Member Spotlight

Watch our Member Spotlight for March, Paige V's interview!

Watch our Member Spotlight for February, Kyle H's interview!

Watch our Member Spotlight for January, Ryan J's interview!

Name:  Brian Kelly

Age:  47

Occupation:  Trust & Estates Attorney

Which class do you usually attend?  11:30

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 20 minute AMRAP - 400m run, 300m row, 100’ sled push

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 5 years

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first class was the “Helen” WOD.  I was doing the KB swings wrong and I had to use the black band for pull-ups, but I was instantly hooked.  I remember struggling with soreness my first week.  But I also was excited to try new movements and to get through the WOD during each “bootcamp” class.  I was also so glad to be welcomed by other members in the class.  

What is your athletic background?  I grew up playing soccer and basketball.  I played football in high school and rugby in college.  


How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Working out is exciting for me now.  My office calendar is blocked-off for CFN each day between 11-1, and I try to get to class 3-4 times a week. Consistent attendance makes me sleep better, more productive and feel great.  

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To be doing this at the same or better level when I am 60 years old.  


What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? (1) stringing together pull-ups after it took me 2 years to get one (2) knocking 2 minutes off my Fran time.


What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?  My daughter believes I am a talented singer.  My sons do not agree with her.  

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?  Best advice I ever received:  “You can't out-train a bad diet.”  I initially believed that I could eat whatever I wanted so long as I was attending CF regularly.  Not true.  Proper nutrition is essential to success.  I still struggle with making smart food choices, but I have improved overall.

Name: Hussain Gadwal

Age: 40

Occupation: Sr. Electro-mechanical Engineer

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30 PM

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it?
If I were to create a WOD that would be:

Option 1
12 min AMRAP
15 Cal row
10 front squat
5 burpee over bar

Option 2
5 RFT
400 m run
5 strict pull-up
10 push ups
15 power clean or snatch

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 1 year 7 months

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? How can I forget? I started CF with 6 weeks boot camp program in Jan 2018. First Day I believe it was a standard CF fitness test. I think I couldn't complete it or took too much time to finish. That night I had mixed emotions, felt good that I started something new and weak that I couldn't even do sit ups and wall ball. And from there, next 4-5 weeks were a struggle within, whether to quit or continue. Many good things happened during those 6 weeks of program which made me not to quit. What I liked the most is coaches encouragement and willingness to help and improve our goals. Coaches are always present when you need them.

What is your athletic background? I played Cricket, Table Tennis (Ping Pong) and Volley Ball in college.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CF is the best thing ever happened to me. CFN has changed my life in many ways. It made me disciplined and dedicated towards my health and fitness.
This is first time I have ever been this fit in my life. I would like to thank Tom and Alex P for introducing me to CFN. Also would like to thank coaches and friends at CFN.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? One? :-) I have already achieved many and many are still on the list. I am sure I will check them off from the list one by one, doesn't matter how many months it's going to take.
To name a few, HS push-up, Bar muscle up, butterfly pull ups,

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Every WOD, every rep is a proud moment for me because I had never done anything like this before in my life.
I felt very proud when I did my first Rx WOD, 5K run and first rope climb.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I have never ever done any workout before CFN.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Just do it. NEVER GIVE UP.  Believe in yourself and believe in coaches.

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July

Name: Andy Benjamin
 
Age: 42
 
Occupation: Technical Writer
 
Which class do you usually attend? Whenever I can get there.
 
If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 1 BMU / 5 Pullups / 10 DBall Throws / 400 m run 20 minute AMRAP
 
How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 1.5 years
 
Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I started my CrossFit path at a different CrossFit gym, so technically my first CrossFit class was there.  I have no idea which workout it was, but I remember being ridiculously sore.
 
What is your athletic background? I played soccer from the time I was 6 until I was 18.  I also played some tennis in high school.
 
How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I have never been this fit in my life, ever.  I have more energy.  I have never run as fast or lifted as much weight as I have at CFN.  I wish I had this when I was back in high school.
 
What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? One? That is way too limiting. These were all of the personal goals that I had and achieved since joining CFN:
 
Doing RX workouts
Kipping Pullup
Strict Pullup
Weighted Strict Pullup
Full Rope climb
Bar Muscle Up
Linked Bar Muscle Ups (5)
Deadlift 350+
Back Squat 300+
Strict handstand pushup
Two classes in a single day
Six classes in a week
5 personal records broken in a month
 
I still have to do handstand walks, ring muscle ups, and double unders. I plan on doing these three in the next 6 months.
 
What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Bar Muscle Up. It was comical to watch me try to do a bar muscle up over and over and keep bouncing off the bar. In retrospect I wish I took videos of them to make a blooper reel. Take 9 - fail. Take 17 - fail. Take 45 – fail. One day I was practicing after the Saturday morning class and just said to myself, “I am going to just act like a gymnast and try and have the best form possible.” The next thing I knew I was floating up and then on top of the bar, saying “How did that just happen?” I was so excited that I was saying “ALEX! ALEX! Look!”. Alex went and grabbed a pen so that I could write my name on the support pillar with the rest of the people who did that.
 
What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I am pretty sure I was a WWII fighter pilot in a former life.
 
What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? If you are considering joining, stop considering and just do it. Seriously. Stop reading this, go open your email or pick up your phone RIGHT NOW, and book your first class. You will be glad you did. I wish I started this the day CFN opened in New Hampshire.
 
CrossFit works for 5 main reasons:
 
Cost versus value.  It is easy to join a cheap gym and not go, but pay the low monthly fee each month.  I lost count of the times that I would start going, but then I would stop after a few days and then weeks would go by.  Then I would feel guilty and start going again for a few days, but then stop going again for weeks again. Then I would stop going for months. It was this dysfunctional cycle that I would repeat over and over and over. The cheap gyms actually don’t want you to go to the gym! They just want the free revenue! CrossFit costs more in terms of dollar amount per month, but TOTALLY worth it in terms of VALUE.  CrossFit gyms WANT you to go and meet your goals.
Professional coaching.  Having someone there who knows the proper movements is extremely valuable so that you know what you are doing. There are tons of videos on Youtube of gym fails of people doing silly stuff on exercise equipment that are funny on the surface, but actually dangerous. Also, some people like me needed some encouragement to get rolling. I have hurt myself before in one of the cheap gyms and I wouldn’t have done that if I had a coach there telling me what I should and shouldn’t have been doing.
Peer pressure/competition.  I would frequently cut my workouts short and not get very intense when I tried to do them on my own.  At CrossFit, a little competition helps you achieve your goal.  Everyone else in the class is going through the same thing and they can and frequently do encourage you to reach your potential. I remember doing one workout where we had to do a bunch of toes to bar and then go run 400 meters.  We had to do this every 3 minutes 7 times.  I remember on my last round I was the last person out of the gym to do the run.  If you wanted to do the full 400 meter run, you had to go left at the end of the driveway.  If you wanted to scale to a shorter distance, you would go right.  Well there were 6 other people in the class.   Three went left and three went right. I was faced with a choice. I wanted to actually stop right then and there since I was exhausted, but that was simply not an option. I pushed the throttles forward, did the full distance, and I was glad that I did.   
Variability: When I used to go to the cheap gym I would do the same things over and over.  It was BORING.  Every day there is something new at CrossFit.  You never get tired of the workouts (but you do get tired in the workouts!)
Community: The people at CrossFit are great. This goes for the owners/coaches and the members.
 
