May 31, 2023
How long have you been doing CrossFit and how long have you been at CrossFit DC? I started doing CrossFit in 2020 for 6 months in Cincinnati. After over 1 year break, I joined CrossFit DC in 2022 when I moved to the city. I tried several CrossFit gyms around DC and CrossFit DC stood out from everyone else because of its great atmosphere. I have been doing CrossFit cumulative for a total of 2 years. What do you do when you’re not crushing workouts at the gym? I love nature and the outdoors. I enjoy hiking and camping, swimming, beaches, islands, and mountains. I’m a paleontologist and often travel to remote areas to collect and study fossils with my graduate students. Places with gorgeous nature I have recently visited central Alaska, many Caribbean islands, and Northwest Africa. What is a goal you’re currently working towards (in the gym or beyond)? In the gym I am working towards improving the technique of all movements and getting stronger overall. A short-term goal of mine is perfecting Strict Pull Ups and Push Ups. In my personal life I am enthusiastic about building a strong community of good and fun people around me. Favorite and least favorite CrossFit movements/workouts? One of my favorite CrossFit workouts are heavy Back Squats or any leg workout. My least favorite and most difficult CrossFit movement is the Snatch. What is one coaching cue/tip that has helped you recently? I feel that all coaches constantly provide unique and really useful tips, in particular during the workshops which I found very useful for beginners like me. Even though I regularly attend the gym at U street, I try to go to the H street location as much as possible because the coaches and people are very helpful and welcoming as well. What is something you wish you knew about CrossFit when you first started? I wish I knew about CrossFit long before 2020 when I first tried it. I really like the combination of heavy lifting, HIIT cardio, gymnastics, mobility, and the great variety of workouts we get the chance to do. CrossFit DC programing is very dynamic and never gets boring. I also wish I knew what a great community of people CrossFit brings together. I am grateful to be part of the gym and the wonderful friends I have made.
May 31, 2023
How long have you been doing CrossFit and how long have you been at CrossFit DC? I have been doing CrossFit since June 2018 (Elements) and became official in August 2018 with CrossFit DC. What do you do when you’re not crushing workouts at the gym? When I’m not crushing workouts at the gym, I’m posing for Muscle Fitness Magazine (LOL). I work as a pre-k “educator” at a private school. If I’m not there, I’m usually playing video games, purchasing another pair of shoes, ordering a part for my car or something for my skin. On a good day I’ll do them all. What is a goal you’re currently working towards (in the gym or beyond)? My current CrossFit goal is to get that pull up. That is the bane of my existence. Outside of gym, focusing on me and my mental well-being. Favorite and least favorite CrossFit movements/workouts? Favorite movements WBs, Deadlifts, RDLs, Back Squats, Cleans, Rower, Bike, GHDs Least favorite movments: Running, T2B, Burpees What is one coaching cue/tip that has helped you recently? One cue recently…Tom- “you know you have to breathe”. The usual for me, just stop breathing and everything will work itself out. What is something you wish you knew about CrossFit when you first started? I wish I had known how inviting the athletes, coaches and community are. Before, I spent my time avoiding all gyms, or forms of social workouts. Only to start at a big box and feel like a drone. I feel if I had known the community was so open and kind, I would’ve been here years ago. Now that I’m here, I always leave the door unlocked for people to come in.
May 28, 2023
Monday, 5/29: “Murph” Tuesday, 5/30: Met Con – Row, Bike, Plank Hold, and Side Plank Wednesday, 5/31: Push Press and Met Con – Double Unders, DB Shoulder to Overhead, and Burpees Thursday, 6/1: Pause Front Squats and Met Con – Wall Ball, KB Swings, Box Jump Overs, and Single DB Step Ups Friday, 6/2: Met Con – Strict Pull Ups, DB Bench Press, V Ups, and Row Saturday, 6/3: Cleans and Met Con – DB Hang Squat Cleans and Run