Athletes of the Month (May) – Tony & Lyndsey Bouzakine

Tony & Lyndsey are one of the OG couples of CFBF!   Since 2015, their humor, hard work, and infectious energy have made them a huge part of the CFBF family.  You’re guaranteed to have a fun time when they are around and they make the workouts that much more enjoyable (at least for everyone else). 🙂  We applaud their commitment to getting stronger and healthier and they are great role models for their daughter, Kennedy and everyone else they interact with.  Work hard, play hard are what the Bouzakine’s are all about and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate them as our May Athletes of the Month!  Congrats!  Learn more about their journey below.

CFBF Athletes of the Month (May) – Tony & Lyndsey Bouzakine

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?   

Tony: I played soccer, tennis, and swam all through high school. Then when college came about, I discovered beer and my athletic pursuits became much less intense and more focused on 16 oz curls. I’ve never really “worked out” or went to the gym on any sort of consistent basis before CFBF.

Lyndsey: I was a basketball player until I wasn’t the tallest one anymore, I was a field hockey goalie until I dislocated my knee, and I played every other sport in order to keep up with my brother. I am also a flip-cup champion.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

We joined with a friend during a special promotion in 2015 and haven’t stopped since!

Most Memorable WOD?

Tony: 17.5! This was the first time I was able to string together more than a few double-unders in a workout and I was pretty happy with that. I also puked halfway through the thrusters on round 6 or 7 and somehow finished the workout so that is pretty hard to forget.

Lyndsey: We had just started CrossFit the month before and went on vacation right after our Beginners Course. We came back to the gym right in time for the Open to be our first group classes at CFBF (15.5).  Thrusters and rowing were extremely hard!  It was also the first time I met Josh Jasper, we judged for each other and we both almost died but somehow got through it!

Favorite CrossFit Movement? 

Tony: Clean and Jerk.

Lyndsey: DB Snatches and Double-Unders

Biggest Challenge?

Tony: My stamina. I love quick/short/heavy workouts, but anything that just keeps going is super difficult for me to keep my energy up and not take too many breaks. Also trying to not throw up.

Lyndsey: Pull-ups. My goal was to get 1 strict pull up by end of 2016, then 2017, and now 2018.

Biggest Improvement?  

Tony: Double-Unders. I spent a long time being very frustrated with doing sets of 2-3 doubles and then whacking my legs with the jump rope. Then something just clicked one day. No idea what it was that got me over the hump.

Lyndsey: Double-Unders and handstand push-ups (even with all the cake stacks Chris!).

Who is Your Superhero?

Tony: Our daughter, Kennedy. She’s constantly moving and playing and keeping us on our toes. Her single-minded determination is amazing, even though it’s usually focused on sweets and ice-cream.

Lyndsey: My mom. Even though she passed away last year from cancer, she is a very big motivating factor that pushes me to try new things and always work hard and party harder. Tequila burpees for all!!!!

Fun Fact about Yourself?

Tony: I moved to the US when I was 13 from Russia.

Lyndsey: I got certified as a Scuba diver when I was 11, but I will only do it in warm waters now so you’ll need to ask Tony to get you scallops!

What Most Special About CFBF?

The people. You can go get a workout at any gym, but the atmosphere and the community at CFBF is what got us hooked and has kept us coming back day after day.

Any Advice for New Members?

Even when you are feeling sore, get back in the gym! It gets better much quicker if you just keep moving. Also if you see multiple coaches around the gym in between classes and they ask if anyone wants to do a workout, the answer is always no. Yet we all say yes. 🙂

Athletes of the Month (October) – Kerstin & Kajsa Matz

We love it when families workout together! Not only is it more fun but it’s a great way to stay on top of your fitness goals.  We’ve highlighted some of our amazing families before and this month is no exception, meet this dynamite mother-daughter duo, and our October Athletes of the Month—Kerstin & Kajsa Matz!  These strong ladies always come in with smiles on their faces ready to do work.  They inspire us at CFBF because they are always ready to step outside their comfort zone, challenge themselves and reach new levels of success.  Their smiles always brighten up a class.  Congrats Kerstin & Kajsa!  We look forward to watching you continue to grow and raise the bar!

 

CFBF Athletes of the Month (October) – Kerstin & Kajsa Matz

What is your athletic background?

Kerstin:  Broomball, ice-skating on the pond my dad made in our backyard, running, , GOTR coaching, yoga, home-workouts, college bounce and toss games.  Anything that was non-competitive and didn’t involve large groups of people was what I was drawn to.

Kajsa:  I played soccer and lacrosse.  I did Girls On The Run for two years.  Now I do CrossFit.

Why did you join CFBF?

Kerstin:  I had heard about CrossFit years ago on a 60 Minutes segment.  Then, I had heard about it in a brief conversation with a friend.  Heading into Home Depot with my family, I saw the CFBF sign and walked in so I could avoid looking at tools and picking up caulking supplies.  Chris was there, we talked, I came in for an evaluation, he was nice, so I signed up for the beginner class.  I really enjoyed it, it’s addicting, so I joined. 

Kajsa:  My mom was doing it and it looked fun.

Most memorable WOD?

Kerstin:  17.1.  I was terrified!  I didn’t think I could do the DB thrusters, but I did.  I was counting on someone there knowing CPR because I thought the burps over box were going to be the end of me.  It turns out, I did those, too.  It wasn’t pretty, but I did them.  Kajsa was amazing, too.  It was so great to see my kid work so hard.  I am so proud of her!

Kajsa:  The first Open WOD (17.1) because it was my first WOD in a competition.

Favorite CF movement?

Kerstin:  Thrusters, again not pretty, but I really tried to practice the movement to get it right.  I don’t know why!  I also like deadlifts because I can do them – lean down, stand up.  I like wall balls, too.

Kajsa:  I like the rope climb because when I get to the top I can see the entire gym.

Biggest challenge?

Kerstin:  Burpees!  Ugh!  I have to figure out how to change my story with those!  I do struggle with expecting to do more and to do it faster than I’m ready for.   Finding the right weight for barbells. 

Kajsa:  Getting my strict pull-up.

Biggest improvement?

Kerstin:  Squats.  Even if it’s just a centimeter deeper, I can tell.  It’s progress.  I’m much stronger than when I started!  I know because I can clean a 38 pound bag of dog food, I couldn’t do that before!

Kajsa:  I’ve gotten stronger.

Who is your superhero?

Kerstin:  Kajsa.  I’m truly amazed by the athlete she has become.  She is focused and perseveres.  I can’t help smiling when I watch her.

Kajsa:  Addie because she’s awesome!

Fun fact about yourself?

Kerstin:  I was an exchange student in Sweden in 1988-89.  We went to the Soviet Union on a field trip.  My friend and I met some Soviet men on the street during the day and met them in a stairwell at night to trade jeans for Soviet memorabilia.  How am I still alive? 

Kajsa:  I love to bake.

What is most special about CFBF? 

Kerstin: I think everyone says this, but it’s true, the people and coaches.  It’s a welcoming community.  The coaches truly care about helping you get stronger and better.  They pay attention to everyone’s individual needs. 

Kajsa:  Everyone is super helpful and friendly.  And, Chris and Addie really help me build up to the weight I want and the with movements.

Advice for new members? 

Kerstin:  If you’re nervous, force yourself to keep coming back because it is worth it.  You’re stronger than you may think you are.  Everything can be scaled.  Don’t be afraid to answer questions.  If you cry, come back because people will act like it never happened. 

Kajsa:  Try your best.  Everyone has to be scaled down at times, not just you.  Don’t compare yourself to other people because maybe someone was scaled down but they were in another class and you didn’t see them.