Occupation? Financial Analyst
Have you played sports in the past? I ran Cross Country in High School and played Rec League flag football and basketball in college. Currently I run, play tennis, mountain bike, road bike, and snowboard.
How long have you done Crossfit? 2-3 months
How did you hear about Crossfit? I have a community of friends who did it years ago. I shrugged it off then because I was overweight and thought it’s a “fit-man” club that you had to already be in shape for. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
What made you take the plunge? I decided to start training for a half marathon this summer. I wanted to supplement my running with other workouts but was bored and unmotivated to lift weights at the gym. Crossfit came to mind as a good alternative to the gym and when I reached out to Jack expressing my interest and uncertainty he was gracious enough to let me try a couple classes at a negotiated rate. The workouts that I attended were harder and more satisfactory than any gym workout or long run I’ve done in years. So I signed up for the “Multisport” membership that turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Since then I’ve upgraded to the full membership and couldn’t be happier.
What has Crossfit done for you? I never thought Crossfit would positively impact me as much as it has. I knew that it was going to be tough but didn’t know it would have such a physical, social, and mental impact as it has. After a workout I am always physically exhausted having utilized an hour long workout to the maximum. I work harder during the hour that I’m there than I ever would have lifting weights solo at the gym. It also has helped me sleep better at night and focus better at work. Additionally, the comradery is unmatched. I wasn’t expecting to be friends with so many people and create a new social group from Crossfit, mainly because it’s difficult to do that at the gym which has been my only experience. There’s a unique bond that’s created when a group of people persevere through a tough workout together. We often cheer each other on, encouraging each other to push through the workout when the going gets tough. Lastly, it has helped my mental health, which is the main reason why I continue Crossfit. There have been so many workouts where I left everything I had out on the gym floor, including my stress from work and worries from life. The sheer exhaustion of the workouts helps to clear my mind and relieve my troubled thoughts and worries. This, in my opinion, is the greatest benefit I’ve received.
What is your favorite movement? What is your least favorite? My favorite are snatches. 2 months ago I didn’t even know what a snatch was and now i’m lifting a 135+ lbs above my head which I think is pretty cool. My least favorite by a looooooooong shot are Bar over Burpies. I think a lot of people in the gym will agree with that.
What is your favorite Crossfit moment? What is your least favorite moment? I‘m not sure I can identify my favorite and least favorite ‘moment’. But I’ve seen photos of “Maxing Out” events or Intra-gym competition days out in the parking lot and i’m looking forward to being a part of those events/”moments” in the future.