Name: Kristen B. 

Hometown: Originally from Bayport, NY. Have also called Fremont, California, New Orleans, and Atlanta home over the years. Currently in Brooklyn. 

Age: 32

Occupation: Digital Project Manager

When did you first start crossfitting: November 2011

First started at CF Dumbo: August, 2014

Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas (even though it's brutal)

Least Favorite WOD: Kelly

Sports and Fitness Background: I was always pretty active and was involved in a lot of athletic activities since childhood. I did a gymnastics as a child (I proud to say I can still do a back handspring), played soccer from kindergarten through high school, was a sprinter on the track team and also tried my hand at shot put and discus. Once I got to college I joined ultimate frisbee and have been playing ever since. Started getting into yoga several years ago.

How did you first get exposed to crossfit:  Despite all of my athetic activity, I was always intimated by gyms and weights and never knew what to do. At some point a friend of mine suggested I look into crossfit, and I ended up signing up at the most conveniently located box, which turned out to be an amazing place in Atlanta - Fitness Battalion. I still work out with them whenever I'm visiting Atlanta. My first WOD was the intro class. There was some skill work, some kind of 21-15-9 workout, and the thing I remember most - bottom-to-bottom tabata squats. This means a tabata workout (20 seconds work/10 seconds rest for 4 mins) where the "rest" is spent in active position - at the bottom of the squat. I remember it well because I COULD NOT walk for days to follow. Somehow I got myself back in the gym a few days later. 

Changes in body/health/fitness: Way more endurance, way more mental toughness. I completed Tough Mudder after a year of doing Crossfit, and I don't think I would've been able to do it (or even get myself to sign up) without my Crossfit background. I've gotten stronger for sure, and in general a lot more aware of my posture and movement in and out of the gym. I feel healthier and fitter than ever, but to be honest I still feel like I have a lot of work to do before I'm where I want to be physically.

Changes in life: I'm more disciplined than I ever was before when it comes to working out. It's become a habit, and it's been a really positive thing for me. I also think this discipline extends to other areas in life - work, relationships, diet, etc. I'm also more likely to prioritize workouts on vacations - finding ways to incorporate hikes, trail runs, yoga, or dropping in at the nearest crossfit box. 

Favorite Crossfit Moments: Every time I've done something I couldn't do the day before - learning kipping pullups, getting a PR on a lift, doing 20 double unders in a row, RXing Fran and actually getting a decent time, etc. Also, the community is great. I love the Fitness Battalion team in Atlanta, and I love that I've found another awesome community at Crossfit Dumbo. 

Advice for people just getting started: 1. Get good shoes that are meant for crossfit. Shoes like nanos, inov8s, etc that allow you to stay on your heels. Trust me, it makes a world of difference. 2. Come back even when you're really sore. Keep coming back. 3. Stay humble, scale when needed, and do what feels right for you. A PR lift or an RX wod isn't worth it if your form sucks and you risk getting hurt. Have fun competing in class, but remember that it's not about how you compare to another person or how close you are to RX weight. One of my favorite quotes, by Martha Graham, is - "You are in competition with one person only—and that is with the individual you know you can become."

Hobbies/interests outside of crossfit: I love dining out (probably a bit too much) and am really adventurous when it comes to food. I also love traveling and exploring new places with my husband. And I'm crazy about my 2 awesome dogs. 

 

 

     
 
 
Tim N.
 
Hometown: Amarillo, TX
 
Occupation: Digital Marketing and Media at Amazon, formerly Google 

When did you first start CrossFitting?
First time? Maybe 10 years ago, but didn't take it seriously until quite recently. 
 
When did you first start training at CF Dumbo? January 2015
 
Favorite WOD: Anything gymnastics and mobility focused. 
 
Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD I do earlier than 9 pm. 
 
Tell us about your sports backgrounds and fitness:
I've been a fitness geek ever since high school. While growing up I focused mostly on tennis and basketball (both huge sports in Texas), my recent competitive nourishment has come from marathon and triathlon races. I got bored of that so...here I am. 
 
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? 

I love my new diet, which focuses mostly on lean protein, very low carbs, and fat for fuel. And of course, all the good green stuff. My biggest challenge is keeping this steady intake when I'm on the road, as I have to travel a lot for work
 
Any advice for people just getting started?
I don't even follow racecar driving, but I once heard a piece of advice that Italian racing legend Mario Andretti tells all new amateur drivers: "Don't look at the wall. The car goes where your eyes go." I think about that sometimes, usually on the last squat ;)
 
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit:
I'm a big comedy nut, so sometimes I'll take courses at the Upright Citizen's Brigade and do improv comedy shows. When I'm not doing that I'm probably cooking or reading back home in Dumbo. 

