Athlete Spotlight: Nick

What made you choose CrossFit True?

What made me choose CrossFit True was be assured that you (Moe) truly cared about her athletes who joined the gym. I enjoy having a coach who is just as motivated to making her athletes better as i am trying to get better.

 

How long have you been training with us?

I have been a full member since September 2017

 

What has been your proudest moment in the past 90 days?

My proudest moment was 1) watching moe get her first muscle up 2) hitting 185# complex at the comp. Even tho I may not have looked that way I was pretty pumped about it.

 

What fills up your time outside the gym (i.e. work, family, hobbies, etc)

Engineering Work. Problem sets and/or studying for tests

 

How is your nutrition?

Honestly i feel as if my nutrition is better than the past. But i think with more stability i can be more consistent with the quality of food that i eat.

 

What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?

Burpee

Toes to bar

Thruster

Hang Clean

 

Do you have a favorite WOD?

Favorite WOD is “DT” (I have only done it at 95#)

 

What is your favorite style workout? ( AMRAP, EMOM, Rounds for Time, etc)

Rounds for time

 

What music gets you pumped up?

I’m a big POP guy. Specifically (Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Eminem)

 

How have you changed physically and mentally since you started training at CrossFit True?

I do think physically i looked more fit but i would like to look better. And mentally I’ve grown in a way that helps me when i compete. I think i have gained mental toughness since starting at Crossfit True.

 

What are you current goals?

My current goes is STRENGTH, STRENGTH, STRENGTH

 

How have your goals evolved since you started training with us?

To be honest i never really had goals when i first started. I was overweight at 235 lbs starting my freshman year in high school and then i lost a lot of weight up until junior year. When i started at Crossfit i never had a goal i just wanted to stay active.

 

What has been the biggest surprise since joining CrossFit True?

The biggest surprise was when i felt like i was decent enough to do a competition. I was happy to get asked to join a team and i would love to do it again.

 

What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before you started training with us?

Muscle Ups

Double Unders

Toes to bar

Handstand Pushups

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I think that the culture and the sense of family around this gym is amazing. I love all the time i spend at crossfit true. Thanks to Moe I’ve gotten better and stronger and I cant say thank you enough

Athlete Spotlight: Tanyce

What made you choose CrossFit True?

The great personal reviews & proximity.

How long have you been training with us?

I started in May of 2015.  I took a break for personal issues & started back with more consistency in January 2016


What has been your proudest moment in the past 90 days?

I hit a few double unders recently.


What fills up your time outside the gym (i.e. work, family, hobbies, etc)

Day job- desk jockey at Prudential in Shelton

Our 2 boys Jackson & baby Henry keep us nice & busy with any free time we have, that usually means living on a baseball diamond or a basketball court. When I get time, I’m either cooking, going for a run or sleeping.
How is your nutrition?

As clean as possible!  However if there are any cake or cookies around, it’s all over, clean goes out the window.


What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?

Push jerks

Front squats

And believe it or not, I have a love hate relationship with burpees

 
What is your favorite style workout? ( AMRAP, EMOM, Rounds for Time, etc)

I think the official term is a ladder (21-15-9)


What music gets you pumped up?

Eminem & 90s hip hop & Eminem


How have you changed physically and mentally since you started training at CrossFit True?

Although I sit at a desk all day, I stand straighter & have better posture because things are getting stronger.   I also have much more flexibility than I ever did! Mentally I have a much more positive outlook.
What are you current goals?

A set of 10 double unders

And get my arms/shoulders strong enough for a pull up


How have you goals evolved since you started training with us?

My initial goal was don’t get hurt!  I was a pretty consistent runner too.  I needed to create variety in my workouts.   Now it’s how do I push myself closer to achieve a new PR or get closer to executing a movement with which I still struggle.


What has been the biggest surprise since joining CrossFit True?

The addictiveness of success is incredible!  It’s not just the personal successes but being able to celebrate the successes of others.  It’s a great environment.

What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before you started training with us?

Proper push ups

Any form of a clean

I’m sure there’s more because I certainly surprise myself every WOD


Anything else you would like to say?

I don’t know if I can say anything that hasn’t already been said.  The coaches are phenomenal in their knowledge & their ability to pivot to support you personally. The support of the other members helps motivation & your success.  This place is awesome!!

Athlete Spotlight: Jenn P

What made you choose True Athletics?
A friend of mine signed up and convinced me
to try it!

