Athlete Spotlight | Scott, Helen, Rianna and Aric Airitam


Congrats Scott, Helen, Rianna and Aric on being our next Athlete Spotlight

First and Last Name: Scott, Helen, Rianna and Aric Airitam

Hometown: Rowlett, TX

Age: 48, 50

Occupation: Owner and General Manager of Scott Airitam’s Leadership Systems, LLC

Marital Status: Married

Children (Ages): 22, 18

When did you first start CrossFitting? September 2011

When did you first start training at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland? September 2011

Favorite Benchmark WOD: Scott – DT; Helen – Annie

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Scott – Fran; Helen – Jackie

Tell us about your sports & fitness background. Scott – High School basketball and has been involved in sports of some kind ever since. Helen – played high school basketball, volleyball and softball and played in one of these ever since. Rianna – high school track; Aric – played soccer and basketball since 4 years old and continued through his high school career.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Scott – Sail boat racing and running Airitam Nation. Helen – Reading, gardening and crafting.

How did you first get exposed to our gym community? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Was interested in starting Crossfit and found CFG. Came in and did the assessment and within 2 weeks of starting Crossfit we competed in Fight Gone Bad at the Garland Fire Training Center and we did not know any of the movements…..we learned them as we went!

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome? Scott – lack of flexibility; lots of scar tissue in ankles and bad knees; chronic backache (started with PVC everything no weights!). Helen – no upper body strength at all (could not do a single pull up or push up).

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since you’ve started training here (before starting/ after having trained here)? Scott – Whole 30 – understanding nutrition and body a lot better; LCBC has changed ability to lift and technique is so MUCH better. No longer have backache issues. When I broke my leg Robert was able to work with my Orthopedic Surgeon and was able to plan my physical therapy rehabilitation so that I could do it all at the gym. Helen – I have gained upper body strength and now can do pullups and pushups (still not my favorite!) I find that I eat better and make better (healthy) choices and that I really enjoy working out and the feeling of accomplishment when I master a new skill. Aric – had peaked and did personal training with 3QFitness and improved his strength, quickness, endurance and confidence.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Scott – Body composition changed – added muscle (added almost 20 lbs muscle mass in my time at crossfit.) As a description of functional movement – helping people move is so much easier! J Meeting new people and making good friends at the gym!   Helen – I find that I am more willing to try new things as my confidence has grown by doing CrossFit. Plus Scott and I look so much better in pictures now! :-p

Please share with us any of your favorite 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland moments. Scott – All of the competitions that I have watched or been a part of outside of the CFG gym. I love the social aspect of the open workouts at the gym and the camaraderie within our teams and with the other teams. Another favorite is when I got on the Leaderboard for Deadlift at 405lbs! Helen – All of the open workouts at the gym. My first time doing a strict pullup and my first time doing a chest to bar during an open workout!

How would you encourage someone who was considering joining or getting started at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland? Scott – come to the Team workouts on Saturday and try it for free. Join and attend the same class for a month so that they get to know the people in the class and so that they have the support. We tell people that your body will be in shock for the first three weeks and body will ache and hurt, but once you get past that it becomes fun! Helen – I tell people they should try it – does not matter where they are in the health/fitness goals/abilities because 3QFitness will meet you where you are and help you meet new goals and increase your abilities. We would also say to do NOT cheat yourself by pretending to finish reps or rounds. Record your progress accurately and then beat it the next time so that you constantly grow and move toward your goals.

Athlete Spotlight | Teresa Medina


Congrats Teresa on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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First and Last Name: Teresa Medina
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Age: 27
Occupation: Ally Financial – Loss Mitigation Specialist
Marital Status: Married

1.When did you first start CrossFitting?
August 2014

2.When did you first start training at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland?
November 2014

3.Favorite Benchmark WOD:
Cindy, Annie

4.Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:
Jackie and Fran!!!

5.Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
Right before graduating high school I decided I had to start running. I became a runner, and then gave it up to soccer! I’ve done soccer, sand volleyball for fun, and now CrossFit!

6.What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I absolutely find passion in helping others and motivating others to start doing something for their health/fitness.

