“Do Work” Award

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…JESS!

Each month the coaches choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Someone who always tries hard, doesn’t have an ego, is friendly to new members, someone who we are proud to have as a part of the CFS Community.

This month’s recipient is Jess.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

It has been a little over a year now

 Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

I was looking for something different…something that would hold my interest. I had done p90x and  had been boxing for a little while, but then I changed jobs and so I had to change gyms. A friend of mine in Miami kept telling me about CrossFit so I looked online and saw there was one 5 minutes from my apt and decided to give it a try (although I still managed to get lost on my first day of on ramp…not unusual for me!)

 What is your favorite movement?

burpees..and I don’t know why

 What is your least favorite movement?

it’s a tie between wall balls and box jumps- hate ’em both equally

 What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

the people…sometimes I walk in there so unmotivated or drained from a hard day, but the energy of the people around me is contagious and I always end up feeling better by the time I leave

Most memorable moment?

I have 2: my most “proud” moment is when I FINALLY (after a year) got a kipping pull-up without a band…

the “funniest” moment had to be during one of the last WODs before we moved to the new gym..we were doing an AMRAP with thrusters and HJ over the bar and as I threw down my bar it bounced sideways and put a hole..a completely perfect circle… right into the wall… I was mortified but my coach yelled to keep going and I managed to get a few more HJ’s in before the clock stopped..

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

in 3 months I would like to be able to string together my kipping pull-ups and TTB..By next year I would like to finally break my  power clean PR..I have been stuck at 110 for months now, not because it is too heavy but because I can’t drop under the bar…I really want to get that down.

 What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

paleo: I’ve been making this frittata with kale, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. I make it on Sunday and have it for breakfast every morning- so good!

non-paleo: a good cocktail…or dark chocolate, not necessarily at the same time

 What advice would you give a potential new member?

I think the biggest thing is not to think too much, you are there for your own self improvement- that is it-  so when you see a WOD that you are completely dreading…that is when you should be going!

 What do you think of Rob’s beard?

I think he is channeling wolverine..which is appropriate since he kindof has super human strength.

 Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I am a closet dork, and I know far too many useless, random facts for it to be normal.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…MIKE LOMBARDI!

This month’s winner of the DO WORK Award is Mike Lombardi!!

How long have you been Crossfitting? 1.5 years

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford? I started out on my own at the regular globo gym but soon realized I needed help and once I joined I was hooked.

What is your favorite movement? Overhead Squat

What is your least favorite movement? Burpees and rowing are a tie!

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford? The people! I love how we all try to help each other to get better.  It motivates me to come in and do the work

Most memorable moment? I have three. The first being my first wod which was a partner wod. I tried to keep up and it almost killed me. I thought I was in pretty descent shape and it blew me away.  Made me come back for more.  The second was when Andrew M was in the middle of a wod and jumped directly on the hj’s pvc pipe stand and shattered the entire thing into little pcs.  The third was the last in house competition.   Durring the snatch wod I see Brain who was right next to me, from the corner of my eye, swaying back and forth with the wieght over his head….classic!

 

What are your fitness goals 3 months and 1 year from now?  My goal is to make sure I keep showing up and put in the effort each time.   I also try to pick 1 to 2 goat exercises and focus in on it for 6-8weeks at a time and practice it after the wod if I can or shall I say if I have anything left in the tank. 

What are your favorite Paleo and non-Paleo foods? Steak and ice cream.

What advice would you give a potential new member? It is hard but keep coming and you will see the results.  Try to listen to your body, if it is tired give it a rest.

What do you think of Rob’s beard? It gives him his super strength and makes him really cool!

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I have a german shepard dog named Hanna, she is 8 years old.  She is my third love behind my wife and two boys.  They are just great dogs. 

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…HILARY!

Each month the coaches choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Someone who always tries hard, doesn’t have an ego, is friendly to new members, someone who we are proud to have as a part of the CFS Community.

This month’s recipient is Hilary!

How long have you been CrossFitting?  In total I’ve been CrossFitting for about 18 months – although that’s spread out between when I first started at Crossfit Stamford in June of ’09 and now. 

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?  I was looking for something different, a program that was challenging and engaging.  I was an athlete in college, and really thrive on the competition and community aspect of being on a team.  And frankly, running got really boring.  I tried Crossfit and it was really really challenging, which was frustrating at first, but everyone was very welcoming and wanted me to do well, which was really motivating.

What is your favorite movement?  It changes – I really like bodyweight movements though – wall balls, squats, pushups, pullups, etc.  More than anything else, there’s a more noticable/ tangible impovement.  Recently, I’ve been working on my pistols. 

What is your least favorite movement?  Hand-stand push-ups!   

