AND THE DO WORK AWARD WINNER IS….STEVE MORONEY!!!

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Every month we choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Steve has been kicking ass in the workouts but always offers encouragement to the noobs. We love how Steve has created healthy eating habits at home and is dedicated enough to both the gym and his family to show up at 5am in order to be back in time to get his kids off to school every morning.

He’s worked on developing skills through hard work and practice and always has a smile on your face. It’s having members/friends like Steve that remind us why we opened this business in the first place!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started in the April 2013 On-Ramp class, so I am finishing my 8th month.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was a college athlete that stayed in relatively good shape for much of my post-college life. But then when I turned 30 and my wife had our first child, the wheels came off! All of a sudden I lost my motivation and couldn’t stick with an exercise routine for more than a few weeks without quitting.

I tried the gym, running, P90x, you name it, but nothing stuck. After three years of this I finally looked at myself in the mirror and it looked like I swallowed a mailbox! I realized then that in order to finally get back into shape I needed more structure, more accountability, and a little friendly competition. That is when I turned to Crossfit Stamford.

What is your favorite movement?
I like most of the power movements. My favorite is probably power cleans and deadlifts.

What is your least favorite movement?
I have three – DUs, HSPUs and TTB. I hate them all equally. I have sent a letter to Crossfit Corporate to have them eliminated from the Crossfit dictionary. I have yet to hear back.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The best thing is how welcoming everyone is when you come in as a new member. I am sure everyone who has ever joined CFS had some butterflies and was a bit intimidated when they showed up for their first WOD. I certainly was. But when I showed up at 5am for the first time the coach (Kyle) and the veterans made all us newbies feel comfortable. So now that I have been here for a while I try to pay it forward.

Most memorable moment?
I have 2. The first was the CFS Partner Competition over the summer. I had been doing Crossfit for only 3 months and I was very worried about embarrassing myself. But Andy convinced me to do it, and I am glad he did. It was a great time, we finished in 3rd place and I look forward to doing another one soon.

My second memorable moment was hopping on the scale in early September and seeing that I was the lightest I had been since 2002. That was a good feeling!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
In 3 months I want to be able to complete every WOD RX without having to scale any of the movements. That means I need to get my technique straight with DUs, HSPUs and TTB.

One year from now I would like to see if I can reach some of the strength numbers I was able to put up when I was in college. Not sure that I can turn the clock back that far but I will try!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
My favorite Paleo meal is definitely a nice steak and some spinach. My favorite Non-Paleo foods? Pretty much all of them! Bagels, pasta, pizza, Fruity Pebbles, etc.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
Don’t be a recluse. Part of the fun of joining a gym like this is the camaraderie that you form between the people in your class, kind of like a sports team.

If you choose to just show up and workout without talking to anyone and minding your own business, you are missing a big part of the experience. So make sure you throw around some high fives and fist pumps. Maybe even hug a couple people!

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Hulk Hogan. Wouldn’t it be funny doing burpies next to Hulk Hogan?

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Believe it or not I was actually in a Broadway play once. I am not an actor or singer or dancer. Not even close. But one day I took my wife to a play on Broadway and in the lobby before the show someone approached me. They said they needed 3 people to stand in as extras and asked me if I would.

So I said yes and before I knew it I was on stage, and people off to the side were telling me where to stand and what to do. I was on stage for about 45 minutes. It was pretty funny. I don’t think I was overly impressive because I was never asked back. Oh well.

THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…KIRBY!!!

Kirby Lake Geore

Each month the coaches vote for one member who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Kirby has been a part of the gym for a little over 1 year and has become a mainstay of the CFS community. She is probably best known for being friendly to everybody, having a good time and of course that War Cry!

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I started On Ramp in September 2012.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

I was a college athlete and runner for a long time, but had fallen off the workout wagon after having three kids in less than 2 1/2 years. I needed something new and extreme to really shake things up and rediscover my lost identity. My husband and I had both heard great things about CFS from friends who went there, so we decided to give it a try!

What is your favorite movement?

Showing off my 90s-esque Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer dance moves in the ladies class. Oh, and cleans and pull-ups when in mixed company.

What is your least favorite movement?

Handstand pushups. Or maybe not since I can’t do them. Hmmm… I guess strict anything since kipping is my crutch.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

The people! The coaches! Of course it’s everyone. It seems like a stock answer, but it’s true. I’ve met tons of interesting folks over the last year, many of whom I’ve gotten to know well, and I’m happy to call them my friends. There’s something about the intense, shared experience at CFS that bonds people together.

Most memorable moment?

My favorite thing was the Tough Mudder, but my most memorable moment was definitely doing the mixed box team competition last April. I had never seen or been to a competition, so I got tricked into signing up for Rx (thanks Kristie) since I can “do pull-ups.” I was nervously sick all day, but since everyone was super friendly and supportive, I had a great experience. Most importantly, though, was that our team was really really ridiculously good looking, even though we didn’t win.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?

