Our Athlete of the Month for November is Laurie Freeman! Let’s meet Laurie…
“Laurie has been one of the the most consistent members at Rx for the last 2 years and her progress in the gym speaks for itself. Not only is she one of the most coachable athletes I’ve worked with but she also actively seeks more coaching and improvement by regularly attending ‘Skills class.’ “ –Coach Jeremiah
“Laurie joined us a few years ago. I remember asking her how things were going and how she was liking the gym and Crossfit in general. I believe her response was something like, “well you got me for 6 more months!” She has been working hard and doing great things both in and out of the gym ever since, and it shows! We are all happy that she chose to stick around and be such a great addition to our gym.” -Coach Kelly Levens
1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? Just under 2 years. And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? Same
2. Why Crossfit? At that time, I was a couple months away from turning 40, had gained 15 lbs in that year, and my usual gym routine was not working. I told my husband that I thought it was time to join Crossfit and he offered to pay for the first year as my 40th Birthday present cause he knows I am cheap and that the thought of spending that money was the only thing holding me back. He is a sweetheart, I know. Literally the gift that keeps on giving.
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? Whitewater kayaking and mountain biking.
4. Favorite and least favorite movements? ? I HATE RUNNING and Snatches of course. I like front/back squats and any lifting that does not require the coordination of the Olympic lifts.
5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. I finally got kipping pull ups and can sometimes string them together. I would like to work on a handstand pushup or even a handstand.
6. Favorite food or meal? I love Garlic; raw, roasted, broiled, whatever. If we are talking about a meal though, I would say fried shrimp.
7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am extremely thrifty. I hate “stuff”. I hate shopping for ANYTHING, except biking and kayaking gear, I can blow some dough on that kinda stuff. Yet I buy all of my office clothes at thrift stores and brag about how cheap they were to my coworkers. Knowing that, most people would be surprised to know that my cheap ass has paid for two separate Crossfit memberships for several months at a time while out of town visiting my husband so that I can have access when I am both home and with him. That is how much Crossfit means to me. It is worth every penny.
8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? Keep moving. As hard as it is to keep moving sometimes, I found this to be so true because it is so much harder to start back during the WOD after completely stopping or resting for a longer period of time verses if I just keep moving, no matter how slow.
Here it is… Our October Awesome Athlete of the month, Jeff Connelly! We are sad he is leaving us at the end of the month, but we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Jeff, you will always have a home at RX in Atlanta!
“Jeff is a member that you look forward to seeing walk through the door. Regardless of what the workout that day is he comes in ready to throw down. He is constantly trying to become better and sets an example we could all strive to emulate. Which isn’t easy to do, especially at when you wake up during the 5 o’clock hour. The world needs more Jeffs.”- Coach Guy
“JConn. Awesome athlete, awesome guy! He has been so good for our gym and our 6:00 am crew. A consistent crusher. Whenever Jeff would notice anything around the gym that he thought could be improved, he would not hesitate to offer very thorough feedback via wodify and would always sign his name to it. I was always impressed by that. Recently Jeff accepted a position in the lovely city of Austin, TX. Although we am very happy for him and his new adventure with his little family, we hate to lose a guy like this. You will be missed Jeff! Thank you for being such a great contributor to our community and gym. Best of luck in Austin!”- Coach Kelly L.
1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? I started Crossfit in the fall of 2013, just about the time my wife told me we were expecting our first daughter. I figured being a dad was going to take a lot more energy and fitness than I had at the time. At the beginning, I took a couple intro classes at the another gym in town, but I soon landed at Crossfit RX and it has been my home ever since. The RX community is filled with wonderful folks, but I am particularly fond of the 6 am crew with whom I spend so much time. There are new faces who join the squad as well as the same great folks who have been there for years. It truly is the best way to start a day.
2. Why Crossfit? I love mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, climbing and anything that involves exploring mountains, river, and wild places. Crossfit is the perfect weekly routine to make sure that when those big mountain adventures come, you are in great shape to make the most of it. I also thoroughly enjoy the variety and how it challenges folks to constantly improve through competition, but in the purely communal way.
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? See Above.
4. Favorite and least favorite movements? My least favorite movement would have to be the double under. But after years of self inflicted hand and ankle lashings, I can finally string together about 25 or so… at the beginning of the WOD, that is. My favorite movement is probably the snatch. I’ve heard it described as the gymnastics movement of olympic weightlifting, and I love the way in involves deliberate speed, strength, balance, and attention to detail. Growing up a soccer player, it was something I had never even heard of before Crossfit.
5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. Recently I’ve been able to snag a few Bar Muscle Ups, which was a massive goal of mine. Next on the agenda is getting multiple Ring Muscle ups!
6. Favorite food or meal? I do a lot of cooking for my family but I would probably say anything on the grill, whether it is fish, meat, or veggies. This Bon Appetit recipe is one of my favorites – https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sambal-chicken-skewers I am also a bit of a coffee snob. When I leave the 6am class, I usually head over to Aurora to pick up flat whites for my wife and I. Fran and James over there know how to pour a real espresso shot.
