What brought you to Mountain Strength CrossFit?
Jeremy, Audrey and I moved to Arlington from Somerville at the end of last year and I joined a gym that was unsavory on all levels — amenities, staff and clientele. I posted on the Arlington List Serve asking where I might find a good, clean, fun gym, and our own Megan Gottlieb (whom I didn’t know at the time) extolled the virtues of Mountain Strength CrossFit. I was a bit apprehensive about cross-fit, but I called Rich and stared Base Camp all the same. I was looking for a friendly gym experience run by professionals and attended by good folks — one that would kick my butt into gear while still watching my back. I found it all at MSCF.
What is your favorite exercise or movement?
I have never been a particularly coordinated individual and certainly never excelled at sports. I’ve been running and biking for years but never thought I could do cool stuff with my body. Since I’ve been going to MSCF, I’ve noticed that I excel at certain gymnastics: pushups, pull-ups, planks and headstands. Are box-jumps gymnastics? In whatever case, they all give me a rush, and I kind of have a thing for burpees too. Masochist you say? Perhaps!
What is a skill or movement that you are working on to improve?
The olympic lifting remains a formidable challenge for me, but I plug away whenever lifts are a part of the WOD. I’m still keeping it pretty light while I work on form, but in the past few months the movements have started to come a bit easier. So lay it on!
What changes have you seen in yourself since you started at Mountain Strength CrossFit?
I’m getting a better workout than I ever have before. At the end of any given WOD, the endorphins are a-flowin’ and I go home elated — after ample post-workout chatty-Kathyness, of course. My upper body is also considerably stronger than it was back in March when I started, and I think I’m faster, too. Ran a half-mile in 3:11 the other day — definitely a PR for me!
What is your favorite memory of Mountain Strength CrossFit?
At the risk of sounding silly (oh well), it is of course planking to the sounds of 1980s sitcom themes sung by Nicky and yours truly. I never imagined that “Thank you for being a friend” would be something I could say to fellow gym-goers, but there’s a lot of greatness going on at MSCF. Thanks guys!