AOTM

Garrett Janda
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Garrett Janda

Athlete of the month: June 2018
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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I first heard about Crossfit before my sophomore year in high school. I was taking boxing classes with a friend and our boxing coach mentioned that he does Crossfit and that we should try it out. I checked out Crossfit.com but didn’t try a workout until 6 months later. I was constantly trying different weightlifting and fitness solutions in high school pretty much just looking for a shortcut to results but Crossfit instantly became an addiction for me because it forced me to work hard, and there was nowhere to hide from the pain. I started in my garage with friends but then transitioned to Crossfit LT when my grandma bought me a month for Christmas in 2011. I couldn’t workout in my garage after going to Crossfit LT because the environment and culture was next level. I still remember my first workout in my garage: 10rds of 15 Deadlifts @135 & 15 Pushups, but even worse was my first workout at LT: 100 Burpees for time. Despite all the suffering, I am grateful to my boxing coach for exposing me to Crossfit.

2. What was your first impression?

My first impression was that I didn’t know what the hell it was but I loved it. Once doing more research the methodology just made sense to me and I loved everything about the culture. Constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement was all I wanted to do. I was seriously addicted. If I could tell you how many hours I spent in my garage working out or watching videos it would be embarrassing. My friends thought I had a problem. Crossfit was much different back then (2009 & 2010), it was hardcore and no one had heard of it. If I found out someone did Crossfit I knew they were a badass.

3. How has that changed?

It really hasn’t changed much but it’s been really cool to see Crossfit & Crossfit LT grow and basically take over the fitness space, at least for anyone that is serious about health. As I get better I actually just realize how much more there is to work on. I love that about Crossfit, there is always something or someone that will outdo you, and the environment at LT makes chasing those challenges fun.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first bright spot was probably winning my first Crossfit competition when I was 17. It was a Crossfit Kids event in Ramona California. I took 1st in all 4 events and they didn’t put out enough weight for me and another competitor in a 1RM Clean event so we had to go head to head after for a tie breaker. I think my Clean 1RM was 265 back then. It’s always really cool to represent Crossfit LT at competitions, even when I don’t podium.

5. What are you working on now?

Deadlifts, running, & gymnastics (mostly muscle ups and strict work). Pretty much everything but those are probably my biggest weaknesses right now. It doesn’t help that I train everyday with 130lb lightning bolts. Another big one is the mental game. It’s easy to build capacity at this or that but once tends to stop me most often is what’s between the ears.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite CFLT memory is probably the Open every year. It is just such a great time of year where everyone comes together, tests their growth over the past year, and just has a great time while doing it. It really is hard to pick one favorite memory from all the amazing times this community has given me.

Adrianne Nelson
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Adrianne Nelson

Athlete of the month: May 2018
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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

My husband was introduced to Crossfit while serving in the military. For six years he tried to get me to give it a try, just once. I was always too intimidated and thought there was no way a out of shape, mother of four would be able to do it. One Saturday my in laws were in town and offered to babysit so me and Matt could go do a partner WOD. The lure of a morning away from kids finally got me through the doors.

2. What was your first impression?

I instantly fell in love with the community. People were kind, they made a effort to know my name, they supported each other…I loved it. I had been going to “Globo gyms” and made more connections in a week at Crossfit than I had in years elsewhere. But it was not only the people, I loved the workouts and the challenge of trying new things and getting stronger. For the first time in my life I cared more about what my body could do and not how I looked in skinny jeans.

3. How has that changed?

I still love the community and that is what keeps me going. Over the last four years my husband has traveled extensively for his job. Crossfit has literally kept this over-worked, mother-of four, sane!

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first bright spot was getting a strict pull up. I had not been able to do one since my sixth grade, Presidential physical fitness test. Any of you old enough to remember those??? I just thought it was something that woman my age couldn’t do. This year my goal is to do 10 in a row.

5. What are you working on now?

I also want to work on increasing my squat numbers. I have had a few minor injuries over the years that have really weakened my lower body. This year, I want to stay healthy and increase my strength.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite LT memory….now that is a hard one. I have been a member at four gyms, in three different states, and LT is by far my favorite. I love the people. I love seeing people get stronger and push themselves. This all seems to culminate at the open.

Josh Freemole
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Josh Freemole

Athlete of the month: April 2018
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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 pull-up. 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.

Erin Ray
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Erin Ray

Athlete of the month: March 2018
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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!

