Member Spotlight

Name:  Julie Varney

Age:  39

 

Occupation:  Registered Nurse

 

Which class do you usually attend? Afternoon class typically 4 or 5pm and every other Friday morning.

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look like? My ideal WOD would have rowing, sit ups and split jerks.

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I attended my first class in March, 2017.

 

Do you remember your first week? Yes, it was rough! I was very sore and tired.

 

Do you remember the workout? Yes—I will never forget! It was back squats, overhead plate lunges, and wall balls.

 

What was your athletic background? I played basketball, softball, soccer, and tennis in high school.

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS has greatly improved my strength and endurance. The dynamic programming has allowed me to target weak areas and focus on enhancing my mobility. Since attending class 3 or more days each week, I’ve experienced significantly less pain in trouble areas from previous traumatic injuries.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I would like to successfully complete strict pull ups and toes-to-bar.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Working through any WOD with my daughter Loghan makes me most proud!

 

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? I was crushed in a motor vehicle accident at 22 years old and spent time in a wheel chair. I am thankful to have the use of my arms and legs again. Also, that I absolutely LOVE the beach!

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Although it looks intimidating and yes, you need to learn a new language, CrossFit is unlike any other gym. There are amazing coaches and athletes that support you and help you reach your fitness goals.

November

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Name: Margaret

Age: 23

Occupation:  Full Time AmeriCorp Member

Which class do you usually attend?  I jump around from class to class but my favorite time to come is 11:30.

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan?  I've been at CFS for a little over year.

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?  The first week is kinda hazy but I remember the first workout had burpee step overs.

What is your athletic background?  Before crossfit, I was a swimmer. Swam all my life.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  Over the last year I've definitely gotten stronger and my asthma has gotten better, too. Also, I have bipolar II, so working out regularly in a community type setting has really helped with mood stabilization.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS?  A moment I was really proud of
deadlifting 300.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?  one thing people don't know about me is  I used to play competitive chess

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?   for advice, I always think about this quote so I'll pass it on "The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried."

May

Name: Maggie Woolsey


Age: 20

Occupation: Sheet Metal Analyst

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30 am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Lots of box jumps. And anything with jump ropes.

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? 7 months

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? The first workout I did had a lot of wall balls and a very long time cap that I didn't even finish half the workout in. My legs felt like jelly for days.

What is your athletic background? I didn't do much athletics growing up, but now I am a curler in addition to doing CrossFit.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? My level of fitness has drastically improved. I still have a lot of improving ahead of me, but I never thought I'd be someone who goes to the gym five days a week and enjoys it, yet here we are. Its also changed the way I eat and really forced me to examine my relationship with food and experiment with new things.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I'd love to get my first pull up.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Getting my first double under, though I can't do two in a row yet.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I play the tuba.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? There's no better time than the present. And drink lots of water!

November

Name: Tara Armitstead

 

Age: 42

 

Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Which class do you usually attend? 6 pm M-F

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Anything that does not include running

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? 3 months

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first week at Crossfit was both physically and mentally challenging. I can remember walking into the gym thinking to myself “What are you doing here there is no way you will be able to do Crossfit” After completing my first WOD I was instantly hooked.  The members and coaches were all amazing, helpful and encouraging and made me feel like I was instantly part of the CFS family. I can’t remember what my first workout was but I remember it was tough

What is your athletic background? Casually worked out

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS has made an impact on my life both physically and mentally I am stronger in every aspect of my life.  I have gained physical strength, energy, confidence and a really great fitness family

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Pull ups

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? A moment of achievement that I am most proud of is when I complete a WOD that I have been dreading for hours leading up to class

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I am my worst critic and I have to constantly remind myself that this is a journey and that goals take time to achieve.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Go for it! Don’t think about it just do it you will not regret it and as long as you put the work in and show up you can achieve what you thought was impossible.

Name:  Roger Duval   

Age:  40 

Occupation:  Workplace Planning Consultant

Which class do you usually attend?  5:30am or 5pm depending on wife/child schedule

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look like?  Anything without running.  I like the idea of thrusters with ascending weight and descending reps for time.   

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan?  Just hit 6 months!

