AUGUST 2017

SUSANNAH NOAKES

How long have you been CrossFitting?

6 months this year, 4 months last year.. took too many months off in-between nursing a shoulder injury.

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I’m from Richmond, Va born and raised. Went to Virginia Tech to study Food Science and Technology, met my husband in the same town, and moved to the area when he joined the marine corp.

What’s your occupation?

I’m a Training and Development Specialist – I build training materials and programs for a cold smoked salmon processing plant in Wilmington.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

My husband found the gym when we moved to Holly Ridge. I joined because I got bored of those confusing weight machines, curling dumbbells, and crunches.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

BOTH. Mentally I am more confident in and out of the gym – this confidence is addicting, sometimes I feel like I can do anything. Today I wonder why I ever doubted myself. I don’t fear failure anymore, I know it’s just a stepping stone. Physically I know I’ve changed because my family makes fun of my traps.

What is your favorite exercise?

hmmm probably snatches. To me it’s the most difficult movement because of technique, but that’s why I also enjoy it. I really like dumbbell snatches.

What is your least favorite exercise?

the ski “errrrrg”… I’m terrible at that thing. Cardio in general… I remember one time I got on the bike and John Z was like, “Susie you look like you’re biking through a swamp!” not good.

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

1 round for time WODs with higher rep count. Recently we did the Apple Wind Chime (30 pullups, 40 burpees facing bar, and 50 power snatches at 55lbs)… that was nice.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

Not sure I have a least favorite. Every WOD is my favorite when it’s over.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

For Time:
50 sandbag lunges 80/60
15 TTB
40 dumbbell overhead (switching arms) 75/50
15 TTB
30 wall balls
15 TTB
20 cal bike AFAP.. fall on the ground

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

I want to comfortably RX on all gymnastics moves

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

Crossfit is a team sport for me; it’s bigger than breaking a sweat or getting in a good workout. It’s pushing, encouraging, and congratulating each other in community. It’s an unspoken accountability to push each other to reach new heights. SHOUT OUT TO MY 5:30am CREW!

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

I doubted my ability to stick to a fitness program long term. Now that I’m plugged in, I think I would go through withdrawals if I stopped. I had a dream I went to the games… I think I’m too old to start that type of training to really have a chance, but it’s fun to dream about anyways!

How can other people relate to your story?

I’m just an average Joe(anne?) who likes to sweat.

What is something that others may not know about you?

In light of my outgoing personality, it may surprise some to know that I was home-schooled through my entire grade school career.

 


JULY 2017

ERIN COSTA

How long have you been CrossFitting?

3 years in November

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I’m from Fayetteville, NC originally

What’s your occupation?

Photographer

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

We drove by several times after we moved, and then the sign changed from “Athletics” to “CrossFit” and we decided to drop in. I really had no intentions of joining I was just appeasing Mike and coming along. I decided to join because I was told Kristen was joining and so here I am haha.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

I notice a change both mentally and physically. I never thought I would be doing these workouts, and doing them regularly and somewhat MAYBE enjoying them. I photograph weddings most weekends, and before CrossFit I would get what we call the “wedding hangover” from being on my feet going non stop all day. It’s rare that I get that feeling now after weddings thanks to CrossFit

What is your favorite exercise?

Double unders or power cleans

What is your least favorite exercise?

Anything with a squat sooooo….Thrusters, FRONT SQUATS..should I go on?

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

We just did a hang snatch/double under one I really loved.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

The open workout a few years ago that was Thrusters and burpees. I still have nightmares.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

“Dub Life”
Buy IN: 200 Double Unders
• 5 rounds:
• 5 hang power cleans at 125/185
• 10 hand stand push ups and 15 pull ups
Cash Out: 100 Double Unders

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

Finally get a ring muscle up

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

It’s very much a community and I truly believe that helps with motivation and keeping you coming back. I have worked out for years through regular gyms and even trainers, but never stuck with something this consistently until now.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

NOPE

How can other people relate to your story?

I think once you decide to try it and make it a routine, anyone can do it.

What is something that others may not know about you?

My face is famous on t-shirts throughout the gym.

 


JUNE 2017

JEN BEATY

How long have you been CrossFitting? 

 I began my 1st intro class at DEA December 2015, so a year and a ½ and I just committed to another year.

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

Born and raised in Kingsport, TN and I migrated here for college at UNCW. I met my Marine and moved around the country… we decided to settle here after he separated from the USMC since we both got jobs and knew the area. Married for 14 years, we have 1 little boy, 5 years old.

What’s your occupation?

I work on the USMC Air Station, New River as a Personal & Professional Development Advisor/Instructor. I assist clients with transition from the military, overall career goals, beginning/attending college and the Federal Hiring process. I love my job!

