Weight Loss Wednesday: Kelly Slattery-Pennington

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Read about how Kelly Slattery-Pennington joined Amplify, lost 9lbs, and even learned some tricks and tips along the way all while managing 3 young kids!

Q: Whats the most important thing you learned from doing Amplify? How has that translated into your daily life?

A: The most important thing I learned was how to be more mindful of my food choices and plan better. Having a plan makes my daily choices easier and healthier. I am paying more attention to the balance of carbs, fat and protein, something I also never thought about before. Although I knew I was a carboholic before Amplify!

Q: What was the most challenging part of doing Amplify? What are some tricks you learned that have helped you meal prep, maintain or stay on track?

A: Well the first three days were the hardest, I was so hungry! I realized I hadn’t really felt hunger in awhile because I previously would eat throughout the day, and I never paid attention to how many calories I was eating. I learned that while the unhealthy choices (hello pizza!) were giving me immediate gratification, afterwards I would feel some guilt that I didn’t choose something more healthy. I learned that fueling my body with better options made me feel better in general (less bloated, less tired) which is why I wanted to do the Amplify program to begin with.

Q: How much weight did you lose? Did you implement some of the things you learned from Amplify into your family life or family meals?

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A: I lost 9lbs, which is crazy. I figured I would lose a few pounds but didn’t think it would be that much. I haven’t weighed this much since before I had three kids. It was more about how I felt though, than the number of pounds I lost. I had more energy and just felt happier in general. I liked the idea of my kids seeing me eat more variety and healthy options too, 2/3 of them are picky eaters so I’m hoping it will help them over time as well.

Q: How does having a career and children impact your ability to stay on track with your weight loss? Does having children make it more challenging not to snack or be around some unhealthy food?

A: Amplify definitely helped me plan better for work. I work part-time, but one of the days I work 13 hours and I am on my feet all day. I would skip lunch, have no energy by the evening, and order and eat almost a whole pizza around 9pm. Then I would feel like crap the next day- this happened every week. Now I am making time to sit down for ten minutes to eat lunch at the right time, and make sure I bring plenty of healthy snacks. It is really hard with young kids and having so many snacks in the house! Yesterday my oldest brought a box of donut holes outside for the neighbors, then handed me the half-eaten box to hold for her. So I’m following my 2 year old around down the street trying my hardest to not have three handfuls of Pop-ems! The old me would’ve finished the box for sure. But the new me didn’t even have one! I am so glad I did the Amplify program. My husband Chris got me a gift certificate for Amplify for me as a Christmas present, which he wasn’t sure how I would feel about that. But he knew I was looking to find a way to stop eating like a 5 year old and feel better, and I am really thankful for the experience. Next year though maybe I’ll take some Ugg boots or new jewelry ;).

New Member Spotlight: Lexi Goerlach

Read about new member Lexi and how she’s enjoying her new CrossFit journey, her road to losing 100+lbs and what class you can catch her at!

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Q: What brought you to CrossFit Delaware Valley? Have you tried CrossFit before joining the gym? What class times can people find you at?

A: What brought me to CrossFit was my drive challenge myself an push myself to new physical levels. I wanted a challenge and knew CrossFit would be a perfect way for myself to do that. I never tried CrossFit before but I always heard about it or have seen videos of CrossFit athletes working out and that lead me to wanting to try it myself. I’m usually at the 9:30 am classes but with my work schedule I will most likely be attending the 6:30 am!

Q: You recently loss a great deal of weight before starting CrossFit, tell us a little bit about that? What sparked your weight loss?

A: I think what sparked my weight loss was finally being able to accept the fact that the only way I can change my body is by putting in the work. You can’t be lazy, you can’t give up, if you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes to get there. I was tired of feeling the way I felt about myself, tired of making excuses and so I decided to do something about it.

Q: How much weight have you lost to date? What are some things you do to keep yourself accountable and on track?

A: I never actually weighed myself. The first time during my weight loss process that I did weigh myself, was at my On-Ramp with Rob. If I had to guess, I would say I lost about 100 pounds over the last year. To keep myself accountable I meal prep and use MyFitnessPal (most days). I also started an Instagram account to help myself and others stay motivated!  

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Q: What do you think of CrossFit so far after completing your first full month here at DelVal? What are some tips you would give to people on the fence about starting?

