Member Monday: Tim Miller


Meet an MO2DT “OG”...

Tim Miller

How long have you been at Max Oxygen?

I started originally just about 5 years ago.  

How did you get referred to Max Oxygen?

I actually signed up with Steve G. because we got a groupon for MaxT3 before MO2DT existed officially.  Him and I went together for the first time. I did go to CrossFit West Des Moines for about a year but then I came back.  

What keeps you coming back each day?  

The people.  I like the 4:30 PM class because I socialize with a lot of people in that group.  The coaches are amazing, too. They always have good attitudes. They are always willing to get to know you.  

What accomplishment are you most proud of?  

Double unders.  It took me 4 years to get double unders.  I could not get them. During the Open last year, I was doing “doubles”-”singles”-doubles”-singles.  It finally clicked. Now it is like one of my favorite things to do. Now I can do about 40 in a row, is my max.  

If you could cherrypick a workout, what would it be?    

A longer, chipper workout.  A 30 minute workout with some double-unders, box jumps, and running.  Maybe some clean and jerks-I like to sweat!

Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?

Coach Jess.  She has helped me with a lot of different lifts.  She really focused on our different techniques during Special class.  Throughout my different surgeries, she has modified workouts for me and it is always so positive to come in and be able to do things, still.  That is also something that keeps me coming back is that she continues to make workouts available for me to do, no matter what your injury or fitness level is.  

She really helped me get my jerk down.  It was nice to learn the things I had been doing wrong, like I hadn’t been bringing my head through enough on my jerk.    


How do you spend your free time (outside of CrossFit)?

I like to play softball.  I do traveling slow-pitch co-ed teams in the community.  I’m on an LGBT traveling team, that travels across the country.  

Favorite meal?  

I love fried chicken and potatoes.  

What are you looking forward to doing in Des Moines this summer?

I do like the Farmer’s Market, but I also just enjoy all the events that go on downtown-the Italian Festival, Art Festival, and Asian Festival.  



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Brett B.

How long have you been crossfitting?

February was 2 years.

How did you get referred to MO2DT?

Myself!  I did a Google search for places and this came up first.  I completed foundations at the downtown location, then started off as a 6:00 a.m. “regular”.  

What is your favorite movement or lift that we do in CrossFit?

Power cleans.  It used to be back squats, but definitely power cleans now.

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Muscle ups.  I’ve gotten bar and ring now.

What's your 9-5 (job)?

I am the official Onboarding Manager for Eurofins for all of  North America.

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

I like to bike and go out!  I love draft beer.  I love biking to draft beer.  I enjoy traveling.  I’m going to New York this weekend and I’m going to Europe in May.  

What keeps you coming back each day?

The fact that it’s always different.  I love that about CrossFit-it’s always varied.  It keeps you out of that “routine” of doing the same workout every day.  

Who constantly encourages/motivates you during WODs?

Coach Kristen.  She is the Wednesday night 6:00 p.m. coach.  I think I got both my muscle ups after her classes.  She is the one that expects a little more out of me.  Also, just the whole 6:30 group, like Tom L. and Andy K.

What is your favorite meal?

Chinese food-specifically sesame chicken and broccoli.  I like to go to the HyVee Chinese downtown because it is right by my house.  


What or who has challenged you to be better or played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?

Coach Kory is always coaching before and after classes.  He helps me with power lifting and presses. 

What is one of your favorite things about MO2DT?

The community.  Everyone is so friendly here.   

 

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Member Interview: Jon H.

How long have you been CrossFitting?  

The Open this year will be a year.  

How did you get referred to MO2DT?  

Jordyn S.  I got out of the army and knew she was CrossFitting. I wanted to do something other than a globo gym.  I asked her where it was and then I just jumped right in.  

What is your favorite movement/lift that we do?  Heavy deadlifts-or any kind of heavy lift.  


What advice would you give to someone who has never participated in the Open?  

Absolutely do it.  It’s a good experience.  Prepare yourself for it, though.  Drink plenty of water and eat well before hand.   Muscle your way through the workouts.  Expect it to be tough but just jump in and do it!  

What accomplishment are you most proud of since joining MO2DT?

Completing 18.2 & 18.2A, so the cleans from last year.  It was a long time coming, and I actually spent a year training for it; but two weeks ago was my third attempt and I completed it.  

Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?

Coach Kory and athlete Chris W.  They push me the most.  They push me to do better at the Olympic lifts and hit heavier weights.  

What is your 9-5 job?

