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DECEMBER MEMBER HIGHLIGHT – MEET TAMMY!

Tammy has been a member at CrossFit Slipstream since we opened nearly 4 years ago!  She’s always smiling and happy.  We love having her as part of our community!  Read what Tammy has to say about CrossFit below:

1.Why did you decide to try CrossFit?

I have always enjoyed working out at gym and trying to be in good physical condition but I became bored with the same old routines and work out methods – I have competed in body building competitions and was hooked on lifting weights. I saw CrossFit games on TV and thought it looked fun and challenging, at the time I was not aware of any CrossFit boxes near me so I dd not pursue it.  I met coach John at a business fair and we got to talking.  He mentioned the first class was free and the box was near me so I decided to try it out.  That was almost 4 years ago and I am still enjoying CrossFit.  As for weight lifting, CrossFit is now my style, I absolutely love the barbells! so much better than dumbbells 🙂

2. How has having a coach changed your workout or fitness results?

It is great to go to a gym and know the workout is planned I don’t have to do a thing but show up and put my best foot forward.  The coaches know my strengths and weaknesses and will give me that encouragement to go a little further, a little further, and we can both laugh when I do something I said I couldn’t do whether it is to lift a certain weight, get through a cardio session or get the form proper for a certain move, etc.  John stresses the importance of all around health and fitness, that it is the things we do outside the gym/box that count as much as the actual workout, from the food we eat to the way we breath. CrossFit Slipstream has many resources for all around health, i.e.. nutrition courses, running clinics, incorporating breathing work before a workout, and yoga to cool down.  All of the coaches at CrossFit Slipstream take the time to listen to any issues I may be having with health and we scale my workout to what is possible that day, where I normally would say ahh I just can’t workout today I now go knowing anything I can accomplish in the gym is better than nothing and it is usually more than I thought I could.

3. How has CrossFit affected your life/health?

I am healthier because CrossFit incorporates weightlifting with cardio.  I have always been bored with cardio at the gym so I would avoid it but now I get my cardio mixed in with my weightlifting during a session at the gym/box and it is fun. I have met wonderful people that inspire me and are so much fun to work out with.

4. What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

If all you know of CrossFit is the games you see on TV and think that is not for you, think again.  The workouts are scaled to what you wish to accomplish for your health and happiness, from losing weight to building strength and gaining muscle.  Do not be intimidated, everyone is so accepting of wherever you are at in your journey and so encouraging.  If you get down on yourself at times for not accomplishing as much in the workout as you wanted to, the members remind you how great it is that you are doing what you can that day and you have no one to compete with but yourself. You also have days when you are on top of it all and get to be the one to inspire others to do their best.