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!