October Athletes of the Month
Name: Libby Geiger
CrossFitting Since: 2008
Attends Class: 5-6 times per week
How did you hear about CrossFit? I was coaching an all-star Cheerleading team. One of my athletes who graduated was getting extremely strong. I asked her what she was doing since her competitive cheerleading career ended. She introduced me to the world of CrossFit, and I have never looked back.
What were your goals when you started CrossFit? Initially I just wanted that feeling of a team again, and competition. Since my cheerleading career ended, I was not as active, and walking on the treadmill was very isolating.
How has CrossFit differed from your former training? CrossFit challenges my previous training in so many ways. Physically, the workouts task me aerobically and anaerobically like no other program I have been on. The programming is ever changing, so you can never settle into a comfortable place. Which also works you mentally. It doesn’t take much to run a few laps or spend an hour on the treadmill. CrossFit tests my mind more than it tests me physically on most days.
What type of results have you seen with CrossFit? Mentally, I’ve become more confident and willing to take more risk… because what is the worst that can happen, other than falling over the bar doing a BMU? Physically, at 35, I am doing more advanced athletic movements than I have ever done in my competitive career. I’m even surprise myself that my body is still able to learn new skills and adapt to changing programming and diet each training cycle that I put it through.
How would you describe your experience at CrossFit Hoboken? My experience has been amazing. I’m not even a year into my the Hoboken family, and yet it feels as though I’ve been part of the crew for years. The members and coaches are all so welcoming, and all care about the individuals around them. It is a place that embodies the CrossFit spirit.
What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness? So many goals for the next year! Gymnastic skills are always on the list of items to become more efficient at. This year, though, I want to be SWOLE. I’m gunning to get into the 200 club on my back squat and get a body weight snatch… a girl can dream!
What does a typical day of food look like for you? I have recently been diagnosed with Crohns disease. So my diet is super boring. I mainly eat some sort of meat… even for breakfast with veggies and some fruit. My favorite breakfast food is a peanut butter Bobo bar!
Name: Chris Douglass
CrossFitting Since: 2011
Attends Class: 5:30AM (try to attend between 5-6 times a week)
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts. … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
How did you hear about CrossFit? I heard about CrossFit from a friend. He had started doing it at World Gym that had an old storage area where people were doing CrossFit. He had tried it and fell instantly in love with it. He brought me in and told me once I do this thing called “CrossFit” I’ll never go to the gym again and just lift weights. When they told me by workout was going to be 5 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats I thought I was going to just crush it. It crushed me and I was instantly hooked.
What were your goals when you started CrossFit? The first goal was the change my body and get fit. I started with small goals to become better at different movements. For instance, I wanted to get better at pull-ups. Then it was kipping pull-ups to butterfly to Muscle-ups, etc. Each time I get better at a skill I try to work in advanced skills. CrossFit is a sport of progression. Once you become proficient at one skill you can always get better on advanced technique. You’re never perfect just always improving.
How has CrossFit differed from your former training? It has changed how I look at fitness and taking care of my body. I used to think that going into the gym for two hours to crush myself with weight and not being able to move the next day was what I was supposed to do. But I learned through CrossFit it’s about functional fitness where I can apply what I do at the box into real life. Basic things like learning how to clean and jerk that translates into thing like picking up heavy luggage and putting it in the overhead compartment. I also learned how to focus on the stimulus that will generate better results over time than sitting in a standard routine of chest & tri’s, back & bi’s.
What type of results have you seen with CrossFit? About 5 years ago I got back into CrossFit after being inconsistent for years. At the time my weight ballooned to close to 225 lbs. I was deconditioned and badly out of shape. During the first 8 months of doing CrossFit and getting my diet under control I lost about 45lbs and was in the best shape of my life. It’s a lifestyle change and my wife and I have maintained that ever since.
How would you describe your experience at CrossFit Hoboken? It’s been great! We joined up with CrossFit Hoboken in March and we feel like family. We have the 5:30am crew and when you miss a few classes for travel or work and when you come back everyone is asking where have you been? It’s our crew. The coaches also have been amazing. They create this culture of family and it’s been great.
What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness? In the next year, I’m continuing to improve on my Olympic weightlifting numbers and to do greater sets of gymnastic workouts like HSPU, ring work, and pull-ups. I’m working to get stronger and my goals are to continue to get heavier lifts with my snatch (goal 225), back squat (400), deadlift (400), clean & jerk (275). It’s the small steps to be taken first before the big jumps.
What does a typical day of food look like for you? My wife and I measure our macros and do a lot of food prep. Sundays we are in the kitchen prepping food for the week ond/or doing a lot of food shopping. A typical day consists of:
- 25g of protein shake on the way to the box
- Breakfast: Coffee, 4oz of a lean protein, handful of veggies (typically broccoli or Brussels sprouts), 75 grams of a healthy carb (sweet potatoes mostly), and 8 g of a fat (avocado, nuts, etc)
- Lunch: 4oz of a lean protein, handful of veggies (typically broccoli or Brussels sprouts) 75 grams of a healthy carb (sweet potatoes mostly) and 8 g of a fat (avocado, nuts, etc)
- Mid-afternoon meal: 4oz of a lean protein, handful of veggies (typically broccoli or Brussels sprouts) 50 grams of a healthy carb (sweet potatoes mostly) and 15 g of a fat (avocado, nuts, etc)
- Dinner meal: 4oz of a lean protein, handful of veggies (typically broccoli or Brussels sprouts) and 15 g of a fat (avocado, nuts,etc)
- Before Bed: 25g Casein protein before bed with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
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