What surprised you about 18.1?
Meghan: How much toes-to-bar actually affected the overall workout. That was the longest/first I’ve ever done that many toes to bar in a workout and I thought clean and jerks were oddly easy but that could be because I was taking my time. I also noticed that a lot more people RX’d the workout than I thought would, which was good to see.
Alyson: Nothing about the workout itself, necessarily, I mean, dumbells-duh, everyone hates those, so of course those would show up! The event itself, I really enjoyed. It makes it more of an “event” to do it on a Friday night, which was fun! For me, I was surprised I didn’t have to scale because of my shoulder, especially with the dumbbell weight.
I was sore the next day for sure, but I also thought I would be more sore. My hands were destroyed, but my body felt, I guess better than I thought it would after that workout.
Viki: The first thing that surprised me what how it was a workout that you could actually get through. Like no movement was so exhausting that you couldn’t keep moving. I was also (pleasantly) surprised that I reached my goal, which was to complete 8 rounds. I also didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. I did do 18.1 during Friday Night Lights and I actually wasn’t as nervous this year as I was last year. I was much more relaxed. (I was so nervous last year!)
What lift or movement do you hope to see in an open workout this year and why?
Meghan: Dumbell thrusters. I’m weirdly good at them. I might move slowly, but I feel good doing those-although I could do without the bruises on my shoulders from them!
Alyson: I used to say “cleans” because I could rock those, but now..a deadlift ladder might be fun, or like heavy deadlifts. It doesn’t feel like we have done a lot of those lately.
Viki: Ring muscle ups! Just so that I can say I attempted (and hopefully completed) them. I would never try them otherwise.
What movement would you NOT want to see?
Meghan: I could go without a godly amount of chest-to-bars just because I am still working on those. That is a 2018 goal of mine-to be able to do chest-to-bar RX in a workout, but I haven’t put in as much consistent effort on that (yet).
Alyson: I can tell ya’ right now I don’t want to see ring dips or muscle ups, cuz I can’t do those! I could do without the rowing, too…
Viki: A ladder of any kind. I don’t lift heavy-it is not my thing, so I would like to stay away from that.
What is it about MO2DT that keeps you a member? Meeting new people? The coaches? The tough workouts? Results? Socializing?
Meghan: I like walking out of here knowing, not necessarily that I was pushed, but I feel great. I feel accomplished. It helps that the people around you are just like you in that sense. As of last month I’ve been a member over 2 years and I’ve found that the people here care, but also balance work-with-workouts. We take it seriously-but just the right amount. Nobody goes overboard, and I think that helps with people coming in. It can be intimidating walking in here for the first time, and members here are really accepting. Pretty much anytime someone comes in (new or not), someone talks to them.
Alyson: I think I started Crossfit in 2013 or 2014. I’ve made some really great friends here, and I know that no matter what they have my back and I have theirs. Anytime anyone needs something, people know they can come to me. I haven’t seen that at any other place. Although noon class is my comfort zone, it seems like no matter what class I’m in, I’m never an “outsider”. We do so much outside the gym too, that you get to know people from so many other classes because we constantly get together to celebrate different events/accomplishments of members.
Something I’ve noticed a lot lately, too, is watching everyone embrace, care, and love (my daughter) Skylar when I bring her. It’s an amazing thing to see people interact with her, and I’m so thankful for that. On top of that, workouts themselves push me. I feel like I’m dying but in a sick sort of way I want more! It’s good to be pushed. I used to be a runner, but I would never to these types of workouts on my own. I would never have thought that I would, you know, care about what I can clean or bench press, and I would never do 7 minutes of burpees on my own. I complain while I’m doing it, but I really enjoy it.
My competitive side also seems to come out when I’m here, and I wouldn’t do that at like, an anytime fitness.
Viki: The thing that keeps me a member is mostly the coaching. I’ve been a member for over 2 years now. I’ve been a member of other CrossFit gyms, but this one is by far the best. All of our coaches are just so knowledgeable. They all help you scale as needed but can push you at the same time. They also genuinely care about ALL the members. They make it a point to get to know you on a more personal level-coaches often ask me about what is going on in my life. Little things like asking me how vacation went, makes me feel important and included.
I also really like our programming. I know I’ve gotten stronger because of it. We seem to have a good balance between movements, too. I don’t think we place an emphasis on one specific movement or lift over others.