Another thing. Your diet has a HUGE part to play. A major mistake I made was not paying attention to my diet. I was going to CrossFit and making gains in terms of strength, but I ballooned in weight from 200 pounds to 233 pounds. I was eating whatever I wanted and then some. One day I was doing a deadlift for a personal record and handed my phone to Sarah to take a video. I broke my personal record, which was great, but I went back and watched the video. I was FAT! Something had to be done. When most people think “diet”, they really think “starving myself”.  It doesn’t have to be that way. My wife and I started on the keto diet and I shed about 25 pounds in about 4 months and I wasn’t hungry!  I did end up having to buy all new pants, which was a good problem to have. My running times improved in a major way. When I do burpees now I don’t hit the ground like a load of bricks.
 
Also, not all CrossFit places are the same.  When you look at the owners, the coaches, the community, the cost/value, the hours, etc. CrossFit Nashua is the best by far.  
 
If you already have joined, then take note of the following:
 
You are going to be sore. It is ok to not go for a couple days to let your body recover. Just make sure to come back.
It is always ok to scale the workout. It is a better idea to go too light than too heavy since an injury can take you out for a long time.
You may feel like you are going to die. This is normal.
Everyone else around you wants to see you succeed and will help you. We have all traveled the path you are now on.
Keep track of all of your personal records. Nothing makes you feel better than breaking a personal record.
Take before photos. Take them again in 3 months. You will be amazed.
Buy grips for your hands. You will need them.
You only really ever compete with yourself. Even if you finish a workout last, the simple fact that you are there and are doing the workout means you have won when it comes to your own health and how you are making yourself feel.

June

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Name: Emily Horn

 

Age: 35

 

Occupation: Environmental Management Consultant

 

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30pm

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look like? Something with deadlifts or power cleans. Gimme the weights!

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 3 1/2 years

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? It was a bootcamp class. I don't remember exactly what we did but I was so sore that it took me another week to come back!  I remember feeling way in over my head but I realized that there was a lot ahead of me to accomplish and prove to myself that I can do, which is exactly the kind of challenge that I wanted and what keeps bringing me back to CFN today!

What is your athletic background? I come from a family of downhill skiers so I've been skiing since I could walk, and I raced competitively in high school. In my 20's I was all over the place, wanting to try new things and meet new people: boxing, dodgeball, kickball, hiking, whitewater rafting -- if it was team related or of questionable safety I was probably doing it. My husband and I picked up running about 8 years ago and we have since run 4 half marathons, a few 10 milers, 10Ks, and 5 milers, and countless 5Ks. My running times aren't what they used to be, but in its place is a ton of strength from CrossFit that I would have never achieved through running alone.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Before CFN, you would never find me consistently in a gym, or consistently doing anything for that matter. I thought CrossFit would be the next crazy new thing I'd try that wouldn't last. Well, 3.5 years later and I'm still here, attending more consistently now than ever before. The COMMUNITY is a lot of the reason I'm still here. Having all of these supportive, friendly, like-minded people and coaches to interact with every time I come in is what truly elevates my experience. I thrive on being pushed by others and inspired by all of the strong and amazing people that put in the work every day. Almost 2 years ago I had my daughter, and not once did it occur to me to stop going to CFN, it was just a matter of how soon could I go back? 2 months later, I was back at the box and 4 months later and I was competing again. When I never questioned WOD'ing during or after pregnancy is when I really knew CFN had staying power in my life. I am also working with a coach to focus on nutrition, and I've now lost just shy of 50 pounds since joining CFN. It is a slow process but it is a SUSTAINABLE one. Becoming leaner, and stronger than ever before just makes me want to (and able to!) achieve more.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I want to do all the things! The current short term list is HSPU's and mobility for getting heavier snatches.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Getting on the record board for a 315# deadlift, and getting not just my first, but 41 C2B's during this year's Open!

What is one thing that most people do NOT know about you? I'm shy and introverted. No really, it's true.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?  Be humble! Nobody starts out as a CrossFit all-star.  Be honest with yourself and your abilities and CrossFit will meet you where you are (that's the whole point!). If you stick with it and trust the process, you are guaranteed to become better than yesterday.

Name: Arden Wallace

Age: 34

Occupation: Funeral Director

Which class do you usually attend? 6:30pm

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Definitely handstand walks, maybe deadlifts, pull-ups, running.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 1 year and 7 months

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I don’t remember the workout itself but the warm up was thunderstruck 😂 regardless, I was hooked and signed up for a membership that night.

What is your athletic background? I was a gymnast for 13 years competitively. I was probably around 20 when I stopped. I didn’t do any sort of sport or exercise until I joined CFN in October 2017.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I’ve been trying hard to be more conscious of what I eat now, I want to get stronger and be healthier and so far it’s working. Although I do fall off the wagon sometimes 😬. I’m definitely a lot stronger which helps me in literally every aspect of my life, things at work are easier too. Meeting awesome people has been a plus too!

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? RX more WODs and participate in more competitions

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? When I did my first muscle up!

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? That I graduated magma cum laude from mortuary school.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? I’d tell them just to take the plunge. Regardless of their fitness level. It’s hard to take that first step, especially when you’re doing it on your own but it was the best thing I’ve done! I’m so glad I did.  


 

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Name: Ryan Lacasse

Age: 28

Occupation: Heavy diesel/automotive technician

 

Which class do you usually attend? 11:30am

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Rope climb/ box jumps/HSPU

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 8 months!

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first week was super fun, my first class was with coach Alex and he had me do a wod that involved rowing and kb swings. It was a short one but it really took me by surprise, I thought I was in good shape but what an eye opener that first wod was. The rest of the week I was a little nervous and super sore going into the gym but the people here made me feel so welcome immediately.

 

What is your athletic background? I skateboarded a lot when I was younger, I do a lot of hiking too.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? This may sound like an extreme but its the truth, I have never felt better about my health than I do now. The coaches and the friends I have made have left such a huge impact on my overall health. I never thought I would be someone who looked forward to working out, but going to the gym is my favorite part of the day, everyone is so positive and works so hard. In such a short time my endurance is better, I look better naked, not sure if I can say that, I am stronger, its also been a huge confidence boost and I have started eating healthier. Joining CFN has been the best decision i have made for my self in a long time.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? One goal I hope to hit within the year is to get on the 100 consecutive double under board.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? So far I am most proud of my performance in the CrossFit Open, I wasn't even going to sign up but my peers suggested I do. I felt so satisfied after each workout because I felt like I pushed my self harder than iI ever thought I could and it makes me really look forward to improving for the next one.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I'm really passionate about gardening 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Don't be afraid to speak up or ask for advice on the movements, the coaches are so helpful and knowledgeable and their tips had made a world of difference for me. My progress would not be as smooth as it has been without their guidance.

