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June 2019 Member of the Month, Carmen Lundell

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our June Member of the Month, Carmen! She has been a member since 2018, has made some major gains and PR's, some awesome friends, a joy to have in class, and has been an active person in the CFM community! Read on to learn more about Carmen and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Carmen cleaning house during CFM Rise Up


Name: Carmen Lundell
Nickname: friends call me Carmen, family calls me Carmie or Marmie
Age: 28
Hometown: Wayzata, Minnesota

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
I lived a few blocks from a gym in New York and friends told me that my gymnastics background would make me a good CrossFit athlete. I was hooked after the first class likely because there were handstands.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
I moved to Atlanta last summer, and one of my first action items was finding a nearby Crossfit gym. CFM is within walking distance of my apartment and the intimate facility reminded me of my box in New York.

Carmen and Jeannette during Graveyard Games 2018


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
My first drop in was a Harry Potter WOD. When I told Peter (my boyfriend) about riding PVC pipes like broomsticks, he was incredibly skeptical exclaiming "What does riding a PVC pipe exercise?!" Not to mention, Mike caught the entire workout on camera *face in palm*. Obviously, I came back and have continued to be impressed by the programming.

Getting after that Quidditch WOD


What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
Great programming and incredibly inclusive community! The workouts are intentional, and it's making a difference in my fitness. I also love how supportive the staff is both in ramping up new coaches and training athletes of all abilities.

Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
I recently PR'ed my snatch by 2 lbs and convinced Peter to move to Atlanta! In 2019, I hope to continue feeling stronger. Barbell has helped me improve not only my lifting, but overall fitness and strength.

Carmen completing a 400m run during 31 Heroes 2018


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What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
I love Fran, but to make it even better I'd scrap the barbell and swap pull ups for bar muscle ups. My dream workout would include rope climbs, pistols, bar muscle ups, toes to bar, box jumps for height or box jump overs, handstand walks...can you tell I did competitive gymnastics for 11 years?

What is your favorite cheat food/meal?
JR Crickets lemon pepper wet wings and Jeni's ice cream have been favorites of mine since moving to Atlanta.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
Friday night lights! I was only able to join for 19.5, so I'm looking forward to the next open. Best part was throwing glow sticks in the gym until...2am?

Box Jump Overs during CFM Rise Up


Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Some may attest that I am a talented karaoke performer (not singer).
I'm always eager to try new sports, preferably without balls. Most recently, I'm working on golfing and surfing. I'm also a skier and proficient at water sports from growing up on a lake.
I'm an avid traveler and love to read a book by a local author before a trip.

Advice for new CrossFitters
You're stronger than you think you are. It took me an amazingly long time to get skills that now are my best ones! Be patient, listen to your body, and don't be afraid to push yourself!

Killin' those thrusters during 31 Heroes

May 2019 Member of the Month, Anne-Marie Burke!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our May Member of the Month, Anne-Marie! She has been a member since 2014, has made some major gains including growing a tiny human, some awesome friends, a joy to have in class, and has been an active person in the CFM community! Read on to learn more about Anne-Marie and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Anne-Marie being the most perfect, like always


Name: Anne-Marie Burke
Nickname: Anne, AM, Annie
Age: 33
Hometown: Marietta, GA

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
My earliest exposure was an article I read in my mid 20's about CrossFit and Rhabdo. Safe to say I wasn't chomping at the bit when Cary Burke asked me to join him when we first started dating.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
In 2014, Cary and I had a what we fondly refer to as "our winter of content." We put Nutella on Milano cookies and drank craft beers every night. On March 30th he proposed, on April 1st he said "it's time to work out now", on April 2nd he signed me up at CFM.

