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FCF Athlete Spotlight: Liz R. (3/3)

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What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
I first heard about it in 2012 and saw YouTube videos of women lifting weights, climbing ropes, and doing muscle ups and was in awe!  I never thought something existed between “toning” with light weights and female body builders, CrossFit opened my eyes to a new definition of beauty and strength.  I researched CrossFit gyms and obsessed over the athletes and games but I couldn’t justify the cost and commitment right away.  When we moved to Capitol Hill I bit the bullet and found Foundation, I wish I would have started sooner!

How long have you been with us? What keeps you coming to our gym?
I started Foundations in June 2014, so about 9 months!  I keep coming back because I am never bored and I’m constantly amazed at my own strength (something my chubby 7 year old self would have never imagined).  It’s addictive!  I’ve never been athletic at all, but the WODs force me to go outside my comfort zone, try new things, and work hard. Plus, all the people I’ve met have been super kind and each of the coaches teaches me something different!

What class times to you usually go to?
After Foundations I was a faithful 6 AMer, but with the dark winter and my end of year work schedule I tend to go whenever I can! I always try to hit up the Saturday class too.  Sometimes I take a “mental health day” and come in the middle of the day of the workweek and it’s awesome!

Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
My favorite is probably cleans!  I also like backsquats, kettlebells, and handstand practice. Oh and Fight Gone Bad style workouts are my jam, love to push myself on the final round.  Least favorite is probably snatches, only because it seems really elusive to a newbie!  Also, before doing a 2k row I thought rowing was fun…but I learned better!

What’s your most recent PR?
Since I’m so new, everyday is pretty much a PR :)  This month I’ve gotten a 27kg snatch, 57kg backsquat, and 43kg C&J.  I’m proud of all that improvement but I’ve got my goals set even higher!

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I got really into Shakespeare in high school and have read/seen several plays/films.  Whenever we go to London I insist on seeing a play at the Globe Theatre! It’s an amazing experience :) in this picture I had just snagged some of the last tickets for my favorite play that night, I was in heaven!

What outside-the-gym activities do you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
I try to go to yoga class when I can and I have a lot more upper body strength since starting Crossfit.  I’m also really good at carrying a ton of groceries home now ;)

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Liz R. (2/3)

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What is your favorite place to have dinner?
It’s  tough to pick just one but Smith, Tacos Chukis, and La Isla are always a good choice!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’ve sacrificed many a good shoe in this Seattle rain so some sort of dry shield for my feet, I HATE stepping in puddles!

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
Either a stand-up comedian(?!) or teacher.  Thank god the first one didn’t pan out as all I did was do a terrible Elvis impression and a repertoire of “dad jokes”.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, my older sister is teaching in Paris at the moment and I’m going to visit her this Spring!  She’s a huge inspiration to me as she finished her Ph.D in French from Cornell last year and is training for a half marathon this year! She’s beauty and brains and strength and determination, she’s my inspiration! (Especially during running WODs when I want to give up!)

Top three favorite movies?
I’ve seen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Amelie more times than I can count!  And I’ve seen Django Unchained twice and could still watch the 2.5 hours again!

Current favorite song?
Oh I couldn’t pick just one.  I pretty much have the album Singles by Future Island on repeat in my Spotify!  Along with Metronomy, Helado Negro, Django Django, Junip, Twin Shadow… I could go on!  I’ve seen all those artists/ bands play live in Seattle, it’s one of my favorite things about this city, getting to go to live concerts!

 

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Brandon C. (2/3)

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  • Favorite place to go out for dinner?
    Anywhere with good pizza. Also Oddfellows for brunch and Anchovies and Olives for pasta.
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be?
    Definitely the Captain America super athlete power.
  • As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
    NBA player or firefighter
  • Do you have any siblings?
    Yes, one sister named Meredith.
  • Top three favorite movies?
    Dazed and Confused, Dumb and Dumber, and Shawshank (child of the 90’s much?)
  • Current favorite song?
    One new and one old – Simple Pleasures by Jake Bugg and Wake Up by Mad Season
  • Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
    I’ll be running my first ultramarathon through the mountains near Olympia at the end of April (the Capitol Peak 55k), assuming I don’t hurt myself between now and then.

 

“My Best Memory of CrossFit SLU…”

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
― L.M. Montgomery

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For all past and present CFSLU athletes: Before our final day of operation on May 31st, 2015 we want to reminisce and collect all the memories that have been made within these walls. Grab some chalk and please share your favorite CrossFit SLU moments from the past four years!

