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THE OPEN IS COMING…

The Open according to Crossfit:
“The Open is a five-week test of fitness. A challenge. A competition of opportunity. A celebration of discomfort, triumph, struggles and breakthroughs. It is a multifaceted kickoff of fitness open to anyone. All professions and cultures are welcome to compete. Taking part in this contest looks different for everyone. Some will train their hardest to go Rx’d, many will smartly scale as needed and more will watch and cheer their friends—all choices that are welcome. Should you do the Open? That’s a question for you to answer. Maybe that starts with an honest conversation leading to a plan with your coach. This is an Open invitation. Ready for a personal challenge that is scaleable and measurable across the globe?”

The OPEN runs from February 21 through March 25th. Sign up at the whiteboard for your CFS OPEN shirt by February 4th and get placed on a team by Captains Johnnie and Nick.

Want to see how you stack up again other crossfitters around the world? Register online here

Amanda Pape -A CFS OG

Amanda Pape is one of our oldest members here at CFS. She joined over 10 years ago and is a consistent face at our 5pm class. We are excited to honor her as we do “PAPE”, a WOD inspired by her favorite movements.

What’s your favorite CFS memory?
I have many great memories throughout my years at CrossFit. It’s hard to name a favorite, so below are a few:
a. The first time I did kipping pull-ups and handstand pushups, both were big accomplishments for me!
b. Competing in in-house competitions, when people’s families came and you got to know everyone outside of the gym
c. Back when CrossFit was very small we took a party bus to a haunted house, that bus ride got a little crazy ;P
d. All the laughs shared with the crew that would do a morning WOD followed by Sunday Funday

How has CrossFit changed your life?
I have been extremely active and competitive my entire life. I played basketball in college and then professionally overseas following graduation. Deciding to hang up my sneakers to enter the corporate world was a very difficult decision to make. It scared me to think such a big part of who I was for so many years was coming to an end. I wasn’t sure how I was going to fill that competitive void. When I made the decision to join CrossFit Stamford over 10 years ago it was exactly what I needed. It allowed me to fill the void I missed by replacing basketball with another sport that allowed me to be as competitive as I wanted to be! In addition, I greatly enjoy the CrossFit community and the good friends I have come to know over the years. It has been such an easy way to meet people who share the same interests as myself. I met some of my closest friends through CFS!

Anyone in the world could be your partner for a WOD, who would it be?
JJ Redick

What is your favorite sandwich?
I am a sucker for Ham & Swiss with honey mustard. I know, nothing exciting (Nick already made fun of me)!

If you could live anywhere for 1 month out of the year, where would it be?
I love the beach and would live anywhere with the beach and plenty of sunshine. If I had to choose one place it would be Hawaii.

If you could write or repeat a workout, what would it be?
Row 1k
50 Wall Balls
50 TTB
50 Swings
50 Box Jumps
50 STO
50 KB Squats
Row 1k

GET TO KNOW YOUR COACH – JUSTIN

1. What brought you to CFS?
After college one of my best friends opened a CrossFit gym and after hearing him constantly talk about the benefits I decided to give it a try in 2012. When I first walked into CFS I knew it was the place for me. I immediately felt the sense of community and loved how hands on the coaching was.

2. What 1 thing would you like members to know.
I love dogs! My wife and I rescued our pitbulls, Phoenix and Bentley, in college almost 15 years ago. Growing up with these two really helped me appreciate how important and unconditionally loving man’s best friend is. I hope throughout my life to be able to continue to rescue pitbulls since they are so mistreated and get an unfairly bad rap. Also, I used to be a male model and a DJ…

3. What PR are you most proud of? What is your next PR goal?
The PR i’m most proud of is 41 unbroken pullups….which ended with me falling off the bar and landing on my back. I’m also proud of my increased mobility and ROM. When I first started I couldn’t even bend over and touch my toes. My next PR goal is to add more shoulder mobility and OHS 215+ lbs.

4. If you could have anyone coach you through a WOD, who would it be?
Woo, I love his enthusiasm and undying positivity in any situation. He somehow finds a way to make even the worst WOD enjoyable.

5. What were you like in high school?
I grew up in the south loving big trucks, country music and tailgating. Not until my junior year did I break 5ft tall and 100 lbs, I was quite the ladies man! I worked a lot, played baseball and graduated with honors.

6. What movie as a kid scarred you the most?
Dude!!! Candyman! To this day I am terrified of meat hooks and bumble bees. If you haven’t seen it you should.

7. What is your biggest first world problem?
My biggest first world problem is when I go to a hotel and their blow dryer doesn’t have enough wind force to get my quiff acting right. Rule #1 is ALWAYS bring your own blow dryer.

8. What is your favorite meal, in detail?
Anything mexican. You must start with chips and guac/salsa. Follow it up with some bomb steak or chicken fajitas (refried beans is a must). For an encore is a fat slice of vanilla bean flan……then a nap.

9. If you had $1 million, what would you spend it on? Give details!
I would spend it on travel for me and my family. We love to go experience new cultures and destinations. Whatever is left would be used to buy investment properties down in Charleston, my hometown.

10. What are you most grateful for?
I’m most grateful for my amazing family. My wife, Alana, and I have been together over 15 years and have two handsome little boys. Alana has always had my back and supported me in all my endeavors. Our two boys, Mason and Ashton, are little animals and are the world to us. Watching them grow up is truly a blessing.

GET TO KNOW YOUR COACH – KYLE

1. What brought you to CFS?
We relocated from Maine in 2012, I was working out at Empire State CrossFit while I was transitioning jobs. They recommended checking out CFS when they found out I was moving to Cos Cob. It all worked out!

