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 (May) – Anne & Joe Persechino

Ok, we’re doing something a little different this month.  We have some amazing families at CFBF, and this month, we thought we’d highlight one super strong pair, Annie & Joe!  Not only are these two extremely dedicated, strong and focused athletes but they are actively involved in our CFBF community.  They are always there to help out, cheer on and support in any way that they can.  They have made such an impact on everyone that enters our gym and are great role models for all of us, including their two kids.  Congrats to Annie & Joe on being named our May Athletes of the Month!  Read their interview below to get to know them more. #fitfam

CFBF Athletes of the Month (May) – Annie & Joe Persechino

What is your athletic/fitness background?

Annie: I have always enjoyed being active!  As a kid, I grew up biking, swimming, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors in NH.  In high school, I played field hockey, and was very involved in the nordic ski community, skiing for both my high school team and a private club team on the weekends.  As an adult pre-children, I spent most weekends hiking in the White Mountains with Joe and our dog, Wiley.  Joe and I have also done some rock and ice climbing together, our biggest adventure (again, pre-kiddos) being a mountaineering trip in Peru where we summited Pisco Este, an 18,600 foot mountain in the the Cordillera Blanca. 

Joe: I played youth soccer and hockey for one year each. After being a bit intimidated by group sports (was it because I was always picked next to last for kick-ball?), I went off on my quest to be a ninja. Six years of Kenpo Karate later, I decided the outdoors was a better place to find my spirituality and fitness. Backpacking lead to rock and ice climbing, which then lead on to full-on mountaineering. After having kids, and realizing day-long trips were hard enough, never mind weeks-long expeditions, I needed to find something else. Running wasn’t the answer.

Why did you join CFBF?

Annie: I came to CFBF somewhat reluctantly, and after much urging from my husband.  He had started it a few months prior, and was immediately hooked. I was skeptical, and nervous!  As a new mom, I had stopped exercising almost completely, and after three years of virtually zero unnecessary physical activity, I felt out of shape, unprepared, and intimidated!  That all changed, though, the minute I walked into the box. The coaches were warm, welcoming, and encouraging, and the community was diverse, supportive, and inspiring.  Needless to say, I am now hooked, too!  I can honestly say joining CFBF was one of the best decisions of my adult life. Not only do I feel like my active self again, I am also mentally and physically stronger and have more confidence than ever before!  And I have made so many amazing friends!

Joe: One of my co-workers and fellow CFBF member, Brad kept prodding me to try it. After he organized a trial class for a bunch of us at work, I was hooked.

Most Memorable WOD?

Annie: Probably 17.2 in this year’s Open.  I did my first muscle-up the day before, and then I was able to get 6 muscle-ups in the workout.  It feels amazing to be learning new skills and applying them to competitions at age 35! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. 

Joe: Oh, there’ve been many! Bergeron Beep Test, The Seven, 16.1, 17.1, the list could keep going. However, one of the ones during my first month sticks with me. It was super simple: 4 rounds for time, 400 m run, 40 air squats. The coaches encouraging me to go all out was what made it memorable.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Annie: Pistols!  I’m still waiting for Dave Castro to announce 100 pistols for time. Maybe next year???

Joe: Snatch.

Biggest Challenge?

Annie: Definitely double-unders!  I was proud of myself for completing the entire open Rx for the first time this year, but I barely finished 17.5 under the time cap.  Anyone who was unfortunate enough to witness me bumble through this can attest: it was NOT pretty.

Joe: Snatch.

Biggest Improvement?

Annie: I’ve made a lot of progress this year with gymnastic movements.  From handstand push-ups to muscle-ups, a lot is finally beginning to “click.”

Joe: Deadlift.

Who is your superhero?

Annie: My grandmother. Whatever she set out to do in life, my grandmother did with a quiet, determined passion. A first generation American, she was captain of her high school’s women’s diving team, and a dedicated violinist. After she was decorated for her services as a field hospital nurse in WWII, she went on to raise three children and provide love and inspiration for her three grandchildren. Although she lost her final battle to cancer when I was thirteen, she lived a full and meaningful life, and was the epitome of strength and grace. 

And speaking of strong women, another superhero of mine is Coach Addie Rae!  Addie is an amazing athlete, coach, and friend, who inspires me every day to be the strongest and best version of myself. 

Last but certainly not least, is my husband, Joe.  He works his butt off in at the office, in the gym, on the little league field, and around the house to make sure everyone in our family is happy, healthy, and loved.  He has seemingly endless amounts of energy, and a contagious enthusiasm for life in general.  I am a truly lucky woman; I couldn’t hope for a better life partner!

Joe: My children. Their courage, persistence, and kindness inspire me to be a better person every day.

Fun fact about yourself?

Annie: I love to read and write and hang out with teenagers all day (seriously!), but I also love almost any and all activities that yield tangible results.  I am pretty crafty!  I used to paint houses for a summer job, and I really enjoy painting. I think I’ve painted every room in our house at least once.  I also enjoying quilting; I’ve made quilts for friends and family, including baby quilts for both of my kids.

Joe: I spent a summer on the Big Island of Hawaii studying Hawaiian ‘Ohana, while living in a guest house at a Buddhist Monastery. I commuted to school in a matte black 1979 Chevy Nova, and worked at a local dairy milking cows to help pay the bills.

What is most special about CFBF?

Annie: The coaches and the community make this place great.  I have never been excited to go to a gym until joining CFBF.  Now I literally look forward to it all day.  I know I’ll get to challenge myself in new and fun ways, but more importantly, that I’ll get to do this while having fun with my friends.  I can be having the worst day in the world, and then I go to the WOD, and it’s like I’ve hit a reset button.  It recharges me and enables me to kick ass at parenting, teaching, and the rest of my life!

Joe: It’s truly been life changing for me. The coaches, community, triumphs and challenges are something I look forward to everyday.

Any advice for new members?

Annie: Just do it!  Don’t be nervous or intimidated, and stop making excuses! This is seriously the best and most supportive community I’ve ever been a part of.  As a new mom and a full time teacher, I spent years listening to my own excuses.   I “didn’t have time” to fit in an exercise routine, CrossFit was too expensive and too intense, I was too out of shape.  For the first year, my goal was just to show up three times a week and do the work. Now, I’m coming in 4-5 times a week, doing competitions, and working on my weaknesses in open gym.  I can’t NOT afford to come, and neither can you!  We all want to see every member succeed, and if you commit to this gym, you will be amazed by the results and friendships that will ensue!

Joe: Trust the coaches, be patient and just keep showing up!