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?  I remember I quickly learned how immobile and inflexible I was.  I could tell from the first class how much I needed to work on.  I was so out of breath, and became so sore!  First WOD was 500m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, and 10 ring rows for time.  I was gassed halfway through the rowing and tried my best to finish without becoming deceased.  It was the wake-up call I needed.  I re-tested it only 6 weeks later and cut off 3+ minutes on my time. 

 

What is your athletic background?  I played baseball and basketball through high school.  Now I mostly play old man sports like softball, racquetball, and disc golf.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  I had tried CF 7 years ago, and didn’t get the proper coaching I needed, and ended up getting injured.  My lovely wife Jennifer had been badgering me incessantly to join and rightly so.  I think I feared trying again only to fail or hurt myself.  I finally caved and joined a 6 week challenge class.  Before I started, something so simple as getting on the floor to play with my daughter Zoe (and then getting up) was difficult on my body, my joints.  I now have more energy than I ever have, and can keep up with my daughter and my energetic wife.  While I still enjoy a good couch session here and there, I am much more active, pleasant (I think?), and able to enjoy those physical activities I have avoided.  

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Murph RX 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Gaining 130lbs in CrossFit Total (Back Squat plus Shoulder Press plus Deadlift weight) in 9 weeks.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I have a third nipple.  Yup.  

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Don’t hesitate, there are a million reasons not to do it.  You just need one reason TO do it.  Take it one class at a time.  Just show up.  You can’t NOT work hard and get healthier with the amazing coaches and people around you in class. 

Name: Rachelle DiGeronimo

 

Age:35

 

Occupation: Hair stylist

Which class do you usually attend? 7am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I enjoy a good EMOM. Something with dumbbell snatches, hang cleans, push presses and box jumps!!! That would be fun!

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Since April 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? It was terrible I was very sore. My first workout involved running and wallballs, alot of them, and I thought to myself 'are you serious'.

What is your athletic background? I have always belonged to a gym and went sporadically, I attended at least 3 days a week and varied it with classes, yoga and cardio.  Then I transitioned into running and that's all I did for a while, till I acquired a constant hip issue that lead to no longer running. Fell into a bad slump and needed something new, that is when I decided to try crossfit and now I am hooked, its so much fun! But really its a love/hate relationship.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? The consistency of it becoming a part of everyday life now that I have advanced a little has helped a lot! I have seen consistent improvement since I have been attending 5-6 days a week. I enjoy it and we have such a great group of people who have now become friends whom has kept me accountable. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Pull-ups! I struggle with upper body, I tend to be extra careful working on upper body, because I am so afraid of injury and not being able to work. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Probably when i finially figured out how to kip a pullup/chest to bar and or made it over 200lbs with my dead lift!

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I love pottery and have done pottery for 10+ years off and on. 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Pace yourself, and do not get discouraged! I always come out of the gate to fast! If your to sore don't push it and rest! Also, stick with it, and come to the next class!

Name: Jennifer Duval

 

Age: 35

 

Occupation: High School Counselor

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30AM but it really just depends on the day I think I have been to every class at least a few times.

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 15 Min AMRAP - 200 M run, 10 Heavy Power Cleans, 5 Pull-ups

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Since July...so almost a year

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? Well my first week here wasn’t my first week in crossfit but I was still pretty out of shape. I specifically remember doing a clean workout with Megan and Jenny and feeling like I really had a lot of work to do if I ever wanted to be able to keep up with those two. I also remember that everyone was just so nice and went out of their way to introduce themselves and to make me feel good about what I could do, even if it wasn’t what I thought I should be able to do.

What is your athletic background? I have participated in everything from swimming to rugby. I have always been more comfortable as part of a team.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS has been such a supportive community. I was finally able to drag my husband (Roger) to Crossfit because he could see how happy I was coming home from the gym and how much I wanted to keep going back. I love being here and try to come every day.  

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I would have to say the notorious muscle up for this one...olympic movements are really hard for me and I never thought that this was something I could even strive for, but now that I have seen how far I have come in the last 10 months I know it’s possible.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Definitely my first pull-up. It was just off to the side as another heat was working out but I couldn’t believe I actually got up. I had such a high from that!

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m really an introvert at heart. I push myself to be social but I really enjoy the quiet of being alone.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Change comes when you leave your comfort zone. Most of us are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit form.