Union Laborer.  Right now I’m working at Red Rock Dam.  We are putting a hydro electric generator in.  

What do you do in your free time?

Hunting.  Fishing.  I also like to spend time with my niece-she’s 5.  

What is your favorite meal?  

I’d have to say smoked salmon.  It is the greatest with sliced potatoes and green beans.  

What keeps you coming back each day to MO2DT?  

Wanting to be better at gymnastics movements and as cliche as it sounds, the group of people at the gym.  It’s definitely it’s own little community.    


 

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Friday Firsts: Meet Hannah

Give a big Happy 🎉 Birthday to Hannah today!

How long have you been crossfitting?

I started at the end of November-so almost 3 months.  

What is your favorite movement or lift that we do in CrossFit?

I like rowing.  Deadlifts.  I feel like I’m getting stronger in every lift, though.  I started so weak, so I like them  all  because I have seen progress in each lift.  

What was your biggest fear coming into MO2DT?

Just starting new.  I’m really shy at first when I don’t know people-so meeting new people.  I have met almost everyone here now, I think... Everyone does a good job at making you feel welcomed.  

How did you get referred to MO2DT?

I actually won a 3-month membership in a raffle that Jess donated to, but Derek (my boyfriend) and I had been talking about joining  before then.  It was an amazing deal!  I’ve been here since.   

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Just continuing to come.  I used to work out 3-5 times a week and now I consistently do 4-6 which is really good for me!

What's your 9-5 (job)?

I’m at an accountant at Marsh and McLennan Companies.  

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

Play with our dog, Lambeau.  We’ve gone to a couple Packers games.  Hanging out with friends is always fun, too.  

What keeps you coming back each day?

Derek keeps me motivated to come.  On days I don’t want to come, he does and vice versa, so it works out.  He pushes me through it.  People here also keep me coming back as well as just the change I’m seeing in myself.  I’m getting stronger and I’m getting healthier...plus it gives me energy throughout the day. 

One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?

I had never lifted before this.  I played softball in high school (I was a pitcher).  I went to Norwalk.   

What’s your favorite meal?

Sushi.  Even though I don’t have it often.  

What or who has challenged you to be better or played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?

In life, probably my dad, actually.  He challenges me to be better, and he knows like everything about me..he’s my “go-to”!  Here at the gym, Derek.   He just pushes me through workouts, even though I cuss him during it!  

 

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Max Member: Sarah G

Member Interview:  Sarah G.

1. How long have you been crossfitting?  

I started a year ago in August, so almost 1 1/2 years.

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?

Probably cleans or back squat.  

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?

So, I had done it a little before I started at MO2DT.  I didn’t want to be bad at it, as bad as that sounds, but especially coming from college athletics.  I don’t have that fear anymore, though.  I now feel more fit than I did when I was running in college.  Like overall just more fit. 

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Just proud that I’ve stuck with it, because I didn’t think I would like it.  And I obviously do, now!

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?  

I’m a student.  I’m getting my Master’s in Anatomy from DMU.

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

I like to hike, play sports, cook, and hangout with my boyfriend.  He is into fitness too, so that helps keeps me on track. 

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  

It’s like a team.  Definitely the people.  I for sure couldn't do this on my own.   

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?

Any benchmark with running in it!  They seem to be more manageable. 

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  

I was on the dance team through my freshman year of college!  Then I decided I was better at track, so I stuck with that. 

10.  Who pushes you the most?  

Definitely the atmosphere in general.  Kristen and Michelle definitely do.  Kristen will sometimes push me to add more weight, when I’m in doubt, and I usually end up surprising myself!

Coach Bryan has given me some really useful cues.  Same with Jess.  When they say to fix something, and I make the adjustment, I can feel what they mean and I wouldn’t have thought about it before they said something.  

11.  Favorite Meal?

Sweet potatoes for sure and probably steak, but it has to be cooked in the cast iron!  And ice cream..

 

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CrossFit has changed Tom’s life

Member Interview:  Tom

“There is no quick fix for poor health.  Healthy habits and consistency over a long period of time makes a difference.  It’s a process. I’m glad I started when I did!”

How long have you been crossfitting?

2 years this February.  

What is your favorite movement or lift that we do in CrossFit?

Deadlifts.  225# is my current max!  I’m proud of my squats too, though!  

What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?

That I wouldn’t be able to keep up.  All I had seen about CrossFit prior to starting was professional athletes working out at a high intensity.  Keeping up was a concern.

