Spring 2017 Nutrition Challenge Results and Testimonials

This gave me amazing energy throughout the week and helped with mental clarity

The muscle gain and leaning out was the biggest thing for me

During my workouts I felt stronger and felt like I had more energy to get through workouts

I now have more energy than I did when I was not on the challenge and I definitely felt more positive and happy throughout the challenge

The challenge has made me very aware of what I eat!

My performance in the workouts really improved. I felt like I was able to push myself more and to keep going

I really liked always having food ready. I would recommend this challenge to anyone  

I PR’d both my snatch and clean & jerk, plus increased my strict pull-ups

By planning balanced meals throughout the day and always having healthy snacks on hand I was able to combat the sugar cravings

Eating more nutritious/balanced meals and tracking my macro intake resulted in much better sleep, clearer thoughts, and better recovery/performance in workouts

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Spring 2017 Nutrition Challenge! This was our fifteenth Nutrition Challenge, and you can find past results here:

Below you will find some before and after photos and testimonials from those who completed all six weeks of the Spring Nutrition Challenge (2017).  I am really proud of the hard work everyone put in.  You all approached it with an open mind and a willingness to make positive changes. Big congratulations go out to every single person who finished, and honestly this was one of the most difficult challenges to choose a winner because everyone had great results and communicated well throughout the challenge.

There are a lot of factors that go in to choosing a winner, from before and after results based on measurements, to communication and upholding the guidelines during the challenge, to benefits that go beyond just physical looks and measurements.  I take into account how diligent someone was with their logs to the comparison of before/after measurements. However, to make it to the end of the challenge requires determination and drive, and everyone featured below had some inspiring results to show.

WINNERS:  Congratulations to Katie J and Kelsey S!

Please read below from our challenge participants to hear about their experiences and share in their accomplishments. Awesome work everyone!

KATIE H

The main thing that I noticed was a change in my body composition.  Since this coincided with me starting back to CrossFit after a 4 year hiatus, the muscle gain and leaning out was the biggest thing for me.  The total weight loss was 7 pounds and a few inches off of my waist. 

I felt great throughout the day.  Before doing the challenge my energy would always dip around 3pm.  I found it a lot easier to push through with healthy snacks vs a cup of coffee! It made workouts a lot easier to recover from.

Planning my meals ahead of time made the work week a lot easier and allowed for healthy choices even when working Downtown next to a ton a of temptations.  This gave me amazing energy throughout the week and helped with mental clarity.  

The key for me to making this work was cooking for the week on Sundays.  Not only did this make for easy meals but it saved a lot of money vs multiple trips to the store.

HILLARY S

I noticed some change in my body. I found that my clothes fit looser and I  was able to wear some clothes I hadn’t fit into for awhile!

At first I found myself getting really hungry around 3pm and very sleepy. After the second or third week I felt much better and actually felt full all the time. During my workouts I felt stronger and felt like I had more energy to get through workouts.

My energy levels have been great! Unfortunately I had a shift change for work and worked some day shift then switched to nightshift. Surprisingly, the transition seemed much easier than I thought it would be for me and I definitely think it had to do with my nutrition. A lot of nightshift workers eat terribly and feel awful but I felt great. After switching back to day shift for the last part of the challenge, I found I needed less sleep than before and my thinking was much more clear during work.

Although this was really hard for me at first because I love pastas and bread and chocolate, I find that I don’t really crave them at all. I will definitely continue to eat this way with some exceptions like special occasions where paleo food isn’t available.

CHRIS M

I did the last nutrition challenge in the fall and I was interested to see how this time around would be different, if at all. I noticed this time going into the challenge that my body composition had even changed since the last challenge. For me, my body composition this time around was more built in terms of muscle mass than it was in the previous challenge. I think my end results this time were different than last time in the fact that I did lose some weight but gained more muscle this time around and lost more weight last time. I did lose a good amount of weight and looked better overall than at the beginning of the challenge.

