Athlete of the Month (September) – Mark Chateauneuf

CFBF is proud to announce Mark Chateauneuf as CrossFit Bona Fide’s September Athlete of the Month!  Mark’s positive attitude and sense of humor make him a wonderful member of the CFBF family.  As you can tell from his responses below Mark has a knack for the written word and we hope others will find his experience honest, refreshing, and motivating!  Congrats Mark and keep up the great work!

 

CFBF Athlete of the Month (September) – Mark Chateaneuf


What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

None really. You know the kid in your school who always got picked last in gym class? That kid would have been picked before me. I was never much of an athlete growing up and never exercised at all until I joined the Army and for the record, joining the Army when you’re not physically fit is an awful idea. I was in terrible physical condition but my recruiter told me not to worry, Basic Training would get me into shape. What he neglected to tell me was how miserable it was going to be and that more than likely I wouldn’t survive the physical training. During PT, I would often bounce back and forth emotionally, first fearing that the running would kill me and then five or six miles later wishing that it finally would. I survived, but I developed a deep-seated hatred for working out. Short of lifting weights every now and then, I stayed away from physical activity as much as possible.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

Years of avoiding exercise finally caught up with me. I was close to 235 pounds and I realized (possibly too late) that I needed to make a change. After trying a number of different things, a friend of mine recommended a nearby CrossFit gym. I checked it out and found I liked the idea of constantly varied, functional fitness and even though I knew I would not be very good, I signed up. I discovered I loved CrossFit even though I sucked at it. Then I started a new job here in Portsmouth and I couldn’t attend classes there anymore so I had to say goodbye to my old gym and find a new home. It’s tough to leave a CrossFit box after you’ve been there for a while, but since I literally had to drive by CFBF to get home every day, I stopped in to visit and try a class. I think in my life I’ve only made eight really good decisions. Stopping in to CFBF that day was one of them. I’ll tell you about the other seven some other time. 

Most Memorable WOD?

The Filthy Fifty last January is the first one that comes to mind. I did it on my 50th birthday as a benchmark so I could see how much improvement I could make after a year of training. It was awful and I couldn’t finish in the time cap but l did discover how comfortable a concrete floor could be when I was done. I plan on doing the “Filthier Fifty-One” this January (see what I did there?) to see how much progress I’ve made, and you’re all welcome to join me if you’d like. I wouldn’t if I were you but the invitation is out there.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

The Dead Lift. I’m pretty good at it because I’m short and the barbell only has to come up off the ground a couple of feet. Not only that, it’s a lift that doesn’t require a lot of thought. You pretty much just grab the bar and you stand up or you don’t. I’m all about simple things.

Biggest Challenge?

The Pull-up. It has eluded me for quite some time, but I think I’m gaining on it. 

Biggest Improvement?

Attendance. CrossFit is very effective, but it’s not magical. If you don’t make the effort to come in you will not see any improvement and as I mentioned before, I struggled with that in the past. Now I try to make sure I come in at least four times a week and the results have been remarkable. Looking back, I wish I had figured this out in high school, would’ve helped a lot.

Who is Your Superhero?

My wife Lori. She is incredible and the hardest working person I know. For the last 28 years she has supported me in every foolish endeavor and stupid idea I’ve come up with. Without her I would have probably turned out to be a fat old drunk, instead of just fat and old.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

Back in the 80s, I was singer in a heavy metal band named Arson. You may have heard of us, we were pretty Awesome. I’m available to sign autographs if you want one.

What Most Special About CFBF?

I’m sure you could guess the answer to this question but I’ll say it anyway. It’s the people. The people here are simply amazing. The support and encouragement from coaches and the members here is nothing short of Awesome. If you have never been to another CrossFit affiliate and believe they are all like this one, you’re wrong. CrossFit Bona Fide is special, and it’s because of all of you.


Any Advice for New Members?

Just stick with it! Making the decision to do CrossFit was a big step but after a while you may start to get into a rut or life could start to get in the way. When this happens, magically a hundred reasons pop up why you can’t make it in. You don’t have time, you’re too busy, you need to get home and cook dinner. Blah blah blah… In the past I did this all the time and the result was making a little bit of progress, then having to start over when skipping one day turned into weeks and months. Don’t be like me! Schedule class into your day, make it a priority and get your butt in here! All you need to do is show up, the coaches will provide the training and we’ll all provide the support. There is no better feeling than walking out of the gym with the sense of accomplishment knowing that you just kicked butt and crushed a WOD. Many times that’s the best feeling you’ll have that day. Do it for you, you deserve it!

September Member of the Month – Gary Godtland

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CFBF September Member of the Month – Gary Godtland

Previous Fitness:

Not much the past 30 years. I sporadically would work out for a little while but didn’t usually make it past the 6 month mark.

Why CFBF:

Just lucky timing. I was at EMS and Bryant was out front, we started talking and he took me through the gym and I signed up then.   

First Memorable WOD:

I signed up for the Christmas Throwdown, which would be my 6th WOD.  It was an eye opener but I’m pretty sure that was also when I decided this might be right for me!

Favorite CrossFit Movement:

DEADLIFT!! It’s just you and the bar, pick it up and put it down. I never did it before CFBF and now it’s one of my happy places.

What Motivates you the most:

Different things do, sometimes it’s just me trying to better myself.  Other times, it’s trying to keep up with others.

Biggest Challenge:

FOCUS!  My whole life is is focus.

Biggest Improvement:

SQUIRREL!

Advice for New Members:

It is going to be hard. You will struggle at times. Just keep moving forward it will get better. Everybody here has been through it and will help push you to the end.

Who is Your Superhero:

Not sure I have one, probably Heather for dealing with me for 19 plus years.

Fun Fact about Yourself:

I still have a record collection maybe 500ish .

Favorite 2016 Open Workout:

16.3 I got my first muscle-ups (tore my hands all up but didn’t care) but I think 16.4 and doing the 55 deadlifts with my hands still tore up was my favorite.