CFDC Athlete Spotlight: Andrew Z. & Katelyn Z.

Monday, 9/22
September 21, 2014
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September 22, 2014

Besides gaining 4,500 square feet of open space and light, by far the best part of opening CrossFit DC Northeast has been welcoming awesome new members to our community — two-legged and four.


If you’ve worked out at H Street, chances are you’ve seen Andrew Z. and Katelyn Z. crushing workouts left and right.  We love the enthusiasm and competitive spirit that these newlyweds have brought to the gym — whether it’s a casual weekday evening class, a classic CFDC holiday beatdown, or a local competition.  
Next up for these two?  October’s SuperFit DC partner competition — and, of course, the CrossFit DC Smackdown.  Until then, read on for more from Katelyn and Andrew!
Any nicknames that we may or may not already be aware of?
Katelyn: I am also known as KT by my family and friends.
Andrew: Simply Andy.
How long have you been doing CrossFit, and what inspired you to begin?  
Katelyn: I’ve been doing CF a little less than a year now. I was at one box for about 4 months then I stopped and waited for CFDC to open on H St and been steady since they opened! LOVE IT. I thought Andrew was crazy for doing it at first but hey, it fits his personality… 
Andrew:  I CF on/off for almost 3 years until I finally stayed steady for the last year and half.  My wife thinks it fits me well because it keeps me sane.
In the gym, are you A) fierce competitors B) devoted teammates C) fierce-competitors-masquerading-as-devoted-teammates D) other?
Katelyn: I would say I’m a C. When I’m in the zone, I’m in the zone and when I’m teaming with someone, I’m a good supporter and help/encourage them get through.
Andrew: I am definitely an A because I have a competitive streak.  I don’t mind to do an individual throw down someday……    
Design a workout in which you’d crush your significant other.
Katelyn: Example from the old workout a couple months ago, he hates anything that’s endurance and long… PS I crushed him in this workout. 🙂 
30 mins EMOM
1) 15 DU + 5 Burpees
2) 10 Box Jumps + 5 Push Ups
3) 5 DB Thrusters  + 5 Toe to Bar
Andrew: Triple Crossfit Girls:
1) Isabel (30 Snatches for time 135/95 lbs)
2) Annie (50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders and Situps)
3) Fran 21-15-9 Thrusters and Pullups
What do you like to do when you aren’t flinging heavy weights around the gym?
Katelyn: I love to bake, non-paleo goodies 🙂 Other than that, you can find us hanging around town with our dog.
Andrew: I love to drink craft beers, explore new restaurants, and watch football.  Other than that, try to go outdoors as much as possible with our dog Scout.
Katelyn vs. Andrew, Andrew vs. Katelyn.  Thumb war to the death.  Give us the play-by-play!

Best out of 3 – Katelyn won.  Damn girl got longer thumb than me.  Andrew tried to pull a smooth move and Katelyn just squashed it.  Katelyn has the patience and I don’t….

Tell us about a goal you’re working toward (in the gym or beyond)

Katelyn: Trying to master at least one of the gymnastic move. I have such long limbs, it can be difficult for me. I would say kipping pull ups because I am almost there, I can only do singles now.
Andrew: My goal is to qualify for CrossFit Regionals as an individual/team competitor.  However, I set an ambitious goal of hitting top 5 in any SuperFit competitions.  
Why do you do CrossFit?
Katelyn: I guess because Andrew told me to do it. He had been trying to make me to it when he first started it. It just took me a couple years to finally join because I’ve always been traveling either for my old job or for volleyball.
Andrew: When I saw the 2009/2010 Crossfit Games on youtube videos, I knew I should try crossfit because it was fun to watch and looks challenging.  Since then, it changed my life and I never looked back.  
Thanks for sharing, KT and Andy, and thank you for being a part of our community!
Couples that CrossFit together…  make a darn good team, in the gym and outside the gym.  
Happy 1 month, A + K!


  1. Jessie says:

    Fun read! Glad to have more dedicated and ferocious competitors!