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Max Woman Wednesday: Coach Kristen


How did you get started with MO2DT/CF in general?  

Well, when I moved here 4 years ago, I dropped in to Primal.  I was offered the position to coach within 3 months. I did about a year and a half of Crossfit in Wilmington, prior to moving to Des Moines.  I’ve been coaching ever since, so over 4 years.

How has CF impacted your life?  

It keeps me on track because it gives me structure.  Prior to Crossfit, and prior to moving to Des Moines, I didn’t necessarily have that.  I also absolutely love the community. I’ve met a lot of really good people through CF-I met Jamaal (my boyfriend) here.  CF has also given me confidence!

What is your favorite part about coaching?  

Seeing people succeed.  Even the adjustment of like, one little movement.  That can make a huge difference and is fun to see. Even little things make me smile.  I also just love a positive atmosphere. We are all motivating and encouraging here, and that’s something that doesn’t happen everywhere.

Who pushes/challenges you the most?

Myself, actually.  I am here to better myself, and I’ve been doing this for 5 years, so I know my weaknesses better than anyone.  But I really enjoy working out in the mornings with the ladies. It is so fun to watch Michelle, Meghan, Leah, and Danielle to name a few.  Leah and I are competitive against each other, but we have opposite strengths so certain WODs seem to be “Leah” workouts and some are more “my” workouts.  Then we sometimes see those WODs that have a mix of our strengths incorporated, and that is fun because we get to compete a little bit more during those, too. In general, the girls in the morning push me to be better. 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about trying MO2DT?

Don’t take it so seriously.  CF can be intimidating and people often come in scared.  Just remember to always have fun with it. No one else completing the WOD is watching you.  Just enjoy it-we are all here to get better!!

What has been your most memorable moment from CF?

I have two!  The Bolles Strong Event is one.   The other is the charity WOD my niece and I did together at the downtown location 2 years ago.  A lot of people came to that. Seeing community come together for things like that is just really amazing.   

Max Woman: Meet Alyson

1. How long have you been crossfitting?   I started CrossFit in 2013 when we were at the location across from the sculpture park. I had to take about 13 months off for a hip injury and surgery and have been back at it since January of this year. 

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?  My favorite movement is a toss-up between cleans and deadlifts. 

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit ? My biggest fear back when I started in 2013 was that I would be the only female and wouldn’t be able to keep up.  My biggest fear since re-starting this year was re-injuring myself and not being able to hit the times and weight totals I did prior to injury and surgery.  (Except that Alyson has improved by leaps and bounds since returning in January).

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of being able to do rope climbs and pull-ups.  In all of the years I have done CrossFit I had never even attempted these until this year. 

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?    I am a State Revolving Fund Program Specialist.  I work for a State agency that gives low interest loans to Cities, Municipalities, and communities for water quality infrastructure projects such as wastewater treatment, sewer rehab, wells, etc…  I review their applications and once they have received our loan I ensure that they are following all State and Federal regulations (i.e. EPA guidelines, prevailing wages are being paid, debt/service ratio is being met). I also review and approve their requests and invoices for payments requests. 

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I can’t get enough of my family, especially my daughter Skylar.  I enjoy running, planning and hosting gatherings, biking, tailgating at ISU games, helping my sister on her vineyard/horse stables, sitting around a “camp fire”, and listening to music of all kinds.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  Max Oxygen is the only place that I can let it all out (the good, the bad and the in-between).  I love that it constantly challenges me physically and mentally.  It reminds me daily that I can do anything I put my mind to and am willing to put in the work for.  

Also, and even more importantly, I love and respect the people (athletes and coaches).  Sometimes sweating it out with them, seeing their faces and talking to them is what gets me through a day.  I have made some of my best friends at this here.  I know that no matter what life throws at me they will be there to help me through it and help me celebrate the journey when it is done – in and out of the gym.  That is EVERYTHING! The people here hold a very special place in my heart and MO2 is "home" because of them.  

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?  I like the “Girls,” Grace, Cindy and Fran

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  “I feel the need - the need for speed!” (Maverick, Top Gun)  I like to go fast – in cars, on motorcycles, boats, etc… I have a deep desire to drive (not ride in – I need to be in control) a race car.  But I need to learn how to drive a stick shift first.  

10. Favorite "Cheat" Meal? I love pizza but I have not touched the stuff for over 6 months.  Now I just settle for a grilled steak, potato and asparagus.











Max Woman: Diane

Diane came to Max Oxygen in September 2015, she had done CrossFit prior at another location (see photo from 2013) and heard good things about us so she thought she'd try it again.  

Diane cut out small things from her diet, such as diet soda and began to watch her sugar intake and showed up to workouts 4-5x a week. It's been quiet the journey for her. She's lost over 40# since she started and her body continues to transform, so much that other athletes are asking me how much more weight she's lost over the past several months. That's the cool thing about ladies who lift, even if Diane hasn't lost any more weight, her body is continuing to lean up and build muscle, resulting in a different body composition. Lifting weights at high intensity = results, that is CrossFit. 

As crossfitters, we know that there's so much more to it than what the scale or the mirror reflects. Diane has PR'd in EVERY lift, she's learned gymnastics skills and she set a goal of being able to do an unassisted pull-up by 3/15/2017 during our 2017 goal setting day and she achieved that goal just a few weeks ago during 17.2!

We are proud to be a part of your journey Diane and are honored you chose Max Oxygen as your gym home.

Read below to see what Diane has to say about her transformation:

What was your original why for joining CF? My purpose for joining crossfit was to challenge myself every day and it continues to be my purpose to this day.
Has that changed now? No.  Rope climbs,  handstands, pull ups and toes to bar are some of the many movements that I never thought I could do before but can do now.
What changes have you seen in the following:
Physically: I have seen many physical changes and clothes shopping is an awesome experience now!
Mentally: Mentally I am looking forward to new challenges and am feeling more confident at work, with my family and in social situations as well.
Socially: Crossfit has given me a renewed sense of community. I want to give to others what has been given to me. 
One piece of advice for a new person who has just joined CrossFit? One thing I would mention to a new person is to set some goals and listen to your coaches!! They can help you!
Why do you keep coming back? I keep coming back to see my CrossFit family crush their goals and set PRs!!!


August 2013

August 2013

August 2016

August 2016


16.2 March 2016                                                         17.2 March 2017