7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I can nerd out pretty hard on spy novels.
8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? I recall Coach Mike saying one Sunday afternoon, as we were all well into some chipper body weight suffer fest, something to the extent of, “how wonderful it is that we are all healthy and able to be here, right now, doing this.” I loved it. We are indeed fortunate to have the capacity and the supportive community to make every day better than the previous. As JFK said, we do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. That is why I love Crossfit, and the good folks at RX.
We have a two-fer special for our Athletes of the Month for September. Crossfit RX welcomes all military and police personnel, and would like to honor those who serve and protect us. This is why we chose both Andrew Grubb and Larry Compton, and we are truly thankful to have them part of our community.
First let’s meet Grubb!
“Grubb is the man! Regardless of whether he’s come off a full night sleep or has been up for 48 hours straight catching bad guys, when he is in the gym he is killing it. Great attitude, great work ethic, always willing to help, he’s an ideal member. I’m glad we have people like Grubb in the gym and on the streets”– Coach Guy
“Aside from being a great athlete, member and the most consistent athlete in our gym as far as attendance is concerned. Grubb serves our community as a police officer in Cobb county. We as a gym want to thank you for you service and are proud to have you as well as any other police officer or uniformed service member in our gym.”- Coach Kelly Levens
1) How long have you been doing Crossfit? I’ve been doing crossfit for about 7 years, I started at Crossfit South Cobb.
2) Why Crossfit? I’ve been at RX for the last three years after I decided I needed a change and visited 5 different gyms. RX fit everything I was looking for in facility, coaching, programming, & most importantly people!
3) What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? I’m a big music buff so outside of the gym I try to take in as many live music shows I can make it to. I love sharing and introducing people to new bands. Favorite Atlanta venue is Terminal West.
4) Favorite and least favorite movements? Favorite movement handstand push-ups, least favorite is wallballs.
5) Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. One goal I chased and accomplished is a body weight snatch. A goal I’ve yet to accomplish is a 225lb clean and jerk.
6) Favorite food or meal? My favorite meal has to be the “burger” at Fox Bros.
7) What is something people would be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I worked undercover narcotics/organized crime investigations for four years. I’m virtually unrecognizable in photos from back then. Partly because of my beard and hair but mostly because I was about 25 lbs heavier 🙂
8) Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? it’s cliche for a reason but that piece of advice is not to be afraid of checking your ego and scaling. The coaches have a time domain or work capacity in mind when programming these workouts so plan your workout accordingly. You’re missing the point with your 15 minute Grace time.
Now let’s learn a little more about Larry….
“We want to give special recognition to Larry Compton. Larry is not able to attend quite as regularly as Grubb is because Larry is serving his country in the Army. Despite his constant travel, Larry has always maintained his relationship with Crossfit RX and calls our gym his home for fitness. We are happy he does and have immense gratitude for his service.” Coach Kelly Levens
About me: I am currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserve as an Cyberspace Operations Officer /Intelligence Analyst, and I am an Afghanistan veteran. I live in Candler Park with my wife Vanessa and 10thgrade daughter Audrey. In my civilian job, I work at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
1. How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I have been doing Crossfit since 2012 – I had just come home from an overseas deployment and was looking for a way to get in better shape. My wife bought me 1 month at Crossfit RX as a Christmas present, and I have been a member at CFRX for all of those 5 years. For the last several years, I have traveled on various military and civilian missions for about 180 days out of the year, so I don’t attend CFRX as much as I would like. However, most military gyms now have functional fitness rooms that give me options while on the road.
2. Why Crossfit?
After the introductory workout with Kelly, I knew Crossfit was much harder than my previous routine. I immediately saw an opportunity to increase my fitness level. The biggest benefit I get from Crossfit is actually mental fortitude and resiliency. The mindset and discipline to push through without giving up carries forward to everything in life, not just physically demanding tasks.
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
I have very little free time, but I do enjoy hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, and target shooting. We like to attend sporting events as a family, especially Atlanta Braves baseball games.
4. Favorite and least favorite movements?
Anything involving bodyweight is my favorite (or easiest). This includes pushups, pullups, etc. Heavy squats and double-unders are my least favorite. The Olympic lifts like clean and jerk/squat clean/snatches are terrifying and exhilarating all at once. I enjoy trying to focus on form with the Olympic lifts.
5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing.
A few years ago, I participated in the CFRX clean eating challenge. I had a terrible diet soda habit that I was able to kick entirely and replace with black coffee. I am required to take a fitness test twice a year for the Air Force, and my goal is to always score “Excellent”. That’s what I’m working on right now since I have a test coming up in October.
6. Favorite food or meal?
My wife makes amazing lamb chops, Greek potatoes and Greek salad. I love having that with a side of homemade mint sauce and a pint of stout or porter.
7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I was born in Singapore and traveled all over Southeast Asia as a young person.
8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit?
Attend the skills classes, and re-attend for a refresher. These aren’t just for new members!