How did you get referred to MO2DT?

Well, Bryan (my son) had told me for 2 years straight that I should join.  I kept putting it off and putting it off. Finally, at Bryan’s bachelor party, him and Steve hit me up...and I gave in.  I completed foundations and have been here ever since.

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Last year’s open.  That was my first time doing it, and I even did some of the workouts RX for Masters!  


What's your 9-5 (job)?

I’m a Technology Manager for Wells Fargo.  I have about 40 people that I oversee across various locations.  My office is located downtown. I’ll have been there for 21 years in March.    

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

Community service work.  I’m active with Optimists International, which is a service organization focused on youth and community service.   One of the cool things we do is volunteer at Iowa Cubs games.

What keeps you coming back each day?

The camaraderie and positive impact it has had.  My physical health has been so much better since joining.  I’ve lost 40 pounds in 2 years, and the bulk of that has just been from working out.  

One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?

When I was 5, I sat at the State of Iowa Governor’s desk and told him I would have his job.  In 1996, I was the Governor for the state of Iowa...(of Optimist International!).

What’s your favorite meal?

Steak and lobster.

What or who has challenged you to be better or played a key role in helping you develop a new skill?

Between Bryan and all the coaches, it is hard to pinpoint someone.  All the coaches have helped me. I would say my “go-to’s” that push me the hardest though, have been Kristen and Jess.  



As I look at these photos from last March, they don’t even look like Tom! His body composition has complete changed in a year. He’s a lean, mean CrossFitter.  

As I look at these photos from last March, they don’t even look like Tom! His body composition has complete changed in a year. He’s a lean, mean CrossFitter.  

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Member Monday: Meet Beth K.

“I like the camaraderie between us as we work out together to build each other up and support one another. We all want to be better. We struggle together to do our best.”…

Member Interview:  Beth Krogh

How long have you been crossfitting?  

Since January.  I joined around the time of the Open!

What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite movement-I’m petrified of a lot of things, so it’s hard to pick!  I like the variety.

What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?

I had no reservations really. I’ve learned that I like to take risks and try new things.

How did you get referred to MO2DT?   

My daughters, Alison and Laura Krogh.

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

So never having lifted before, just learning how to do some of the movements has been an accomplishment.  Some of the movements can feel weird and awkward, but the repetition and advice from the coaches helps to get the form better.  Alison and Laura, my daughters, help by standing in front of me and I copy the movement. They can show me what I’m doing wrong too. I proud that I can do a 12-inch box jump, do back squats (finally), and I am getting better at deadlifts.

What's your 9-5 (job)?  

I teach science in the alternative high school program at Southeast Polk High School.

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

A lot of things! I enjoy running, downhill skiing, and biking. I like to knit, crochet, and quilt. I volunteer as a Boy Scout leader as the Troop Chaplain. I also spend time with my kids and their activities.

What keeps you coming back each day?  

I like it because I am exercising and increasing my strength. My upper body strength is less than what it should be and I want to be able to continue staying active so that I can do things like skiing, until I’m really old!  I know that CrossFit is helping me. Consistently coming is routine for me. I like the camaraderie between us as we work out together to build each other up and support one another. We all want to be better. We struggle together to do our best. I leave feeling good every day and look forward to coming back!

If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?

That’s a tough question; it would be hard to pick.  I do like deadlifts and working at more weight. I can tell you what I DON’T like/what I WOULDN’T want to see:  the overhead squats....

   

One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  

I received my MS in Science Education this summer from Montana State University. It was always a goal for me and I accomplished it!  I have 4 kids whose ages range from 30 all the way down to 16. I grew up on a dairy farm in Northeast Iowa by Sumner. I still know how to milk cows!   

Okay, what’s your favorite meal?

My favorite is meatloaf and cheesy potatoes!  Comfort food-mmm!

What or who has challenged you to be better?  

All the coaches challenge me.  Sometimes they push me to go higher in weights.  Sometimes they challenge me more than I would myself.  My girls challenge me to keep going. For example, the other day, when they were done with the workout before me, which is often, they will sit near me while I am finishing and cheer me on. That is motivating. I also push myself to continue to get stronger and be faster to meet my goals of being a healthy person.

Congratulations, Beth on completing your Masters of Science this summer, and on your (almost) 1 year CrossFit Anniversary!  Say “hi” to Beth next time you see her in class-she is a 4:30 PM “regular”!



