Member of the Month

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Chris Norris - April 2018

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When did you start CrossFit and why did

you decide to try it?

I started CrossFit in 2013 after I moved from IL to AZ. My parents had been doing CrossFit for several years but I wasn’t interested. Eventually, I grew tired of the monotonous globo gyms and final gave CrossFit a try with my dad. I have been hooked ever since,

What is your favorite part about working out?
I am extremely competitive, so CrossFit scratches that itch. I love pushing myself to the brink and being able to fight through pain. Morgan has dubbed it “Blackout Chris.”

What’s your favorite movement/workout?

I favor bodyweight and gymnastic movements. I love playing on the rings and pull-up bars. I want to master the pegboard! One day I’ll be a Ninja Warrior. That being said, I do love outlandish strongman training.

What is your least favorite?

Anything with a kettlebell or deadlifts during a WOD. Kettlebells bore me and heavy deadlifts during a workout can get spicy!

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What is your favorite experience or PR
moment at Goose Island?


The 2017 South Loop Games. It was my first competition with Morgan and our team was competing with/against two other teams from Goose. Most of the Goose community was there to cheer us all on. It was a BLAST!

What’s something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?  

It’s not that I thought I would never be able to do it, but early on in CrossFit I was very against the kipping and butterfly movement. I was ignorant in thinking that these techniques didn’t build strength and that they were just 1an easier way to perform a movement. I was very, very wrong. My stubbornness prevented me from opening up to coaching and developing these techniques for years. Not no more! Moral of the story: Be open to learning and development. Listen to your coaches.

It’s never too late.

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What’s your advice to someone just starting out at GICF?

Don’t get wrapped up in the numbers! For a long time, I was so determined to hit PRs and lift heavy weights rather than perfect my form and technique on lifts and movements. It can be tedious at times, but focusing on the proper technique and building a foundation for your strength with lead to long- term growth and success. Slow and steady! Trust the process! Also, there’s ore in the tank than what you might think. As for the community, don’t worry about fitting in or making friends. There’s a spot for everyone in this amazing motley crew.

What’s the best thing about GICF?

Of all the great and amazing things, the community. Period.

One thing that would surprise up about you?

My go-to fun fact is that I’m a certified scuba diver, but I’ve already used that line at Goose before. Our dog George (female) is named after George Costanza from the all-time greatest TV sitcom, Seinfeld.

What is your sports background?

I played soccer and baseball until college. I played all sorts of rec sports throughout college. I played rec league softball in AZ for four years (won two championships). I will dabble with any sport or activity that I come across.

What is something we don’t already know about Morgan?

This is the best questions by far! Not surprising to anyone, Morgan is 100% the same open, genuine person at home that everyone sees and interacts with at the gym. She’s a helluva cook/baker. She loves vacuums and the art of vacuuming. She reads like her life depends on it. Sleeping is her super power. And she’s an amazing role model, teacher and leader for children (and adults). I love her!

2018 Goals?

Learn to French braid hair because Morgan hates doing it herself. Compete RX in a CF Competition with Morgan. Continue to work on technique and explosiveness for my lifts. Perform a strict bar muscle up, improve everydays movements with my left side (hands, feet, etc.) and run the Chicago Marathon with Morgan under 4 hours!

Jay Koch - March 2018

 

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Why did you decide to try CrossFit?

I wanted to become stronger and challenge myself. I tend to workout better in groups, so CrossFit seemed more appealing than just a gym membership.

What is your favorite part about working out?

Seeing my progress. I’m my own biggest critic so when I accomplish a fitness goals or do well at a workout it feels pretty great.

What's your favorite movement?

Pull ups! Those are fun.

What is your least favorite?  Rowing… it’s just kinda gross.

What's something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?

 I  don’t think there is anything that I thought I could “never” do, just things I couldn’t do yet.

What are your 2018 Goals?

Do a handstand, 2 muscle ups, 20 pull ups, 200lb Back Squat,160lb Front Squat, 240lb Deadlift.

