After a short hiatus, member of the month is back! This month’s spans across both boxes! You can find Marisa working out at both RCFBC & SciCoh at any given time! Congratulations, Marisa! 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.) I’m 37 years old. I just moved to Cohasset last March to live with my fiancé who grew up here. We’ll be getting married in May. I do actuarial work for pension plans. When and how did you get started with us? I started CrossFit last June. Before I moved to Cohasset, I was going to a group training class that I really liked at a gym where I used to live. It had some similar aspects to CrossFit, so when I was looking for a gym to join when I moved here, I thought I would give CrossFit a try. I’m so glad I did! Favorite workout? I don’t have a specific favorite workout, but I like working on deadlifts, squats, thrusters, and now box jumps Least favorite workout? Anything with burpees! What’s the best part about working out with your class? They keep me going! Everyone is so supportive. The coaches are really helpful and motivating. What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now? A picture of the ocean and sand in Costa Rica. What’s your favorite “cheat” meal? Probably pizza… and I definitely have a sweet tooth, but there are just too many desserts I love to list! What’s the last thing you searched for on Google? Bridal shoes. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? I would be a lion. I recently went on a safari in South Africa, and I just thought that they were the coolest animals. The female lions were super affectionate with the other lions in their pride, and they are very protective of their cubs. They are really strong and brave, and know how to stand their ground against other animals. They are also very beautiful animals. What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life? CrossFit has made me stronger, both physically and mentally. It’s a lot easier to carry a bunch of groceries or a 40-pound box of cat litter up a flight of stairs. Mentally, I find myself taking on more challenging tasks by which I usually would have been intimidated. I’m also able to focus more with any kind of challenge. And I do this all with a more positive attitude! What advice would you give to a new member at RCFBC/SciCoh? Just keep at it. Show up to class… especially the ones that you don’t want to go to, because those are probably the workouts where you need the most work, and if you never work at it, you’ll never improve. Everything can be scaled, and if you keep at it, you’ll get stronger. If you could sum up RCFBC/SciCoh in one word, what would it be?
CrossFit SciCoh Member of the Month! My son (Chase, who is 6) and I moved to Scituate 2 years ago from Kennebunkport Maine, we love our new community and have fit right in! I lost my husband to colon cancer 6 years ago (he was 35, healthy and no family history) so I am very passionate about raising awareness for such a terrible disease and getting people to recognize the signs and symptoms. Living a very healthy active lifestyle and working out is a top priority for me, I need to be in tip-top shape for Chase, who loves to be active as much as I do. One of our favorite things to do is wake up early, he bikes, I run and we take our Golden Retriever, Millie down to Minot to watch the sunrise. I work in sales for a women’s health care company where I promote a cervical cancer test, it is a wonderful company and product. Community service is important to me and I have been a hospice volunteer for almost 2 years now, reminding me every day what a gift it is to be alive and healthy! When and how did you get started with us? I have been at Scicoh for 6 months now. I started because my sister Tina who also lives in Scituate belongs to the Pembroke Crossfit and kept trying to convince me to try because she knew I would love it…she was right! Favorite workout? I love the Hero WOD Fridays, they inspire me and always give me perspective how lucky I am to be here. I have the utmost respect for our military and their families and love that Crossfit Scicoh honors them, it makes me proud. Least favorite workout? Anything with lots of heavy weights and reps. What’s the best part about working out with your class? Working out with what I can now call my “friends”, I love how we encourage, push and cheer each other on. And of course Sarah, she is an incredible coach! What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now? My son with a huge smile on his face from our Alaska trip this summer. What’s your favorite “cheat” meal? A “Wicked Willie” from Wilburs 🙂 What’s the last thing you searched for on Google? How to make “Winter Sangria” (which I made and it was delicious) If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? Seal- I could swim and play in the ocean all day, lay on the rocks in the sun, and eat all the fish I wanted. What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life? I love that each WOD is only an hour, I use to spend so much more time working out, but with less intensity and results. I never thought a workout of 12 minutes could be so hard! What advice would you give to a new member at CrossFit SciCoh? Hang in there, 6 months later I can do so much more, but still have a long way to go and that is what makes it so much fun, I love a challenge! And just GO! Sometimes the most intimidating workouts turn out to be my favorites! If you could sum up SciCoh in one word, what would it be?
