Member Monday: Justin Becvar

Get to learn a bit more about Justin!


How long have you been crossfitting?  I joined back in February of this year, so 7 months.  

What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit? I’d say power cleans.  I’m starting to get the hang of those more.  

What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?The fear that I might injure myself again.  Back in middle school, I had surgery on my shoulder, due to an injury I got wrestling, so I just didn’t want to risk facing something like that again.  I hate sitting out. If I had known I could do all these movements without getting hurt though, I’d have started earlier!  

How did you get referred to MO2DT?   I was actually Googling CrossFit gyms and Max Oxygen was one that came up.  It just sounded cool and I mean, I went from gym to gym before (Planet Fitness and Lifetime to name a few) and didn’t ever feel welcomed.  When I was at those gyms, I also just did whatever and I didn’t actually know what I was doing. I did Private Foundations with Jess. She was always willing to work around my schedule.  

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Being able to back squat over 300#.  I did 305# the other day! I’ve never done that.  I actually did that weight twice and tried to get a third rep...which I failed on that attempt.  Leah saw that and made me rest for 6 min-ha, she gave me a 6 minute penalty and told me to try again.  

What's your 9-5 (job)?  So, I’m a server at Jethro’s Bacon Bacon, in West Des Moines. I consider it a full-time job, because I put in about 30-40 hours a week.  I’m also a student at Iowa State. I’m studying marketing. I plan on graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in May of 2019.  

Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? Not a whole lot-oh, I go running!..or I lay around watching T.V-ha.  I’m not signed up for any running races coming up, but I’ve done around 10 half marathons.  

What keeps you coming back each day?  Friendly faces, knowing I can keep getting better each day I go, and being able to challenge myself.  Last time we did wall walks, I could only do an angle, and this last week, I was able to get all the way up there about 5-10 times.          

If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose? Something with burpee pull-ups, and I’m not great at pull ups, but I’m getting the hang of kipping!  So those and then go into a run and kettlebell swings those would be the 3 things I would go with.

One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  I’m a runner.  I like to run! Working out relieves stress even though you’re putting stress on your body.  Also, ever since starting CrossFit, I admire Mat Fraser! I’ve been watching some of the documentaries he’s featured in.  It’s amazing to see his progress and how far he has come since he started.

I wait tables and am trying to finish school.  I do have a 2 year degree from DMACC in Business Administration.  I want to work towards a real estate license, but that will be on hold for a bit.  

I was a wrestler for 8 years.  I grew up in a military family.  I always have the mentality of competing, even if I know I won’t beat someone, I always try.  There’s been days where I don’t want to show up, but I do, just to push myself. Coach Brett has said “If you see the workout and think it is going to be hard, you have to show up, even for those.”  I have found this to hold true in order to be successful.

Okay, what’s your favorite meal?

Pizza and tacos.  Tacos, preferably from any Mexican food truck or Fuzzy’s.  

What or who has challenged you to be better?  

I love how Jess coaches because she watches you and makes sure you are going at a high intensity.  Zak Sheeder has helped me with form and he will tell me how to fix something quick, even if he is in class effortlessly throwing weight around.  All the coaches help, though.

Coach Leah helped me get up on the wall and be able to climb up a rope.  I never knew the technique for climbing a rope before starting here. The famous “J-Hook” is something I learned.    

Jon Hicks also helped me out with back squats-he pushes me to try heavier weight at times.  

Nick (Nielsen) and I partner up from time to time and push each other.  Everyone is encouraging though! Everyone pushes each other to the end and that is another reason I come back-it’s like a family!

Member Monday: Meet Mak

How were you referred to MO2DT/what motivated you to join?  I actually just researched it. I was intrigued by CrossFit but never knew exactlywhat it was.  I read lots of misconceptions, which I now know are just that.  I’ve always been athletic, but I just wanted to do something different, take on a new challenge.  I looked for reviews online and read nothing but good things about MO2DT. 