I definitely felt cleaner, lighter, more active, and energized throughout the challenge. Especially when I changed my fat and carb intake to reflect the want to burn as much fat as possible. Once I began eating more fats and less carbs throughout the day my performance increased even more and was doing really well throughout the workouts.

I now have more energy than I did when I was not on the challenge and I definitely felt more positive and happy throughout the challenge which was a big deal for me as I find it’s important to be on top of your mental health. This definitely helped me out in that aspect and was very pleased.

I highly recommend any and everyone to take part in the challenge. It’s true to its name, but the results are great and have definitely helped me view how I eat food and what I put into my body, which can be one of the greatest gifts. I can’t thank Scott and the team enough for all their support throughout the challenge and for my past year here. I’ve seen such a difference in the day I look at my body and myself. Thank you, all!

KATIE J

This challenge was interesting but a great experience. I’ve never tried  paleo or measuring macros before. Trying to hit my macros everyday was the hardest part for me. After the first week, I could already feel a difference in my body. Over the course of the challenge, I leaned out and lost around 15 lbs.

Once I started hitting my macros more, I noticed that I had more energy and felt more focused throughout the day. My performance in the workouts really improved. I felt like I was able to push myself more and to keep going.

My energy levels greatly improved. I always felt ready for the next thing. Mentally, I was able to think more clearly and make better choices for myself. Overall, I felt a lot happier. For my sleeping patterns, I began to notice that I was sleeping and waking earlier. Even on days where I wanted to sleep in, I couldn’t. I always wake up at the same time everyday now.

This challenge was an amazing experience. It really opened my eyes to how much junk we eat and what is actually bad for us. My favorite part of the challenge was meal prep. I really liked always having food ready. I would recommend this challenge to anyone. 

KELSEY S

During the challenge, I lost weight that I’d recently put on, which was one of my goals. I checked in using the body composition analysis at Complete Nutrition – so from start to finish of the challenge I leaned out, losing 7 pounds total and 4% body fat.  I also lost a few inches around my waist and my clothes fit much looser. I had gained weight since ordering my wedding dress last fall, and when I tried it on in March it barely zipped. I tried it on again last week, and it fit great, which was definitely a relief!

Physically I felt a lot better during the challenge, and it showed at the gym.  I PR’d both my snatch and clean & jerk, plus increased my strict pull-ups. I also think cardio/longer WODs have gotten easier, which is great.

I definitely felt like I had more energy and was more alert during the challenge, but I didn’t notice any changes in my sleep. The biggest benefit was mental – I felt accomplished and more self confident after dedicating so much time to taking care of myself.  That feeling alone made the eating habits I developed through the challenge worth keeping up.

BILL T

The challenge has made me very aware of what I eat! I have lose weight but also gained a lot of muscle mass! My energy level has sky rocketed!! I feel so much better! Not bloated and lazy!!

GENEVIEVE S

I lost 6 lbs and a couple inches off my hips. I felt like I leaned out in my abdomen and hips where I gain most of my weight. I was able to see some definition in my abdomen. I also noticed that my clothes fit better. A couple pairs of pants that were tight prior to the challenge now fit comfortably!
Prior to the nutrition challenge, I thought I was doing a pretty good job of eating mainly paleo but I quickly realized during the challenge that I needed to do a better job of balancing out my meals and eating paleo all the time.
This diet is restrictive so even though I had some recipes up my sleeve when it began I quickly realized how addicted I was to sugar. I also realized that I have a bad habit of skipping or delaying my meals. By planning balanced meals throughout the day and always having healthy snacks on hand I was able to combat the sugar cravings and by the end of the challenge I no longer craved sweets. I also found that making sure I was always making new meals helped me to stay excited and motivated during the nutrition challenge. I found some amazing recipes that with or without the challenge I cannot live without!
 