7.How did you first get exposed to our gym community? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I found myself googling looking for CrossFit gyms and found 3 gyms near me, I went on Facebook and decided CFG was option 1. I met with Robert for an intro class, did Baseline and I knew it then I was signing the contract! Robert was very helpful and community friendly that I cancelled the other 2 appointments with the other 2 gyms. YEAH I loved CFG that much!!

8.What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome? Getting through 1 pullup at the gym! It was one of my biggest challenges and fears!

9.What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since you’ve started training here (before starting/ after having trained here)?
I’ve lost and maintained my weight, I’ve dropped body fat, I’ve learned and stuck to better eating habits and my energy levels go through the roof!

10.What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I’ve become more interested in what my and my family’s health is like now and what it will be like tomorrow. Looking back to my early 20s I was embarrassed and self-conscious about picking up a dumbbell at the gym and now I find myself extremely happy encouraging others to go out their comfort zone and try CrossFit.

11.Please share with us any of your favorite 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland moments.
I have so many I could never stop. One I will never forget is my first unassisted chin up and pull up, as well as the loud cheering and applauding through my first Friday Night Lights for The Open in the Crossfit Games.

12.How would you encourage someone who was considering joining or getting started at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland?
Telling my own story and talking about my progress through the time I’ve had at 3Q, and definitely inviting them out to a partner Saturday WOD.

Athlete Spotlight | Jeff Crocker


Congrats Jeff on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Garland, Texas

Age: 45

Occupation: Environmental Health Specialist

Marital Status: Married (to Stephanie)

Children (Ages):  Bailey (17), Brooks (13)

When did you first start CrossFitting?

2008 (occasionally doing some WOD’s at the Recreation Center and at home)

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

2012

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Cindy, Annie, Nicole

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Amanda

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I played football from 4th through 12th grade.  After college I gained weight and then began working out regularly to try to keep from being too overweight, but was never real serious about it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I like to bike, skate, paddle, fish, hunt, and play volleyball and disc golf. I teach Sunday school at my church in Forney.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I came to CFG with the first city of Garland class.  I remember doing a series of tests on balance and flexibility and I was so bad at them that I thought I was going to be asked not to come to class!  I remember doing the CFG baseline workout and being gassed at the end and thinking I was going to catch on fire I was so hot…

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

I have lost about 10 pounds, but more than that of fat, I’m super healthy, almost never sick.  I’m nearly always a little sore (in a good, making gains way).  And I look better naked than I ever did before.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I’ve gained a physical confidence that has led me to climb and jump on and over things that once landed me on the ground hard with a broken wrist.  (And I worked out through the healing process with the cast and all, thanks to Robert and his willingness to scale workouts for me.)

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

Once after reaching extreme fatigue doing one legged squats, Robert saw me struggling on a 100m run and changed the WOD from 3 rounds to 2 rounds; and doing ring pullups with a cast on my wrist.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

Meet and know your coaches and the tribe members you work out with, they’re like a second family!  Stick with it. Be consistent, patient and give it time.  It will make a big difference.

Athlete Spotlight | Jody Luna


Congrats Jody on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Mabank, Texas

Age: 42

Occupation: EVP, Business Development, Excel Title Group

Marital Status: Married

Children (Ages): Max -14, Honor – 12, Ross – 10

When did you first start CrossFitting?

March 2012

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

March 2012

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Cindy

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Karen

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I am going to go way back! I was a student athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, track and cheer. My freshman year in high school, I was the starting setter for the Varsity volleyball team. As a petite basketball player, I focused on my strengths of quickness on defense, ball handling as the point guard and the open outside shot. (I made All-County 3 point shooter, which was a thing back then). I cheered all four years of high school, however it wasn’t the sport it is today. Track was my least favorite. My senior year of HS, my dad said if I chose not to run track I had to find a job…. I always wish I had chosen track, working was not all that. As an adult, I have grown to really enjoy running as a way to relieve stress. When my children were babies, I loaded them in the double jogger and hit the pavement. Being active is just a part of me.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

