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June Athletes of the Month

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Name: Caitlin
Age: 35
Height: 5’5’’
Weight: 135
CrossFitting since: 2010
Attends class: 2-4 times per week (I wish I could come more!)

Favorite quote:
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ―Phyllis Diller

Why did you start CrossFit?
Back in 2010, I had finished up graduate school and traveled around Central America for a bit. I had moved to Albany, started a new (desk) job, and knew I needed to join a gym after years of a zero fitness routine while approaching my 30s. There was a CrossFit affiliate in Albany (affiliates were super rare in this area back then) and I gave it a shot. I thought it was so much fun doing all these movements and lifting weights vs riding on an elliptical machine. Plus, the camaraderie there was amazing; everyone knew everyone. They constantly threw parties, competitions, and fundraisers, so there were always things going on beyond that 1-hour class.

What were your goals when you started CrossFit?
To not become a blob from sitting at a desk all day. And I was pretty excited when I could do push-ups and pull-ups. I immediately was fascinated with Olympic lifting too.

How has CrossFit differed from your former training?
A LONG time ago, I ran cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track at a Division 1 school (you compete all 3 seasons in the school year, it never ends). Our team was legitimate and nationally ranked (read: training and competition was intense). Since all I did was run, CrossFit was different because it incorporated so much variety and skill sets. However, the different time domains, intensity, and rest/recovery feel quite similar to my collegiate running days. I still rely on my ability to endure discomfort/pain—as we know, CrossFit provides plenty of it!

What type of results have you seen with CrossFit?
I am stating the obvious here, but I am much stronger than I was when I started. I get annoyed that I don’t get to the gym as often as I would like to and worry about general maintenance of my fitness level… BUT I am quick to remind myself that long-term I am better off than I was before I started and a few times a week is still effective for overall health and mental well-being.

How would you describe your experience at CrossFit Hoboken?
All the instructors are approachable and friendly. No one takes themselves too seriously (this includes members and staff), which is nice. I have been at other gyms where I have wanted to remind people that this is exercise. Just exercise.

What advice would you give to new members?
Don’t worry about the workout and whether you feel confident or not with the movements, showing up is more than half the battle. And people are generally nice and helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or get frustrated learning something new.

What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness?
That’s a tough one. I don’t have anything super specific. Generally, just stay consistent and get to class regardless of my schedule.

What does a typical day of food look like for you?

  • Breakfast: LOTS of coffee with cream and occassionally I will have an Rx bar or some nuts (on the weekends, I routinely make a huge brunch of eggs and other brunch-y things)
  • Lunch: Either salad bar or sandwich/soup/chips from the cafeteria at work
  • Snack: Nuts or something “healthy looking” from the vending machine
  • Dinner: I do not cook during the week, so premade meal options from Amazon Fresh or just something frozen like Pizza Bites (don’t judge me and I LOVE Pizza Bites). But on the weekends, I do try to cook and I keep it simple with just meat, veggies, and a starch. My boyfriend really loves when I cook, which I find funny because I am not that good at it. We tend to enjoy eating at home vs going out or ordering in, which I think is healthier to do

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Nor do I follow any particular diet, but I would say I try to avoid sugar and excess alcohol. I just try to balance out any unhealthy eating with healthy eating. Life is too short to not eat nachos—that should have been my quote for above!

 

Name: Frank Bosi
Age: 32
Height:
 5’11″
Weight: 190
Crossfitting since:
 June 2017
Attends Class: 5-6 times per week

Favorite quote:
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why did you start CrossFit?
Like many people, the main reason I started CrossFit was because I became victim to the dreaded “plateau” and was stuck in the same routine doing the same workouts every day without really getting the results I wanted. I attempted a “Men’s Health” subscription to guide me through my daily workouts, but ended up reverting to what I was used to and what I thought was “working.” From the completion of my first WOD, albeit daunting, I realized how much I really enjoyed the short HIIT workouts and the variability in its programming. The constant stimulation, competitive feel, and camaraderie from my fellow athletes (shout out to 5:30am!) is contagious and pushed me farther in workouts than I ever would have expected!

What were your goals when you started CrossFit?
In all transparency, my main goal was to have a six pack and bulging biceps. However, the more WODs I completed and the more research I did outside of class, I discovered that I really wanted to focus on precision in movements, learn the different techniques and become an overall better athlete, while making the most of my morning class.

How has CrossFit differed from your former training?
I would normally focus heavily on cardio (run, elliptical, cycle) and lift weights (30-35lbs), focusing on the “vanity muscles” and not on technique.

What type of results have you seen with CrossFit?
Life in general, prior to CrossFit, differed drastically. Not only do I see physical improvements with my form and overall health, but I also find myself wanting to incorporate the same dedication and desire to achieve to other aspects of my life.

How would you describe your experience at CrossFit Hoboken
Amazing. Based on my successes in my workouts over the past year, with the help of the coaches, fellow athletes and outside research, I now have the confidence and initiative to better myself not only at CrossFit, but in all aspects of my life: husband, father, son, brother, colleague, friend.

What advice would you give to new members?
Don’t quit. The first few months (yes months) can be very intimidating, especially when you see your fellow athletes doing incredible things, but try your best to not get discouraged or compare yourself to others. Nobody cares what you look like or how unfit you are. Effort is admired just as much as ability. Make the most of each WOD, as every WOD is an opportunity to get a little stronger, faster and healthier. Stick with it and don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the ride!

What would you like to accomplish in the next year in your own fitness?
During the next year, I really want to focus on adding weight to the bar and improving my lifting movements, while racing the clock. I think with that goal in the mind, a few other unexpected achievements will follow.

What does a typical day of food look like for you?
My typical day of food is a bit different than that of the traditional CrossFit paleo diet. I have been following a plant-based/vegetarian diet for a little over five years now and as with any diet, veganism/vegetarianism has to be done well. Our meals strategically consist of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, lentils/legumes, nuts/seeds and healthy fats. We also try to eat non-processed and organic food as much as we can, to ensure our bodies absorb as many nutrients as possible. After starting CrossFit, I knew I had to focus a bit more on my nutritional intake for quicker recovery and better gains, so I purchased “Thrive” by Brendan Brazier which has been a great source of knowledge for anyone (athletes specifically) considering a plant-based diet.

Congratulations, Frank and Caitlin! Keep up the great work!