1. When did you begin CF?
We started the On Ramp in July of 2011. After On Ramp we went 2 days a week but soon increased to 3 days at week.
2. What is your favorite movement? Least favorite?
Tim: Power Cleans, especially during a chipper style work out.
Kristen: Chipper workouts, any combination of cardio and strength work.
Tim: I hated double unders as of a week ago, but now that I have been able to connect a few, they’re my biggest challenge. High rep wall-balls rank pretty high on my “I’m not going to Crossfit today” meter.
Kristen: BACK SQUATS!
3. What accomplishment in CF are you most proud of?
Tim: I came to CrossFit with one goal. To be able to do back squats…correctly! With a lot of coaching, rolling, stretching, icing, sweating, squat therapy, band work, and the suckiest of all…goblet squats, I was finally able to do some real back squats last week. Only took a year or so. I knew I did them right when Chuck said, “Hey Bro, looks like you finally found some mobility!”…which in the world of CrossFit coaches means-Good Job.
Kristen: Walking through the door and taking the first class, then coming back for the next class. I was initially scared sick to try CrossFit after hearing the pukey stories, but the coaches and other members at BWI Crossfit made me feel very comfortable and now walking through the door is the best part of my day.
4. What 3 goals are you focusing on?
1. Finishing Rx FRAN without gagging and wheezing.
2. Doing legitimate back squats with a respectable weight.
3. Connecting 30+ double unders (got 20 last week)
1. To do a pull up
2. Constantly improve my form
3. Connecting 10+ unbroken double unders
5. If you could say one thing about your experience at CrossFit BWI, what would it be?
It’s not just one thing. For us it’s about competition, success, failure, community, education, growth, and motivation.
Coming to Crossfit has changed the way we experience working out together. We used to take very individual approaches to the way we worked out. Even though we went to the gym together, we ended up going our separate ways. Now we do the same workout at the same time, sometimes even squaring off against each other. Even though the weights may be different, we are able to compete against one another and the other members. It pushes us to not only work hard but motivate each other as well.
6. What motivates you to keep going strong during the WOD’s?
The competition. Both with the person next to you and whatever goal you’re working on. Not to mention the fact that if Kristen beats me it’s gonna be a rough night! All I have to say is try going home and acting tough after your wife just kicked your ass at CrossFit. My motto is go hard so you CAN go home!
The voices in my head that say, “you can’t cheat on the last rep” and “try not to finish last.”
7. Anything extra you want to add?
The biggest difference from the way we used to work out is the coaching. There were just so many things we were doing wrong before. Even the things we’ve gotten better at are always getting tweeked. The coaching is always there, every day. No matter how full the class there is always the constant reminder, “Chest up”, “Back Flat”, “Heels!!!!”
Our approach to keeping in shape has drastically changed. We both get excited to check out the WOD. Changes in our bodies have become more apparent and it’s been great to be able to share the experience together.