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. 

October Member of the Month – Becky Oleson

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CFBF October Member of the Month – Becky Oleson

Previous fitness:

I grew up playing sports. As an adult I’ve spent a lot of time hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and going to classes at the gym.

Why CFBF:

I was looking for a CrossFit gym. I came in and met with Bryant and loved his friendliness and the welcoming environment. That hooked me. Now it’s the family-like atmosphere and the high quality of coaching that keep me here.

First Memorable WOD:

It was the shortened version of Cindy in the on-ramp class. I thought I was in decent shape and quickly found out that I wasn’t!

Favorite CF moment:

Definitely the Lumberjack 20 that I just did last weekend. I was able to hit the overhead squats that I’ve been struggling with and also pull-ups with no band. After it was over one of the judges came over and complimented me. That was awesome!

What motivates you the most:

Even if I don’t feel like going I know I’ll see friends that will motivate me to do my best. I’ve never gotten there and wished I hadn’t gone.

Biggest challenge:

Right now I’d say toes to bar and overhead squats. Those are the goats that I’ve been working on.

Biggest improvement:

I started Weight Watchers in May and drastically improved my eating habits. Even before I started losing weight I noticed that I was feeling faster and stronger in all the workouts. Now that I’ve lost 10 lbs. everything seems easier than it did before – especially pull-ups.

Advice for new members:

Don’t be intimidated and ask questions. We’re all here to help each other and we were all new members at one time so we understand what you’re feeling. And definitely stick with it because you’ll be amazed at what your body can do.

Who is your Superhero:

Definitely Wonder Woman. And all the strong women at the gym who motivate me.

Fun fact about yourself:

I’m a grandmother and I ride a motorcycle with a tribe of other women.

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