How did you start CrossFit? Rich: I started CrossFit because I needed more structure in my training. I've worked with a personal trainer in the past with inconsistent results, ran 2 half marathons, then the Boston marathon, and was ready to move on to something that would give results but also fun and gave the structure and direction I needed. Becca: We'd heard about CrossFit through friends - Rich joined first and I was soon to follow after hearing about not only the great workouts, but also seeing the results Rich was getting, and the community. The community aspect was very clear during Dan Atkinson's (first) going away party and I wasn't even a member yet. I recall thinking that even in my experiences as Zumba instructor, yogi and Gold's Gym rat -- this type of community was on another level.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Rich: Crushing workouts with so many people that are all there for the same reason is an awesome feeling. Seeing others so passionate about getting better and succeeding creates a positive culture at CFR. Success breads success. Becca: It's hard to pick just one, but I love the structure and the coaching (sorry - that's two...see? It's hard!).
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Becca: The possibility that you can be even fitter and stronger tomorrow than you are today. The results I've seen in my first year are just awesome - rope climbs, pull ups, being able to lift and squat more than I would have ever attempted.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Rich: Too many. Cleans, sumo deadlifts, burpee box jumps, rowing, rope climbs. Partner wods with a good combination of barbell movements and cardio that requires strength and stamina. Becca: I actually get excited about pull-ups because I can finally do them - and I don't mind burpees (I'm insane). My favorite WOD is really any of the hero WODs. They're so intense and push your limits -- but it's nothing compared to the sacrifice given for those they honor.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Rich: Thinking back to the first time consistently doing rx wods. Becca: Getting up the rope first time...probably CFR's slowest rope climb EVER. I never thought I'd ever do it, but having everyone around cheering you on to get up there was motivating.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Rich: Ask questions Becca: Anything's possible -- know your body, but push your limits and your potential. You've got the best coaching staff around to make it happen.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. Rich: ….. knows the entire dance to Canned Heat featured at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. Becca: I turn into a total nerd around celebrities and say ridiculous things to them...I've told Beyonce that she's an inspiration women around the world, and tried to have a heart to heart with will.i.am about how normal he is....neither were interested in my opinion. And sadly, these are just two examples.