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What has been your favorite experience or PR moment at Goose Island?

One time John didn’t make fun of me for a whole class.

What's something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?

I don’t think there is anything that I thought I could “never” do, just things I couldn’t do yet.

What is your advice to someone just starting out at
Goose Island CrossFit?

Don’t come in with excuses about why you can’t do something; let it be your size, gender, or your schedule, it doesn’t matter. If you want it, make it happen.   

What is your favorite thing about Goose Island?

The motivation you receive from everybody. It’s a

positive environment and you’re surrounded by people

who want to help you succeed.

What is your sports background? 

I played softball from elementary school until 8th grade and then I played rugby for a quarter in college.

One thing that would surprise us about you?

I’m only 21. Apparently some people don’t know and it can be rather shocking for them when they find out

What do you do for work?

I’m an electrician and lighting designer for concerts/theatre.

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Lluvia Rodas 

                     Lluvia completed her first triathlon in the fall of 2017. We couldn't be more proud to have her at GICF. 

                    Lluvia completed her first triathlon in the fall of 2017. We couldn't be more proud to have her at GICF. 

 

Why did you decide to try CrossFit? I came across a suggested post on social media (Facebook) and I had been interested in bettering my overall health for some time.  I found myself struggling to be self-motivated and lacked direction. What I truly needed was a structured and fun environment where I felt comfortable and accepted.

What is your favorite part of working out? I think that the challenge of pushing myself to no limit is the most exciting part of the workout. I enjoy seeing myself progress in a way that I thought was unimaginable. Success, reaching and surpassing my goals, post-workout endorphins and, of course, the RESULTS are what keeps me coming back for more!

What is your favorite workout or movement? Rowing. It activates my whole body. It's the easiest for me to get in my zone so time passes quickly.

What is your least favorite? The ones that challenge me the most! Pull ups and Hand Stand Pushups, even scaled, are difficult. These test my physicality because I never really used my arms and those muscles in that way. But they are also the most rewarding when I succeed at them, which I thought would be impossible for me.

What has been your favorite experience or PR moment at Goose Island? Going back to my least favorite workout, being able to hang and pull my knees to my chest was my favorite PR moment. As for the experience, aside from winning the challenge, being able to fit in with this awesome group of supporting peers has been the best thing for me.

What is something you can do now that you thought you would never be able to do? Three words: 5am workouts! Pulling myself out of bed at 4am to boss up at the gym definitely was NOT something I've ever dreamt of doing. Ever.

What is your advice to someone just starting out CrossFit? I would tell them to not be discouraged. Keep your head up and even if it feels like it's getting overwhelmed just know that it gets easier! Everyone started at the beginning and you are not the only one who struggles at certain exercises.

What is your favorite thing about Goose Island? Goose Island has been the perfect fit for me. I love how supportive all the members and coaches have been. There's no judging here. I can be myself comfortably here. The music choices are a plus too! Everyone seems to be on the same page with that as well!

One thing that would surprise us about you: I love rap music and I'm really good at fantasy basketball. Also, that my boyfriend plays a huge role in my success at Goose Island. He has been supporting me, pushing me and cooking/prepping my meals for me!

 

Andy Schumacher 

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Why did you decide to start CrossFit?

I was bored with my normal workout routine and was interested in how I could incorporate gymnastics into my adult life.

What’s your favorite benchmark or movement?  Open workout 15.5—Thrusters and Rowing.

What’s your least favorite? Open workout 15.5—Thrusters and Rowing.

What’s been your favorite experience of PR moment at Goose Island? 

Anytime I feel like I contributed to someone doing something they previously couldn’t.

What’s something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do? 

Double unders—they were a struggle for a long time.

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Post Halloween WOD 2016

What is your favorite part about working out? 

Stress relief. There’s something about exerting yourself to the point of crapping your pants that helps take your mind off of that work presentation you have to give.

What is something that might surprise us about you?

I am half Chinese, speak fluent German but look Hispanic...

What is your sports background?