As for workouts, I mainly do strength but when I did do a Crossfit workout I felt pretty energized. I wasn’t exhausted during the workout but instead I felt like I had enough energy and endurance during the entire workout. I didn’t feel as tired after the workout either, which was nice.
Eating balanced meals each day and making sure I was having more of my daily carbohydrates around my workouts really made my energy levels feel stable throughout the day. Because I wasn’t as tired throughout the day, I had more mental clarity and I was more productive. I think my sleep patterns changed some during the challenge. I still get around eight hours of sleep each night but during the challenge I felt like I was able to fall asleep much faster at night.
In the past it has often taken a few months to get the results in the form of weight loss that this nutrition challenge did for me in just 6 weeks!  The results seemed instant. I was really nervous to participate in the nutrition challenge but I am so glad that I did! I have learned so much and I look forward to continuing my healthy eating habits in the future!

VICTORIA G

Going in to this challenge, I really didn’t have a specific goal in mind, other than reducing my sugar intake (it’s a problem…) and optimizing performance. About half way through, I realized that I needed to significantly increase my caloric intake. I remember thinking, “wait, I should be eating HOW much more?!”, but I actually saw the biggest overall changes after trying to add in a few more snacks throughout the day (thanks again Scott!).  Although I already had a “foundation” of recipes/meal combos, etc. to fall back on, I quickly realized that I still needed to be very intentional about planning/logging ahead of time in order to meet my macros.

I could definitely feel a difference on days I couldn’t plan ahead very well. The effort and time was absolutely worth it though! Consistent with my previous experience, I felt like eating more nutritious/balanced meals and tracking my macro intake resulted in much better sleep, clearer thoughts, and better recovery/performance in workouts.

SANA S

  • Felt tummy got less flabby 😉 felt arms got more muscled.
  • Lost 2kg/ 4.4 lbs
  • Felt awesome during the day – cutting out dairy made a huge difference to my energy
  • I feel like I can do more – very positively encouraged by energy levels and weight loss
  • Felt more able to stay focused – have also been able to cut out drinking coffee (was drinking 2-3 cups a day)

Other Finishers: Jun O and Randy K

UPLIFT Testimonials

Registration for our May/June UPLIFT program is now OPEN!

What is UPLIFT?

UPLIFT – Pure Strength and Power for Women – is a 6-week strength class specifically designed for women who are interested in taking their athletic performance to the next level. Get experienced coaching in a small group environment (maximum of 10 participants), and achieve measurable results in 6 weeks.

You can find more information including the registration link HERE.

Read about experiences from past participants in the program below!

Testimonials:

“I am so glad I had the opportunity to participate in UPLIFT. The program didn’t end on the weekend, it incorporated weekly workouts and gave us the ability to track our progress which I greatly appreciated.  It was always exciting to do something new, outside of the regular lifting, such as flip the tire or pull the sleds. Over the weeks, I could see a considerable difference in my lifts and experienced great gains! I highly recommend the program, Dominique is very knowledgeable about lifting techniques and extremely supportive.”

-Shirley

Emma

“Dominique is so much more than a trainer; she exudes pure passion and true dedication in everything she does, which I absolutely saw translated throughout our training together. Her motivation and ability to get the best out of everyone around her is unreal. She pushed me to do things I never thought were possible, without even realizing how much work I put in – because every second of the training was so much fun.”

-Emma

Joey

“Working out with Dominique on a weekly basis caused a dramatic change in my outlook on fitness and my own personal body image. She provided constant encouragement and her enthusiasm was infectious; I found myself pushing myself much further than I typically would just because she made me think I could – and she was right! Dominique made me realize that it didn’t matter what other people were doing, but when I stepped up to the platform it was all about what I could do and how to push myself… I couldn’t be more grateful to Dominique for forcing me out of my comfort zone and into her world of female empowerment, where anything was possible if you were willing to work for it.”

-Joey

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“Dominique is an amazing coach, resource, role model, and friend. In the weeks after my first experience with UPLIFT, she has made every effort to help me verbalize and achieve my goals beyond the original program. During UPLIFT, Dominique led fun, informative, and challenging group workouts each Saturday. In addition, she provided timely and helpful feedback to maximize our independent lifting sessions throughout the week. Thanks to Dominique’s programming, dedication, and encouragement I was able to set a new personal best for each of my lifts and develop a love for strength work. I walked away from the UPLIFT program with improved form, greater strength, a deeper respect for my body, and sincere friendships that transcend our sweat sessions at the gym.”

