“do work award”

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO… CHRISTIAN!

Every few months the Coaches choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. We chose Christian because he works well with all types of people, has developed skills through hard work and practice, and does it all with a smile on his face and helpful words for other members. It’s having members/friends like Christian that remind us why we opened this business in the first place.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I joined in November of 2014.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I had a client that was buying a Crossfit Gym. She had been doing Crossfit for a couple of years and is a Games Athlete. I was terribly out of shape and thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about Crossfit so I could help my client and help myself.

What is your favorite movement?
I just started doing kipping pull-ups with a band. I never thought I would see that day. That brought great satisfaction, but, I love the Bench Press and the Bench Press loves me.

What is your least favorite movement?
Anyone who has witnessed me doing this would know that its Burpees. It’s torture. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
I drank the Kool-ade. It’s the community. It’s great to have a place to go where everyone knows your name and its not a bar. I tell people its like being on the team again and if you miss practice you feel bad, like you are letting people down. That’s good to have in your life.

Most memorable moment?
There’s been a few, but I think the power lifting competition was the most fun. I hadn’t competed since college. I threw the shot put and discus. The power lifting competition was a similar type of competition and it really got the juices flowing. I didn’t know I missed it so much and I lifted a lot more than I had in a long time. Really awesome!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
I struggle to keep the weight off, so its always a goal to lose weight. More importantly, as I have learned through the Challenge, to shift the muscle to fat ratio in my body. Still working on that! To be happy and Healthy, what else is there really?

What is your favorite Challenge friendly food? What do you eat when you give into a craving?
I am the Kabob King. Chicken/Lamb/Beef on a skewer are my favorites and can eat it every day.
Probably Pizza. I make a killer pie myself and when I go off the cliff its big. Sausage, cheese dough….the whole nine yards!

What advice would you give a potential new member?
Stick with it. It hurts real bad in the beginning. If you go consistently, you will eventually find yourself planing your day around making class. When I first started, I couldn’t complete the fitness test in the On Ramp class. It was horrifying. Everyone was standing around me cheering me through to the bitter end. I’ll never forget that. I appreciated the total lack of judgement and the honest encouragement.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Angelina Jollie. Please don’t tell my wife!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I was a two time All American in the Shot Put. I have three cats.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GO TO…FERNANDA!!!!

Every few months the Coaches choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. We chose Fernanda because she works extremely hard when she’s here for class, Strongman and personal training sessions. We love how she is a great example for Emma (her daughter) and other women in the gym of what strength looks like. It’s having members/friends like Fernanda that remind
us why we opened this business in the first place.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I have been doing Crossfit since October 2012. The best advice given to me by a friend from high school who has been doing Crossfit for over 6 years.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
When I decided to give Crossfit a try I started looking for gyms around my area. When I checked Crossfit Stamford’s website I knew it was the one. The best thing that happened to me was signing up for the On Ramp class. I was going through a very difficult time in my life at the time (divorce) and I needed it something that will help me heal my soul and change my mind. One year after I was a completely different person. CrossFit is my outlet.

What is your favorite movement?
My favorite movement is Overhead Squats. Any time I see that movement on a workout I get excited.

What is your least favorite movement?
My least favorite move is gonna have to be “The Snatch”

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
CrossFit Stamford is “UNIQUE”. All the coaches are very disciplined and dedicated. My favorite class now is Strongman but I can stop by at any time of the day and I will enjoy the class. The Challenges, The Competitions, The Coaches, The members, etc.. There is not a gym like it.

Most memorable moment?
My first Strict Pull Up!!!!!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
In 3 months being able to do a set of 5 strict pull ups.
One year from now being able to do a bar muscle up. That is my dream!!!!

What is your favorite Challenge friendly food? What do you eat when
you give into a craving?
Favorite Challenge friendly food is Avocado. Can’t live without avocados.
I crave once in a while Truffle fries with Mayo, not ketchup but Mayo.. Yumm

What advice would you give a potential new member?
Anyone is able to do Crossfit. It will change not only your body but your mind and soul as well. Being able to do things with your body that at one point you thought it was impossible it gives you light. It will make your body and heart stronger. It is a lifesaver.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
I love Soccer!! Can you imagine Lio Messi, Mascherano, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Lavezzy etc.. doing burpees next to you??

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I love poetry, I read poetry to clear my mind. I used to write poems when I was little (spanish of course). I still write letters to my best friends and family members.
I love to cook, I would love to own a little cafe downtown. I love to ride my bike.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO… BILL!

Each month we nominate one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. This month we chose Bill because he is a leader, works well with all types of people, has developed skills through hard work and practice, and always has a smile on his face and kind words for new members. It’s having members/friends like Bill that reminds us why we opened this business in the first place.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Just over 2 years.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was attracted by CrossFit’s sense of purpose. CrossFit takes itself seriously, so it attracts people who are serious about living healthy lives. You are who you surround yourself with.

What is your favorite movement?
A good squat clean is always fun! I like most types of squats – goblet, front, back, wall balls, etc.

What is your least favorite movement?
The squat snatch. I have read that the squat snatch is the best movement for exposing your mobility limitations, so it actually has been a great teaching tool for me to see where I need to improve.