In three months, I’d like to set a few new OLY PRs (which shouldn’t be terribly difficult since my max lifts are sort of sad). Strength is not my strength, but I know that’s what is going to make me a better all-around CrossFitter. One year from now, I’d like to make sure I’m still healthy and uninjured. I want to keep doing this for the long haul.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

My favorite Paleo foods are things that are naturally Paleo– meat, fish, eggs, veggies, etc. I’m seriously turned off by “mock” food, like Paleo bread, cupcakes, etc., that are supposed to be non Paleo. Sorry sticklers! Just eat a cupcake if you absolutely must. And then just don’t eat another one for a while. My favorite non Paleo food is ice cream. Longford’s in Old Greenwich has the most sublime Honey Coffee flavor.

What advice would you give a potential new member?

Take it slow at first. Ease yourself into the workouts, especially the lifting, and don’t feel like you need to keep up with others who have been around a while. Just open yourself up, meet some folks, get involved, and everything will fall into place over time.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?

I don’t really want a celebrity to join the gym. I think it would mess with the good chemistry we’ve got going.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I’m kind of an open book, so there’s not much to report!

THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…MATT!!!

Matt Do Work

Each month the coaches vote for one member who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Matt has been a part of the gym for over two years and has been involved in the CFS community right from the start. He is probably best known for being ridiculously strong and a top competitor but he is always been welcoming to the new members.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started CrossFitting just before the move to the new spot on Selleck… so about 2 years?

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I needed a change of routine and when Tino emailed me at work one day about CrossFit Stamford I knew I had to give it a try.

What is your favorite movement?
Power clean.

What is your least favorite movement?
Burpees are the absolute worst. I tend to overlook these in workouts and then they usually end up being the part that crushes me.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The energy and enthusiasm of members and coaches make CFS an awesome place to workout. There’s also a cool team vibe to the place where people are always pulling for each other to be successful.

Most memorable moment?
Definitely some of the more embarrassing ones early on… like attempting my first HSPU in a competition (which did not go well) and having some great workouts ruined by my inability to do DUs.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
3 months from now I hope the CFS team will have crushed some local team comps. 1 year from now it would be unreal if a team from CFS just finished up competing at the games.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
The best paleo dish I’ve had is spaghetti squash bolognese. I really love italian food and this is a great substitute. My favorite non-paleo food is a mint oreo blizzard from Dairy Queen.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
If you’re having trouble with a movement practice it for a couple minutes everyday and you’ll be surprised how fast it becomes natural. Also, the coaches, other members and YouTube have a TON of pointers that go a long way.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Daenerys Targaryen. If you’ve seen the show you probably feel the same way.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I’m a fan of way too many shows on TV. If I won the lottery I would totally be one of those people that blows it trying to become a professional golfer.

THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…DEVIN!!!

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Each month the coaches vote for one member who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Devin has been a big part of the community for close to a year and has been involved in the CrossFit Stamford community right from the get go. She always tries hard and is very welcoming to new members. She makes the whole CFS community better!

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I completed On Ramp in October of 2012, so July would mark my 10th month CrossFitting. My palms haven’t been the same since.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

I joined CFS for a multitude of reasons. Who doesn’t though, right? It’s difficult to explain, but at the heart of my membership is a superficial bet: if I could get my weight down to 120 pounds my Uncle would buy me a new wardrobe. I’d already begun restructuring my diet, but I desperately needed to incorporate the exercise component, and that’s when my big brother said, “Google CrossFit Stamford.”

Those three words have ultimately changed my world better than any proved point or closet full of clothes. Not to go all Hannah Montana on everyone, but I’ve acquired so much more than materialist pride.

What is your favorite movement?

OLY and gymnastics-based movements, please!! I favor the snatch to any other Olympic lift and I prefer handstand push-ups to any other gymnastics-based movement. What can I say: I love crying in the bathroom after repeated failed lifts and I love falling on my head because my arms aren’t strong enough to push myself off the two ab mats stacked under my crown!

What is your least favourite movement?

Oh, without any doubt or hesitation – WALL BALLS!! I used to think burpees, but no; it’s definitely wall balls (yuck!). Even on Goat Day, my favorite day in the box, I can’t bring myself to practice wall balls. I’ve managed to fly under the radar for a while throwing the 10 pound ball, but no more – Kristie foiled my plan last week and now I’m required to throw the 14. Ugh…Momma knows best, haha!

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

I wish I could say something original like the best thing about CFS is “ripped hands,” or “avoiding the sweat drops on the floor during track drills (love that sh*t!),” but honestly it’s the community!! Before joining CFS I didn’t have any friends in Stamford. Thanks to CFS that’s all changed; I have an entire box full of friends! I actively look forward to getting my butt handed to me by whatever insane WOD the coaches have decided to unleash upon us, but this temporary rump-wooping is made even better knowing you’ll either be completing or competing the WOD with friends. Double score!!

Most memorable moment?

