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  • Maria Castillo

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    How long have you been doing CrossFit at CFFD?
    For a year.


    2. What are your favorite things about CFFD?
    People cheer you on when you are struggling through the WOD. The support you get from other members and instructors is amazing and makes you feel great, even when you didn’t have such a good day.

    3. What are some of the goals and progress that you’ve made since you started CFFD?
    I have made so much progress since I started, and I keep amazing myself everyday with what I have accomplished. When I started I couldn’t do box jumps, until Kristin pushed me to “just do it”. I could literally not run to the fire hydrant without stopping a couple times, and now I can do a mile without stopping. I may not be the fastest, but I get it done I have also progressed on back squats. At first I could barely squat 53 lbs., and when I did my PR a few months ago I was able to squat 200 lbs, this actually brings tears to my eyes.

    4. What are your top 2 favorite movements, lifts, or WOD’s and what are your 2 least favorite?
    My two favorite are push press and bear complex!!!
    Box jumps are not my favorite at all, and overhead squats are not my friend either.

    5. Pour your heart out and let us know how you’ve been impacted by CFFD. Add anything you want!
    As I was reading through the questions, I knew this one was going to make me cry… I love Crossfit, it is the best thing that has happened to me. It has been a lot of hard work and it is paying off. I don’t think that it has ever crossed my mind to quit. I liked it since day 1. I may be slow, but I give it my all. I began Crossfit because my brother who lives in Texas does it too. He had health problems that could be resolved with exercise, and after seeing him lose 100# in a year that made me think of me losing all that weight too. I have accomplished a lot and I love the new me. I love it that I can now wear a size large instead of that xlarge or bigger size. What I love the most is fitting my bootie into skinny jeans!!! Lol. I tell my husband that I don’t know where I would be at now if it wasn’t for Crossfit. I have always struggled with my weight and Crossfit has made a huge difference in my life. I love all the friendships that I have made at the Box, and I am very grateful for all the help I have received from the instructors, especially when they see me struggling through a WOD. I cannot say Thank You enough to everyone who has helped me.

  • Charity Hansen

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    1. How long have you been doing CrossFit at CFFD?
    I have been with CFFD since for roughly 6 1/2 months.

    2. What are your favorite things about CFFD?
    The people I work out with! I have meet so many new people who have turned into friends over the last several months. And they keep me motivated to come to each class and cheer me on even when I’m dead last to finish a WOD.

    3. What are some of the goals and progress that you’ve made since you started CFFD?
    At first it was about loosing weight and I did. I was 204 lbs when I started now I weigh 160 even. But now my main goal is to get stronger and continue to work on getting healthy instead of focusing on the scale. I want to be able to do a handstand push up and hand stand walk. And I keep adding new things I want to be able to do and accomplish.

    4. What are your top 2 favorite movements, lifts, or WOD’s and what are your 2 least favorite?
    My top two favorite movements are probably burpee box jumps and snatches. I am always excited to add weight on any movement. And Honestly I love all the movements from wall balls,dead lifts, and eventually I’ll master a double under.
    My least favorite are running wods! But I’ve gotten better!
    Oh and thrusters suck too!

    5. Pour your heart out and let us know how you’ve been impacted by CFFD. Add anything you want!
    Crossfit has changed me my life style alot. After working that hard the last thing I wanted to do was ruin my work out with eating junk! My diet has changed drastically for the better. I also struggled with bipolar depression and everytime I was switched to a new medication I gained weight. It got to the point where medication wasn’t helping because I was so depressed with how I felt about myself and how I looked… So I looked into other ways to deal with depression and everything I read said exercise…. Besides dropping 44 lbs. I am no longer on any depression medications. I feel better. Have way more energy, I am happier and am honestly in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I have a way to go because there is always room to improve but I am very thankful for the people and friends I’ve meet through crossfit and the progress I’ve made and kept along with the self confidence I’ve gotten thanks to crossfit!!!! Joining CFFD was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself!

  • Scott Hansch

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    1. How long have you been doing CrossFit at CFFD? A little over 3-months
    2. What are your favorite things about CFFD? First and foremost it would be the people. From the moment my wife Miste and I walked into the gym we felt welcome. Everyone I have encountered at CFFD has a positive, helpful and encouraging attitude. The trainers have all been excellent…..They focus on educating you and helping you scale the workouts to your individual ability.