Name: Robert Charest

Age: 41

Occupation: Campground Management (formerly a Software Engineer)

Which class do you usually attend? 11:30

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I like descending rep schemes.  Combining that with some of the movements I enjoy, I would probably do…
21-15-9 Reps for Time
Calorie Row
DBall over Sholder
Deadlift

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? 8 Months

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I don’t remember the workouts specifically, but I do remember pretty much sleeping the entire day after the first workout.  The entire first week I was sore all over. Living on the 2nd floor, I remember having to walk down the steps 1 step at a time as my legs felt as though they would give out.

What is your athletic background? Not athletic at all.  I didn’t play sports in high school.  A large portion of my life has been sitting behind a desk programming.  Since getting into Crossfit, I really wish I had done more.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I generally feel a lot better, have a lot more energy and have lost 15-20 lbs.  I can remember pre cross-fit days where just walking up a couple sets of stairs or quickly running a very short distance would cause me to be out of breath.  I now purposely do these things just for the joy of knowing I can without the issues I once had.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? My short term goal is to work on the strict pull ups and upper body strength.  After completing my first open though, my longer term goal is to do every open WOD at RX.  I know I will need to work on pull ups/muscle ups, double unders and hand stand push ups to make this happen.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? There are 2 actually. First being the 1 mile run.  About a month into Crossfit, I did my first 1 mile run and got a score off 11:40.  A month or two after that, it came up again.  I remember the whole time trying my best to make sure I didn’t go over the 11:40 fearing I would fail.  I was shocked to realize that I had scored 8:40 and managed to cut 3 minutes off my time.    The 2nd happened just recently in the open.  I have been working with Coach Zach for the past couple months on pull ups and building upper body strength.   18.3 was announced and the scaled workout required 12 pull ups at one point.  The whole night and the next morning I stressed about not being able to do them.  When it came time to do the pull ups during the workout, I not only competed one, but all 12.  I think half the 14 min cap was spent on those 12 pull ups, but it felt great to have done them.   

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I love theme parks.  Disney, Universal, Cedar Point even Six Flags and such.  The bigger and faster that the rides are, the better.  Even more surprising though is I do have a fear of heights.  So when standing in line for a large coaster, I am often having to talk myself into the ride.  Once I can get over that first hill though, the thrill takes over and the fear is gone (I am sure there is a lesson here that can be applied to Crossfit).

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? I highly encourage it.  The first week is going to be awful, so just prepare yourself mentally for that.  It would probably be best to not look at the WOD ahead of time (though I often don’t follow my own advice). WODs that you think are going to be hard are often not and those that you think are going to be easily can kick your butt.  At the end of the day, I have never walked out of class wishing I had skipped that day.

Name: Sally Kandilakis

 

Age: 38

 

Occupation: Senior System Analyst for a Financial company, I also help in Aftercare at my children's school, and Mom to 2 adorable kids.

Which class do you usually attend?  11:30am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? A nice mix for time: Run 400, 20 Pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 20 Box Jumps, 20 toe to bar, 20 Dumbbell Cleans, 20 wall balls, then Row 400 (Note: I never mentioned Burpees, and I never will, that’s a promise...)

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Almost 1 year, I think I started in April 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I, honestly, didn't know what to expect my first week. I had taken every single type of fitness class that there was to take over the last 20 years, and so I assumed this would be just the same. I was wrong! So, so wrong! I do remember asking Eric on day 1:  "What does WOD mean?"  I walked out of the first class thinking that I had never had a workout like that before. It was hard work, and with others around I really had to push myself. I realized very quickly that first month, that this was truly about getting stronger, and actually improving myself. This is not just about exercising for 45 min because we feel we should, and then just remaining at the same fitness level for 20 years like I had done.  I watched others get PR's and conquer new goals, like strict pull-ups and muscle ups, with huge smiles on their faces and it was inspiring.

What is your athletic background?  I was a gymnast from age 7 to 17ish and then I just always stayed active with lots of hiking, and biking, and such. 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  Confidence. It has given me the ability to actually believe that I can get stronger. I honestly just assumed, before CF, that I was at a plateau and I would just continue at where I was. I'm slowly learning to stop questioning myself and my abilities.  Most importantly, these small bursts of confidence from my achievements in the box are starting to carry over into my everyday life. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS?  The elusive Muscle-Up.  

