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How did you start CrossFit?
I was a distance runner in my teens and twenties, but I didn't want to just rely on my legs for fitness, so I started doing CrossFit in 2012. I realized some time later that I needed some instruction to keep me safe and to be a better athlete, so I joined Resilience in 2017.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit?
The community of support. I challenge anyone to find a better fitness community than CrossFit, and the Resilience one in particular is top notch. From the coaches to the members, there isn't a better way to feel like you're a part of something than when you are all working hard towards the same goal of being fit.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit?
There's always new challenges, whether it's going for heavier weights, new gymnastics movements, or faster cardio. CrossFit itself is always changing as well, but the coaches and even some of the experienced members prepare us for it starting at any skill level.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD?
I never was a gymnast but I've really taken to the gymnastics, so I'm working to get all the movements and then get better from there. "DT" is my favorite WOD because for a long time for me it was impossible to Rx, but eventually I got the strength up and got it under the cap. Other than that, the WODs that combine cardio, weight, gymnastics, and a little bit of skill are always the most fun for me.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory?
There are many, but the most recent one was with the 300# front squat PR. Some time ago in a lesson we were all asked to just front rack a very heavy weight and just stand there, nothing more, just stand there and feel the tension. I did that with about 300# at the time and I thought I would never be able to do anything with that heavy of a weight but just stand there. A year or so later, after a few of these strength cycles, I was back- and front-squatting that same 300#.
I was so excited nailing the front-squat PR I didn't even re-rack the bar properly and Tom Viveiros had to unjam one side with 130# of plates from the J-hook while the other side dangled.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter?
If you're feeling it then don't be afraid to get after a new movement, a better time, or a heavier weight. You'll impress yourself. Talk to people, be safe, take chances!
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know.
I'm a Software Director and I've lived in London, England, and before that Syracuse, NY and Northern California. I live in Harvard, MA now with my family. We also have dog, as well as 21 chickens that I raise for eggs. I can make a killer omelet.