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August’s Athletes of the Month: Craig Morgan and Karmen Berube

Congratulations to Craig and Karmen! 

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Karmen Berube

Name: Karmen Berube

Age: 40

Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

How long have you been CrossFitting? Almost 4 years
 
What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Anything with deadlifts or cleans.
 
What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? 16.5 which was 14.5 (seemingly never-ending thrusters and burpees over the bar)
 
What is your previous workout/athletic background? I have skied since I was a young child, briefly tried Taekwondo, briefly tried kickboxing, went to a typical gym on and off, and I golf.
 
What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? Before the foundations course I had convinced myself that there was no way I would like it or fit in with “those CrossFit people”. I went with a friend who begged me to go with her because she did not want to try it alone. After my first class I was hooked, even though I found it a challenge. I had convinced myself that I was seeing results after only 2 weeks of the foundations course. I felt accepted at the level that I was at and welcomed into the CrossFit Cayman family very quickly. Even after my first class my perception of CrossFit changed from something that was “only for the elite” and “way to difficult for me” to “this is something that I CAN do and can be adapted to any ability”.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? The physical improvement in my health is obvious to anyone who knew me before CrossFit, my appearance, how my clothes fit and my improvement in mobility and overall fitness. For the first time in my life I am aware of what I am putting in my body and able to continually make healthier life choices for both myself and my family. The improvement in mental strength may not be as obvious to others, however the increase in confidence and general mental toughness and health has been a welcomed unexpected side effect. By 6:30am, when many people are waking up, I have accomplished something I am proud of and that many people would find intimidating. I find this a great way to start my day.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? It depends on the workout. Often I get motivation from those working out around me, that if they are still moving so can I. Having familiar faces around me at the gym helps a great deal. There are times when I simply have to be ok with being uncomfortable and just do the work, knowing that at some point it will end. When it is a particularly challenging workout for my abilities, I look at the good side of it and think, “the more difficult it is for me the more results I will see”…..attack my weaknesses.
 
What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? The genuine community. Being a part of a group of people who are continually and honestly seeking improvement at the same time accepting each person for where they are, their abilities and their struggles. The coaches set the tone for and foster this environment at CrossFit Cayman.
 
What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? If you are looking for results, you will need to consistently put in the work, and it is possible. The coaches at CrossFit Cayman are committed to providing a safe environment with high quality coaching, which is difficult to find elsewhere.

Craig Morgan

Name: Craig Morgan

Age: 42

Hometown: George Town

How long have you been CrossFitting? 6 years over the past 10 years ( I took a bit or time off in the middle, kids will do that)

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Am I allowed to say “fight gone bad”?

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Fran, always feel like I need to beat my last time.
 
What is your previous workout/athletic background? Did track & field, gym, swimming and played rugby for Cayman

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? I remember the days in the storage unit many years ago. Enjoyed the no frills hard workouts.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? Having returned after some time off, making leaps in my fitness and dropping weight at a steady rate.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? I try not think about how much is left. Just count one rep at a time, one round at time.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? The knowledge and attention from the coaches and the care about my longivity, not just my one rep max

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? You will not regret it. It will make you physically and mentally stronger.

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