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

Coach Erika lives a few doors down from me and MANY other ladies from our neighborhood in Holly Ridge attend DEA. I kept seeing posts on our Neighborhood FB page about the gym. I dropped off a raffle gift for an event and Erika convinced me to try the Intro class- it’s ONLY $50!

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Starting this process broke me mentally and physically, in good ways. There was a LOT of crying (I’m a stress crier and it comes out during intense workouts or right after). I began physically doing things that I NEVER mentally thought I could do. I had to break down the old me to rebuild and become stronger. Cheesy & cliché I know but I can’t describe it any other way. Although I was active in sports all through childhood and somewhat in college it all stopped after that. I should mention that I also hated “exercising.” I had never tried lifting before, I thought-Why Not? I also figured out that I needed a “team” environment and specifically scheduled classes in order to maintain my motivation. Interestingly enough, I also discovered the real competition is between you and your old self, unless you’re in a competitive event, of course. I am also able to handle stress better now and do everyday activities like playing with my son or projects around the house more efficiently.

What is your favorite exercise?

Within CrossFit: I prefer the Row machine and Deadlifts. Each one have shown me I’m stronger than I thought.
Otherwise, I LOVE Spin bike classes! Give me some 90’s/00’s house mix/rave music and I’ll just pedal forever.

What is your least favorite exercise?

Running. I’m like a turtle stampeding through caramel.

What has been your favorite WOD so far? 

17.1   I was SO close to finishing! I was only 2 burpees away. It was a great way to start the Crossfit Open.  I also just like AMRAPs, cause there’s a time cap.

What has been your least favorite WOD? 

17.3 Any WOD that hands me my biggest weakness (Squat Snatch) on a platter and says “chow down!” I don’t enjoy. I didn’t leave the gym though until I got one at the next weight up even though time was up and it didn’t count for my score.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?


“Full Beaty”
20 min AMRAP :
9 Deadlifts
12 Pushups
12 Dumbell Snatches
15 Calorie Row/Assault Bike

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

1 Toes to Bar, 1 wall-assisted Handstand, OVERHAULING my diet, and finish the Open workouts next March (I was sick for the last workout 17.5 with the flu).  I also want to watch a live competitive event to support other DEA members who are competing.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs? 

EVERYTHING can be modified to suit your current level and ability. There’s also this unbelievably supportive community in CrossFit!    

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? 

Nope. Not at all. I thought I was too overweight, too out of shape, and too old.

How can other people relate to your story? 

Don’t be afraid of change or challenges. You have to start somewhere. Yes, it’s intimidating if you’ve never done anything like this before. Yes, you will have callouses on your hands. Yes, you will be sore-ALL THE TIME but…it’s WORTH it. Most importantly, you cannot compare your journey to anyone else’s journey around you. Just show up. Someone, is looking up to you or to you for inspiration, motivation or direction, you just may not know who.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I DO NOT look at workouts prior to showing up to the gym. Exception: the Open-I had to make sure I understood what was going on before arriving to the gym.

 


MAY 2017

GABE CASTO

How long have you been CrossFitting?

About 4 months

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

Hometown West Virginia.

What’s your occupation?

Sales & Structural Design- For Roof Trusses, Floor Trusses, and Structural Beams.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

Maria Sorg is how I heard about it. As for why I joined- I needed a change in routine from my normal workouts. I needed something that will keep me strong and make me more flexible in the process.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East Cross Fit?

Well Physically I am stronger in areas that I didn’t even know existed.
Mentally is the big thing for me- Cross fit provides a level playing Field. I may be able to get do well with the strength part then comes the cardio (hahaha). So in a work out I may be good at one part and the person beside of me is good at the other part- so it puts everyone one a level playing Field. Which makes everyone enjoy the competition.

What is your favorite exercise?

Dumb Bell Snatches, Strict Shoulder Press, & of course Bench Press

What is your least favorite exercise?

Double Unders

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

17.1 by far- That is when I really realized what Cross Fit was all about. It was awesome having everyone there to support you.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

That would be 17.5 that had the Double Unders- Calf Muscle feel apart on that one.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

A$$ Face Sandwich
Strict Barbell Shoulder Press – As heavy as you can go. 4 sets of 5 reps
plus
20 Min AMRAP
Dumb Bell Snatch- Men 50lbs to 75lbs- Women 35lbs to 50lbs- 10 Reps
Toes To Bar- 10 Reps
Box Jump- 10 Reps
Wall Balls- 15 Reps

Take a break and do the final Bicep Killer:
Men- Take 45lb bar and get against the Wall and curl it until failure- Try to get to 100
Women- Take the 35lb bar and get against the wall and curl it until failure- Try to get to 100

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

Keep getting more and more Flexible and Cross Fit Strong.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

I have lifted the majority of my life and like to think I am a pretty strong guy, but I realized there is normal gym strong and Cross Fit Strong. I had no idea until I tried it, but there is a huge difference between the 2 types. You can take the strongest guy at the local gym and put him in a Cross Fit gym and he will burn out because he does not have the correct form and flexibility. I know from experience. Cross Fit has taught me that you can use your whole body and lift smarter which in return can help you lift more. Let’s not forget Cross Fit is for everyone no matter what skill level, body type, Etc. You just start that is all you have to do and the coaches and the other members help you along the way to get to where you want to be.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

Yes I do. I really enjoy everything about it. Maybe one day I will be flexible enough to do all the movements.

