Inspiration

April Member of the Month

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Tell us about yourself! 

Je m’appelle Bethany Henriques.  ..je parle français, si tu ne savais pas.  I am very happily married to the love of my life, Ashley (she’s the bomb ass PT affiliated with ECCF) and we just are each other’s soulmates.  Gross, I know. ️

My first and foremost occupation, with skills to pay the bills, is as a Nurse Manager of PACU at Virginia Mason. My second occupation, for the pure love of it, is as a Cycling Instructor at CycleBar South Lake Union here in Seattle. I’ve been teaching indoor cycling for almost 10 yrs, and I have such a passion for motivating others to find their spark on a bike.

A little about me: I’m originally from Ohio. O-H!! But I have lived alllll over including LA for almost 8 hrs and even in St Croix in the Caribbean for my job. With all that traveling, it’s brought a huge variety into my life so I really have an adventurous spirit and am down for challenges and some would say I am very extroverted, though I do like my quiet time. 

I love ALL music, except for country (I mean, I can still dig a little Shania...’let’s go girls ’), food-down to try anything. Annnnd I am a wine LOVER. Have tried a lot of it, have tasted everywhere, alllllll over California and Oregon and would love to go to the south of France and taste the best of them!! It would be my dream!!

What inspired you to start CrossFit? 

Well, with all my years of cycling, I’ve always loved lifting and have done ‘okay’ lifting on my own. The past couple of years though, with increased cycling, it became way too difficult to keep myself as motivated in my lifting regimen and I really needed a challenging reset. I had heard so many good things about CrossFit and I keep shirking it off for years so I decided to buckle down, throw caution to the wind and ‘get after it’ almost a year ago at Emerald City!

What are your fitness goals?

Gosh, I have so many, but, right now, I truly wanna get better at anything gymnastic on the bars: pull ups, toes 2 bar, chest 2 bar, handstand push ups, etc. I’m getting there slowly and have made some strides buuuut man, what I would give for those to be easy movements for me, but they aren’t. So pumped for Gymnastics Club coming up at ECCF for that sole reason!

What do you enjoy most about Emerald City CrossFit?

The PEOPLE, the coaches, the community of it all. Of course the workout are kick ass, but truly it’s the people. I feel like we really celebrate each other’s ‘wins’ at ECCF and we build each other up. I love that type of stuff. 

What advice do you have for new members?

DON’T EVER GIVE UP!! Chip away and work hard at those movements that challenge you and always remember that change is supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it oh so good. ️

What message do you have for your gym family?

I’m so flattered to be ‘member of the month’, honestly it touched my heart. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but when my wife and I first moved to Seattle, we were very lonely for our friend gang from Columbus, and joining the gym, gaining the community and the friendships at the gym changed our whole world here. We just love you all so much!!

Thanks Joe, Kendra, and all of the Coaches who push me every day. You guys all have a little piece of my heart and motivation. ️️

Bethany H-Out 

February Member of the Month

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Tell us about yourself! (family, occupation, hobbies, favorite foods, etc.)

I'm Sarah, I'm 27, and I'm a User Experience Researcher. I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but I've also lived in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and San Francisco. I'll hit my two-year mark in Seattle in May. I live with my 4-year-old greyhound, Ruby, in Capitol Hill. Outside of work and working out, my interests include fashion, podcasts, music, and reading. My favorite food of all time is a food from my childhood: Skyline chili.

What inspired you to start CrossFit?

I've always considered myself an athlete – I played soccer growing up and did some long-distance running in college and afterwards – but when I moved to Seattle in 2017, I didn't really make fitness or my health a priority. A friend of mine had been doing CrossFit in San Francisco for several years, and it had really transformed him, so last year I thought I would finally give it a try! And now I'm in love.

What are your fitness goals?

My goals are really just to get in the gym 4 times a week and don't get injured. I know if I show up and do the work, PRs and improvements will happen. Last year I had to take a few months off to heal some injuries, so improving my mobility and recovery has been really my biggest priority lately.

What do you enjoy most about Emerald City CrossFit?

The people! I'm sure everyone says that... but it's true. Everyone I've met since the day I joined has been kind, welcoming, and helpful.

What advice do you have for new members?

Don't be afraid to ask questions or get help if something is unclear.

What message do you have for your gym family?

Thanks for being so friendly and supportive! If y'all weren't so great, I might not have stuck with it.

March Member of the Month

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Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and wandered around the country and world until returning home for good in 2012.  My husband, Patric was born in Redmond and grew up on Maui before returning to Washington for college. Our son, Will, will turn 5 on July 4 and starts kindergarten this fall! Our family is completed by our goofy golden retriever, Monkey. My favorite foods are local summer berries, salmon, avocado, and I can't function without my morning coffee. I was basketball player until my early 20s, until a shoulder injury ended that abruptly. I turned to running, and in my 20s and 30s ran the Portland marathon four times. I love hiking or walking in the woods, live music, and camping all over our beautiful region.

