How did you start CrossFit? About 3 years ago I had my second hip replacement surgery and after six months of rehab I was looking for something different. I didn’t want to go back to my same old gym routine. I saw a lot of people having fun with CrossFit so I figured I needed to check it out. It’s been almost 2 years since I started and I haven’t looked back.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? I know it sounds cliché but it’s definitely the people and the comradery. The 6 am crew keeps you accountable but also keeps you laughing most of the time too. There are a lot of days I don’t want to get up but there has never been a day I wasn’t glad that I did.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Seeing the progress that comes along with being consistent and working hard. I have some serious mobility limitations in my joints but CrossFit has been fantastic at increasing my range of motion and strengthening my core. After my last shoulder surgery my orthopedist told me basically I should never to lift anything over my head ever again. I use that as motivation every day when we are hoisting a wallball or barbell or dumbbell high overhead!
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Pullups, Double-Unders, and Deadlifts are 3 of my favorite moves – mainly because unlike a lot of the Olympic lifts or other complex movements – I can actually perform these 3 correctly! My favorite WOD is definitely Murph.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Hmm tuff question. I am a numbers person…..and I always have good memories of when someone else does something impressive: Alex R. doing a 100lb SOTTS press… Jack S. rowing 2,000m in 6:55… Sylvia B. doing a 200lb front box squat… Ibhina S. doing 128 burpees in 7 minutes… Erik W. crushing 18.4 in the Open...
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Focus on form and technique and success will follow! The coaches do an amazing job of showing everyone the proper form and technique and it’s so important to learn from them.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I’ve been with Boston Scientific since 1995 and after one year of working here I took a short leave of absence during the summer of 1996 for an opportunity to play pro roller hockey on Long Island in the RHI. I lasted 3 weeks and after 4 games I got cut from the team when some better players showed up! I came back to BSC and have been here ever since and now enjoy watching my 3 sons (ages 18, 16, 14) play hockey around New England.
How did you start CrossFit? I started when Crossfit piloted the program at BSC and fell in love with it then!
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? There are so many but I will keep it brief….or at least try! The comradery from everyone is so welcoming and fun, the coaches are wonderful and of course the subtle or not so subtle push to lift heavier and go harder, and the fact that I can just walk in and not have to think about what I am doing and just do it!!
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Cliché but of course to stay fit for my two children so I can keep up with them!
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? I am not a “favorites” person but I love each workout I accomplish!
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Ok….now this makes me a liar. My favorite memory is a recent one when I accomplished the footwork for the rope climb….I’ll be climbing the rope next time!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Just start…..You will not regret it!
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I am a seasonal glamper! Haha
How did you start CrossFit? A colleague talked me into going to a Wednesday boot camp with her. She promised I would like it. She was right.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? My favorite part of boot camp is working harder than I thought I could with a group of colleagues who are doing the same. And laughing a lot. Also, my favorite part of CrossFit is being trained by such expert trainers. This is the first time in my life I’ve actually done certain things right.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? CrossFit changed my life. I thought I was limited. I am not, well at least not nearly as limited as I thought. The more I go, the more I can do.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Now, this doesn’t mean I like them, but I think my favorite movements might be burpees and air squats because now I know how to do them correctly. I’ve only gone to boot camp, but I think my favorite one was a partner workout that was 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for 40 minutes. The second 20 minutes goes much faster. Why is that?
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Last summer working with a partner, we had to push a Yoke for 100 meters up hill in the parking lot and back. Isabel and I came in first!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Just don’t ever stop.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. Growing up, my father was with the embassy in Holland for 3 years. I was fluent in Dutch for a while.
How did you start CrossFit? After considering it for quite some time while developing a plan to reverse my sedentary cubicle life, a colleague said, “Just start. Everything is scalable and you’ll never feel like you’re ready.” He was right and I’m thankful for the little nudge that got me started sooner – thanks, Trevor!
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? “Mama always said: ‘CrossFit is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” – Forrest Gump. That is what he said, right? The variety, constant change, and being pushed to do things that would be well outside the realm of a ‘normal’ workout is my favorite part.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? The results and the people keep me coming back. I couldn’t be happier with the changes I’m seeing in my body and the team here at BSC is incredibly supportive of one another.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? What someone on urban dictionary eloquently defined as, “An awful torture machine that should be illegal under the eighth amendment, but gets out under a loophole that it is ‘fun’" – the erg is my favorite (after the workout is over). I may need to get my head checked after writing that.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? My favorite CrossFit memory actually has nothing to do with me, but rather the BSC Resilience CrossFit community. One particularly tough workout had us finishing individually and I loved seeing people finish and immediately start cheering on those that were still working.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? I’m not sure if I’m qualified to give any advice being so green, but I would say just keep being amazing. The support and motivation that comes out of this group is awesome and I look forward to more of it!