 

 

 

 

 Randy S.

 
Hometown: Boston
 
Age: 38
 
Occupation: Software Engineer
 
When did you start Crossfitting? October, 2012
 
When did you forst start training at CrossFit Dumbo? October, 2012
 
Favorite WOD: 
 
Its a tie between Karen & Grace. Though my goal is to do King Kong, which I hope to accomplish in 2015.
 
Least Favorite WOD: 100 Burpees for time
 
Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

Played baseball and football in high school. Skateboarded too. Been into weightlifting on and off. Bicep curls and bench press bro!
 
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?
I moved to DUMBO, saw CF Dumbo and came in to talk to Coach D. I was in terrible shape at the time, worst of my life probably. The thing that stands out in my memory is how humbling the workouts were, especially because some of classmates were crushing them Rx! I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to do that too.
 
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
Physically there have been some big changes. I am stronger than I've ever been. My wind is better than it has ever been. I do things now that I could never have a couple of years ago. One of the things I really like about Crossfit is that forces one to face weaknesses. I still have them, but they are a lot better than they used to be. 
Unexpected changes:  
The most unexpected take-away from Crossfit has been a life lesson. When faced with something difficult, seemingly insurmountable even, just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. I am stronger mentally in the face of challenges now as a result.
 
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF DUMBO moments.

Saturday afternoon pre-bbq wods in the summertime! Love those. Looking forward to more this summer. 
 
Any advice for people just getting started?

Crossfit gets the competitive juices flowing. But first, compete with yourself. If you look around and see people going heavy in WODs you may get tempted to go heavier than you are able. I know I felt that way early on. Value technique and don't go heavy until you have it. Thats how to stay injury-free and improve. Not working out at all due to injury is way worse than working at lower weight.
 
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I have a 3 year old daughter named Mili, who I love spending time with. I teach Computer Science at NYU. Huge Red Sox fan. I like to read fiction. I love traveling to Japan and have been there 5 times (last visit I worked out at Reebok Crossfit Daikanyama, which was really fun.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Pam S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

"Hit the ground running."  That's Pam.  From day one, she came in with a very serious, no-nonsense kinda attitude about her fitness. Leaps and bounds since and no sign of stopping. Awesome to have her in The Herd!!  Learn more about Pam below :) 

Hometown: Buffalo, NY 

Age: 35 

Occupation: Advertising copywriter

 

When did you first start CrossFitting? April 2014

 

When did you first start training at CF DUMBO? April 2014

 

Favorite WOD: Fight Gone Bad

 

Least Favorite WOD: Death by Thruster

 

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I was a competitive figure skater for 14 years, then I moved on the running half marathons and training in the Kyokushin-style of kickboxing.

 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?

I had been skulking around CrossFit for over a year. I had actually signed up for my intro and then canceled it. After another 10 months, I finally took the plunge (only after two close friends told me it might be the perfect workout for a hyper-competitive person like myself). I don’t remember my first WOD, but I DO remember thinking “I can’t believe I waited this long to do this!” and “I can’t wait to come back.”

 

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)

I have definitely lost a bunch of weight. As Coach Darren said “Everything’s starting to pull in.” I have a lot more definition in my arms and legs, my abs are flatter, I just feel better.  

 

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF DUMBO moments.

Cheering on T during the Memorial Day workout. Actually, I love the camaraderie among the coaches and athletes. The Three Fat Ninjas, Coach Cesco’s questionable taste in WOD music (never done pull ups to BSB before), watching newbies PR. I love how every person champions the athletes around him or her. It’s really great.

Any advice for people just getting started?

Don’t be scared. Ask questions. Listen to Coach.

  

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I like to draw, write short stories, cook, and collect wine. I am a giant Marvel Universe nerd: X-Men, The Avengers, I love them all. Most people in the neighborhood know my Welsh corgi, Elli, better than they know me. She is a huge fan of fitness too, as she spends the majority of her days herding the dogs at day care and executing perfect doggy burpees.

                                                    

 

                                             

 

 

 

 

 


Holly M.