How can other people relate to your story?

Well that is simple all they have to do is walk in and give it a shot.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I used to be a College Baseball Player so I have always taken my strength fitness goals serious. Also I am extremely OCD- Everything has to be exactly where it is supposed to be. If something is out of place or if something is not perfect it drives me nuts.

 


APRIL 2017

DAVE SCOTT

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Right around 3 months.

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I am from small town nowhere in Kansas with a population of roughly 1,200. I love getting out of the house and doing something active with friends. I love working out have been doing some sort of training ever sense I was a kid. Oh! And I am a huge social butterfly. Ever scene I was a child you could find me walking around and talking to anyone that would listen and I haven’t change much.

What’s your occupation?

I am currently a United States Marine, I have 5 years down with another 4 to go before I have to decide if I want to stay or move on to the next chapter in my life.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I heard about Down East CrossFit from Chris Varriale, he had metioned the gym during some of our training together and that his wife (Erika) was a coach at the gym. Several months later I watched Fittest on Earth on Nextflix was immediately interested in joining the Crossfit Community. I got in touch Chris who put me in touch with Erika and then I attended the 5:30am class and decided that all the pain that CP put us though that morning was not that bad and the 5:30am ladies smoked me during the workout so I need redemption.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

CrossFit has made me more aware of gaps that I have in my training and physical fitness, some of these gaps are double unders, snatching, muscle ups and most of the gymnastic movements. The mental gains from Crossfit are unreal, never in my life would I have thought I could have done a muscle up or a handstand pushup but with the help from everyone at the gym I have achieved both which is a constant reminder that nothing is impossible.

What is your favorite exercise?

Deadlifts

What is your least favorite exercise?

Double Unders

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

I don’t think I have a favorite WOD but doing all of the Open workouts with everyone was probably one of my favorite experiences that I will never forget.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

17.5 because for me it was 40 mins of the struggle bus with double unders.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

Name: The Buddy Pair
WOD: 3 Rounds for time
Two person deadlift 25 reps(2M 450/ M&W 365/ 2W 270)
400m Run (no more than arms reach away from your buddy)
30 pull ups (cant not get more than 5 reps apart from your partner)
40 wall balls (20/14) (cant not get more than 5 reps apart from your partner)
20 Cal row (Cant not get more than 5 cal separation from partner)

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

Get muscle ups unbroken, snatch 250 and progress all of my other gymnastics movement.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

CrossFit is not just a fitness program, it’s a community and way of life. It’s a place where anyone is welcome as long as you are willing to put in the work and effort, even if you need some encouragement from time to time. The diversity is amazing as well, your typical weight lifting program you have a lot of the same movements or exercises every week, but with CrossFit it is easy to have a different workout every day. And finally, CrossFit is pushing the boundaries of what humans are capable of accomplishing physically and mentally.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

Yes, one day I wish to make it to the games.

How can other people relate to your story?

I hope that other people understand and realize that you can accomplish anything you put mind to. As long as you train, try and surround yourself with positive people (like the amazing people in our gym) nothing is impossible. Thanks to the coaching and great support from this community, I have achieved many goals that I had never dreamed of and hope to achieve many more.

Also if you have not read Man in the Area by Theodor Roosevelt take the 5 minutes and give it a read. Link below.
http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html

What is something that others may not know about you?

Most people don’t know that I am adopted and I broke my back when I was in High school which caused a 25 degree bend in my back.

 


MARCH 2017

MEGHAN CHECK

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I have been crossfitting for about 9 years and at DEA since 2012 (I think).

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I’m a military spouse, mama to two tiny humans- Mae (2.5yrs) and Sullivan (4 months), own my own business, my background is in Elementary Education and Environmental Planning. I’m originally from Southern California but call Virginia Beach, VA home.

What’s your occupation?

