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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 s