For me I believe I have two: 1) Last December I participated in an OLY competition only one month out of On Ramp. I had to be the first lifter on the platform…and maaaaybeeee fell flat on my butt during one of my lifts, but it truly was one of the best experiences of my life. I think that’s precisely what CrossFit is – freaking out, falling down, and then getting back up again! 2) A couple weeks ago I won second place in the spring Paleo Challenge. I was beyond ecstatic to have my hard work acknowledged because when you see the results it’s all worth the…sacrifice, if that’s even the right word. Stepping up on that podium was a-mazing!!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?

3 Months: I’d like to be able to complete an RX workout solo. This just means more training…stay tuned…I’m gonna rock it!!

1 Year: I’d really like to think I could compete at an RX level. After watching the ladies in the RX category of The Partner World Championships of Exercise this past Sunday I’m seriously inspired. Makes me want to work that much harder!!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

Paleo: I’m constantly experimenting with recipes, but thus far I’m obsessed with this Butternut Squash Lasagna I found through an app on my phone, YUM! It’s so easy to make and just delicious. Goes down like butter (without the expanding waistline side affect)!

Non Paleo: (as a treat) Peanut Butter. I also miss anything with gluten. I have an allergy so there are a plethora of foods I can’t enjoy anymore, but every now and then rules are made to be broken… That’s all I can say.

What advice would you give a potential new member?

Warm baths, Advil, Bengay, and lotion for your calloused hands – keep these in bulk because you’re going to need them A LOT: be good and fair to yourself – accept this is going to be hard, and at times, dirty and painful, but trust me…the payoff is worth it: if you get the opportunity to compete, DO IT – trust me, you’ll learn more about yourself than you know: introduce yourself to one new member each time you come to class and force yourself to partner with people you haven’t worked with – you’ll benefit so much from other members’ experiences, regardless of their time spent in the box, and finally: get intimate with Paleo – it’ll change your life completely and for the better, trust me!

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?

I’d love to see Cameron Diaz join A) because she looks crazy athletic, but also B) because she has a crazy laugh that’s loud just like mine. (I’m slightly self-conscious of my laugh, especially when I think something’s really hysterical. It’s just so loud!) We’d be instant besties, I know it!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I’m deathly afraid of trampolines and the ocean. Can’t pay me to go on one or in one!

THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…KEITH!

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Each month the coaches vote for one member who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Keith has been a big part of the community and has introduced CF to his family. Keith gives it his all in the workouts and is always welcoming to new members. He makes the whole CFS community better

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I did my time at On-Ramp October 2011. My body has been perpetually sore ever since

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
A colleague of mine at work was droning on (as CrossFitters are apt to do) about this thing called CrossFit. About how grueling it was, how it was a lifestyle and community, not just a gym, etc.. .I had been active in other sports (cycling, running, archery, horseshoes, etc..) but for sure didn’t comprehend what he was possibly talking about. Determined to give it a whirl I searched and thankfully found CrossFit Stamford.

What is your favorite movement?
With so many to choose from it’s a difficult question to answer but I am going to surprise myself and say double-unders. It is a love-hate (hate-love?) relationship but the one I dread the least. When DU’s are a component of the WOD I can usually sip a wee bit more air in for a touch of recovery before moving on through hell.

What is your least favorite movement?
I cannot offer a clear explanation as to why, but my least favorite is high-knees. What?? I am not kidding you. It is just below the Thrusters threshold for me and I thank someone or something for not putting those in a WOD.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
It has been said many times before but it is without a doubt the people. From the owners and coaches to the CFS members, it is the people that make it happen. We have a lot of hard working folks in here who are proud of what they do and where they do it. This in turn cultivates the right balance of intensity and fun. The recipe keeps people coming back when your natural instinct takes over and you say to yourself, “This stuff is too hard, I’ll pass.”

Most memorable moment?
It would be seeing my teenage children working out at CFS. I feel lucky to have them involved in CrossFit at an early age because it exposes them to many areas of both physical and mental fitness that’s very difficult to find these days. If I were a high school athletics coach I’d have my team in here every off-season.

What are your fitness goals 3 months and 1 year from now?
First, just survival. Secondly, I am registered for the Mt. Washington Bicycle Hill climb in mid-August and I have some specific training and events to work on to ensure I get up that beast in a reasonable time. I have done it a few times before and each time I tell myself never ever do it again. Longer term, like all of us I really would like to gain both strength and power as reflected in OLY PR’s and our benchmark WODs. All of this serves as real benchmarks for me keeping me on the straight and narrow and moving forward.

What are favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
Paleo: BBQ Pork. For the purist it will not qualify, but for me it meets the definition of primal. Non-Paleo: BBQ Pork + beer

What advice would you give a potential new member?
That nervous knot in your stomach as you pull into the gym parking lot has been shared thousands of times over by CrossFitters from all over. Get in there and do it! If you don’t have some anxiety, something is wrong with you and you may be in the wrong place or participating in the wrong way.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Laird Hamilton. I think he’s a pretty cool cat. He could share some of his life wisdom with us in person AND teach us how to drop-in on the big ones! His playlist might be a little chill for us but we can get through that. We always have Kev’s list to fall back on.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I won a couple of cattle judging contest in my day making it all the way to districts representing my FFA chapter

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