I’m currently a stay-at-home mom and I run a virtual business in the nooks and crannies of my day.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I randomly saw people running and flipping tires (this is when we flipped tires at the gym) near the firestation as I drove down 17 so I started investigating. I was looking for a crossfit, having done it for years before moving to NC but at the time there was no affiliate in Hampstead. I googled “Crossfit in Hampstead” and John happened to have the word in his certs listed in his Bio on the old DEA page so wha-la! I discovered Down East Athletics.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

My previous gym (CrossFit Oahu) was a family. An “ohana” as we called it. I was looking for that again when we moved to NC- knowing no one. Down East introduced me to some of my very best friends and is a constant in a life full of inconsistency (i.e. deployments, kids, etc.) Physically, I have gone through ups and downs thanks to pregnancy and post-pregnancy but I have hit several PRs while being at Down East. I continued to Crossfit through all of my pregnancies up until the day I delivered with both kiddos and I attribute 2 “easy” labors to it!

What is your favorite exercise?

Snatch and Double Unders

What is your least favorite exercise?

Thrusters

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

Annie and most anything with olympic lifting

What has been your least favorite WOD?

I try to block them out but there was one where we did like 10000 thrusters for time and then rowed 50000 meters and then did it all over again x 50. While I’ve never puked after a workout- I came within inches of it that time.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

You all can come up with a name. You’re better at stringing together random words and sounds and calling it a WOD Name. STRENGTH: 10 rounds every two minutes complete the following Snatch Complex 1x Snatch Pull 1x Snatch 1x Hang Snatch working up to a manageable weight (don’t change weight between movements) 12 min (men/women) 50/35 cal row THEN in remaining time AMRAP of 5×95/75# snatches, 10 pull ups, 20 double unders

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

Get back to pre-pregnancy weight and strength, enough C2B pullups to do them legit in a workout, to sit still more.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

I’ve never participated in something that was so INDEPENDENT (as in- an independent sport) but yet SO group/team oriented. Does that make sense? I’m only competing with/for myself technically but yet I’m encouraged and pushed and cheered for and working as a group, a whole.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

PAHAHA. In my next life. One time I used to do Olympic Lifting competitions but when they started requiring singlets in order to progress further, I knew the competition side of it wasn’t for me.

How can other people relate to your story?

I’m a mom and I used to be way more fit than I am currently and that’s HARD. Mentally I KNOW I should be able to snatch that weight or do that movement unbroken because at one point I used to with ease. But then life happened and I grew humans and then those humans arrived and decided not to sleep or to throw tantrums or whatever and my clothes stopped fitting and a whole slew of excuses. But I try not to listen to those excuses because I know HOW IMPORTANT that hour is to my sanity and ultimately to my being a good parent and wife and so I attempt (and “attempt” is key- doesn’t always happen!) to make it a priority to get to the gym. For everyone’s sake! I can think of at least 78 other women (and likely some men) who can relate to that.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I used to get paid to shoot Hutia (like oversized possums) as part of animal control on the island in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

 


FEBRUARY 2017

JASON NORRIS

How long have you been CrossFitting? 

I started about 7 months ago. 

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

Not far up 17 is a little slice of heaven called Sneads Ferry, NC. It began as a fishing community and I come from a family of commercial Fisherman, including my dad, Jr Norris, 2016 Fisherman of the Year. I spent time in the triangle area for school but returned home to pursue my cyber security career on Camp Lejeune. I met my wife here and we live in Surf City now.

What’s your occupation?

I am a Cyber Security Specialist for the US Navy…….. aka the IT guy for the Dentist.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I noticed Down East just driving through Hampstead going to Wilmington. I decided to join after playing golf with my brother-in-law and couldn’t figure out why he was hitting the ball further than me. He said he started CrossFit and he had pretty big gains. My ego couldn’t take it so I signed up for the foundations class the next week.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Before starting Down East I would lift weights about 3 times a week. I found myself having no motivation, no will to go to the gym, and I was tired all the time. After joining I feel great and really enjoy going to the gym again.

What is your favorite exercise?

You may think I am crazy but I like the Assault Bike. It is the one thing I am actually pretty good at. The exercise I like… attempting to run after not so much. Jello legs are no fun…. especially with Brynn running laps around me.

What is your least favorite exercise?

Anything to do with thrusters. I really don’t like them…… at all.

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

I really liked the Halloween WOD….
30 Ghoul-oric Headless Horseman Assault Bike
200m Corpse Drag
40 Zombie Squats
60 Mummy Lunges
200 Dracula Unders
40 Wall Jack-o-lanterns
600m Wolfman Run

What has been your least favorite WOD?

September 19th WOD. Worst workout ever.
Push Press -3 x 3, Strict Pull Up – AMRAP unbroken, Strict Pull Up – AMRAP unbroken, Strict Pull Up – AMRAP unbroken
Then
Come to My Window by Melissa Etheridge
15 min EMOM
min1- 15/12 Cal Row, min2- 10 Thruster 75/55, min3- 5 Bar Facing Burpees.