Anne-Marie and husband Cary during Cinco de Sweato


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
To be honest, it's a blur. I recall it was a full class in the old location and there was no such thing as foundations yet. I stood frozen in the front of the class holding a training barbell as I tried to wrap my head around a squat clean. "So you want me to pick up this metal bar very quickly and "squat" down to the ground with it...and not fall? Okay....halp!" My training as a runner wanted to show off and run all the way home. But I didn't and I remember beaming as we drove home because I might have done 1 air squat properly.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
Oh my goodness, so many! Working out is now a calming and centering force in my life rather than a chore for weight control. I cannot believe I wake up at 5:30 to work out at 6 am but it's the highlight of my day. Doesn't hurt that the morning crew is 🔥. It's a marvelous feeling having the hardest part of my day over by 7 am. In terms of CFM overall, the most surprising benefit is that I'm constantly around people who inspire, support, and challenge me.

Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
Well we're having a baby in October! So I'd like to:
1) Maintain my overall wellness to be the best mom I can be to this little one. Staying consistent at CFM is a big part of that.
2) Avoid an Episiotomy
3) Get my first muscle up (ha, jk)

Sarah and Anne Marie from 2014 Bring A Friend Day!


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What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
I love Murph. It combines my favorite movements: running, pull-ups, and push ups. I think if we added some ab work, it would be a perfect work out.

What is your favorite cheat food/meal?
Just one?!? I think my go-to is a buffalo chicken sandwich with tots and ranch. I generally can't resist chocolate cake and ice cream these days either...

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
Besides every CFM Holiday party...

1) I Rx'd a partner WOD with Sarah McColley about 9 months to a year after starting and remember feeling like "whoa I just did something I never thought I was capable of."
2) This last year, I PR'd my power snatch at Graveyard Games with my partner, Elana, in the last 30 seconds of the event. I'll never forget everyone cheering as I hit it after failing a couple of times.

Anne-Marie and Elana at Graveyard Games 2018


Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
You can generally find me reading a book, talking with people on how to connect their finances with their values, or blogging for some publications in my graduate school program.

Advice for new CrossFitters
1) Seek out help from the coaches. They're all technically sound. Every time I've asked for help I've kicked myself for not doing it sooner.

2) If you're afraid you'll look stupid doing a movement, that's probably what you need to work on the most. We did a pistol workout last week and I fell on 95% of them (and I was only going to a 12" target). But those 5% I did properly were informative and, even, thrilling.

Girl always got a smile on her face!

April 2019 Member of the Month, Billy Simons!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our April Member of the Month, Billy! Billy has been a member for almost a year, has made some major gains, some awesome friends, a joy to have in class, and has been an active person in the CFM community! Read on to learn more about Billy and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Billy throwing sandbags during 31 Heroes


Name: Billy Simons
Nickname: N/A
Age: 35
Hometown: Ludlow, MA

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
My wife (girlfriend at the time) got me a month membership to a CrossFit box near us in NYC. I had no interest and asked her if we could get a refund.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
We moved to Atlanta last year and CFM was the closest box to our apartment. I dropped in at a few other gyms but I liked the grit (and proximity) at CFM.

Crazy Eyes and Overhead Squats


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
I don’t remember a lot of the details but I remember Mike not laughing at any of my jokes. And it was much sweatier than the air conditioned place I had been going to before.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
I had never really thought of myself as an athlete before CF. While that is fun in and of itself, I also like that I feel like I'm getting in better shape all the time and that my goal is fitness and performance rather than aesthetics. I'm pretty sure I was just doing curls, benchpress and jumprope for the 10 years prior to finding Crossfit.

Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
A1) I don't know if it's an accomplishment, but we're pregnant with our first baby! A2) After 10 years in commercial real estate, I left to start my own creative business. A3) I wrote, recorded and released a new album of original music in 2018. A4) I've gotten very comfortable bragging 😉 B1) Learn how to balance being a dad with running my own business and dealing with my CF addiction. B2) Write another album or publish another children's book B3) Start building my home garage gym.

Graveyard Games 2018 with the Wife!