A: I am absolutely in love. I love the challenge and I love the atmosphere. I love that everyday is something knew, whether it’s a different skill or working on different movements, having that mix always keeps it fun. Most importantly I love the people and the trainers. Everyone is super encouraging, supportive and always willing to help. My tip would be to just go for it. Workouts can always be scaled or adjusted in a way for things to work for you but also so you can get a good workout in. If you want to challenge yourself and better yourself, this is one of the most amazing things you can do. Put yourself out there and don’t let anything stop you.

Q: What do you think is the most challenging part of your weight loss journey? What are some things you would want other to know who are also trying to lose weight?

A: I think the most challenging part is just your mindset. If your mind is in the way it can be a huge mental block. I want others to know that it takes time, no one can change over night but every day you put in the effort is a step forward!

Q: What is your favorite CrossFit movement so far if you have one? Do you have a favorite workout so far? What’s the hardest WOD you’ve done since joining?

A: My favorite movement I would say are front squats-I just really enjoy doing them. My least favorite is definitely when toes-to-bar show up on the whiteboard. My favorite was definitely the Hustle event we had, I got super included even though I was still very new. The hardest WOD I’ve done so far has to be Murph, the whole next day I felt like I lost a year off my life, Ha!

Q: Tell us a little a bit about yourself outside of CrossFit and weight loss? What is one thing people would not know or expect to know just by looking at you?

A: Outside of CrossFit and my weightloss journey I work at Brick & Brew in Media as well as the YMCA. I love spending all my free time with my friends, my family and my dog. I am also a pescatarian!

Athletes of the Month: Michelle Scullin & Katie Deaner

This month's Athlete(s) of the Month features two inseparable Early Bird ladies. Michelle and Katie are frequently spotted together WODing, lifting, laughing and joking together. Read about how they became such close friends, how they keep each other accountable and how they coincidentally have the same favorite CrossFit workout!

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Q (Katie): Tell us about your dynamic duo. Did you guys meet at DelVal or were you friends before CrossFit?

A: Michelle and I met at CFDV when I started. She had been there for a bit when I started and was kind enough to let me lift with her when I could only bench the bar, not much has changed in that regard. There was a really great group of early bird 5:30 AM ladies when I first started, Maggie, Laura (come back to AM), Erin (come back to PA), and Liz. They were all so encouraging and fun to be around, even first thing in the morning! I think our friendship grew organically after that. We found out we are both Gemini’s, we love to complain, we love red wine, and we’re both always sarcastic and laughing. Instant mix for friendship!

Q(Michelle): How did you and Katie become so close? Does having Katie in gym make you more accountable for showing up consistently as you do

A:  When Katie started at DelVal, I had a feeling after her first few sarcastic and self deprecating comments that we were going to be friends. Then when she never complained having to basically do a half squat each time she approached the barbell when sharing the rack with my short self, I knew she was selfless and we would be close friends. The more we worked out together, the more fun we had laughing at ourselves and discovering the similarities in our personalities and our fitness abilities at the gym. Once we started getting together outside the gym, the swolemance (google it, I did not make up that word) really began. Whether it is hanging out with our DelVal ladies for happy hour (lunch, dinner or any other excuse to get together), shopping for athleisureware, dancing our butts off with our husbands at a wedding, hanging with our kids, or having a girls’ therapy session on the phone, I alway feel happier after spending time with Katie. And yes, having Katie as my workout partner definitely keeps me more accountable for showing up. If I am feeling less than motivated when thinking of waking up at 4:30 the next morning, a little reminder from Katie that she is planning on going and I will feel better. Even if I just show up and move, that’s all it usually takes to get me there in the morning. We like working out together and sometimes even have a plan for skills or movements that we want to work on.      

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Q(Katie): Do you and Michelle always workout together? Do you partner up for workouts when you can?

A: I’ll be honest here. Yes!  If I show up to the gym and Michelle isn’t there, the very first thing anyone I run into says is “where’s Michelle?”....and I usually know where she is, ha! We partner up whenever there is a partner workout, unless she decides to be funny and partners me with Maggie so I literally almost collapse (love you Mag, but your fitness level is insane)! Michelle started training with Justin and was having so much success that I crashed her sessions. After that, we made it official and now Justin gets the absolute joy of dealing with us at both BBC on Tuesdays and every Saturday morning for personal training.  



Q(Michelle): Who is more likely to push the other in a workout, you or Katie? Are either of you competitive with one another?