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Brandon C. (1/3)

 

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  • Are you from Seattle?
    • If not, where are you originally from?
      Nope! I grew up in Syracuse, NY and moved to Seattle a year ago after stops in New Hampshire, Washington DC, and San Francisco. I moved here a year ago after my wife (new CFSLU member Meeka – say hi to her!) got a new job.
  • When is your birthday?
    • Cinco de Mayo
  • What do you do for work?
    • I work for Bloom Energy, a fuel cell company based in the San Francisco area. My job there is understanding and explaining how energy markets work.
  • What is your idea of fun?
    • Mostly sports of some kind, but I love to travel as well. I took my first trip to SE Asia in November when Meeka and I went to Myanmar.
  • What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
    • I stumbled on it accidentally when I took up rock climbing in 2008 and joined a climbing gym that also featured a small affiliate (CrossFit East Bay). I got very excited when I saw tire flipping photos!
  • How long have you been with us? / What keeps you coming to our gym?
    • One year and one month! I love every trainer on the staff and pretty much all of the members too (I think I still haven’t met some of the morning regulars)…I work alone all day, so the gym is a pretty important outlet at the end of the day.

 

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Liz R. (1/3)

 

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  • Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
    • Nope, I grew up in the tiny middle of nowhere town of Walla Walla (actually the suburb College Place: population 7k!).  Needless to say, I was ready to get out!  When college came I went to WSU in Vancouver, WA.  After graduation, I moved to Seattle in 2011.  I love it here though and feel like it’s my new home!
  • When is your birthday?
    • September 4
  • What do you do for work?
    • I’m the Human Resources Business Partner at Optimum Energy.  An HVAC software startup in Pioneer Square.  I handle any and all things HR, which at times is very rewarding and at others, extremely stressful.  I also serve on the Seattle SHRM Board as the College Relations Director.
  • What is your idea of fun?
    • Anything related to food!  Eating it, cooking it, taking pictures of it :)  My boyfriend, Chris, and I have loved exploring the city through its restaurants.  Living in Ballard we got well acquainted with all the restaurants on Ballard Ave, then moving to Capitol Hill helped us discover new favorites.  Working in Pioneer Square is also foodie paradise as it has been the hot spot for new restaurants and bars these past few years! I also spend way too much time on Instagram posting pictures of my food!

  • What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
    • I first heard about it in 2012 and saw YouTube videos of women lifting weights, climbing ropes, and doing muscle ups and was in awe!  I never thought something existed between “toning” with light weights and female body builders, CrossFit opened my eyes to a new definition of beauty and strength.  I researched CrossFit gyms and obsessed over the athletes and games but I couldn’t justify the cost and commitment right away.  When we moved to Capitol Hill I bit the bullet and found Foundation, I wish I would have started sooner!

 

Athlete Spotlight: Kelsi A. (3/3)

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  • As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
I’ve probably wanted to be a writer since I learned to read. It feels pretty amazing for that dream to finally be a reality.
  • Top three favorite tv shows?
I love The Walking Dead. It is definitely my favorite show, even if I have to watch through half-covered eyes because it’s so gory. I also like Game of Thrones and New Girl.
  • What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in?
I like to hike and camp. The summer before last I camped around the Peninsula and Olympic Mountains with one of my good girl friends. We’d wake early, pack up, hike most of the day, cook dinner, and drink by the fire. A few of my most cherished photos are from that trip. We came home smelling like campfire smoke and the sea – it was awesome.
I frequently hike Rattlesnake Ledge to watch the sun rise. It’s my happy place.
  • What is your favorite band/artist?
I like just about anything except for super heavy metal and Country. I grew up on Oldies, have a major soft spot for 40’s Big Bands and Classical because of my grandparents, and I really connect with artists like M83, Blackmill, and Glitch Mob; I love music without lyrics. On a gym note, it’s my favorite when songs like “I Don’t F**k With You” by Big Sean come on. How do you not want to PR when those play during a WOD??