High school gymnastics and wrestling. I was a terrible wrestler and I always had trouble making weight so I quit after 2 years.

What do you do for work?

Design engineering for a company that makes bicycle components – shifters, derailleurs, brakes, etc.

How have you stayed consistent and dealt with injury?

I often experienced problems due to lack of mobility in my hips and I wasn’t dedicating time to stretch. I now practice yoga at least twice a week and make stretching a daily priority.

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What is your advice to someone just starting out at Goose Island CrossFit?

1) Listen to your body—CrossFit is hard. Make sure you take time to let your body recover when it needs and dedicate time to stretch. You’ll feel better and have a much better chance of avoiding injury.

2) Don’t get hung up—it’s easy to get frustrated when you see other people doing things you haven’t mastered yet. You’ll get there. Never forget where you started and how far you’ve already come. Always try to have fun and maybe drink a beer or three every now and again.

What was your favorite thing about Goose Island? 

The people. I feel comfortable within this great community GI has built and can just be myself without worrying about being judged. I always look forward to coming to the gym and I can’t say that for other places I’ve worked out.

Morgan Powell

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What is your athletic background?

In college I played lacrosse and field hockey. After graduating I got into distance running. The 6 week challenge was a great opportunity to continue doing CrossFit and challenging myself in a new way.

Why did you decide to try CrossFit? I tried CrossFit for the first time with my boyfriend and fell in love.

What's your favorite movement or lift? Favorite movement/lift: front squat

What is your least favorite? Snatch

What is your favorite part about working out?

I love how you let go of all of life's frustrations and focus on bettering yourself mentally and physically.

What has been your favorite experience or PR moment at Goose Island?

When I beat my college PR max for clean

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What's something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?

Handstand Push-Ups

What is your advice to someone just starting out with CrossFit? Start slow to go fast.

You're stronger than you think so push yourself to be uncomfortable and the rest will come.

What is your favorite thing about Goose Island?

The community of people who hold themselves and you accountable while still being able to have fun.

One thing that would surprise us about you?

I was a huge band geek in high school.

2017 goals?

Muscle up in and Running marathon number 3

What is your mantra?

Embrace the struggle.

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Anthony Derum 

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Why did you decide to try CrossFit?
I was looking for a new challenge and stumbled upon Goose Island CrossFit.  I signed up for a 6 week challenge and the rest is history.

What is your favorite part about working out?
The best part of CrossFit for me is learning new skills and the company I’m surrounded with while working out. GICF has done an unreal job of creating a great community!

What's your favorite movement?
Handstand Pushups or cleans. I want to love snatches but they are not ready to love me back.

What is your least favorite?
Burpees......end of story.

What's something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?
I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get more than three double unders or pull-ups. All of a sudden one day it just happened. No better feeling than leaving a workout and doing something you’ve never done before.  

How have you stayed consistent?
I genuinely like the challenge. I make it a priority to show up as many days a week as I can. The weights aren’t going to lift themselves!

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What has been your favorite experience or PR moment at Goose Island?
I have had more great moments that I can count.  However, one that stands out to me was the retest of "Cindy."  I made a huge improvement in the amount of reps I was able to complete my second time around.

What's something you can do now that you never thought you would be able to do?
I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get more than three double unders or pull-ups. All of a sudden one day it just happened. No better feeling than leaving a workout and doing something you’ve never done before. 

What is your advice to someone just starting out at Goose Island CrossFit?
Don't quit today, grind through it.  You can quit tomorrow!
                                                   
What is your favorite thing about Goose Island?
The coaching and the members that are in the thick of it with me.  The coaches are super committed, knowledgeable and always take the time to give feedback to help you improve.
                                           
One thing that would surprise us about you?
I am a former geography bee champion... 6th grade!  Think spelling bee on a grander scale.
                                                   
What is your sports background?
I played soccer, football and baseball growing up.  Today, I enjoy playing golf, baseball... I have also run about 12 marathons, one full Iron man, and multiple half iron mans.                               
     
What do you do for work?
Stay at home dad!

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