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What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
I like anything with DUs, HSPUs and pullups. When I left CFNY, a group of us did a farewell WOD that I made up that was fun and awful:

6 Rounds:
9 burpees
9 hang cleans
9 pullups
9 pushups
9 thrusters
w/ 20 lb. vest

What is your favorite cheat food/meal?
Dominos medium pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
Valentine's Day with Coach Travis.

The Bromance


Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
I like to create things - I draw and paint. I play guitar and banjo and a little piano. I write songs and kids books.

Advice for new CrossFitters
Take days off!

Thrusters during 31 Heroes

February 2019 Member of the Month, Brandon Kuni!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our January Member of the Month, Brandon Kuni! Brandon has been a member for over a year, has seen dem gains, made some awesome friends, and has been an active in the CFM community! Read on to learn more about Brandon and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Brandon and Alex racing to the finish.


Name: Brandon Kuni
Nickname: BK
Age: 29 (30 this year woo woo)
Hometown: ATL BABY!

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
I moved in with my brother in Vinings a couple years back, and every day I would drive by CrossFit 285 and see them doing stuff outside sometimes, I was intrigued.. My brother and I decided to sign up, the rest is history!

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
After moving to Midtown and taking a break from CrossFit for a while, I decided CrossFit would be a good way for me to get back into a routine with working out, as well as meeting new people since I was new to the midtown area. The location put it over the top for me, I can walk to the box from my condo and it is right in between work as well.

Just slinging some weight during Rise Up


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
Honestly, from the little I remember, I was impressed by the coaching and the focus on the athletes. It was a bit different as I was used to large hanger style boxs with loads of space, but I didn't mind the space knowing classes were capped and it gave a more of an intimate vibe in the box. I wasn't completely new to CrossFit so I had an idea of what I was walking into, but I was probably the little quiet dude that didn't say much for the first few weeks. I didn't do the foundations classes as I thought it was unnecessary having done CrossFit before, but I kinda regret that decision as I would've loved some 1-on-1 coaching from Pietsch/Mike.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
Definitely new friends that share common goals and have a competitive, want to win mentality! I used to think I was in decent shape, but it amazes me how much progress I have accomplished since starting CrossFit. Perhaps the biggest learning experiences that I didn't expect was getting much more knowledgeable on nutrition and starting to enjoy yoga/stretching and the importance of it! I've learned so much about what to eat and when to eat, how to take care of my body, mix that together with some sweaty tough workouts and I feel I've had a significant improvement in my quality of life: energy, confidence, performance at work, strength, etc.

Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
I've crushed my dieting so far this year. Limiting drinking to 1x/week, limiting cheat meals, and really trying to follow a balanced macro nutrient ratio (with help from diet templates from RP which have been SUPER helpful). I've also been more committed to Yoga, going at least 1x/week which I plan to continue all year. I've started to log my workouts, which is a starting point for me to set more specific goals in relation to max lifts.. (Shout out to Mo for the log!!). Big goal for me this year is to get overall body fat % down and be a lean machine, but maintaining overall weight by putting on muscle.

31 Heroes


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What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
My favorite workout is probably Murph. Something about a long, super tough wod knowing in the back of my mind that someone sacrificed their life for our country really motivates me and pushes me through (plus it's always on Memorial Day Weekend which is SUMMER and it's around my birthday.. Always a great time!). If I could make up my own - any long chipper that includes some double unders, toes to bar, maybe some rope climbs, some goblet squats.. Yeah something like that.

What is your favorite cheat food/meal?
Easy. Wings and buffalo chicken pizza. Say no mo.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
I've had a lot! First time competing at the in-house competition was awesome! I also really enjoyed the 31 Heros wod! Or even the bad axe throwing night.. Shit, I even had a blast cheering on CFM at the Graveyard Games Night edition.. All good times!

Let me tell ya 'bout my best friend


Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Crazy about the Atlanta Falcons, RISE UP (born and raised ATLien)! I'm a media consultant (digital & traditional marketing) by day, I genuinely love my job as it satisfies my entrepreneurial spirit inside and I am passionate about sales and marketing. I spend my free time flying my drone and trying to create some dope content, or riding my bicycle. Sprinkle in some travel, every millennial says that though! That's me in a nut shell.