This was a Monday after a week of vacation. I was pretty sure John was trying to kill me.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?  

To keep with the John naming convention, it would be called “Gingers may not have souls but we have Feelings”
5 rounds for time:
10 Cal AB
5 Cleans
5 S2O
250m row

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

Keep making gains. I am down 15lbs so I would like to continue to drop weight.  I would also like to complete a workout with double unders without feeling like a complete failure.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

One thing I really like about CrossFit is having a WOD. There are so many times where I have been in the gym and just walked around not being able to decide what to do. Having a plan makes it easy. I also like the atmosphere you get in CrossFit gyms. Everyone has a positive attitude and wants everyone to do good without judgment. This isn’t something you get in conventional gyms.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

NEVER. As the life -long chubby kid golf was the most high impact sport I seen myself playing. I have been pleasantly surprised.

How can other people relate to your story?

I thought CrossFit was for a particular “type” of person, and I did not see myself as that kind of guy. However, meeting the people at Down East and seeing my gains over the last 7 months, I can’t imagine there is a person who couldn’t benefit from at least trying a program like this. For me, I feel better, am stronger and see the improvements in even the smallest parts of my life.

 


JANUARY 2017

 

MARIA SORG

How long have you been CrossFitting?

9 years

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

Local girl, born in Wilmington, moved to Hampstead when I was 15 years old.  Left the area for 4 short years for graduate school… couldn’t wait to come back.  Married Mike, my high school boyfriend and we have 2 beautiful daughters Ava (12) and Lily (10).

What’s your occupation?

Veterinarian

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I knew John from CFW.  I had quit CFW a few years before, because life was too busy to drive into Wilmington.  I had been working out in my garage for several years, and my husband convinced me that I needed to get back in and work out with other people again.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

In general, Crossfit gave me an outlet for my competitive side (I don’t know if any of you knew that about me…but I am competitive) I played soccer in college, and so missed that competition and especially the “team sports” mentality. I ran a couple of marathons trying to capture that, but crossfit was the closest thing to that feeling! Physically, I am stronger than I ever have been doing anything else. In particular, DEA has provided me an environment similar to when I first started crossfit. It feels real, and not overly commercialized.

What is your favorite exercise?

Thrusters!! or maybe power cleans

What is your least favorite exercise?

Hmmm, I struggle with pistols, and double unders, and I’m not a great jumper to any degree…but I can’t say that I don’t like them.

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

IDK…I like one called The Admiral, cause its really hard and makes me forget all my problems (3 rds of 20 burpee pull ups, 20 Front Squat at 105/155, and 20 box jumps)  also used to like Irish Car Bomb – (3 rds of 400m run, 15 pull ups, 30 Box Jump)  These were wods I got from CF New England website and used to program for myself.  I like Fran, Nancy and Grace too.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

Probably the one I will do tomorrow. oh no… It was The Animal – stupidest thing I ever did 150 KB swings with the 1.5 pood.  Will never do that again, or Karen. 150 of anything is just stupid

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

Ok, the name of the wod would be “stinky donkey dip”  I figure that fits in with Johns “stupid” names.  I will explain this one.  In St. John, where Mike and I went on our honeymoon and later a family vacation… there are a bunch of “DIP” signs in coral bay (1 area of the island)  People wrote all kinds of things on the dip signs and we took pictures of all of them.  1 says “crab dip” one says “skinny dip” and one says “stinky donkey dip”  (there are alot of donkeys on the island)  I always wanted to name a dip “stinky donkey dip” but never got around to it.  So hear it is:
10,9,8…1 thrusters (105/155)
1,2,3…10 cal on assault bike (sorry Leann)
Maybe a 100 DU buy in?? or maybe thats too much, im really not good at writing these, thats why I pay John the big bucks.

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

To arrive at the Open in good standing…i.e. tightening up my diet after the holidays!  I also would like to compete in a  competition (maybe convince my husband Mike to join me since we are both masters now!!!) but he is 6 months older.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

I think it is one of the only things that FORCES you to face your weaknesses so frequently!  If left up to us, we do what we are good at!

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

I never thought about it, it didn’t really exist when i thought of such things.

How can other people relate to your story?

I don’t know, I think we all relate to each other in a lot of different and unexpected ways.  Who knows what someone may read and find relate-able.  I absolutely love all the people I work out with in the morning, and I relate to every single one of them in some way or another!

What is something that others may not know about you?

