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Leigh Carter CrossFit TTG September 2017 Athlete of the Month!

Leigh Carter CrossFit TTG September 2017 Athlete of the Month!

  1. What made you start CrossFit? 

It’s all their fault!  My beautiful friends Mike and Mackenzie Sottini had been filling my ears for a while.  Then my husband joined…I felt left out, and wanted to try.  So, I bid on a six month membership at our school auction, and won!

  1. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?­

Most people don’t know, I have a love for elderly people (the more age the better).  They have beautiful stories of love, history, and how things “once were”.  I am quick to engage with them any time!

  1. What is your one favorite and least favorite movement :

Favorite movement:  anything ROMWOD!  It’s the BEST day of the week!

Least favorite: burpees.  I have a 15 point, flop and transition process (I’m working on it…forever).

  1. What is your ultimate cheat meal?­ 

Home cut french fries from the NC State Fair, with vinegar…good eats!  Oh, and an elephant ear with hot fudge.  I have two!  Thankfully the fair only comes once a year!

  1. Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?­

For me, making the decision to try CrossFit, and getting over my own self, was big.  I still struggle with how to improve without “doing too much”, or wanting to do what I see other athletes do.  I’m learning to make the process about me, and how to help myself become better (I need lots of help).  TTG has been instrumental with that, as well as having a loving support system at home!  The TTG community is beautiful!  I’m humbled every day I participate in a workout.  It all just keeps me coming back for more!  Thank you, Juice, Caitie, Chris, Scot, and Sara!!!

Jenna Keith

Jenna Keith CrossFit TTG August 2017 Athlete of the Month!

  1. What made you start CrossFit? 

My Fiance, Mark, called me after trying a free Saturday WOD.  He said he almost passed out on the side of the box.  He then preceded to tell me he was signing up that Monday. Clearly I was confused! I tagged along with him and decided what the heck! I’ll do it! I wanted to make a healthy change in my eating habits and workout regimen.  I had NO idea what Crossfit was and had never seen it.  Best sight unseen decision ever!

  1. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?­ 

I love video games!  Preferably Call of Duty and Mario Kart.

  1. What is your one favorite and least favorite movement in CrossFit?­

Favorite movement: Shoulder to Overheads

Least favorite: Box Jumps and Burpees are definitely tied at number one.  Juice truly outdoes himself when he programs Burpee Box Jump Overs.

  1. What is your ultimate cheat meal?­ 

Sushi, Crab Wontons and Saki 🙂

  1. Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?­

Since starting Crossfit, I have been living in a world outside my comfort zone!  My proudest accomplishment was winning the fat loss challenge.  Since being at TTG I have truly learned how to step out of my comfort zone and how to balance a healthy lifestyle.  Honestly? It has been the community at TTG who has been an amazing support system and I am thankful to be a part of that.

 

 

Troy Faust CrossFit TTG July 2017 AOM

Troy Faust CrossFit TTG July 2017 Athlete of the Month!

What made you start CrossFit?

I was bored with just the gym a couple days and week and running, I was going to meet a friend at Barry’s Cafe and was running early, I got stuck at the light and saw the sign flipper.  Figured I’d walk in and see what it was about.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?­

I was the first in my family to go off to college, and for some reason I was REALLY into the the tv show Glee.

What is your one favorite and least favorite movement in CrossFit?­

Favorite movement:

Favorites are prob squats and some of the benchmark workouts and HERO WODS.

Least favorite: 

Least are any form of burpees, but after last week I will add man makers to that list.

What is your ultimate cheat meal?­

Mom’s cooking or mexican

Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?­

I’m way more social and active on fb than I ever thought I would be, and I love the people I’ve met that I most likely would never have come across if it wasn’t for the sign flipper making awkward eye contact with me.

 

 

John Minier CrossFit TTG April 2017 AOM

John Minier – CrossFit TTG April 2017 Athlete of the Month

What made you start CrossFit?

Wanted new environment to get as fit as I possibly can and I like working out with a group of like-minded people.

