This month we are recognizing 3 sisters for their hard work and improvement since joining us in September of 2012. Congratulations to Maria Cabrera, Judith Perez, and Carolina Lopez for your amazing gains over the past 8 months that you have been training with us. As you can see by the picture, these sisters have taken this pretty seriously – who else will make member of the month tiaras and sashes?? (Jose you get to wear these when your time comes!) They take their training seriously as well, and they have been extremely consistent and it is showing in their continued progression.
I remember working with Maria when she first joined, and we were working on a power clean. For those of you who had to learn this from scratch, you are well aware that it is not the easiest move to learn. I could see that she was getting frustrated, but she kept with it and hung in there. This toughness and determination allowed her to learn the movement, but also showed that she was dead set on sticking to the plan and becoming a healthier person. Since Maria joined she has lost approximately 3” and has set milestones in several areas –
- Back Squat 155#’s
- Front Squat 135#
- Over Head Press – 55#
- Can complete a perfect bodyweight push up
- Swing a 35# kettle bell
- Can protect Tom from Judith (keep reading)
What can I say about Judith other than that she hates anything and everything that we write up on the white board!
“Hey Judith, we have wall balls and burpees today, what do you think?” – “I hate wall balls and burpees.”
“Hey Judith, we have 5 – 500 meter row efforts today, what do you think?” – “I hate rowing.”
“Hey Judith, how about you watch while me and Sean do the workout on the board?” – Haha I have not asked her that question but I am sure she would LOVE it.
We have an ongoing joke that Judith does not like any movement associated with CrossFit, nonetheless she keeps on coming back. Even if she is telling me she is not looking forward to the workout, she does it with a smile. Judith works hard, real hard every second she is in the gym. Deep down I really think she loves burpees and wall balls, but she will never admit it to me. Here are some of Judith’s accomplishments so far:
- Push Press 105#
- Back Squat 130#
- 10 Burpees in 1:00
- Has lost 20#’s!
Carolina is a frequent flyer to the 5:30am class and Sean and Melinda have noticed her great improvements in all aspects of CrossFit. When Carolina joined us she was dealing with a knee injury that had stalled her running ability. She is recovered and through her training her running capacity has greatly increased. Here is a brief quote from Carolina – “I can run a 10k in 50 minutes thanks to CrossFit and I didn’t want to die for the first time.” Haha, that’s all we can ask for! Carolina can currently back squat 130#’s which is very impressive given her bodyweight. In addition to becoming stronger, Carolina has lost 6” altogether through CrossFit training and following a gluten free diet!!!
Maria, Judith, and Carolina we love having your family as a part of our CrossFit family. You all are examples of why all of us love running a gym like this. Keep up the hard work!
We are extremely excited to have Jes on board! She will be holding classes on Mondays and Fridays at 12:00pm so we hope that this new time frame helps some of you out. Here is some information about where Jes came from and how her diverse background will benefit everyone that comes in contact with her.
I am a highly trained, enthusiastic teacher. My focused interest in health, fitness and happiness has propelled me to excel in many modalities. I believe in total fitness as the path to a vital and happy life. I’ve immersed myself in this way of life for the past 12 years.
I began my training in Movement Science Pilates in November of 2000. This pivotal year of intensive study began a journey into the body that is the foundation of my career. In 2003 I received a yoga certification from the Sivananda Yoga Ranch teacher training program. The following year I opened Studio One in Woodstock NY with a mission to assist people in reaching their highest physical potential.
In 2005 I fell in love with the flying trapeze, reaching for the sky on every available sunny afternoon. The summer of 2008 I joined the Trapeze Experience team with Peter Gold. I facilitated classes for children and adults. I have also performed on the flying trapeze in small circus shows.
Zumba fitness jumped into my life in 2009. Experiencing the joy of this new movement, I immediately pursed training in Zumba basics 1 and 2, with Beto Perez (the creator of Zumba), Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao.
In February of 2012, I heard Crossfit Ulster had opened. I was ready for a new challenge. I was intrigued, yet hesitant to try it. Once I walked through the door, I knew I was hooked. I was welcomed into a supportive and inspiring community. I learned very quickly that it is as challenging as you make it. There is a healthy competitive spirit, but ultimately I am competing with who I was yesterday. Feeling successful is always the goal. I looked forward to the workouts and also to the camaraderie among the members. Crossfit has made me much stronger both physically and mentally. I have never been as comfortable in my own skin before. I feel this new strength and power especially when I fly on the trapeze. It feels effortless to fly higher now.
I have always been afraid to set goals for fear of not reaching them. I was encouraged by the coaches at Crossfit Ulster to set and reach goals. I tried this with the paleo diet. My goal was one month of eating clean. It has been over a year now. I feel so much better, I will never go back to my old habits. Slowly I am setting bigger goals at crossfit and in life. This doesn’t mean I’m not afraid anymore. It just means I’m willing to try and always do my best.
Fitness and healthy eating habits are guaranteed to improve the quality of life. I know it changed my life. I am excited to have completed the Crossfit Level 1 trainer course so I may support other people in improving their lives.