CrossFit Murfreesboro is not defined by it’s amenities, location or equipment. What makes CFM excellent is not material. Our community is what sets us apart. A community that has agreed that “Easy” will no longer suffice. Listed below are profiles of our members. We are fit and less fit, young and old, soldiers and soccer moms, blue collar and white collar. We are all CrossFit Murfreesboro.
I started Crossfit Murfreesboro in August 2010. After a lifetime of working out, I had no idea I had so much to learn about fitness and nutrition. What could be better than awaking my gymnastic skills, after a 12 year hiatuses, throw in a little Olympic weightlifting and why not throw in a run. WHAT!?! Yes, this is what I call fun, and so do all my friends/family in this wonderful CFM community.
The trainers and participants at this box pay attention to each other and know when to help you survive a WOD, and when to push you to a higher level that you are not even aware is in you.
Let go of your ego, your fears and give it all you got. Be brave, learn from others, and LAUGH!
I am 42 years old and married with two children. My wife’s name is Jennifer and our kids are Owen and Leah. I make a living as a Life Science Application Specialist for Thermo Fisher Scientific but I’m just doing that until I can figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I guess you could say that I’m a recovering runner. For many years I ran to stay in shape but the repetitive nature of running was beating me up and getting very monotonous. A couple of years ago, I found the Crossfit main site online and immediately thought it made sense. So, with a few dumbells, a rower, a pull up bar, and my neighborhood streets, I started doing my own crossfit WODs. About a year later I found out about Crossfit Murfreesboro and my wife bought me a 10 pack of classes for Valentines Days. My intial plan was to go to CFM once or twice per week just to supplement my home workouts but, over time, I went from 2 times per week to 3 times and then to 4 or 5 times per week. I even look for crossfit gyms to workout in when I travel for business. Crossfit works and it’s fun. I have developed a decent level of endurance but have a lot of room for improvement with regard to strength. I don’t follow a specific diet plan but I try to eat “clean” most of the time. I’m sure I could eat better but I don’t have the self control to do it over long periods of time. My favorite WOD is Murph, partly because it’s an intense endurance WOD but mostly for what it represents.
Benchmark WOD times:
Murph – 42:17 Rx (no vest)
Angie – 22:08
Kelly – 24:07
Fran – 5:00
Filthy 50 – 23:43
Helen - 9:10
Tiffany Shipp AKA “T2″
Bday June 16, 1969
Married to Scott Shipp
2 children-Jake (12) and Chandler (9)
Presbyterian(PCA) at heart, but going to Belle Aire Baptist Church now
Profession-work part time at Prov. Christian Academy with kindergartners and work part time for the Center for Educational Adventure(www.centerforeducationaladventure.org).
Hobbies include Crossfit, of course!, running when my shins aren’t killing me, tennis, skiing (water and snow), tubing, boating, hiking, camping. I used to scuba dive before I got married. I would love to get back into it. My nutrition at this point is still mostly paleo. I had a really great experience during the 40 day challenge. I lost 13 pounds and several inches in several areas. I really want to try to stick with that lifestyle as much as possible. I will allow a glass of wine now and then and a really cold beer after cutting the grass and on a hot day on the lake. Oh yeah, and when we are canoeing down the Stones River.
My favorite WOD’s are deck of cards and 21. We don’t do them that much anymore though!! My music preference will always be 70′s and 80′s. But it’s ok that we don’t listen to that kind of music at the box. At least not usually. I’m starting to like Beastie Boys and ACDC some. The only crossfit event I’ve competed in was in Memphis at the Faction Games in Aug. 10. I came in 24 out of like 32 I think!!!! Not that great, but I think I was the only one over 40 there!!! We had a really good time despite the 100 degree weather and not much shade! My results include not only weight loss and muscle development, but increased self-confidence and a willingness to try new things. Even if I fail!!
Name: Steven Hage
Profession: Account Executive at First Community Mortgage, Inc.
Started CrossFit: 2/5/2010
I am the youngest of 3 brothers. Our father was our high school wrestling coach. My mom is tougher than all 4 of us put together. I grew up wrestling and playing football. I have gotten way out of shape since. My oldest brother has been doing CrossFit for over a year and kept hounding me to try it. He came down over Christmas and worked out. I came and watched one morning before work. It still took me till Feb to get the guts to show up. I am glad I did. I have lost 17 lbs so far and my energy is through the roof. I haven’t even gotten serious with the nutrition yet, although that is next. I have added CrossFit to my vocabulary as a word used to describe things that are hard or tough. For example, Chuck Norris is CrossFit.
5 things I love about CrossFit Murfreesboro:
1) The atmosphere – Everyone from the trainers to the people suffering with you really care about your health and fitness. It’s genuine.
2) The WODs – I like not having to think about what to do, just show up and go.
3) The expertise – Everything is taught really well and they know how to scale the workout to still kill you while allowing you to finish.
4) The street cred – When I tell people about my “box” they know about it. Especially other CrossFitters.