I remember when Holly first came to CF DUMBO, a very - stick her toe in the water - kind of CrossFitter. Taking her time to slowly become part of the Herd. Once she made up her mind, she was unstoppable and is definitely coming into her own as an athlete here at CF DUMBO. We are proud to have her as part of our family. It's so good to know the water was warm enough for her:) Learn more about Holly below!

Hometown: Fort Smith, AR

 

Age: 37

 

Occupation: Executive Chef/Director of Food and Nutrition Programs

 

When did you start CrossFitting? I did my intro session with Darren in July 2012

 

When did you start training at CF DUMBO? April 2013

 

Favorite WOD: I like a good chipper!

 

Least Favorite WOD: No least favorite. They are all hard. I'm not a big fan of wall balls or thrusters.

 

Sports & Fitness Background:

I was never successfully athletic as a kid (lack of coordination) but I did play outside a lot; climbing trees, running around, destroying things, etc. In my twenties I took a women's self-defense course at Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts in Park Slope and afterwards began training Goju Karate and Arnis (Philipino Stick Fighting, similar to Kali). I trained with that Sensei for four years. Then I moved on to Brazilian Martial Arts in 2005. I trained Capoeira and Maculele (again, a Warrior Dance - with sticks) for about 4 years which led to a couple of bad cartilage tears in my hip. Before and after hip surgery I trained for a couple of years with my friends at 5th Avenue Fitness. That's where I was introduced to burpees! Eventually I found CrossFit Dumbo and the rest is history.

 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?

I heard about CrossFit from my friends who are personal trainers and athletic trainers. They didn't really have any good things to say about it, but I like to make my own decisions so I checked it out. My first WOD was the baseline intro with Darren. It was seven minutes of hell and I felt nauseated. I needed a nap afterwards.

 

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?

I have very few problems with my lower back and my hips, which I have always had. I'm much more aware of my need to stretch and mobilize. I credit CrossFit's focus on that for helping me improve my fitness. I can also run farther than I have been able to since Junior High School! I'm generally more fit and my body feels better than it ever did while I was training martial arts. I also eat better than I ever have. I am a healthy food educator but the past few years my diet has been bad due to a busy job and the stress of living NYC. After doing a few Whole Life Challenges and learning a lot about Paleo-based clean eating I'm proud to say I get as many servings of fruits and vegetables in my diet as I tell my clients to eat!

 

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I did not expect my lower back problems to go away, but they have! I'm a chef and LOVE eating everything so I never imagined I could go without dairy and grains in my diet, but I can. I feel better when I do.

 

Favorite CrossFit / CF DUMBO moments:

The time I surprised myself by doing an 80# Clean and Jerk and Julie S. came over to let me know she saw it was proud! Also the first time I did a long set of unbroken double unders. Very exciting!

 

Any advice for people just getting started?

Don't apologize for your level of fitness or be intimidated by others who can do more than you. I remember when I picked up the 33# barbell for the first time and thought "there's no way I can lift this over my head!" I looked at everyone loading up their weight and felt like an idiot!

Don't compete with anyone but yourself in the beginning. Be smart about your fitness level and do what's right for you to prevent injuries. Also, solicit a lot of advice from coaches. They are there for a reason!

 

Hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I have had my own food business since 2004. Personal chef services, catering and cooking classes.

I like domestic arts. Cooking, baking, decor, paper and yarn crafts, amateur carpentry, gardening. When I see something I like, I try to make it myself. Especially when it's a food product!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Theresa Adams aka "T"

Theresa, or “T” as almost everyone in the box knows her, has been a part of the Herd since day one! As a team, we chose T to be our first athlete in the spotlight because of her relentless drive, mentally and physically, every workout, regardless of the challenge. We have never heard a single excuse from T about how hard the workout is, how difficult a movement is to learn, or anything of that nature. In fact, on multiple occasions during our PR Challenge, T was faced with using a weight that was equal to or very close to her 1-rep max on the lift! And, with no questions, T attacked the weight like her life depended on it.  Her spirit is truly fiery, and you can literally feel it when the clock hits “3,2,1, go.” Outside of that though, she is extremely supportive of her fellow athletes, and a wonderful presence during class. She is truly an inspiration, and a joy to coach. T epitomizes the kind of athlete we love having here at CrossFit Dumbo. Learn more about her below!
 
Hometown: 25+ years Brooklynite!
 
Age: 61
 
Occupation: CEO of Financial Software Company
 
Favorite WOD: “Cindy”
 
Least Favorite WOD: “Karen”
 
Sports and/or Fitness Background: Nothing prior to CrossFit and Darren’s previous establishment.
 
