Success Stories

Spotlight Athlete – Christine Parizo

Name: Christine Parizo KZJP6757

Age: The big 4-0

Occupation: Freelance B2B technology content marketing writer and journalist (I write customer success stories, blog posts, and white papers for enterprise software companies and feature articles for technology publications)

Deadlift Max: 175

Back-squat Max: 125

Got Muscle-ups? Never say never

1 mile run: 7:19. Half marathon (because you know I have to put this in here): 1:50:37

Favorite WOD: Anything with power cleans, box jumps, deadlifts, and/or…. RUNNING!

Favorite Lift: Power cleans!IMG_4726

How long have you been CrossFitting? Since August 2015.

Which class time do you usually attend? 8 am

How did you find CrossFit? My running friends in Massachusetts (one in particular) kept telling me how awesome it was. So after we finished the arduous process of selling our house, packing said house into a U-Haul, and moving down to Texas, I started looking for a box. Holly responded the fastest to my emails and didn’t seem too scary, so I booked a free trial class. I was kind of nervous because I had very minimal barbell experience (like, I knew what one was…) but I loved the trial class, and the atmosphere at CLCF was really supportive, so I signed up and was immediately hooked. Now I can’t shut up about it, but it’s the reverse Fight Club rule.

IMG_2966What is your athletic background? I was captain of the smoking team in high school and used to run from the security guards in three-inch chunky-heeled boots, sometimes scaling 10-foot high chain link fences while carrying a lit cigarette and a backpack full of textbooks.

Yeah – I basically did as little as possible for most of my life, aside from some aerobics DVDs and yoga. After my daughter was born and I went freelance, I got serious about fitness and took up running and dumbbell work. I had run four half marathons by the time I started CrossFit.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? You might need to have a word limit on this, because I can talk/write about this for HOURS. But two big things:

1) I have so much more confidence. I’m doing things I never thought I’d do, like handstand pushups, which makes me feel stronger mentally as well as physically. I’m better at standing up for myself and saying no to potentially bad situations – and stepping outside my comfort zone, like with public speaking. There’s something about being a bad@ss at the gym that translates into being a bad@ss in life.

2) Going all in with the nutrition program has completely changed how I view food, fueling, and my body. If you know my story, you know anorexia has been a significant part of it. I spent a lot of my life fighting my body and punishing it. Recovery is a lifelong process, but with the meal plan and seeing the progress I’ve made in the box and out, I feel like I have a firm foothold on it and a roadmap to guide me out of the times when I want to slip back into destructive behavior. I don’t focus on the number on the scale so much now and instead focus on what percentage of my body weight I’m putting on the bar or what I was able to do today that I couldn’t do a year ago. CrossFit is helping me heal.

What motivates/inspires you? Without a doubt, my kids. I want to show them that you can do whatever you set your mind to, no matter what anyone else tells you. (And I started my son in CrossFit Kids, which he loves, so thank you Coach Dana and Coach AJ for teaching him to love burpees. I’m still not there yet.) If you’ve ever been a fan of LOST, then you know the John Locke quote, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.” In the box (and out), I’ve done things people told me I couldn’t. That’s the attitude I want my kids to have as they make their ways through life. Don’t let other people attach artificial limits to your life. The limit does not exist.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? When I legit RX’d an Open WOD (18.1). I was so frustrated coming in that morning because I was positive I wouldn’t be able to clean and jerk a 35-pound dumbbell, and I was annoyed because I can jerk more than 70 pounds AND have toes to bar, dangit, and I wanted to get that RX! Coach Holly showed me how to do it, and when it was go time, I did it! Multiple times! Getting a 35-pound dumbbell overhead is no small feat for these twig arms!

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. If I have to choose just one, teaching my daughter that fitness and health is about what your body can do and not whether it looks a certain way or is at an arbitrary number on the scale or fits into a certain clothing size. I want her to grow up to know that fitness and health is important, and that it’s not about diet and exercise but fueling and training. Basically, I want her to be proud of what her body can be capable of and not base her self-worth on her appearance, which so many of us women are taught to do at a young age.

