June 2020 Athlete Focus: Krystal O'Brien

June 2020 Athlete Focus

Krystal O’Brien

Member since: February 21, 2020.

Krystal always is smiling; and brings a positive, competitive energy to class. She’s always ready to put in 100% physically and mentally. She’s a great addition to the gym! -Coach Amanda

I love to hang out with my family, including my husband, Mike, 3 kids (16 year old son – Jacob, 5 year old daughter – Kylie, and 3 year old daughter – Madison), and golden retrieved, Molly. We enjoy boating, going to Washburn Island and Oaks Bluff in the summer. We enjoy skiing and going to the indoor water park in Jay, VT in the winter.
I am blessed to have a career that I love that keeps me busy when I’m not enjoying time with my family.

What about Torque made you want to join?
CrossFit Torque is close to home, has great hours that accommodate my crazy schedule and the quote that was written on the CFT street sign called to me one day.

What has kept you coming back?
The support and comradeship has kept me coming back day after day. The coaches are motivating, energetic and make you feel comfortable with your skill level. The members are encouraging and fun. You immediately feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door (or join the Zoom virtual).
I was a member of CrossFit Torque for only a couple short weeks before the pandemic forced CFT to shift to zoom classes. Even with the unforeseen adjustment, the coaches and members continued to keep the atmosphere fun, inviting and energetic. Zoom classes were held to keep us active and continuing on our path to health and fitness. Additional zoom meetings were held for fun game nights, keeping us close as a community.
CrossFit Torque focuses on health and wellness. Safe exercising for your skill level and strength, or injury, is always encouraged. Proper nutrition is discussed and practiced. Warm ups and stretching for safety and recovery are part of every workout.
And to top it off, Amanda shows her members so much love and support. She focuses on the positive, and calls out weekly accomplishments and milestones for all to see. She even takes the time to hand write notes when you hit a great milestone or accomplishment!
CrossFit Torque truly provides a great experience that makes me feel amazing overall.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
I have accomplished quite a lot in such a short time with CrossFit Torque. My proudest accomplishments thus far are running a mile in under 9 minutes, finally getting double-unders, and getting rope climbs. I believe that the atmosphere and support have provided me the confidence I needed to push myself for each.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge so far is double-unders. I can now string 15-20 together in a workout. The encouragement to continue to improve this skill is empowering, and I’m happy that I’m getting better.

Do you have a favorite movement we do?
I like to do any movement that challenges me. My favorite is probably wall balls.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who might be hesitant to start with us but hasn’t yet?
CrossFit can be intimidating. I would say, come and meet us! We’re friendly and nonjudgmental. We will support you in your goals, and celebrate your wins with you. There is a scale for every strength and skill level, and you can move a pace that you’re comfortable with.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would fly!
Thank you to Krystal for giving us some insight into your world – we love having you be a part of #TorqueNation!
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