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.) I’m 39 years OLD, and I’m born and raised in Cohasset. I currently live in Cohasset and don’t see myself relocating anytime soon. Once you get in you stay in ;0) Another perk is having the entire family living in Cohasset. My other half was born and raised in Dorchesta (very evident by the lovely Boston accent) and one VERY verbal 2.5 year old. If you want to be told where to go and how to get there, come talk to Blithe. We are currently raising Blithe bilingual… Dorchester (“Ma, Whea’s the cah?”) and Cohasset (“Mom, where is the car?”). She’s really taking to both quite nicely. I am a third grade teacher at an elementary school in Hingham and have worked there for 13 years. Most days it’s rewarding and enjoyable, some days, I go bananas. When and how did you get started with us? I was always curious about what CrossFit was like. I had a couple friends who joined other boxes and used to talk about it and how intense and rewarding it was. I have to be honest… I said to myself that I’d never do it because I was just fine at my own gym doing my own thing. Clearly that didn’t stick! After having my daughter, I was unhappy with my physique and wanted to get back into shape (a less rotund shape), so my wife talked to my brother, a SCICOH member at the time, and she got me a 3 month membership for my birthday. Hook… Line and… Sinker! The rest is history. Favorite workout? My favorite workouts were the ones I got to do with my brother (cheesy I know). Now that he is no longer there, I’d have to say I enjoy anything with double unders, sit-ups, or power cleans. Least favorite workout? Currently, a recent one sticks out in my mind- 4 rounds of 600 meter row… not my finest moment ;0) Most times, I dread anything overhead with a squat. A weak area for me, but I know the more I do it the better I’ll get. What’s the best part about working out with your class? I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to work out with two classes. I winter with the 4:45 and summer with the 9:30. Both groups are very motivational and push me to be at my best each and every day. From changing my flat tire to literally peeling me off the floor, they have shown me what it means to be a part of a strong community and family. The laughs are abundant and very much a part of each WOD. What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now? My daughter at 12 months in the tub with a shampoo Mohawk. What’s your favorite “cheat” meal? I have to choose just one??? I’d have to say, buffalo tenders. What’s the last thing you searched for on Google? Toddler owl costumes, why does she insist on telling everyone she’s going to be an owl when I already have a lion?! Ugh! If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? An elephant! Society wouldn’t judge my size and wrinkles 🙂 I’d also love having a memory like a trap. What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life? I feel stronger and more secure with myself. What advice would you give to a new member at CrossFit SciCoh? CrossFit is a judgment free zone. YOU do YOU! And, live to lift another day! If you could sum up CrossFit SciCoh in one word, what would it be?
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.) I’m 38 and live in Cohasset. My wife Leah and I grew up together in New Milford, CT. We have a 3-year-old son, Nathan, who’s developing a pretty sweet lefty golf swing. I’m a Coast Guard veteran, and we ended up in the Boston area because I enrolled in grad school at Northeastern when I separated from Active Duty in Miami. I work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and I just completed my second Master’s degree in Homeland Security last year. When and how did you get started with us? I joined on my birthday in March of this year. I credit Pat Reardon 100% for getting me in the door. I’ve always been active; I did the fitness programming for my Coast Guard unit and played football in college, but that was a long time ago now. I got in a fitness rut and 38 really crept up on me. I knew on day one with Coach SOS that CrossFit was for me and it was what I had been missing. Favorite workout? I definitely think I have yet to discover my favorite WOD. But to date, probably Fight Gone Bad. Credit to Coach Jeff – he had a good playlist going and ramped up the motivation for that one. Least favorite workout? Anything with overhead squats. I joined SciCoh with rusty knees from years of baseball catching and terrible mobility, but it’s coming along – I’m improving. Whenever I can, I watch Mark, Brian, the coaches, and other vets to try and emulate their form. I know it probably hasn’t always been easy for them, and it motivates me to keep working at it. What’s the best part about working out with your class? Because my work schedule has been all over the place, my CF classes have been, too. I always prefer the 0615, but every class has its own unique identity and benefits. The best part of any class to me is the coaching. I went years without anyone holding me accountable for doing the movements properly. The ability of the coaches to mobilize and prepare me for a workout and help me improve day-to-day is not something I take for granted. What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now? My son’s picture – ring bearer at my sister’s wedding in August. What’s your favorite “cheat” meal? Linguini and clams – my two favorite foods, seafood and Italian. It’s not cheating if you’re carb-loading. What’s the last thing you searched for on Google? The Washington D.C. Metro map, which should probably be my wallpaper at this point. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? Chupacabra. Google it. Half predator, half intrigue. What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life? It eliminated the guilt I used to have from not getting the most out of my globo gym workouts. I’d barely break a sweat and leave the gym feeling like I was no better for it. It’s tough to recreate the level of intensity of a CrossFit workout on your own. What advice would you give to a new member at CrossFit SciCoh? I’ll borrow from Pat Reardon on this one, only compete against yourself in the early going. Don’t focus too much on what everyone else is doing, just get the movements down and live to lift another day. It’s okay to listen to your body and rest. If you could sum up CrossFit SciCoh in one word, what would it be?