Congratulations to Viivi Heonpera, our Mischief Athlete of the Month for December 2020! Participating in CrossFit classes is a relatively new experience for Viivi, who joined CrossFit Mischief in July 2020, once smaller gyms began opening back up after Governor Pritzker issued his March Stay at Home Order. The global expansion of CrossFit’s media presence in the last few years initially spiked Viivi’s interest back home in Finland, but scheduling conflicts with work made it difficult for her to attend the introductory courses offered at many local CrossFit gyms. Upon the recommendation of Finnish friend and fellow Mischief Member Sari Kivela, Viivi decided to give our box a try as part of a broader effort to live a more active, healthy, and fulfilling life. Striking an appropriate work-life balance is a challenge for many of us, and Viivi has found that the Mischief class structure and online signup feature provide an effective mechanism for combatting her occupational demands as a Finance Director, which often demand long hours at a computer screen.
When it comes to training, Viivi enjoys performing back squats more than most other movements. And although gymnastics movements, like pushups and pullups, present their fair share of hurdles, Viivi is equally committed to improving in all areas of personal fitness, at or away from the gym. Among her exercise goals for the future, Viivi hopes to run a 10K in under 60 minutes. (At present, Viivi is only about one kilometer shy of doing just that!) After a stay in the States that was unexpectedly extended—due to COVID-19—Viivi is finally preparing to return home for Christmas in Finland with her family. Viivi, we wish you safe travels and good health. Great work!