February 2020 Athlete Focus: Jen Schubert LeClerc


“Jen has to be one of the most underrated hilarious members at the gym – she always has a smile on her face when coming to the 8am class, even after her long commute to the gym! She adds a ton of energy to class (and competitive spirit) and it just a great person!” -Amanda

Member Since: February 27, 2014

My Name is Jen LeClerc but still go by Jen S (sorry Zac!) I’ve been a member of CrossFit Torque since Feb 2014. Most people wouldn’t know that I’m a competitive person & that I have an extra rib! 

Growing up I was always playing competitive sports. After college, I needed something to do that kept me in shape and felt like a team sport. Leaving work one day, I drove past the new CFT building being built and decided I wanted to try it. I haven’t looked back since.

What has kept you coming back to Torque?

Easy, the people. I drive 40 minutes each way passing 3 other CrossFit gyms because of the coaches and the people. It doesn’t matter how my morning starts; coming to the gym, seeing friends and laughing at some strange product one of us bought on amazon is the best part of my day.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

I feel like I have a couple special moments that make me proud. Every PR and every RX workout still makes me proud of the things my body is able to do – but the day I deadlifted 255lb for 3 reps is the memory that sticks out the most.

What has been your biggest challenge? 

My biggest challenge was coming back after 10 months off and trying to pick up where I left off. I had to realize that I was starting back from square one.

Another challenge for me in the beginning was always trying to finish first (competitive, sorry) but realizing how much better I feel when my movements are correct each time.

Do you have a favorite movement to do?

Box Jumps …..LOL… no I’m kidding; it would be Squat Cleans or Hang Power Cleans.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

Just try it! The coaches and people are what will bring you back. There is nothing like looking at the people who just went to hell and back on the same chipper as you, laughing because the workout didn’t kill you & knowing they will show up again tomorrow!

Thanks to Jen for being committed and loyal – not only to Torque, but to her health and fitness!

January 2020 Athlete Focus: Scott Hockman


Member since: February 23, 2015

“No matter what life throws at Scott for his traveling work schedule, he without a doubt finds a way to get into the gym! He’s coming up on his 5 year Torque-iversary! We love having him at the gym” – Amanda

We asked Scott to tell us more about him!
I am in sales for a financial services and travel pretty much every week.  I have 14 year old twin daughters (who I am hoping will start CrossFit after basketball season!).  I live in Norfolk and grew up in Norwood; I have lived in MA my entire life with the exception of living in London for 2 years for my job.  With work travel and teenagers, I don’t get a lot of time to myself but when I do, I enjoy golf and anything Boston sports related.

What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join? 
I wanted to change up my workout routine.  I had been going to the gym 4-5 days a week and just felt my workouts were stagnant and I was not getting the results I wanted.  I was definitely nervous going into the on-ramp program, but Coach Ali and Amanda were amazing and I was hooked!


What has kept you coming back to Torque day after day?
The coaches and the members are the best.  The support you get on a daily basis is truly amazing.  The fact that the workouts are so varied is one of my favorite things about CFT.


What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
My proudest accomplishment is the fact that I can complete the workouts.  There are a lot of movements where I struggle because of my mobility restrictions, but the coaches always come up with alternatives for me.

What has been your biggest challenge? 
Anything that requires shoulder range of motion and mobility.  I still have a ways to go but compared to where I was when I first started, it is night and day.

Do you have a favorite movement to do?
Anything squat related (just not overhead!)


What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
I would just tell them to not be intimidated and that while the WODs are challenging, they are doable. Also that “you lose it if you don’t use it” so get moving!

December Athlete Focus 2019: Amie Owens


Member Since: January 14, 2012

“Amie has been with us a part of the TorqueNation family since she was an employee at ReebokHQ (part of the original team who partnered with CFHQ back in 2009/2010). She always brings a smile to class and is the FIRST to introduce herself to new faces at the gym, and the first to volunteer herself for an event at the gym. She created one of our #TorqueNationCares non-profits: k4k (kettlebell4kids) back in 2014 and leads the team today. It has a fantastic mission – check it out!” -Amanda

Hello! I am a brand strategy and global insights consultant by day and founder/president of kettlebells4kids by night. Having worked at Reebok, I did all of the undercover investigation on “these crazy people, who do ridiculously insane workouts” to determine if Reebok and CrossFit would be a good fit. I quickly learned that this thing called CrossFit was simply a group of genuine people united by the desire to help themselves and everyone around them get stronger.