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? I was frustrated for months that I could never RX a WOD that had Pull-ups or double-unders. When I achieved both, I finally felt like I was turning a corner. I remember linking 30 double unders, looking at coach Zach and dropping my jump rope like it was a mic.  It didn't matter that others in the class were linking a hundred, everyone was so supportive of my individual accomplishment. That's what it's about at CFS: You against You, with everyone else cheering you on.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I love snowboarding, and I’m pretty good at it, but boy do I hate the lift. Whenever it stops, even for a minute, I’m convinced that I’ll be stuck just hanging there for hours. So yeah, I’m a high maintenance chair lift companion.  (And no, I’ve never actually been stuck) Oh and I also have a weird trick to tell you the day of the week for any date of the year. (It’s Never actually been useful, but apparently its a hit at boring parties.) 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Don't overthink it, everything can be scaled.  Just give 1 class a try. And then we'll see you again tomorrow!

Name: Sadie Rose 

 

Age: 24

 

Occupation: Activist 

 

Which class do you usually attend? 11:30

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 

800 m run

Then 5x3 Minute AMRAPs with 1-minute rest between:

9 burpees over bar

6 cleans*

3 jerks 

*weight increases each round 

800 m run 

 

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I’ve been working out at Crossfit Souhegan consistently for seven months. Before I was a regular member here, I popped in for a workout at Crossfit Nashua during school breaks. 

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I remember my younger sister suggested we try Crossfit during the summer of 2014. We walked into the box in Nashua knowing nothing about Crossfit, but left feeling energized and inspired (and super sweaty). We went to evening classes that summer because it was too hot to workout during the day. There were loads of people at the box, but I very distinctly remember Stacey, before she was Coach Stacey, making a point upon our arrival to welcome us to Crossfit Nashua. I don’t remember the physical pain or our first workout, but I do remember our very first warmup was the Medball Toss game with scaled Cindy.

 

What is your athletic background? I’ve played many sports throughout my life: ice hockey, downhill ski racing, basketball, crew, fencing, cross country, and track, but the sport I was most dedicated to and played all the way through college was soccer. When I was in high school my mom and I would go to a “normal” gym every morning and do some cardio and complete the weight circuit. Even when I was an exchange student living in Thailand for a year I found a way to get a gym membership in my host town. In college, I would get to the gym early in the morning and do the WOD Eric and Sarah had posted the night before. 

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness? I’ve always been an active person, but I’ve never had muscles like this before. I used to think my arms would always look like twigs, but now they’re gaining a bit of shape and that’s truly exciting! I feel my fittest right now, and I’m very appreciative of the coaches and this community who continue to challenge me every single day. 

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I’d love to get a BMU eventually. And double bodyweight back squat. 

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Like I said, I’ve never had very strong arms, so getting LINKED pull-ups this year was a major accomplishment for me. 

 

What is one thing that most people do NOT know about you? When I was eleven, I started a successful hat making business. It grew and grew, and I was shipping my hand-made colorful fleece hats all over the world. I don't run the company anymore, but perhaps one day I’ll restart it. 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Just do it. If you hate it after two weeks, then find something else. But I’m 100% sure we’ll see you at the beginning of week three because this Crossfit thing is really addicting, fun, and the results are mind-blowing. Also, it's so amazing to have such a supportive and caring community that is genuinely invested in your athletic journey. I think that's the ingredient that keeps people coming back for more wallballs and burpees. 

Name: Katrina

Occupation: Systems Administrator

 

Which class do you usually attend? 4pm and stay waaaay too late spanning across 3 classes

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it?

5 rounds for time

1 complete suicide

15 Push Press

15 Toes to Bar

15 Wall Balls

Unload a clip on a target (you did ask for IDEAL)

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I've been at CFS since the second week it opened. So 2 years 8 months.

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I remember getting so lost trying to find our first location. I was super excited to start my first week with CFS. I had e-mailed Eric and asked him if he was OK with a pregnant lady starting. I was 6 months pregnant. I thought I would have been walked out the door when they saw how big I was ha ha. I remember getting so excited in one of my first workouts when Eric put out cones for suicides that I forgot I was 6 months pregnant and went all out….IDIOT!!!