-Emily

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“UPLIFT has been an amazing journey. I have always considered myself an athlete, but none of the sports I gravitated toward – running, cycling, yoga – made me strong. At age 44, lifting weights has begun to sculpt my body in amazing ways.  My posture has improved and I stand taller and feel more powerful. That feeling of strength and confidence has translated to other aspects of my life, too. Not only have I enjoyed the results of getting stronger, but I enjoyed the process. The workouts are fun, challenging, and best of all, the other women in UPLIFT are so supportive and inspiring! Dominique is both a gifted teacher and a coach.  I look forward to the next class starting in January 2017!”

-Julia

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“My experience with UPLIFT was challenging but exceptionally rewarding…and tons of fun! I’ve always been far more comfortable with activities like running, so to commit to really focusing on strength activities is not my natural inclination. I am so glad that I signed up and completed the program… I personally saw substantial increases in strength and moreover in my confidence with getting out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed getting to know such a great group of ladies and getting to see everyone be SO successful on the final max day! Dominique has a wealth of knowledge and I really appreciated the opportunity to learn some new movements and gain different perspective from her. In addition, she is an absolutely amazing and inspiring coach! I found that I was capable of far more than I thought.”

-Victoria

Fall 2016 Nutrition Challenge Results and Testimonials

I feel as time goes on my work out performance has improved, I’ve definitely improved my endurance.  

I definitely felt stronger and leaner during workouts.  I also recovered more quickly.

My goal for the challenge was to focus on my macro nutrient ratios, and I quickly discovered that I was eating WAY to little protein, and had gone too far in the low carb direction.

I was sluggish towards the beginning of the challenge but I did feel so much cleaner and healthier once my body got used to eating paleo.

According to Complete Nutrition InBody analysis, after 5 weeks I’d gained 1.7 lbs muscle, lost 10.8 lbs fat, and body fat % went from 30 to 24.

Eating Paleo has worked for my family and has forced me to do more planning and food prep on the weekends which has made dinner time easier during the week.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fall 2016 Nutrition Challenge! This was our fourteenth Nutrition Challenge, and you can find past results here:

Below you will find some before and after photos and testimonials from those who completed all seven weeks of the Fall Nutrition Challenge (2016).  I am really proud of the hard work everyone put in.  You all approached it with an open mind and a willingness to make positive changes. Big congratulations go out to all of the competitors from our gym.

There are a lot of factors that go in to choosing a winner, from before and after results based on measurements, to communication and upholding the guidelines during the challenge, to benefits that go beyond just physical looks and measurements.

WINNERS:  Congrats to Megan and Bonnie!  They were both extremely diligent with their food logs and sticking to the guidelines of the challenge, and also had some really solid results.  It was really difficult choosing winners this year because the small group of finishers all had amazing results and learned a lot through the process, so I want to congratulate everyone for their hard work and dedication.

Megan

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I lost about 9 pounds and a few inches during the Nutrition Challenge, prior to the Nutrition Challenge I had hit a weight lost plateau. Using Complete Nutrition’s scale I was able to adjust my macros to lose fat and prevent muscle loss.

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Since starting the nutrition challenge I’ve definitely noticed that I have more energy. There were definitely a few days during the challenge that I was hungry and not completely satisfied with the limits on my food intake, but most of the time what food I was “allowed” was enough. I feel as time goes on my work out performance has improved, I’ve definitely improved my endurance. 

Sarah

I lost 9 lbs. and 1.5% body fat.  My SMM (skeletal muscle mass) went up and down a bit.  At the five week mark, I had gained a pound of muscle, but after two weeks of experimenting with incorporating more wine and less protein shakes, by SMM went down a pound… I guess that experiment had pretty clear results.

I definitely felt stronger and leaner during workouts.  I also recovered more quickly. My sleeping patterns haven’t changed, but I do think I have more energy.  For the first few weeks of the challenge I was too low on fat and carbs so I was really tired, but after we increased those I had a lot more energy (and tastier food 🙂 ).