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I started snowmobiling at an early age and completed my first major day trip (150 miles along the Canadian border) at 6 years old on my Yamaha Sno-Scoot. I have since ditched the little 80cc Scoot for a couple full sized sleds. While everyone lets out a collective groan when snow is in the forecast, I’m trying to figure out which trails will have the best conditions.
How did you start CrossFit? I liked the idea of doing a full work-out outside.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? The variety.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? The CrossFit community of people.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? I love the weight work-outs. My favorite WODs are short ones LOL!
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? When I lost weight & body-fat doing the nutrition challenge, and my team won!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? It is more important to do movements with the proper form than it is to do a lot of reps. Improper form can cause serious injuries. I always keep this in mind, and appreciate when the coaches correct my form. My goal is to keep doing CrossFit and not get sidelined.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I used to be a cosmetologist…
How did you start CrossFit? I started CrossFit when it first came to BSC – I’m pretty sure I went on the very first day of classes actually. My whole team committed to going together, and I thought it could be a cool way to introduce some cross-training to my running schedule. The rest is history.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Teamwork. I love that we can push each other to improve – to hit that next PR, to finish that workout when you feel like you’re dying, to accomplish something bigger. Most workouts are solo but you’re never alone.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? I like the ability to measure improvement in PRs and workouts. It offers accountability and a sense of achievement. Every time I hit a new PR, I want to keep going… when’s the next one coming?! CrossFit is a big reason I decided to run the Boston Marathon for charity – I knew I could do it, because CrossFit has shown me I am capable of things I never thought possible.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? I really like lifting movements, especially since in the last six months, I’ve honed my form which has allowed me to start finally increasing weight. I’m also a fan of rowing and running. Wall balls are a fun mental challenge. I also “like” the movements I can’t do yet – like pull-ups or push-ups – because they set new opportunities for me.
Any WOD that does not include burpees is an EXCELLENT one in my book. I actually do like the Girl and Hero WODs like Karen and Murph (scaled)… mentally you just have to get down, get dirty, and get to it.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Anytime the whole class has come together to help someone finish a WOD. It’s a great example of the comradery between us crazy CrossFitters – we might be insane, but at least we’re insane together.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Show up. Even on your worst day, when you’re not sure you want to go, just show up. Go light, go easy, but get it done. You’ll always feel better afterwards.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I broke the number one rule of my generation’s childhood: I talked to strangers on the internet and ended up meeting my two best friends. We visit each other as often as we can manage (with bonus points when all three of us can be together) and I’ve traveled internationally with both of them.
How did you start CrossFit? After spending a year listening to a co-worker talk non-stop about how amazing CrossFit is, rolling my eyes each time, I finally had enough and decided to see for myself. Yeah...she was 100% right. Now I’m the one of the ones that can’t stop talking about it.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Two things come to mind: first the ability to just show up and not have to put any thought into what I’ll do for a workout on that day. That’s not something I’ve experienced before but it’s allowed me to be exposed to so many new things (such as 200m burpee broad jumps on pavement hot enough to burn your hands!). Second, the people are amazing – the coaches are wonderful and help push me beyond what I thought was possible and my fellow CrossFitters are a great group of people that are always supportive.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? The opportunity to continue to push myself in a way that I haven’t before. Apparently, I’m a bit of a masochist as I enjoy a little bit of pain the next day since that tells me I had a good workout.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Even though I’m still working on the technique, Olympic lifts such as cleans and snatches are my favorite. I’ve always done simple lifts in the past so these lifts are new to me and present a challenge. My favorite WODs are the sprint style ones – those ones that leave you breathless, laying on the pavement wondering what the hell you just did.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? My favorite memory is one of my first CrossFit experiences. During my very first non-‐‑essentials class, our WOD was rounds of 200m runs and burpees. Being the non-‐‑runner that I was (and still am), the runs were bad enough. Add burpees, which I just had learned how to do the day before… needless to say I was well behind my fellow classmates. On the last round, everyone else was finished by the time I started my burpees. Everyone in class stopped what they were doing and joined me in the last set. That’s all it took – I was hooked. Right then I knew CrossFit was for me.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Push yourself every time out there and listen to your coaches. You might think you’ve hit your max but they believe you can do a little more, trust them. Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I apparently have a penchant for small town politics as I serve on a few of my town committees. It’s been enlightening to see what goes on behind the scenes at Town Hall. Plus, with three kids in the school system, it’s never a bad thing to get to know the superintendent.
