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!

Athlete Spotlight: Mike

  1. What made you choose CrossFit True?
    Moe made me do it!
  2. How long have you been training with us?
    5+ years…I was part of the second On-Ramp class that CrossFit True offered
  3. What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
    I run my own business; Seaside Painting. I paint houses both interior and exterior. I’m also have a side “business” Wet Clay Works, making fancy pottery things.
  4. How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
    I love burritos. Every time you do a nutrition challenge, I do a burrito challenge….a burrito everyday. Honestly, I don’t have a particular way of eating, but I do pay attention to what I eat. I do a good amount of food prep at the beginning of the week. Overall I would say I eat a lot better than the average American.
  5. What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
    Cleans, Handstand pushups, and pull-ups
  6. How about a favorit WOD?
    I don’t know if it is my favorite but most memorable and one that I compare every year would be Murph.
  7. What is your favorite workout song?
    Any Rocky montage song
  8. What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
    Chipper, long ones
  9. Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
    Yes, although I have always been “skinny” I use to be “skinny Fat”. I still weigh the same but now its muscle. Overall I am stronger and that comes from being more well balanced. Working on all aspects of fitness rather than focusing on just one or two
  10. What are your current goals?
    To get my muscle up back I lost it some time over the last 2 years. Not just get it back, but relearn it the proper way.
  11. What is your favorite color?
    Red
  12. What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
    10+ pushups
  13. Say something else, anything!
    We started a new tradition with Roz’s athlete spotlight…Friday night WOD then drinks at Counterweight. I would like to continue this tradition hope to see you all there!

Athlete Spotlight: Roz

What made you choose CrossFit True?
I moved here from Maine last spring and needed a new CF home, CF True seemed like the perfect fit!
How long have you been training with us?
A year I think…
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
I moved to CT for nurse anesthesia school. I was an RN back in Maine prior to moving here and am currently a nurse in the MEANG (Maine Air National Guard)
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
I used to be a majorly picky eater that drank Mountain Dew to the max, but then, somewhere along the way, my taste buds grew up and I now really enjoy eating healthy. I try to do the 80/20 method. Chocolate is a must after a hard day and eggs are the best because they can be inserted into every meal, I’m going for easy these days.
What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
I was a runner prior to joining CF, but I love some overhead squats and anything (hard) core annnd box jumps
How about a favorit WOD?
I like variety, so the 12 days of Christmas is a give me. I think it’s like 12 different movements with a partner
What is your favorite workout song?
I like something that will really get into my head like enter sandman by Metallica
What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
I enjoy a nice slow grind like a chipper
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
You guys are tough about perfect form, which I appreciate because I usually tell myself I am only capable of what I can do, but don’t push myself to perfect my form.  So things are starting to look much better.
What are your current goals?
Make it through anesthesia school, it is so mentally grueling, so Going to CF is my mental break of the day, but I would really like to get DU’s down!
What is your favorite color?
Olive green!
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
TTB and pull ups, I’m not there yet, but I’m getting so close!
Say something else, anything!
CF True is a great family to have in CT, if you’ve never been to an outing outside of class hours, you should check it out, it’s a great time!

Athlete Spotlight: Kristin

July’s Athlete Spotlight is Kristin. Make sure to get to the gym today to do her workout!

  1. What made you choose CrossFit True?
    I first came to True Athletics for the 21-day boot camp. I was stuck in a boring routine at a huge gym and I needed something new. The boot camp seemed like a great opportunity to try out CrossFit without being too overwhelmed by everything. I was super nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hold my own, but I was shocked with the results that came in just those few weeks. Everyone promised me that the usual WODs wouldn’t be much different, so I signed up! What no one told me was that the first real class I went to was a Hero WOD and I would spend the next several days stumbling up and down the stairs. But nonetheless, I loved it and have never looked back!
  2. How long have you been training with us?
    Two and a half years! I actually had to do some research to figure that out because it feels like I have been here so much longer.
  3. What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
    As the 5:30 am and 4 pm class class know, I am an 8th Grade Math Teacher. However, I specialize in sharing the most entertaining moments of my day with my fellow athletes. I think you guys miss Peter as much as I do. My soon-to-be-hubby and I also build and sell custom cornhole sets! Thank you to everyone who has become a customer of ours!
  4. How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
    I would say that prior to coming to CrossFit True, my nutrition was laughable. I actually was very good at cheating the system when it came to monitoring my food. When I was on Weight Watchers, fruit didn’t count as points so I would literally eat 15 clementines, like 2 apples, and a million grapes a day. No one told me that fruits were carbs! No wonder I never saw results or felt any better. Now, I am much better about what I eat and my portion sizes. I love doing the challenges with the gym like Whole Life Challenge and Lurong because it makes me even more accountable. I have recently started to count my Macros and have really enjoyed it. As a math person, it’s kinda fun to see what I can fit in and how to make it all work out. However, I am a BIG fan of doughnuts, ice cream, and all other things delicious. I try to find a balance that keeps me from becoming hangry.
  5. What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
    I am actually afraid to answer this question because I know they will show up in the workout, so maybe I should answer strategically. Who doesn’t love a hang power clean, a nice dead bug, and some sit-ups? But really, I like doing the movements that I know I can keep improving on: pull-ups, HSPUs, and cleans (hang, power, and I guess squat too).
  6. How about a favorit WOD?
    I LOOVEEEEE a nice long and sweaty workout! The Filthy 50 is great, I even look forward to Murph. But, one WOD that I will not forget was from two summers ago when we had to run 1.5 miles, do 150 burpees, and run another 1.5 miles. Any WOD that I can feel super accomplished after, those are my favorite.
  7. What is your favorite workout song?
    NOT RHIANNA. I need a loud and steady beat to keep me moving. “Workout Twerk-out” is definitely the BEST station.
  8. What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
    A Chipper or Rounds for Time; I like to try to beat the clock… or Dana.
  9. Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
    Absolutely! Physically, I am more toned than I ever have been. I am stronger, my endurance has improved, and I really just feel better about my body. Mentally, I am happier. Running on a treadmill and occasionally working with a personal trainer at the gym I used to go to was, well, sad and lonely. But now, always having a friend in class to push me and a great coach to keep making me better than yesterday, I am the happiest I have ever been.
  10. What are your current goals?
    FIT IN MY WEDDING DRESS! Also, look great for my honeymoon. But long term, I just want to keep surprising myself and getting better and better.
  11. What is your favorite color?
    Purple, although you’d never know it because I hate wearing purple clothes; Moe knows what I mean.
  12. What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
    The list is endless. Pull-ups, push-ups (I mean, still room for improvement there), HSPUs, T2B, anything with a barbell. I also can sustain a steady pace running now, where before I required several walking-breaks to make it through a 5k. But more importantly, now I can really take a correction and apply it. Before CrossFit I would work out alone, or do a P90X video and no one was there to tell me if I was doing it right. Now, I know I do (most) things wrong and I am able to improve!
  13. Say something else, anything!
    There really is something so special about the community at CrossFit True. Everyone is SO incredibly supportive of one another and I always feel like I have someone in my corner cheering me on; or someone bullying me to go heavier or get another rep in. Coming to the gym has become my favorite part of the day, and that would not be true if it were not for the people who are there with me. I can’t thank you guys enough for being my fit-fam!