Advice for new CrossFitters
Just. Get. Started. Throw everything you've ever heard about CrossFit (good and bad), out the window UNTIL you try it. Every box is unique due to the style of coaching/management and the sense of community the members bring to the box. Just start somewhere, log your workouts and progress, show up prepared to bust your ass for an hour, and meet some new friends while you are there. The only "good" in life comes from outside your comfort zone, jump in and don't look back.

BK be strong

January 2019 Member of the Month, Hailey Plemons!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our January Member of the Month, Hailey Plemons! Hailey has been a member for a little over 1 year, has seen dem gains, made some awesome friends, and competed at Graveyard Games 2018! Read on to learn more about Hailey and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Completing 31 Heroes with a smile on her face!


Name: Hailey Plemons
Nickname: My friends and family call me Hails
Age: 24
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
After years of soccer, I knew I performed best in a team environment, so I was looking for a gym that offered group classes. I reached out to a family friend that was nine years deep in Crossfit and she recommended I give it a shot.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
The same family friend looked at the programming in the gyms around Atlanta and she really liked what CFM offered.

Memorial Day Murph 2018


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
I remember getting through the warm-up and Mike saying, "Okay so for the workout we will do.." and panicking internally because I was pretty tired from the warm up. I liked CFM pretty instantly.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
One of my favorite changes has been my perspective. Before I joined CFM, I would have to spend most of my day convincing myself to workout or run. Now I wake up and one of the first things I do is check the blog to see what I get to do that day. Another unexpected plus has been all the incredible people I've met along the way.

Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
I've started to venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to choosing weights for the workouts. AKA Pietsch sees what weight I choose and tells me to try again. But I appreciate that he believes in me (after the workout is over) 🙂
My goals for 2019 are to master DU, TTB, and kipping pull ups

We think Hailey would win...


5 Rope Climbs 15 Burpees over Erg 25 Cal Row For Time.
Who wins? You or your sister ;)?

I read this to her and she said, "Don't lie to them Hails, it's definitely me." In which case, we can settle this at the gym.

What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
I enjoy anything with the barbell. Overhead squats are my favorite, so Nancy.
If I had to make one up it would probably have some overhead squats, rope climbs, and burpees. I don't like burpees at all but they make you suffer a little and it feels good after.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
There was a class where Carey Bald approached me and said, "You're stronger than you think you are. You're going to partner with me today and we're going to see what you're made of." She probably doesn't realize how much this meant to me, but it was pretty huge for my confidence. Carey has since moved to Miami, but her voice is always haunting me telling me to go heavier.

Hailey and Carey...girl you sweaty


Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Traveling, playing soccer, hiking, hanging out with friends and my dog.

Advice for new CrossFitters
If you're anything like me, you'll be terrified walking in the first few times. Just keep going back until you love it. The rewards outweigh all the costs.

Jumping into 2019 like, whoa

September 2018 Member of the Month, Kathy Rupar!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our September Member of the Month, Kathy Rupar! Kathy has been a member of CFM for over a year! She has been crushing WODs, growing a human, rocking the beginning of the motherhood transition, and is so supportive of everyone here at CFM and we couldn't be more proud to call you Member of the Month! Read on to learn more about Kathy and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Kathy crushing some thrusters during 31 Heroes


Name: Katarzyna or Kasia – neither of which is easy to pronounce
Nickname: Kathy
Age: Masters Athlete 35-40; (oh fine, I’m 37)
Hometown: Rzeszow, Poland

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
One of my fitness instructors got into it and kept posting crazy pictures on Facebook. Every time I saw one I thought: I want to try that, so I did!

Making wallballs look easy


What brought you to CrossFit Midtown?
I moved to Atlanta last year and sampled a couple of gyms in the area. I thought the coaching was excellent so decided to join.

