Beth Coolidge

Beth Coolidge

2019-05-07

Meet… Beth Coolidge

Beth joined us in November of 2017 as part of our New You Challenge.  She is very dedicated and making great advances in her health – including an increase in her bone density!  You will often see Beth and her husband, Clint working out in our evening classes.

We asked Beth about her experience at CFM, here’s what she had to say:

 

1. What do you like about workout out at CF Mass.?

What I like about the workouts is that they can be hard but can always be scaled to my ability – I can challenge myself but don’t have to compete with what another athlete is able to do. There is so much camaraderie I never feel like I can’t keep up

2. What have you done that you never thought you could do?

I never thought I could do olympic style lifting- which I love, never thought I would dead lift my body weight!

3. What is your next goal?

My next goal is real push ups, not elevated. I started on this journey late in life but still think I can reach goals like this!

4. What is your favorite CF Mass memory?

Early on I was having some trouble with my form and back squats- one of the coaches stood with me, talked me through it, helped me correct my form and I hit a  PR. Everyone working out stopped and cheered me on as I made the lift. The support you get from everyone is amazing. I have made wonderful friends since starting at CFM. The coaches are great, the other athletes are amazing.

5. What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?

Face your fear! your health and well being will improve beyond anything you could have imagined! If you care about your health you will be hanging out with like minded people who will help you on your journey.

John Cain

John Cain

2019-03-31

Athlete of the Month – John Cain

 

John Cain joined us in March of 2017 and  is a dedicated morning attendee that puts in the work making it in Monday through Friday (unless he was at a Patriots game the night before). John is remarkably consistent, isn’t afraid of hard work, and has a good motor.  He’s very helpful with new athletes, and encourages others. John is also part of a bowling team – candlepin only because that’s the only real bowling in his eyes.  :p

He and his wife Rachel are expecting a new addition to their family, a baby girl! His son Jack is super excited!

Some recent PR’s

325 Sumo Deadlift

335 Conventional Deadlift

185 Floor Press

We asked John about his experience at CFM:

CFM: What do you like about workout out at CF Mass.?

JC: The Coaches

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?

JC: Static dips and 1 pull-up, lol

CFM: What’s your next goal?

JC:To deadlift 350, and lose about 20 pounds

CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?

JC:Anyone can workout here.  They scale to every fitness level

Lisa Rodgers

Lisa Rodgers

2019-02-28

Athlete of the Month: Lisa Rodgers

 


CFM: What do you like about workout out at CF Mass?

LR: The Coaching Staff and the program are all solid; all the people are inspiring and fun!

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?

LR: Box jumps

CFM: What is your next goal?

LR: Consecutive DUs

CFM: What was your favorite part of the New You Challenge?

LR: Besides the camaraderie, it would be how quickly I saw results. Encouraging, and satisfying.

CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?

LR: I was afraid, too, but it was a great group of people, and the coaches helped me “get out of [my] head. “ That’s when good things started happening—gained strength and lean muscle, increased endurance, and got off meds.

Jason Burgess

Jason Burgess

2019-03-13

Athlete of the Month – Jason Burgess

In 2016 Jason underwent knee surgery to repair damage to his ACL, MCL, meniscus, and cartilage. Growing up he had always been active in playing soccer. But the operation diminished his activity levels, and traditional gym workouts were getting boring.  Understandably his energy levels dropped, and the scale started to creep up.

Then last fall Jason came to CrossFit Mass. After meeting with our coaches, he got to work.

In 6-weeks he

— lost 6.8 pounds of fat

— put on 5.7 pounds of muscle — dropped almost 3% body fat!

We asked Jason to tell us a little more about his experience at CFM:

CFM: What do you like about workout out at CF Mass.?
JB: I like working out and competing in a group atmosphere. It pushes me to work harder not only during the work out but also during training. I like that the coaches are always watching and correcting our exercises.