    3. What are some of the goals and progress that you’ve made since you started CFFD? I simply just wanted to feel better. Like many people most of my day is spent sitting at a desk or in a vehicle and I was tired of feeling tired. While I certainly don’t consider myself strong, I’m amazed by how quickly you can become stronger doing Crossfit. In 3-months I’ve seen myself progress from banded pull-ups to 10+ strict unbroken. I’ve moved from 8 to 14 and most recently 20# wall balls and I can now do some toe-to bars.

    4. What are your top 2 favorite movements, lifts, or WOD’s and what are your 2 least favorite? My favorites would be pull-ups and box jumps. I just haven’t had the courage to try the 30” yet. I had zero prior experience with any of the Olympic lifts, so while I’m not very good at them, I’m growing to like them. My least favorites would be thrusters (in my mind, just a really heavy wall ball) and burpies. I can’t imagine anyone really likes burpies.?

    5. Pour your heart out and let us know how you’ve been impacted by CFFD. Add anything you want!
    The benefits of joining CFFD have been far greater than I had hoped for or anticipated. I have to start by thanking our son Landon for encouraging Miste and I to join! Without his encouragement and commitment to fitness, we wouldn’t have taken this step. CFFD is full of good people and I have made many new friends! At 52 years old, I enjoy being competitive again. CFFD gives you the opportunity to compete simply against yourself, the clock, your fellow athletes or at regional levels. Crossfit has brought my family closer together. Miste and I spend more time together….. a good thing . My sons Logan and Landon (pictured above) and my daughter in law Dihanna are all active in Crossift. Our conversations at the dinner table are much different than a year ago. I would encourage anyone, at any age, or current level of fitness to come to CFFD and give it a try. Don’t get me wrong, Crossfit may be the physically toughest thing you’ll ever do. But the sense of satisfaction you will get leaving the gym, soaked in sweat, having just accomplished something you never imagined you could do, will be worth every sore muscle. I can say without hesitation because of CFFD I am “Better Than Yesterday”.

  • Amber Kastler, MFCS, RD, LD Hy-Vee Dietitian

     

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    1. How long have you been doing CrossFit at CFFD?
    I’ve been CrossFitting regularly since December 2013. I currently frequent the noon class and proudly hold the unofficial spirit award.
    2. What are your favorite things about CFFD?
    Gosh what don’t I love about CFFD? The people who have become my family. The atmosphere. The empowerment. The therapeutic effects. The ability to modify to meet anyone’s needs. The accountability.
    3. What are some of the goals and progress that you’ve made since you started CFFD?
    CrossFit has always been a humbling experience, even three years deep. Prior to drinking the kool-aid I was an avid runner and weight-room enthusiast. Though I love to run and still do, I could never go back to the usual gym experience. I didn’t push myself hard enough in that setting. I’ve made leaps and bounds of improvement as far as strength and confidence goes. I also was able to put in less miles for my second marathon and still get race-day-ready through modified WODs geared more towards endurance and improve my performance as a runner.
    4. What was the biggest plus about continuing to Crossfit with us during your pregnancy? What advice would you give to women who are planning to start a family of their own who are currently Crossfitting?
    See answer to question 2  Prior to being pregnant, or even joining CrossFit, I had full intentions of staying as active as possible when it was my time to grow a baby. The biggest plus about continuing with CrossFit during pregnancy was its ability to be modified so I could still participate fully, and as a result, its effects on my spirit, my body, and my daughter were incredible. The mental strength CrossFit has taught me was invaluable during pregnancy and delivery…and of course the perk of bouncing back after labor and delivery well. The benefits of exercise in any amount during pregnancy are phenomenal and irreplaceable. Growing a tiny human and throwing around weights (with my physician’s consent) were wildly empowering.
    Any women planning to start or expand their family who are currently CrossFitting should without a doubt plan to continue. First and foremost, check with your doctor. And at your earliest convenience, mention it to your regular trainer as well…that way they can help keep you and your babe safe…and don’t give you crap about slacking off when you’re really doing double duty! Outside of medical necessity, there’s no reason not to! Our bodies are meant to be active and to procreate. There no reason those need to be separated.
    I CrossFitted all the way up through 3 days shy of 40 week pregnant when my water broke during my second round of a noon WOD mid Snatch. If I can do it, then anyone can. With the help of your CrossFit family, you can do damn near anything.
    5. What are your top 2 favorite movements, lifts, or WOD’s and what are your 2 least favorite?
    I love most all movements with barbells…snatches, OH/F/B squats, deadlifts, cleans – you name it, I’m down. WODs with several movements get me all hot and bothered because I find the variety to be more fun and challenging. I also thoroughly enjoy WODs that incorporate running in any form.
    My two least favorite would be burpees and rowing.

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