Strong from head to toes! Kathy in a rock solid squat position to support weight overhead.


What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
It was a drop-in workout about a month before I moved to Atlanta: all the running and all the rowing. I was quite grumpy throughout it all as I had just put in some 30,000 steps that day looking for an apartment in Midtown. However, everyone was quite welcoming and as usual I felt much better for taking the class.

When you're trying to stay ahead of Kathy 5 months pregnant but she's that fit mom to be though.


What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
CrossFit began as a supplement to my typical globo gym routine and quickly turned into a second home. It’s led to numerous changes both inside and outside the gym. Fitness wise, I slowly began seeing some physical changes in body composition but more importantly in terms of my abilities and performance. I learned that I enjoy the challenge of mastering a new movement (no matter how many years that may take – yep, my first muscle up was a very long-term nemesis) and that’s led me to improve my rowing and running techniques as well as take on a long-term fear or swimming in open water (still working on making that more manageable). I also learned that I truly enjoy the competition side of CrossFit – both in terms of participating in competitive events but even more in terms of seeing progress in and competition with myself. Healthwise, performance in the gym quickly led way to an increased interest in my nutrition and eventually into other habits that have made me better (i.e. focus on sleep and some dabbling in meditation).

What kind of changes have you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected (ie. new friends, “family”, the community, more self confidence, etc)?
I think the community aspect of CrossFit is hands down one of the main reasons I love coming to the gym each day – why it is a second home and why I know, regardless of current mood, I’ll leave feeling better. The folks who select themselves into this lifestyle are some of the most driven yet humble and genuine individuals I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. They make a hard day at work a mere memory and push me to do my best with just the right amount of humor, tough love, and motivation.

Also, one of the more freeing changes I saw within the first year or two of CrossFit was viewing food as fuel. I didn’t always have the healthiest perception of nutrition and often felt down on what my body had too much or too little of. Once CrossFit took over, all of a sudden my body’s goal was performance rather than looking a certain way. To perform better I needed to feed it the right mix of nutrients which means I needed to learn what that was. This seemingly small shift led to a more positive perception of myself and the motivation to learn all I could about what a healthy lifestyle should consist of – I’ve been evolving on both fronts ever since.

And absolutely, seeing progress in the gym and showing myself I could do what I before couldn’t even imagine went a long way to increasing self-confidence in other aspects of my life as well.

Favorite WOD: Annie (dubs are my favorite)

Least favorite WOD: Karen (it’s unnatural to be forced to do that many wall balls in a row) and 7min of burpees (just evil)

Kathy gettin' it with Thors hammer during our Marvel Galaxy WOD


Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment (doesn’t have to be during a class, just any favorite moment at CFM)
There are so many to choose from: barbell club, movie outings, competitions in and out of our gym, and various celebrations of our awesome members. I certainly love any competitive event that includes a big portion of our CFM community and I’d say the CrossFit Open is one I excitedly look forward to each year. This past year’s open was no exception and although I needed to sit this one out, cheering CFM on from the side-lines was no less enjoyable. I got to see some insane feats of determination from our coaches and members, and more than one person face a movement or weight they thought they couldn’t handle (yet kicked butt on). Honestly, if ever you feel down on yourself, just visit a CrossFit box during Friday Night Lights – one of the most inspirational things you can do for yourself.

Easy DB Snatches #strongmom


But by far my favorite was learning that so many CFM ladies got together to sign a card and gift upon learning I was getting married this past March. It was something I attempted to do very much under the radar so the sweet well wishes and truly genuine gesture left me a bit speechless. Thank you CFM for such incredible friends <3.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Definitely not a talent but something I keep working on: my tennis (also love watching the pro’s go head to head).
I’m a proud cat lady >^^<
I love reading or better yet jigsaw puzzling while listening to audible and drinking a glass of wine (I get crazy)

All the smiles after a tough WOD with friends.


