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CrossFitter of the Month – October 2014

Hey Folks!

This Month we couldn’t decide on just 1 person, so we had to choose two as the CrossFitters of the month!  They were 2 of the first people to go through our newly designed “fundamentals” and I think their dedication and progress has shown the high quality people that are drawn to our gym!  They are an inspiration to the whole gym, its’ trainers and members and they are always a pleasure to have in the gym.  This octobers “winners” are…

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Tammy & Colin!  Here are their answers to our questions!

Names: Tammy & Colin Veevers

Age:  Tammy – 37, Colin – 38

Occupation:  Tammy – Special Education Teacher, Colin – Teacher

What was your exercise experience prior to crossfit?

Tammy:  I have always been active. I grew up in an extended family where EVERYONE swam competitively. I have always loved running. I think that runTammyVning has helped me cope with the most challenging phases of my life. It has always been my ‘go to’. I have always loved downhill skiing and now spend almost every winter weekend on the slopes with my family.

Colin:  I played a lot of different sports growing up. I spent a lot of time playing competitive basketball and soccer for team sports and I ran track (100m, 200m and 4×100 relay) all through high school (my claim to fame at track was making it to the 100m final at OFSAA and thinking “Wow, I must be the fastest white guy in Ontario right now”). I also participate in a lot of outdoor recreation sports like kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and climbing.

How long have you been doing crossfit and why do you choose to crossfit?

Tammy:  I started CrossFit in March of this year after listening to Megan and Andrea talk about how awesome it was every day at work! I was struggling to attain any sort of work/life balance. I knew I had to find something that was physically demanding and that I was driven to do.

Colin:  Tammy and I joined crossfit just after the March Break this year so it has been about 7 months now. We were sporadically working out at a globogym, but I never seemed to be motivated enough to make it more than once or twice a week and I never felt like I was reaching any sort of potential. Even during our Fundamentals session I could tell that Crossfit was something that was going to be awesome. It had the ability to hold my focus and make me set goals (like learning new skills) and it also had the ability to motivate me to push hard during WODs. I was excited to show up at the gym every time I could.

 

What is your favorite part about crossfit?

Tammy:  That may be hard to narrow down. I love the whole ethos of the place. No one ever seems to be in a bad mood. I can have the worst day, show up at CrossFit and leave feeling completely elated (slam balls are great for that). No matter how much of a struggle a WOD may be, you know you can’t give up because the person sweating next to you won’t let that happen. I love that I always have goals that I am working on and that I am so driven to accomplish them. I feel better…stronger than I did. I was in a tough spot at work the other day and found myself thinking…I just cranked out 300 push ups this morning…I can deal with this… but damn my triceps hurt!

Colin:  There are a lot of great things about Crossfit and specifically Crossfit Sudbury. The constantly varied exercises/WODs definitely keep me motivated to push hard, the staff is awesome and always there to coach, support and encourage (which I find amazing, as I like getting feedback to help drive improvement), and the community of people that attend the gym make it a very welcoming, encouraging, fun, and a motivating place.

What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non crossfit related)

Tammy:  My kids. People will tell Colin and I how lucky we are to have such great kids. That’s like saying you’re lucky to be good at CrossFit. There may be some inherent good genes involved, but mostly it is patience, team work, dedication and a lot of hard work that pays off.

Colin:  The accomplishment that I am most proud of is having an amazing wife and 2 incredible kids in my life who are up for all sorts of adventures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFavorite workout or lift?

Tammy:  MURPH!!!!! I also really like Tabata and anything that involves endurance.

Colin:  I don’t know if I have a favourite workout yet, although I like seeing benchmark WODs come up so that I can monitor progress and gauge success. I also really enjoy the Olympic lifts. They constantly challenge me to improve my technique and mobility which provides me with excellent motivation to show up and work hard everyday I can.

Anything else you would like to share please feel free

Tammy:  I really appreciate the encouragement, patience, and expertise of all the coaches. I may not pick up on the first cue, or second, or tenth, but no one ever gives up on me. Thank you to all the staff who see their role at Sudbury Crossfit as more than just a job.

Colin:  I like that as much as you can celebrate your successes at Crossfit there are always other challenges ahead and goals to set. Currently improving my consistency on the box jump is something I am working towards.

Thanks so much for the great energy you bring to the gym and for being amazing role models for us all!  Keep up the great work!