March

Name: Julio Abreu

 

Age: 29

 

Occupation: Quality Engineering

 

Which class do you usually attend? I originally did 5:30am for a little over a year, but now I switch between 6:30pm and 7:30pm 

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 3 RFT: 1200m run buy-in, 25 C2Bs/PUs, 25 GHDs, 25 air squats

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I have now been at CrossFit Nashua for 1 year and 9 months!

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? Oh I remember alright lol. I was coming off 2 years or so of doing nothing. So I felt TERRIBLE… but was proud I actually started something. I don’t remember the exact WOD, but do remember there was rope climbs and lots of running (which I heavily scaled)

 

What is your athletic background? I did boxing on and off for a couple of years but was barely consistent.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? In more ways than I'd ever imagine. I was at a really low point before CFN. Very unhealthy, unhappy, and around the wrong people. Today, I'm the healthiest/most fit I've ever been, I'm super happy, have met some amazing people!

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To place in a competition!

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Finally getting a Ring muscle up! Of all the things I have learned to do at CrossFit Nashua, this one beat me up mentally lol. I dedicated many days/months before and after class trying to get this one.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I watch TONs of anime. Don’t judge me.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Forget about what you think you "can't" do. None of that matters here… You just give it your all, do the best that you can, and that’s what matters.

February

Name: Jonathan Mullaney

 

Age: 25

Occupation: Electrical Engineer

 

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30PM 

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look like? Deadlifts, pull-ups, and lots of running.

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? A little less than two years.

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? The first WOD had a lot of dumbbell cleans. I remember thinking the infamous words "That doesn't sound so bad", which disappeared immediately after the WOD started. I had never been so challenged by a workout and was totally hooked after that.

 

What is your athletic background? I did swimming for my entire childhood and into high school.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Before I joined CFN, I didn't have a consistent routine when it came to exercise - I'd do some workout routine for a few weeks and then stop going once I got bored. CrossFit made fitness something exciting and challenging for me, which has kept me motivated to keep going.

 

What is one personal goal you would like to achieve at CFN? I'd like to improve my overhead squats. 

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? First bar muscle up.

 

What is one this most people do NOT know about you? I love fixing cars in my free time. When I'm not at the gym, I am working on mine!

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or has recently joined? Sign up for a class and try it! Everyone here is welcoming and will guide you through anything you're not sure about. If you are in a rut with whatever workout you are doing, it is the perfect time to try CrossFit. If you just joined, don't get discouraged by a tough workout or if there's something you struggle with. Just keep showing up and chipping away at it!

January

Name: Kelly Nedeau

Age: 46

Occupation: Project Manager 

Which class do you usually attend? 7:30 PM

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Deadlifts, inchworm with pushup and more deadlifts.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Since mid Feb of '18

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?   I was terrified.  I had done CrossFit before (2x) a week (and was still kind of a beginner) .  I had broken my ankle badly and took 5 months off to recover.  I was now starting at a new CrossFit box where I didn’t know anyone... AFTER an injury... AND not having done ANY activity for 5 months!  I didn’t have anything to worry about though; everyone was great and very welcoming.   I think we did kettlebells and box jumps ( I was not jumping too well at the time)

What is your athletic background? My family didn't exercise when I was growing up,  the activity I got was from walking to school and dance.  I started exercising more in college thru dance classes and teaching dance.  Before I got married, I ran 5x a week and did yoga 1x a week.   Though no formal exercise program really “stuck” until I began CrossFit.   

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  CFN is an AMAZING community. The amount of support members and coaches show each other makes so much of a difference.  The coaches (Alex) make sure we understand the workouts and push us to reach a little farther each time. I think that’s why it is easy for me to stick with it. We are all in the same boat of struggle and achievement. No matter how difficult a work-out feels, everyone shares a common sense of pride afterward.  I love this and I love the CFN COMMUNITY.  The schedule has allowed Andy (hubby) and me to swap off child care to attend classes; same night/different times. This has given me the opportunity to increase the # of times I can go weekly too.  As I have gotten older, I have gained a bit of weight. With changing my diet and going to CFN, I have seen some great changes in my body composition and self-confidence. I’m finally on the upswing with my ankle health and look forward to see where CFN takes my fitness!

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To be able to do a rope climb.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN?  Being able to deadlift more than my bodyweight.  I have never had upper body strength... and now I can do push-ups (not many YET, but getting better every day)

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?  I’ve done fire walking.  Mind over matter!

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?  Just keep moving!  No matter how hard you think a workout is...just keep moving, even at a slower pace, and you can do it.  CrossFit allows you to start small and work up to a level you never thought you could reach.

December

Name: Mike Benson

 

Age: 35 (December 11)

 

Occupation: Branch Manager of Quality Insulation 

Which class do you usually attend? 11:30a 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it?  Wall Balls, bar muscle ups, HSPU, sit ups, Cleans / Jerk.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 1 year 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? 
    - My first day I came we did a Hero WOD and it was brutal!  Then the next few days I remember that this was exactly what I was looking for.  Sarah was my coach and I expressed my concerns with my lower back so she really worked with me on form/stretching/mobility and how not to focus on weights/gains at first just focus on form.  It made my transition to CrossFit not only manageable but enjoyable.  I was amazed at how quickly I was experiencing gains in all movements.  

 

What is your athletic background?  
    - Very active entire life.  Played baseball, soccer, basketball (still play), football, golf, etc.  Became a gym rat at age 15 with standard Gold Gym lifting stuff through age 34. 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?   
    - As a person whom has had an extreme focus on personal health and well being, to be able to go to a place like CFN every day and not only did it give me the challenge I was looking for with both mind and body, but also I can truly say I enjoy the people and environment just as much as the actual workouts.  It was the "life game changer" that I was looking for. 

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? Handstand Walk and improve my hip mobility. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? 
    - Muscle up and when I finally got "double unders" was a good day.  Me personally though, with my previous injuries to my lower back, knee, and ankles (before joining) and where I was a year ago with the fear I had of hurting them - to where I am now with the strength I have gained and nearly RXing every workout is the achievement I am most excited about. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?  I do not like Rap, Country, or Pop music - Long live "Rock and Roll."

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What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? 
    - For new members: Take your time.  It was hard for me at first to forget the 25 years of lifting and what I thought I knew about fitness before joining CFN. To take your time and trust the coaches at CFN. 
    - For those whom are still thinking about joining: Do it.  As a life long person in fitness, I am embarrassed that I did not start CrossFit, at CFN, years ago.  Even with all my previous injuries and aches/pains - I have not felt this good since I was in my early 20's.  I truly feel that all the working out I did the last 25 years was a waste of time compared to what I have done this past year.  I will never go back to conventional "lifting" ever again.  

Name: Lina Pineda     

 

Age:  ummm….do I have to say? Lol. Jk. 34 

Occupation: Army National Guard Recruiter (Free Tuition for any Soldier in the NH Army National Guard at NH State Colleges AND Universities!!! Great Medical and Dental benefits! All for part-time work. Call me for details 603-931-0716)

Which class do you usually attend?  06:30 (I consistently show up at 06:34, sorry)

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I feel like this is a trick question. Are you going to use this against me? It would probably consist of jump rope, box jumps, sit ups, deadlifts…the things I am not awful at (well I am awful at double unders, but I like the practice).