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?  The community.  The people next to you are pushing you and supporting you at the same time, and while we’re always competing in the gym, we still want each other to do well. 

Most memorable moment?  My first-ever WOD.  It was a timed circuit that included a run, pull-ups, and something else.  I was last by far, and was having trouble with my last set of pull-ups, which I was using a green band for.  As most people started filing out, I remember Kristie and Sans cheering me on until I got the last couple of reps. That was a long time ago…

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?  In 3 months, I’d really like to make it to 1 Abmat for handstand push-ups.  In a year, I’d like to be focusing on muscle-ups.  I’ve got a long way to go to be able to do one.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?  I started making this egg casserole once a week – scramble up 8-10 eggs, and add sausage and a ton of veggies – usually mushrooms, spinach, and onions, and bake in an 8×8 dish.  It’s delicious, easy, and is breakfast for the week.  As for non-Paleo: I love carbs!  Bagels to be specific.  I could eat a bagel for every meal and be perfectly happy.

What advice would you give a potential new member?  Stick with it!  No one is good at CrossFit right when you start, but the more you do it, the better you get.  Dont be intimidated if you dont know how to do something or can’t handle the prescribed weight – do what you can and push yourself, you’ll be surprised what you are capable of!

What do you think of Rob’s beard?  It’s solid, but I think he’s caught somewhere between neat-bearded-broker, and burly-lumberjack.  Pick a side.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.  Singing is my guilty pleasure (mainly because I’m not all that good).  I took voice lessons once-upon-a-time, and have been looking at starting up again.

CONGRATS HILARY!!!

– you didn’t think we forgot about this little video did you?

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…RICH!

Each month the coaches choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Someone who always tries hard, doesn’t have an ego, is friendly to new members, someone who we are proud to have as a part of the CFS Community.

This month’s recipient is Rich Mascali aka Grip.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING?
A little over two years now.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO JOIN CFS?
I was looking for something different that had a competitive nature to it. CFS has a proven program that works so I was all in after the first class.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVEMENT?
Squats have always been my favorite, however cleans are up there right now.

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENT?
I would have to say Wall Balls.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT CFS?
The coaches know their stuff and are great at teaching. Everyone in class is very cool – they seem to migrate to CFS and make it a great place to workout. The New London competition last year was great and CFS was well represented – it was fun to compete with everyone helping each other.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
There have been so many (some good, some bad but all were memorable) – Just to name a few: Pulling Devin’s Range Rover in the parking lot; getting a 400lb Squat; the In House Team Competition where we had to do 2 rounds of sled pull and then a lap around the building – that terrible pain that would not go away; oh and the track workout where we decided to lunge 400m – I was injured for months. And of course the CFS Holiday Parties!!

WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS 3 MONTHS & 1 YEAR FROM NOW?
3 months – improve training consistency and would like to do well in the Open. 1 year from now: stay healthy in 2012 (keep stretching regularly), Squat 2 1/2 x BW, bench press again with no pain, work more regulary on skills I need to be better at…Get to the CFS Holiday Party on time and stay until closing, which should be Rx.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PALEO & NON PALEO FOODS?
Favorite Paleo meal is pasta bolognese with spaghetti squash & turkey breast sauteed with onions. Non-Paleo: Pizza & Pasta (real pasta).

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER?
Just try it and determine for yourself if it works for you.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ROB’S BEARD?
Rob can do no wrong so thumbs up.

TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I was a lifeguard for years but I don’t swim very well.  

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…ALBERTA!

Every month, one person will be chosen that exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter.  The winner of the DO WORK award is Alberta Burrows!

How long have you been CrossFitting?  Since June 25, 2011, the day after I completed on-ramp.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?  Honestly, I was a bit intimidated after viewing the videos of everyone doing the WOD’s and almost did not join CrossFit Stamford.  However, I was tired of being out of shape and was looking for a fitness regime that was challenging, fun, and within walking distance from my house.

What is your favorite movement? Box Jumps

What is your least favorite movement? Overhead Squats

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?  The people.  The members are super nice and the coaches are wonderful and are always willing to answer any questions I have.

Do you have a most memorable moment? Completing the WOD on the last day of on-ramp with minutes to spare.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?  3 months: improve my time on the WOD’s; 1 year: complete an Rx/Pack WOD

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods? Paleo (all types of veggies, except mushrooms), non Paleo (peanut butter and Pepsi)

What advice would you give a potential new member? Keep coming to the classes, it gets easier and do not be afraid to ask questions. 

What do you think of Rob’s beard?  Joke???  Alrighty.  Rob’s beard makes him look more….rugged. 

Tell us something we don’t know about you.  I love shopping, NYC, and watching documentaries.

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