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June Spotlight – The Tringales
How long have you been a member at CFD?
Allison: I joined last August
Dan: Since December of last year
What made you want to get started?
Allison: We had just moved back to Dubuque and I was sick of being out of shape, so I figured I might as well start a new job and a new fitness routine at the same time.
Dan: Allison started and I like to be better than her at everything.
Allison: Honestly, if you would have told us a year ago that we would be doing CrossFit and being featured we probably would have laughed in your face and said absolutely no way…. yet here we are.
What did you do for fitness prior to joining CFD?
Dan: I played volleyball at Clarke from 2008-2012, after that I played in some volleyball leagues but nothing very physical or challenging.
Allison: I played softball and track off-and-on through high school and early college. I was never a star athlete by any means. I only liked sports because of the team aspect. That was one of the big things that attracted me to CFD, because I need that group aspect to keep me accountable.
What changes have you seen in yourself since you started?
Dan: I have dropped a lot of weight and my cardio has gotten way better
Allison: I am more confident, better at embracing uncomfortable situations, and way stronger than I have ever been.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
Dan: The sense of community that we have both in and out of the gym.
Allison: Same. I also like that CrossFit pushes me to do things that I know I would definitely not be doing on my own. I’m sure most coaches would agree that I don’t really like to challenge myself as much as I should, so there are a lot of days where I know if I went to a regular gym and tried to do the WOD on my own I would quit half way through.
What is the funniest thing you remember happening at CFD?
Dan: Maddy said that we had to use a different clock because the battery was running low on the normal one and we couldn’t hear it. Hodge was quick to point out that the clock was plugged into the wall.
Allison: The other day Coach Austin said we weren’t allowed to say the word “shoulders” for the rest of the class. I tried to refer to my shoulders but couldn’t figure out what to call them. For some reason the phrase “meat bookshelves” is what came out of my mouth.
What is your go-to junk food?
Dan: When I was about 2 or 3 my dad introduced me to enjoying a glass of milk and 6 Oreos a night. After doing some math I have figured that I have had over approximately 59,000 Oreos in my lifetime. Allison has banned them from the house except for special occasions.
Allison: Everything (other than Oreos), my diet could still use quite a bit of work.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out at CFD?
Dan: If you are competitive like I am, you are going to want to try to keep up with people who have been going to CFD for years. It is important that you focus on your own progress and only push yourself as hard as you can handle—don’t just focus on how others are doing compared to you. As I think Phil said a while back, it takes “Trust and Time.” I like to follow that motto.
Allison: It’s going to be uncomfortable for a while, but you should do it anyways. I didn’t know anyone when I started and I was nervous for every single class for the first couple of months. I still get nervous before some of the WODs, but just showing up is an accomplishment.