I really liked the Zone elements of this challenge.  My husband and I did a whole 30 and radically changed our diets five or six years ago so counting macros was a really helpful new tool.  I was definitely not eating anywhere near this amount of protein so it was really interesting to see how changing the macros within foods I was already eating changed by body pretty quickly.

Ben

I unofficially started the challenge about a week early to get the hang of things, and including that time I lost about 11 pounds.  For the first couple of weeks I was losing pretty much equal parts fat and muscle according to the InBody scanner, but after I added a protein shake right after workouts it shifted to primarily fat loss.  Overall I noticed my clothes fitting a little better.

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I didn’t notice any change during workouts, but my overall energy levels seemed much better.  I especially noticed less of an afternoon crash.  It turned out I wasn’t eating enough protein at lunch time.  I didn’t notice any change in my sleep patterns or mental clarity.

My diet was already paleo when I started the challenge, and I had been eating really low carb (like 100 grams a day, sometimes less).  I was probably getting 65% of my calories from fats.  My goal for the challenge was to focus on my macro nutrient ratios, and I quickly discovered that I was eating WAY to little protein, and had gone too far in the low carb direction.  Once I got my protein up to about 1 gram per pound of lean body mass per day, and my carbs in the 175-200 grams per day range, I instantly felt better and started losing weight.  I’m still tracking and hope to use the lessons I’ve learned during the challenge to continue to lean out.  I also highly recommend the MyFitnessPal app.  It made tracking really easy.

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Chris

I did notice a change in my body composition over the course of the challenge. I felt like I lost some weight/leaned out, and gained muscle to even out my weight of where I was prior to starting the challenge. I definitely noticed a slimmer mid section which is what I was hoping for, even if just a little!

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Throughout the challenge, it took me some time to get used to paleo and hitting my macros. So, at times I would feel sluggish or drained if I wasn’t hitting my macros. But, towards the end of the challenge I noticed I was performing better in the workouts and had the energy I didn’t feel I had at the beginning of the challenge. That was nice to feel!

I was sluggish towards the beginning of the challenge but I did feel so much cleaner and healthier once my body got used to eating paleo. I think in return, this definitely helped my mental health and allowed me to focus more on having a more positive outlook on things.

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This was surely a tough challenge, but I honestly learned so much and am happy I stuck with it. I hope to carry on the habits I’ve made into my everyday life and focus on improving everyday. The positivity and encouragement by all of the folks at the gym definitely helps as well and I’m grateful to have you all as a support system. I recommend anyone that is up for a good challenge to try out the next Nutrition Challenge!

Bonnie

What I noticed most was that my clothes started fitting better again! According to Complete Nutrition InBody analysis, after 5 weeks I’d gained 1.7 lbs muscle, lost 10.8 lbs fat, and body fat % went from 30 to 24. After 7 weeks I’d lost a total of 10 lbs over all. And it hardly felt like I was trying. Also, after workouts I don’t feel so wiped out as I used to. The other big benefit is my arthritis has really quieted down. I suppose from taking out gluten.

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By about the third week of the challenge I noticed a huge difference in my energy level and my mood, all way better. I also seem to be sleeping better and longer. The most surprising thing I learned was how much protein I need and how much food I need. I was grossly under eating before this challenge. When I combined that scenario with starting CrossFit in May I began to put on weight so I knew I needed an adjustment. Also, before the challenge I was mostly vegetarian because I care about the environment and also the “ick” factor but I gave up those ways and began buying meat and Timbercreek and made a successful switch.

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I feel so much better and apparently it’s noticeable because people are suddenly commenting on my complexion and my looks.  The other thing I want to add is that I was a serious sugar addict before I started this challenge (it was one reason I wanted to do it) but eating real food in good quantities with plenty of protein took care of my cravings and I hope I’m done with sugar for good now. By the time I cook and eat all this good food there isn’t room or desire for sugar anymore. Truth, I had a little at Thanksgiving and it was pretty underwhelming, so hopefully it will stay that way.  I followed the diet really closely, hitting my macros pretty much everyday. It was a huge eye opener and most definitely worth the effort. 

