Every month, we highlight a member of our gym, and ask them about their experiences and goals both inside and outside the gym. And, of course, an ice breaker question, just for fun.
How old are you, what do you do for work, and how long have you been at CFWN?
James is 28, and as of June 2018, he will be celebrating 4 years at CFWN. He is currently a social worker with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
If you could have an unlimited supply of anything for the rest of your life, what would it be?
He had a hard time deciding between the two most obvious choices, pizza and puppies. Even though you can buy pizza, an unlimited supply would be great, and well...puppies.
What are you most excited about in Boston?
James is most excited to get married and create a new life with his fiancé, Jill, in Boston. Jill landed an excellent residency at a hospital there. They met in Nashville, where both had separate lives before they started dating, but in Boston they’ll get to create a new life together. It will be the first real thing they get to experience together as a couple.
What are you going to miss most about Nashville?
Obviously, he will miss his friends and family, and a community (both inside and out of the gym) that he knows and loves. He will also miss being familiar with the town he lives in.
What’s your favorite moment from CFWN?
A few years ago, James was on a scaled team that won a competition called Season’s Beatings at CrossFit Solafide in Clarksville. While that was one of his most favorite memories, there are little moments every day that make him laugh – he’ll remember those the most.
James wanted to add that he’ll really miss CFWN. The gym has been a big part of his day (Monday-Friday) for several years. There’s a gym close to his new home in Boston, and he’ll be checking it out ASAP.
How old are you and how long have you been at CFWN?
I’m 45 and I’ve been a member for about one and a half years.
What are your top 3 favorite Nashville restaurants?
Calypso, Sam’s Place, and Stoney River.
How’d you find the gym?
My husband Jerry had been at the gym since it opened. Eventually, after much nagging, I decided to give it a try.
What (if any) hurdles/challenges have you had to face in coming to the gym?
I had to overcome my hate of running – I was always really bad at it. But I had to give it a go eventually. I also didn’t like sweating, and I wasn’t very athletic growing up. I didn’t think I could do it, but I started with a friend, and that helped.
What is something you are most proud of at the gym?
Do you have any goals you are working towards?
I want to stay in shape, and don’t want to become old and immobile. I see parents that can’t move and constantly complain about various aches and pains and I do not want to be like that.
Your husband and two kids also work out at the gym – what’s it like WODing with your family?
I love it! We even work out together on vacation. The 4 of us take a trip every Christmas together and we do WODs together while we’re gone.
Brad and Sandra Premo
Brad and Sandra Premo have been at CFWN since August of 2013. They have a beautiful little girl, Isabel, and a German shepherd puppy.
How did you get into CrossFit in the first place?
Sandra: Brad had already been doing it for a while, but I got into it when Brad started working nights. I wanted to be stronger for when I was home alone.
How did you find us?
Brad: You guys were close to us. We had looked around but took the recommendation of a friend and tried out CFWN.
What’s it like working out together?
Brad: We used to work out together until we had a kid!
Sandra: We didn’t talk to each other – we had our spots, mine was in the front of the gym, and his was in the back. We work out at different times now.
Has having a daughter impacted your workout at all?
Sandra: I worked out throughout my pregnancy. In the beginning of the pregnancy, nothing much changed. But later on, I had to scale down from jumping, squatting, and cleaning motions – my belly got in the way of movements!
I honestly believed it helped with labor, when the time came – I was able to deliver in 2 instead of 4 pushes in a much smaller time frame than they had anticipated. I came back about 4 weeks after.
Since then, we have to split class times – I go in the morning and Brad goes in the evening.
What’s your happiest memory at CFWN?
Brad: I don’t have a single one, but weightlifting class is the best. It’s become a hobby, so I’ve gained that. It’s not an abstract CrossFit concept, it’s tangible, measurable progress in the gym.
Sandra: Just any time you learn a new skill is exciting. Like double unders. You work so long on them and they finally click and it feels amazing!
What are you most proud of at CFWN?
Brad: New PRs!
Sandra: For me, the emphasis has been taken off of “winning,” and exceeding my own expectations is thrilling. Looking at the workout, thinking I can only go so far, and then surpassing that initial thought makes my day.
Do you have any goals in the gym?
Sandra: I just don’t want to be the suckiest! Not last. At least not SUPER last. That can be discouraging.
Brad: You just need to compete with yourself in the gym. I’m competitive in weightlifting but not WODs. All I really want is to be healthy and not die – be active and capable, like some of the other older dudes in the gym, Bob and Brian. I just want good quality of life as I get older.