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April 2018 Athlete of the Month – Josh Freemole

April 2018 Athlete of the Month – Josh Freemole

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

Mike Gordon. I was inspired to try CrossFit after I saw how in shape he was. I have worked out at plenty of gyms but would always work out for a few weeks and quit going. I wanted something that would keep me coming back.

2. What was your first impression?

I hated it. I’m a big guy. So, the endurance part of the work out sucked. I had the strength all day long.

3. How has that changed?

I started to go to the gym more often. I would say 3 to 4 times a week. I started a diet called Keto. I have lost 45lbs in 9 months. It is the combo of diet and working out that has helped.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?

That would be 18.3 of the open. The work out had muscle ups, which I can’t do. The scaled version is pull ups. Last year they had the same and I was stuck when I got to the pull ups. This year I figured out the movement to do a kipping pullup. I completed 24 pull ups that day. I can’t do more than 2 in a row but I will continue to work on them.

5. What are you working on now?

There are a lot of things I’m working on. I continue to work on the snatch and heavy clean and jerks. Working out in the afternoons has helped me out a lot. Thank you, Coach Garret.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

I have many great memories of CFLT. I love coming in and looking at the morning’s times for the work out and saying to myself “I’m going to beat their time”. Then to lay on the floor after, just dying and sweating. Thinking they felt the same way. I would like to say thank you to Mike and Angela for all they do. I hate CrossFit but I also love it. The people are awesome and so are the coaches.

March 2018 Athlete of the Month – Erin Ray

March 2018 Athlete of the Month – Erin Ray

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I had just had my 5th baby and I had 4 months to train for a Tough Mudder to get ready. My friend, Christie Jones, told me about the benefits of Crossfit. She raved about how it would get me in shape. I have always been the type of person to try anything before saying or thinking anything negative about it. So Christie and I went to her gym and jumped right in.

2. What was your first impression?

The first day I stepped into a Crossift gym I had no clue what to expect. I started with 7 minutes of burpees and it sucked!!! But after talking to the coaches and the other gym members I was hooked. Everyone was so encouraging and kind. The coaches gave me daily and weekly goals. What made me want to continue was the fact that they are so dedicated to help me achieve those goals.

3. How has that changed?

I love the coaches at Leiftime and the community. I feel as if my support system has increased immensely. I feel more confident from the challenging workouts. That amazing feeling you get when you push yourself for one more rep or one more mile is addicting. My children have started picking up on a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle makes me feel like I am instilling a great core value in them for a life time. I look forward to increasing my goals each year.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?

For me, my first bright spot would have been when I got a kipping pull-up for the first time. I had worked on it almost every day for months and was always so close. I kept hearing from my coaches, “Almost, keep trying”. Then one day I got my chin over the bar and I started dancing and screaming around the gym. I am sure some people thought I had gone mad but I was so happy!

5. What are you working on now?

I am working on my technique now. I am trying to be more aware of how my body moves and correctly do the Olympic lifting lifts. I am slowing down my movements and not so worried about time (or trying not to be) but focusing on the movements.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

I can’t think of just one. There have been so many times I have laughed and felt empowered and even cried at the gym. I love Leiftime and the people that put up with me every day!

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