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?
JB: Starting CrossFit the mobility in my knee was not 100% so I was a little nervous about doing some of the exercises. Taking it slow and getting the movements down has not only increased my confidence in my knee but also my mobility and strength.

CFM: What’s your next goal?
JB: My goal is to be able to work out at a higher level and complete the RX movements for each work out.

CFM: What was your favorite part of the JumpStart program?
JB: My favorite part of the Jump Start program is learning the movements and the reasons behind the movements. The classes are small and the coaching staff is teaching you and watching your every move to make sure that you’re exercising correctly.

CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?
JB: The Jump Start program is the best way to enter into a new type of working out. The coaches train you at your level. There are different movements for every fitness level and scaling the movements to match your fitness and gaining muscle, weight loss and mobility is sure to happen for you no matter where your fitness level is. Jump Start is a full body fitness and the coaches are more like personal trainers during your sessions and give you the time that you need to explain the movements so that you won’t hurt yourself and to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your sessions. I recommend this program for anyone that has goals of losing weight or becoming more physically fit.

 

 

Danny Giampa

Danny Giampa

2016-03-10

Athlete of the Month: Danny Giampa

Member since March 2014.
 

CFM: What do you like about the workouts at CrossFit MASS?

DG: I like that the workouts have a lot of variety and drive me to push myself to find out what my personal “best” is for the WOD everyday.  Also having the coaches there to give you what you need (instruction, tips, life saving info) is a big plus to me.  
 

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?

DG: I’d have to say the whole experience so far has been something I never thought I would/could do.  I’ve always been a very active person, but I never thought about lifting weights, working out in groups, or any of that.  So walking through the door the first time to give it a go was a big thing for me.
 

CFM: What’s your next goal?

DG: I don’t think there is enough space to list all of my goals, but the main one is increasing the chin ups to hopefully do a pull up!  It’s going to happen, eventually.
 

CFM: What’s your favorite CrossFit MASS memory?

DG: This one is tough.  I don’t think I can pick just one.  Every week there are new, fun memories made from attending classes with a bunch of awesome people. Whether they’re bringing paleo goodies, obsessed with Ryan Gosling, or chasing you around the gym telling you to get your butt over to the rig and work on your chin ups. Everyday is always something. 🙂
 

CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?

DG: Stop being afraid and start being productive!  The results you earn, and experiences you gain will make you wonder why you didn’t start sooner.  So just start now and you’ll be thankful you did.

 

Erica Megrew

Erica Megrew

2016-01-25

Athlete of the Month: Erica Megrew

Member since January 2013

  

CFM: What do you like about working out at CrossFit MASS?

EM: There are so many things that I love about working out at CrossFit MASS!  I’m still always learning – a new movement, an interesting weight complex, varying mobility work, etc.  The workouts are well planned and challenging and I find that I don’t want to miss a workout simply out of curiosity.  The addicting part also is that you can see progress, even compared to previous weeks. It’s a huge motivation that keeps me coming back each week. Most importantly, I love the people – there’s nothing like a tough workout that can bring people together.

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?

EM: I never thought I could do any of it!  I barely knew what CrossFit was when I first started.  My first day at the gym was intimidating, people doing pull-ups, large amounts of weights being moved around, people jump roping at high speeds, rowers being spun up at a high pace, it was all chaotic!  I had never picked up a barbell before that day.  I am amazed that after the first year, I could do all of these things. In learning each new skill and lifting heavier weights, I love doing a workout and feeling good about how far I’ve progressed since that day one.

CFM: What’s your next goal?

EM: I have to pick just one goal???  Butterfly pull-ups, handstand push-up, muscle-up (I narrowed it down to 3).  In the end, I’m happy to just keep progressing on all fronts – strength, skills, and overall fitness.

CFM: What’s your favorite CrossFit MASS memory?

EM: One of my favorite memories is the night that Pam and I got PR’s for the back squat at 225#.  We had been working out together, building strength, and pushing each other to improve.  So it was an exciting and rewarding moment.

