A Letter From Anastasia


Dear friends,

My first interaction with FCF went a little something like this: In December 2012 I had signed up for an orientation session, and as it quickly approached, I realized that I was scared sh*tless. I emailed FCF voicing my concerns. I think my exact words were

Hi there!

I hope this email finds you all well. I’m excited for orientation on January 5. However, I’ve been having some doubts about my level of current fitness. I’m not incredibly out of shape, but definitely not in great shape. Crossfit seems pretty intimidating, and I’m wondering if it’s right for me and whether these concerns are normal.

Let me know what you all think. Any advice is much appreciated!


Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 8.38.18 PMscreenshot of actual email

What the heck was I signing up for? Andrew responded, reassuring me that my concerns were valid,

“We are well aware that our fitness can be very intimidating, but we work in a way that allows for progression at any level. You have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run… It works because we look to improve each member individually. It’s all relative to you, and not you vs. the other people in the gym…”

[Sigh of relief!] Let’s be real- I was still intimidated, BUT I quickly realized that this was the community for me.

Joining the gym was the best decision I could have made!  The members were fun, worked very hard, and they liked to EAT! Seriously, have you ever seen Andrew eat? Athletes and trainers challenged me in ways that were motivating and supportive.

JA AS TL BB M's Game

After a year at the gym, I realized that I loved getting to know you all and found joy in watching each of you succeed as athletes. Under Andrew and Tony’s tutelage, I decided to join the staff as an assistant trainer. This was the second best decision I could have made! As an trainer, I have had the honor of witnessing and becoming responsible in seeing our athletes grow into wonderful versions of themselves–recognizing their potential and their strengths.

Since I joined the gym has provided me tremendous opportunities to grow as an athlete, as a trainer, and as a person. I have been engulfed in an environment that emphasizes continued learning and personal development. As such, I am excited to share some big news with each of you:

After graduating with my Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health at the beginning of June I will be moving to San Francisco, CA.

My decision is bittersweet because although I look forward to this next chapter of my life, I am sad to leave. You guys mean so much to me. YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW! This community is a special place. A really f*cking special place that I have had the privilege of calling home for the past 2+ years.

VER5US - anastaystay

My last official day in Seattle will be June 18, but in the meantime I look forward to the time we have together! This journey has been incredible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be a part of it.


FCF3 Farewell Party

P.S. Come help me celebrate it all at a graduation/going away BBQ on June 13, 6:30pm at my house (email me at anastasia[at]foundationcrossfit.com for my address)