I struggle with self confidence.  Not all the time, but sometimes.  I think its important to say that.  I have 2 daughters, 12 and 10…My goal is for them to be confident and happy in their own skin.  That’s a hard thing sometimes for all of us.  Sometimes I see things in them that I find so beautiful and amazing, and then I realize that it comes from me, and I hate that particularly characteristic about myself.  So crazy and backwards.  I was going to tell John that I really didn’t want to be “athlete of the month” but then I thought, no I will just be honest and maybe it will help someone in some way.  The people that I am with every morning at 5:30 AM help me so much to work on my weaknesses, and appreciate my strengths.  They show me the beauty of diversity and the grace of being human and fallible.

 


DECEMBER 2016

 

MIKE FOSTER

mikeHow long have you been CrossFitting?

Since March of this year (2016). Started at the intro class.

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I’m 28 years old, originally from a small town in Southern California called Tehachapi. But I have also lived in San Francisco, Oregon, the country of Bahrain and well… Holly Ridge. I have a Mini-Me, Phillip Lee who will be 2 in February. I am a 10 year Coast Guard Veteran, I’ve been stationed in North Carolina for 2 1/2 years,  have orders back to a 110ft Cutter (Boat) Oregon for this next spring. What else… typical things…. I enjoy cooking, eating, yardwork (yes I enjoy yardwork), guns and stuff, going on adventures with Micaela and being lazy.

What’s your occupation?

I am a Gunners Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard. Stationed here at Camp LeJeune, with the Coast Guard’s Special Missions Training Center as an Armorer and Weapons Instructor.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

Google, first thing that popped up. And I personally though Down East Athletics/CrossFit sounded cooler than the rest. So… I called DEA First.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Physically… Absolutely! Since I’ve started at DEA and changed my diet, I’m down 34 pounds, and 2inches on my waist. I’m having to buy new clothes and uniforms in sizes I haven’t fit into in over 7 years. Although I’m fighting shoulder issues, my strength, cardio and overall physical health are the best they’ve ever been. With no end in sight.
Mentally… Yes, it’s made me a little more focused. The longer workouts have forced me to push a little harder and learn how to focus on the end goal. Overall mental perseverance. And on a mental/social aspect it’s helped me fight some of my social anxiety issues I occasionally face.

What is your favorite exercise?photo-nov-29-8-02-07-am

It’s up in the air. I really enjoy Power Cleans, the Assault Bike and most any body weight workout.

What is your least favorite exercise?

Front Squat or Overhead Squat. My balance is god awful with those.

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

Murph

What has been your least favorite WOD?

I can’t say I have a least favorite. Any workout that has double unders I know is going to drag on, and cover my shins with bruises. But honestly, they all serve a purpose and even though it may suck during… I’m always happy to finish a workout if my shoulders play game.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

hahaha YES!
The Mustache
2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2
Assault Bike (Obviously more than 2 or 4 Calories)
Power Cleans
Burpee Box Jumps
Wall Balls

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

My original goal for CrossFit was get back into shape and actually finish Murph. So, this next year it’s a bit more.
-Complete Murph in under 45min with Kit (Armor Carrier)
-Possibly string together 30-40 Double Unders.
-Maybe some tire flips… hint hint….

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

It’s dynamic, always changing, total body. And it’s not just about working out. There’s a very supportive community attached to it. I feel like that’s probably just as important as the fitness.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

No! I used to get annoyed at the the people that did it. I didn’t understand form, and the safety attached to the workouts. It always looked like just a painful thing to do.
It took someone who is now very close to me and extremely important in my life to get me to try it. Her determination to share that community of CrossFit and her want to see me physically better myself helped change my views on CrossFit and get me started. Thanks Micaela 🙂

How can other people relate to your story?

Anyone can do it. I have made huge changes because of it. Back in March, i didn’t know what a deadlift was… let alone safely lift 100 pounds. Now I’m chasing 300. The idea of CrossFit and the community is you don’t have to meet the RX…. it’s nice. But not necessary. There will always be someone cheering you on, there will always be someone willing to help you. It could just be with your form, maybe just some motivation or just to say good job.


What is something that others may not know about you?

During the warmer months, I do a majority of my cooking on the BBQ.

 


 NOVEMBER 2016

 

HOPE ROTH

photo-oct-31-10-03-36-amHow long have you been CrossFitting?

4 years

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I grew up in Carolina Beach. My husband, Phillip, and I moved to Hampstead around 17 years ago. We have three crazy kids, Hannah(17), Bailey(14), and Landon(2).

What’s your occupation?

currently: domestic engineer; formerly: massage therapist

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I heard about Down East from some friends I had during a boot camp we were in together. Once I found out Down East was located in front of my neighborhood I knew it was meant to be.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Since joining Down East I have changed immensely. I feel stronger and happier than I’ve ever been.

