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.

 

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!

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.

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

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!).