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? March 2018

 

Do you remember your first week? YES!!! The fear, nerves and intimidation are forever ingrained in my memory. Lol…now that I think of it, kind of like the first day of basic training.

How did you feel? I felt so nervous being around so many incredibly fit people. I was both excited and terrified.

Do you remember the workout? Nope. We do so much in one day it’s hard to remember what I did during yesterday’s WOD.

What is your athletic background? I have never been super athletic, I didn’t play sports in high school… but I have maintained a standard to stay gainfully employed with the Army National Guard. I have thrown a year or two here and there being very fit, but that’s usually during deployments.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN provided me with the consistency I need to be active. Not only that, but the people, environment and workouts themselves have motivated me to come back every day. Now that I am able to go to the morning sessions, it’s my cup of joe. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day. And the most I will go without a workout is 2 days (typically the weekends) The coaches and other members push me during the workouts and I continously strive to improve. It gives me the structure and routine I need to improve my fitness level, one day at a time. I LOVE IT! 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? Errr…I can only list one? Can I call it a three way tie? Double unders, pull ups, and the rope climb. All together, I think I simply want to build my strength and endurance. Sorry, there isn’t just one.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Hmmm…my 210# dead lift, or my single, single, single double unders. Lol. Nope, the coaches draft. Those box jumps were INSANE! Not only did I knock those out in a great time, but I was happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and participated. I almost didn’t, but CFN is good at peer pressuring us into these events. Lol.  

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I spent nearly two years (not consecutively) of my life living in the middle east.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Do it and stick to it! You will NOT regret it! You meet lots of amazing and motivating people! And you will be impressed by what you can accomplish at CFN! Shot out to Larida Nutall who got me into CFN!

October

Name: Lindsay Gilbert

 

Age: 32

 

Occupation: Development director for the cystic fibrosis foundation 

 

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

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 20 minute AMRAP with kettle bell swings, box jumps, sled pushes, and sand bag carries.

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I felt incredibly out of my comfort zone.  First workout was a 20 minute AMRAP with ring rows, pushups, and running.

What is your athletic background? I swam in high school, played basketball, lacrosse, and ran cross country.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I now look forward to working out. CrossFit has become a huge stress release. And now and I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? Just 1 pull up

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? When I took the plunge and finally signed up for my first competition.  It was the rookie rivalry and it was so much fun and  it just helped to give me a ton of confidence.

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I used to sing classical music.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?

Respect the process. Just keep showing up, the rest will come.

September

Name: Corrine

Age: 26

Occupation: Office Manager Dog boarding and Daycare

Which class do you usually attend? 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look like? Cleans and running!

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Almost 2 years

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?Yes! I remember thinking how much I needed to and was going to learn. I just remember looking around and seeing weights being thrown to the floor and I didn't even know if I could do any of it! I was pretty nervous. Once I completed the foundations workout, I was excited to see what was next.

 

What is your athletic background? I didn't do many sports growing up, I dabbled here and there as a kid, but never really stuck with anything. I was never very athletic. That's why I love CFN. No one has let me give up and everyone has held me accountable. 

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? My first day walking into CFN, I had felt the lowest I had ever felt as a person. I was ready for a change and fast forward to 2 years later, I feel as strong as ever. I always look forward to getting to the box. It's always a huge highlight of my day. Setting goals and seeing them achieved is one of the best feelings in the world.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I have too many goals to count lol, but a big one, for one day would be to get my bar or ring muscle up, someday!

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? My first pullup and rope climb ever!  Like, ever in my lifetime!

 

What is one thing that most people do NOT know about you? I really enjoy fine arts! I used to paint and draw all the time. 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?  For someone thinking about it, just try it! You may be surprised at what you can do! For someone who has recently joined, it's too easy to slip away here and there, so come up with some sort of schedule to stick to or set up how many days you'd like to make it in a week. Don't give up!

Name: Rahil Kalia

 

Age: 29

 

Occupation: Mobile Application Developer 

 

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30pm (which use to be 6pm earlier)

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I like kettlebell swings, running, Box Jumps, rope climbs and chest to bar pull ups. So, combination of these will be the ideal wod.

 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I joined in Feb 2017. More than a year now.

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? First week at CrossFit was intense and tiring. After classes I used to be so tired that I started sleeping pretty early then my usual bedtime. CrossFit was completely new experience and after 1st trial class I loved the whole workout though it was tiringJ . I partially remember my first workout involved burpees and kettle bell swings. 

 

What is your athletic background? I played soccer and cricket in my school and college days. After college I tried various things to keep myself busy like going to gym, played tennis and I did 3 months Kickboxing course.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN has changed my life as it has become part of my life. Everyone in the CF from coaches to fellow class members are very helpful. They have guided me to the right form of training. I am following more healthy diet now. Always making sure to minimize junk food. I feel healthier and more fit after following healthy diet + CrossFit training. 

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I would like to do Muscle Ups and handstand walk.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? I think the day I did my first rope climb that day I was super happy. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I think most people do not know that I play harmonica and I like to draw cartoons in free time. 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? My advice to all who are thinking to join or have joined is that keep coming to CrossFit, it will be hard initially but keep coming to classes. I have read somewhere if you keep doing same thing for 21 days it becomes your habit. So, keep trying until CF becomes your habit.

Name: Chris

Age: 31

Occupation: Logistics

Which class do you usually attend? 4:00 (now 3:30) and 8:30am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Running and cleans

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Since October 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout?

I remember the running dead workout of running, deadlifts, and box jumps, the feeling of being very out of shape and having to scale everything.

What is your athletic background? Just going to Planet Fitness on and off and making no progress.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CrossFit helped me to finally quit smoking, lose about 15 lbs, and made me want to focus more on eating better. I am also sleeping much better and longer than before.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN?  All RX weight and movements 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? My increase on my crossfit total after the gains train cycle and really seeing progress.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Don't let the idea of crossfit intimidate you based on your current fitness level because I started out with little to no athletic ability myself. Now I am going five days a week and have progressed more than I ever thought I could.

Name: Aubrey Joslin

Age: 19

Occupation: Nursing Student / LNA 

Which class do you usually attend? It depends on my schedule! Currently, I am attending the 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm classes. I do miss 6:30 am though!

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? That’s a hard question but I think I’d enjoy a WOD consisting of power cleans, running, and rope climbs! 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? It will be a year at the end of August!

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I remember all the feelings and physical effects related to my first week but not the workout. I remember being super nervous to get back into working out after giving birth to my second child. With my poor time management, I ended being late to class (per usual) and sprinted in to see all these super fit people lifting. Truthfully, I was so intimidated I considered turning around right there, but I’m so glad I didn’t. After the first class, I can remember that my arms and legs were so sore I struggled to pick up my kids and was walking like a penguin. Despite being sore, everyone was so welcoming and encouraging I was looking forward to going back. 