I joined the CrossFit Torque family in November, 2011. I remember walking into CFT for my first 1:1 session with former Coach Kenny and almost cried when I couldn’t even hold my own body weight on the rings! It was a moment I will never forget. I remember thinking, “how on earth can I be this weak?”. I knew that day that I was committed to getting stronger.

From day one there has never been any judgement from the coaches at Torque. Many times I am the last to finish a workout, yet coaches and members are always there with me when I finish. There has never been a time when I have felt embarrassed of giving it my best. While I can get frustrated with myself, the coaches (and members) are always reminding me that every day I show up, I am still getting stronger.

I am proud of many things that I have accomplished. One of the biggest milestones for me was running my first mile on April 16, 2013. It was the morning after the Boston Marathon bombings. Until that day I had always allowed asthma to tell me that I couldn’t run. I remember that morning thinking “…but I can run. I am here today, I have two legs. I can run.” So I ran, one mile at Torque, and didn’t stop for the first time in my life. Flash forward to February 12, 2017 ~ one of my proudest (and one of the hardest) moments was receiving my CrossFit Level 1 certification, followed by CF Kids cert. 

I love when a workout involves rope climbs, kipping pull-ups and handstand push-ups (um, one day without 2 ab mats – HAHA!) 

I think the biggest challenge for me, is ME. We all have good days and bad. For me it is about not getting frustrated with myself when old (non-CrossFit) injuries flare up and remember I can always scale any movement and still get a great workout!

So, here’s my advice to someone who wants to start CrossFit but hasn’t been able to convince themselves:

You are never too old to start CrossFit. I celebrated my 1/2 way to 100 (a.k.a. 50) a couple of years ago and made a promise to myself that day, after I finally did the ‘Filthy 50’ (workout). I will not let my age define what I can or can’t do. I no longer think of working out as something I have to do – it is something I can do and something I get to do with the encouraging coaches and motivating members at CrossFit Torque.

“Just. Keep. Moving.”

4/29/19 | Monday


4/29/19 | Monday.

Strength:

Front Squat 5 x 5 at 80% of 5RM.

Workout of the Day:

10-9-8-7-6-10 for time of:

Toes to Bar,

Wallballs (20/14),

Push Ups.

April Athlete Focus: Bonnie!


Bonnie P.

Member since:  August 24th, 2013

“Bonnie is one of our most consistent members, and she loves a hard metcon! I always enjoy talking to her about what shows we’re watching and how about in her next life she said she’d be covered in tattoos haha!”- Coach Jake

Tell us about you!

I work for Beacon Roofing Supply as an Administrative Senior and have been with the company for 18 years.  I have also moonlighted as a Line Dance instructor for around 15 years.  I currently go to grad school at Framingham State.  My husband and I live in Canton with our two parrots and there is usually a game on the T.V. or radio at our house.  


What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?


 I visited a total of five ‘boxes’ in the summer of 2013 before joining Torque.  Crossfit Torque had the best schedule, location, price, amenities, and ‘vibe’ so it was a no brainer.

What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??


The location!  I have to drive past it after work to get anywhere that I need to go.  That darn sign out front with the motivational sayings keeps me coming back.

First free-standing handstand – It happened sometime in the past year and I was so excited, I screamed like a little girl.


What has been your biggest challenge?

Snatches!  I have been at Crossfit long enough to be in 3 different age categories for the Open.  Each year, I look to see if the snatch weight has dropped down to something that I can do but it annoyingly stays at around 5-10 pounds out of reach, (OK, maybe 10-20 pounds out of reach).


What is your favorite CF movement to do?

Overhead Squats!


What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

Stop whining and go.

February Athlete Focus:


Val Mc

Member since:  December 4th, 2013

Every time I picture Val in my head, it’s with her carrying tons of gym shit with big sunglasses, running from somewhere to come squeek a workout in before running off to the next place! But when she’s here she gives it her all every time, even when she doesn’t feel like it ;P – Coach Jake

Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂

My name is Valerie McCarthy; I am a resident of Foxborough Massachusetts and a proud member of CrossFit Torque. This year I will be married for 9 years and have two daughters Christina (7) and Claire (6).  Life has never been so busy! I am a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts (weekend nights) as well as a part-time nurse educator at the Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown lastly, a full-time student at Regis College seeking a second masters in nursing.