Stephen

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Life has been hectic for many years for our family and I kept saying that one day I will get in shape.  After a family vacation this past summer I learned that my cousin had been doing CrossFit for a year and loves it.  When I got home I thought now is the time to make a change and I started coming to CrossFit.  It has been a great experience and I like the challenge of the workouts and the changes I’m seeing already in my body.  Once I heard about the nutrition challenge I was excited because while I was feeling good with the workouts I hadn’t changed the way I was eating. 

Eating Paleo has worked for my family and has forced me to do more planning and food prep on the weekends which has made dinner time easier during the week. I also have plenty of healthy snacks easy to grab before I leave the house so I’m less inclined to eat other foods.  I have had support from my family and my kids have been extremely encouraging in making sure I don’t make bad food choices as well as helping me with weighing and bagging foods.

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I lost 14lbs during the challenge and about 20lbs overall since joining. The workouts are still challenging but by making better food choices and timing when I eat them my workouts are more manageable.  I have also noticed that my moods and energy level have been better with the combination of exercise and eating healthier.  I’m also sleeping through the night and overall just feeling better and encouraged to keep working hard each day.  It has been a time commitment personally with kids and schedules to get to the gym but it has been worth it and I am eager to see what continued progress can do.  I am still a long way from where I want to be but I’m excited about the possibilities.

 

GREAT WORK EVERYONE!

Member Spotlight: Victoria

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
2 and a half years ago I’d just completed the Charlottesville 10 miler training program and I was looking for a new way to challenge myself and switch things up. I happened to see a post on Facebook related to an intro class, so I thought I’d stop in and check it out. I loved the atmosphere and that the intro class incorporated movements that were completely different than what I was accustomed to. The rest is history!
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Gymnastic-y movements–handstand pushups, toes to bar, pull ups…..and rope climbs…..and deadlifts! Pretty much anything that’s not rowing 🙂
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Hiking, running, wakeboarding..
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
Hands down, the people/community! I’ve never met a more supportive, encouraging bunch of folks!
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Just come in and give it a try! It may not be easy, and you’ll probably feel like there are a lot of movements that you need to work on—-but that’s the great thing about CrossFit: there’s always a movement to master or improve, or a lift to work on. You’ll never be bored! And the amount of support you’ll get at CrossFit Charlottesville is absolutely unparalleled.
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Member Spotlight: Shirley

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
At least 3 years – I started with the original C’ville Burn class. I wanted to do something different and when I saw the start of C’ville Burn email, I jumped on board. CrossFit feeds my internal competitiveness!
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Box Jumps
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Prayer and meditation, time with family, continuously learning! (I couldn’t pick just one)
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
The community is AMAZING! The people make my day. I attribute a lot of my everyday success to this group… they make me better!!!
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Try it! You can scale a lot of the movements. It’ll make you strong mentally and physically in every aspect of life.
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Member Spotlight: Kate L

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for about a year and a half. A good friend that I played sports with growing up started doing CrossFit at home a few years prior and always told me she thought I would love it. I eventually decided to try it out- googled ‘crossfit in Charlottesville’- and came into the gym for an intro class. There were a lot of burpees, it was brutal- but in a uniquely rewarding way!
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
My favorite movement is box jumps. Followed closely by kettlebell swings, running, burpees, and rope climbs.
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Anything with my dogs! I like being active/outdoors in general. Or eating Chipotle and binge watching Sons of Anarchy/30 for 30.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
Probably the community aspect- the gym has given me the opportunity to meet and make friends with people I otherwise may never have encountered. I also love the workout atmosphere- for me it is the perfect balance of competitive and supportive. I played and/or coached team sports most of my life and really value both being pushed by people who are better than me and being able to encourage others as they continue to improve.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Keep coming back. CrossFit/working out consistently in general is hard, but the more persistent you are the more fun it becomes and the more improvement you see.  Our trainers are some of the most encouraging and knowledgeable people I know, so take advantage of all of the advice and support they have to offer. Also, keep working on the things you aren’t good at- it’s the only way you’ll get better (still working on taking my own advice there- I admittedly hate doing things I’m not good at).
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Member Spotlight: Jaclyn

