Athlete of the Month (August) – Tietjen Hynes

Tietjen is one tough and determined lady!  She never gives up and always works hard to accomplish her many goals—getting double-unders or that strict pull-up (chest-to-bar up next)!  She always cheers on and encourages other athletes and even helps us accomplish any engineering project around the box.  She’s one of the OG’s of CFBF and an integral member of our community.  We’re happy to recognize her as our August Athlete of the Month! Congrats, Tietjen and keep up the awesome work!

CFBF Athlete of the Month (August) – Tietjen Hynes

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?   

As a kid, I was super uncoordinated (ok… not much has changed there). I didn’t really dig into fitness until high school, when I discovered rowing. I competed as a rower in high school and in college. After that I just worked out casually in normal gyms until I walked into Bona Fide.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I won a free month at a health fair at work!

Most Memorable WOD?

Filthy Fifty was the first WOD I ever did Rx. I finished the workout 4 seconds before the time cap and I was so excited! I definitely didn’t think I would make it right up until I hit the last double-under.

Favorite CrossFit Movement? 

This may not be a sexy movement like snatch or HSPU, but… definitely box jumps. I love box jumps, I feel like they never let me down and whenever I see them in a workout I know I’m going to have a great day.

Biggest Challenge? 

Strict Press. My strict press has gone up by a whopping 1.5 pounds since my first year of CrossFit. Before we got the fractional plates, I once added 6 clips to a bar just to hit a PR.

Biggest Improvement?    

Probably my bicep veins, they have really become outstanding in the last year or so.

Who is Your Superhero?

Rogue

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I enjoy home renovation and I have a barnful of tools.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community. I’ve been to a few other boxes since I drank the koolaid, and people will smile at each other and say hi. I haven’t been to any others where they have the kind of tight knit and caring community that the CFBF coaches have nurtured here. I love seeing you guys every day, and there’s no better feeling than cheering someone on when they are crushing a workout or hitting a new movement or a PR. Having my “crossfriends” around makes difficult goals seem achievable every day.

Any Advice for New Members?

Scale for success. Everyone in the gym has struggled to finish a warm up, or been totally crushed by a workout with the training bar. If you pick the right scale for your body and the goals of the WOD, you will get stronger every day and you will be amazed when you look back at how far you have come!