I believe that excellence is achieved by small improvements and lifelong pursuit of learning and development. I received my masters in nursing education in Spring 2017, and I again set out to further enrich myself and started my educational journey for second masters as a nurse practitioner and will graduate in May 2019 (Yay!). I was raised to have a strong work ethic, to believe in myself and never settle. I have always loved fitness! I believe that fitness has been a big part of what keeps me energized and empowered to strive for excellence in all aspects of my life. I have had little time over the past 4 years for “the extras” and I must admit I have struggled to even keep fitness a part of my daily life. My husband Ryan is an amazing support and we both push each other every day to do some sort of exercise.


What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

I have been a member at CrossFit Torque for 5 years now; prior to joining I was attending a gym that provided its members with a similar style of working out but was further away. I was looking for a gym closer to home and I heard about CrossFit from a friend of mine who was a gymnast and who thought I would enjoy the challenge. I have always had to work hard at everything I do and fitness has not come easy for me either but I enjoy the “fight”. I can honestly say what has kept me committed to CrossFit is the individualized yet family-centered approach that the coaches provide at CrossFit Torque. CrossFit Torque provides its members with a safe environment for working out both emotionally and physically. The coaches take pride in making sure we “all” achieve goals each class big or small.  I can honestly say that the environment breeds success as we push and encourage each other to be our best!

What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??

My favorite thing about working out at CrossFit Torque is the people! I love the workouts but with a busy hectic life it’s easy to sometimes say “No” to working out but it’s not easy to let someone else down. I have to say I am grateful for Coach Amanda and Coach Jake for reaching out to me the weeks I didn’t show up, reminding me of my goals and my accomplishments and not to let life get in the way of taking care of myself. Although I have a passion for fitness I too fall victim to being a wife, mother, student, teacher, and daughter and can easily put many things before or above myself. Amanda and Coach Jake are the reason I have found the time this year… working three jobs, being in school full time and having a family to still find time for the gym. This is not going to be my strongest year, nor is it the year I will look my best but it’s a year I will always remember because I didn’t let myself slide! And working out has given me more motivation and energy to complete what may be one of my biggest individual accomplishments yet, becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

This is a difficult question because I look at each workout at CrossFit as an accomplishment as all the workouts are challenging in their own way. Prior to joining CrossFit, I shied away from what some call “heavy lifting” thinking that I was not strong enough or knowledgeable enough in the gym to “lift” heavier weights. I also have learned a lot about my body and when I can push myself harder and when I cannot.


What has been your biggest challenge?

I find my biggest challenge is often the reason I keep coming back, FAILURE. The CrossFit workout at times pushes you beyond fatigue but you learn that this is really where the real fight for fitness lies. It’s challenging to push through the fatigue but when I push past the point of exhaustion I have learned I make my biggest gains. CrossFit is difficult; to succeed I often have failed and this is when I have seen my biggest accomplishments. The challenge of CrossFit is only understood by those lying on the ground next to you when the work out is over!


What is your favorite CF movement to do?

Overhead squats, because you’re using your full body!


What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

For those of you who have never participated in a CrossFit workout or have never been to a “box”, I can see how the CrossFit style of “strength and conditioning” can be intimidating or even overwhelming. However, if you’re someone who struggles to go to the gym or doesn’t particularly love “cardio” and traditional style of “weightlifting” CrossFit may be for you!  CrossFit is not as intimidating as one my think.  As I stated above CrossFit brings with it the bonus of a community and together we experience challenging workouts in which we all see measurable results. Furthermore many of us have become passionate about the sport of lifting as we have seen ourselves grow through perseverance. Furthermore, being involved in a community breed’s change, it becomes easier to “want” to make life style changes as the coaches and other athletes you meet are often high-energy people. Lastly, your energy will increase and you will be consistently releasing feel-good endorphins which combined with increased energy you will see positive effects in all areas of your life. If you don’t believe me…..come on in, we are always ready and willing to invite newcomers into our box! Take the challenge, become a better you and CROSSFIT!

January Athlete Focus: Tad S.


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January Athlete Focus:  Tad S.

“I’ve known Tad for a long time now, he’s always the first one to volunteer for a fun yet soul crushing workout, especially if it means helping out one of his fellow athletes! But not only that, but he’s also always the first to jump in and help with whatever you need!”-

– Coach Jake

Member since:  September 20th, 2012

Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂

Dad, Husband, Computer Geek | xargs -P 3 Be a Good Person.