2. What 1 thing would you like members to know.
I love to travel. During college, I lived in Kenya for 4 months and studied Kiswahili and Islamic Culture while working on a fishing boat off the coast. Megan and I still try to travel as much as we can.

3. What PR are you most proud of? What is your next PR goal?
I loved squatting! I would say it was my 415# back squat. We had a good “corner squat crew” that just enjoyed pushing each other and lifting heavy. I had a full hip replacement 3 years ago (no relation to squatting), I had it operated on again last summer- my next “PR” will be to comfortably chase my kids around and participate in daily class workouts.

4. If you could have anyone coach you through a WOD, who would it be?
My old GMVS ski coach Dave Gavett. He always motivated me and pushed me when I doubted myself. In a close second would have to be Big Coach Nick! Johnnie would be a great water boy!

5. What were you like in high school?
Busy! I was very lucky in that I traveled the world ski racing. When I was not racing I was going to class and working part time jobs to pay for my next race series. I also acted in three different theater productions during those years. Man of La Mancha, Anything Goes (Moonface Martin) and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit),

6. What movie as a kid scarred you the most?
I was not, and still not a big “scary” movie fan. If I had to choose, I was a little scarred by Poltergeist. The old school ski Movie Hot Dog also scarred me, but that was a very good scar!

7. What is your biggest first world problem?
Time! I struggle every day to get everything in. When you are self-employed and chasing two active boys, there is never enough time in the day. A close second is what to wear to “theme” parties throughout the year!

8. What is your favorite meal, in detail?
I love meals that have a social piece to them. Thanksgiving is a big one for me, I love the all day interaction. “Make your own” pizza night is always great too!

9. If you had $1 million, what would you spend it on? Give details!
I would get a new flux capacitor for my time machine. Aside from the standard “pay off debt”, I would most likely incur more debt by investing in another Harley-Davidson dealership.

10. What are you most grateful for?
Has anyone said family and friends yet? I love my wife Megan and boys Anders and Finn, they keep me moving and fired up for everyday! On top of that, the opportunity to run and be part owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership has been amazing! (Oh, and also seeing the smiling faces at 5am)

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR COACH – CAPO

1. What brought you to CFS?
My D1 Swimming and Waterpolo careers were coming to an end, however, my desire to compete and train was still going strong. My Co-captain at the time (also a Special Forces Diver) suggested I try a “CrossFit WOD” with him and some of our teammates. That WOD, and in his words “ a simple workout”, ended up being one of the hardest workouts in the Crossfit world! Murph! We ended up subbing the last mile run with a mile swim being the aquatic creatures that we were, but needless to say from that moment on I was hooked.

2. What 1 thing would you like members to know.
I’m pretty much an open book! Ask me anything and everything! I’m always looking for a good laugh and I am also full of totally useless random facts!!

3. What PR are you most proud of? What is your next PR goal?
My most memorable PR would have to be winning a couple of local CrossFit competitions. Nothing feels better than being with others who gave it 110% throughout a grueling day full of sweat, chalk, and suffering. That being said, it doesn’t matter whether you are first; only the effort that you put into each and every work out and hopefully with it, a PR. My next PR goal is two fold; I would like to compete in a throw-down again, and in that comp, I would love to Snatch anything over 225 or Clean 300.

4. If you could have anyone coach you through a WOD, who would it be?
I don’t really like to be coached through a work out, 1) becuase I cant really hear anything and 2) because that little voice in my head is louder than everything else. However, I would really love to do a workout/ Competition with Sam Dancer, solely because I believe he embodies what it is to be a great athlete/ person on and off the competition floor. And because of the fact that he is stupid strong, that maybe through osmosis I would get stronger too!!

5. What were you like in high school?
Pretty much what I am now: an Athlete, Artist, and Classclown…… I was definitely more of a troublemaker back then though so I like to think I’ve matured a bit, but that’s probably wishful thinking!

6. What movie as a kid scarred you the most?
I LOVE scary movies everything and anything from all stars like “Nightmare on Elm Street” to “Jaws”, every Alfred Hitchcock movie, even those terrible B sci-fi films.

7. What is your biggest first world problem?
My biggest first world problem would be when I am watching a movie/show with my go to snack, chips and gauc. Having to keep turning up the sound because the crunch of the chips is louder than the tv!….. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one that has that problem!!!

8. What is your favorite meal, in detail?
Start with Fresh Tortilla Chips and Guac, then move to a few slow roasted Duck Tacos. With the Main entree being a hefty serving of Crispy Pork Belly served over rice with all the fixings.
Dessert would have to be an amazing creation that my girlfriend Katie has me hooked on. I call it “The Amazing Katie’s Cookie Dough Icecream Bowl” she calls it “Cookie Bowl” (I personally like my title better). Fresh Cookie dough, homemade by Katie’s grandma Ro, in the bottom of a bowl…. Microwaved for Precisely 55sec (she has mastered the time, too long and the cookie is too cooked. However at 55 sec its a perfect blend of warm and gooey). Topped with Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream. My go to flavor is Phish Food…… the warm cookie melts the Ice cream so it literally tastes like Heaven!!
Yeah I’ve made this once or twice….

9. If you had $1 million, what would you spend it on? Give details!
I would first buy my wonderful Mother her dream home with a big wrap around porch right on the ocean so she can finally take some time to slowdown and enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Then. I would pay off allllllllll my debt. With whatever is left, I’d invest 75% then take the remainder and treat Katie and myself to an extravagant trip of fine dinning and beautiful beaches around the world!!

10. What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the life lessons that my grandfather has thought me when I was young. Those lessons I take with me everywhere and have helped shape me into the person I am today. To my family, even though we always get on each others nerves, we always love and support each other. To true friends who are always there for you when you need. To my beautiful and loving girlfriend Katie, who is always there for me and is my best friend! And of course my pup Duncan!