My husband and I enjoy traveling and enjoy watching our kids participate in their activities, from volleyball, baseball, choir, basketball, DECA club and the list goes on. My older son and I are in the Young Men’s Service League, a mother/son philanthropy organization where we participate in community service projects together. I am an active volunteer in the Garland ISD. The Parent Teacher Association is where I have been immersed for 10 years, partnering with other parents and teachers to make a difference in the lives of kids. Currently, I am a candidate for Place 3 of the Garland ISD School Board of Trustees, with the Election Day coming up on May 7th.   I have a vested interest in the schools and a long history of partnership with the district as a volunteer to advocate for kids. I am eager to be a voice for kids and educators in the district.  Make sure you mark your calendar to vote for Jody on May 7th!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I was first exposed to CrossFit by a neighbor in casual conversation. I searched for the nearest location and just walked in. My first WOD was a baseline workout, it was not pretty. I underestimated the effort it took to row for several minutes.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

I started doing Whole 30, right from the start. My body changed very quickly, it was exciting and I was eating bacon!! I had a headache the first 2 weeks from just cleansing all the junk out of my system, but after that I was on my way. The increase in strength was almost immediate. I believe my body was ready for the weight lifting and to be challenged. I have accomplished personal records I didn’t know I could, like double unders, pullups, and running a mile in 6:45.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

Being able to workout at 5am consistently for 4 years would be a starter. Then kicking some strong habits that seem small but are important such as, black coffee (yep, straight up!), unsweet tea (and I’m from East Texas), I do not need bread or pasta unless it’s a cheat meal and no dairy products. Another big change is self-confidence – in my strength and my appearance. This is worth losing an hour of sleep 3 days a week.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

I have many favorite moments, many which involve team WODs or competitions. The best was doing a fireman carry with my team at Guns and Hoses. Carrying Chris Green on my shoulders was challenging for both of us, he had to keep his knees bent so his feet would not drag the ground. I have met great people who have inspired me so much. Our CrossFit family is amazing, encouraging and just fun! I was given the nickname Polly Pocket and I’m also considered the tribe mama.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

  1. One thing to remember is to check in of Facebook.       Every 5 check-ins helps children in need get a pair of shoes.
  2. Keep your bag out of the way (I’m lobbying for this to be on the burpee law list)
  3. The monumental lesson is this…..life happens, you fall off the wagon of consistency, but you have a group of familiar faces there when you walk through the door that help you get back on track. I am in the master’s division, I am too busy and old to injure myself. Therefore, I push myself but not over the top and it is ok, because no matter what….. FITNESS!!!

Athlete Spotlight | Nancy Austin


Congrats Nancy on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Garland Texas, reside in Nevada Texas

Age: 46

Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Marital Status: Married to my amazing husband for 21 years

Children (Ages): One truly amazing 16 year old daughter, that loves CrossFit

When did you first start CrossFitting?

Started Cross Fit May 2014 only because my friend Kevyn Beasley talked me into it.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

Started training May 2014

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

My Favorite Benchmark WOD is anything without Burpees

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

My Least Favorite Benchmark WOD is anything with Burpees.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I love sports! I played, soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, tennis and softball. Although, I grew up loving sports I never really knew anything about being physically fit. I was really hard on my body, not really knowing proper form or technic. I have always struggled with my weight and have tried every diet.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I love to swim, fish, camping, hiking, hunting, sewing, crafts, gardening, reading, family history research, spending time with my family.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

OMG my first WOD, I thought I was going to DIE, I thought for sure, what did I get myself into. I think I threw up and later asked myself if I was crazy for signing up for this…..but then as time went on and I saw others starting out I would remember to lift them up because I was there once. I knew if I could do it, overcome it, then I knew the right words to tell them that they too could do it. That’s basically what the Cross Fit family is about, lifting each other up being there for each other, to cheer each other on and never leaving anyone behind. Many times I have been last but I never finish alone, someone is always there to push me and let me know I can do it.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

Since starting Cross Fit I have lost about 84 pounds, I have gained muscle, I have gained confidence in myself. I see myself being a better example for my daughter. I’m happier! I’m not on so many medications and I’m not feeding my body all the trash I did before, I’m making better/healthier choices. NOW, I am human and cheat of course I’m not perfect. When I do cheat, I just dust myself off and get back on my healthy wagon. It really hasn’t been as hard as I first thought since I do love to garden and have access to healthier food choices. I just use to cover them with cheese and ranch dressing before, now I’ve learned how much better they are all by themselves or cooked a different way. I don’t see myself focusing so much on the number on the scale but how I feel.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I have experienced that I am strong, I am confident, that I can do anything at any age. I know now that it starts with me. If I don’t push myself, if I don’t put myself out there then I will never know what I am capable of doing.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

One of my favorite moments was doing a pull over on the rings. I would have never even attempted it but we were just all messing around and someone said I should try so I did and it was just such an empowering feeling. Small but huge for me!