How long have you been Training with us?
A little over a year and a half.
What has been your proudest moment in the last 90 days?
My deadlift PR! (And even though
it’s more than 90 days) doing my first open, completing MURPH and running my first 5k!!!
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
Litigation Paralegal

How is your nutrition?
Definitely room for improvement, but life is too short to NOT
indulge a little. Do you eat a certain way?
Mostly clean Monday through Friday, but the
weekends are hard to stay on track. If so when did you make the switch? I really started
to pay more attention to what I ate and the amount of calories I consumed when I started
at True.

What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
Planks/deadlifts/situps and any of the
gymnastics movements, oh and split jerks!
What is your favorite workout song?
Girl Talk, 80 rap, any of the mashup stations

What’s you favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, ladder, rounds for time)
AMRAP’s
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
Both!
I’m a little more toned, gained some muscle, have more energy, sleep better, less
stressed.
What are your current goals?

To be able to get through a workout without modifying
so much.
How has your overall goal changed since you started?
One of my main reasons for joining was
to just feel better overall, tone up (things start to sag after 40) and hopefully help with being
able to sleep better. I’m now motivated to keep pushing myself to level up in everything I do.
What’s been the biggest surprise since you joined?
How much I truly enjoy exercising. I literally
plan my week around when I can get to the gym. I did at home workouts for so long but wasn’t
consistent or motivated. True is the first gym I’ve ever joined (with the exception of the
occasional yoga and Zumba class)!
What is your favorite color?
Black

What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics?
More than 5 regular pushups in a row without having to stop, run without having to take a
million breaks, T2B and a kipping pullup…there’s a lot!
Say something else, anything!
I was always SO intimated by the gym, especially
Crossfit. One of the best decisions I made was just walking in the door and just trying it,
no matter uncomfortable I was! I love that me exercising and being mindful of what I’m
eating automatically makes my kids more health conscious. I love that Dan and I have
something that we do together (even if it is only a few hours a week) and most of all I
love that because of the atmosphere at True, I always look forward to the next workout.
There’s nothing quite like the high after an intense workout, especially on days when you
may not feel like going but push yourself to go. I can’t say enough great things about the
coaching, Moe, Sara and Ryan are just plain awesome people, so knowledgeable, down
to earth and genuinely care about helping us reach our fitness goals. Between the
coaches and all of the incredibly supportive people at True, my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.

Athlete Spotlight: Dan P.

What made you choose True Athletics?
My Wife
How long have you been Training with us?
A year and a half
3 What has been your proudest moment in the last 90 days?
415# Deadlift
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
Construction for Regional Water Authority
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the
switch?
It’s okay, I try to eat clean, but doesn’t always work out.
What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
Deadlifts, push press, bench press
How about a favorite WOD?
Any strength building workout
What is your favorite workout song?
Anything by Jay Z or Biggie
What’s you favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, ladder, rounds for time)
Ladder
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
Physically, I’m a lot stronger and way more flexible. Mentally, my confidence has
gone way up.
What are your current goals?
Eat better and get toes to bar!
How has your overall goal changed since you started?
I went from just trying to finish workouts to wanting to finish first!
What’s been the biggest surprise since you joined?
How hard I can push myself and how good I feel after.
What is your favorite color?
Black
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics?
I can actually almost do a handstand!
Say something else, anything!
I love the family atmosphere of True, it feels like
everyone is pulling for each other. The coaches are awesome!!

Athlete Spotlight: Raysa

What made you choose True Athletics?
While I was in college, I used to go to a franchise gym, it became routine and boring so I
researched gyms near me! I saw the name Crossfit True, clicked on the link and the Crossfit True
web provided me with tons of info. I called Moe, I meet her, learned more about Crossfit, the
gym and I did a skills assessment. The skills assessment was a great sign that I picked the right
place.
How long have you been Training with us?
I think fall 2017.
What has been your proudest moment in the last 90 days?
I did 2 PU, 9 UB Toes to Bar.
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
I work as a bilingual outpatient clinician for children, adolescents, and Adults at a clinic
in New Haven.
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the
switch?
My nutrition is great! I eat what I want when I want, lol my madre has genetically blessed
me with an amazing metabolism.
What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
Back squats, 400m runs, Box Jumps
How about a favorite WOD?
Hansen
What is your favorite workout song?
I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J. Balvin

What’s you favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, ladder, rounds for time)
AMRAP

Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
Mentally, my confidence has increased and I believe I can push myself past my fears or
limits I may think there are. Physically, I got thicker and feeling like snack #OKURR!!
What are your current goals?
My current goals are to gain muscle and upper body strength.
How has your overall goal changed since you started?
When I started my goal was to attend a few times to the gym and gain upper body
strength. Now I attend more than a few days, and I’m still working on gaining upper body
strength.
What’s been the biggest surprise since you joined?
How fast I see results when I stay consistently committed to working out. My body feels
physically and mentally better. Plus, all of the new knowledge and P.Rs
What is your favorite color?
Pink
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics?
I can do HSP, PU, T2B
Say something else, anything!
I’m happy that I became part of the True Athletics familia. Im grateful about the cultural
humility and respect from the coaches and members. Having other members and coaches
look out for you, push you, and help you out in your physical, personal and professional
journey has been more than I could ask for from a place that people go to work on their
physical goals. Also, muchas gracias for letting me play, my Latin music =)

Athlete Spotlight: Nyrva

  • What made you choose True Athletics?

