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June Athletes of the Month

Congrats to Caroline Barton and Vinny Baker on being June’s Athletes of the Month! Please read their stories below.

 

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Name: Caroline Barton

Age: 37

Hometown: Grand Cayman

How long have you been CrossFitting? 9 years

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Olympic lifting workouts (other than those noted below), especially deadlifts, with limited running.  Lately, I’m surprised to admit, I haven’t hated burpees or push-ups as much.  It might not be love yet, but it’s no longer hate.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Thrusters…squat snatches…squat cleans…anything that requires that amount of distance in a movement.  You’re down, then you’re up and then you have to get down again – it can be a gasser.
 
What is your previous workout/athletic background?  P.E. in high school, not much in university (which is why I probably gained 25lbs), pilates and traditional gym a few times a week in my early twenties.

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? It seemed like a lot going on at once and a lot of strange equipment to become familiar with but I liked the direction of class, the certainty of what was going to happen that day and learning the technicalities of a movement so I could improve.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? I am the fittest I have ever been and still continue to improve.  After CrossFitting through two pregnancies and losing the baby weight twice, I am happier with my health, strength and appearance now than I ever was in my 20s.  I’m energetic, strong and healthy.  Not much else you can ask for.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)?  Accepting that most of the challenge is mental and not physical can make the difference.  Recently I discovered that smiling through some of the toughest moments (especially burpees) can help! I might look crazy at the time but I’m talking myself out of stopping.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman?  The variety, the efficiency and the constant coaching – you’re not going to get very far doing something wrong without someone helping you get better.  There’s also the community feel, everyone is in it together and having to get through it that day.  I could never go back to a traditional gym.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman?  Don’t worry about sucking, looking stupid or getting sick!  We all still suck sometimes, look stupid sometimes and at least feel like we might be sick sometimes.  It takes starting out and being not so good to learn how to become good at anything.  I’m pretty sure that Michael Jordan didn’t get the ball in the net when he tried his first (or second or third) attempt at a slam dunk.  But just know that if you are consistent and you are open to learning, you will improve and you might be surprised at what you’re capable of doing.  Everybody can become “athletic”.

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Name: Vincent Baker

Age: 27

Hometown:Liverpool, U.K.

How long have you been CrossFitting?Since June 16, 2015. Third year anniversary this month!

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Anything bodyweight and gymnastics related, mixed with a side of running. “Murph” comes to mind.

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Power snatch, squat snatch, split snatch. Any snatch.

What is your previous workout/athletic background? I’ve always maintained an active lifestyle as I trained often at a regular gym. I practiced Jiu-jitsu for several years and played a lot of football (soccer).

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? I quickly realized that I was not as fit as I thought I was and practicing lifts/ movements with just the PVC pipe was challenging enough. The thought of moving on to the actual barbell was daunting.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? I am seeing more results in almost three years of CrossFit than I did in over ten years of training at a regular gym. I feel as though my stamina is growing and I have become leaner and stronger, which was my goal/ reason for joining CrossFit.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? I think about the results/ gains that I’ve already achieved and this pushes me to achieve more. When I’ve reached breaking point on several occasions, I’ve envisioned my father cheering me on towards the finish. Soppy, but true!

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? The program varies day-to-day and works every muscle during the course of a week. This ensures that I am working the whole body and not missing certain muscle groups, which I would do previously.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? Don’t delay, join today!

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