What is your athletic background? I was a three sport varsity athlete in high school. I ran cross country, played basketball, and played softball. Every summer from ages 6 to 17 I played ASA softball! 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN has changed my life for the better in all aspects. I’ve adopted a new diet, made it become habit to attend classes, and have gotten much fitter! Being around so many inspiring people has also allowed me to become a better mother and grow closer to God. Isiah 40:31 states: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Often balancing being a full time mom, full time student, and full time employee can be exhausting. WODs are no doubt challenging but it has become a time where I find strength in Him. I also take pride in knowing that my children are able to see the struggle, discipline, and strength it takes to complete the WODs. However, they also get to see the accomplishments, excitement, and joy that accompanies finishing or reaching a new goal. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I have many goals that I would like to achieve but right now I’m focusing on getting my first strict pull up and becoming consistent with DUs. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? There are so many moments! However, I think getting my first rope climb was the most exhilarating moment. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m secretly an aspiring philosopher. I also have an unhealthy obsession with the Harry Potter series. 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? JUST DO IT. Go through one WOD at a time. Don’t be intimidated! Everyone at CFN is so kind, accepting, and encouraging. I can honestly tell you that you really couldn’t have come to a better box.

Name: Chris Paluzzi

 

Age: 16

 

Occupation: No current job, Full time Student Pilot though!

 

Which class do you usually attend? 4 pm class

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 5 rounds for time: 15 toes to bar, 10 squat cleans, 5 squat snatches

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Since June of 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? Yes, my first week at CrossFit was brutal but intense. After my first workout I went home, and for the next 3 days I couldn’t move my arms and could barely walk, and after that I really knew what to expect. I don’t remember what the exact workout was, but I remember it involved burpees and rowing, my least 2 favorite at the time. 

What is your athletic background? I played baseball since I was a little kid and stopped playing when I was a sophomore in high school. 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN has been awesome and always has a positive vibe there. Once I stopped playing baseball, I really started to get out of shape, and realized it was time for a change. I’ve done other programs and never saw an outcome until I came to CFN. My life has changed since I joined because I feel better about myself and can do some stuff I never imagined I could do. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I would like to get a  Bar/ring muscle up, strict pull-ups, rope climb.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? One achievement I’m most proud of is sticking with it. With other programs I wasn’t seeing any outcomes and stopped working out. With CrossFit, I’ve stuck with it and made the best out of it.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m scared of heights, yet I fly planes.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? You won’t regret joining and don’t be nervous going, but have self confidence in yourself. Stick with it even though it can be an intense workout. The coaches are there to help you out but most importantly push you to your limits. Just remember it’s only 1 hour of your day.

Names: Milly Diaz-cruz

 

Age: 47

 

Occupation: Senior Accounts Receivable Specialist 

Which class do you usually attend? I attend the 530am class

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 9 months 

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? My ideal WODs are the fast pace cardio workouts 

 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first week at CFN was challenging, yet filled with instant gratification.  I did the boot camp program with my son, which was extremely helpful with stance and positioning when lifting weights.  What I remember most is the dynamic warm ups I felt silly, now they don't bother me at all.  

What is your athletic background? I had always worked out at what we call a typical gym.  The gym always got boring and there is no comparison to a gym vs Crossfit, not only does time fly, but the results are some i have never accomplished before. I've never been this consistent either.  

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN spews positive energy.  The coaches and the community are just awesome!!  I feel more confident, energetic and stronger than I did in my 30's.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? My personal goal is to never quit, continue to get stronger, and pull off a rope climb lol.

 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? The first time I pulled my first box jump I knew I was getting stronger.  It was my first exciting achievement!!  

 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? People don't know that I have a very  big family.  I have 7 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren, along with the most supportive loving husband and children.  I am very lucky and blessed.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? My advice to others is to give it a shot you won't regret it.  Don't feel intimidated, the more you push yourself the better and stronger you will feel, not only physically, but mentally as well!!  You will inspire others around you.  I started with my son, which has changed his physic entirely, and now my daughter has just joined.  She is also looking forward to her change.  That speaks volumes.

 

Thank you All for the support and positive energy - I love this place!!!

Name: Al Nickerson

 

Age: 26

 

Occupation: Pizza Chef

Which class do you usually attend? Usually 8:30 but i jump around quite a bit. 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? 5 rounds for time: 500 m row 100’ sled push and 10 DB cleans 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Since May 1st 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first week at CFN... I went the first two days and then my body was in so much pain I did not go until the following week. It even hurt to  sit down or lay in bed !! I can’t remember day one but day twos wod was 4 rounds of 400 m run 30 pull ups and 20 push ups. I quickly realized how out of shape I was. 

What is your athletic background? I played some baseball and basketball when I was younger. When I got to highschool I played football for three years and did a lot of weightlifting during those years as well. 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? My life is a lot different since joining CFN. I have so much more energy. I feel better about myself. I make better choices about what I’m eating or drinking(sometimes). I have also gained so much strength in such a short time. I Can’t wait to see what many more years of crossfit will bring.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I would like to get my first strict pull up and someday a muscle up!!

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Just showing up and doing my best and noticing improvements week to week is what makes me proud.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I am terrified of cats!!

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? There is no need to be nervous.  Everything can be scaled to your abilities . The coaches are so helpful with anything you need to know. GO FOR IT because you will feel great everyday. Also if you have joined and are feeling beat up, just ease your way into it and eventually it will just become routine. 

Name: Mike Albert             

 

Age: 32

 

Occupation: UPS driver

 

Which class do you usually attend? Typically, the 6pm

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Something like an amrap of d-balls, bar muscle ups, and rope climbs.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I started boot camp January 9, 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I remember that I felt out of shape and couldn’t walk after Wednesday’s class. It was 50/40/30/20/10 of wall balls and kettle bells.

What is your athletic background? I played baseball for 10 years when I was young, played basketball for CYO, and middle school football for a couple years. Also spent a couple years working out regularly at home.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CrossFit has changed my life in a few ways but majorly in a sense of trying to incorporate a healthy, high intensity hour into my already physical work day. Sometimes it isn’t easy to get there but those are the days I try my hardest to make sure I’m there. My lifestyle has changed most in regards to my eating habits. Sundays are for food prep and relaxing and I’m very strict about it so I have no excuses to buy quick food while I’m on road. Level of fitness, ahhhh…. I’m pretty hard on myself when it comes to this. I always want to be stronger/faster, etc. but I also try to remind myself how far I’ve come in my fitness at CFN and be thankful for where I am.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? Make sure I am always doing my best and making sure my daughter knows you have to work hard to achieve your goals. From strictly a fitness perspective, 350 back squat, 225 squat clean, and 100 double unders are what come to mind. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? 300 back squat and first muscle up were pretty awesome for me. Also, finishing in the middle of the field for rookie rivalry only a few months in to CrossFit.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I broke my left arm three times within five years (beginning of my teenage years) snowboarding and skateboarding.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Focus on the mechanics of all movements before progressing. Also, something that I struggle with is mobility, but it is probably the most important part of keeping yourself healthy in CrossFit. Lastly, you’re only going to get out of it what you put into it, so consistency is key; but always make sure you are having fun. 

Name: Tanya Bellemore

Age: 32

Occupation: DCYF Fiscal Specialist II

Which class do you usually attend? 5:30

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Hollyman (which is my favorite WOD) or anything with O/H squats.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 2 and a half years

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? Yup my first WOD was called Death Row and I was a little scared. After going for 3 days I wanted to quit because I thought that it was too hard and that being fat was a lot better than not being able to walk without the use of my quads. However, I knew that I didn’t want to be fat and that I secretly loved every second of CrossFit.