          When I moved to Hamden, I knew nothing about the area. I looked the company up on Google and read many of the reviews. The company stood out the most to me. In addition, I don’t like            when a so crowded. I find true atheletics fits best for me.

 

  • How long have you been Training with us?

1 year

  • What has been your proudest moment in the last 90 days?

Being able to talk to everyone, and not being afraid to add more weight.

  • What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?

I like to read and spending time with family.

  • How is your nutrition?  Do you eat a certain way?  If so when did you make the switch?

I believe my nutrition could use a lot of work. I’m still struggling in that department. Two weeks ago I started transitioning into making more healthy choices. It is not easy, but I will get there eventually. It will be rewarding when I do.

  • What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?

Squats, deadlifts, box jumps

  • How about a favorite WOD?

A jog at a brisk pace, followed by jumping jacks, and stretches

  • What is your favorite workout song?

Hip-hop music

  • What’s you favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, ladder, rounds for time)

rounds for time

  • Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?

Yes

  • What are your current goals?

To develop more muscle.

  • How has your overall goal changed since you started?

My overall goal has changed, greatly. I am extremely appreciative of the work I have been able to do.  

  • What’s been the biggest surprise since you joined?

I built more muscle in my thighs. They are thicker.

 

  • What is your favorite color ?

White

  • What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics?

I am more flexible since starting and am able to control my breathing when running.

  • Say something else, anything!

oTo be honest, when I joined true Athletics I was very nervous. I am very quite but the work out team talked to me and made me feel welcome. I do not feel as shy anymore. Now I know every one’s name. Sometimes when I have bad days Monique will listen to me. That really means a lot to me. Overall, I’m more comfortable with my body, I wear shorts now to go to the gym. I have build more body strength too! I feel like I not only belong to the gym, I feel like part of the family. Thank you for having me here. I have many more years to go!

 

 

Athlete Spotlight: Karthik

What made you choose True Athletics?  
I wanted to lose weight fast and some of my friends suggested me to Crossfit, but after joining crossfit i realised losing weight gradually along with gaining strength is the right way to do it. Thanks to my friends, i made the right decision.

How long have you been Training with us?  

Close to 9 months, but i feel like years, because of the people in the Gym, very friendly.

What has been your proudest moment in the last 90 days?

There are many. Finishing Open, 225# deadlift, 190# back squat..more to come in future.

What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?

I am Statistical Programmer, working for Iterum Therapeutics, start-up Biotech company,

hence lot of stress at work and Crossfit is the best way for me to get stress relief.

How is your nutrition?  Do you eat a certain way?  If so when did you make the switch?  

Started eating better after joining Crossfit. I eat healthy Mon to Fri but weekends and friends lol… spoil everything. I have to do better at this.

Do you have a favorite exercise movement (gymnastics move, lift, etc)?

Anything related to squats, OHS, BS, Squat Cleans….

How about a favorite WOD?

AMRAP….that way i can challenge myself to do the best.

What is your favorite workout song?

Any song, nothing in particular, but love Survivor-eye of the tiger.

Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
Physically i lost weight, much better in shape than before.

What are your current goals?

Pull ups.

How has your overall goal changed since you started?

From being consistent to gym, to building strength.

What’s been the biggest surprise since you joined?

Being Consistent to gym and feeling less stress..

What is your favorite color? 

Purple and black.

What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics? 

Push ups.

Say something else, anything!

Crossfit True is truly amazing place. Great coaches and wonderful people, they won’t quit and won’t let you quit.

Athlete Spotlight: Sandy

Sandy was actually our athlete spotlight in April, but I completely fudged getting her wod in, my apologies.