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Nate

Member Interview:  Nate

1. How long have you been crossfitting?  

About 5 years.  I started at MaxT3 when it was downtown.  Shawn Thacker got me started.

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?

Probably clean and jerk or push press.  Really any heavy lifts-deadlift. I’ve gotta stay in front of Julie on those.  

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?

Not being able to keep up-I still can’t do that, I’ve just gotten over it!  Not being able to perform some of the technical lifts was also a fear.

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Probably just consistency and staying with it for this long.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind in regards to a certain movement or lift.  I’m 41 years old-for me, just remaining consistent by attending class 3-4 days a week is something I try to do.  I am proud of maintaining that most weeks.

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?  

I’m a pastor and have been since 2010.  My church is New Life Lutheran Church in Norwalk.  

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?

Kids and family stuff-all that is great.  Both my kids are swimmers so we are busy with that and basketball.  We spend time walking our dogs and we like to travel. This past summer, my family took a trip out to Oregan and that was very fun.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  

Community.  That absolutely creates accountability.  The relationships with others also keeps me coming back.   

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?

Anything partner.  Those are great. I love the motivation you get from those.  

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  

I’m from Wisconsin!  

10.  Who pushes you the most?  

Jess does all the time.  She’s great, she’s always so positive and pushes you hard.  I joke about it, but Julie, too. I don’t want to get out lifted by her!  Certainly other athletes and the coaches push me, as well.

11.  Favorite Meal?

Burgers on the grill-with blue cheese.  It’s fantastic.



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Friday Firsts: Get to Know Morgan R.

Member Monday:  Morgan Ruter

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How long have you been crossfitting?   About 2 months.

What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT? I thought i would be pressured to do more weight than i should, which is not the case!  
What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit? Probably squats.  

How did you get referred to MO2DT?   I’ve actually been thinking about doing CrossFit for a couple of years.  I go for convenience, so I looked up the closest CrossFit locations to where I live.  This was one of them. I tried this one first with the intention of trying another to see which one I liked best.  I like it here, so I’ve decided not to even try another location.

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Super happy I did a pull-up today!  First time unassisted. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever done a pull-up.    

What's your 9-5 (job)?  I’m a Critcal Care Float Nurse for Unity Point, so I go to all 3 of our hospital locations to help patients.  I’m also a full-time student pursing my Masters of Science of Nursing.

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? My boyfriend and  I like to travel, so when I have free time we do that.  I also like to bike and go to breweries. Other than that, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends.  

One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  I grew up on a farm.  I played basketball at Iowa Central Community College and we got 4th in the nation that year!  

Okay, what’s your favorite meal? I’m like a really big meat and potatoes girl, so anything beef.  Oh, and I love cheesecake-I have weekly doses of it. I actually went to a Mexican restaurant last week...and got cheesecake there.    

What or who has challenged you to be better?  All the really strong women members here.  Seeing them pushing through workouts motivates me to try and keep up with them.  That is motivating, definitely. Coach Bryan is my favorite, too, because he is hilarious.   

When do you usually WOD?4:30 PM is my usual time, but because of my work schedule, I sometimes do noon class.  

What do you like most about Max Oxygen?I enjoy that it is an awesome culture in general.  Everyone is always in a good mood it seems like. It’s awesome to see members do little things to encourage each other, like tonight for example, a few girls went and ran an additional 200 meters once they were done with the WOD so that one of the athletes didn’t have to finish solo and she had some additional support during that last round.  Overall, I’ve felt really welcomed here.

Say “hello” to Morgan R. when you see her in class and tell her “congrats” on getting her first pull-up (ever!) this week!




#soontobesandy Wedding....how it happened from the eyes of an Affiliate Manager

Jordyn and Coach Brett are getting married Saturday!

Many of you have been with us from their beginning but maybe you didn't know how their story began, here's a recap (from the eyes of an affiliate manager):

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January 2016: Free Trial

I get an email from a female who wants to try out class with her friend then I get a text from one of our former members saying that she recommended that 2 of her co-workers try CrossFit and gave them 2 boxes to try out. This makes me smile.

Jordyn and Alisha come into 5am class,and  it was really cold even for a January morning. Brett is working out in that class. He used to be a regular 5amer, if you can believe that. One of these ladies gets close to puking.... Brett shares this with me and my heart sinks to my gut. Ugh, we never want that to happen to anyone, especially a newbie. I follow up with them and invite them to come back again, to get a better idea of what a class looks like and if they want to join, what next steps look like. One of them comes back (Jordyn) then I don't hear from them again and our next Foundations class comes and goes filled with newbies but none of them are Jordyn or Alisha.

