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Member Spotlight: Peter

How old are? 34

What is your career/job? I am a personal injury attorney, helping people injured in car crashes and other calamities. 

How long have you been doing CrossFit and/or Yoga? I have been doing olympic-style lifting since high school, but I joined Metacomet CrossFit about 18 months ago. 

Why did you decide to try CrossFit and/or Yoga? I tried self-motivated training, a/k/a walking around the local gym for a long time. I saw no results. I needed someone to guide my workouts, track my progress and push me to achieve more. CrossFit seemed like a good fit. 

How often do you go to Metacomet?  4-5 times per week. 

How do you find the time to get it all in? As a husband, father of 4 children and a litigation attorney, this is my primary activity for stress relief. The only way I am able to do it all is to prioritize my health and wellness, including CrossFit. 

What is your favorite WOD (workout of the day) or asana (pose)? CrossFit Total (shoulder press, deadlift, back squat).

What results or changes have you experienced – physically/mentally? Physically, I have seen my body return to an athletic form. I feel more energized. Mentally, CrossFit teaches you perseverance and self-motivation. You leave with a feeling of accomplishment, knowing you succeeded, both individually and as a group. 

What is your diet/lifestyle like? While CrossFit makes you stronger, nutrition is the key to weight loss. I have used CrossFit in conjunction with a nutritionist to lose weight and gain energy. A high protein, moderate fat diet, with limited carbohydrates and sugars, is when I feel my best.  

How would you describe the Metacomet community?  Supportive and member focussed. I have been other gyms and programs that were not inviting and used guilt, instead of encouragement, to attempt to obtain results. A session at Metacomet is physically challenging and mentally uplifting. 

What would you tell someone considering CrossFit and/or Yoga?  Try them both and challenge yourself! Exercise is intimidating. It is easier to stay home and watch Netflix. The first time you walk into a CrossFit gym or Yoga studio, it can be scary. I put off joining a CrossFit gym for over a year and I am still intimidated by yoga. Once you try something new, it can reinvigorate your spirit. That is something I have found by refocusing on health and physical activity. 

Member Spotlight: Derrick


What is your career/job?  Materials Engineer / Life Support Scientist (Space Plumber)


How long have you been doing CrossFit and/or Yoga? Since the end of 2012, so about 3 years.


Why did you decide to try CrossFit and/or Yoga? My friends lost a TON of weight doing it.


How often to you go to Metacomet?  3-5 times a week.


How do you find the time to get it all in? It’s not that much time.  Typically I use it as an excuse to leave work ON TIME rather than stay late, or I come back after feeling refreshed.


What is your favorite WOD (workout of the day) or asana (pose)? Cindy – 20 minute, as many reps as possible of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 air squats.  It’s got a nice steady rhythm to it, and the reps are reasonable to accomplish for 20 minutes.

Savasana – Because I almost fall asleep every time.


What results or changes have you experienced – physically/mentally?  My core is way, way, WAY, more stable.  I have seriously increased my body awareness, so when I’m moving heavy loads at work I know how to handle it, and it makes me happy.


What is your diet/lifestyle like?  Diet is paleo most of the time, aka with beer and cheating on weekends, because that’s my social group’s thing to do.  I’m trying to turn it into paleo-zone during the week to the best of my ability.  My lifestyle is very sedentary, so it’s good to get up and move after a day of work.


How would you describe the Metacomet community? We’re super laid back for a crossfit gym.  There’s plenty of encouragement, but no one is screaming in your face like a drill instructor.  It’s about doing the reps, but doing them right every time.  I look forward to going to the gym every day.


What would you tell someone considering CrossFit and/or Yoga?  Just come in and see us.  First one’s free.  You’ll love it.


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