 

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was New Jersey’s regional foul shooting champion for 14-year-olds in 1976.

 

What is your one favorite and least favorite movement in CrossFit?

Favorite: rowing  

Least favorite: pull-ups.

 

What is your ultimate cheat meal?

Doritos

 

Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?

Every time I Beat Jack Minier in an AMRAP

Jennifer Harris CrossFit TTG March 2017 AOM

CrossFit TTG March Athlete of the Month Jennifer Harris

1. What made you start CrossFit?

 I put a small bid of $10 at a silent auction for foundations and a month of CrossFit.  I knew NOTHING about CrossFit, but it sounded like a pretty good deal for a gym membership and a t-shirt!  I hated it at first, but it only took me a couple of weeks to love it.  Now I have been doing CrossFit for about 2.5 years.

 

 2. What is one thing most people don’tknow about you?

Throughout middle school and high school I was a competitive figure skater.  Also, I work as an interior designer. 

 

3. What is your one favorite and least favorite movement in CrossFit? 

Favorite movement: Cleans and overhead squats

Least favorite: Toes to bar

 

4. What is your ultimate cheat meal?

Late night run to Insomnia Cookies!

 

5. Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?

Stepping out of my comfort zone and signing up for competitions. 

 

 

The do’s and don’ts of running for fitness

Do Land on the Midsole of Your Foot

Landing on your forefoot (instead of your heels) allows your muscles to catch the weight of your body in flight, reducing the effects of impact on the joints and bones, says Figueroa.

Don’t Use a Long Stride

Leaping forward while you run is inefficient and an energy drain. Instead, stand tall and lean forward, and when you feel like you are going to fall, step forward just enough to catch yourself.  This should be the length of your stride. It takes less energy to fall than to reach your foot in front of you.

Do Take Short Effective Strides

Less motion through the joint means less wear and tear and improved efficiency during your runs, says Figueroa.  Using a shorter stride reduces the movement within any joint (for running, this means the joints of the ankles, knees, and hips), and less movement means a longer, healthier life for these joints.

Don’t Wear Shoes That Are Too Comfortable

The human body works with one major premise: use it or lose it.  If your support is coming from an external source, like your shoes, then the muscles designed to support the framework of the foot (i.e. the arches), will eventually fail to do their job, making the foot weaker and your body more prone to injury.

Do Invest in Barefoot Running Shoes

“When it comes to support, less is more,” says Figueroa. Build up to wearing shoes with minimal support, like NIKE Free or Vibram Five Fingers, to help strengthen and develop the natural muscular support in your foot and ankle. But don’t toss your sneakers just yet – slowly begin by running, one block at a time, with less support to gradually strengthen the muscles in your feet.  Developing foot strength can help make everything stronger, including your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back, says Figueroa.

Don’t Run as Hard As You Can

Many runners think if they can run fast, they are running efficiently, which isn’t the case. In fact, Figueroa recommends runners slow down to learn how to run farther, faster. “Slow down and wear a heart rate monitor to train smarter, not harder,” suggests Figueroa. Set your heart rate monitor to keep your running at a desired pace, and then don’t exceed that set pace. Your body will adapt, and then you’ll be able to run more comfortably at this pace, meaning you will be able to run faster without pushing any harder.

Do Work Up to Running Farther, Faster

Build your run one block, or one minute at a time, says Figueroa. Walk between running intervals and recover actively. You can work on speed or form and technique during your “work intervals” and then recover with an easy jog or power walk in between. Interval training can provide you with faster results in the same amount of time.

Don’t Get Stuck on the Odometer

Running three, five or even 26 miles doesn’t really tell you if there is any progress in your run, says Figueroa. Instead, track the amount of time that you’re running and monitor your intensity using a heart rate monitor.

Do Run for Time

Try to improve covering the same distance in less time. For example, set your workout to run for 30 minutes and see how much distance you can cover instead of running for four miles harder than you can safely run, suggests Figueroa. The more you train, the easier your runs will become. You can either cover the same distance with greater ease, or maintain the same intensity and run farther in the same amount of time.

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