 

What is your athletic background? I've always been pretty athletic through out my whole life. I have played soccer since I was 5 till this current day. I played at Franklin Pierce and won a NCAA DII National Championship. I even continued to assistant coach there for 9 years after I graduated. I captain and manage my women's over 30's team that is based out of Mass (along with another women's team that is 18+). I have been a part of 5 National Championship teams with Mass Spirit. I played ice hockey and track & field through high school. Soccer was always my main passion. However, this Crossfit sport is surely taking over that number 1 spot!

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I always thought I was in good shape with soccer….then I met Eric Fasciani!!! The two sports are completely different in their training. I wish Crossfit was around when I was in high school. However, I feel like Crossfit has put me in the most healthiest point of my life. I have the energy to keep up with my 3 crazy kids and help my husband in the yard. Crossfit has changed the way I view a "diet" and what's healthy. I quickly learned that to succeed I actually had to eat a lot more but make sure it's clean. It has made my body feel amazing and strong! I no longer worry about the number on the scale. I don't weigh myself all the time. I'm honestly so much happier to see the weight on the bar go up. Muscles on women RULE!!!! From all of this I now have self confidence in myself. As the saying goes…If mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy!

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I think I am mentally tough gal. I can push myself through some extreme WOD's at Crossfit. That same mental toughness also makes me extremely hard on myself! My one personal goal I'm trying to achieve currently is to find the positivity/greatness in every WOD every day. Stop dwelling on the failure and celebrate my success. 

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? I would have to say after the return from my surgery AND pregnant when I could only back squat 65# and I could actually strict press more than I could backsquat…that moment when reality hit me….man when I realized that 2 years worth of work was gone and I had to start all over again AND I DID NOT give up….that is my most proud moment at CFS. Take a hike surgery and stereotypes!!!!!!! I turned my frustration and disappointment into some serious grunt work and have climbed my way back from that. 

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I play the piano

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? I would have to say don't ever compare yourself to the others at the gym. Everyone has their own story and their own battles/demons they are facing. Focus on YOUR journey and stay true to yourself. Fight for you, you're life, you're happiness and never give up! Reach out to some of the veterans to ask questions/advice. This really is such a supportive family we have at CFS. Open your ears to the coaches they really want to see you reach your goals (so do I!!). Have fun with it and stick with it…you're 60 day away new muscles will look AWESOME!

Name: Lori Cote

Age: 36

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Which class do you usually attend? 7am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? A WOD without any wallballs or kettle bells

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Since June 2017, I was part of the 6 week challenge

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? It was hell, sore for days. I remember doing an 800meter run as the warm-up and wanting to die

What is your athletic background? High school sports: Soccer, lacrosse and cheerleading

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It's part of my everyday life now and I love it! I feel a million times better both mentally and physically and I'm probably the strongest I've ever been in my life

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Muscle up or rope climb

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? I was super excited when I did my first strict pull-up

What is one thing that most people do NOT know about you? I HATE running

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Give it one day and you'll love it and It's well worth the temporary pain

Name:  Heidi B Robichaud


Age:  63

Occupation: President of Earthworks, Inc a microphone manufacturing company

Which class do you usually attend?  5:45AM

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Air squats, med-ball sit ups, russian twists, deadlifts and sprints. (I am looking forward to learning what the rowing machine is all about as I have very little experience with that). You may notice there are no push ups or pull ups in that ideal, I need them but don’t particularly appreciate doing them.

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I first started in Feb 2015 but in Sept took a break with sciatica and restarted in May of 2016. I regret taking the break instead of working with CF through the sciatica as I think I would have had a faster more complete recovery.

Do you remember your first week? Not really, it’s kind of a blur except I remember thinking it was fun and it continues to be fun. I think I started at 3 days a week now I am happiest at 6 days, and wish the Saturday class didn’t start so late.

 

How did you feel? I felt like I had found muscles that had never been used before - because they hadn’t ever been used before!

 

Do you remember the workout? No, but I believe I learned burpees that day

What is your athletic background? Lots of walking and some yoga (though not recently)

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS has definitely changed my life, lifestyle and level of fitness, without question. I always was an early riser, now I have something useful to do with that time that benefits not only me but my workout companions as well. I love the camaraderie of everyone trying their best. My posture is better and I am stronger. 

 

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? I would really like to build my endurance, so I don’t feel so out of breath!