A: I think that Katie and I are both equally likely to push each other in a workout. We like cheering each other on, and we seem to know when the other needs that little extra mental push or a cue to make an adjustment on some movement. I would definitely say that we are not competitive with each other. I am so happy when Katie crushes a workout and is able to get me extra chalk or a drink of water to help me finish my workout. Katie is also always happy for me when I reach a goal or improve on a movement. To be honest, I think that we both love working out at DelVal and are trying to just keep improving so we can maybe catch up to Maggie on a running or burpee WOD when she is a full 9 plus months pregnant.  #gymgoals

Q(Katie): What is your favorite part of DelVal? What’s your favorite CrossFit workout?

A: My favorite thing about DelVal is the people. Everyone is super supportive and with that support I’ve made fitness a part of my regular life. I’ve made really amazing friends and have a core group of ladies that this NJ chick needed. I guess I can say I’m from PA since I’ve lived here for 11 years, but once a Jersey girl, always a Jersey girl. Also, have to shout out Justin and our training sessions for being very challenging, but also encouraging! Our training has helped me become more confident with a barbell. I know he looks forward to our quality time each week! My favorite workout is definitely Annie. It’s almost the only CrossFit workout I can RX and do with consistency!

Q(Michelle): What is your favorite part of DelVal? What’s your favorite CrossFit workout?

A: I hope I don’t sound like a copycat since Katie was more organized and answered her questions first, but my favorite part of DelVal is also the people. I remember being so intimidated walking in for my first class and watching people lift heavy weights and perform these skills that I never imagined I would even try.  With the coaches training and encouragement of other members of the gym, I feel like I have come so far and I really enjoy starting my day with the Early Bird crew. There are some crazy talented and athletic people in that group that inspire me to keep working at it. I also love working out with different members that I don’t normally see during the week at boot camp on Sunday. I have made some really great friends at DelVal. My favorite workout is also Annie (really, it is!). It is like my gym pick-me-up. If I ever get in a little slump, I try to do Annie. If I improve on my time, it can give me the little boost I need to refocus and see that my fitness is improving. I also can’t forget to mention how much I enjoy BBC and my training with Justin. I used to be extremely intimidated with barbell movements but Justin has helped me learn to love Oly lifting. Thanks for your patience, Justin.

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Q(Katie): What is one thing that most people wouldn’t assume looking at Michelle? What is the funniest thing she’s done in the gym?

A:  Looking at Michelle? You wouldn’t know that she rocks Doc Martens like a badass or that she’s a successful partner at a law firm. She gets terrible hangovers which I find ENDLESSLY annoying. I think just looking at someone you don’t really get the full picture. I’ll take some space here to brag about my friend. She’s honestly one of the most caring, thoughtful, funny people that I’ve ever met. She’s so genuine that it’s disarming to most people, so everyone loves her. She’s an amazing wife and mom. She also gives the best advice...saving me from myself on a weekly basis. I don’t know if I have one specific moment that was the funniest, but my favorite thing Michelle does at the gym is talk/laugh/curse/eye roll mid lift. It makes me laugh and I’m always shocked that she can do that and still complete the lift!

Q(Michelle): What is one thing that most people don’t know about Katie? If Katie called you and told you she was arrested, what would she be arrested for?

A: One thing that most people don’t know about Katie is that she is probably the person most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. It is true! She is scrappy with incredible street smarts, so I am definitely hitching myself to her wagon if the time comes. But in all seriousness, Katie is really just one of the best humans out there! She is that person that everyone loves spending time with because she makes you feel so comfortable with her great sense of humor, her inherently caring nature and her inability to be fake. Besides being a fabulous dancer, a great listener, and a friend who is always willing to stay out for one more drink, she works a full time job in finance, she is a fabulous mom and wife, she is an incredible cook, she is dedicated to her fitness routine and she doesn’t pretend like it is easy to balance it all! Katie is a friend that you know will always have your back, and she gives me a reason to smile everytime is see her or talk with her. If Katie called me and told me she was arrested, it most likely would be for (1) public intoxication, (2) disorderly conduct, or (3) public twerking (google it). But no worries, I would definitely get Katie out of jail because I know enough from law school to call Greg Mallon to save the day (he looks a little like Clark Kent, right?).

Swolemate Saturday: Abbey and Carl Rosenfeld

Read about how Abbey and Carl have gone from highschool soulmates to gym swolemates as well as how they balance their love for CrossFit with their two daughters, demanding careers and travel!

Q: (Abbey): Who started CrossFit first? How did you guys get involved into CrossFit? Do you or Carl have any athletic background?