What is your favorite exercise?12801676_1273484326013365_1474875070346795744_n

rowing

What is your least favorite exercise?

box jumps

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

The last partner workout we had was fun.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

couple of years ago, we had to do an insane amount of thrusters with five burpees EMOM. I was useless the rest of the day.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

Easy Peasy. With a name like that how hard can it be, right? It would involve some rowing and power cleans

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

To be more efficient with pull ups and double unders

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

Crossfit is more challenging to me. Also, you’re around amazing people that encourage you through every workout.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

never

How can other people relate to your story?

If I can do it, anyone can.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I love cheesy Hallmark movies.

 


OCTOBER 2016

 

LEANN THORPE

How long have you been CrossFitting?

About 15 months

Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?

I grew up in Bradenton, Florida, but have lived here for almost 30 years. I’ve never been athletic, all I could ever really do is run, but not fast. I’ve been married to Chris for over 29 years. We have 3 boys: Dexter (25), Alex (21), and Max (16). We call them the X-men. 🙂 We moved from Wilmington to Hampstead about 10 years ago and love it here!

What’s your occupation?

I teach Second Grade at the best school around-Wilmington Christian Academy. I love teaching my “Jungle Crew”!!

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

Well, my husband saw a post on Facebook about a special Down East was running for an intro class in the summer, and it was a great deal!!! (He knew JZ from CrossFit Wilmington), so I went in and talked to Coach Erika and decided to try it out!!! I was scared to death!!! My stomach hurt everyday before I’d go to intro class, because I was so scared!

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Oh my goodness, YES!!!! I’m so happy with my results!!! My clothes are fitting me again!!! I had no idea I could actually do the WODs. I feel so satisfied every morning when I leave that I have actually accomplished the WOD for the day! (Plus, I love all the names!)

What is your favorite exercise? file-oct-02-10-10-35-am

Rope Climbs

What is your least favorite exercise?

anything on the ASSAULT BIKE

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

I like AMRAP’s the best, but I guess favorite WOD that I can actually remember would be Nancy (but I scaled it)

What has been your least favorite WOD?

Pretty much every morning is my least favorite, until it’s done, then I feel pretty good about it.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

Who’s the King of the Jungle: and it would definitely have to have rope climbs 🙂

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

I want to RX a WOD, be able to clean 100 #’s before Coach Shawn gets back in June :), do at least 5 double unders unbroken, do 10 strict pull ups unbroken, and get that kipping down.

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

It’s not just a gym to work out in, it’s a community!!! There’s such a bond here! Everybody here cheers every one on. I get to work at my speed and make myself stronger. I can do all the workouts on my skill level. I’m normally the last one finishing, and everyone stays to cheer me on!! I love my 5:30 am morning crew!!!! They are what get me here every morning. You really can’t understand it until you try it!!

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

Never!! I’ve never really done any type of exercising , except running. I had to change that up, and discovered the World’s Greatest Gym and LOVE it!

How can other people relate to your story?

I’m just a normal mom whose boys are all growing up, and I want to be able to stay active as they grow, and I know that is going to take some hard work and I’ve discovered DEA is the place for me to accomplish this goal!! Try it!

What is something that others may not know about you?

I make some really yummy chocolate chip cookies 🙂

NOTE:  top picture is from the Spartan Sprint I just did Sept 2016… bottom picture, is when I had just finished intro class and was doing the “real” classes in July 2015. You can really see the  difference between then and now!!!

 


SEPTEMBER 2016

 

SARAH CHENEY

File Sep 01, 11 54 56 AMTell us about yourself… Where are you from?

New Orleans, LA. I have lived in Houston, Montreal and Northern Vermont as well.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

9 months

What’s your occupation?

Background Investigator

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

My husband Troy joined DEA 2 years ago when he was getting towards 40 and had gotten a little out of shape (his words not mine). I was really surprised at the commitment he put into it because he had never done a regular exercise program before and he had great results. He tried to convince me to join, but I didn’t consider lifting weights as my kind of workout. I had always written off Crossfit as being too “hard core” of a workout and had the misconception that you had to be a body builder. So I continued jumping around to tennis/yoga/pilates/barre classes or walking at home. I was definitely in a rut of not getting real results and not enjoying the workouts. I may have had a glass or two of wine and saw that there was a 2 week intro course in December and thought I could commit to 2 weeks and so it continues…

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

I definitely push myself more mentally. I remember for the first few months walking into that white board every morning and thinking “I cannot possibly do that!”….”Why can anyone do that?”. Fresh “off the streets” you have to modify everything so you feel like you aren’t really ever going to get there to be at any level that is on that board. But eventually you do get stronger and you start to have a different attitude of “Let’s get this done”. Physically, I have never lifted weights so that has been something that I think has been a challenge but also a game changer as far as my strength and muscle definition.

What is your favorite exercise?File Sep 01, 11 55 34 AM

Box Jumps

What is your least favorite exercise?