What made you choose True Athletics?
I wanted to try a fitness program that involved weight training and wasn’t always the
same workout. After the first week I was hooked!
How long have you been Training with us?
Roughly 2.5 yrs
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
I’m the CFO/Director of Finance for a Homecare/DDS Company. I breakdown numbers
all day to analyze/manage the company’s finances, hence the reason my workout
notebook has records that look like “35 lbs each side, blue bar”. Breaking it down!
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the
switch?
I could definitely do better in this area.
For now, I just try to be mindful of the
portions I eat.
Do you have a favorite exercise movement (gymnastics move, lift, etc)?
Push press and anything that works the abs.
How about a favorite WOD?
I like EMOMs, that way I can convince myself I can do anything for a minute
What is your favorite workout song?
Don’t have one
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
Absolutely! I am so much stronger and have more endurance.
What are your current goals?
Eventually, someday, doing a pull up
What is your favorite color?
Blue
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics?
Anything that required upper body strength. I even did a ring peg obstacle this past
weekend at a kid birthday party, woohoo!
Say something else, anything!
I really like the atmosphere that is at True and how everyone is very encouraging to each other.

Athlete Spotlight: Nancy

  1. What made you choose CrossFit True?
    I liked the idea of doing a pre-selected workout. My experience with regular gyms was not good as I do not have very strong discipline when it comes to doing things that are uncomfortable. My former neighbor, Natalie Cashman suggested True Athletics. She was a member and loved it.
  2. How long have you been training with us?
    It was five years this summer.
  3. What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
    I’m a clinical psychologist for the State of CT and I have a private practice three evenings per week as well. And I have an amazing daughter that I try to spend as much time with as possible.
  4. How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
    I tried Paleo during one of the gyms earlier Lurong challenges and it worked really well for me. I try to keep that as a core ideal, with wine and ice cream thrown in as vices.
  5. What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
    Kettle bell swings, sit-ups and dead lifts.
  6. How about a favorite WOD?
    I like the filthy fifty, primarily because that was the first wod I completed that I thought I couldn’t finish but did!
  7. What is your favorite workout song?
    I like Macklemore, Eminem, and I really like Sail by Awolnation.
  8. What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
    AMRAP’s
  9. Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
    Yes! Mentally I have come to realize I am way more capable of things than I ever gave myself credit for, and this has transferred to other areas of my life. Physically, I am definitely stronger and less likely to let minor aches and pains derail my exercise routine. In fact, now when my lower back starts to hurt I know I need to get to the gym because it’s been too long!
  10. What are your current goals?
    I’d like to do a pull up. Although that’s been my goal since I started. I guess my goal is to work on what I need to in order to do a pull up!
  11. What is your favorite color?
    Purple
  12. What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
    Full body push ups. Some. Not 100.
  13. Say something else, anything!
    I love Crossfit True! It’s been a place where I know that I will be encouraged, accepted and supported by absolutely everyone there. It’s kept me healthy and active and provides a sense of community that I value very much.

Athlete Spotlight Tracy T.

  1. What made you choose CrossFit True?
    A friend asked me to do one of your first “On Ramp” classes when you first opened in your old location. I did and loved it!
  2. How long have you been training with us?
    Since you first opened…. I took a little time away but came back!
  3. What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
    I have been a special education teacher for 25 years and yes I love my job. I also have two kids. Gavin is a senior in high school and Kyley is in 7th grade.
  4. How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
    When I participated in the very first Whole Life Challenge years ago, I learned a lot about nutrition. I have kept some good habits (but am always looking to improve) I have purchased several Paleo cookbooks over the years and my husband and I enjoy cooking together and trying new recipes.
  5. What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
    Kettle bell swings, ball slams and rope climbs. If you know me, you know I am not a fan of any type of squat but I feel the need to mention that as far as a barbell move….I love power cleans!
  6. How about a favorit WOD?
    hmmmmmm…. not sure I can mention one. The hero wods are fun.
  7. What is your favorite workout song?
    Funny thing about this question is that I LOVE music – all kinds! However, as soon as I start working out, I completely tune out the music. I wonder if anyone else does that?
  8. What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
    Tabata and AMRAPS
  9. Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
    I have changed physically in that I have been an asthmatic my whole life and working out has helped my overall lung function (per my pulmonologist). As far as mentally, I have learned to not compare myself to what others can do, lift etc. but to focus on me and give my best effort each workout. Working out always puts me in a good mood which makes me a better wife and mom.
  10. What are your current goals?
    At the moment I want to get back to where I was before I had a setback with my shoulder and back. It’s slow but I will get there.
  11. What is your favorite color?
    My daughter will tell you I have no color in my life. I guess I would say different types of greens
  12. What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
    Climb a rope. I still hope to one day do several pull-ups and double unders.
  13. Say something else, anything!
    I am thankful for the friend who got me started many years ago. I have met so many great people and the coaches at True are what keep me coming back. Thank you!
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