 What accomplishment are you most proud of and why? As basic as it is, squat form.  I’m proud of the fact that I have good form in that movement now.

What do you spend the majority of your time doing when you aren’t at Crossfit? I’m a student at Drake.  I work full-time at United Way of Central Iowa, where I am a Project Manager.  I also am completing my Masters Degree at Drake.  I’m involved in several volunteer-based coalitions through the City of Des Moines.  I sit on several boards.  I also enjoy bike riding and going out, too.  I’m pretty social and enjoy going out and having fun.  I am going to Croatia this summer, so I’m looking forward to that.  As cliché as it sounds, I’m also looking forward to getting better here!  

Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or has pushed or challenged you during a WOD?  Well, Jess was a big part of me feeling confident about CrossFit.  I did the foundations course with her.  She was critical in building a solid foundation for me, but 5:30 is my favorite time to come and that has helped, too!  There always seems to be similar faces and I enjoy that.  One key person that has actually helped me develop a skill is Coach Brett.  He was randomly walking by while I was in class working on my squat snatch form.  He noticed I was struggling when he was passing by and he took the time to work with me on it.  Within a minute of him just demonstrating the technique and talking me through it, I had it.  I remember that was how I got my squat snatch form down.

What movement are you most looking forward to improving on?

Kipping pullups.  I’m trying to get better at those for sure.  And overhead squats.  Although I’m not doing too much outside of classes to work on them by myself, the scapula pull ups we do in class has helped.  I also like to watch the prep videos on Sugarwod.  I’m big on researching, so I watch those because I can see the movements before class starts.  




Member Monday: Meet Taylor!


1.How long have you been crossfitting? I completed Foundations at the beginning of June, so I have been crossfitting for just over two months!

2.What is your favorite movement in CrossFit. I LOVE BURPEES!

3.What was your biggest fear coming into MO2DT? Can I just say everything? I didn’t know anyone and I had never used a barbell before. Knowing that I would be lifting weights was well out of my comfort zone and quite daunting to be completely honest.

4.What CrossFit accomplishment are you most proud of? I am still quite new to CrossFit, but in general I’m very proud of my progress! Even getting correct forms down makes me feel like all of the hard work is paying off. (HUGE shout-out to the coaches who literally have to repeat themselves and show me how to do certain movements over, and over again- you are the real MVPs.)

5.What's your 9-5? Right now, I am studying for an exam. I also work PRN (as needed) at ChildServe in the Transitional Care Unit. I am a CNA and I take care of children with special healthcare needs. It is very humbling and I LOVE my job.

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? With the free time that I don’t have haha… I definitely enjoy spending time in coffee shops, reading, rollerblading and really doing anything outside.

7. What keeps you coming back everyday? EVERYTHING! Especially all of the people. The coaches are amazing and I also love coming back to see everyone. It’s truly inspiring to witness how hard everyone is working around me. Every day I feel like I am becoming a stronger person, not only physically, but mentally as well.

8.If you could cherrypick a WOD, what would you choose? Am I allowed to cherry-pick a handful? I thoroughly enjoy partner WODs because I like to think that I’m not working out for just myself, but for my partner as well, and I think the dynamic of that is amazing. I also really liked "Grace" (30 Clean and Jerks for time). Another WOD that I really enjoyed consisted of  3 rounds of running 800m, 20 sandbag get ups, and 20 sandbag squats.

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you? That I snowboard? I don’t think I’ve mentioned that to anyone. It’s crazy how much I’ve gotten to know everyone these past few months.

10.What's your favorite meal? Not really a meal, but I do love banana pancakes (with peanut butter of course)!

Member Monday: Meet Caleb!

1. How long have you been crossfitting?  Joining in the suffering since January 2015

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?  I love Bar Muscle-ups.

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT? Rowing, definitely Rowing. It makes me feel weak, frail, and insecure...