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I started last July, so I’m almost at a year! I’ve been friends with many of the coaches for several years, and have had other friends in CrossFit since the beginning of CrossFit Charlottesville (plus everyone comes out to the restaurant for Porkapolooza!) – and I finally broke down last year and joined, after talking myself out of it repeatedly. After years of wasted gym memberships and at-home workouts that I never kept up with, I finally found an environment where I got results, but also had FUN!
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Deadlifts are for sure my favorite – but I feel that I’ve see the most improvement in burpees!
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Hiking – I grew up in New England, so these mountains are like home!
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
The sense of family – everyone is so friendly and welcoming, even when it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been in! I think that’s gone a long way in making me feel comfortable working out there – and the coaches are patient, knowledgeable and helpful, too.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Nothing worth doing is easy – but the results are so worth it. There’s also nothing like finishing a workout and realizing you did something you’d never thought possible – I’m still in the phase where it seems like every time I touch a barbell I’m hitting a PR.
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Member Spotlight: Andrew

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I was introduced to CrossFit years ago, but held back from joining because of **insert lame excuse here** despite some of my best friends harassing me to join. I started about a year and a half ago at CrossFit Charlottesville and only focused on Olympic lifting for about 6 months before I started doing the workouts.
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Snatch
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Hiking, fishing, anything outside, really.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
I enjoy the camaraderie, of course, but I feel like my favorite thing about the place is how much I enjoy working on things that I have never been good at. I have always been quite comfortable saying I am not good at certain things and writing them off, but, as we all know, CrossFit has a way of making you realize what movements you are and are not proficient with. I think it’s fantastic that I have been able to really strengthen my strengths, but it surprised me how much I WANT to work on things I am not good at and to become a more well-rounded athlete. I attribute this to the people I have met since I have started, and the fun and competitive atmosphere that CF Charlottesville is able to provide.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Don’t give up, and get out of your own head. Don’t be scared to try things that look hard, and don’t be worried about what people think. Whether you are an ex-college athlete or a mother of 3 just trying to get a quick workout in – push hard and don’t sell yourself short. Try RX weight, don’t skimp on accessory work, and if it says ‘roll out’….ROLL OUT, trust me.
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Member Spotlight: Tate

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
4 years.  I was in need of a change from running.  When I joined, the gym was on Market and Meade.  It was small and really dirty.  It had grit. There were some holes in the drywall.  The bathroom was also the mop closet.  Somehow this really spoke to me.
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Overhead squats, snatch, rolling out.
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
I like to work on various art and furniture projects.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
The people.  The camaraderie.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Be sure you know where the exit, bath and garbage cans are in case you need to throw up.
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Member Spotlight: Emma

 

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How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?

I was actually introduced to it by a high school trainer who watched videos on YouTube.  I used the main site workouts to train my cheerleading team in college and started at CrossFit Charlottesville in the summer of 2012. ​

What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?

Running… LOL JK. Probably cleans or pull-ups. Or double unders. Or box jump overs.

What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?

Rock climbing.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?

The people!

What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?

Whoa, how much room do I have… Don’t get frustrated or overwhelmed. CrossFit workouts are really good at pointing out your weaknesses, pay attention to them and build a solid foundation of strength by working on those weaknesses. Make sure you’re prioritizing good form and technique over speed. Don’t cheat – at the end of the day, no one will remember your score on the board but you’re cheating yourself out of improvements when you aren’t focused on good reps. Make sure you know your fitness goals walking in. Are you training to be competitive, treating CrossFit as your sport? Are you just trying to get a good workout and increase your endurance? Are you recovering from an injury and trying to increase mobility and strength? Setting the right mentality and goals will help you be successful and happy!

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