Post-Open Thoughts from Julie


How long have you been a member of MO2DT and what motivated you to join?  

I’ve been with MO2DT for almost 2 years. At the time, I worked with Jordyn and she had joined.  She kept telling me how much I would love it.  I wanted to try it, but I kept putting it off and putting it off.  One day, I finally just decided to try it.  I completed foundations and then started coming to noon class. I absolutely loved it and basically never looked back.  I have started sporadically coming to 5:00 A.M. too lately, because of my schedule, but I usually go to noon.  I’m a nooner!

What was your favorite part about the 2018 Open?  

I think I was more relaxed this year but I had more confidence in my ability this year.  Even though I did it scaled, I did it!  I’m now more aware of what I am capable of-and what my body is capable of.  I had more of a game plan this year after the workouts were announced each Thursday night.  My endurance was much better this year, too.  

I think my favorite part was getting done with a workout and thinking “there’s no way I could have done this last year”.  It was also just great to see everyone on Friday nights.  I liked that we did it on Fridays and had a different theme each week.  The intramural aspect of it was a nice too.   The Open was really organized this year and I had a blast doing the workout at noon, then coming back after work at night to watch everyone from different classes complete the workouts.    

Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or has pushed you to try something new?  

Coach Leah and Coach Brett have really helped me with my front squat form.  They had me move the bar back up off my shoulders so my elbows could be up and range of motion would be better.  Into my throat, basically.  They happened to be working out at the same time I was that day, and helped me work through it.  

Coach Jess and Coach Nick have also helped me with keeping my back straight and upright and have worked with me on my shoulders/midline not collapsing.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been Crossfitting-you may still need to adjust your form on something, and coaches are there to let you know when that happens-so that you can get better.  I’ve been able to squat a lot heavier since I’ve fixed my form.  

What is your life outside the box like?

I’m an Executive Assistance for a family owned company that makes fats and oils for animal feed for poultry, swine, broilers, and layers.  I also am on the marketing team there, I oversee our administration team, and I do project management.  I’m almost done with my Project Management certification, too.  

I spend a lot of time with my daughter, Marilyn and all her activities.  

I really like to cook-I enjoy meal prepping.  I love spending time with family.  We like to go to Flix Brewhouse to see movies.  I do enjoy reading.  In the summer we are lake people-we love to go to the beach!  We are outside if it is nice out, so I am looking forward to that. 

Amy & Jordyn's take on the Open

How were you referred to MO2DT/what motivated you to join? 

Amy:  I had a membership with MaxT3, which shared a location with MO2DT. Eventually, MaxT3 members merged into MO2DT and that’s how it all started! I had done MaxT3 for a full year before CrossFit, which included a lot of the same movements, but with kettlebells, so it was an easy transition.   I’ve been doing Crossfit for about 6 years total. 

Jordyn:  At the time one of my co-workers was a crossfitter at another gym. I was running a lot to train for my first half and working out at a Snap fitness on my own. I was getting very bored doing things on my own and running out of ideas to keep my workouts varied. At the time I was considering trying it my friend was in the middle of wedding planning. She wanted to get in shape for her wedding so we joined together – accountability! I got hooked right away and the rest is history! (my future hubby might have been a huge motivator to keep me going in the beginning too)



What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Amy:  Consistently coming.  Before, when I had a membership at Anytime Fitness, I either never went or didn’t know what to do when I got there. I had no accountability.  I love coming at 5 a.m because 1: it is the only time that works for me and my family and 2: it’s my only “me” time, I come for my own sanity!

When I was at Max T3, I did my first CrossFit competition and I was NOT a crossfitter. I’m also proud of getting in my first kipping pull-ups and toes-to-bar, but mostly, I’m proud of my consistency in attendance. (Not only has Amy gotten her first toes-to-bar in, she did 18.1 RX, which included 8 toes-to-bar each round!)   

Jordyn:  At the moment going at least 4-5 days a week is a success for me.

Doing pull ups was a huge accomplishment for me. It took me almost a year to get my first pull up. To me there’s something about pull ups it just feels awesome to be able to do them. Double unders was pretty cool too – that took me much longer to get!



What do you spend the majority of your time doing when you aren’t at Crossfit? 

Amy:  Kids!  Family.  Work.  I work at ITA group in West Des Moines, where I am a Project Manager.  I manage enterprise projects internally for the company and I’ve been there 12 years.  But yeah, being a mom keeps me busy-my husband Shawn (a noon “regular”) and I have three kids-a boy and two girls.

Jordyn:  Thinking about crossfit……

I have two pups and a pretty cool fiancé that I love spending time with, however, I work full-time and go to school full-time as well as planning a wedding and in the midst of purchasing a home. So when I’m not doing any of that – I’m doing crossfit. It’s my stress relief and personal time to make myself better so I cherish it!  


If you had to choose between doing 18.1 again and 18.2, which one would it be and why?

Amy:  Oh-18.1.  18. 2 was brutal!  I can’t believe I thought about re-doing it!  It was terrible!  I almost cried in round 8.  So mad that I missed my clean at the end.  I was so close to getting it within the time cap.   

Jordyn:  18.2 without a doubt. I like being able to use my hands and 18.1 destroyed them – so I’m totally fine never ever doing that again!

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.  


Transformation Tuesday: Jill's Story

I didn’t think I would like CrossFit. Before my first class on May 1, I had picked up a barbell less than 10 times in my life. I never once thought of myself as strong. The concept of logging your progress in an app that other people can view felt scary and embarrassing. When I looked at examples of past workouts, it seemed like a foreign language. Basically, I was in over my head.

So, why would I even give this CrossFit thing a chance? I’ve had trouble finding an exercise regimen that stuck. I would get into a routine at the gym or on a running kick for about two months, then fall off. I would spend hours scouring the internet and asking friends to identify what types of workouts I should be doing and schedule them out. It got exhausting and I wasn’t even sure if I was doing it right. Every time, like clock work, I’d get burnt out and bored. I wanted to find something I could maintain.

If I’m being completely honest, walking into that first class was brutal. I was completely out of my element. However, by the time the class ended it felt really gratifying.

The first month or so was a mix of feeling awkward with the movements, coupled with a strong sense of accomplishment. I was constantly surprising myself with what I was able to do. CrossFit was a challenge for me, mentally and physically. I think this was the missing piece I needed to find an routine that would last.


It’s been six months since my first class. Here’s why I keep coming back for more…

•   Sense of community - At a typical gym, no one talks to one another. Simply put, people at Max Oxygen are friendly. This results in a supportive and fun environment… in and outside the box.

•   Work harder - When the people beside you are pushing themselves, it makes me work a lot harder. I get a way better workout in this environment.

•   Confidence - Before I started CrossFit, I was worried about feeling embarrassed about being the slowest or weakest. Now, I’m confident enough that I know the most important part is competing with myself. Yeah, many times I get a PR but am still the gal with the lowest weight lifted. But, it doesn’t bother me. I kicked ass that day!

•   More energy - This is one of the most noticeable changes since starting CrossFit.

•   Sleeping better - I’m no longer waking up in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep.

•   I’m strong now!!! - I’ve never felt that before. It feels good. I can also say I’m in the best shape of my life and I don’t foresee letting up anytime soon.



Friday Firsts: Meet Laura


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.

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)!

Friday Firsts: Meet Shelby W


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.

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