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Crossfit is hard, and every time i complete a workout I'm proud. Most recently, I'm proud of completing 16.5. It took me a few ticks short of 25 minutes, and i thought many times of giving up during the workout, but i didn't!

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?  If by 9-5 you mean, 9 pm-5 am...I work for Walnut Creek Church Downtown overseeing the college ministry with Grand View University students. I also do snow removal and Lawn care. I work when it snow, the grass grows, and my students are available.  

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy woodworking and metal fabrication. It helps me clear my mind, its easy for me, and i like to work with my hands. I also like to hunt!

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  I go insane when i can't be active and competitive.  This allows me to do both.  I also love the community at Max Oxygen.

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

3 rounds of: 
  3 clean/jerk 155
  30 Double unders
  3 bar muscle ups
   30 sit ups

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  I was under 5 feet tall and under 100 lbs. until the end of my sophomore year of high school, though i talked a lot of trash because you can't hit the tiny kid... true? true :)

10. Favorite "Cheat" Meal? Steak, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a glass bottle of coke.



Member Monday: Meet Shawn

Meet Shawn! He and his wife, Amy, did their first CrossFit competition almost 2 years ago now. 


1. How long have you been crossfitting?  Since May of 2013. So going on 3 years now.

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit? If I had to choose one it would probably be the back squat but close second would be squat snatch.

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT? That I would suck at it. I had watched plenty of CrossFit You Tube clips of people doing things I couldn’t imagine being able to do. It seems silly now with a couple years of perspective but it’s intimidating when you’re a newbie.

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Getting a squat clean PR at the Festivus Games was pretty awesome. Squat Snatching 180 after 6 months of trying and failing. But more generally, turning weaknesses into strengths, like double unders, hand stand push ups (took me 6 months just to get inverted… you know, on the wall), and hopefully soon, muscle ups.

5. What's your 9-5 (job)? I have a snack food brokerage business with my Dad. Basically, I sell snacks to convenience store distributors and larger retail chains throughout the Midwest.

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? What’s free time? I have 3 kids so most of my time is consumed by them and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy cooking for my family, hiking and rucking, playing softball and golf, and drinking scotch on the deck with my wife in the summer.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  The desire to be strong enough to be intimidating by the time my daughters start dating… in thirty years or so. Seriously though, I just want to get better as I get older and I love being around others who enjoy this CrossFit thing as much as I do.

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose? My favorite WOD was the “Holleyman” Hero WOD: 30 rounds of 5 wall balls, 3 HSPU’s and a heavy power clean.

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  I don’t know… maybe that I was a slacker and smoker throughout high school and most of college… and maybe a couple years after. Okay, pretty much until I met my wife.

10. Favorite "Cheat" Meal? Pizza. It’s always pizza… Unless it’s tacos… Or any kind of chips and dip.



Member Monday: Meet Kelsi!

1. How long have you been crossfitting?
I started in June of 2013, so just shy of three years.

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?
   I love deadlifts, although I've recently become a fan of Sandbag Get Ups

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?
   Forcing myself out of my comfort zone leaving my old box.  Was I going to regret leaving? I can easily say that I don't.

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?
  The first time I hit 120lbs on a clean.  115 lbs haunted me for the longest time. 

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?
   I'm a GIS Specialist with the Polk County Assessor's Office

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time?
  I enjoy spending time with my friends, bike riding, team trivia, playing sand volleyball, playing indoor volleyball, reffing volleyball, watching volleyball, pretty much anything volleyball.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?
  The community that is CF. Doesn't matter how great or how horrible of a day I've had prior to getting to the box but I know once I get there I can shut down all of the outside for a while and sweat it all out with a good group of friends.

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?
   For time: 500m Row, then 5-10-15-20 of Dead lifts, Toes to Bar, plate or dumbell ground to over head, finishing with another 500m row

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?
  I'm currently competing in a speed sock knitting bracket style competition.

10. Favorite "Cheat" Meal? Old Chicago's Spaghetti Pie