But in terms of what I always groan about, it has to be burpees.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The coaches are terrific, I have made friends here, and I feel welcome. There is a great sense of community, and the focus is not just on improving strength but on overall health and fitness.

Most memorable moment?
When Andy advised me that that my CrossFit attire was all wrong, that no one had worn white socks in 10 years and I needed to buy Reebok CrossFit shoes. Now I have proper black socks and CrossFit footwear and feel fashionable.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
3 month goal: get outside and to do some multi-sport adventures, such as combining cycling, kayaking and camping on one trip.

1-year goal: continuously work on improving my hip, t-spine and shoulders mobility, with the goal of doing a flawless squat snatch.

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, etc. cooked by my wife.

Non-paleo: French fries, fruit pies, Guinness. Although I think cave people did drink Guinness.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
It takes time to understand all the movements, and there will be a fair amount of frustration along the way. Before CrossFit, I had never done Olympic lifts in my life, and was totally confused and a little intimidated when I started doing them in On Ramp. Just focus on your form, ask for help, and be patient. In 6 months you will be on your way.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Tom Brady, of course! The man is 39 years old and says he is going to play in the NFL until he is 45. I would like to observe his training program.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
1. I have written 2 books currently available on Amazon Kindle, but you won’t want to buy them unless you need advice on managing your employees.
2. I have started taking guitar lessons, after last playing 30 years ago. (I still have the same guitar lol).
3. I secretly want to bicycle across the United States and finish on the Santa Monica Pier, LA.
4. I put myself through college, paying for it by working in the Maintenance Department at Giants Stadium. I respect hard work and people who do the jobs no one sees or wants to do.
5. I met my wife in grad school and we have been married 32 years.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO… TRACY!!!

Each month we nominate one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. This month we chose Tracy because she is a leader, works well with all types of people, has developed skills through hard work and practice, did an excellent job in the Detox and always has a smile on her face and kind words for new members. It’s having members/friends like Tracy that reminds us why we opened this business in the first place.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
9 months.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was 30 years old, and tired of feeling 30 years old. I was bored with my gym routine and needed a new fitness challenge. I started researching CrossFit to see what the hype was all about. After a few months, I signed up for CrossFit Stamford’s On Ramp class. It was love at first WOD. Now I’m 31 years old and I’m happy to say I’m in the best shape of my life!

What is your favorite movement?
The snatch.

What is your least favorite movement?
The snatch. Hahaha. In all seriousness, I do love and hate the snatch. The snatch embodies all things fitness — core strength, upper and lower body strength, and
flexibility.

I love it because I’m constantly learning new ways to improve my technique, which improves my overall strength and flexibility. But I also hate the snatch because it’s hard! But when I get it right, I feel like a total badass.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The community and coaches are incredible. For the first time in my life, I look forward to working out. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like working out… more like something cool I get to do with really cool people, that also happens to be a really good workout. CFS coaches focus on proper technique, so I feel safe when I’m working on a new skill or movement. There is also a big focus on recovery, mobility, and diet, so I know I’m getting a holistic approach to fitness and learning how to improve my overall health.

Most memorable moment?
The CFS competition on 2/15/15. It was a big day for me because I really struggled to keep up with everyone in the workouts. I’m pretty sure I’m the smallest person at CFS (4’11” 110#), and that can make the WODs really difficult because I can’t lift the same weight as easily as some as my taller friends. However, CrossFit has taught me to challenge myself and push my limits in a healthy and exciting way.

I struggled a lot in the competition, but I finished every workout, did things I never would have been able to do before CrossFit, and even PR’d my hang power snatch. The comp sticks out in my mind because it reminds me that even when I’m having a tough time, I can be really proud of how far I have come.

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
3 months: 50 unbroken double under (right now I’m at 20-ish); 150# back squat (right now I’m at 135#); continue to work on skills that give me a hard time. I’ve added what I call a “love/hate” workout to my training. Right now I’m focusing a lot on OLY work to improve my strength. But, after my OLY days, I do a 5-8 min AMRAP with two movements — one I love, and one I hate. Right now it’s double unders (love, though I recently hated them…), and wall balls (hate… I still think the line should be lower for me, haha).

1 year: I want to improve my scores in the CrossFit Open. I just completed my first open and it was really hard! But inspiring. I know what I need to get better at, and I’m looking forward to the challenge!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
Paleo = chicken wings, pulled pork, and paleo chocolate chip cookies (I LOVE this recipe).
Non-Paleo = pizza, ice cream, and anything chocolate.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
If you have been thinking about signing up, do it. I’m mad at myself for not starting CrossFit sooner. And when you start, have fun! Look to the more experienced athletes for inspiration and information.

Don’t be scared or embarrassed. Everyone starts off having a hard time. CrossFit is awesome, and you will be celebrated just for showing up and giving it your all. And if you put in the work and stick with it, you will be amazed at what your body is capable of doing and how quickly you will improve.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. I am really inspired by petite CrossFit women. She reminds me that short girls are awesome, too!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
One of my colleagues found out I do CrossFit, and now he calls me “Little Beaster” or “LB” for short. I like it.

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.