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

Take little steps. Don’t expect too much unless you are willing to change and put yourself out there. Remember that everyone has a starting point and some might have started way before you so don’t be intimidated by how they look. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, you were individually and wonderfully made. Don’t give up! Give yourself a goal and once you reach it then make another and reward yourself with something that reminds you why you’re doing all this in the first place. Be kind to yourself, you didn’t get out of shape in one day so don’t expect results in one day.

Athlete Spotlight|Trevor M.


Congrats Trevor on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Garland
Age: 34
Occupation: Firefighter
Marital Status: Single

When did you first start CrossFitting?

September 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

September 2013

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Helen(But only because my name is at the top) I also really like Cindy

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Fran is a fun workout, but it pushes you to the point of where you do not enjoy it until it is over. Karen is up there too!

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I played high school sports like football, track, and golf. I also did a lot of running and lifting weights while I was in the Marines.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I really enjoy wood working. I like to bake. Really any cooking I enjoy.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

My first time doing anything with CrossFit was at the CrossFit for Colbert event in June of 2013. It was brutal! I came in last place and was sore for more than a week. I knew right then I wanted to do more!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

My body looks like it did 15 years ago, but my overall health is much better than when I was 19. I feel better, and can do more than I could 10 years ago. I look forward to get stronger every week!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

The first thing I noticed was during the 30 day Paleo Challenge, I was able to get off prescription medication for acid reflux that I had been taking for years. Another huge benefit I have seen is strength in my shoulder that I have had issues with for years. When I started CrossFit, Robert wanted me to see my doctor that operated on my shoulder. He told me that I would be limited to what I could do and that I would not be able to do anything overhead. Robert worked with me, and we started slow. My shoulder would dislocate at least twice a year minimum. I have built up enough strength in my shoulder that I can do much more than I would have ever expected. On top of that, I have not dislocated my shoulder a single time since I started at CrossFit Garland. While we are still careful with it, I now see that things that I was told were impossible for my shoulder are now getting easier. That has been a huge gift!

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

The 2014 Open was a lot of fun! I loved going in Friday nights and having everyone there cheering each other on and showing their support for other athletes. It showed me how lucky I am to get to know and workout with that kind of group on a daily basis.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

The First thing I would say is to be positive and receptive to the coaching staff. It can be frustrating at first, but if you come in ready to work, ready to learn, and a positive attitude then you will see gains that you would have never expected.

Athlete Spotlight | Stephanie A. soon to be S.


Congrats Stephanie on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Garland, TX

Age: 29

Occupation: Investigator for Child Protective Services

When did you first start CrossFitting?

November 2011

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

November 2011

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Annie (if it is a good day for double unders) or Helen

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Nancy!! 5 rounds of 15 OHS and 400 meter run. I want to cry when this one comes up, but there’s no crying in CrossFit!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I started CrossFit because I was going to the academy for law enforcement and they recommended doing it beforehand since we would be doing CF style workouts at the academy. I chose CF Garland because I grew up in Garland and knew someone that went here. I sent her a message and asked her about the gym and she said Robert was very nice so I gave him a call and got started! I don’t remember what my first WOD was after my intro session. I only remember the Baseline WOD during my first day at the gym and how extremely hard it was to make it through. I wanted to quit on the set of 10 pull ups.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

I have seen some awesome changes, especially after working harder at eating right during the last year or so. I have lost about 15-20 pounds since I started CrossFit and gained lots of muscle. I am always working on getting stronger and I am in the best shape of my life, hands down. I have only been able to do this because of my great support system at home and in the gym.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I am more confident in myself in general for sure. I am much happier too, which definitely stems from being healthier and more active.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

I have lots of favorite CF Garland moments but many involve the competitions we have all done together. It’s always fun to be with your tribe members competing against CF athletes from other gyms. Of course my favorite moment of all is when Garth proposed at the end of the workout on April 18. Endless thanks to Robert for introducing us to each other! 🙂

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

Don’t quit when it gets difficult and get to know the other tribe members. They are your best supports and biggest fans next to the coaches! I always look forward to seeing my CF buddies and love taking on new challenges and tough workouts with them.

