friday firsts

Friday First: Meet Andy!

Meet one of our newer members at MO2DT!

1. When you thought CrossFit, what came to your mind (before you joined)? 

I didn't know much about it but figured it would be very intense.  What surprised me is that the workouts are usually only 10-30 minutes long.  I figured I'd hate every second of it and I'm surprised to have been wrong about that too.

2. How many people know you're doing this CrossFit thing? (First rule: always talk about CF). Favorite workout so far: 

Several dozen I've lost track :) I can't always control how much weight  I'm able to do (how much Jess lets me do, #jjp)  but I can control how well I follow the First Rule.  I like workouts that involve pullups because that's been the area of most improvement for me. 

3. When do you typically WOD? 

4:30 usually,  or 5:30 if I feel my boss is more disappointed in me than usual

4. Tell us one thing we don't know about you from your high school days. 

I went to Clear Lake HS, played baseball,  basketball,  and tennis. I worked at a McDonalds and that motivated me as well as anything else ever did.

5. Best thing you've learned about this experience: 

To be honest I'm surprised at how accepting and non-judgmental everyone is. As someone who never lifted and doesn't have a lot of strength,  it's pretty essential to have that environment.   The coaches are very knowledgeable and do a great job at finding the balance between max effort and safety. Couldn't be happier about the decision to join and the way it's going.  

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Friday Firsts: Meet Laura

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Get to know Laura P.!

1. When you thought CrossFit, what came to your mind (before you joined)? My first thoughts of CrossFit were it'd be a fun and effective way to stay in shape. I also thought the workouts would directly improve my physical readiness for the physical testing I have for work.  

2. How many people know you're doing this CrossFit thing? (First rule: always talk about CF).  I don't follow the first rule of CrossFit very well. Not many people know I'm doing CF. I talk about it with my wife and a few co-workers.

Favorite workout so far: I liked the WOD we did a couple weeks ago. 800m run, 50 hand release push-ups, 800m run, 30 burpee box jumps, 800m run, 10 bar muscle ups.

3. When do you typically WOD? I typically like to go to the 5:30pm WOD.

4. Tell us one thing we don't know about you from your high school days. I had many great experiences in high school but one that many peoplemight not know is-  I got to perform during the half time show at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta with my high school band.

5. Best thing you've learned about this experience: I have learned there are some pretty cool people in Des Moines and I enjoy getting to know them more at each WOD.

Friday Firsts: Meet Alex

Friday Firsts Blog Post: Meet our newest athletes!

1. When you thought CrossFit, what came to your mind (before you joined)? Weird pull-ups, paleo, cult. 

2. How many people know you're doing this CrossFit thing? (First rule: always talk about CF). Just the usual friends, family and co-workers. Anyone I care to talk to on a regular basis knows health and fitness have always been an interest so I'm not too worried about scaring anyone away at this point.

3.Favorite workout so far: Obviously the one rep bench max. But really, there was one we did that involved wall ball shots, power cleans, and deadlifts and I was at least familiar with those movements. I think it was the first timed workout where avoiding death wasn't my only goal so that was a real meaningful moment for me.

4.. When do you typically WOD? 5:30PM

5. Tell us one thing we don't know about you from your high school days. Not sure I have a great answer here other than the typical "I thought Aeropostale shirts and cargo shorts were solid fashion choices" train of thought. 

6. Best thing you've learned about this experience: I've always been more of a loner and I always thought the emphasis on camaraderie within CrossFit was kinda bullshit, but it's honestly been the biggest difference in workout intensity between now and what I was doing before I joined.

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Friday Firsts: Meet Hugh

Meet our newest members of MO2DT!

1. When you thought CrossFit, what came to your mind (before you joined)? High intensity interval training, strong community and muscly people.

2. How many people know you're doing this CrossFit thing? (First rule: always talk about CF). For the first few months I only told family and close friends but after I finished my first Crossfit Open i started sharing my crossfit accomplishments with the social media world! 

3. Favorite workout so far: Definitely enjoy any Olympic lifting but its hard to beat Nick (Hofer’s) farewell workout when we got to shotgun some beers and run around. 

4. When do you typically WOD? Right now I'm WODing three times a week at 6am before work but am working up to a five-a-week plan

5. Tell us one thing we don't know about you from your high school days. I was a boy scout, reached Eagle scout senior year!

6. Best thing you've learned about this experience: No matter how hard you work in the gym, there is no substitute for a healthy diet/lifestyle.

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Friday Firsts: Meet Shelby W

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Meet our newest athletes!

1. When you thought CrossFit, what came to your mind (before you joined)?Before I joined crossfit I thought it was just for people who were working towards competitions. Or that it was for people doing extreme weightlifting.

2. How many people know you're doing this CrossFit thing? (First rule: always talkabout CF).People that I have on Twitter definitely know that I'm doing this Crossfit thing. Other than that, it's my co-workers who see me leave in my workout clothes and always ask about the workouts. And my fiance who has to deal with my smelliness when I get home.

3. When do you typically WOD?I do the 5:15pm class M, W, and F.

4. Tell us one thing we don't know about you from your high school days. I went to a really small school so I was able to do any and all sports, but I can honestly say I never really weightlifted. It was more of a social hour (sorry Coach Boothe).

5. Best thing you've learned about this experience:  The best thing I've learned about this experience is that the box is definitely a safe area. Even if you can barely do something, you have the instructor and the whole class there cheering you on.