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.