How did you start CrossFit? I started CF with BSC about 1 month post kick off. I joined a friend of mine who told me it wasn’t that bad and I would probably enjoy it. When I arrived for my first WOD, I began the workout and determined when I could move to the next station and chose the station I like the best. My coach caught me. It was then that I realized this is serious stuff. I learned my lesson!
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? My favorite part of CF is the way I feel after a workout. I cannot stress how often I had no desire to go to class because I was too tired. Once I get to the platform, all the negatively just disappears. I also love when I see my counterparts join me and the coach says… ”Who’s ready to get fit?” It brings me to a much happier place. Also, the high 5’s and fist bumps carry me through each WOD.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? I love that I don’t have to think about what to do next. The WODs are created and you just follow them. The varied workouts keep me coming back, as well as the people. There is a sort of pride I feel when I “show up.”
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? My favorite WODs include squats, jump rope, KB swings, abmat sit-ups and an occasional burpee. ;) Partner WODs are fun too because you have an even greater sense of ownership and responsibility to not only yourself, but your partner.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Any personal accomplishment is my favorite memory. Doing my first rope climb and T2B was truly exciting, but what’s more exciting is the support and cheers from my CF friends!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Do NOT let your mood or your most bloated day keep you from feeling that huge sense of accomplishment you get when you give it your all for just one hour.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I met my husband as my roommate and I had my 3rd child because we had a minivan with an extra seat! ;)
How did you start CrossFit? I was planning on doing my regular after work group fitness class when some girls in the locker room started chatting about CrossFit. I decided to try CrossFit instead and have stuck with it ever since. Now whenever I see the group fitness instructor I run and hide.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? There are so many things I love! My top 3 would be: Stress Relief: When you’re exhausted in a WOD, you don’t think about anything else but breathing Classmates: They hold me accountable every day. If I sleep in and miss class I will hear about it from at least 3 people Coaches: Whenever I’m ready to break they are right there to tell me to keep moving
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? 100% the results! My friends, coaches, coworkers, and family have all complimented that I look skinny! Not sure why no one told me when I was getting fat haha.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Rowing is probably one of my best exercises so I’ll say it’s a favorite. I really enjoy jerks and split jerks. Wallballs aren’t so bad, if I could just hit the target (Sorry Brooks!). GRACE is one of my favorite WODs.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? My favorite CrossFit memory was the WOD with burpees and running in the pouring rain. At first everyone was complaining and then we just embraced it and kept pushing through.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? “Focus on your fitness”, stolen from the 6 AM class, but it’s honestly so true. You need to push yourself and improve upon yourself. Take pride in the PRs you achieve regardless of what someone else’s PR is.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I like to paint and draw. I used to take lessons when I was younger and have participated in art competitions.
How did you start CrossFit?: I started CrossFit because I wanted to bring my “blah” routine work-outs to something more exciting, plus I liked the idea of working-out outside.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit?: The variety, and I love the way I feel after a good sweaty work-out.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit?: The results, and Crossfitter peeps!
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD?: I like the Air Squats LOL! I don’t have a favorite WOD, but I like the ones that don’t require too much thinking J The CrossFit coaches will attest to those complex workouts we have, when I have to ask all kinds of questions and continue walking up to the board to see what’s next and how many… My brain is shot at the end of the day…
What is your favorite CrossFit memory?: The Nutrition Challenge and everything about it! It was fun and I enjoyed doing the quirky spot challenges, especially with my group (Shannon, Paudie and Bill-thanks!). The funniest part was the bear crawl in the tunnel and the looks we got… The best part was that we WON!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter?: I guess for me, my biggest thing is to not injure myself so I can continue to work-out long term. Every work-out I stay within my limits and try not to compare myself to what everyone else is doing. If I don’t feel comfortable with a movement I either scale it back or don’t do a lot of weight. I know that the wrong form (and if coupled w/ heavy weight) can cause injury.
Tell us something about yourself (Not fitness related) that others might not know: I used to be an aerobics/fitness/nautilus instructor (many, many years ago, before you needed to be certified)… I used to be a cosmetologist (many, many years ago) and still cut hair…