Oh, and survive my first marathon. But that’s a second goal – ask me about that after January 20.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Running, which is my “me” time. I read voraciously and love well-written TV shows like Game of Thrones. I also have a couple of cross-stitch projects floating around and a blog I like to write (runoutofthebox.com, if you’re looking for something to read). Oh, and any chance I get, I hop on a flight to Manhattan, drink staggering amounts of coffee, go to shows and museums, and see how often I get mistaken for a New Yorker.IMG_7134

What is your favorite cheat meal? Do you even have to ask? TACOS! And chips and queso, sushi, prosciutto and mushroom pizza… but mostly tacos.

Any advice for new members?

1) Definitely remove “I can’t” from your vocabulary.

2) Listen to Holly (and do what she says), because she knows what she’s talking about – and she’ll also tell you some pretty funny stories. Goat season is the best.

3) Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, because this is YOUR CrossFit journey and your experience. (And this was a tough one for me…) Instead, ask Holly what you should be shooting for in the WOD (5 rounds, 8 minutes, whatever) and SCALE APPROPRIATELY.

4) TRUST THE PROCESS! Anything worth having requires work – so go all in with your nutrition, with all the little suggestions Holly will give you to make your lifts better, with pretty much everything. Work hard, and your progress will blow you away, in and out of the box.

5) HAVE FUN! CrossFit is for blowing off steam, for working out with awesome people, and for that AMRAP where you forget about everything else but how much those wall balls are kicking your butt.

Have you met Pukie? Ummm, not at the box…

SPOTLIGHT ATHLETES: Our Powerhouse Couple…

Johnny and Stephanie Boulos!

Name: Johnny Boulos

Age: 31

Occupation: Hospitality management

Deadlift Max: 405#

Back-squat Max: 345#

 

Got Muscle-ups? Rings…Negative/Bar….YES!

1 mile run: 6:17!

Favorite WOD: It’s a love/hate with the OPEN WODs, love how hard you go in the open, but the hate of how much pain the OPEN WODs bring.

Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerk

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Started in March 2014

Which class time do you usually attend?

Ummmmm….8am,330pm,430pm sometimes 530pm

How did you find CrossFit?

We had family that had been Crossfit athletes for years and I was bored doing the normal “globo gym”.

What is your athletic background?

basketball, from Jr. High through High school, men’s Rec/Co-Ops in college.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

In SOOO many ways. The relationship my wife and I have, the relationships I’ve made with my BOX community! It has set a whole new standard for lifestyle for myself, healthier/balanced diet, the addiction to seeing improvement.

What motivates/inspires you?

Truthfully…. competition! (I know that’s not what I’m supposed to say) I believe it’s a healthy and productive outlook on competition! “My take on Competition” Work hard, finish the WOD to your maximum output, be honest with yourself and hopefully one day, people will be aiming to compete against you and you against them!

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?

How Crossfit has become more than a workout and hobby, more so now a lifestyle and a small obsession.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit:

Ring Muscle Up

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?

Traveling, Coffee (that’s an obsession also), Adventures w/ my four legged Dog-aughter! Adventures food eating!

What is your favorite cheat meal?

OMG… Banh Mi sandwiches, Ramen, Beer,

Any advice for new members?

Just keep showing up! Ask for help if you’re unsure or want advice, have a question… just ask!!!!

Have you met Pukie?

Hahaha….. NOPE.

 

 

 

Name: Stephanie Boulos

Age: 31

Occupation: Occupational Therapist

Deadlift Max: 295#

Back-squat Max: 235#

Got Muscle-ups? Nope

1 mile run: 6:59

 

Favorite WOD: Anything with heavy-ish barbell work and minimal running

Favorite Lift:  All the lifts

How long have you been CrossFitting?  On and off for 4 years

Which class time do you usually attend?  4:30pm

How did you find CrossFit?

We have a few family members that were crossfitters and wanted to change up the monotony of globo gym workouts

What is your athletic background?