Wearable Wednesday: Society Nine

A special guest post from our very own Tina Le! s9-angelouquote CrossFit is an egalitarian sport. Men and women, from the everyday athlete to the elite, compete with equal visibility, and CrossFit’s rapid growth built a community and created a market. In other words, if you’re looking to gear up, there is so much stuff to buy, no matter your sex or gender. Generally speaking, in the world of sport and fitness merchandise, with the exception of perhaps gymnastics, figure skating, or tennis, women are comparatively more limited in their options. And this is especially the case for those of us ladies who practice the mixed martial arts. Women of FCF, imagine if you will, if lifting shoes only came in men’s sizes, and if you didn’t fit the smallest available men’s shoe size, that was still your only choice. The one thing differentiating that shoe from the men’s version is yours comes in a lovely shade of pink. And even worse, the quality of your shoe is below the men’s. How do you think your performance would fare in the gym or competitions? And even if you overcame the discomfort or awkwardness of subpar and ill-fitting gear, how fair is it to always be reminded on some small level that your presence is not entirely wanted or expected–in a sport you are deeply passionate about? This is precisely the experience of many female MMA practitioners. My sister, Lynn, and I both train in stand-up fighting styles (boxing, kickboxing), are just short of 5’0″, and have always bought 12-oz. gloves–we wrap our hands up and clench tight fists to fill up the extra space and keep our hands from sliding around. I also practice submission wrestling, and it’s a challenge to find durable performance wear (think, leggings and rash guards) that can survive regular training. The inseams of those cute yoga pants aren’t making it past a month and they weren’t cheap! s9-groupshot For every dozen options of any piece of gear or clothing for men, there are one or two choices for women, and those choices utilize hypersexualized marketing or the styles don’t suit the tastes of a diverse population of women. Due to the rapid growth of women’s MMA in the last 5 years, however, this is slowly changing (also owed in great part to CrossFit’s popularity and influence on how we perceive physically strong and muscular women, I’m sure), but being the entrepreneur she is, my sister got fed up and decided to do something about it. Enter Society Nine and gloves finally designed with the needs of female fighters in mind. Inspired by Title IX and women’s longstanding fight to be on the same athletic playing field as men, my sister created Society Nine to represent the modern female fighter and athlete who is in power in the gym and empowered in life. Society Nine’s first commercial spot! (That’s my sister’s voiceover and she also appears in the video) Her first project–to manufacture the boxing and MMA gloves–is currently a “Staff Pick” on Kickstarter! If you also box, you can pledge for a pair of gloves, but there is also an infinity scarf, jacket, and track pants, among other fly items to gain if you pledge. Teaser: these are all designs from the future sportswear line… But first things first: there is only one week left to fundraise (deadline is Wednesday, February 25, at 8:25AM PST!), so please show some love, pledge what you can, and share the Kickstarter link with the ferocious females in your life so Society Nine can reach its goal to be the brand of badasses who run the world(? Girls!). Check out the Kickstarter campaign! s9-gordonquote

SLU Athlete Spotlight: Kelsi A. (2/3)

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Are you from Seattle?
Yes! I might be one of the few at the gym who is a Seattle native. Yet the city has changed so much from the place where I grew up that a lot of the time it doesn’t feel like the same place. The Space Needle is still there, but most everything else feels different!

Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
I think Andrew made it up, but I love Diannie! I practiced my butt off during the Open last year to learn double unders, so whenever they’re in a workout, I get a little excited. Plus I prefer bodyweight-centered WODs… (Crossfit sacrilege!)

Last year’s CGO 14.5 was pretty horrible. I vividly remember wishing it was over after the first round. But at least I finished, and my time wasn’t as bad as I thought! Quite certain I’ll never do it again.

What class time do you usually go to?
Most of the time I go to 5:30 class, though I do enjoy 6am class once a week or so.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
We actually talked about this at work last week in our Friday meeting! I think I may have to steal one of my coworkers’ answers: teleportation. Living in Ballard, working on Capitol Hill, and Crossfitting in SLU results in lots of time on the bus or in the car, so this super power would be pretty great day-to-day. Plus I could be anywhere in the world in a snap. Yes, please!

FCF Athlete Spotlight: Teddy B. (2/3)

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-What is your idea of fun?
Winning. And anything that involves wine.

-Current favorite song?
Most of you youngins probably don’t know that before there was a Beyoncé, there was the ultimate grand supreme Miss. Diana. Ross. My all-time favorite song will always and forever be “Someday We’ll Be Together”. Second favorite song of all time is “Reflections” by Miss Ross and the Supremes, and then “Nightshift” by the Commodores. I grew up on Motown.
Spotify says in 2014 I listened to this song the most: Samson et Dalila – Acte II “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix comme s’ouvrent les fleurs.” I just listened to it again 5 times in a row! OMG it’s so good. I love opera — La Traviata being my favorite, of course. My favorite song right this second is Beyoncé’s 7/11, of course.

-Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Stateside is my newest favorite place. We ordered 4 things and it was ALL delicious (why is that so rare?). Their crispy chicken with ginger rice — amazing! And then they have a pine nut tart that is so frickin good! My old favorite is Harvest Vine because tapas are everything. And the Polish home, where I can eat my fill of pierogi, kielbasa, and pickle soup. Fatty McFatterstein.

-How long have you been with us? / What keeps you coming to our gym?
April 1 will be the 2-year anniversary of my first real CrossFit class. I keep coming back because I want abs before I die, so I need to get as many workouts in as possible! But really I like the feeling from completing feats of strength. I want to get stronger and have abs. Abs, mostly.

-What class time do you usually go to?
7am if I wake up in time. 8 if I don’t. 6:30pm if I’m hung over.

-Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
Squats are definitely my favorite. It finally gives my bulbous booty a legitimate purpose that I can talk about in public.
I hate muscle ups. I worked so hard to get a few, and now I can’t do them anymore. I HATE THEM!