June Athlete Focus: Siobhan M
“Siobhan always inspires me when she comes in and works hard despite managing her crazy schedule/hours! And always with a smile no matter how brutal the workout!”
– Coach Jake
Member since: January 15th 2015
Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂
I’m from Mansfield MA and I’m an ICU nurse. I’ll be going back to school this fall for Family Nurse Practitioner. I am always looking to learn something new. I often help my Dad out with construction. I’m the odd ball women that loves house projects just to build something. A lot of people don’t know this about me but I also owned my own ice cream shop at a very young age. For other fun, I’m a foodie so I love to eat and find new places including breweries and wineries. I like to hike, sail, travel, and workout. Staying in one spot is not for me except if I’m dead after one of Jake’s workouts.
What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?
I had no clue what CrossFit was at all when I first started. Andrew was bored at the regular gym, so he asked me to try CrossFit with him because he didn’t want to do it alone. I was willing to try it, just so he would start. When I looked into it I was petrified on how intimidating it was. I thought CrossFitters chewed the weight off the barbell for dinner. After I sat down with Amanda she made me a little less scared. In fact, she made me recognize it’s a community of people that felt more like a family cheering one another to live better and have fun. The on ramp was an introduction to a barbell for me as well as the lovely burpee. I died. I didn’t think I was that out of shape since I went to a gym regularly. Boy was I wrong. So, I signed up. I was very nervous the first few classes because I thought I could try it and go back to the regular gym. Once I realized CrossFit people are actually nice and eat real food and drink beer, I might be fine. I was awful starting out, but coach Ali was my go to class to give me the reassuring smile and modifications I needed to get a workout done. All the coaches are so welcoming and willing to modify any part of the work out to still get the job done and build strength. Every class comes with a new challenge to overcome and conquer.
What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??
I find that I am a stronger person inside and outside the gym. I do a lot of physical labor and I can see the difference.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?
The coaches are all awesome! It also helps that I don’t have to think about what I am going to do! The coaches have it all planned out from the warm up to the workout.
What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
What has been your biggest challenge?
Trying to do a kipping pull up, it’s been on my list far too long to conquer but I will get there!
What is your favorite CF movement to do?
The good ole clean.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
The beauty of CrossFit is that it is made for literally everyone no matter the age or fitness ability. Not only does torque do a great job coordinating high intensity workouts but they also incorporate mobility training. Come in with an open mind and remember it’s a learning process and everyone is in it together. The first couple of months were the most challenging for me to get the lingo and movements down, but stick with it and you will find yourself stronger both inside and outside the gym!