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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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!