5) The finish – One of the best feelings in the world is when the WOD is over! This should probably be number 1.
Chris AKA “OX”
Began CrossFit on 6/23/08 as Evan’s first client. My first WOD was Z-sprints and air squats. I promptly pulled my hamstrings and fell hard. I had carpet burns from the turf at the old box.
4/19/11 was my 435th official “in box” WOD. I’m not counting travel WOD’s. I recommend putting all of your workouts on a blog, even if you make it private. The search capability is worth the little bit of daily effort. There are also some tracking spreadsheets that are handy, but you have to track your progress for mental stability. Otherwise, you have no way to measure just why you put yourself through this stuff day in and day out. I’ve been doing this for nearly three years and I still get rips on my hands and puke my guts out every now and then. Sand down your callouses to prevent rips. I don’t have a remedy for puking. Just puke.
Oh, I’m 34. I hate running, but I try to show up at all the running WODS that I can make. CrossFit hasn’t made me like running any better, but it has made me able to get it over with more quickly.
Evan told me I ran like a cow once. I told him I liked Ox better than Cow. So they call me Ox.
Zac “p91x” Morgan
Student at MTSU studying Exercise Science
Probably as strict as they come about nutrition (no sarcasm there at all)
I contend that muscle ups and HSPU are the most true measures of fitness that are possible, nothing with running is valid (this has nothing to do with my skill in the movements). That being said, i really only like “Diane”. The rest of the benchmark WODs and I don’t really get along.
I am fairly new to crossfit, started in october of 2010 after numerous stents of p90x (thus the nickname) and immediately fell in love with it. Most guys my age spend all their money being a member of a fraternity, but i decided to spend mine for crossfit. It makes me enjoy living in murfreesboro that much more, and loving my college years because of the great folks at CFM.
Hoping to get up there with the likes of Jeremy and Matt someday, helps to have awesome athletes around to remind you just how much you suck.
Love our family at CFM, from the trainers to the fellow athletes, we have the best gym around!
Sarah Adams AKA “Roja”
Sarah/”Roja” started CrossFitting in May 2009 and became Level 1 certified in June 2010. She’s enjoyed complete change of shape, new skills and strength, healthier diet, much greater confidence in her physical capabilities, and participation in a great community. She’s now far more motivated to exercise than she ever was running, spinning, speedwalking, doing boot camp, doing yoga, doing aerobics, doing elliptical, weight training, doing kickboxing class, using resistance bands, or exerstriding (with walking poles). Hiking, however, is up there with CrossFit.
Mark Schmahl AKA “The Viking”
Married to Gena Schmahl w/three kids (Sam, Evelyn, Jack)
Profession: Associate Pastor at Believers Chapel (www.believerschapel.net)
Hobbies: Crossfit, Outdoors stuff, Reading, Spending time with family and friends
I started Crossfit in August of 2010 and am addicted. For me crossfit isn’t just about the physical element, but the mental and the spiritual as well. Life is hard and too often we run away from things when they get difficult. The hard things in life help us build perseverance and perseverance strenghtens our character and character gives us hope to become who we were created to be. Crossfit is one of the outlets that helps me build perseverance and accomplish things that I never would have tried on my own.
Jennifer Locum AKA “JLo”
Occupation: Stay-at-home-mom of 3 and TSSAA Volleyball Official
Married to Jim Locum
I love to bike, run, read, play volleyball, garden and facebook. Friend me. :)
I eat pretty close to Paleo and mostly organic food.
I started CFM in January 2011. In 3 1/2 months I am down 5 inches in waist and hips. My current goal is to get one pull up. I’m not sure I’ve EVER done one.
My funniest CFM memory is when Hughey yelled at T2 and me for talking during a running wod or it might be the time my band slipped off my foot and went between my legs while doing pull ups. :o
Exhausted by years of failure with traditional ideas of diet and exercise, I waddled into Crossfit Murfreesboro in January 2010, looking for a way to become fit enough to enjoy my life. I had struggled with lots of annoying little health problems, from headaches to fatigue, and realized that I could no longer pretend that these would get better on their own or accept that they were just a part of life and aging.
When I first walked in to CFM, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me (i.e., round!), and I honestly thought some of the movements and expectations were ridiculous (at least) and impossible (at most) for me to achieve. However, I stuck with it, knowing that this was different enough to possibly work. Some days I was so sore I found it difficult to ‘do’ my day. Most days I was afraid to go to the box to workout – I would have to make myself drive there and run in before I chickened out. This lasted for months.
Very early on, however, I noticed change. And not just in my body, though that was significant. Somewhere in the midst of pushing through all the mental and physical and emotional roadblocks, I realized what fitness was. I was really enjoying the life I had.
In my first year, I lost over 40 pounds and 17 inches; I learned to do most of what I had thought was impossible (pull-ups, handstand push-ups, etc.); I became addicted to a truly healthy way of eating; and I got my entire family hooked on Crossfit!