What inspired you to start with the Women's Strength Program?

Like so many new mothers, my body changed dramatically during pregnancy and I wasn't prepared for any of it!  After a tough birth and C-Section, I was inactive for the first few years of my son's life. Weight gain made my knees angry we had done so much running in our previous life, and I had two meniscus repairs in three years, the last one in 2016. I was so afraid of pain and getting hurt again I stopped exercising altogether, but I knew I had to start gaining strength. And then I saw an ad for the first Women's Strength class at ECCF and I just knew I had to do it, as hard as it was to make those first few classes.  That was 13 months ago and it's one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What are your fitness goals?

I just want to be healthy and to feel my best, and of course to live a long life for me and my kiddo, etc.  I want to hike the Cascades again and go backpacking with my son. And I want to continue to develop my strength training practice so it's something I do for the rest of my life.

What do you enjoy most about Emerald City CrossFit?

First, of course, Coach Stephanie, who greeted me with open arms when I first started (my caterpillar phase).  Then the women with whom I have the pleasure to share that space three hours a week, and the true friendships that have blossomed have been a lovely surprise. The other coaches I have met seem great, and it's just a really positive and supportive atmosphere, while still kicking my butt!

What advice do you have for new members?

Go. Show up. Especially when you don't want to. The one truth that I believe we all agree on is that we always feel better after class than before. And we laugh. We have fun. We are doing something for ourselves, three hours a week just to better ourselves. I can't believe I've been coming regularly for over a year, and I would have never thought it possible.  So, just come with an open and judgment-free mind and let the magic happen.  There is NOBODY who can't do this!  

What message do you have for your gym family?

I know it's trite, but I just feel so much gratitude. So, thank you. Thank you for helping me feel like an athlete again. Thank you for the laughter, encouragement, and friendship. I feel so lucky 

January Member of the Month

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Tell us about yourself!
I'm from NYC so still getting used to the rain and all the politeness. My wife and I have an amazing 2-year-old son and an adorable yellow lab named Whitney Houston. In addition to CrossFit, my hobbies mostly include sleeping and working. But I love to cook, read, bike, and play video games, and look forward to doing those things when Will goes to college...

What inspired you to start CrossFit?
I was looking for an early morning workout that had a very positive competitive aspect. CrossFit has given me an awesome combination of positivity and encouragement, with pushes to do better and improve alongside the folks I work out with.

What are your fitness goals?
I want to be strong and healthy for a long time, so I'm excited to build an awesome foundation of conditioning, strength, and flexibility. More specifically I still need to master double-unders, I want to do a muscle-up, and my deadlifts need work!

What do you enjoy most about Emerald City CrossFit?
I love how hard it is! :) I love how after my early morning, the rest of my day feels easy. The coaches are incredibly positive, knowledgeable, and supportive. And maybe most of all I love the community - I think without the folks I work out with every morning, I would have lost steam a while ago!

What advice do you have for new members?
I wish I had started off more slowly with weight/intensity, but more quickly gotten to a consistent 4-5 times/week. A lot of my aches and pains went away, and I started making much quicker progress, when I stopped pushing myself on weight but started coming almost every morning.

What message do you have for your gym family?
Thank you for being so positive and encouraging every morning, even though it's early!

November Member Of The Month!

Hey ECCF!  Help us congratulate Max Eddy, our #memberofthemonth!!

Max is consistent, has a great work ethic, works on skills before class, is on time (aka 10 minutes early!), is coachable and is a joy to have in the gym!  Most importantly, Max always has a great attitude and is eager to grow!

Keep killin' it, Max!  Thanks for being a part of our #gymfamily!!

Age: 28

Occupation: Software Engineer

In general, what is your athletic background?

I've never really participated in any sports or other serious athletic endeavors before. I have "exercised" vaguely on and off over the years.

How did you learn about Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF) ?

I typed CrossFit into Google Maps and I found it was 2 blocks down the street, had good reviews, and a cool website that made things less intimidating.

How has ECCF changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?

I actually have some cardiovascular endurance now. For example, I went hiking with some friends recently and I felt fresh the entire way while they were huffing and puffing. I feel and look much better after only a few short months.

List short/long term goals you would like to accomplish through ECCF:

My squat and deadlift need a lot of work. 2x BW squat + deadlift would make me happy. Long term being reasonably decent at Olympic lifts would be cool.

What do you like most about ECCF?

All of the coaches are super awesome.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Strict pull ups

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?

Overhead squat because I feel like it takes arcane magic in order to execute.

Favorite WOD:

The ones that look like a mistake when you read them on Zen Planner. "How can anyone do all of that?" Then you go to class and find out that they are in fact real workouts.