Travis Liversedge
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Travis Liversedge

Athlete of the month: February 2018
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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

After my brain surgery, I needed something that would rehabilitate me quickly and get me into shape for an upcoming physical fitness test. I had heard people around base talk about and I had watch a few videos online of Rich Froning doing Grace, I thought that doesn’t look too bad (I was wrong).

2. What was your first impression?

My first workout was Linda and I did not think it was too bad although my clean form was horrible I was able to muscle it around pretty good. I came back to that gym a few days later and Fran was programmed…. I have never been so destroyed by any type of workout in my life also let me add it took me 8:57 to complete. I told myself after that I will never be back to that place again… We all know that is not true I could stop thinking about crossfit.

3. How has that changed?

I still love crossfit I believe that as an overall fitness program there is nothing that compares.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?

One of the first bright spots that I remember was the day that my snatch form just clicked and once that happened it was like every time I snatched, I PR’d.

5. What are you working on now?

I am also working on handstand walks and actually just finding more time to get in and get back to where I was not so long ago.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My very first time at CFLT we did Kettlebell Annie (50,40,30,20,10 of KB swings, sit-ups, double unders). I remember that I was in great shape and I was going to crush this and make my mark on the gym. I was wrong El Tigre aka Chris D not only did the 2 pound KB but did GHD and was only a few seconds behind my finishing time. After we finished that WOD not only did everyone who was at that class gave me props on a great work but was talking a little S*#@ I knew this would be my gym.

Heather Evans
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Heather Evans

Athlete of the month: January 2018
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What brought you to CrossFit?

I had commented to Daniel that I was going to need to start Crossfit for stress relief after my relatives went home. He told me that I really should try it. Then he took time to explain to me about Crossfit, its benefits and how it can be scaled for anyone. His enthusiasm for Crossfit and the idea of a new challenge for myself made me come to try it for a week. I was hooked.

What was your first impression?

Certainly there was a bit of fear but also excitement for the challenge. I had never done anything like this before…I ran, played tennis and other sports. But along with the fear I also noticed that there was a community there. The coaches were there to help and to encourage and all the others in the classes supported one another to help each other get better.

How has that changed?

Not a lot has changed. Although I have become more comfortable in the gym and I see that putting in the work and commitment day after day builds results.

What was your first “Bright Spot”?

I would have to say that my “bright spot” has been taking the Olympic Lifting class with Daniel. Breaking down the technique of the various lifts and really working on perfecting the movements has helped me to be more confident that I can lift heavier weights even in the fast moving WODs.

What are you working on now?

Wow, that’s a tough question because my list keeps getting longer of what I want to work on. But I would have to say that I am trying to improve mentally to start because believing in what I can do helps the all-around performance I think. On top of the mental aspect, though, I am really wanting to work on my core strength/glute strength because that is so important to lifting and Crossfit movements.

What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

Well, I have two…one is when all of the barbells fell domino style and I attempted valiantly to catch them so that they wouldn’t hit the ground…never drop an empty barbell was the thought that rang in my mind! It must have been a humorous sight to watch. =) Then my other favorite memory at CFLT was when we had the Barbells and Breakfast WOD one Saturday and other coaches joined the relay style warmup and the partner WOD. It was just a lot of fun, friendly competition with coaches and fellow classmates teaming up.

Chris Suykerbuyk
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Chris Suykerbuyk

Athlete of the month: December 2017
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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I had just finished running a marathon, and before that 2 Olympic distance triathlons. My body was broken down and I was underweight. I tried going to conventional gyms, but I was struggling trying to maintain my cardio while adding on muscle. CrossFit gave me the opportunity to do both, plus offered a challenge to learn new fitness techniques and skills.

2. What was your first impression?
It was love at first sight for me. I have always pushed myself, and CrossFit gave me that outlet. I loved how every day was like a mini race that I could try to improve on as time went on. CrossFit satisfied my competitive nature while helping to maintain whole body fitness.

3. How has that changed?
For me, not much has changed. I still walk in every day trying my best. As I have learned more about the sport of fitness, I realized you can’t give 110% all the time. Pacing yourself and knowing your limits is critical step for any athlete. I am also a little more humble (if that can be believed). I see the amazing accomplishments of my fellow athletes and it inspires me to try even harder.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
My first bright spot was deadlifting over 400lbs. I had not done that in several years, and I weighed about 30lbs less than the last time I had tried that weight. That same day, I rowed a PR 1000m Row. I knew at that point that this was really working!

