KCF Athlete Profile: Kris B.

Age: 51

Occupation: Legal Assistant

First CrossFit WOD(other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals): My first WOD was about 8 years ago, so I don’t really remember what it was, but I don’t think it even involved any weights. A group of my triathlon buddies and I went together to try it out. NONE of them ever went back.

First Thought After First CrossFit WOD: That’s gonna hurt! It did, for days and days.

Before CrossFit I Did: I started running (very slowly) in 1999. In 2007, I bought a bike and started my triathlon career with the Kitsap Tribabes. My husband and I sold our bikes and retired from triathlon in 2015 after our 3rd Ironman, so I needed another addiction.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Most recently, rope climbs. Scary as hell but so fun! And Thrusters. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t understand it either.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead Squats. I will avoid them every time.

Most Surprising Accomplishment: Climbing the rope! And more importantly, coming DOWN from the top!

Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit: Definitely the people. I love the camaraderie – we had it in the triathlon community as well, so I had been missing that. I love seeing people accomplish something they never thought they could. One of my pet peeves is hearing someone say “I could never do that”. BS!

Short Term Goals: Toes to Bar. I think I can get there if my old body will bend like it needs to!

Long Term Goals: Double-unders and Pull-ups. And to look noticeably fitter the next time my husband’s family in New Zealand sees me.

Favorite Food: Anything Mexican. Since being on the macro plan, it’s been cottage cheese. I never liked it until recently.

Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym: Spending time with my husband, kids and 5 grandkids. This time of year we are at the softball/baseball fields most nights and weekends. I also love to travel.

Share with us your “Why”: After we retired from Triathlon, I did literally NOTHING to keep in shape. My body and mind were so tired from the constant training. 20 pounds later, I needed to do something. I joined a CrossFit gym in 2011, but had a pretty bad experience with some not very good coaches, so had a bad taste in my mouth about CrossFit for many years. I decided to give it another shot in 2017, and I have been really impressed with how CrossFit as a whole has really tried to shed that reputation as “hardcore” and “dangerous”. The coaches at KCF are SUPREME to what I have dealt with in the boxes I went to before (by the way, the box I went to with the bad coaches is no longer in business). Along with the coaches, all of the members are so supportive and non-judgmental. It’s been a completely amazing experience!

KCF Athlete Profile: Sean O’D.

Age: 39Occupation: EMT, Emergency Room Tech, and studentFirst CrossFit WOD(other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals): I have no clue but the first one I have recorded is timed rounds of deadlifts 225#, ball slams 30#, hand-release pushups. I got to round 9.

First Thought After First CrossFit WOD: I can’t walk and every time I cough, laugh or sneeze, I cry.

Before CrossFit I Did: Personal trainers, globo gyms, base gyms, P90X. Nothing really worked for me until I found CrossFit.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Cleans

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: I used to hate thrusters and burpees until I mentally got to the point where I push myself to do them no matter how much I don’t like the movement. Since I changed my mindset, there are no longer movements I don’t like. I also came to the realization that if I’m not good at a movement, I need to practice that movement until I am comfortable with it.

Most Surprising Accomplishment: HSPU without an AB Mat

Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit: I love my 0600 crew and they make the 35 mile drive, 5 days a week so worth it! I know I don’t say much, and when I do it’s usually some sort of snarky comment like “do the burpees start from the floor?” Silently I am cheering you all on! I like being in a community of like-minded people who push themselves, others, and have a sense of humor.

Short Term Goals: Ring Muscle Ups

Long Term Goals: Regionals and eventually The Games as a Master’s athlete

Favorite Food: Too many to list but for starters, coffee, donuts (fritters) and ice cream. Yes, all carbs and fat!

Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym: Traveling with Lisa and our boys, exploring new places to eat, and smoking meats.

Share with us your “Why”: I began the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle because I saw how much effort Lisa was investing into being within physical standards for the Navy. At that time we were both overweight and out of shape. I refused to continue our unhealthy lifestyle while I saw her working so hard to reverse the effects of the poor choices we made. When I finally found CrossFit it transformed my life, health, and fitness. I love the way I feel both physically and mentally. Having some sort of mental ipecac while in school has really helped me succeed in my classes and mitigate stress. I enjoy training hard 5 days a week and I also enjoy my 2 rest days.