What is your athletic background? I played soccer, basketball and softball in high school.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Since joining CrossFit I have lost around 50 pounds, I eat completely different now than I did when I first started, I have more energy, and I use CrossFit as a way to destress from life’s stressors. My level of fitness is at a place I never would have imagined it could get too and I am in the best shape of my life.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To be able to get a Bar muscle up and ring muscle up.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? My first strict pull up because I finally was able to do something that Stacey (my wife) couldn’t do yet… She got one 3 days later! 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I am afraid of heights. 

 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? If you’re thinking about signing up just do it, you will thank yourself later. If you have recently joined I would say, keep going even if you feel like quitting. Keep showing up to the gym even when you don’t feel like it. Put 100% into the WOD and you will see results.

Name: Kelly McManus  

Which class do you usually attend? 6:30am  

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? It would look a lot like “Grace” which is my favorite 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? December 2011

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? My first week was a combination of emotions. During my first class I made the record board with the 95lb strict press. I thought to myself, “this CrossFit stuff is awesome!” My 2nd workout was a WOD that included 25lb plate over-head walking lunges and box jumps. I thought I was in pretty good shape when I joined but this WOD had me quickly rethinking that. After the first set of lunges my legs were like wet noodles and my lungs were burning. By the last round I was just doing walking lunges without weight. I was completely exhausted after the WOD and totally hooked!

What is your athletic background? I played high school basketball and softball. Prior to starting CrossFit, I was doing a lot of weight training and had just finished running my 2nd half marathon.

 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I joined CrossFit looking for a new way to workout. What I’ve gained is much more than that. The best part is the extended family I’ve gained. The fitness and knowledge about nutrition is secondary to all of the friendships forged.  

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To get a 300lb back squat and to get a muscle up. Not sure of the date it will happen but it’s going to happen.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? FrightFest a couple of years ago required each team member to complete 3 rope climbs and then move right into a barbell movement. I had climbed the rope maybe twice prior to that comp. I was terrified but I was able to complete all 3 that day.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you?  I used to work part time for Harley Davidson teaching their new rider course.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?  If you haven’t joined you’re missing out. If you have joined I would say that consistency is the key and log your workouts. One day you will look back and be surprised by the progress you’ve made.

Name: Bill Abraham

Age: 50 

Occupation: Self-employed/ Residential Real Estate Appraiser

Which class do you usually attend?

M-F 5 or 6pm 

(Thurs or Fri is an active recovery  day)

MWF 6:30 or 8:30am

Sat 9am

Sun 9-11 (active recovery/mobility)

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it?

Open Wod 15.5

27-21-15-9 reps for time of:

Row (calories)

Thrusters 95#

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 5 yrs…my first orientation class was at the old location!

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I don’t recall the workout, but I do recall feeling that week like I had been run over by a truck…as my body tried to adapt to the new demands being put on it!

What is your athletic background? I always have been athletically inclined. Started at age 7 with baseball/basketball/ and hockey…then also started football in high school. But after tearing my ACL, my hopes of playing in college disappeared. So I took up the martial art of Aikido and studied that intensively for 6 years, the last 2 yrs as a live-in student at the dojo.

Since then have been doing my best to stay active and healthy…since moving to Nashua 17 yrs ago, I did my own workouts at the Nashua YMCA for years, then I joined Dynamic Strength and Fitness for a couple years, and then finally found CFN five years ago.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Since joining CFN my level of fitness has really soared…and I think it is a combination of many factors— the constantly varied, high intensity work outs, the people at the Box all wanting the same thing (and pushing each other to bring out their best), and also the big picture vision- that working out is not enough—need to focus on your nutrition/ sleep/and motivation in order to reach your goals. 

I’ve always been more of an introvert, so I’m grateful that I’ve got to meet so many great people at the Box. My wife says since I’ve become a member at CFN, I’m happier, more fit, and actually have friends/a social network—so I think that says it all.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To make the Regionals and then the CF Games

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? A personal achievement of finally getting bar muscle-ups…during the CF Open earlier this year.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? In college, I majored in Japanese Language/Literature 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Even though it may look intimidating at first, remember that we all started somewhere—and that everything can be scaled to your individual starting point.

It is really an investment in yourself— you will challenge yourself, get stronger, learn new skills, create new friendships, and become part of a very positive supportive community.  All leading to a greater sense of self-awareness and self-empowerment.

Name: Tony Martello

Age: 31

Occupation: Fire Alarm Technician/ Electrician 

 

Which class do you usually attend? 6PM

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it?

AMRAP- 15 min

100M Row

5 Power Cleans

10 Deadlifts

100M Row

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? January 2017

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? The first week was tough. My legs never hurt so bad in my life. I could barely walk by Wednesday haha. I started in the bootcamp so we were slightly eased into it. It was also very intimidating, the first day I remember looking over and seeing the main class doing rope climbs box jumps and snatches. My first workout was 500M Row, 40 Lunges, 30 Sit-ups, 20 Burpees. 

I felt so sore the next day but still came back for more!

What is your athletic background? Hiking, kayaking and canoeing was about as athletic as I ever got

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN has changed my life drastically, I’ve lost 40 lbs since the start which has improved my self confidence a ton. I try to go out hiking way more. It has made me very conscious about the food I eat which in turn has made me eat a lot more healthier. I’ve spent a lot more time with my son going out on bike rides which has helped us bond even better. The amount of friends I have made at CFN has been amazing as well, we have an amazing group of people at the box. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I started CFN at 267 lbs and I’m down to 225 now. My personal goal was to loose 60lbs this year and I didn’t think it would be possible, but now with all the hard work, I think I’m gonna make this happen. 

I also want to make it into the 100 double under club by the end of the year!

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Probably being able to do 3 strict pull-ups. That’s huge for me. It shows how much weight I’ve lost and strength I’ve gained from the beginning. At the start, 5 green band assisted pull-ups was extremely hard for me. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I have an obsession with vintage Cast Iron pots and pans and have multiple pans from before the 1950’s. No Teflon pans aloud in my house!

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? If you want to get into shape and enjoy going to the gym then join! If you’ve recently joined and feel like it’s too much or too hard, give it another month and try to go more. The more you go, the more you enjoy it and the better you will feel and faster you will see results.

Name: Robb

Age: 37

Occupation: Metrology Engineer

Which class do you usually attend? The best, 5 pm

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? It’d have deadlifts, biking, burpee broadjumps, and probably some sled pushes because they fire me up

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? Just over 6 years

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? No, I just remember emailing Eric beforehand as I’d been going to Planet Fitness to try to lose weight and I was on a forum called NerdFitness and several were getting into this thing called CrossFit. I was apprehensive at first because I’d lived an entire life of being told I can’t lift barbells or do stuff like jump rope or pull ups so I figured I’d try, feel lame, then tell myself I tried. 