A: Carl started CrossFit (CF) first in 2016.  We were in Florida for the holidays and Carl was in a rut feeling like he needed to get back into shape. He needed a vigorous workout to kick his butt. His brother had just started CF and wouldn’t stop talking about it. Carl decided to give it a shot and fell in love with CFDV. For the next year until I joined all he would talk about is CF and how awesome it was. I was frankly sick of hearing about it. I was hesitant to go alone but he promised that everyone was so nice and welcoming. He was right!  It was an instant fit for me. I have never really been involved in group workout classes and I was certainly intimidated and overwhelmed. I then met some amazing people and things started to fall into place. I love the grueling WODS and pushing myself to the limit.I love the competition aspect of it too, and yes the whiteboard, which just pushes me even more. Now, CFDV is like our second home! As for an athletic background, we both played sports in high school but not competitively in college. We have always been very active and definitely incorporated cardio pieces (ie running, elliptical, etc) and lifting elements into our lifestyle.

Q: (Carl): We all know Abbey is competitive in CrossFit, is she just as competitive in everything else you guys do? Does this make you want to partner with her during WOD’s?

A: Yes; Abbey is competitive at everything she does and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I think her competitive spirit is infectious and pushes her to succeed in her career as well as drives our daughters to always apply themselves fully in school, sports and life. Personally, I think her passion and drive is incredibly motivating. I love to partner with her. Whether casually at a Sunday Boot Camp or at a couples competition, there is not better partner for me than Abbey. I feel that she always makes me try harder and I have often PR’d workouts when we team up together. I mean, seriously, you have seen her...would you want to let her down in a competition?

Q: (Abbey): How important is nutrition to you in regards to your performance in the gym?  How do you balance your nutrition with a demanding career?

A: Nutrition is extremely important to me both in and out of the gym. I truly believe that what you put into your body is what you get out of it. I certainly feel much better in the gym when I eat clean. The reverse is also true – when I indulge I can definitely feel the negative effects. That said, it is a balance. You have to live life and enjoy, otherwise it’s not worth it. I have learned, I think -much with the help of the amazing Jacki Bunting Ford- how to do both. I will say that Amplify! has changed my life. Sounds cheesy I know but it is true. I food prep on Sundays and pack my lunch and snacks. I always have food with me wherever I go. If I have to travel for work, or I have meetings or court, then I bring snacks with me. I eat five times a day (roughly every two hours). I log what I eat. I am pretty consistent. But, I am only human, so when I do indulge, I try my best to get right back on track. I know, I’m a big geek when it comes to this stuff but, what can I say, I’m a rule follower and a bit of a perfectionist. Also, I am not doing this alone.  I am so fortunate to have Carl who provides me with the accountability that I need. We food prep together and pretty much eat the same things. He can indulge in moderation much better than me so I am a bit more strict with it. That said, it is certainly much easier, in every aspect, with Carl by my side.

Q: (Carl): Do you and Abbey keep one another accountable for coming to the gym? Do you two WOD together on days you can’t make it to DelVal (i.e traveling, up the mountains, ect)

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A: We love to push each other to work harder and strategize how to attack WODs. As I usually go in the morning I try to bring back tips for Abbey to work into her PM workout. Often we will discuss how to make our individual work schedules and kids activities so that we can both make it to class. We love how we are able to use CF as our together time. We always look for ways to work on skills together and stay active when we are away from CFDV as well. We actually converted our garage at our lake house into a CrossFit style gym, appropriately named CrossFit Hakuna Matata. We love to design partner WODs or practice Oly lifts together. Often our daughters and friends will join in for a Boot Camp style workout. Yes, our neighbors often slow their walk and get off their bikes to look strangely at us as we are running with weight vests or have a group of kids and adults workout in our driveway. CrossFit, for us, is a stress reliever, a healthy activity, and a great social outlet.

Q: (Abbey): You have two little daughters, how important is it for you to show the importance of exercise to them? Do they ever workout with you (CrossFit or not)? What do they think of the sport?