5. What are you working on now?
One of my Professors once said to me “When you gradate College, you think you know everything. When you get your Masters, you think you may not know everything. When you get your Doctorate, you know you don’t know anything.” I think CrossFit is the same. The more I learn, the more there is to learn. You got muscle ups? Great! Now handstand walk! Personally, I am trying to get back to some fundamentals, chest to bar pullups and double unders, form on my Olympic lifts, etc. You can only build on a solid foundation, and sometimes it is worth going back to check that your base is well constructed.

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I have so many, it is hard to choose! 5 years of great friendships and friendly competition make for some great memories. What always sticks out for me is the “Murph”. I remember the first time I tried to do it and I think it took me over an hour with no vest. I was shocked and humbled at how hard it was to accomplish. The difficulty in the workout made me think more about the sacrifice of Lt. Murphy and all of the brave men and women that Hero Wods are named after. I have done this workout every year with a vest since, and my best memories are always from Murph days. The comradery that we share and the whole gym cheering each other on is what CrossFit is all about!

Jennifer Centner
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Jennifer Centner

Athlete of the month: November 2017
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What brought you to CrossFit?

My husband had gone to a few workouts with some Brazilian Ju-Jitzu friends and would tell me about what they were doing and I thought that it sounded like something I would be interested in to help push me out of my comfort zone and help get me the results I wanted.

What was your first impression?

When I first stepped into the box I saw these super fit men and women finishing a WOD and I think my jaw hit the ground. I thought “what have I just walked into” After my first work out it took me three days to recover, and I had been doing boot camp classes 5-6 days a week. So needless to say I was hooked. I thought anything that can make me feel like that in such a short period of time has to be worth sticking around for.

 How has that changed?

Although I still sometimes dread the WOD, I get excited to push my body to new levels and see what I am capable of achieving.

 What was your first “Bright Spot”?

I have been doing crossfit off and on for about 5 years, so I am going to go with my most recent bright spot. After having two kids I never thought I would get even close to how fit I was before getting pregnant and even before I got pregnant with my second baby wallballs were a cuss word to me! Just the thought of them made my knees hurt and I just knew that I would have to use a 12 lb ball and even with that I couldn’t do more than 10 at a time without needing to rest. Thanks to the awesome coaching and atmosphere I can now, with confidence, use the 14lb ball and do well over 10 at a time. The last time we did them in a work out I actually laughed at myself because I used to dread wall balls.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am focusing on correcting my form overall and gaining strength so I can attack some of the movements that I have never been good at. I really want to master handstand push-ups this year.

What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

It is so hard to pick just one! I was still fairly new to the CFLT family and we had a work out with dead lifts in it that I really wanted to crush, as deadlifts are my favorite movement and after words I really felt like I could have done better or could have gone heavier, and just plain down on myself and I hear this super sweet voice say how awesome I did. Even though I had never met him before, this sweet man was so encouraging and so positive that it made my day and changed my whole demeanor! Thanks to Allen Howell, I changed how I viewed my work outs and progress for the better.

Allen Howell
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Allen Howell

Athlete of the month: October 2017
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What brought you to CrossFit?

One Saturday afternoon I was playing with my 17 month old grandson.  We were on the carpet in our living room playing with toys and talking baby stuff.  The little guy popped up and took off.  He was out of sight.  Jude is our first grandchild and we hadn’t done any baby proofing.  So I crawled to the sofa and hoisted myself to a sitting position and then I was able to stand up.  I was a mess in terms of strength and mobility and I decided right then that I had to fix this.  Around the same time as the toddler scare I saw a magazine article about how ordinary folks in reasonably good condition could climb the Tetons in Jackson WY.  Sounded like something I’d really like to do. So I decided to set a goal to climb the Tetons and I was going to prepare and do it on my 60th birthday. I found CrossFit LT and jumped right in.  A year later my Son Christopher and I climbed the mountain as planned.

What was your first impression? 

Very soon I figured out the social interaction is the secret sauce at CrossFit.  I started with the 5:30 AM crowd and was soon part of the group.  I met the owner after maybe three classes.  I told him about the mountain.  With absolute confidence but in a very low key and humble way his eyes lit up and he said “we’ll get you up that mountain”.

How has that changed?

The group has changed and evolved over the years and now I’m pretty much a 6 PM regular.  For me the sociability remains a driver for my consistency.  I’m reminded of the Cheers song “where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came…”    When I got back from the mountain trip a 5:30 am regular asked what was going to be my next target to train for.  I didn’t readily have an answer, its 4 years later now and I guess the answer is I’m training for my life.  So I can pop up off the floor and catch a toddler on the run, so I can hike and climb through Indian Cliff dwellings like my wife and I just did in Colorado this summer.  I training to stay healthy, to stay out to the hospital and I’m training to take a sabbatical from work and go on a Mission for my Church.  I’ve still got of mountains climb, dreams to live and I need health, strength and mobility to get it done.