Athlete Spotlight | Will Shaw


Congrats Will on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Garrison, TX

Age: 36

Occupation: Accountant

When did you first start CrossFitting?

May 29, 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

May 29, 2013

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Baseline now

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Baseline on May 29, 2013 (day 1)

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

Grew up competing with my brothers at whatever game/sport we could play. I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track/cross country in high school. I played quarterback in college (Division II) and coached high school football, basketball, and track for 5 years after college.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Most of my time and energy outside of CrossFit is spent with my wife and 4 kids. Probably my most enjoyed hobby is coaching my kids’ teams or sitting back and just watching them have fun and compete.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

The first day I did the baseline was a very humbling experience. It took me 21 minutes to complete it and about halfway through it I was “calling Earl” (aka threw up).

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

I have dropped 25 pounds and my blood pressure went down from 145 systolic and 102 diastolic to less than 120 systolic and 80 diastolic.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

It’s hard to describe the confidence that CrossFit has given me. Since my college athletic career ended and prior to CrossFit, I had little desire to workout. Since joining CrossFit, I hate missing the WOD.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

I enjoy competing against myself and my tribe members during each WOD.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

I have never been part of a better fitness environment than CrossFit Garland. That includes my 4 ½ years at as a college athlete and 5 years as a high school coach. The level of expertise and care for your long term health and fitness are unmatched. Attack each WOD, be disciplined with your diet and you’ll never regret being part of CrossFit Garland.

Athlete of the Month | Mollie R


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Congrats Mollie on being our next Athlete of the Month

Hometown: Round Rock, TX- but we live in Dallas now.

Age: 34

Occupation: Emergency Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?

I had trained with Robert for a few weeks in late 2010, but couldn’t get up the courage to move into the CrossFit classes. Thankfully, Coach Todd convinced me to try it out again in September 2012 and after one class I decided to join.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

(same as above) I had trained with Robert for a few weeks in late 2010, but couldn’t get up the courage to move into the CrossFit classes. Thankfully, Coach Todd convinced me to try it out again in September 2012 and after one class I decided to join.

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Whichever one is over!!

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Whichever one is on the board when I walk in.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

Many, many moons ago I played basketball and volleyball. I use that term loosely. Mostly I just wore the uniform and kept the bench warm. I am not naturally blessed with athletic talent or coordination, but I always loved belonging to a team.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I have a pre-teen daughter, so it has been a few years since I had enough “me” time to explore hobbies, but we are always up for trying something new and crazy. It’s those things that always make the best memories.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I had trained briefly with Robert, so I had a vague idea of what functional movement exercises were but did not know how it all fit together until I tried a class in September 2012. It was a 6:00am class the day after Labor Day. To make it there from where we live, I had to wake up at 4:45am! The 400m jog left me winded and I wondered what I had gotten myself into. The movements were all new and I am fairly uncoordinated, but the people in that class- Todd and Jennifer and Jody- were so welcoming and supportive that I wanted to come back.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland?

(before / after) Biggest physical change- the way my clothes fit!! As a woman, it was incredibly hard to move away from using the scale to measure success. With CrossFit, I have gained muscle while losing fat so the scale doesn’t seem to budge, but my britches started falling off!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

Goodness, how much room do I have to answer this?
1. Confidence. I have had a lot of success in other areas of my life, but I have always struggled with my weight and working out. I truly believed that it was something that I could not do. I was not strong enough and I did not have much endurance. Being able to clearly measure my success as I gradually am able to lift heavier weights has been a huge boost to my confidence. It has shown me that even the most daunting of challenges can be overcome with the support of your community and through small victories.

2. Friendships. They say that going through a disaster situation brings people closer together and that is true of CrossFit. Not so much that it is a disaster, but that each day you are battling your own internal issues but with the support of your team. The folks in class become so much more than just work out partners. They become the people to support, encourage and motivate you in the gym and the ones that you can share a good laugh with outside of the box.

