Member of the Month: July 2017
Chris & Amy Sorenson
Thank you for your time and for accepting to be our “Member of the Month.” Before we get into your story, let’s start with a brief introduction… (Age, town, family/kids, occupation, etc.)
Our family relocated to Cohasset from the Salt Lake City area about 2 1/2 years ago. Chris is the Head of the Regional Wealth Management Centers for Fidelity Investments. Amy is the Chairman and CEO of our family and household. We have have three wonderful kids. Tyler (21) is a senior at the University of California at San Diego. Zoe (14) is a freshman at Cohasset High School. Lexi (12) is in 7th grade at Cohasset Middle School.
When and how did you get started with us?
Amy: I got started with SciCoh in April of 2015. I had been a part of the Crossfit community in Salt Lake City for a number of years. Leaving that community was really hard but thankfully it didn’t take long to get connected to the wonderful coaches and members at SciCoh.
Chris: After a decade of working out with a keyboard and continual commentary from Amy about the softness of my hands, I decided it was time to get serious about health. It started with a brief search for a personal trainer and ended with Amy’s not-so-subtle encouragement of taking the first step of walking through the door at SciCoh.
I’ve completely changed my perspective on Crossfit. My younger days included cycling, my biking, golf, tennis, hiking, trail running, water sports, etc. Historically I’ve said “I don’t want to be good at exercise.” Crossfit however enables me to always be fit enough to enjoy what I love to do AND adds strength training to the equation. Now I just need another 3-4 hours in the day to do it all!
AMY: Annie. I love going hard with double unders and then taking a break with sit ups to catch my breath. Decreasing reps and chipper workouts are my favorites.
CHRIS: The one I just finished. I’m only a few months in…the pain is still very real:)
Least favorite workout?
AMY: Karen. 150 wall balls for time – boring, tedious, topped of with a week of soreness.
CHRIS: The one I am about to nail. Or, in reality, the one I am about to scale.
What’s the best part about working out with your class?
AMY: So much to cover! I am a 9:30am goldilocks girl – not to early, not to late. I appreciate everyone being focused on getting and staying healthy. No one takes themselves to seriously (few Crossfit Games competitors in our midst:) and everyone is so encouraging in meeting whatever goal you have for yourself.
CHRIS: I am inspired by each person’s journey and their story. I find it fun to work hard as a group in an energetic atmosphere. I also like how committed the trainers are to each individual’s personal success – a great group of people.
What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
AMY: Great timing. I recently changed my wallpaper to a picture of Chris and me at the Cohasset Red Carpet event for the senior prom posing like we were 18.
CHRIS: A family selfie taken in California at The Grove during spring break. All the social media kid celebrities have nothing on us!
What’s your favorite “cheat” meal?
AMY: All my meals are cheat meals. Paleo is one aspect of Crossfit I am not on board with.
CHRIS: What’s a cheat meal? General Tso’s cauliflower from Burtons (gluten free). Give it a try.
What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
AMY: How to measure for a new field hockey stick. Lexi is heading to a camp soon.
CHRIS: The Sanctuary Resort in South Carolina. I lost my Apple Air Pods and they are backordered for 6 weeks – damn!
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
AMY: A Panda Bear because they are cute, cuddly, and everyone loves a panda. Also love their lifestyle of eating and sleeping all day.
CHRIS: Grizzly Bear. They eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.
What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life?
AMY: It is a great way to start the day. I feel like I accomplish something by 10am and do something healthy for myself.
CHRIS: Crossfit is now a key part of my fitness plan. I’ve lost 35 lbs since joining (20lbs to go) and feeling better every day.
What advice would you give to a new member at CrossFit SciCoh?
AMY: Just go. You might be nervous or scared but everything is scalable and doable. Make yourself walk through the door, which is the hardest step.
I got started when my BFF stopped by one day and said “we are going to CrossFit tomorrow morning, be ready at 9am.” The rest as they say is history so pay it forward and do the same for someone you care about. It just might change their life.
CHRIS: Come as you are, work hard but stay within yourself, and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Remain focused on your objectives and your individual progress. I would also suggest listening carefully to the trainers to develop the right techniques to stay injury free.
If you could sum up CrossFit SciCoh in one word, what would it be?
CHRIS: AWESOME! If you ask me a year from now, I hope it would be transformational.