FriendshipFridays! Read about how Katie and Jamie met at CrossFit DelVal, how they’ve become so close and how they even workout together on days they can’t make the 5:15 am class!
Q(Katie): Why did you start CrossFit? What made you decide to join DelVal? How do you like it so far?
A: I am getting married in November and I wanted to look and feel my best for the wedding. I heard about DelVal through my sister. She works with Jacki. She suggested reaching out to Jacki for personal training. Since joining CrossFit DelVal, I’m surprised to say I do enjoy it. I’m not a big fan during the class because it’s rough, but, it’s what I was looking for. I have tried several different classes and gyms before to lose weight, and when I leave DelVal, I know it was worth it. You feel every workout, I can tell which muscles we used, and although it’s not easy, It’s nice to leave everyday feeling the changes in my body and health.
Q(Jamie): When you first joined CrossFit were you nervous? Did you think you would enjoy it as much as you have so far?
A: Yes extremely nervous. My sister actually signed me up online and made me go. It was not by choice but by her forcing me! She told me she would go with me for two weeks. I guess she knew that after that I would love it! I didn’t think that I would stick with it, especially since the only class that works for me was the 5:15am. Usually by now I’m over any program or make excuses not to go but, I love that every workout is different! It gets me out of bed at 4:30am which is amazing!
Q:(Katie): How did you and Jamie become friends? Did you do a lot of partner workouts together?
A: Jamie and I met within a few weeks of me joining DelVal. It’s a little intimidating joining a gym that has its regulars and feeling like the new one who can’t keep up, even though everyone in the gym was friendly and welcoming. Jamie introduces herself and told me she was also a new member. So immediately we exchanged numbers and discussed our schedules so we could go together. It’s nice having a partner who is on a beginner level as well. I feel it really helped motivate me to stick with it.
Q:(Jamie): Were you and Katie friends before CrossFit or did you meet in the gym? Does Katie keep you accountable when coming? How has having Katie start around the same time impacted your CrossFit experience?
A: No I did not know Katie. Actually, the last day that my sister went to class with me, Katie was there too. I overheard Jacki say she was new so I went over and introduced myself. I feel we both keep each other accountable but she definitely would back out more than me so I do push her to go, HA! I always say that the workouts don’t look that bad and then she is usually cursing me before the end of the class. I have to say that having her humor in the mornings has made CrossFit all the more worth waking up for!
Q:(Katie): Were you and Jamie friends before CrossFit or did you meet in the gym? Does having Riley in the gym keep you accountable?
A: I have to say having Jamie as a gym buddy definitely helps keep me motivated and accountable. In the beginning, we’d pick days we were going to go. There were quite a few times I was too tired or just being lazy, but I told Jamie I would be there so I could not back out. Even now, months in, there are days I’m just not up to it. I’ll text Jamie at 4:30 in the morning and she tells me to get my a** out of bed or suck it up, LOL. Also, on days we aren’t able to attend due to work schedules or babysitters, we will meet up and run/ jog so at least we are still being active- I know I would not do that alone.
Q:(Jamie): Do you and Katie partner up for workouts or strength work a lot? Do you both come to 5:15am to workout together?
A: Yes when we are together we always partner up because we roughly lift the same weight although she's probably doing about 10lbs more than me now! We always go to the 5:15 am class and talk about attempting Sunday Bootcamp but have not made it there yet! On the days during the week that we are not at CrossFit we meet up at 5:15am to go walking/jogging.
Q:(Katie):Jamie started a little before you, was she helpful in learning new things or did you guys learn from one another? How has meeting her shaped your CrossFit experience so far?
A: We both were always confused with the lingo of the different workouts. Even now, we struggle to remember the names of different techniques. But there are times when she will show me if I am doing something incorrectly and vice versa. For the most part we are learning together with the help of other members and the trainers. I’m really glad I met Jamie. We both have similar reasons for joining and are both looking just to feel healthy overall. With every week, we are seeing improvements with things we couldn’t do in the beginning. A lot of members say how hard it was in the beginning for them too but it’s nice to go through it with someone at the same time. Even when we are scaling some workouts, we help push each other to do a little more than what we initially try.
Q:(Jamie): Do you think it's important to find someone in the gym who can keep you accountable as well as be your workout buddy? Do you think CrossFit does a good job of bringing others together and facilitating those friendships?
A: I think it’s important for some people to find a workout buddy to make them accountable but not for everyone. When I was in my 20s, I loved going to the gym solo so having a workout buddy would have been more of a nuisance. But now that I am older with kids and less time on my hands, having a workout buddy to make me accountable definitely helps me get to the gym in the mornings especially when all I want to do is sleep for that extra hour! The coaches are great at facilitating friendships too! Jacki is always helping Katie and I to show us how we can help each other when we are doing a hard movement. She also yells at us when we are talking too much and not working! Justin and Kyle are also both awesome at helping us and showing us how to scale movements together! And we miss Cat in the mornings, she was a great motivator for both of us. She also yelled at us for talking too! Seems like we get away with more with the guys! Ha-ha But over all the coaches are awesome and we appreciate all the help and support from the morning crew!
Q:(Katie): Between you or Jamie- which one of you would be more likely to do something crazy like jump out of a plane or go bungee jumping?
A: Honestly, I think we would both be too chicken to do anything like that, ha! We have very similar personalities.
Q:(Jamie): If Katie was an animal- what animal would she be and why?
A: I would say she would be Chester Cheetah because she’s cool, she’s faster than me at the WODs and more importantly because she wears BLACK SUNGLASSES!