Diane T

Diane T

2015-08-31

CFM: What do you like about working out at CrossFit MASS? DT: What’s not to like? I love that the workouts are always different and never boring. CrossFit MASS is the first ‘gym’ I’ve belonged to that I’ve
consistently gone to and have actually been excited to do so. On top of that, the coaches and other members are always encouraging and
supportive and are great to spend time with.

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?
DT: Specifically talking about CrossFit – pull-ups. I had given up on them a few years before I joined and was so happy when I finally accomplished
them.
A little outside the gym – a Spartan Beast! I did my first 3 mile Spartan Race in 2012 which included an asthma attack, a lot of tears, and a promise
that I would never sign up for one of those races again. Fast forward 3 years and I have finished a 13+ mile Spartan Race and will complete my
Spartan Trifecta by the end of the summer. I would never be able to accomplish this without CrossFit.

CFM: What’s your next goal?
DT: Double unders! It’s a goal that I’ve been putting off for a while, but I need to get back to it!
CFM: What’s your favorite CrossFit MASS memory?
DT: My favorite memory at CrossFit MASS was the day I got my first chin-ups. Chin-ups/pull-ups were my initial goal when I joined as they had been
holding me back from a long term goal at trapeze. Much to my surprise that day, not only did I do a chin-up, but did a 10# weighted chin-up!

Tom Licciardello

Tom Licciardello

2014-12-11

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CFM: What do you like about workouts out at CrossFit MASS?
TL: The single most important part for me is the coaching. Knowing that the coaches are always watching out for correct form to avoid injury is extremely important and proper form accelerates strength development.
 
CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?
TL: I haven’t lifted weights since my college wrestling days. Despite my struggles with improving my
technique, I’m amazed at my progress.
 
CFM: How has CrossFit MASS helped you with your OCR prep?
TL: OCR is all about testing strength, especially upper body, stamina, and overcoming fear. Carrying 60 pound sandbags up a ski slope, climbing ropes, negotiating monkey bars, lifting 100 pound cement balls, and more would be impossible without the strength training I get at CrossFit MASS….and, yes, thank heaven for all those squats!
 
CFM: What’s your next goal?
TL: I’m fortunate to participate in many of the crazier OCR events with my daughter. Our goal this year was to attain a “double trifecta” at Spartan. That requires competing in a Spartan Sprint (about 4-5 miles), a Super (about 9 miles) and a Beast (12-17 miles). We attained our first trifecta when we completed the Spartan World Championship in Vermont – 9 hours 26 minutes of torture! Proud to say I was 5th in my age group. We just completed the S Carolina Beast last Saturday (2nd in my age group), followed by the Spartan Super (1st in my age group) on Sunday…long weekend! Next is the Spartan Fenway to complete my double trifecta.
 
CFM: What’s your favorite CrossFit MASS memory?
TL: The first time I saw Christy!
CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?
TL: CrossFit is a custom designed program that can improve the strength of anyone. The workouts can be scaled and the classes are without judgment (except when my form is not perfect!).

Kara Guinee

Kara Guinee

2014-10-21

CFM: What do you like about workout out at CrossFit MASS?

KG: I like how each work out is different and the trainers work with me to make sure I don’t hurt myself.

CFM: What have you done that you never thought you could do?

KG: Getting closer to actually being able to do a push up.

CFM: What’s your next goal?

KG: To actually do a real push up and someday a pull up.

CFM: What’s your favorite CrossFit MASS memory?

KG: The day I went to class with John & Joseph (my sons) and they had to do burpees for throwing me under the bus for being late.  All of the guys were telling them never to throw their mother under the bus!

CFM: What would you tell someone who was afraid to join?

KG: I think CrossFit has a reputation for being really difficult and not doable for for those of us who aren’t already in pretty good shape. CrossFit MASS is great because the trainers really watch out for you and they want you to do what you can do and build on that. No one is comparing you to anyone else and everyone is actually very supportive of each