“Do Work” Award

AND THE AWARD GOES TOO… TJ WHYTE!!!

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Congratulations to T.J. White  for winning the Do Work award.  T.J.  epitomizes everything that is great about the CFS community! Get to know him a little bit better below:

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Just over 2 years (I started in Nov, 2011)

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

I was getting bored with a local globo-gym. Also, I never knew if my workouts were technically proficient or even right for my body. I’ve lifted for years, but I never took the time to track my progress or be properly coached. I was doing the same things with few results to show for it! So, a co-worker mentioned how challenging CF was and he convinced me to join….and I’m not looking back!!!

What is your favorite movement?

OLY movements, with my favorite being the snatch. When you hit it right, it’s fluid, the bar feels weightless and suddenly you’ve got all this weight above your head- that is just an awesome feeling. It can also be one of the most frustrating movements because it demands technical proficiency – it feels like I’m always learning it and I enjoy that challenge.

What is your least favorite movement?

I hate thrusters with a passion.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

Hands-down, the atmosphere. I’m fortunate to be able to get to classes at different times and have met a ton of great people. Even on those days when I come in not really in the mood to work out, there is always someone to cheer you on. I never leave feeling like I haven’t accomplished something or not challenged myself. A close runner up is the coaches. I appreciate their passion, intensity and knowledge. They set the tone for the workout. Go Thunder Ducks!

Most memorable moment?

Well, besides an incident at a local bowling alley (those who know are sworn to secrecy!), my first muscle up was SWEET. I was like, “wtf, did that just happen?!”

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

3 months: hit new PRs in the C&J and snatch (currently 185, 155); 1 year from now is hard to say, but I’d like to get back to Rx WODs more regularly

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

Paleo – a medium rare filet mignon Non-Paleo – Reese’s peanut butter cups or a pint of Guinness (new Ben & Jerry’s combination?)

What advice would you give a potential new member?

A few things: don’t get too discouraged. Look, we aren’t perfect: we can’t hit a PR every time we work out. Shit, sometimes you just come in and just have an awful day. But that discouragement can’t hold you back. Let it fuel your fire to come back and work harder. Also, don’t compare yourself to others. Do what works for you – scale the workout if that means you’ll be doing the movements correctly. CF has been very humbling for me. Initially, I got hung up on whiteboard scores and I sometimes pushed myself too hard to the point of injury, but I learned from that. Rob P. quoted John Wooden: Personal success is measured against one’s own potential, not that of someone else.

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

I’d love to see Annie Thorisdottir crush a WOD at CFS. I’m simply amazed at her strength and conditioning and isn’t she just so darn cute?! But, how cool would it be to have Pearl Jam or Tool rock out live during one of our WODs?!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I studied abroad in Ireland for 4 months and it was probably the best experience of my life. I had the opportunity to go to Northern Ireland as the Troubles were ending. Walking around Belfast and seeing British troops patrolling neighborhoods with machine guns and neighborhoods separated by walls topped with barbed wire (separating Catholics and Protestants) was very eye-opening. The experiences made me appreciate my freedom, what our country stands for, and the people in my life. Life is good.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO….THE COOPERS!!!

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Congratulations to Wendi & Brian Cooper, our first ever couple winners for the Do Work award. The Coopers epitomize everything that is great about the CFS community! Get to know them a little bit better below:

How long have you been CrossFitting?

She Said: February 2013 On Ramp
He Said: March 2013 On Ramp

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

She Said: Honestly – I was looking for a gym that had very early opening hours. I had been doing yoga at 5:00am and wanted to switch to going to the gym instead. I found Cross Fit Stamford with 5am classes and decided to give it a try. And guess what – I have never been to a morning class! At the same time as I found Cross Fit Stamford with it’s early opening hours, Brian began to hear talk about this new Cross Fit thing and he decided that I needed to try it! I was the Guinea Pig. Brian signed up the very next month – he definitely wanted to see what he was missing out on!

He Said: It didn’t kill Wendi and I was twenty pounds overweight, had acid reflex, carpal tunnel, sleep apnea and a big red wine habit. All pre-existing symptoms were non-existent after six months of CrossFit.

What is your favorite movement?

