossFitter, I am…

A very lucky daughter, sister, friend, proud aunt of two wonderful nephews, attorney, business owner, real estate broker, former software developer, and Vagabond’s infamous party animal.  J

 My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training so far is/are…

Considering I was never an athlete having never played any sports growing up, everything I do at Vagabond is an accomplishment for me.  To see myself continuously improving, getting stronger, faster and staying consistent with my training all makes me proud of myself.

 Some current training goals and/or personal goals are…

Some training goals would be to continue to build my upper body strength so I can do pull-ups with no bands one day, continue to improve my form and get the movements correct, build my stamina and endurance, improve my horrendous hip mobility and overall flexibility.  A personal goal has always been to write a book.  It’s been in the works for about 9 years, I just need to put it together and finish it some day.

What’s the best thing about Vagabond?

I don’t believe in coincidences and really think I was meant to find VBC at the point in my life that I did and to say that I fell in love with Crossfit would be an understatement.    I was in my first year of starting my own practice and financially in a really tough position.  I was trying to remain positive, but actually really depressed, unhealthy and probably at one of the lowest points ever in my life.  However, since starting everything has come together for me.  My mind is clearer than ever before, I feel great, I have so much more energy, I sleep better, physically I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, my diet has completely changed and instead of eating out and being unhealthy, I’m cooking daily, eating real, unprocessed foods, drinking loads of water, and actually wanting to stay away from sugar, grains and dairy, all the stuff I used to love. Of course everything in life is relative and if you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen… I never thought I would be able to afford to join for too long and just wanted something to kickstart my personal routine of working out again, but my love for VBC completely prompted me to shift my priorities and I decided that instead of spending money on things I probably didn’t really need or going out as much, I would rather put that money towards my monthly membership and the time into regaining my health and sanity, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

 I believe the positive impact it had on me physically, carried over to every other area of my life as well.  Professionally, my practice has really taken off in the last few months and suddenly I have more work than ever with an amazing long-term career opportunity that also fell on my lap sooner than I could’ve ever imagined at this point.  The state of my life and all my concerns and worries when I started seem so foreign to me now, yet it was just seven months ago that things were probably the worst they had ever been for me. I can say that I truly feel happy, content and balanced in all areas of my life and I don’t think I would be at this point today had I not found Vagabond.

 So to finally answer the actual question….what is the best thing about Vagabond?  I think it starts with the passion, consistency and dedication Kevin himself brings to running the gym, building the community and staying on top of all members by checking in on us if we aren’t in for a few days and making everyone feel like their presence really matters….then the passion, motivation, humor, time and effort all the coaches bring to working with everyone old and new, helping us improve and actually caring whether or not we do….also the great programming of workouts which never once in 7 months have ever felt boring….and most of all, the sense of community and caring everyone else brings.  While recently competing in Garage Games, I failed miserably on two of the workouts, which left me feeling humiliated and really bummed because I felt I trained so hard leading up to it, but my fellow VBs were so caring, supportive and encouraging, which not only helped me get over it very quickly, but also meant the world to me.

 So in closing, first a wholehearted THANK YOU for the honor of being Vagabond of the Month!  Then even BIGGER THANKS for the excellent coaching, tough love, constant support, encouragement, compliments, shit talking, teasing, fun times, some memorable, some I can’t remember J, daily inspiration and most of all the great friendships I’ve made along the way.  You guys are the best extended family anyone could ever ask for and I’m truly proud to be a Vagabond!!!