What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Everytime I complete the workout within the time allotted feels like a celebration! I love the way the workouts feel like they’re building on each other, so there is not only the variety which really keeps it interesting, but the constant forward movement is very satisfying. This past week I finally overcame some of my fear of the box and jumped on a box instead of stacking weights.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? Normally a shy person, the community of the box brings out my more open side.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Baby steps. Don’t try to overdo anything. Scale it and have fun with it. I personally look forward to every workout. Sometimes I think I should be able to do more but allow it to unfold and be patient with yourself.

Name: Jenny Morello

 

Age: I'll be 31 on October 13th! 

 

Occupation: Stay at home mom. (It's seriously the hardest job I've ever had!)

 

Which class do you usually attend? Sometimes you will see me at the 11:30 class, but usually I attend the 5:00/6:00 class. 

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 

5 RFT: 

200 meter run

10 squat cleans (135/95) 

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Two awesome years! :) 

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?  

Oh man. I don't remember my first WODs, but I do remember Nate and I had signed up for a Spartan Beast (14+ miles) and I had just started CrossFit a few days before the big day... my legs hurt SO bad before we had even started! I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but Nate pushed me through the first half and I ended up pushing him through the last half of the race. Motion is lotion, right?! ;-)

I do remember stepping in the box for the first time and seeing coach Cory and knowing CFS was a game changer. And of course I met coaches Sarah and Eric soon after and I knew I made the right decision by joining CFS. My coaches were leading by example and I knew I was going to see major changes and results. 

 

What is your athletic background?  I played soccer year round growing up and some softball.

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? For the first time in my life, I REALLY feel fit. I'm going to be 31 this year and I feel more in shape now than I ever did in my 20's. I think because I work hard in the gym, it forces me to be accountable at home as far as eating right and taking care of myself. Don't get me wrong, I know how to put away a pint of ice cream in one sitting or a box of chocolates, but for the most part, I know I have goals so in order to reach those goals I need to be responsible with my eating habits (most of the time). It's all about balance for me. 

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Most of my goals have been geared towards the gymnastic piece of CrossFit. Recently, I've been working on my ring muscle up transitions so a ring muscle up is a definite goal of mine. Next, handstands and handstand walks. I mean, I'd also love to back squat 200#! We'll see what comes first I guess. :) 

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? My first bar muscle ups were a proud moment. I was pretty excited, especially because I linked them! But just watching my two girls enjoy CrossFit and having my 2 1/2 year old daughter work out beside me definitely makes me a proud mama and a proud member of CFS. 

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I waitressed in college and I was TERRIBLE at it. One time, a couple left me a penny as a tip, haha! 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? For those of you who have just joined or are thinking about joining CFS, CrossFit is very much like a relationship. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment. You have to take the good with bad. But if you are consistent, you will grow both mentally and physically. You'll accomplish things that you never thought possible. 

 

That's the beauty of CrossFit. There is always something new and exciting to challenge you or to push you outside of your comfort zone, because "if it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." If you are looking for results and for a community and coaches to push you, this is the best place to start. You will get encouragement and support from everyone at the box, so make the commitment and "embrace the suck". You won't regret it. :) 

Name: Sharon Barton

 

Age: 43

 

Occupation: I'm a hairdresser and salon owner here in Milford

 

Which class do you usually attend? I normally do class at 4:00 Monday, Tues., And Friday

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? My perfect WOD would be 20 jumping air squats, 20 sit-ups, 20 lunges, 20 ring rows/pull-ups, 20 mountain climbers AMRAP.

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I've been doing it for about 8 weeks now

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I do remember my first week and it was a huge challenge.  I thought I was in decent shape but boy was I wrong!  I was very sore but after about a week and a half my body adjusted.  I felt nervous that I wouldn't physically be able to complete the 6 week challenge but I pushed through and I'm glad I did.  The coaches and members are amazing and made me want to continue and eventually become a member.  So the first workout I believe was taught by Eric and it was insane!  I remember a lot of burbees and ring rows and air squats I think, I'm not sure it was all a blur, but I got through it, and eventually I started to look forward to class.

 

What is your athletic background? My athletic background is in 3rd grade I was named iron kid of the whole school so I've been trying to live up to that my whole life.  I've always been into hiking and biking and lots of winter sports, but maintaining is hard when "life" happens.  But I'm ready to put my health at the top of list and CrossFit has done that for me.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? My personal goal is to just be the fittest I can be and also be able to do a real push-up.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? I was very proud when I graduated to the big box for box jumps and also when running started to feel easier.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?   What people don't know about me is that I married my highschool sweetheart and we are still married!