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In the meantime, I find out that one of them is on vacation and they want to begin Foundations when she returns. We set this up for an early morning time. It's just the two of them and me. Brett later comes up to me and asks about the blonde one, because "she's cute". I tell him what I've learned about her so far (she's young, was in school as an education major, loves dogs). Brett asked me to put in a good word and that he'd be around to help with anything.

As we continue into the next few days of Foundations, the girls and I ended up moving from the gym floor to the locker room together since we all had to get ready for work, this gave me an opportune time to get to talk to Jordyn more in depth than I would when I coach. In this, I began talking about the coaches she'd see in her morning classes, specifically Brett,and how long he has been a coach and how much knowledge he had, how he was actually one of my first coaches and how helpful our coaches are regardless if they are an athlete in the class or coaching that class (which all of this is true).

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February 2016: The Open 

Shortly after their Foundations graduation, it was the start of the CrossFit Open. We somehow convinced Jordyn and Alisha to join us for 16.1 and how much FUN we have each Saturday morning during the Open season (really, we have the best time).  Jordyn even officially signed up for the Open just a few weeks after beginning CrossFit. This makes me even happier, each year I make it my own goal to get as many members to officially register as possible. 

16.1 was a fun one- Overhead Walking Lunge, Burpees, and Chest to Bar Pull-Ups. Jordyn had never even lunged with a barbell at this point and Brett was eager to be her judge and also coach her through it- with a Busch Light in his hand. #typicaljudgebrett Well, Jordyn also had a love for Busch Light. #buschlatte So now here we are, for the next 5 Saturdays, Coach Brett as Jordyn's judge. This is how it all started....

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August 2016: The Great CrossFit Family Vacation

If you don't know, David, one of the box co-owners, lives in Colorado and we had been planning a trip to drop-in to his first box in Frisco and head to CrossFit Roots, and go outdoor adventuring for months (a trip with CrossFit coaches who plan their vacation around CrossFit, shocking),this trip was planned event before Jordyn was a member of the box. Originally, this trip was made up of: Nick and I, Jamaal, Kristen, Brett and Dan. Dan bailed on us early on in the summer so there was an open seat in the Fam Van.  Brett invited Jordyn along and she officially became a member of the crew. Now, I'm friends with everyone at our box, some people I get closer with and I may even get crazy and go hang out with you outside of the gym (except I'll always be home and in bed early). During this trip, this is where I became "outside the box friends" with Jordyn. I remember saying to Nick, "I like her for Brett, she's low key, low drama, loves Sophie (Brett's special dog) and likes to go to bed early too". BTW, David was not even in the state of CO when we were there. #altitudesickness #eggfarts #noonedied #crossfitfamilyvacation #stayhydrated

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April 2017: CrossFit L2 Seminar Weekend

 I convinced Leah and Brett to join Nick and I in #thepursuitofexcellence and register for the L2 Seminar in Omaha. It'd be great, I thought; David requested to work that seminar too and we'd be able to get half the coaching team to #levelup and bring so much info back to the box to continue to develop at coaches. David was also not at this seminar, he was on a trip for CrossFit Training Media, #whereintheworldisdavid #typical.

Day 1 was great, we all ended up being split up into different small groups for our course and as we were discussing the day's events during dinner, I had to share a secret with them. I keep a lot of stuff to myself, the coaches don't need to know the struggles or stressors of the details of managing a box, they need to put 100% on to make their class the best hour of their athletes each day. 

And maybe it was because I had a glass of wine or that it was weighing on my shoulders and if I shared it with them, we could figure it out together. I told Leah and Brett (obviously, Nick already knew) that we had just a month to find a new home for our box or we were done. We were being kicked out of our space. NO home, No Max Oxygen CrossFit Downtown. 

Brett also said, "well, I have to share some news too" and he brought up a photo of an engagement ring on his phone. Jordyn's Engagement Ring. He also said that he wanted to propose at the box, where they first met so that means he has a month to figure out how this is going down. He asked for Nick and I's help. #iloveplanningthings #nickwasallaboutthephotos #lifegoals


Brett chose May 27 as The Day.


May 2017: The Proposal

The Saturday before Memorial Day. "This would be perfect!", my affiliate manager inner voice was saying, "The gym would be clean and shiny, ready for our final big event on Memorial "Murph" Monday, it'd be free of people on a Saturday evening, and we could set it up to video and photograph the proposal." 