Basketball, from the age of about 12 through high school, I played soccer as a young kiddo and I danced for 8 years prior to all the sport playing.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

Crossfit has changed my outlook on my overall health and wellness. I force myself to go on the days I don’t want to and always leave feeling somewhat accomplished. I always have goals to work towards to keep me showing up to every class.

What motivates/inspires you? To better myself as an athlete and my overall fitness.

Striving to meet my goals and PR’s motivate me to keep pushing myself.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?

Sticking to Crossfit for almost four years is an achievement in itself for me. I don’t really have any big, outstanding achievement because once I hit a PR, I’m ready to start working on the next.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.

Keep making gains and getting stronger.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?

Hanging with Jonathan and our girls ( two dogs), hiking, anything outdoors, watching crime TV and happy hour.. lots of happy hours.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Beer, wine, anything with carbs J

Any advice for new members?

Just keep going, no matter how hard it is or how often you find an excuse to not show up… Show up. You’ll surpass any expectation you had for yourself if you’re willing to put in the work.

Have you met Pukie? 

Nope!

Spotlight Athlete – Eric Moore

Name: Eric Moore (aka Paw Paw)
Age: rapidly approaching my 60th year
Occupation: Specialty Chemical Sales
Deadlift Max: 385
Back-squat Max: 375
Got Muscle-ups? Naw, that’s something I really worked on for a while, but never happened.  Maybe someday.
1 mile run:  best CLCF mile was 7:13
Favorite WOD: probably Nancy
Favorite Lift: Backsquat

How long have you been CrossFitting?  Since 2010

Which class time do you usually attend?  Almost always morning.  Used to be 6:15, now mostly 8:00.
How did you find CrossFit?  My daughter Lauren talked me into it.  We enrolled in an on-ramp class together.
What is your athletic background?  No sports in HS.  Started running to get in better shape and ran my first marathon is 1995 (I know, y’all were in kindergarten).  I also got into adventure racing (Mountain bike/kayak/trek).
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?  I was in pretty good shape cardio wise prior to joining CrossFit, but almost zero strength wise.  I have gradually improved all my lifting techniques and weights, although I still have a ways to go.  I still try to get in a 3-5 mile run 1/week, but I typically go to CrossFit 6 days/week.  It’s just what I do now.  Constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.  Genius if you ask me.  I’m not as good a runner as I used to be, but my overall fitness level has vastly improved.
What motivates/inspires you?  I’d have to say it’s the mindset in general of everyone who comes to the box to improve their fitness.  It ain’t easy, but on any given day, we all come together to get gooder.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement?  A close second was making the Masters OnLine qualifier in 2015 (194/200).  The last WOD was 21-15-9 DL/Box Jump/HSPU  for   time.  Prior to the WOD, I could only do a couple HSPU without my shoulders completely giving out.   But Holly cleared her schedule after the 8 AM class and we were gonna get it done one way or the other.  I figured we be there until lunchtime, but once I got going, and Holly got me straight on the wall, I was amazed how many HSPU’s I was able to get through.  It still took me 25 minutes to finish the workout, but finishing that WOD was undoubtedly my proudest achievement.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.  Just stay healthy.  Life is so much gooder when you’re not sick or injured.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? If I didn’t have to work, I would be a full time Paw Paw.  I have 3 grandkids in New Orleans (Maxwell 4, Beckett 2, and Maggie 1), and 1 in Montrose, Co. (Audrey 3).   I’m so happy Holly loves the babies, cause they are the best.
What is your favorite cheat meal?  My favorite would have to be Tex-Mex, but I love all of them.
Any advice for new members? My all-time favorite is leave your ego at the door.   CrossFit can be a very humbling experience.  Give your best effort every workout, and you will see the results.
Have you met Pukie? No I haven’t, but there have been times when I finished a workout and couldn’t breathe.  Not 1 single person has ever asked if I needed CPR….

