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September CFD Athlete Spotlight
September CFD Athlete Spotlight
BLu and Ashley
(that isn’t a typo, that’s Brandon’s RSVP nickname!)
- How long have you been a member at CFD, and what made you want to get started?
Ashley: 5 months – we both started with the April foundations class. I started because I had a desire to learn more about fitness and overall wellness and it seemed like CrossFit would be a good fit for that.
Brandon: I had been mostly sedentary for about 7 months when my netflix account expired and I was too lazy to renew it. I decided I should probably get moving again, but I lacked the motivation to go to the gym and workout by myself. I had been interested in CrossFit for a couple years but never thought I was “in good enough shape” to join. I finally decided to stop making excuses and give it a try.
- What changes have you seen in yourself since your very first day?
Ashley: Although I have seen some physical changes, most of my changes have been mental. I went from looking at the various movements and thinking “I can’t do this”, to “I will try this and see how it goes”. I have also purposed myself to do the things that I suck at – that is a huge change for me as I would have typically tried to save myself the embarrassment by skipping a workout or simply not showing up.
Brandon: Because part of the program is tracking/benchmarking nearly every workout, I can say that I’ve gotten significantly stronger and faster. I’m also getting more and more confident in the various weightlifting movements.
- What did you do for fitness prior to CFD, and what do you like most about CrossFit?
Ashley: I’ve had a gym membership for years and have even taken other classes, but it is still amazing to me how much I didn’t know before coming to CFD. The people are hands down my favorite part of CFD! I love getting to see good, fun people every day and I am continually impressed by how smart and dedicated our coaches are.
Brandon: I was involved in competitive sports from a young age through college and have always enjoyed the challenge of competing. I hit a lull after college and became quite unhealthy. I love Crossfit because of the competitiveness coupled with the comradery and team atmosphere. There are days I don’t always feel like pushing myself, but I know that the coaches will be there to push me on my lifting and teammates will be there to suffer through the WOD with me. That is very motivating.
- What type(s) of workouts are your favorite?
Ashley: It’s always great to see a workout and think “there is no way I can do that – I’m not there yet” and then you finish. It might not be pretty, but you’re done and alive 🙂 I also like working on squats.
Brandon: I love the variety in workouts. The various combinations of strength, speed, stamina, power, and endurance movements keeps me interested and challenged. If I had to pick a favorite workout it would be anything that incorporates bicep curls and crushing beers for time.
- What type(s) of workouts do you least like to see come up?
Ashley: Burpees. Next question.
Brandon: If (God forbid) one day all of the air bikes mysteriously disappeared and I never had to do another AB sprint… I wouldn’t be complaining
- What are you goals going forward?
Ashley: Besides get faster, go longer, get stronger and be all around better … I would like to continue to work on my body composition.
Brandon: Get stronger/faster > Cut some weight > Get better at the body weight movements > Take more mirror selfies right after my workouts.
- What advice do you have for someone just starting out at CFD?
Ashley: Show up even on (especially on) the days you don’t want to, because those are the days you need it most; do the things you suck at; and don’t worry about what other people are thinking… it’s probably just a dirty joke anyway.
Brandon: You are capable of more than you think, don’t let your body lie to you by saying it’s too sore/tired. Push through the mental barrier and your body will fall in line. I’m constantly reminding myself of this.
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