Wall balls…and I have to include double-unders because I just can’t figure out the magic behind it!

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

I “like” anything that tapers, like the 21-15-9 workouts.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

There was something around Christmas time that started with 100, 90, 80 etc. until 10…for being my 3rd week in Crossfit that was a memorable least favorite for me. I take back liking all tapers!

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it, and what movements would it include?

Amp-er-sand: 21-15-9 Deadlifts and Box Jumps

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

I would like to do any squat related weight exercise with a straight back and my chest up 🙂 I would also like to be able to do a strict pull-up and a strict hand stand push up and for god’s sake did I mention double unders? (Please do not take this to mean I need more double under practice by any means)…And of course then there is the Corporate Sponsorship…I’m thinking maybe Yeti or T.J. Maxx because that is where I get my elite workout clothes 🙂

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

I like that there is something new every day. When I did other programs I would be sore initially and then not feel like I was getting any benefit after a while. With CF, I always feel like I am 100% getting a great work out…and not a day goes by that I don’t feel the workout! I like that there are time caps or knowing how many reps, because I feel like I can make it through anything if I know when it is ending. I also like the comradery to see other people persevering through a workout inspires you to push through it as well.

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

Absolutely not!

How can other people relate to your story?

I’m just a normal (disputable) 37 year old working mom that makes the time for one hour three days a week to get a really good workout in at Down East and am super happy with the community and the results.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I am a really bad driver. I had my first car accident when I was 2 years old and drove the car through our house… and that’s why I don’t get the fancy cars like Troy!


AUGUST 2016

 

MEGAN QUIGLEY

Tell us about yourselPhoto Jul 28, 2 18 17 PMf… Where are you from?

I am from Grapevine, Texas. I spent 5 years in Utah and 4 in Seattle, Washington before moving to Hampstead.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

About a year and a half

What’s your occupation?

I’m currently staying home with my boys (2 and 4 years old), but I taught high school before having kids and look forward to getting back into the classroom when they get a little older.

How did you hear about Down East CrossFit and why did you decide to join?

I knew a little about CrossFit from my brother and sister who are “crossfitters”, but I didn’t really think it fit in well with my schedule/lifestyle. I was going to a regular gym in Wilmington, and it was OK but I didn’t really love it. After talking with a couple of girls who had just started (Erin Costa and Kristen Rider) I decided to give it a try and went to a community day. I really liked it but was still pretty unsure about signing up. After listening to me talk about it for two months, my husband finally said, “You better sign up or I’ll do it for you.” So I did the intro class and I’ve been hooked ever since.

How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of Down East CrossFit?

Before joining Down East, I only did the exercises I considered myself good at and stayed away from my weak areas (strength training). The way the workouts are designed here, you can’t avoid your weak areas, and eventually I found myself wanting to do the exercises I was weak at so I could improve. Now I consider myself strong both physically and mentally, and I am lifting more weight and doing movements I never thought I would.

What is your favorite exercise?

Double-unders

What is your least favorite exercise?

Assault Bike

What has been your favorite WOD so far?

We did a workout the other day with toes to bar and front squats from the floor with ascending weight. The final weight for the front squat was more than I had ever cleaned, so I thought there was no way I would get it off the ground. But I got it just as time was expiring. It’s not often you get a squat clean PR during a WOD.

What has been your least favorite WOD?

Probably Fran. I don’t like thrusters, I don’t like pull-ups.

If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it?Photo Jul 28, 2 18 17 PM (1)

Meg Q

What are some of your goals for the coming year?

-Back squat over 200lbs
-String together chest to bar

How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?

There’s so much more support from your coaches and other members. I decided at the beginning whenever it stopped being fun I would stop doing it, but a year and a half later, I still look forward to going to the gym every morning. That’s mostly due to the strong community feeling at the gym, when I look around the gym the members aren’t just other people at the gym, they really are friends. As an added bonus, my husband is just as into it as I am. Even though we don’t actually workout together, it is a shared hobby. We talk about the workouts, and we are both equally happy when the other gets a PR or has a great workout. There’s also a “healthy” level of competition between the two of us :).

Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you?

Nope.

How can other people relate to your story?

I remember wondering why people would want to join a gym that is so expensive and doesn’t have some of the amenities (locker room, treadmills, air conditioning, etc.) of other gyms, but ultimately I think we all share a similar goal: to improve our overall fitness and feel better about ourselves. I have become more fit and confident since doing CrossFit than I had doing any other fitness program.

What is something that others may not know about you?

I love being outdoors. I used to hike and backpack often, but since moving here (and having kids), I have traded in my camping weekends for mornings at the beach. There’s really nothing better than watching my little blonde-headed boys bounce through the waves.