What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

Patty (aka. Hot Wife) had been going to CrossFit for about four months or so and was pressing me to go saying “I would enjoy it”.  Although I wanted to get back into something athletic, I didn’t want to spend a hundred bucks to have some yahoo telling me how to lift weights… so when it came time for the on-boarding class, Patty literally was pushing me out the door.

But then, as I did the one-on-one with Coach Kenny I was able to do more than I expected and really appreciated the patience and tips on how to move better. Then as I started taking classes, I noticed that all the coaches were like that!  Honestly though, I didn’t like it…. for the first 6-8 months.  All that waking up early, being out of breath, and being sore for days…  I would rather “sleep in” and enjoy a leisurely donut and coffee on my way to work in the morning.  I kept going though because immediately Patty and I had something new in common that we could talk about – I could do something athletic for me but we could also share our accomplishments and challenges outside the box. CrossFit as marriage therapy… that snuck up on me!

Unrelated to my wife, I had a bad back for a couple of years before starting CrossFit I tried a lot of things from a chiropractor and acupuncture to a new mattress and proscribed stretching… it turns out that strengthening my core with CrossFit was pretty much the solution – I recall doing snatches in the parking lot (now next door) and realizing my back didn’t hurt.

So I keep coming back to CrossFit because it makes me stronger… I can throw my kids around, my back feels better and I am doing WAY more than I thought I could, my marriage has improved is ways I didn’t think of, mentally and physically I am more willing to take on challenges and I can more easily accomplish/endure them…  and for CrossFit Torque specific -I get to do all of the above with friends I can laugh with and coaches that understand (and laugh with) me and they all want me to improve, as I do them!

What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??

There is this thing in CrossFit we have all heard “Constantly varied”.  Every day it’s a new challenge when I come in with a (somewhat) different set of friends to do it with.  I am not motivated enough to work out alone, CrossFit Torque fills that social side of shared challenge that keeps me going. Whether it is a coach I hear saying “Keep it going, Tad!!!” when my mental toughness is wavering or it’s trying to keep up with (or stay ahead of) a CrossFit buddy.  It all means a lot to me and drags me out to Torque when I want to sleep in.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

Five plus years of CrossFit Torque. Seriously. Being consistent.  Maybe I didn’t go every day I could, but I kept going!


What has been your biggest challenge?

Bar and ring muscle ups.  I have a mental hang-up about even practicing them and I can’t figure out why.  I have to steel myself to even try one.  It takes someone else saying “let’s do this” to get me to even practice.  Lame.


What is your favorite CF movement to do?

Every single movement that goes well.  When I do a snatch and it lands in a squat. My 3rd-4th-5th pushup.  The first Handstand pushup.  The power clean where my feet pop just as the bar lands on my shoulders.  The KB swings and DU’s that flow like water.  The crabwalk that… no…   F that.


What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

Two words.

Be consistent.

Everything else flows from there.

If you are considering CrossFit, do it.  You don’t have to go gangbusters, you don’t have to compete, you just have to be consistent.  It doesn’t matter how much you are out of shape… it is ready for you.  It’s really about improving you… in more ways than you expect… in more ways than I can write.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”25225,25226,25224″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

November Athlete Focus: Pete A.


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November Athlete Focus:  Pete A

“Pete has been a stalwart member of Torque for over 5 years! It makes me so happy to see him still tackling new things despite injury and ‘getting older,’ he never stops learning and that gives young guys like me hope for the future!”- ”

– Coach Jake

Member since: January 5th 2013

Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂

I am one of the “older dogs” learning new tricks at CrossFit.  I sell contact centers for a living, but my passion is my family.  I have three kids, 20 boy (Jr in college, 18 girl,(FR in college) and a 15 boy who is a Sophomore in HS.  I have a wonderful wife who is the glue to that keeps us together.  In addition, I have two Newfoundland’s that my family says are my favorite kids (sometimes true).  I have always worked out in some way; I am an avid downhill skier and mountain biker.  I am also excellent at breaking or tearing body parts as well as rehabbing said body parts.  


What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

I was looking for something different, and a friend recommended CrossFit.  I have never done much group exercise before, but when I did I enjoyed it.  I work from home, so being with a group is a nice respite from hanging out with my dogs.

