“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.

AND THE DO WORK AWARD WINNER IS….STEVE MORONEY!!!

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Every month we choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Steve has been kicking ass in the workouts but always offers encouragement to the noobs. We love how Steve has created healthy eating habits at home and is dedicated enough to both the gym and his family to show up at 5am in order to be back in time to get his kids off to school every morning.

He’s worked on developing skills through hard work and practice and always has a smile on your face. It’s having members/friends like Steve that remind us why we opened this business in the first place!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started in the April 2013 On-Ramp class, so I am finishing my 8th month.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was a college athlete that stayed in relatively good shape for much of my post-college life. But then when I turned 30 and my wife had our first child, the wheels came off! All of a sudden I lost my motivation and couldn’t stick with an exercise routine for more than a few weeks without quitting.

I tried the gym, running, P90x, you name it, but nothing stuck. After three years of this I finally looked at myself in the mirror and it looked like I swallowed a mailbox! I realized then that in order to finally get back into shape I needed more structure, more accountability, and a little friendly competition. That is when I turned to Crossfit Stamford.

What is your favorite movement?
I like most of the power movements. My favorite is probably power cleans and deadlifts.

What is your least favorite movement?
I have three – DUs, HSPUs and TTB. I hate them all equally. I have sent a letter to Crossfit Corporate to have them eliminated from the Crossfit dictionary. I have yet to hear back.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The best thing is how welcoming everyone is when you come in as a new member. I am sure everyone who has ever joined CFS had some butterflies and was a bit intimidated when they showed up for their first WOD. I certainly was. But when I showed up at 5am for the first time the coach (Kyle) and the veterans made all us newbies feel comfortable. So now that I have been here for a while I try to pay it forward.

Most memorable moment?
I have 2. The first was the CFS Partner Competition over the summer. I had been doing Crossfit for only 3 months and I was very worried about embarrassing myself. But Andy convinced me to do it, and I am glad he did. It was a great time, we finished in 3rd place and I look forward to doing another one soon.

My second memorable moment was hopping on the scale in early September and seeing that I was the lightest I had been since 2002. That was a good feeling!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
In 3 months I want to be able to complete every WOD RX without having to scale any of the movements. That means I need to get my technique straight with DUs, HSPUs and TTB.

One year from now I would like to see if I can reach some of the strength numbers I was able to put up when I was in college. Not sure that I can turn the clock back that far but I will try!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
My favorite Paleo meal is definitely a nice steak and some spinach. My favorite Non-Paleo foods? Pretty much all of them! Bagels, pasta, pizza, Fruity Pebbles, etc.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
Don’t be a recluse. Part of the fun of joining a gym like this is the camaraderie that you form between the people in your class, kind of like a sports team.

If you choose to just show up and workout without talking to anyone and minding your own business, you are missing a big part of the experience. So make sure you throw around some high fives and fist pumps. Maybe even hug a couple people!

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Hulk Hogan. Wouldn’t it be funny doing burpies next to Hulk Hogan?

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Believe it or not I was actually in a Broadway play once. I am not an actor or singer or dancer. Not even close. But one day I took my wife to a play on Broadway and in the lobby before the show someone approached me. They said they needed 3 people to stand in as extras and asked me if I would.

So I said yes and before I knew it I was on stage, and people off to the side were telling me where to stand and what to do. I was on stage for about 45 minutes. It was pretty funny. I don’t think I was overly impressive because I was never asked back. Oh well.

THE DO WORK AWARD GOES TO…KIRBY!!!

Kirby Lake Geore

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!

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