Athlete of the Month (February) – Brianne Perry

Please join us in congratulating Brianne Perry as our February Athlete of the Month!  We love Brie’s energy and enthusiasm every time she comes into the gym!  Keep up the great work!  We also love this quote from Brie,”I used to workout to burn off stress and stay ‘thin’; now, I absolutely love getting stronger and pushing my mental and physical limits”.   Keep reading below to hear about Brie’s experience at CFBF this past year.  And if you’re interested in trying CrossFit our next Beginner’s Course starts on February 6th!

 

CFBF Athlete of the Month (February) – Brianne Perry

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

I danced competitively and played travel soccer year-round growing up. I also attempted volleyball for a bit and ran cross country. Once in college, I played pretty much every intramural for fun. Broomball for the win!

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I received an email at work advertising the beginner’s course and I had completely misinterpreted it as a 30-day fitness and nutrition program (and neglected to realize it was CrossFit, despite the location quite literally having the word CrossFit in the name). At the time, I was struggling hard to find a workout routine that stuck and was mostly running and taking occasional kickboxing classes. I figured I’d sign up, use what I learned and then get back to going to the gym. Four weeks later, I was hooked on CrossFit and the CFBF community.

Most Memorable WOD?

My first open workout, 17.1. So. Much. Adrenaline. I definitely blacked out. Also, how could I forget my first tequila burpee afterward?

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

All the burpees. Handstand pushups are also WAY too much fun.

Biggest Challenge?

Snatches, my nemesis.

Biggest Improvement?

This is going to be really corny, but quite literally everything. Even my mindset with fitness completely shifted. When I started, I could barely back squat with weight and after the coaches corrected my form, I couldn’t do a single push-up properly (I quite literally flopped on my face). Last summer at a race, I was able to help someone else flip a 200 lb. tire when they couldn’t on their own. I had been in their shoes a year before and it was pretty darn exciting to be on the other side lending a hand. I used to work out to burn off stress and stay ‘thin’.  Now, I absolutely love getting stronger, pushing my mental and physical limits and genuinely cannot wait to go to class because it’s a blast.

Who is Your Superhero?

Batman, obviously, and definitely my parents. My mom is the definition of selfless and my dad has such an incredibly strong work ethic.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I’ve danced on stage in Disney World.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community, without a doubt. CFBF feels like my second home. I’ve dragged my mom with me to class when she’s visiting from out of town and as someone who never used to be into working out, she typically despises group settings. Even she absolutely loves it here because the members and coaches are so welcoming.

Any Advice for New Members?

Compare against yourself and keep coming! My first couple of classes were INCREDIBLY intimidating, but that quickly subsided. The workouts never get easier, but things start to click and the sense of accomplishment and progress you’ll make along the way is indescribable.

Athlete of the Month (February) – Laura Halsey

CFBF Athlete of the Month (February) – Laura Halsey

We are so proud of this strong mama’s commitment, drive and strength!  She continued to come into CFBF for workouts before, during and after her first pregnancy and always works hard. Congrats Laura on being CFBF’s Athlete of the Month and Happy Birthday!  So honored to have you part of the CFBF community.  Read more about Laura below…

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background? 

I have always been active and made physical fitness a priority. Prior to joining CFBF in February of 2015 I was really into running. I logged many training runs with Brad (where he frequently talked about CrossFit). My favorite race length was a 5k and I was fairly competitive in the local races.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I was really intimidated to try CrossFit. Once I finally started, I was immediately hooked. My knee was bothering me running and CrossFit was a new challenge. I really like competing with myself. CrossFit is a great place for this.

Most Memorable WOD?

There have been a lot of memorable WODs. I really enjoy the Hero WODs. They are challenging and it feels good knowing you are doing them in honor of someone who has served our country.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Burpees

Biggest Challenge?

Snatches

Biggest Improvement?   

Pull ups

Who is Your Superhero?

All of the athletes at CFBF that push me each and every WOD.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

A couple years ago I came in 2nd place in the Seacoast Road Race Series. But more importantly I’m pretty good at making drinks.

What Most Special About CFBF?

I’ve been a member for 2 years and love it!  The coaches are amazing. They are extremely knowledgeable and know what is going on with each member. I have always loved the positive atmosphere at CFBF and it really feels like a second family.

Any Advice for New Members?

Just keep coming!