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Name: Alex Halpern

Age: 28

Height: 5’1

Weight: 118

Crossfitting Since: July 2015

Attends Class: (times per week?) 4-5

Favorite Quote:  “ ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT CROSSFIT?

My brother and sister-in- law (Ben & Tracy Nevid) had both done Crossfit for some time and raved about their experiences. I had always been the “exercise-obsessed” sibling, but I felt I had plateaued in my fitness and wasn’t seeing any actual results. Then, during the spring Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, I saw that Crossfit Hoboken was offering one free month of membership for whoever could perform the most ball-slams in one minute. I won the contest (…because I was the only person who participated…) and signed up the next month.

WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED CROSSFIT?

To build strength and lean out. I also liked that Crossfit would provide an opportunity to “benchmark” myself and gauge whether I was improving or making progress.

HOW HAS CROSSFIT DIFFERED FROM YOUR FORMER TRAINING?

Prior to Crossfit, I was on Classpass and alternated between spinning, HIIT/boot camp classes, and yoga. I would work out at least 6 days a week (often 7, and sometimes twice a day), and while I always felt I got a good and sweaty workout, I wasn’t necessarily working towards anything and didn’t achieve much as a result. Now, I can track my progress, and I have specific Crossfit and fitness goals that I am working towards. I also feel that “easiest” or lightest Crossfit WOD is harder and more exhausting than any workout I used to do. And because of that, I no longer feel like I need to work out for an hour or more, and I now happily take rest days!

WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS HAVE YOU SEEN WITH CROSSFIT?

I have gotten physically and mentally stronger from Crossfit. Though I still have a LONG way to go, I am in the best shape now that I have ever been in and am excited to keep improving. I can also finally do a real push-up…

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT HOBOKEN?

I have absolutely loved being a member at CF Hoboken. First, the coaching has been excellent. I am so impressed that with so many members and full classes, the coaches still manage to give personal instruction and attention during class. Next, the sense of community is so unique and differentiating from any other gym I’ve joined. I played sports growing up, and working out at CFH reminds me of being on a sports team. The community is what motivates me to make it through the toughest workouts.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT YEAR IN YOUR OWN FITNESS?

2017 goals: PULL-UPS!, consistent double-unders, and a 125 lb. (or better) power clean.

NUTRITION QUESTON

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOK LIKE YOUR YOU?

I count macros and have experimented with different programs for about a year now (both Working Against Gravity and coaching with Sarah Pierce). Prior to this, I kept to a paleo diet, but I have had much better results by counting macros in terms of my energy levels, quality of workouts, and physical/composition changes. That said, I still try to emphasize eating whole and real foods, vegetables, and lean proteins – as long as every day ends with Enlightened ice cream (Enlightened > Halo Top) and a Tate’s cookie!


Name: Josh Brown

Age:​ 26

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 175

Crossfitting Since:​ November 2013

Attends Class: (times per week?)

5-6 times per week if my work schedule allows

Favorite Quote​: “It always seems impossible until it’s done”- Nelson Mandella

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT CROSSFIT?

I heard about Crossfit from a couple of my buddies in college who would do WODs from the main site in the offseason.

WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED CROSSFIT?

My goals when I first started was to maintain my engine and endurance while building more strength. I also wanted to get leaner. Most importantly, I wanted to find something that gave me that team training atmosphere that had been a huge part of my life growing up.

HOW HAS CROSSFIT DIFFERED FROM YOUR FORMER TRAINING?

I played D1 soccer in college so my training mostly consisted of running, plyometrics and lower body strength exercises. After I graduated college, I started at a normal “globo” gym doing an hour and 30 minute isolated muscle group workout regimen.

WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS HAVE YOU SEEN WITH CROSSFIT?

I’ve seen a drastic changes in my fitness since I started Crossfit. My strength numbers are the highest they’ve been and my engine still continues to improve with each metcon. My biggest improvement (and probably the most underrated) over the last few years has been my mobility. My mobility improvements have allowed me to recover more quickly between workouts and stay relatively healthy.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT HOBOKEN?

I’ve been going to classes at Crossfit Hoboken now for about a year and a half and can honestly say that I have not had one bad experience. Each class that I have taken has been led by an experienced and enthusiastic coach that have really helped me push and develop as an athlete. As for the community, I was welcomed right away and can’t say enough about how encouraging each member is during class.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT YEAR IN YOUR OWN FITNESS?

In the next year, I would like to continue to get stronger in each of my olympic lifts as well as improve in my gymnastics. Specifically, I would like to get more proficient in ring muscle-ups, handstand walks and pistol squats.

NUTRITION QUESTION: WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOK LIKE YOUR YOU?

During the week, I am pretty good about eating consistently healthy meals at fairly consistent times. My meal prep during the week consists of some form of protein (eggs, chicken or turkey), a carb (quinoa or sweet potatoes) and vegetables (brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli or zucchini). I also have a protein shake after each workout and a casein protein (extended release) shake before bed. The weekend however is usually a different story. I try to make healthy decisions but it doesn’t always work out that way. Broccoli usually doesn’t cut it after a night out.