Congrats Marcus and Jezabel on being our Athletes of the Month
Favorite WOD or Movement:
Marcus: Favorite movement is anything clean related and favorite WOD is rowing
Jez: Back squat – gotta keep that tushy in shape!
Least Favorite WOD or Movement:
M: Burpees — I mean, who actually likes them?!?!?
J: Cardio! Especially those 400 meter runs to the corner!
What music do you prefer to WOD out to?
M: Ratchet Hip Hop — I know it’s terrible but the music keeps me going when that monkey gets on my back
J: Well since Katy Perry was banned, I’ll go with hip hop (Rihanna, Kanye West, Run DMC, etc)
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before CrossFit?
M: I have worked out pretty consistently since college. That said, my workouts have largely been confined to long distance runs, pushups and sit ups
J: Never really worked out before. My workouts consisted of stretching as far as I could to press the snooze button.
How would you compare CrossFit/CFPH to prior gyms?
M: Other gyms are individual and there’s no community, that’s what makes CrossFit so unique. I love the sense of community — reminds me of my football playing days.
J: Never visited another gym, but I really like the sense of community and friendly competition at CFPH. It really motivates me to come to class.
How did you get into CrossFit? What did you think of CrossFit before?
M: I started CrossFit initially to support Lenny Bell. I was EXTREMELY skeptical and figured my wife and I would not sniff the building after we got thru our 10 pack. Once I got past the embarrassment of sucking, and realized how supportive everyone is, I got hooked.
J: I started CrossFit because of my husband Marcus, who started CrossFit to support our good friend Lenny Bell. I remember when we visited the gym for the first time and I said “oh, that’s cool, great for you Lenny”, and then Marcus said he signed us up for a month of classes and I nearly choked on my water bottle. How could I ever keep up with those hard core athletes? I was nothing like them! Even though I was terrified to go to class, we kept going every day and each day we got a little better and a little stronger. Now we’re able to do things we never thought we’d be able to do (like row 3,000 meters without passing out!)
What advice do you have for people just getting started?
M: Check your ego at the door. Everyone is there to learn, get better and help each other. Remember to focus on getting better each day, pay attention to form and the weight will follow. Also, have fun!!!! Be receptive to the help of others and give someone else encouragement on days when find your groove.
J: My best advice is to not compete with others around you but rather compete with yourself. I’m consistently one of the last people to finish each workout, and yet I’m still achieving way more than I could do on day one. Focus on being better than you were yesterday. The rest will follow.
M: Enjoy the process — there’s nothing better than working hard and seeing results!!!!!
J: It’s a community, so try to learn from fellow crossfitters and remember to have fun!