What is your athletic background? Before moving to New England, I was really involved in martial arts practicing several different forms like Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Wing Chun Gung Fu. 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Quite a bit actually, I’d sleep irregularly (I still do but young kids, what are you gonna do) between 3 – 6 hours a night, I’d eat fried food, soda by the two liter, and yes sadly even down half gallons of ice cream in a single sitting. I didn’t really like nor believe in myself and after a few months at CFN, and going to a Halloween Party and just having people encouraging me to get in the gym when I thought I was too beat up to do anything, it just really brought me around where I started researching eating right, getting good rest, maintaining good personal health and through that getting physically stronger. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I still struggle with my weight where it fluctuates wildly, so I’d like to get myself to 200 lbs and maintain, not because it’s a lighter number but because I move and feel better as I near that number. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Most think it’s my 505 deadlift or my CFT number but it was actually the first time I completed Murph. It took me 65 minutes cause I just did it straight through and the last mile was grueling cause I didn’t want to do it but another athlete ran beside me the whole mile even though I was just slow chugging along and complaining the whole way. At the end, after I finished that, I knew I could do any WOD if I could finish that one. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m a war gamer. Yup, I push around little army men. It helps strengthen the mind and you learn history from it.  

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Wow over the years I have lots of knowledge given to me, but helpful things I’ve learned is, 50% in the gym is better than giving 0% from your couch. Always try to adapt to what works for you and your life, individual aspects of your life are not unique so there are solutions out there for what you’re trying to solve, but when you put all of those aspects together you’ll see the sum of those solutions is genuinely unique regardless of ‘common parts’. Guess what I’m saying is be receptive to others teaching you from their experience because they are only trying to help you in the moment you’re in.

Name: Victoria Dyer

Age: 19

Occupation: Civil Engineering Student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Which class do you usually attend? I started off going to the 4 p.m. class when I was in high school and this summer I have been going to the 5:30 a.m. class. 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? That’s a difficult question to answer. There are too many movements to pick from. But if I had to choose, there would probably be some running, power cleans, kettle bell swings, and rope climbs. Those are my favorite. 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I started in October 2014 and have been hooked ever since. 

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? The first week was brutal. After the first day I remember not being able to walk because my legs hurt so bad. I used muscles I never thought I had and never thought that I could be so sore from just one day of working out. I think the workout consisted of overhead lunges, kettle bell swings and burpees.  

What is your athletic background? I played soccer for about eight years and then I rowed for about two years.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? After starting Crossfit, it became part of my daily routine. It was something that I had to do everyday, because if I didn’t I felt off, like my day was missing something. During my first year of college and working out in a regular gym, I realized just how much I missed CFN. Working out by yourself, trying to motivate yourself to get up every morning and work out was tough. I used the CFN WODs to keep my workouts varied but had to modify a lot of them because we didn’t have all the same equipment, but it helped me from getting bored. I couldn’t wait to come home for Christmas break and go back to CFN. Overall, I think that my level of fitness has greatly increased because of Crossfit as I feel like my strength and endurance have improved tremendously. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? Just one? There are so many goals that I want to achieve — kipping handstand push-ups, bar muscle-ups, handstand walk, double-unders…just to name a few. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? I remember the first time that I completely RX’ed a workout. I felt so accomplished and proud, I never thought that I would be able to do that. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? When I was younger at soccer camp we were going around trying to give everyone funny nicknames, and one of my coaches jokingly called me “Shrimpy.” Ever since then, the name has stuck. Most of my soccer friends still sometimes call me “Shrimpy.”  

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? If you are thinking about joining, JOIN! I was nervous when I first started, I think everyone is at the beginning. But everyone has been in your shoes on the first day — not knowing what to expect — everyone has been there. That’s why the coaches are there, and everyone in your class will help you along the way. It will be the best decision you’ll ever made. The community and environment at CFN is unparalleled. If you just recently joined, keep going! Be consistent and even if you don’t want to go, or you don’t like the workout, GO! You won’t regret it. I know that when I’m tired and don’t feel like going, that’s when I really need to go and I feel so much better after. It’s definitely worth it. 

Name: Henrique Tupinamba

Age: 28 

Occupation: Customer Service Rep

Which class do you usually attend? I attend the 6pm class Mon-Fri and the 11am Saturday class

 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? My ideal WOD would include clean and jerks/ snatches I really enjoy Olympic lifting, anything but running! 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I have been a member for 1 year and 2 months and about 4 months prior to that in boot camp

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? First week I remember I was crawling up the stairs on my hands because my legs were to sore for me to walk. I believe the workout was 50-40-30-20-10 KB and Wall balls. I dread that workout to this day 

What is your athletic background? I’ve always been kinda of active, mountain biking and soccer but nothing this intense 

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? It’s has changed my life immensely, I have realized I really enjoy working out and challenging myself each day and see how far I can go.

 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? My personal goal is to be able to one day do a muscle up

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? One of my most proudest achievements at crossfit is to moment I realized I could do a rope climb

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? One of the things people don’t know about me I was pretty afraid of going crossfit I thought it was always to tough for me 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? My advice is for someone who is thinking about joining is go for it is probably one of the best decisions you will make for your life. It is a great community! And Yes it is not easy and painless and some days you will wish you were somewhere else, but the feeling of accomplishment you get when you finally overcome something greatly outweigh the pain! 

Name:  James Melanson

Age: 38

Occupation: mechanic

Which class do you usually attend? Usually 6:00pm, but I attend different times occasionally.

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? This sounds like a trick question.   I do like when it’s rounds for time with a combination of strength and cardio, especially running.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? A little over a year now.

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I do remember my first week.  I was sore for a couple of days afterwards.  I don’t remember the workout itself, but I definitely remember Mike’s warm up.  I had never done so many burpees in my life.

What is your athletic background? I was Army for six years.  Before that I played soccer, baseball, and practiced martial arts for a few years.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? Crossfit Nashua has completely changed my life.  At my heaviest I was at 278 pounds.  I’m proud to say I’m down to about 170.  I can honestly say that I’m in the best shape of my life right now. Even better than when I was in the Army, and I’m definitely the healthiest I’ve been in years.

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I want to be able to do Fran rx.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Definitely my proudest achievement is the weight loss.  Followed by being able to a regular pull-up for the first time in over a decade.

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m terrified of heights, but I really want to go skydiving someday.

Name: Jill Skinner Nobles

Age: 45

Occupation: Which one?? Medical transcriptionist, personal trainer, nutrition coach, currently. 

Which class do you usually attend? 11:30 am

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? Diane, with a handstand walk cash out

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 2 years

Do you remember your first week? Absolutely. Who can forget Moonshine Mike and boot camp??

How did you feel? Fantastic. Glad to be back in the gym!

Do you remember the workout? No but I’m sure I probably thought I was dying.  

What is your athletic background? Former gymnast.  Taught fitness classes for 20+ years.  Gymnastics coach since age 18.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I get bored easily.  So when I stopped teaching fitness, then broke my foot and was laid up for 3 months, I was going out of my mind.  CrossFit is perfect because it’s different every day and I can’t possibly get bored and I know every WOD will be a great workout.  At my age, with my (insert list of) lingering old injuries, I never thought my body would be capable of achieving what I have in the last two years. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? To not be afraid of dislocating my shoulder every time I hang on the rings … and then do a ring muscle up. 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Not getting my name on the Pukie Board… yet. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I have 4 daughters and 3 dogs.  Not sure if that’s news since I post pics of them all over the place.  

