Athlete of the Month (June) – Jill Portnoy Donaghy

Jill joined our community less than a year ago and we’re so proud of the progress she’s made since—and not just at the gym! She’s trail running, hiking mountains and competed in her first ever CrossFit Open.  Everyone has an athlete within them and Jill rediscovered hers this year! Congrats Jill, keep up the great work!

CFBF Athlete of the Month (June) – Jill Portnoy Donaghy

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?   

I was never much of an athlete….I played tennis in high school but mostly kept the bench warm! I never worked out consistently until I started CrossFit.   I decided to try CrossFit one day on a whim.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made!

Why Did You Join CFBF?

When I moved to Portsmouth from Connecticut last September, the first thing I did was look for a new CrossFit gym.  My friend had recommended CFBF and I am so grateful that he did.  Moving to a new place is not always easy, but finding this community has made all the difference.

Most Memorable WOD?

18.3.  When the workout was announced, I was bummed because the scaled version involved pull-ups.  Before this, I had only ever been able to do 1 pull-up (on a good day).  Somehow, I was able to get 17 in the workout!  They weren’t pretty, but I did it!

Favorite CrossFit Movement? 

Box Jumps 

Biggest Challenge? 

Double unders!

Biggest Improvement?     

My mindset.  I have done things that I would never have believed were possible when I started CrossFit on day one.  CrossFit has given me so much more confidence in all aspects of my life—from work to hiking with my husband.  I figure that if I can do CrossFit WODs, I can do anything!

Who is Your Superhero?

The coaches at CFBF are incredible.  Their dedication and hard work is inspiring.  Also, my husband who puts up with listening to me talk about CrossFit!  He is also the real athlete in our relationship and his work ethic is an inspiration! 

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I have spent a lot of time in jail…but never as an inmate (I’m a criminologist)!

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community! I am truly so grateful to have found CFBF when I moved to Portsmouth.  Everyone is so supportive and welcoming!  Even though I don’t love finishing workouts last, there is no better feeling than when the whole group cheers you on to the finish.  The amazing morning crew is what gets me up and going to the gym every morning! 

Any Advice for New Members?

Just keep showing up! If I can do this, anyone can! I couldn’t do a single push up when I started! Try not to compare yourself to other people.  It’s all about trying to be better than you were yesterday. And start writing down your times and weights so you can see how much you are improving! I wish I had done this when I started!

Athlete of the Month (June) – Shea Cook

We’re proud to name Shea Cook as our June Athlete of the Month!  Shea joined CFBF 1.5 years ago and she’s had a BIG impact on our community.  She works hard and knows how to have fun and, as a result, those around her work harder and have more fun too!  She’s a joy to coach because she is a coach (high school girls basketball team) and an athlete and she wants to get better every day.  Keep it up Shea!

CFBF Athlete of the Month (June) – Shea Cook

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

Played High School and College Basketball. I was never the fastest or strongest, but I was always the most competitive.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I had just moved to Portsmouth and having trouble finding a new gym community and routine. I was curious about the “CrossFit craze” and decided to give it a try. Although I was unsure about it during the intro classes, by the first month I was hooked. I loved the competitive yet supportive environment. It quickly became the highlight of my day.

Most Memorable WOD?

Definitely, The Lumber Jack 20! It was my first competition and I was so fortunate to have such an awesome partner, Becky! She was incredible and really got me to push myself the whole time. I never thought I could to an overhead squat till that competition.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Wall Balls

Biggest Challenge?

Still working on the strict pull-up!

Biggest Improvement?

I’ve learned to love my muscles and not worry about the number on the scale.

Who is Your Superhero?

All of the coaches. They care so much about every member and are cheering for you during every class! They inspire me each to work harder.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community. Each member has helped make Portsmouth feel at home. I genuinely look forward to seeing the people more than the workout!

Any Advice for New Members?

Pick a time and make it happen! Each class has a core group of great people that will push you each and everyday to be better. I would be a much grumpier teacher if I didn’t have my 6 am crew!