3. Marriage. My struggles with weight were not something that my husband could relate to and so my successes in the gym were tough to celebrate together because he had no real frame of reference. Having him be able to join me here has added a whole new level to our partnership. Even though our goals are different, we can participate and encourage each other through it and truly understand the significance of the victories.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

Ok, this is where I start getting real emotional… the one question that hasn’t been asked so far is “what brought you to CrossFit?” My reason is that I started to see that my attitude of defeat when it came to my food/health issues was starting to affect my daughter. I knew that I could never convince her that we are all capable of achieving all of our dreams if I was showing her that I didn’t even believe it. I knew that what I did was much more powerful than what I said. If she saw me giving up when it was hard, then she would have no reason to believe that she shouldn’t do the same. Many, many days when I wanted to give up, I would think about having to go home and tell her that I quit. It made me get my tail back in the gym every time. I wanted her to see that even if I wasn’t the best, that there was honor in trying and that she should strive to live that way. I was extremely fortunate to have found a CrossFit home that allowed me to include Maya whenever we have a chance. My favorite moments have been the drives home or those few minutes when we are talking before bedtime when she tells me what she liked best about the WOD or how cool it was that she could use the 24” box or how strong she feels or how proud of me that she is. I may never know what it is like to win a CF competition, but that’s okay because these moments with her feel pretty damn good.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

Don’t quit. It is easy to let life get in the way and convince you that your time should be spent elsewhere. I know. Get to know your fellow tribe members and talk to them. They are real people who face some of the same real challenges. They probably have some good tips/tricks for making it work. You are not alone.

Athlete Spotlight: Joshua Boultinghouse AKA: Superman


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First Name & Last Initial: Joshua B

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Age:32

Occupation: Fitness Instructor for 3qFitness and CF Garland

When did you first start CrossFitting? May 2009

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland? In February of 2014

Favorite Benchmark WOD: Baseline.  King Kong, because it involves my favorite lifts and gymnastic movements. 3 R.F.T. of 1 d.l. at 450, 2 muscle-ups, 3 cleans at 255, and 4  handstand push ups.

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:  Anything with long distance running and body weight movements. I’m built for quick speed and power, lol.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Like most kids I grew up playing a lot of different sports but got most involved in football around the age of 12. Discovered I was pretty good at it and made varsity as a freshman (even though  the coach decided not to pull-me up), started from my Sophomore –Senior year at Richardson High Schol, and upon graduation received a football and theatre scholarship to the University of Central Arkansas.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I love acting and pursue that as much as I can. Other than that I love to watch movies and as you get to know me you’ll find out I quote them as much as possible. I love to travel especially to somewhere I’ve never been. I prefer the mountains to the beach and love to be involved in my church.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I came to find out about CF Garland through my friend, mentor, and former boss/ CrossFit Coach Tim Thackery. I met Robert and Todd, both were very friendly and I could tell that it was no accident or coincidence that we had met. My first WOD was the baseline, which is one of my favorites, and I loved the vibe of the gym and the attitude of the members.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after) I’m even more motivated and driven to see my body perform at the highest possible  level than I have been in a long time.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?   Applying what I learn from CF into my day to day life. For example, during a WOD, particularly a tough WOD, where you feel like you have acid for blood, can hardly breathe, and your mind is messing with you by whispering “slow down” or “stop” but you take yourself out of automatic, put it into manual, dig deep down, drive through, and finish. Maybe not with the score you had wanted but you at least didn’t give up. So when situations in my life seem to be insurmountable and overwhelming, I remember how I felt during one of those WOD’s, take my mind off of automatic,  put it into manual, and do what needs to be done.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.
The first time I “competed” in sectionals which was in 2010 before they started the open. It was a two day event, the first day I did less than optimal let’s just say. Going into the second day I was already out of the running to make it to Regionals but I still went, improved my standing by over 60 spots, I think, but what sticks out about it was the last event which was like 5 events, 3 min max rowing for cal, followed by a 3 min break, 3 min max  deadlift at 275, 3 min max L-sit hold, 3 min max pull-ups, then a 400m run. Anyway, by the time I got to the run my lower back had locked up and my legs felt like they had peanut butter in them. I was jogging so slow it probably would have been faster if I walked, lol, but the last 100 m I was able  break through the pain and actuall sprint and passed a couple of people.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?   Don’t let disappointments keep you from coming back. Stick with it, ask advice from other members or from us coaches, that’s  why were here. Take joy in the accomplishments you make even if you think they are small, they are not, those small wins add up to a BIG Victory.

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