Danielle

Member Interview:  

Everyone knows 6am Danielle & Squish, but do you know what keeps her coming back each day?...find out!

1. How long have you been crossfitting?  

5 years as of January.  

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

Snatch.  

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

That I wouldn't be able to keep up-and that I wouldn’t be able to do anything.  

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Currently, deadlifting more than 300 pounds, between that and my 125 pound snatch. I was proud of doing the Open for the 1st time, too.  My first Open was 2018.

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?  

I’m a doctor of physical therapy for Central Rehab.  We are a company that provides therapy services for mostly children.  So most of my clients are children. I travel around the metro area and see patients in their home, at daycare, or at our facility.  I usually work 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, so the 6:00 AM CrossFit class works for me.

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

Catch up on the T.V., hang out with my kids, and see Eddie (my husband) on occasion.  I’m watching way more shows than I want to admit to right now, such as Walking Dead, Dr. Who, and Grey’s Anatomy.  When my family and kids spent time together, we like to go out to eat, go to movies, and work out. We do HuHot quite a bit.  We also like Shangyuen. We are constantly running around to various activities.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  

I come in the mornings because it means I will actually do it.  If I push it off, I would talk myself out of it by the end of the day.  Also just knowing other people are there, keeps me going. Plus, I’ve made so many friends.  As everyone says, the community aspect keeps me coming back. I’m also so much less friendly of a person if I don’t come.  For mine and my families’ sanity, I have to come at least 3 times a week.

Even when I was pregnant, I wanted to stay in shape and maintain core strength because I knew I would go nuts if I didn’t.  I also knew my delivery would be stronger if I kept working out. Crazy hormones do help your body do some amazing things, too.  I got some PR’s during my pregnancy, even. Coaches were fantastic about altering workouts for me during my pregnancy. I actually never stopped doing pull-ups.  


Being at Max Oxygen is great-they let me bring my baby and my dog, too!  Workouts are always changing, so I’m never bored.


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

Any workout with snatches and I’ll show up.  I tend to do well with overhead stuff.

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

All 6 kids in my direct family (my brothers and sisters) are adopted.  I also have a half-brother out there somewhere that I’ve never met.

I did play college volleyball and softball, too.  I’d We had a summer Max Oxygen sand volleyball team this year!

10.  Who pushes you the most?  

Coaches Jess or Kristen.  Viki and I support each other, too. And when Leah is healthy, her too!

11.  Favorite Meal?

Steak and baked potato-oh, and brussel sprouts!



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Erica Fee

How long have you been crossfitting?

I’ve been CrossFitting since high school, so about 6 years on and off.  I’ve been with MO2DT since January.

How did you get referred to MO2DT?

The owner of the CrossFit gym in my hometown, Knoxville, recommended me.  

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

Probably kipping pull-ups, now that I can do them!  

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Being able to finish workouts “RX”.  I’m doing that more consistently now, and just seeing that as obtainable now, is refreshing.

What's your 9-5 (job)?

I’m an account coordinator at Two Rivers Marketing.  

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

Volleyball.  Watch movies.  Hang out with my cat.  

What keeps you coming back each day?

Probably the people and the community.  It’s really welcoming here. Also, the improvements I see in myself.  I just feel better when I’m working out.

Who constantly encourages/motivates you during WODs?

The atmosphere, definitely.  Everyone is so encouraging. I’ve always been an athlete, so I’m used to working out in a group.  I’ve found that it keeps me motivated-I don’t think I could consistently workout by myself and enjoy it.  

What’s one thing we might not know about you?  

I had breakfast with Barack Obama when he was the President.  

What healthy habits have you developed that seem to help you during WODS?

Drinking more water.  Also, at work I make it a point to get up and move around throughout the day rather than just sit for long periods of time and have CrossFit be the only movement/activity I get in.  Being more active full time has helped.


What’s your favorite meal?

My grandma’s chicken and noodles.  

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

Farmer’s market.  I’m going to drag my boyfriend there whether he likes it or not!  



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Diane P

Member Interview:  Diane P.

How long have you been crossfitting?

Since September 2015, so about 4 years.  

How did you get referred to MO2DT?

I actually started at CrossFit Primal in 2013, then I had to stop for a while.  When I decided to get back at it, I noticed there was a phone number on the side of the building for MO2DT when the location was downtown.  I called the number I saw and got ahold of Jess. I started doing 4-5 days a week at the 5:00 AM class. I’ve been here since.

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

Power cleans-I’ve always liked them.  

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

Getting my first pullup, which happened during a competition in March of 2016.  I also won a weightlifting competition recently. I took first place when I participated in a competition last spring.  

What's your 9-5 (job)?

I’m a Registered Nurse and now teach at Grandview College in the Nursing Department.  

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

Stuff with the family.  We enjoy being outside and doing things like going to parks and lakes.  I like to paddle board, and swim!

I’m also working on getting my Master’s Degree in Nursing Education.

What keeps you coming back each day?

The people, mostly.  I like seeing others succeed and progressing toward their goals and of course  challenging myself.

Who constantly encourages/motivates you during WODs?  

Julie, Alyson Fleming, Jess and Kristen.  Also just the atmosphere of being here is motivating.  

What is one of your favorite things about MO2DT?  

The coaches.  They really care.  Jess always says she wants you to do CrossFit when you are 90.  All the coaches are just so encouraging and motivating.

What healthy habits have you developed that seem to help you during WODS?   

Drinking lots of water.  Recently, the 800 gram challenge has helped, too.  

What’s your favorite meal?

Pizza-I like to make deep dish!  That’s one of my favorite things to eat.  

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

I’m really working on handstand pushups right now.  Jess and Kristen have been pivotal in helping me progress in that movement.  They always provide proper scaling and keep me motivated to push myself. I’m working on strict right now and then each time I work at it, I try to scale back less by reducing the amount of mats I use for assistance, so that is helping.  



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Max Member: Mike B

Meet Mike Barratt!  

How long have you been Crossfitting? I want to say 2 years.  

How did you get referred to MO2DT? Allison Hayes and Ross D. referred me.  Ross D. is one of my good friends. Although I worked out at the YMCA downtown regularly, I had expressed to Allison that I had been looking for something different.  She is just so inclusive and encouraged me to give it a try.

What is your favorite movement or lift that we do in CrossFit? Probably hang cleans or running.  Running isn’t easy for me-it really pushes my fitness level, so I like that.  

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Honestly, just completing my first workout.  We did cleans and burpees with box step-overs.  It was so hard, I almost quit. I remember during the workout I almost walked out knowing that I would likely never see anyone again that was there, but I didn’t!  I finished that first workout and it was such an accomplishment for me.

What's your 9-5 (job)? I’m a Financial Consultant.  

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?Biking, yoga, running, and I play guitar.  I read a lot. I don’t really watch T.V. I’m a foodie and a wine-o!  I try to keep busy. I’m also involved in several non-profits.

What keeps you coming back each day?I’d say the people and the workouts.  I just like the variety and the challenge.  When I was working out at the YMCA, I always thought about working out as like a chore.  After WODS now, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Who seems to encourage you or motivate you most during WODS? Probably Jess or Dilon.  Jess is really good about not letting me go too easy.  Dilon is just supportive and is always trying to find ways to help me with my mobility.  

What’s your favorite meal? That’s a tough one.  I’d say a filet and a glass of cabernet.  



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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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