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit? “Amazing improvement in cholesterol levels, bone density, and blood glucose levels. Also, I have more energy now than in my 20’s.”
 
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced since starting CrossFit? “I never expected the positive changes in my mental well-being. I manage stress so much better. I used to get headaches several times a week and now they are virtually non-existent. CrossFit has been life-changing, addictive, and it has made me a much happier person.”
 
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like Crossfit that were totally unexpected?  “The biggest surprise for me was and continues to be the the amazing community of people we have.  I would never have anticipated such a supportive and encouraging environment from each and every herd member!”
 
Favorite CrossFit Dumbo moments? “First and still my favorite PR- I deadlifted my body weight, totally unexpected.”
 
Advice for people just getting started? “Listen to the coaches, earn a ‘PR’ in effort every workout, and don’t ever give up.”
 
Hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit? “Cooking, creating paleo recipes, cyber security and digital forensics.”

Name: Kristen B. 

 

Hometown: Originally from Bayport, NY. Have also called Fremont, California, New Orleans, and Atlanta home over the years. Currently in Brooklyn. 

 

Age: 32

 

Occupation: Digital Project Manager

 

When did you first start crossfitting: November 2011

 

First started at CF Dumbo: August, 2014

 

Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas (even though it's brutal)

 

Least Favorite WOD: Kelly

 

Sports and Fitness Background: I was always pretty active and was involved in a lot of athletic activities since childhood. I did a gymnastics as a child (I proud to say I can still do a back handspring), played soccer from kindergarten through high school, was a sprinter on the track team and also tried my hand at shot put and discus. Once I got to college I joined ultimate frisbee and have been playing ever since. Started getting into yoga several years ago.

 

How did you first get exposed to crossfit:  Despite all of my athetic activity, I was always intimated by gyms and weights and never knew what to do. At some point a friend of mine suggested I look into crossfit, and I ended up signing up at the most conveniently located box, which turned out to be an amazing place in Atlanta - Fitness Battalion. I still work out with them whenever I'm visiting Atlanta. My first WOD was the intro class. There was some skill work, some kind of 21-15-9 workout, and the thing I remember most - bottom-to-bottom tabata squats. This means a tabata workout (20 seconds work/10 seconds rest for 4 mins) where the "rest" is spent in active position - at the bottom of the squat. I remember it well because I COULD NOT walk for days to follow. Somehow I got myself back in the gym a few days later. 

 

Changes in body/health/fitness: Way more endurance, way more mental toughness. I completed Tough Mudder after a year of doing Crossfit, and I don't think I would've been able to do it (or even get myself to sign up) without my Crossfit background. I've gotten stronger for sure, and in general a lot more aware of my posture and movement in and out of the gym. I feel healthier and fitter than ever, but to be honest I still feel like I have a lot of work to do before I'm where I want to be physically.

 

Changes in life: I'm more disciplined than I ever was before when it comes to working out. It's become a habit, and it's been a really positive thing for me. I also think this discipline extends to other areas in life - work, relationships, diet, etc. I'm also more likely to prioritize workouts on vacations - finding ways to incorporate hikes, trail runs, yoga, or dropping in at the nearest crossfit box. 

 

Favorite Crossfit Moments: Every time I've done something I couldn't do the day before - learning kipping pullups, getting a PR on a lift, doing 20 double unders in a row, RXing Fran and actually getting a decent time, etc. Also, the community is great. I love the Fitness Battalion team in Atlanta, and I love that I've found another awesome community at Crossfit Dumbo. 

 

Advice for people just getting started: 1. Get good shoes that are meant for crossfit. Shoes like nanos, inov8s, etc that allow you to stay on your heels. Trust me, it makes a world of difference. 2. Come back even when you're really sore. Keep coming back. 3. Stay humble, scale when needed, and do what feels right for you. A PR lift or an RX wod isn't worth it if your form sucks and you risk getting hurt. Have fun competing in class, but remember that it's not about how you compare to another person or how close you are to RX weight. One of my favorite quotes, by Martha Graham, is - "You are in competition with one person only—and that is with the individual you know you can become."

 

Hobbies/interests outside of crossfit: I love dining out (probably a bit too much) and am really adventurous when it comes to food. I also love traveling and exploring new places with my husband. And I'm crazy about my 2 awesome dogs.