Spotlight Athlete – Tiffany Treat

Name: Tiffany Treat

Age: 26

Back-squat Max: 195

Deadlift Max: 205

Occupation: Budget Analyst for NASA Johnson Space Center

Got Muscle-ups? That’s a negative Ghost Rider.

1 mile run: I haven’t timed myself on this in awhile but know I am now under 8 minutes.

Favorite WOD: Anything with running and fast movements

Favorite Lift: Any snatch movement- hang, power, squat.

How long have you been CrossFitting? I tried out a few gyms when I moved to Houston for an internship in 2013. I started consistently going since November 2014 when I started at Clear Lake Crossfit.

Which class time do you usually attend? 8 a.m class!! #RideOrDie

How did you find CrossFit? I saw the games on tv in 2013 and fell in love. I remember telling my parents as we were watching it at the restaurant I was going to do that.

What is your athletic background? I played competitive softball since I was 6 years old, competitive basketball since 5th grade, started golf in middle school, and picked up tennis in high school.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I have always been active playing sports growing up. Getting to eat whatever I want and being able to burn it off on the field. I was always at practice or a game or a weekend tournament that I never really worked out in an actual gym. When I hit college and no longer playing I found out I hated going to a regular gym haha. But then I found Crossfit and fell in love. It gave me the competitive environment I loved and missed from the sports world. It wasn’t going to the gym to run on a treadmill and then do the same weights every day. I go to the gym every day knowing it’s going to be something different than the day before. And it’s going to kick my ass. (Sorry if I’m not supposed to cuss Holly.) And food. Changing my lifestyle here clicked everything else into place.

What motivates/inspires you? The other athletes at the gym without a doubt. Not trying to leave out the guys cause they are awesome too, but the women at the gym keep me on track. To keeping up with the badass (Sorry again Holly) chicks around my level or always chasing the hella strong RX ladies.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? I would definitely have to say hitting a PR on my squat snatch during the 2017 open. I didn’t think I would get 1 at that weight but ended up getting 3.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. My gym goal is to conquer pull-ups. After that, it will be handstand pushups. It drives me crazy I can lift my weight overhead on a bar, but struggle doing body weight gymnastic moves. Body goal is to get to 20% body fat.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Outside of work and Crossfit, I spend all my time with people that I love and traveling.

What is your favorite cheat meal? Just one…? No? Okay where to start…

A margarita, queso, and tortillas or

A YoYo hot dog or

Thin crust Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza or

Tacos or

Ice cream or

Chocolate Chip cookies or

So I think you get the point. I really look forward to Saturday night cheat meal.

Any advice for new members?

1.) Show up to each workout with an open mind.

2.) Don’t compare yourself to others. Some people have been there for 5+ years, others maybe just started the week before you. Focus on you and don’t be intimidated.

3.) Find a gym that feels like home to you. I tried 3 different places before I found my forever home at Clear Lake Crossfit.

4.) Scale appropriately!!!

5.) And most importantly- Listen to Holly.

Have you met Pukie? No I sure haven’t. But don’t take that as a challenge Holly!

Spotlight Athlete – Jim Barrett

Name: Jim Barrett

Age: 50

Occupation: Design Engineer

Deadlift Max: 200

Back-squat Max: 180

Got Muscle-ups? no

1 mile run: 9:07

Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas

Favorite Lift: Push Press

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I started in May 2014, but due to non-crossfit related injuries, consistently attending for about 18 months.

Which class time do you usually attend?

615am M-W-F

How did you find CrossFit?

My physical therapist (Dr. Doyle) suggested I try it.

What is your athletic background?

Played organized baseball (1975-2003) and softball (1991-2009). Wrestled in high school. Rowed in college at Florida Institute of Technology. When I hit 40, my wife, Robin encouraged me to run. I completed a full marathon and several shorter races before my ankle injury got me. That’s where Dr. Doyle came in.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

I have learned that fitness comes from more than just working out. I am what I put in my body. I’m much more conscious of my intake. The nutritional challenge, starting in December 2016, was a life-changing experience.

What motivates/inspires you?

