1. When did you start at CrossFit Bangor:

I started at Crossfit Bangor in the Summer of 2016. My first On-Ramp class was at the old gym and the workout was so hard!! It was 3 rounds of a 100m run, air squats, and sit ups. It was terrible and I thought I was going to die!

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment:

That’s a hard one because in the three years of doing CF there are some days that just showing up is an accomplishment…I’m ALWAYS glad I do.   Whether it’s finishing a workout faster than I thought I would or using a heavier weight than I usually do, there are so many small victories every time I come to the gym. One accomplishment that stands out was the Open workout 19.2. I had advanced to the last part of the workout. The very end of the workout had squat cleans at 135 pounds. My one rep max had been 115 pounds, so when I completed 4 at 135# I was very proud of myself…I would have never been able to do it without Coach James who was judging me, Coach Mel who let me use her magical weight belt and the rest of the gym for cheering me on.

  1. Favorite lift, metcon, or both:

My favorite lift is the deadlift because I don’t have to move the bar very far from the ground 🙂 My ideal workout would be deadlifts, double unders, and sit ups. I also really like chippers.

  1. A movement or workout you’re hoping to improve this year:

I’d like to improve on my strict pull ups, stringing toes to bar, and handstand push ups without any skull or ab mats.

  1. Biggest surprise since starting at CrossFit Bangor:

When I first started, I thought people would care about what I did during the workout. I soon realized that no one cares what you do as long as you show up.  After shoulder surgery I was overwhelmed with the support of the coaches.  They always made me feel included in the class workouts even with one bum arm.  They purchased equipment so I could participate and even wrote modified workouts daily that they posted along with the daily WOD on the whiteboard.   I was also surprised to find that when I can’t get to the gym, I get really angry. Crossfit Bangor has become a huge part of my life. Going every day makes me feel so much better mentally and physically.  I am surprised at how much I hate working out at a “regular” gym when I’m away for work.  The only thing that gets me through those workouts is my jump rope.

  1. Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit:

CrossFit is for everyone no matter where you are physically.  If you’re injured, “out of shape”, or in the best shape of your life, our coaches are the best because they tailor every workout to your individual capabilities.  You don’t have to walk around aimlessly trying to figure out which body part to work on or jump on a treadmill or elliptical for your cardio.  Crossfit Bangor membership is worth every penny.  Workouts are programed, performances are tracked, skills are taught, you are coached from the beginning to the end of your class.  You don’t have to think!  Just show up!

  1. Favorite Maine place to recommend to other members or visitors:

How can you not recommend Acadia National Park to visitors? However, one of my favorite places to visit on a Sunday morning is Ralph’s Cafe in Brooks. It’s a cute, little restaurant  that has THE BEST breakfast.

  1. Non CrossFit interest(s):

Spending time with family and dogs.  I also enjoy completing various projects (she-shed, corn hole boards, dog ramps, deck railings, painting, crocheting, baking, etc.)

  1. Additional thoughts you’d like to share! 

I think it’s very important for members to reach out and introduce themselves to new members. It’s intimidating to walk into our gym when you are new because there is no place to hide. I remember when I first came to check out CFB. I watched a class and thought “OH MY GOD THESE PEOPLE (Nicole, Janet, Bille) ARE BADASS!” At the end of the class, Billie introduced herself to me and shared her experience at the gym. Her enthusiasm was contagious.  From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a part of this community.

I love being present when people get their firsts or when they are able to accomplish something that has challenged them.  One of the best parts of this gym is that you can always improve and challenge yourself.

I’m thankful to be able to workout side by side with my daughter.  CFB has brought us closer and has challenged us both mentally and physically.  I have seen the physical and emotional strength CFB has provided for Brooklynn and I’m proud to be a member.