Athlete Spotlight: Rob

What made you choose CrossFit True?
My wife Julie started working out about a year before I joined and she obviously loved it. My job at the time was a huge source of stress and I wasn’t getting enough (any) exercise. Stress and lack of deadlifts were taking a toll on my mental and physical health. I needed to do something and TA seemed like it was worth a try.
How long have you been training with us?
3 1/2 years
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
Despite what Dan might think, I’m not a spy or an arms dealer. I travel to funky places because I do environmental research for an international think-tank.
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
I go back and forth. I did one Lurong and I really stuck with it, but then I tried another and couldn’t get into it. I occasionally avoid bread, pasta, etc for a week or two, but I can’t give them up completely…
What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
Front squats, box jumps, and HPCs
How about a favorite WOD?
Anything without burpees
What is your favorite workout song?
Something angry … “Shipping Up To Boston” or “Killing In The Name”
What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
Descending ladders – I like things that get easier over time.
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
I regularly wake up at 5AM, I’m a lot stronger, and I have less lower back pain.
What are your current goals?
Drop 10 lbs, do more pull-ups, don’t get injured
What is your favorite color?
sweaty gym-short gray
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
1 kipping pull-up…maybe 2?
Say something else, anything!
There’s not a lot of things that would get me out of bed at 5AM, but TA is a great part of my life. The coaches do a great job building a fun and inclusive community. I’m looking forward to many more years of WODs.

Athlete Spotlight: Julie B

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Julie B.

What made you choose True Athletics?  
I was rock climbing at the time and was looking for a change.  With two kids I no longer had the luxury of spending hours at the gyms.  I wanted to get stronger, but bootcamps didn’t appeal to me. I found myself leaving bootcamps more stressed than when I arrived.  The climbing community is close knit and I really loved the idea of a CrossFit community, meeting people from all walks of life and finding a common bond.

How long have you been Training with us?  Four years!!!  I had my first official CrossFit class on August 14th.  I know remember this because it is my dad’s birthday.  He passed away 14 years ago and I think he would have LOVED Crossfit.  He was a Marine and was always very fit.

 

What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)? I teach yoga/meditation classes and practice Reflexology.  If you are stressed or in pain, talk to me.Julie1

How is your nutrition?  Do you eat a certain way?  If so when did you make the switch?  I eat paleo-ish.  I’m looking forward to our next life-style challenge.  I need a re-boot.

Do you have a favorite exercise movement (gymnastics move, lift, etc)?  BURPEES!!!  Also, deadlifts, push ups, pull ups, and rope climbs.

How about a favorite WOD? Fran used to be my favorite, but now, I just don’t care.  

 

What is your favorite workout song? I am a sucker for 80’s classics.

Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?  I feel MUCH stronger What are your current goals?  I would love to nail a free-standing handstand for more than 10 seconds and a 300# Deadlift.  Why not?

What is your favorite color? Blue

What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at True Athletics? I can do a lot more pull ups and push ups than I could do before.  I am also better at rowing.  My double-unders still stink though.

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Say something else, anything!   I love True Athletics.  The coaches are great, knowledgeable, funny, and real.  The members are a great crew.  All ages, all backgrounds, all really nice.  I enjoy working out with everyone, working hard, and also just hanging out when the workout is done.

May Athlete Spotlight – Sharon G

Seven months ago, I started at True Athletics through a PTA organized fund raiser. I always enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, running and biking, so I thought I’d try something new and help out my son’s school at the same time. That decision turned out to be one of the best things I did for myself.
Honestly, I had no idea what CrossFit was so I had no misconception about it! I did not like it at first it as I found the activity was hard and painful but as time went on, and with the encouragement of the coaches and team members, I stuck with it. Now I look forward to going and working out. What I enjoy about cross fit is each work out is different and I learn something new each time I go.
I have no favorite exercise yet but my least favorite are Burpee’s! My goals, then and now are to build strength and stamina.  I want to be active and strong for myself and my family.
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