Advice for new CrossFitters:
Give yourself at least 7 to 10 classes before you make up your mind about this crazy CrossFit thing. A few things will happen in that time: 1) you’ll see the full range of athletes that workout along-side you – that is motivating, 2) if you’re initially feeling humbled, you’ll become a bit more comfortable with the movements you’ve never seen before and if you’re feeling like a badass you WILL be humbled – both perspectives are quite motivating, and 3) you’ll see what your body is capable of with a bit of consistent practice – likely even more motivating. Most importantly though, you’ll get to better know some really cool folks and they will make coming back something you look forward to (well unless the WOD is Karen or something of the sort😉, but they’ll at least make that more bearable).

August 2018 Member of the Month, Chris Brasher!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our August Member of the Month, Chris Brasher! Brasher has been a member for a year this month! He comes in and works, hustles and kills WODs and lifts. Read on to learn more about Brasher and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Dumbbell Front Squats are fun...said one man once


Name: Chris Brasher
Nickname: Brasher, The Brash
Age: 37
Hometown: Smiths Station, Alabama!

How did you get exposed to CrossFit? A guy I used to work with, Koon. He was as a collegiate level baseball player, quite an athlete. Stopped showing up for lunchtime basketball during the week, saw him one day and asked why. Told me where he had been going, invited me for a Friday Hero Wod, “Carse”. The rest was history..

“Carse”
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Reps for Time
Squat Clean (95/65 lb)
Double-Unders
Deadlift (185/135 lb)
Box Jump (24/20 in)
Start each round with a 50 meter Bear crawl

Head with the band. wrist with the wraps. Brasher got low, low, low.


What brought you to CrossFit Midtown? The company I work for opened an office in Midtown and asked me to move. I was hoping there would be a CrossFit box nearby, so of course you know my excitement when I saw you across the street on google maps!

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like? Pure pain and misery. I let out my Spartan battle cry and was only on like the 18 rep round. Seeing spots all the way through, almost passed out.

Brasher sitting in the pain cave during 18.2.


What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit? I don’t get tired as easily anymore, especially when it comes to lifting. Was always more of a runner, never been very strong but now the strongest I’ve ever been, can lift things I once not thought possible. More muscle, Crossfit added 20# to me but my BMI has stayed about the same. I am heavier but can still run long distances at a decent speed without getting too tired. Have a lot more energy, more drive.

Last event at Graveyard Games 2017


What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected (ie. new friends, “family”, the community, more self confidence, etc)? I have connected with so many people that have the same interests. Before, felt like I was all alone on an island when I first started getting into fitness. Gym was always kinda boring to me. CrossFit feels like I was the lost sheep that finally found his fold, like this is the way it was supposed to be all along. Feel like I can take on anything now.

Favorite WOD: “Nukes”
8 mins to run a mile, max 315# deadlift with remaining time, immediately into
10 mins to run a mile, max 225# cleans with remaining time, immediately into
12 mins to run a mile, max 135# ohs with remaining time

Least favorite WOD: Anything with pistol squats

Focused, geared, and ready to work,


Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment (doesn’t have to be during a class, just any favorite moment at CFM): Everyone meeting down at the park to do “Murph” together in May was a cool experience. The whole box showing up, suffering together for a good cause, everyone staring at us in disbelieve, amazement..really felt like family that day, then hanging out for brunch afterwards. The Lurong pool party a close 2nd.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit: To be clear, never have categorized myself as a “Crossfitter”. Have always said I am a runner, who likes to crossfit on the side.. 😉 I love to run. I like to play football Besides sports, I enjoy strategy and RPG type games.

Advice for new CrossFitters: Never give up. I meant every word when I said I can do things I once thought impossible. Just be patient, don’t rush the process, don’t rush your body. If you give it what it needs to repair, nutrition and rest, it will pay you rich dividends in the end. No other feeling like achieving a new lift PR or gymnastic move after months or years of work.

The CFM Fam Bam