What was your first “Bright Spot”?

About 6 weeks in I realized that I’d overcome my biggest obstacle. That obstacle was me not believing that I could stick to it. One day when I fading out on a rep someone shouted in my ear “your can do anything for 3 minutes – just finish it”. I repeated that to myself quite a few times until I didn’t hate it.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on finding joy and better mobility through the yoga classes.  I seeking greater mobility, range of motion, improved posture and balance.

What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

One Saturday morning we were teaming up for a partner WOD.  That strikes a memory with dark emotional pull, forming up teams at school for softball or soccer.  So I’m the oldest by about 25 yrs. and the crowds pretty much paired off and there’s just one guy left, and he’s a big one.  I think I’ve seen him around but don’t’ know him.  He’s rocking a generous Dad, bod, mid 30’s maybe.  At the time I’m age 61.  I thinking maybe this will work, he seems OK, likely will take it slow to moderate, so I’m down.  The WOD starts and this guy who’s never met me is jumping around shouting and cheering and telling me to get busy like a crazed parent or coach – and he is serious about this!  I’m like; “maybe back off the Red Bull dude”.  And he pounds through the WOD and even knocked off some of my reps.  For the big ending after the four rounds of some sort of sadistic torture like rowing, wall balls, and burpee box jumps, we go outside and drag this massive truck tire around the building.  The tire has a length of fire hose bolted to it; you wear it like a harness. It’s heavy like a rock and the rubber side wall is lying flat on course asphalt – this thing is not going anywhere fast.  But my partner’s all like “this tire is taking a hot lap and let’s get it done”!  It was scary; I thought he was going to have a stroke.  I think we finished 3rd out of 6 teams.  As he was doubled over gulping for air at the finish, I thanked him for being there and working out with me, and then I said, you know, I don’t think this tire thing was really supposed to be a race.  And he said “yes it was”, a couple years later he bought the gym.

 

Debbie Foley
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Debbie Foley

Athlete of the month: September 2017
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1.    What brought you to CrossFit?  

I had been teaching group fitness (HIIT training and Spin…..and yes Step) for 17years and felt like I was in a rut. Our good friend Chris had recruited my husband 6 months before and they both told me that once I tried CF, that I would never look back. Clearly, they were right.

2.    What was your first impression? 

I was so intimidated by the entire gym. The bars, weights, rowers, rig….everything. But I immediately noticed the amazing relationships that the members shared. People actually encouraged each other and coaches were genuinely invested in making the members better. I loved it and wanted to be a part of something different.

3.    How has that changed?

I walk into CFLT and know that I am where I am supposed to be. I still look at all of the equipment and know that it all humbles me on the daily, but has also has made me a better athlete. The coaches are amazing and know how and when to push me. No one lets me slack, because each coach knows what I am capable of. I love this.

4.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

Completing the “Hotshots 19”. I had completed other Hero WODs, but there was something so incredible about this. The way that the coaches presented the workout…..the way that the athletes continued completing each rep, despite the heat, in honor of local heros. It was at that moment, that I knew that I had found my place and my people.

5.    What are you working on now?

Oh the dreaded pull-ups. I dream about being able to consistently get them in WODs without scaling. I will not stop until I master them. I am confident that I will have them….along with HSPUs and DUs soon. The coaches held me accountable and I will have them before the next Open.

6.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

Completing Murph with my family. This year, I had the honor of doing it along side my husband and my 12 year old daughter. 3 years ago this month, Michael almost died from a random infection…..this year, he destroyed Murph and it brought me to tears. Our amazing 12 year old asked to join CFLT in order to prepare for her Cross Country and Track seasons….planned on doing a half, but completed the full. I am so proud to workout with them, and all of the other athletes and coaches week after week. Thank you to Mike, Angela, Ashley , Daniel, Garrett, Carlos, Josh, and Kevin. You are all amazing and I am incredibly appreciative for all that you bring to me and my family. Please continue to kick my trash on the daily.

Keith Goyen
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Keith Goyen

Athlete of the month: August 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

I came to crossfit looking for something different.  I needed something to challenge me and improve my overall conditioning.

 

  1.  What was your first impression?

My first impression was this is torture!  Not really….Right away I loved the competitive nature and community of Crossfit.

