Level 1 Certified Trainer
Karen Pocius, aka Venom; is proud to be the eldest current member of CrossFit Scranton. She began her most recent fitness journey in order to help her daughter become a better runner for Field Hockey. Running lead to a gym membership where she branched out first into yoga and pilates, and later into step aerobics and kick boxing classes. She became cut and fit but felt like something was missing. Two former gym buddies encouraged her to try CrossFit.
After one WOD, Karen knew that CrossFit offered endless opportunities to become stronger and healthier. It was exciting to see so many things she had no idea how to do and to see males and females of varying ages working out together. She was hooked and ended up foregoing a year’s gym membership to join CrossFit Scranton in January 2012.
In both 2013 and 2014, Karen participated in the CrossFit Games Open at the urging of her coaches. 2014 was her year and she went to the CrossFit Games in Carson, CA ranked #12 in the Masters Female Division ages 60 and higher. It was an incredible experience for Karen, her coaches, and her CrossFit Scranton family! Karen competed with the world’s top 19 females and ended the three-day competition ranked tenth place in the world. Not only was 2014 important as her year for the CrossFit Games, but Karen, also, retired after 39 years as an elementary school teacher. In September 2014, Karen became certified as a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and has enjoyed sharing her passion for CrossFit with our CrossFit Scranton family ever since.
She recognizes that CrossFit has affected her in many more ways than only her performance in a workout. Thanks to CrossFit, she a better swimmer and downhill skier, and has more confidence to take on life’s challenges. CrossFit has definitely changed her life for the better!