What are you currently doing to try to improve your nutrition?

I consume caffeine and alcohol rarely. Attempting to eat less processed foods, eat more vegetables, and avoid sweets as I tend to lose myself when donuts are present.

Favorite movie:

Independence Day for the ultimate 90s cheesiness.

Favorite and/or current book:

Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker - This book is fascinating, and I'm working on improving my sleep quality.

Favorite music genre/artist:

I enjoy a lot of different music, but I'm a metalhead at heart. One of my favorites is the band Gojira.

What do you like to do outside the gym?

Eat food and sleep. Stay up late watching bad movies and reality TV.

Fun fact about yourself others may not know?

I could not swim until this year. I've been taking adult swim lessons, and now I'm finally confident I won't immediately drown if I hit the water.

In 10 words or less, what does CrossFit mean to you?

An effective way to workout for functional fitness and fun!

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October Member Of The Month!

October Member Of The Month: Christiane Rekai

Hey @emeraldcitycrossfit!  Help us congratulate Christiane, our September Member Of The Month!!

Christiane came to Emerald City CF from the CD box and she continues to show up, put the work in, and always does it with a huge smile! (And she has a great sense of humor too!) She is a determined athlete and has put her progress to use recently having run a ½ marathon!  Watch out for this lady, she is sneaky strong!!

Congrats, Christiane!  Thanks for all you bring to our #gymfamily!

Age: 46

Occupation:  Cardiac Surgery Nurse Practitioner

In general, what is your athletic background?  

I was not very sporty as a kid; did a little gymnastics and swimming, but not seriously. About 15 years ago a friend asked me to do a sprint distance triathlon, and I got hooked on cycling.  I did a some road and track racing, and while I loved riding, I didn't care much for racing. I've continued with road riding and last year did the Seattle to Portland ride in a day. I also love mountaineering and have climbed some really fun tall mountains in the past few years.

How did you learn about Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF)?  

I came from CrossFit CD, which was in my neighborhood.

How has ECCF changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?  

Left my own devices I'd never lift a weight, so I'm happy to have help addressing that part of my training. I'm generally stronger and much less bored with workouts.

What do you like most about ECCF?  

Competent coaches who help me feel more confident with strength work, and the other members who are really fun to work out with.  

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Bodyweight stuff like planks and air squats

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?

Overhead press

Favorite WOD:

I like all of them!

What are you currently doing to try to improve your nutrition?  

Always trying to drink more water and less alcohol, trying to eat more red meat

Favorite movie:  The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

Favorite and/or current book:  Currently re-reading Atlas Shrugged

Favorite music genre/artist:  I like all kinds of stuff but have been enjoying folk music lately

What do you like to do outside the gym?  

Go up mountains, bake, nap, spend time with friends

Fun fact about yourself others may not know?

I spent the early 90s going to raves and clubs in NYC and Philly!

In 10 words or less, what does CrossFit mean to you?  

Great workout with a side of smiles!

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August Member of the Month

The member of the month for August is, Rachael! Rachael has been a member for almost a year now and the hard work shows! Shortly after joining, Rachael signed up for the CrossFit Open not quite knowing what to expect. I think she surprised herself, and the rest of us, as she did some of the workouts as Rx! Rachael is always humble but constantly pushing herself towards that next goal. Keep an eye out for her in the evening classes! 

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MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Age: 23

Occupation: Software Developer

In general, what is your athletic background?

I played some volleyball and tennis during high school but never anything beyond JV. I also began weight lifting in high school and started to invest serious time into it while I was in college. I became a trainer for my college's gym and had a ton of fun with it!

How did you learn about Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF) ?

Moved back to the neighborhood and found it while walking around the area.

How has ECCF changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?

ECCF brings a whole new dimension to my Seattle community and continuously pushes me to work harder. ECCF has also taught me new lifts and helped me get past my training plateau.

List short/long term goals you would like to accomplish through ECCF:  

Short term: Get better at pull ups, a strict chin up, and DUs

Long term: Be able to back squat my body weight easily

What do you like most about ECCF?

The atmosphere! The people and the coaches truly make a unique and wonderful environment. I always leave happier than when I walked into the gym.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Squat cleans or handstand push ups

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement? wall balls = death

Favorite WOD: Anything with over bar burpees or squat cleans

What are you currently doing to try to improve your nutrition?  Been loosely tracking my macros and cooking mostly vegetarian at home.

Favorite movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Favorite and/or current book: Current book is Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Favorite music genre/artist: Right now a lot of Lizzo and Bob Moses

What do you like to do outside the gym? Hiking, backpacking, really anything I can do with my dog/friends, soul night at Lo-Fi, and re-watching The Office.

In 10 words or less, what does CrossFit mean to you? A time to destress, work hard, and push myself.