My inspiration comes from my Dad who taught me to set goals and go for them with 100 percent effort. I also am inspired by selfless people that are always doing for others, police, firefighters, EMT’s, servicemen and women, my wife (who is about as selfless as one can be). I want to be around for a long time with my wife and kids (Hannah, BJ and John). Also, the people I see at the box are all so nice and encouraging. All the coaches are top-notch!!!

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?

One might think that I’m proud of a workout or one-rep max-and I am; but my proudest achievement is completely changing my nutritional intake and seeing results. I’ve always heard that you don’t put on weight overnight and it’s not going to come off overnight. But stay the course and results happen. The funny thing is, I didn’t know I was signing up for a challenge. I thought I was just getting my body fat percentage from the bodpod and going home. When I found out it was a challenge, I had to accept it. And don’t think I answered that challenge alone. My wife makes sure that I have what I need from THE LIST and packs my lunch and encourages me to stay the course! And then there is Holly—making sure that if I get off course, that I get right back on.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.

I give what I got when I come to the box, but I’d really like to see Rx by my name. My other goal is a flat midsection.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?

I coach Little League and just started back at school working on a second MS degree.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Without a doubt, a chili-cheese dog, a beer and a Reese’s.

Any advice for new members?

You are what you eat. Be true to yourself. Show up to the box. If I don’t feel like going, I go anyway and I’m always glad I did.

Have you met Pukie?

Yes, I have. Not as much as Oscar though (Holly you can leave this off)

Spotlight Athlete: Patti Shoemaker

Name: Patti Shoemaker

Age: 44

Occupation: Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (I work with children with special needs)

Deadlift Max: 120 lbs

Back-squat Max: 80 lbs

Got Muscle-ups? Not yet

1 mile run: 14 minutes

Favorite WOD: Anything with rowing. Cindy is my favorite named WOD.

Favorite Lift: Push press

How long have you been CrossFitting? 1.5 years

Which class time do you usually attend? Because I work past Sugarland, I attend 6:30 pm and weekends.

How did you find CrossFit? Some friends were doing it and it sounded fun.

What is your athletic background? None at all. I have never considered myself an athlete until being a

part of Clear Lake CrossFit.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has helped me through so much. I had a stroke in June of 2015. My CLCF family supported me, cheered me on, and visited me in the hospital. They even brought me snacks, and Coach Holly fixed my glasses!

Once I was given the all clear to work out, I was back in the box. The coaches helped me find ways to improve my strength, coordination, and fitness. When I started back, I had to tie my right hand to the rower because I didn’t have the grip strength to hold the handle. I can row no problem now!

What motivates/inspires you?

All of my family and friends who encouraged me through the hardest times help me stay focused on getting stronger. I am a very lucky person to have such amazing people in my life.

Everyone at CLCF is an inspiration! New members trying a WOD for the first time, pregnant members completing the WODs, and strong members who can rx the WODs. Coach Holly and Josh are amazing people, coaches, and friends! They always make me feel like I can keep going…even if there is wall balls. I am so thankful I am part of such an incredible box.

My grandkids also motivate me to stay healthy and active.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?

The first time I did a WOD with the class after the stroke. Coach AJ saw me working on a few things, brought me over, modified the work out for my ability, cheered me on, and I did it.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.

I will get a pull-up.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?

I love all kinds of live music. I am also a nerd. Come talk to me about Star Wars or X-men anytime!

What is your favorite cheat meal? I love food and cooking. If I am going for broke, I would say ice cream.

Any advice for new members? Every day is a new challenge! Making friends at CrossFit is a great way to stick with it.

Have you met Pukie? I haven’t had the pleasure.