She Said: Kipping Pull ups. There is something about swinging on a bar like a kid while also getting stronger. I feel like a lot of pull-ups in the beginning helped me be stronger for some of the other things that have come. I also feel like it was one of the first times where I thought, “no way I’ll ever even get that kipping thing” and magically one day I was kipping on the band, and magically another day I was without the band. This will always stay in my mind as the move that showed me that if I just keep doing it, I’ll get stronger and stronger and better and better. I see that happen in everything else too.

He Said: I kind’a like the Thruster, did I say that out loud?

What is your least favorite movement?

She Said: The snatch

He Said: Turkish Get Up

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

They Said: The best thing(s) about Crossfit Stamford are the owners, coaches, the atmosphere, the members, the chance to learn about yourself and push yourself, the fun that seems to underlie killing yourself in a work out. Where else can you get that!

Most memorable moment?
She Said: It occurred to me the other day that I was doing a workout with power cleans (lots of them) and I was lifting 85lbs., and then I remembered that when I started I used 35lbs.!

He Said: Definitely my first muscle up because it took so long but I think the four-minute time difference between my first and second Helen will stick with me longer.

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

She Said: I am not very specific. My 3-month goal is to keep improving in technique, increasing my weights (at what rate I don’t know), and keep smiling. My 1-year goal is the same with even better technique and even more weight and maybe let Brian talk me into some kind of competition and still keep smiling.

He Said: The goals that I set are a big motivation with my CrossFit, my short term goal is to stay in cardio shape over the winter to improve my Open scores. My long-term goal is to return to the Vermont Beast for time not just survival.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

She Said: Paleo – Green smoothies that Brian makes me every morning. Non-paleo has to be pretty much anything Italian.

He Said: Paleo – Almonds, I eat a tremendous amount of almonds. The non-paleo would be Frank Pepe pizza and frozen Trader Joes mini peanut butter cups.

What advice would you give a potential new member?

She Said: Just stick with it, fast and furious or slow and steady. You will be amazed at what you can do if you just show up and pretty much do what you are told and try just a little bit harder (or a lot harder sometimes) each time you come. You will feel like a million bucks despite yourself if you just show up and do what you are told and try a little harder each time.

He Said: It’s fun dammit, have fun! Turn CrossFit into a lifestyle; better yet make it a habit. CrossFit is a marathon, not a sprint.

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

She Said: David Beckham – enough said?

He Said: Vladimir Putin, I would love to see this tough guy do CrossFit!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

They said: Kissed in a pool when we were 13 years old and got married 23 years later! We lived in the UK for a while before getting married, living abroad and traveling all over with someone will either make you or break you.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO… GEOFF

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Congratulations to Geoff. Get to know your fellow athlete better by reading his answers to the “Do Work” questions below.

How long have you been CrossFitting? I have been CrossFitting for a little over 2 years.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford? I moved down to Stamford from New Haven and what caught my eye at CFS was the amount of experience and certifications the coaches had as well how long the gym was open. Also, when I came in for my knowledge and fit test with Garrett he welcomed me in like I have been there for months if not years already and it felt like home.

What is your favorite movement? It was hard to narrow it down to one favorite movement so I decided to name 3: Power cleans, toes to bar, and rowing (I know a lot of fellow CrossFitters don’t like rowing, but I feel I excel at it thus I am one of the few who like it).

What is your least favorite movement? Overhead squats are my Achilles heel. I’ve made a lot of progress from where I started, but there is a lot still to learn and perfect.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford? Its members and coaches. Everyone seems to know everyone and it feels like a family. There is never a dull moment.

Most memorable moment? My first bar muscle up: I tried at the end of classes for over a week and a half and one day working with Nick he changed a few things and it just clicked.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now? 3 months: To be able to connect multiple ring muscle ups. 1 year: Perfect my overhead squat to be not a goat anymore, but a strength.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods? Favorite paleo: Salmon with spinach and grilled veggies. Non paleo: wings and pizza (I’m terrible with this combination during football season).

What advice would you give a potential new member? Have an open mind. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Ask questions if you are unsure of something!! (More than likely someone else has the same question). & do what you can do. Competing with yourself and challenging yourself will only make you better. Don’t worry about how much the person next to you is lifting. Just do you.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why? Even though I’m not a Yankees fan I would love to work alongside Derek Jeter. I think just being in his presence and working alongside him would push me to do my best.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. In my teenage years through high school I was involved in theater and performing arts.

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