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Harini was our Athlete of the Month for January 2020!!! When did you start CF? - July 2019 What CF movements do you like? - I like dead lifts and Push jerks. What CF movements do you dislike? Burpees.. hate them What sports or fitness things did you do before CF? Before CF, I was going to the Gym. How did you find CF? My husband joined CF, he was active, saw him lose weight and thought of joining CFMC. What was your first workout? It was during my onramp.. it was sit ups and burpees. What’s your favorite thing about CF? People here appreciate and motivate each other. Because of that, I try to push myself to do some challenging exercises that I didn't believe I could do. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love dancing. What PRs or accomplishments are you most proud of? In the open, I was able to do 95lb deadlift and 55lb clean and jerks. But right now, I can do high knee raises on the rig which I couldn't do in open."
Kristen K.- Since joining CrossFit MontCo seven months ago, I feel mentally and physically stronger than ever! I used to obsess over every pound on the scale. Now, I’m less focused on what my body looks like and more focused on what my body can do! I’ve done things I never imagined I could, and I’m just getting started. CrossFit has given me the confidence I’ve always craved and made me a better role model for my kids.
"Scott - My Crossfit Friends, I just received an email notification congratulating me on my 24 month anniversary with Crossfit Montco. 2 years!! So, let’s go back to day 1, or even pre-day 1 with onramp. I visited with Kristin. At that time, I was 45, sad, perhaps a bit depressed, and definitely frustrated/upset about the Type 1 diabetes that I have had since my 20s getting the best of me. I had watched the Crossfit episode on 60 minutes and thought, “Maybe this is what I need to do”, still with a little bit of hope in me...and fear, fear that I would be walking into something that I may not be able to handle, or worse yet, fail at. But, I walked through the door, and there was Kristin. What did I have to lose? I really liked the idea of not knowing what was going to be done to me at a given workout. That I didn’t have to think about what the workout was going to be. I just needed to DO. But, could I DO? Kristin shared with me, as she has to you a million times, “Everything is scalable!” Alright, my first real day after onramp was Murph. Yes, Murph! So, I did a half a Murph with scaled options in the middle - 46 minutes of brutal joy! I couldn’t walk for a few days, but I came back....;-) Every day I came to the Box in my first year, I left with more soreness physically, but slowly but surely transformations began to happen from the inside out. I initially thought Crossfit was to just get in shape. I was incorrect. Crossfit was to get my whole being in shape. As I began progressing, confidence began happening inside me. I could see my younger self, my happier self coming out. Then I asked Kristin, “Should I do the Open this year?”. I was only 7 months or so in, so I wasn’t sure. She said, “Hell yeah!!”. Alright, I took the leap into more of the Unknown. During that Open season, that “Unknown” led me to feel deeply honored to receive the “Spirit of the Open” award and begin igniting a new flame inside me that said, “I CAN!, I WILL!”. After a year in Crossfit, my body was getting more used to the workouts. I could start coming daily, as my recovery time with my body was much improved. I did my first pull ups. I did 100 burpees in 7 minutes. I did my wall walks, etc. Progress happening. Murph the next year - a full Murph without the vest at 64 minutes. Friendships and community. When more than one come together with the same mindset, exponential successes happen! That’s another positive outcome of the Crossfit life. I don’t just come to the box for myself. I look forward to seeing you, my friends, and all of us working together as one to improve ourselves. No longer isolated to my crazy thoughts, I can share my craziness with you!"
Jenn - "I've been athletic my whole life playing a bunch of sports in high school like soccer, softball, and tennis to name a few. I played Rugby throughout college and would run frequently during and after college. In preparation for my marriage in 2014 I decided to begin a lifting regimen at a local gym while continuing cardio. After getting married and not having any set goals planned I lost the drive and interest I had with continuing to stay fit. I lost my energy, put on a significant amount of weight, and became depressed. I decided after Christmas of 2014 I had to change my life. I had seen some advertisements for CrossFit and thought it would be a great integration of lifting and cardio. I decided to join a box not knowing what I was in store for. I learned a lot of the functional movements and kept up with the program for about a year and half but I just wasn’t happy and I wasn’t progressing which caused me to fall back into my old habits. I joined CrossFit looking for a comradery and the need for a group of supportive people to help push me and inspire me and I just didn’t feel that way there. I decided to leave that box however the issue I had to deal with was that I still loved the sport of CrossFit just not necessarily the community associated with that particular box. My biggest fear was trying CrossFit again and feeling like I didn’t fit in. I decided to take the plunge and reach out to Kristen at CFMC. I was still harboring many fears and reservations but I still decided I needed to give it one more shot. From the first e-mail I received to current date I’ve never been happier with my choice and I’ve never looked back. Every single athlete at CFMC has made me feel welcome in one way or another. When I first started they were doing a nutritional challenge and I joined in, not only did I win the challenge but I took what I learned from the challenge and have been making it a permanent life choice. I lost 10 lbs. in 6 weeks and have been able to increase my lifting weight, form, and performance during workouts significantly over the past 3 months while at CFMC. My recommendation to anyone reading this that has had a similar experience to what mine has been is that there is a lot more to choosing a box than just finding a location close to your home, or finding a place that will save you an extra ten dollars a month, it’s really about finding a community of people that genuinely care about you and your goals and successes. My only regret when I first started CrossFit was that I didn’t realize how important it was to find a community that fits you. All I can say is I’ve learned so much since being here and I would never regret walking through the CFMC doors. In my opinion It’s worth the drive, traffic, and money but most importantly it’s worth the community and friendships that I’ve already been able to make in the past few months that have propelled me into being a better and more consistent athlete and happier person. Thank you CFMC!"
Jon, a Norristown native, and naturally athletic person played semi professional football for the Conshohocken Steelers. Jon joined CFMC in June 2014 after a short break from football with a goal in mind to cut back the weight and become a healthier father for his two young children. In the first few months, Jon went to battle and in his first year also competed in his first CrossFit Competition. Since then, he has dropped close to 85 pounds in his journey with us by changing his nutrition and putting in some serious work! His TWO a day training sessions in addition to his busy work and personal schedule exemplifies his dedication. Jon is always striving to get better, he has participated in multiple team and individual competitions and completed the Spartan Super with the crew in 2015. Congrats Jon!
Jon J. - "The result I got from CFMC is unbelievable. It all started when a water slide denied me of having fun with my 3 year old son because of my weight (340lbs) at that moment I knew it was time to do something about it. When I started at CFMC I was 340lbs size 50 waist. After all the hard work of eating right and exercising I'm down to 285lbs size 42 waist."