What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??

There a number of reasons.  I like the competition, even when I am losing, but I also really like the team spirit that everyone has.  Of course, I love the fitness portion of it as well.  I love being able to hop on skis and be able ski a full day from day 1.  Last but not least, I really enjoy the coaches and the coaching aspect.  I have learned a ton not just about getting stronger, but also the importance of mobility (a work in progress) and other aspects of being fit.


What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?

I love the facility, but also love the variety in the workouts.  Even on days when I am not feeling it, the mix of movements also gets me charged up.  I also really enjoy my fellow athletes.  I was part of the noon crew for a long time.  As my job requirements changed, the timing needed to change and I have been able to find another crew(s) to work out with.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

While not the hardest movement, the rope climb is my proudest accomplishment.  My first workout after ramp, was a rope climbing workout with Cory and Rachel.  I was somewhat demoralized.  However, one day Coach Ali and Coach Alex took the time with me to work on it “getting small and getting long”.  It made all the difference in the world, and although I am still not a great climber, it was a movement that I was sure I would never master.


What has been your biggest challenge?

Overhead movements (squats and snatches).  My shoulder mobility is still awful, so these present a unique challenge for me.


What is your favorite CF movement to do?

Sled Pushes and Double Unders. I am also a big fan of kettlebell swings, mainly because it is one movement I am actually pretty good at.


What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

Give it a try.  I know a lot of people might be intimidated, when they see the facility and the first time they see some of the WOD’s, but it gets better.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”24822,24823″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

March Athlete Focus: Dave R


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March Athlete Focus:  Dave R

“Dave Resnick continuously keeps Coaches on their toes! Always with a smile on his face, he tackles each workout with the upmost determination to survive! He has been part of TorqueNation for over 6 years, and even in the Chace Family as Santa Claus!””

– Coach Amanda

Member since: February 11th 2013

Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂

I’m a father two adult children living with my wife Sue and our dog Rupert in Sharon. For almost thirty years I’ve been an attorney at the Boston office of Nixon Peabody where I run the patent practice.  My area of expertise is biotechnology.  I love science so it’s an excellent job.  I learn all the latest science from the experts and get paid for it!  I know it’s hard to believe but before I went to law school I received a Master’s degree in microbiology.  I actually wanted to go into scientific research but after President Regan cut funding for research I needed a plan B.  The original plan B was to become a podiatrist but the thought of looking at feet all day didn’t seem like a good long term plan.


What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

I came to Torque in a strange way-my doctor sent me!  For many years I was a long distance runner.  In the fall of 2012 while running on a trail I took my last pain free step. I had enjoyed running because it helped burn of my stress and anxiety.  After my sports medicine doctor acknowledged that my injury was running career ending, she mentioned that her friend went a CrossFit in Foxboro and that I might enjoy it.  I showed up on Saturday morning at the old box and spend some quality time with Kenny.  After he almost killed me with the intro workout, I was sold.  I figured I would do it for a few months until I found something else. That was over five years ago.

What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??

While the exercise helps me burn off my stress and anxiety, that’s not why I show up at 6 AM three days a week.  I keep coming back because of the people- the coaches and my fellow athletes. (I love that we are called “athletes!”) It’s hard to believe that we could have fun doing wall balls at 6 AM but somehow we do!

What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?

Back to the people.  I love the comradery and support. The fact that people jump in and help you get through your workout is fantastic.  When someone does their first unassisted pull-up, like Jane did the other day, the crowd goes wild.  Amanda has a terrific job making a gym into a community.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

I have two.  One morning with Coach Jake we did sled pushes.  Jake doesn’t let you add up the weight.  He just makes you push. I think when I was done it was close to 450 lbs.  I was shocked!

I also once did a pull up with a 75 lb kettlebell around my waist.  Given that’s more than half my body weight, it certainly looked impressive.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Kipping.  My shoulders are tight and I’m not very coordinated!

What is your favorite CF movement to do?

Of course it’s the strict pull up!  It’s always been my thing.   In the event I didn’t tell you personally, I was the 1980 Cranston High School West pull up champion. While having short arms makes finding a proper fitting shirt difficult, it makes it much easier to do pull ups!

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

You don’t have to be athletic to enjoy CrossFit. You just have to have the right attitude.  Keep it fun.  You get to spend time with great people and at the same time get it in the best shape of your life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”23447,23448,23449″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]