Spotlight Athlete: Leslie Jakubas

Deadlift Max: 220
Back-squat Max: 170
Got Muscle-ups? No
1 mile run: 7:06
Favorite WOD: Fran (for now)
Favorite Lift: Snatch (even though I’m not very good, it feels so awesome when you get it)
How long have you been CrossFitting? 1.5 years
Which class time do you usually attend? 8:15 or 4:15 and Endurance
How did you find CrossFit? Coach Cory talked my husband into it first, and I followed behind shortly.
What is your athletic background? I’ve dabbled in just about every sport, but mainly soccer and swimming growing up. As an adult, I have an extensive step aerobics repertoire 😉
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I’ve never been more fit! Definitely more well-rounded and stronger.
What motivates/inspires you? Fellow crossfitters who push themselves beyond their comfort zones, or achieve something they didn’t think was possible.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? There are many, but nothing tops a first time Rx WOD.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. Although I have always been involved in sports and athletics, I feel like I never pushed myself to my max potential. I really want to know what that feels like, and see how far I can go with it.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? If I have time outside of family and CrossFit, I like to cook or work on a variety of craft projects I have going (I have a hard time finishing one before starting another)
Any advice for new members? Don’t be intimidated by what you see at the box. Everyone has their own goals and abilities. The important thing is to push yourself and reach your own goals. And have fun!
What is your favorite cheat meal? Red wine and Frozen Pizza (guilty pleasure)… with a chick flick!
Have you met Pukie? Yes! Stupid burpees/box jumps! Thank god I workout on an empty stomach!!

Spotlight Athlete: Brenda Cavazos

Name: Brenda Cavazos
Age: 35
Occupation: Patent Paralegal

Deadlift Max: 170
Back-squat Max: 160
Got Muscle-ups? No
1 mile run: 9:06

Favorite WOD: Anything with squats, sit-ups, and/or jump rope

Favorite Lift: Back Squat

How long have you been CrossFitting? 1 year 8 months

Which class time do you usually attend?
M, W, Th @ 6:15pm

How did you find CrossFit?
A friend told me about it. I signed up, he didn’t.

What is your athletic background?
Growing up, I played volleyball and softball.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
I have always worked out, but I feel like I am in the best physical shape now (in my mid-30’s) because of CrossFit.

What motivates/inspires you?
The female coaches inspire me. I want to be able to do what you do someday.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? So far my proudest achievement is double-unders. I can finally do about 10 without stopping.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.
My goal is to do a pull-up without a band and run a mile under 9 minutes.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
I love to travel.

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Whataburger and Lupe Tortilla

Any advice for new members?
I understand it can be intimidating, but you can do it. Don’t give up.

Have you met Pukie?
No.

Spotlight Athlete: Colleen D’Ercole

Deadlift Max: 213
Back-squat Max: 165
Got Muscle-ups? Nope
1 mile run: 8:15

Name: Colleen D’Ercole
Age: 50
Occupation: RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Favorite WOD: Have not found one yet. I love the anticipation of coming in and finding out just how I’m going to challenge myself that day.
Favorite Lift: Deadlift, because lifting a lot of weight makes me feel like a badass!

How long have you been CrossFitting? About 10 months.
Which class time do you usually attend? Monday-Wednesday class at 615pm.
How did you find CrossFit? My daughter (Amanda) and I wanted to get in better shape for a cruise that she got me for my birthday. We both worked with different people who had experience with CrossFit so we decided to give it a try. After all, if it didn’t kill us it would make us stronger.

