Octobers AOTM: Sandra & Tyler


Published October 5, 2015


Sandra

What was your exercise regime before CrossFit?

Before CrossFit my exercise consisted of running, lots of running. I’d log anywhere from 20 to 25 miles a week consistently and played/coached soccer. Running helped me lose weight, become a better thinker and overall regain the discipline in my personal life I’d lost. I never jumped on a machine or picked up a free weight but I realized I probably needed to work on combining cardio with strength and CF seemed like fun. I do a lot less running these days.

 

How many WODs per week do you attend?

I hit 4 times a week 6PM class consistently. If I’m free on Saturday I like to pop in as well.

 

Favorite CrossFit exercise?

Favorite aside from running I’d say power cleans because it is the foundation of a lot of the barbell movements so might as well like it and make it pretty.

 

Least favorite exercise?

I have 2. The snatch and the overhead squat. I’m worried my arms will snap off - I’ve broken my arm twice and dislocated both shoulders before and mentally I freak out when my arms move behind me with that much weight.

 

What would you tell a newbie getting started that helped you?

Keep in mind why you chose CrossFit. Like anything in life there’s a learning curve but hang in there and just show up – we won’t let you quit. Eventually, probably without you even realizing it the weights get easier to move and you become so powerful and power is awesome.

 

What would you like to accomplish in the next 3 months?

I’m looking forward to the next few months just in general as my knee gets stronger – it’s still tender despite feeling 100X better post-patellectomy. Specifically though I want to do handstand walks cuz they look like fun. That and work on strict pull-ups so I can bang out a muscle-up.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I skipped the 2nd grade - went from directly from 1st to 3rd. 

 

Tyler

 

What was your exercise regime before CrossFit?

Before CF, my exercise regime was the basic Globo gym style combination of free weights and machines, with varied cardio. During this time, I was a full time student, and with my engineering based academic courses and extracurricular activities, I found little time to commit to the gym or a proper fitness routine, and not coincidentally, saw zero results. After graduation, I saw this as the opportune moment to try CF, and I’ve never looked back. Although I must add, one thing I did do before every workout was a dynamic warmup and, yes, you guessed it, jump rope, hence the slight mastery of the double-under ;).

How many WODs per week do you attend?

I shoot for, at minimum, 5 days a week, usually at 6pm. On occasion (2-3 times a month), I’ll also come Saturday mornings, which also happen to be my favorite WOD’s because they are usually partner WOD’s and everyone is always hanging out before and after the workouts, it’s a more relaxed environment minus the intensity during workouts.

Favorite CrossFit exercise?

I guess the one’s I’m good at, so rope climbs and double unders. But with my recent accelerating accomplishments in Muscle Ups, it’s always fun to get those during workouts!

Least favorite exercise?

Who the hell likes thrusters?? Not me that’s for sure.

What would you tell a newbie getting started that helped you?

I’m not usually one to give advice, only you know yourself best, and somebody else giving advice on what you should do can be annoying (but mainly because I’m not the coach, it’s their job to give advice). But when I started, I wished somebody had told me to take it a little easier (with weight and intensity), as I remember my ego tried to kick in and the intense soreness from just starting out almost lead me to quit. But, along with patience, I think the key to becoming successful at CF (on your own terms that is), is to actively discover the fun & joy with this sport. If it’s something you enjoy doing, then you’ll never miss a workout. You’ll discover you’ve hit that point when you start making plans around attending the gym, not the other way around. What helps make it enjoyable, is especially, the community that supports you during workouts. It’s always a positive experience at the end.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 3 months?

As for the next three months, I’d like to see myself link ring Muscle Ups and Clean & Jerk 225.

What is a fun fact about you?

Ha, classic question. Since you ask, my grandfather, Carroll Gantz, invented the DustBuster.

 


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