JANUARY 2014 :: MISSY GAINES AND DAVID PEAL

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Missy&DavidI am super proud and thankful to be apart of the CrossFit Matters family! It has given me a sense of belonging. I am even more thankful for my coaches! Each day I arrive and see a group of supportive and friendly people working together and motivating each other to do their best.

1 :: How did you learn about CrossFit and when did you start with CrossFit Matters? I became familiar with CrossFit through my partner Patrick Dunn. I was lucky; he had done all of the legwork. Patrick had been studying up and researching different gyms for several months prior to us getting together. Before CrossFit, I had only used the gym for walking on the treadmill, and that was if I actually made it to the gym. I knew that I needed to change the way I was living; I needed a more active life to help with my quality of life. So, I was pretty much game for this new adventure. Definitely scared to start, but I had my buddy with me! We started at CrossFit Matters May 2012.

2 :: What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit Matters workout? Excitement! I was so surprised at myself, I was actually doing it! The last time I had worked up a sweat was maybe in 8thgrade playing volleyball or Bikram yoga, but nothing like this!

3 :: What matters to you about CrossFit? THE PEOPLE!!!! No matter if it’s a good numbers day or a not so good numbers day, I know I’m going to smile and laugh in class! Everyone is sooo supportive, I have never been apart of such a versatile group of people who care so much. CrossFit Matters = Community

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? I really enjoy SQUATS! Even a bit of SALLY here and there   Running is always a challenge for me, split jerk too.

5 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Playing with my dogs (sometimes dressing them up), hanging with my family, and movies.

6 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions for 2014? I’m pretty proud of myself each time I lift heavier or complete a WOD faster. I’m thankful to actually call myself an athlete. That’s big for me, from being a non-active person to being a CrossFitter, it’s a pretty cool thing for me to think about   As for 2014, I want to keep challenging my body and myself. I have a big list of to do’s, DU’s, unassisted pull ups, improve running speed, work on upper body strength, better split jerks, heavy strict press, I could go on and on. Lots to accomplish!

7 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? Whenever someone asks me about CrossFit, I gladly use myself as a prime example if they have any hesitation or doubt. If I could do it, you can do it! I also stress the importance of finding the right gym. To me, the biggest key was the power of the community, the support and encouragement I received at CrossFit Matters, especially from my coaches! I look forward to each and every class because I know I will see people who care. I believe community and CrossFit go hand in hand, that being said, I tell people CrossFit Matters takes the Gold for all around best box ever!

8 :: What is something others may not know about you? 12 years ago you could find me working in studio, welding, casting, and building stuff.

9 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? Pretty much any day at CrossFit or with CrossFit folks, is memorable! Lots of good times. I do know it always feels good when I’m running up the hill and I hear some enthusiastic words or encouragement or yell from across the room. Such good people!

10 :: Where would you like to be with your fitness in the next three years? I look forward to continuing this journey, getting stronger, physically and mentally. I have a real excitement as to what I can achieve if I set my mind to it. I hope for BIG WORK!

Missy&David2Fitness had not been a priority in my life until a few years ago. My wife is very involved in the fitness community in Kansas City as the manager of lululemon athletic on the Plaza. She has been exposed to all kinds of workout, knew my personality, and thought CrossFit would be a perfect fit. Over a year at CrossFit Matters and she was absolutely right! In my 14 months at CrossFit Matters I have learned how to suppress the little voice in my head saying, “you can’t do that.” The improvement in strength is only matched by that in mental toughness. The ability to test my physical and metal fortitude every day keeps me coming back for more. I love seeing the progression of benchmark WOD times and lift weights!!

1 :: How did you learn about CrossFit and when did you start with CrossFit Matters? My wife’s insistence that my personality would be a perfect match for CrossFit led me to CrossFit Matters in November of 2012. She was right, as she always is; I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit Matters!

2 :: What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit Matters workout? The first workout at CrossFit Matters left me exhilarated and confused. The high was unlike any other workout, and my body was wondering what just happened. As any beginner would, I struggled with Bear Complex. I realized how little I know about CrossFit, the movements, and my capabilities. The surface had just been scratched of what I could accomplish with CrossFit, so I was instantly hooked.

3 :: What matters to you about CrossFit? Two things about CrossFit matter to me the most: 1) Taking the time to invest in one of the most important things in life, my health and well being and 2) the amazing community that pushes and encourages every single member every day matter.

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? I love anything and everything barbell. The Clean & Jerk and Snatch skill work are my favorites. As for WODs, give me Nancy (OHS and Running) every day. I struggle with pull-ups and burpees (who doesn’t?).

5 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Chocolate milk after ever workout! And any food that’s in front of me: BBQ, Sushi, Mexican, Chinese, you name it.

6 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions for 2014? My most crowning achievements since starting CrossFit are improving my CrossFit Total by 75 lbs from December 2012 to August 2013, hitting 50 unbroken DUs right before New Year’s, and coming close to RX’ing most workouts. As for 2014 goals: RX every workout (damn pull-ups), improve CrossFit Total by another 75 lbs, and get FASTER at all workouts (here’s looking at you burpees).

7 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? There is no better time to start CrossFit than today. The quicker you start, the quicker you will start seeing improvements in your fitness, physique, abilities, confidence, and every day of your life.

8 :: What is something others may not know about you? During nicer weather, look for me riding my 1985 Honda Scooter around the Plaza!!

9 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? Improving my BRAN time by 30 seconds while RX’ing it for the first time in November. Seeing these kinds of marked, significant results is what keeps me coming back to CrossFit every single day.

10 :: Where would you like to be with your fitness in the next three years? My goals in the next three years include signing up for and hopefully doing well in a few CrossFit competitions. Down the road, due to my love of barbell movements, my goal is compete and coach Olympic lifting.

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