What is your athletic background? With the risk of dating myself too much, I grew up in a different time than most of the athletes I see at the box. I remember going to the baseball field with my brothers to try out for the Little League team and having the coach tell me I could not try out because I was a girl. I played Varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years of high school. After that I just played recreational sports. I coached my kids’ baseball and soccer teams when they were little and one of the moms asked me if I wanted to join her indoor soccer team. I immediately fell in love with it. I did some running for a few years and now I play on a COED softball team and do CrossFit. Mainly I just want to stay active and enjoy myself along the way.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I have always enjoyed to companionship of team sports but I also like being independent. CrossFit seems to have a perfect balance. There is definitely an air of competitiveness in the box but there is also always someone there to cheer on his or her neighbor when necessary.
What motivates/inspires you? I am such a competitive person that when I go to a workout I am always comparing myself to everyone else. Not to the point that I get discouraged but enough to make myself push harder and be better than I thought possible. There are so many amazing athletes around that I never get tired of watching them perform and this makes me want to try even harder.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? This is really a hard thing to pick because I am really proud of a lot of things that I have accomplished over the last ten months. All of us like adding more weight to the bar, mastering a technique, and improving our mile time. I would have to say the thing that I am the most proud of is that I show up. I come to my classes and I try to be the best 50-year-old CrossFitter that I can be every single day. I can’t tell you how many times I find myself shaking my head as I walk to my car and telling myself that I can’t believe I just finished that WOD – and then I smile.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. I am hoping that with a little more time with CrossFit I might just be able to find the motivation I need to improve my nutritional habits. I am not quite sure what this will entail but any improvement will help.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Of course my family is the most important thing in my life. My dog, Sophie is very special to me and believe it or not most of the time I really love my job.
What is your favorite cheat meal? Well most of my meals are cheat meals so it’s kinda hard to have a favorite!
Any advice for new members? I would recommend that you find what motivates you and use it to your advantage. I am competitive, so coming to the gym and standing next to someone younger and fitter than me makes me do things that normally I would not think of doing. Don’t be intimidated by the person next to you – learn something from them. Everyone deserves a spot in the box, so just claim yours and run with it.
Have you met Pukie? Close, but no cigar!

Spotlight Athlete: Holly Lynn

Important Stats (if you tested them):
Deadlift Max: 255
Back-squat Max: 185
Got Muscle-ups? not yet….but soon!!! 😀

1 mile run: 6:30

Name: Holly Lynn
Age: 39
Occupation: One day I will own a B&B in Talkeetna, AK…..but for now I am a Gold Buying Girl! 😀
Favorite WOD: I’m still looking for a gal that has everything I love: HSPU, double unders, running and cleans. If you find her, send her my way! 😀
Favorite Lift: clean

How long have you been CrossFitting? IDK… 1+ yr, maybe 2 yrs?

Which class time do you usually attend? 6:15am for a long time, sometimes 8am, sometimes 5:15pm….I kind of like the 5:15pm class right now, lots of babies to hold, but sometimes they cry and I have to give them back to their mom!! 😀

 

How did you find CrossFit? Some crazy man in the mountains wouldn’t shut up about his Jackie time…i was like, “WTH is he talking about?!”

What is your athletic background? I was a band nerd and twirler in high school, played softball and ran (mostly from the law, but occasionally for fitness). I majored in Kinesiology at A&M because it was the only thing I didn’t suck at….

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
Crossfit has made a major impact on my strength and greatly improved my endurance! Basically…I’m the old gal in the mountains that can keep up with the boys! 😀

What motivates/inspires you? My kids! My motto at home is, “Don’t ever let someone tell you what you can and can’t do!” I watch my kids SOAR every day because they are not afraid to try….just like their mom! 😀

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?
Getting my husband hooked…FINALLY! 😀
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. I would love to get more young people involved in CF. The rate of obesity and juvenile diabetes in our country is staggering! Teach our kids how much FUN and rewarding fitness can be!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
HELL YEAH! I LOVE the mountains, hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing. Mountaineering in the Alaska range is by far the most thrilling adventure I’ve ever had! I also love to Halibut and Salmon fish….COMBAT fishing the Russian river is totally CRAZY fun! I also love whitewater rafting and pack rafting! Our family loves the outdoors…camping, kayaking, fishing, hunting. We also donate a great deal of our time and energy to Team in Training. Coaching and fundraising for this organization has allowed us the opportunity to educate individuals new to fitness just how much fun and rewarding it can be to get SWEATY!
What is your favorite cheat meal? Grilled cheese and wine…DUH!

Any advice for new members?
Suck it up and come back for more!!! Remember this shit is FUN!!! Don’t worry about what the guy/girl next to you is doing….work hard, do your best and NEVER QUIT!!!!

Have you met Pukie?
Well of course! But not at the gym! 😀