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? What are you waiting for??

Name: Kristina (Tina) Baird 

Age: 25

Occupation: Administrative Assistant at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Which class do you usually attend? You can usually find me at the gym anytime around 4pm-7pm. I usually WOD at 5pm and have extra programming to do before/after. 630am will always have my heart though!

If you could create your ideal WOD, what would it look like? 17.5 Hahaha

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 3+ years

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I actually do remember my first week. How could I forget it? I was instantly hooked. I started with bootcamp for about a month or so. I felt awesome and couldn’t get enough. Me and Amanda would stay and do the WODs twice sometimes! I don’t remember the exact workout we did on my first day but I do remember my first month involved a lot of burpees… and a lot of Moonshine Mike yelling at us. It didn’t take him long to get warmed up to us!

What is your athletic background? I’ve always been pretty athletic. I played sports all throughout high school. After high school I was always in the gym. I’m a gym rat turned full blown crossfitter.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? CFN has changed my life drastically. I used to spend most of my nights and weekends out with friends. Now I spend most of my nights and weekends still with friends but instead I am now improving my health and well being. I always thought I was fit and in good shape but I never knew what my body was capable of until I started CrossFit! It’s unbelievable to see what your body can do. I wish I had found this sooner!

What is one personal goal you would like to achieve at CFN? My short term goal is to string muscle ups together more comfortably. My long term dream goal is to place top 200 in our region during the open. Maybe one day I can be like T Gray:)

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? The moment I am most proud of at CFN would probably be when I got my first muscle up. After practicing for so long and failing over and over again the feeling of accomplishment when I finally was able to get through the rings (very ugly mind you) was amazing. I still have the video that Steph took. I will never forget this moment because she was so happy for me. The video catches me doing the muscle up and then just goes crazy because she is jumping up and down screaming. Moments like that stay with you throughout life. It’s those feelings that everyone should strive to feel. That PR high… nothing can beat that!

What is one thing that MOST people do not know about you? Something that most people do not know about me is that I hate failure. Which is hard with CrossFit because you need to fail to get better. I think CrossFit has definitely taught me that it is okay to fail and not everyone/everything can be perfect. Especially when you are going for a PR.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? Do it. It will be the best decision of your life. When it hurts, keep coming. Motion is lotion! The days when you don’t want to come are the days when you need to come. You won’t just become a better athlete, you will become a better person. Not only have I improved my all around health I have met some pretty amazing people that I now consider family. #Savages The community aspect is only a plus but it makes the suffering worth while. Walking into the doors of CrossFit Nashua was the best decision of my life.

Name: Scot Hardy

Age: Why does that matter?

Occupation: Humorist 

 

Which class do you usually attend? Daily (whatever I can make)

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? As long as there is a cash out I am happy. 

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? 3 plus years

What is your athletic background? I am an amazing athlete.

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness? I am more physically confident than ever before and the result has impacted my professional life and my personal life. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN? I would like to more consistent with my lifts and beat Ron, Peter, Ryan, Cepak, Charley, Andre etc in every workout 

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Getting a bar muscle up in this years open was pretty profound. The achievement was awesome but the support was incredible. 

What is one thing the most people do NOT know about you? I’m actually really handsome. 

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?

1- Don’t be intimidated by the workout, think of it as minutes and it’s over before you know it. 

2-Remember that your body was made for this and will recover and respond to what ever you throw at it. 

3- everyone hates burpees

4- love yourself enough to say no to the food that doesn’t help and say yes to a workout that is hard. 

5- everyone here is weird so you will fit right in.

 

Name:  Dennis Haerinck

Age: 39

Occupation:  Firefighter and Carpenter

Which class do you usually attend? I have attended every class at CFN and have also been to CFS.  I am most frequently seen between 5 pm and 7pm at CFN.
 

If you could create your ideal WOD what would it look it? I enjoy WODS that are cardio based.  My ideal WOD would be  3 rounds for time:  400m run, 10 over the shoulder D-Balls, 1 rope climb.

How long have you been at CrossFit Nashua? I have been a member since August 2015.

Do you remember your first week? How did you feel? Do you remember the workout? I remember visiting for the first time.  I was immediately greeted by Peter Brown aka: The Mayor of CFN.  It was a bit overwhelming.  My first week of workouts was amazing and painful.  I remember asking myself “why am I doing this to myself”.   I had always considered myself an “active” person, however I found myself struggling to finish a WOD that involved running and push-ups.  I gave it my all and finished- dead last.  But I did it.  The feeling of accomplishment was amazing and empowering.  For me the best part of it was having people I didn’t know and just met 40 minutes earlier, cheering for me and pushing me to be better.  That’s what makes CFN and CFS so great, everyone is in this together.  

What is your athletic background? Growing up I played soccer mostly.  I was the captain of the high school team and selected to play on a select team that toured portions of Europe and playing all-star teams from different locations.  

How has CFN changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?  As a firefighter I believe I owe it to myself, my coworkers, and the towns people to remain fit. CFN has allowed me to be prepared to physically handle the situations I may face on the fire ground.  Mentally CFN has changed my life. Before joining I had no outlets for the stresses I faced.  I would carry things from work with me.  Negativity was my primary emotion.  At CFN,CFS you can’t be negative, the coaches won’t allow it.  They may think that they are simply pushing you to run faster and lift heavier but they are doing much more than that.  The coaches at CFN,CFS are changing lives.  After one year of CrossFit I am more positive, I am mentally tougher and I am able to complete most WODS at the RX level. 

What is one personal goal that you would like to achieve at CFN?  In CrossFit there are always things that you want to be able to do faster, better, heavier.  My personal goal is to believe in myself.  To believe that when a coach says “you can do it”,  know that I can do.

What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFN? Completing a Squat Snatch during the OPEN.  I had it in my mind that I wouldn’t be able to do it due to mobility issues.  But everyone there believed I could and with Sarah’s great coaching and people cheering me on I was able to pull it off.

What is one thing most people do NOT know about you? I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Yet I am a firefighter and a carpenter on the side.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined? CFN is not a “gym”. It is not a place where you can go “workout” by yourself and wonder if you are doing things correctly.  CFN is a community that is welcoming and encouraging.  We support each other and make each other better.  The coaches are top notch and will make sure you are doing things right. Today is another day to be better than yesterday and you don’t have to do it alone.

Name: The Chestnuts

Member Spotlight: October

This month we honor TWO amazing people, a husband and wife. Not only have they adopted CrossFit into their life but also are strong believers in eating Paleo. So strong that they actually won our Paleo challenge!

He has shown huge improvements in the box, always putting up big numbers and great times sometimes even a two-a-day here and there. She has made incredible life changes, not only loosing 12 inches in 30 days, but is now symptom free from her rheumatoid arthritis she had since she was 15 years old! They are great examples of using CrossFit as a tool to improve you life.

Name: Stacey Bellemore

Member Spotlight: April

This month we honor one of our most consistent members, Stacey Bellemore. You can often find her early to class doing Eric’s extra programming, two WODs in one day is no big deal for her. She is one of the nicest, most welcoming people in the box and always good for a laugh! We are lucky to have her!

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