KCF Athlete Profile: Matt P.

Age: 37Occupation: Clinical Psychologist (Mental Health Counselor)

First CrossFit WOD(other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals): August 2013 – 15 minute AMRAP of ‘Diane’ According to my records I was able to hammer out one round and 19 reps with the weight/movements dramatically scaled – deadlifting 135 and doing push-ups with my feet on a 20″ box.

First Thought After First CrossFit WOD: These people are complete badasses. I can’t wait to come back.

Before CrossFit I Did: In high school I played football, but wrestling was really my sport. In college, I was part of a Capoeira club and played just about every intramural sport we could get a team together for (flag football, basketball, volleyball). I also spent a year as the mascot for the Ferris State University Bulldogs. Go DAWGS! After undergrad and during graduate school I was extremely inconsistent with my exercise, but managed to squeeze in a couple of marathons before becoming mostly sedentary for several years before joining KCF.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Handstand walks (only because I’m good at it) Snatch is my favorite movement that I’m bad at.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Sumo-deadlift high pull. It wreaks havoc on my elbows and always feels awkward.

Most Surprising Accomplishment: My first ring muscle-up was super exciting. I worked at it for a longtime, felt I had the strength, and when I finally got it, I was super proud of myself.

Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit: The persistent expectation of growth and the community built to make it happen. I also enjoy the ability to point out, to my children, specific people that are definitively stronger than me. It does wonders to breakdown gender stereotypes, age stereotypes, size stereotypes, etc.

Short Term Goals: Show up consistently, Pistol Squats, Reduce Body Fat Percentage

Long Term Goals: Rx all the girls, cross-country bike ride, 20 unbroken strict pull-ups

Favorite Food: I could eat tacos every day and never get sick of it

Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym: Watching and discussing movies, exploring psychological concepts, being skeptical, cooking and eating with my family

Share with us your “Why”: The ‘why’s have built up over the years. I’ve got too many to list. I keep coming back because I trust the community to accept me where I’m at and challenge me to get better. I want as much of that as I can get. On a more practical note, I need KCF because my job’s primary demands involve being sedentary and having zero coworkers, and while I’m fairly comfortable with that, I know it’s unhealthy on many levels. The physical activity and social interaction are as vital to my mental and emotional health as they are to any aspect of my physical fitness.

KCF Athlete Profile: Merribeth T.

Age:35Occupation: Full time parentFirst CrossFit WOD (other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals):
“Schmalls” massively modified. I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish it.

First Thought After First CrossFit WOD:
I don’t know if I can do this!

Before CrossFit I Did:
Not very much. I was never in sports or had active hobbies and when I did get to a gym, it was inconsistent and short lived.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:
Rope climbs-I still struggle with locking my feet when I get tired, but I look forward to them whenever they’re programmed.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement:
Running more than 400 meters at a time. But if that gets coupled with thrusters or burpees then bonus hate points.

Most Surprising Accomplishment:
Pistol squats came fairly naturally to me.

Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit:
The combination of awesome coaches, people and positive atmosphere!

Short Term Goals:
Everything?!? Handstand push ups, increasing my deadlift/working on technique, getting better at chest to bar pull ups and increasing my overall conditioning. Oh, and double unders!

Long Term Goals:
Ring muscle ups, bar muscle ups, 200lb back squat

Favorite Food:
Burgers with blue cheese, bacon, crispy onions and hot sauce.

Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym:
Painting miniatures, knitting, karaoke, reading, the occasional video game and napping whenever possible.

Share with us your “Why”:
My “why” is a little complicated. I started CrossFit about 2 1/2 years ago without real expectations that I would like it, and no expectation that I could be good at it. I knew I wanted to be in “better shape”. As a new mom, I just felt lost and overwhelmed and out of control. CrossFit has helped me to recognize that I am strong, and not just in what I can lift or movements that I can do. It’s changed my life and it keeps me coming back for more.