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? My advice to anyone starting CrossFit is to stick with it and take one class at a time because you are stronger than you think.

Name: Amanda Brown

Age: 37

Occupation: Store Manager

Which class do you usually attend? 5:45am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 1 rep max deadlift lol. I've always wanted to do Annie with deadlifts instead of Dubs so 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 deadlifts (125#) and sit ups.

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? Came to CFS in December 2015 after being at CrossFit Nashua since December if 2013

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? Very first Crossfit wod was a fight gone bad style workout 1min of each movement. Remember I couldn't do a box jump, KB swings with like 15#, couldn't break 90 on an air squat, and my burpees look like I fell down and couldn't get up. I remember being proud of myself for getting through it and in a sick way it was fun...obviously I kept coming back for more. I had a buddy (Tina) from work that helped me be accountable and Moonshine as a coach that didn't allow for excuses or let me give anything less than 100%. But I mostly remember being sore! Face down on the bed asking Peter "does it hurt this bad forever"

What is your athletic background? I had none! I hadn't played a sport since middle school and really never had a gym membership that was used.

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS is such a great community! It has given me a chance to be healthier, stronger, confident and proud of myself everyday. It gives me a great group of people to encourage and be encouraged by. Sometimes I'm more excited to see someone I work out with day in and day out get a PR than to get one myself. Crossfit has given my husband and I something fun to do together. We love the lifestyle. It had changed how I look at food and decisions I make about eating what's good for my body and what will help with performance. It has made me a better boss and employee, my boss recently told me "you doing Crossfit makes you a better leader, you don't give up on things and you find a way to keep attacking it bit by bit, not everyone has that and I know it's because you get that drive from having fitness in your life" I honestly can look at tasks like a "chipper" and just know that it can be done. But most of all CFS has given me Fit Aid 🤣

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Body weight stuff. I just recently got a strict pull up that I had wanted for years, but it was a unicorn moment and my goal is that I could do strict pull ups all the time and link gymnastic stuff together. Maybe even a HSPU. I could go on forever with goals. I wouldn't mind a 400# deadlift either

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? The moment I remember the most was when I got a 305# deadlift. It was during a CFT and I cried at the top of that lift. I was excited when I hit 350# and when I got a strict pull up, but that moment I got 305# will always be my favorite.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? This is so hard I feel like myself and my husband are open books and love to talk and overshare so there isn't much that people don't know about the Browns, but I don't know if many know was 65lbs heavier than I am now when I started Crossfit.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? It doesn't matter your fitness level...no one is judging you! If it takes you 20 min longer to finish a WOD than the other people, we aren't ever going to make fun we will just be so stupid proud of you for doing it. It's a community more than a gym, when we don't see your face for a few days we miss you and wonder if you're ok. And most of all consistency is the most important thing you can do for your fitness!

Name: Edward Popek    

 

Age: 51

 

Occupation: Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for commercial avionics systems

 

Which class do you usually attend? Normally attend 6pm to 7pm class after work.

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I love METCONs. Probably would be something like 1 mile run, 2 RFT of 150 DU, 50 KB Swings, 40 pull ups, 30 box jumps, 20 pushups, 10 D Ball cleans then finish with another 1 mile run

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I started around October 2015. 

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I don't remember the specific work out but I remember being exhausted yet elated to hang in there and finish it. The other members were great and encouraging. That is what sets CrossFit apart from other workout programs, the mutual encouragement and the drive to get better always. For the first few months I was definitely very sore. I had to get my physical mobility back which caused soreness but in the end was necessary to reset myself into strenuous exercise again. Not sure you have mobility? Try overhead squats and see how you feel in the morning.

 

What is your athletic background? I have a lot of physical activities in my history such as US Marine Corps, serious weight lifting but recently tried a lot of home exercise programs from Beach Body like P90X, Insanity and Body Beast. I have tried many different forms of work out programs but you can't match the experience of working out with others in a team environment who push each other to higher performance and provide more accountability. CrossFit provides a tight knit group of fellow members.

