SEPTEMBER Athletes of the Month
Name: Amy Glynn
Crossfitting Since: 2010
Attends Class: (times per week?) 4-5x
Favorite Quote: “…The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT CROSSFIT? I moved to Hoboken in 2010 and was looking for a new fitness routine when a friend posted something on Facebook about CFH. I had vaguely heard of Crossfit but didn’t know much about it so I emailed him to see what it was all about. He had great things to say so I took a trial class the next week…this month will mark my 7 year anniversary!
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED CROSSFIT? For a long time, I didn’t have any goals aside from going 2-3x a week and not finishing last. As the gym membership grew and I found myself surrounded by so many amazingly fit and driven athletes I couldn’t help but get inspired and step up my game. I now go 4-5x a week, I log my workouts religiously to track my progress and always look to challenge myself…which means I finish last a lot.
HOW HAS CROSSFIT DIFFERED FROM YOUR FORMER TRAINING? I never played sports and actually never worked out at all until I was 31. I only started working out then because I was unemployed and I had a lot of time on my hands but I am grateful that it got me hooked on fitness. I started with “body sculpting” classes and the elliptical at the gym and then got into running and triathlons. CrossFit was completely new and different for me.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS HAVE YOU SEEN WITH CROSSFIT? I lack any sort of natural athletic ability and there are still many things at CF that I still can’t do. But that said, I’m constantly surprised about the things that I CAN do. My natural inclination when I first joined was to permanently scale everything. It took a lot to change that way of thinking but once I did, I started to see huge progress. I can now do pullups, rope climbs, pistols, double unders, toes to bar, the list goes one…these are all movements that I never tried to do RX’d, some even just a couple of years ago.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT HOBOKEN? I love it! CFH has been a defining part of my life since moving to Hoboken 7 years ago and it has given me a lot of discipline with regard to lifestyle choices that perhaps I lacked before. The constant encouragement from the coaches and members is a huge motivator.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXYEAR IN YOUR OWN FITNESS? Two specific goals include a 200 lb deadlift and consistent double unders.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOK LIKE YOUR YOU? I’m not great at this part but I’m working on getting better. I don’t eat a lot of meat so I rely on plain greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hardboiled eggs, legumes, protein shakes and nuts as sources of protein.
Name: Kevin Keiser
Crossfitting Since: I believe 2014 ( I’ve only been crossfitting at CF Hoboken)
Attends Class: (times per week?) 4-5times per week. I try to make it 5.
Favorite Quote: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” –Seneca
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT CROSSFIT? I had heard about crossfit when I was looking for something better then my regular gym to train for Spartan Races. Of course I also heard the negative connotations about how it was a cult and every one gets hurt etc etc. I usually don’t like to listen to hear say so I gave it a try myself and haven’t looked back since.
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED CROSSFIT? To get into a little better shape then I was in, and to lose a few pounds. I had no clue how soon my goals would change and I would want to keep working harder and harder to perfect every movement and PR all my lifts and make this a lifestyle.
HOW HAS CROSSFIT DIFFERED FROM YOUR FORMER TRAINING? The only training I had before Crossfit, was doing some weightlifting at a globo gym. I obviously had zero clue of what I was doing and no formal training, so essentially I was just wasting time and energy.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS HAVE YOU SEEN WITH CROSSFIT? The results ive seen at crossfit are incredible and beyond what I would have expected. MY strength has increased exponentially, as has my cardio conditioning. With that being said, ive also seen an amazing change in my body composition which keeps changing for the better all the time. Friends that haven’t seen me in a while always comment on how drastically my body has changed. Personally, I have seen a big change mentally as well. Most WODS challenge you mentally as well as physically and I can say that I am much more mentally tough now then I was 3 years ago.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CROSSFIT HOBOKEN? Nothing short of awesome. It really has a friendly family like atmosphere. I never saw myself doing this long term, but now I cannot see myself NOT doing crossfit. For someone like me who tries to do the same 5pm class all the time, you see the same people and make friendships with them that carry outside the box. So just based on that alone the experience has been awesome. It doesn’t hurt that I am faster, stronger and tougher because of the journey as well.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT YEAR IN YOUR OWN FITNESS? I just want to keep improving. I like the technical aspects of the lifts and I want to keep getting more proficient and smooth with them all. Also, a handstand walk wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF FOOD LOOK LIKE YOUR YOU? Lately, I have set my food on autopilot with Kettlebell Kitchen. I am so busy with work and family that just knowing my food is prepared for me and is nutritious helps out a lot. But typically its eggs and Ezekiel bread in the AM, then a greek yogurt a little later. A K.B.K lunch, some sort of fruit and a protein bar before class, then a protein shake after class, and another K.B.K meal for dinner. I do that Mon-Friday. The weekends are more freeform. I try to keep it healthy but I branch out.
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