Brett was wanting a celebration of sorts afterwards to share the news. How could we get people together without telling them the reason?


I created a private event hosted by Nick and I to share some "really big news" and invited everyone from the box. If I make an event, people will make an effort to show up, because that's what we do. CrossFitters support each other. Well, this private event got people talking and assuming that Nick and I were:

 moving away (apparently choosing a convertible with dogs waving as the event photo hints that there's a move, I just picked it because it was cute).

 buying the gym

 adopting a baby

pregnant

adopting a puppy

Even Jordyn was so into watching my every move, trying to figure it out and texting me all these assumptions, certain that we were getting Boston a fur-sister.

On the flip-side, it was actually really fitting that the gym was looking for a new home because I was really stressed, tired and measuring out my wine and my face showed it all.


Brett told us he was taking Jordyn to Baru 66- a place that Jordyn had been wanting to go to for months. He then planned to stop at the gym to use the restroom, on the way to a bar downtown and then were planning to head to Nick and I's secret announcement....apparently this is something that nearly everyone who had 24-hour access did on the weekends during their shenanigans Downtown- and it wasn't uncommon for Brett to do this either.

Brett comes in, then texts Jordyn to come in to the gym. Music playing, photographer Nick ready, ring sparkling on the table, the details were on point. 


****side story on how we got the ring to the gym.

Brett texted us when they had left for dinner and Nick and I were to go to his home, get the ring and a bottle of champagne that has been waiting for this event, the door would be unlocked. Reid was living in Brett's basement and I assumed he wasn't home. Well, he was. Reid heard the dogs barking and came up stairs as I was walking to the door, Reid greeted me in his underwear. We've never spoken about it to this day but now everyone knows. 

The proposal was beautiful, it was on my life goal list to be a part of a proposal, so thank you, Brett for helping me cross that off. 

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After some photos by Nick. Now it was time to celebrate and head to Nick and Jess' Surprise Event. 

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We were running late and those that were gathering there waiting for us, were getting eager to find out what the big surprise was, we had some FB live streaming and honestly, I was surprised the amount of people that came out to celebrate our news and if they couldn't be there were anxiously texting me about it. Afterwards, I was also told that I wasted my one chance and if/when we do have an actual surprise, people won't show. #winsomelosesome #worthit

October 20, 2018 Wedding Day #soontobesandy

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Jordyn and Brett have probably had one of the challenging years in terms of feeling settled and grounded. Brett sold their home in West Des Moines, they moved to Norwalk and then to Hartford, back to Norwalk and back to Hartford. Brett's boys graduated and went off to college. Jordyn changed jobs and continues to go to college, she's almost finished with her degree! Brett accepted a position as Assistant Principal in Knoxville. They purchased land and are building a home in Hartford and they are planning this wedding.

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I can almost guarantee you won't find a more fit Wedding Party. So many CrossFitters, including the Pastor and photographer (she's a great CrossFit competition shooter too). And if you're not into CrossFit and are attending this wedding, I apologize, people will be talking CrossFit, will be doing pistol squats, handstands, squats and flexing and eating, a lot. We don't mean to be annoying or intimidating (we're actually some of the most welcoming people you'll meet and we'll probably invite you to our gym) it's a part of who we are, getting to the box for our WOD is much a part of our routine as is having coffee for you. It's our social hour, workout hour, therapy hour, all rolled into one.

If you'd like to see what CrossFit is all about, how it can change your life,help you find your significant other and best friends, please sign up for a trial class by emailing Jess. (had to plug this).

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Also, we celebrate big events with a workout, you're all invited to #soontobesandy Wedding WOD on Saturday, October 27 9am. It'll be a partner workout. 

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Now, Brett and Jordyn- could we figure out how get this party bus to the box for some photos Saturday? I've got some really great ideas for photos that would look perfect on social media and would get the attention of CrossFit.com for a repost. #affiliatemanagergoals #getreposedbycrossfit #getthedavecastrotolikeit #getnicolecarrolltolikeit

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Now, Brett and Jordyn- could we figure out how get this party bus to the box for some photos Saturday? I've got some really great ideas for photos that would look perfect on social media and would get the attention of CrossFit.com for a repost. #affiliatemanagergoals #getreposedbycrossfit #getthedavecastrotolikeit #getnicolecarrolltolikeit

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Congrats, we love you and no matter how far away you move, you're a part of our CrossFit family for life, but really, get yourselves to the box. Now, there's no excuses.

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