 

  1.  How has that changed?

Nothing has changed since I joined CFLT.  Every day I look forward to working on some skill and completing the WOD.

 

  1.  What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first bright spot was being able to string together a couple of DU’s.

 

  1.  What are you working on now?

At the present I’m working on Ring MU’s.  I’m getting close and hope to complete one soon!

 

  1.  What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite memory is when I completed a bar MU in the 2016 Open!

Carrie Miller
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Carrie Miller

Athlete of the month: April 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

My husband had been doing crossfit for several years prior so I would see him look at the main site for workouts and info. Some friends had also started crossfit a year or so before me and I would hear them talking about it. One day I just decided to actually give it a try and join them. I was certain I would hate it. I had never lifted weights ever in my life. Nearly 3 years and almost 800 workouts later, I can’t imagine my daily life without it!

  1.    What was your first impression?

The first time I ever saw a crossfit workout was on tv. My husband was watching it and I’m pretty sure my exact words were: that’s the stupidest hint I’ve ever seen. Grown adults flipping tires and climbing ropes?!? Heck no.

  1.    How has that changed?

I never imagined that I would now be so inspired by those athletes I’d once watched on tv. Coming to Crossfit Leiftime was the best experience. I knew NOTHING about this ‘constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement’ thing! It was so different from anything I’d ever done. But the awesome coaches worked with me from the ground up. I remember my first workout. Helen! I scaled it as much as it could possibly be scaled. But no one ever made me feel inadequate because of it. Everyone has always been so encouraging and the coaches have always pushed me to dig deep. It’s funny to think that 3 years ago, I never touched a barbell (or any weights!) because I was afraid lifting weights would make me look those bodybuilder men!

  1.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

I remember the first time I looked at the whiteboard and realized I had not finished dead last. When I first started I was so out of my element, not to mention out of shape! I had accepted the realization that every day, someone will always have the fastest time and the slowest time. And the slowest time was usually me. But it was okay! That’s when I learned the beauty of crossfit. That it magnifies our strengths AND weaknesses. In everybody.

  1.    What are you working on now?

#*+$!@ Muscle ups. And handstand walks.

  1.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

oh man, I’ve had a lot of laughs in the gym with the 8:15 crew. My homies!!! Some of my favorite times have been working out together with my husband. also winning 2nd place in team competition with Mike G and Brandyn J! And that time Amber K thought the wallball target was an arrow pointing to where the ball should hit. And not the two lines on the target.

The picture on the left (attached) is a few months after Finn was born. I was still carrying a lot of ‘baby weight’, I was sleep deprived having a newborn at home and a wild 19 month old to keep up with. I also had undiagnosed postpartum depression at the time. Crossfit has helped me over come my post partum depression in so many ways. I know I have a long way to go but I realize that I’ve also come a long way (I used to overhead squat the pvc pipe!). Crossfit gives me an escape and it has not only been good for my physical strength but for my mental strength as well. Because everyone knows I get grumpy when I don’t lift. and I love that my kids know that fitness is a part of our EVERYDAY life. I want to be a strong, healthy mom and wife for my family. And lifting heavy weights is pretty cool, too.

Justin Fish
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Justin Fish

Athlete of the month: February 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

Initially I looked into CrossFit as a way to motivate me to keep up a healthier lifestyle. I had made a few changes in my life and I felt CrossFit would motivate me to further those changes. And it has!

  1.    What was your first impression?

Intense! In a good way. I’m not one who shy’s away from competition so the first day I pushed myself to my limit. It absolutely kicked my butt. Both the coaches and athletes were supportive, cheering me on, and congratulating me after. I felt like everyone had my back even when it was slightly embarrassing how little I felt I could do.

  1.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

So those first few months I felt like every week I had a ‘Bright Spot’ or a PR but I think the one that really stuck out to me was being able to do an unassisted pull-up for the first time. When I started I couldn’t even do one pull-up with the black band assisting me.

  1.    What are you working on now?

I still have a lot I need to work on. I think double-unders would be the next one I need to tackle. Those 3-to-1 single-unders are killing me!

  1.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

So I decided to tackle the open after only a few weeks of CrossFit. 16.5 was a very long workout for me, over 30 minutes actually. Throughout it all everyone was there rooting for me to finish it and after being able to relax and hang out (and eat!) with everyone was so fun. I think that was the moment I really felt a part of the leiftime family officially. Thank you everyone for supporting, motivating, and pushing yourselves with me each day!

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