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It has totally changed my life and physical fitness. The Marines got me into awesome shape when I was young but once I got out and life happened with marriage and kids it was too easy to slip into not doing much. Now that I have committed seriously to CrossFit my level of fitness is extremely higher and I look forward to it every day. I miss it when I can't do it for whatever reasons. When I travel for business I make it a point to find a local CrossFit box and make sure I workout there to avoid getting out of sync with daily physical fitness. CrossFit is not a workout program so much as a life choice!

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? Still working toward bar and ring muscle ups. Want to be able to do both muscle ups. When I was in my 20's in the Marines I could do them but 30 years later I have to get back into the swing of them.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? Given my age I am happy to be able to hang in there with the younger members. They push me to do my best and strive for greatness. I try to push it every time to be as good as those around me in order to improve every day to prove age is only a number. That is the beauty of CrossFit, there is always something to work on. You never master all exercises.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I am a private pilot and a certified scuba diver. I even sky dived. Now if I could only do all three at once: Fly to altitude, jump out with a parachute and scuba gear into the ocean to swim to shore! That would be awesome!

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Hang in there and take it day by day. Try to workout at least 3 days a week, I personally try to do it 5 or 6 times a week to keep your body ready for strenuous exercise. Some days you feel great and others you just gut your way through it. Its a personal journey, as long as you push yourself daily and concentrate on good exercise form you will progress quickly and see significant gains each week. Listen to the coaches and avoid injury from bad form.

Name: Jo Jo Wadleigh

 

Age: I’ll be 61! this summer.  Married to Mike for over 40 yrs. Mom of Josh and Tricia Jo (who also does CF)!

 

Occupation: Office Manager at Children’s Dental Center of NH for over 15 yrs. 

 

Which class do you usually attend? 5:45 AM class is the BEST way to start my day!

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Create a WOD?  I’m not qualified for that but it would be a 20 min.  AMRAP include LOTS of gymnastics… handstands, toes to bars, pull ups, and sit ups (crazy as it sounds even burpees would be fine as a part of the WOD).  Nothing to do with the bike or medicine balls!!!  Guess I know what I need to work on, right?

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Souhegan? I’ve been at CFS since they opened their doors on 12/1/2014 at 6:00 AM (before we were able to change it to 5:45AM so we could have more time to get ready for work).

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I can’t remember my first week/month ☹ but I wish I had taken BEFORE pictures and started my CF WOD Log on that day!  

 

What is your athletic background? No real athletic background except grew up doing gymnastics. I thought walking my dog was " getting exercise" boy was I wrong!

 

How has CFS changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFS has changed me in so many ways.  I have NEVER been in better shape in my life! I’m healthier (stronger muscles and bones, I have bone density tests to prove it). I’ve changed the way I eat and lost almost 20lbs. without a “diet”.  I eat mostly meat, veggies, nuts, fruit, unprocessed foods and love it!  I eliminated most sugar and don’t' suffer from any cravings sweet or salty any longer.  I can do a pullup! I’ve NEVER been strong enough to do one ever!  I can run for miles and I HATED running before I joined, now walking the dog is too slow... we now jog !  I CANNOT imagine life without CFS and my CF family.  

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFS? A CFS personal goal would be to link my double unders!  I can do one every 4-5  jumps and I KNOW I WILL link them this year!

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFS? The moment I’m most proud of was my first pull up! And my first 20” box jump comes in a close 2nd! The biggest achievement is coming in #1 in NH -Masters Women (60+) in the CrossFit Games 2017 OPEN.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? Most of my CFS friends don't know that I drove tractor trailers 'cross the country for 7 years (with my husband) until I was 7 months pregnant with my first born and the doctor said I should stay home!  

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Advice for newbies “Motion is Lotion”, “Form First” and “Baby Steps” ANYONE can do CrossFit! The support you get from the coaches and the members at CF is unlike any gym and you WILL feel WELCOMED and will SUCCEED!  Advice for someone thinking about joining- TRY IT, it is AMAZING, it’s INTENSE, it’s HABIT FORMING and what better habit to get into except FITNESS! You won’t be sorry you tried, you will be “sore” but not sorry! 

Sorry if I sound like a commercial for CF but since the day my daughter Tricia introduced me to Eric and Sarah at CFS I’ve been hooked and my body misses it if I don’t work out and again, I CANNOT imagine my life without CFS! 

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