Jennifer Barham is a minivan-driving, raw milk-pouring, Zone-eating, homeschooling mother of five and the wife of a great guy. An enthusiastic Crossfitter, she sees working out as a means toward enjoying other parts of life. She loves Chip and children and camping and other things that don’t start with “c” and she dislikes writing about herself in the third person.
I don’t have anything impressive to report for my “athletic profile”. I don’t consider myself an athlete, but I do love working out. I sure wish I had a photo to share of me when I taught high impact aerobics for the Y back in the 80′s. Just picture me with my “mall hair,” in a leotard, spandex tights, leg warmers and a headband
I’ve never done any sport that involves a ball (that may explain my lack of eye/hand coordination), but I have run 6 marathons, numerous 1/2 marathons, 10K’s, 5K’s and have done several sprint triathlons. I love spin classes, swimming and any group class at the Y.
I love Crossfit! It appeals to my short attention span by constantly challenging (torturing) me. I never thought I’d love anything as much as running, but Crossfit is so much fun. Thanks to all the trainers and their infinite patience!
Koby AKA “CK CrossFit Kid
Likes: A woman with a hefty # on the bear complex
Dislikes: Guys named Zac
Profession: Talented in many ways and a student
Nutrition: Taco bell and paleo doritos
Favorite wod: Grace – 2:02 as of 10/25.
Least favorite wod: Anything over 5 minutes
Favorite lift(s): Power Snatch, Power Clean, and Bench Press
Least favorite lift(s): Snatch Balance and Rack Jerk
Favorite movement(s): clapping pushups and jumping lunges
Least favorite movement(s): anything that involves too much lung power
Working on a pic Brandon
Profession: Air Force C-130 Pilot/State Partnership Program Director
Family: Kim and little Emily Rose due in September
Hobbies: flying and sports- namely anything with contact or adrenaline, skiing
Nutrition: did a parallel Paleo Challenge and lost about 10 lbs and visibly lost some thickness around the waist and neck. Will continue to eat in a Paleo-like manner
I love CrossFit. I wanted to be physically challenged again and I have been since starting in Feb. I have gotten stronger and more mentally tough. I am no longer bored with my workout and I look forward to showing up at the box everyday. I haven’t done some much quad work since I was in high school. I don’t have a favorite WOD yet. But I guess my biggest goal is to pump out 10 consecutive Kipping pull- ups.
Meagan AKA “Tokyo Drifter”
Hi, I’m Meagan, better known as the Tokoyo Drifter or Mrs. Fisher to the CFM crew. I was introduced to Crossfit by Matt Hughey, who grew up with my husband, in February of 2010. I came into Crossfit thinking it would be a new place to work-out. Little did I know it would change my life. At first it was hard and painful. The pain came not only from the serious build up of lactic acid I received at every session but also from realizing just how far my fitness had slipped. Like so many new Crossfitters I went through a period of near-obsession. I couldn’t get enough. I trained like crazy, in and out of the box, with and without supervision. This took its toll and in June & July of last year I had a series of injuries, starting with a stress fracture and ending with missing a box jump and scarring my shin for life. The day I missed that box jump I left in tears. I was completely discouraged. It seemed that everyone around me was progressing in leaps and bounds and I was doing nothing but getting hurt and recovering only to get hurt again. I thought maybe Crossfit wasn’t for me after all, so I quit. For about a month. Despite the trepidation and fear, I missed it. I missed the sweating, the grunting, the feeling of accomplishment, the puking, I even missed the lactic acid build up. But what I missed most, what I craved, was the community. You see, what makes Crossfit different from every other work-out/gym is the people inside the box. The athletes and coaches that encourage you, that push you, that tell you ‘you can do this’ when you feel you can’t. They pick you up when you fall & pick your bar up when you can’t anymore.
So I came back, with a little more wisdom and much more patience I came back, because nowhere else has the people of Crossfit. People who believe hard work is the only way, who accept the world doesn’t owe them anything and who believe integrity is imperative. The people of Crossfit are a rare breed. I like these people. I like that I am better because of these people.
So, at a year and 3 months in, it’s safe to say I’m a Crossfitter for life. I eat Paleo, I loathe Fran & I can do 100 burpees in 6:32. Swallow your fears, leave your ego at the door & see what the fuss is all about.
Meagan Fisher http://.blog.mfisherphotography.com
Name: Austin Moncivaez
Height: 5′ 7″ in weight lifting shoes
Weight: 145 pounds
Fight Gone Bad-311
Least favorite lift-Thrusters
Although I come from an athletic background, I’d never experienced anything like Crossfit before. High School sports had ruined working out for me so I was skeptical to try it out. I did, however, and immediately became addicted. My favorite aspect of Crossfit is the competitive side of it. I love pushing myself extra hard to try to keep up with those who are better than me. I also love the camaraderie of our box and doing more double unders than Zac and Kyle. I’m extremely thankful that I found something I love at a young age that I can continue for the rest of my life.