A: Our girls are the reason why we do what we do. We want to be healthy for them and there for them every step of the way.  We want to instill in them the importance of a healthy lifestyle – both with exercising and eating clean. Little girls are very impressionable and a healthy body image is so important. I, especially, as a woman, want to show them that being strong, physically, mentally, emotionally, is beautiful. I think that they get it – they constantly ask me to flex and feel my muscles. They have been annoyed at times with our constant logging and measuring our food; however, we have now learned to eyeball the measurements and log at other times. They are eating, for the most part, what we eat for dinner and they have tried, and very much like, a lot of Amplify! recipes. In fact, our older daughter, Maddie, decided, on her own, to give up all sugar for 6 weeks for her science project. She did amazing with it and has even discussed doing it again because she liked how she felt. Our girls come to CF a lot with us and have even done a few boot camp classes, which they love. When we are in the Poconos, we all do WODs together. They seem to really enjoy it. For us, it is amazing to have them there to cheer us on at competitions, or even in class. I certainly push harder when I know that they are watching. I never want them to see me give less than 100%.  And, when we are watching Maddie play in a soccer game, or Blake compete in gymnastics, we know that they are giving their all as well. We are so proud of our girls and who they are and what they will become.

Q: (Carl): There are many times you are out traveling for work or need to eat out for work, what are some steps you take to ensure you stay on track with your nutrition? Do you meal prep for yourself?

A: Honestly, it is hard. Although I have never really had a sweet tooth or cravings for fried/greasy food it is hard to stay away from social drinking. Mid-week is much easier as Abbey and I meal prep on Sundays and our weekday meals are rather standard. Business meals and weekends are much more difficult. One change I have made is to eliminate mid-week drinking and really try to limit the number of drinks at a social setting. On business travel or conferences I just stay away from the buffet line as best as I can. Also I have moved from bourbon/scotch to tequila (which has no sugar - sorry Jacki but it is true...no sugar).

Q: (Abbey): Tell us a little bit about how you and Carl met. What’s it like to be married to a stud like Carl?

A: Carl and I met at a day camp. I was a counselor and he was a lifeguard. I was 17 years old and he was 16 years old. Yes, high school sweethearts. We dated through my senior year of high school and rekindled our flame after college. We actually just celebrated our 15 year anniversary a few days ago. Carl is truly my best friend. We have so much fun together. And, yes, he is an absolute stud, and has always been.  He is an amazing husband, father, businessman, and athlete. He is the calm to my storm. He is my rock. Yep, from sweethearts to swolemates.

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Q: (Carl): How long have you been chasing after Abbey? What are some things you two do together outside of the gym? If you had to describe her in three words- what would those words be?
A: I have been chasing Abbey for well over half my life. All joking aside, I can’t really remember times before Abbey was a part of my life. The good news is that I don’t think I ever stopped chasing her. That’s the best part. We love to stay active. We have never been sit on the couch or sleep in type people. We are always on the move and generally you can find us outside. She is my best friend and it is a blast just to be with her no matter what we are doing. However, I love our time at our lake house the best. Often it is quality family time with our daughters enjoying nature - sailing, kayaking, skiing, beaching etc. Three words...that is hard. I think there is really a few different sides of Abbey - all of which are amazing. There is the family Abbey, the fun Abbey, the gym Abbey, and the work Abbey. However, despite how different she is in each aspect of her life there are a few consistents. Abbey is always - sexy, fun, and strong.

History of DelVal

Read about how CrossFit Delaware Valley got its name, its noticeable lime green color as well as where owner and founder Rob Miller got his start.

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Q: How old is CrossFit DelVal? How did you settle on the name CrossFit Delaware Valley? Where did the lime green color idea come from?

A: I started CrossFit DelVal in the summer of 2007. Our first location was my then Mother-in-Law’s 2-car residential garage, in Springfield. Pretty low tech. We built our own pull-up bars from Home Depot plumbing pipe in those days. I liked the name ‘CrossFit Delaware Valley’ because I thought that if I moved it, I wouldn’t need to worry as long as it stayed in the Philly area.

Actually, the current color scheme is a relatively recent phenomenon. Our colors were red, white and blue for the first 6-7 years of the gym. This is why the front door is different than the wall banner. But the green and white is bad-ass.

Q: How did you get so involved in CrossFit (the company and the workouts themselves)? Did you workout at a previous box before you owned DelVal?

A: I started exercising in 2004 after my son Lukas was born. I was overweight and needed a way to lose 25-30 pounds. I started with running and then lifting. I remember in December 2006 doing a Google search for ‘power clean’ because I’d heard that was a hardcore move. One thing led to another and I ended up on the CrossFit.com mainpage.

From there, I just started doing the workouts, on my own. Imagine being in a commercial fitness center (Gold’s Gym in Marple), doing Overhead Walking Lunges past a row of treadmills. Yeah, that was me. I actually had someone come up to me mid-workout and ask if ‘I was training for something?’. Those were fun days. Fringy and weird, but fun.

I met Nicole Carroll and Pat Sherwood in January of 2008 during my L2 test in Santa Cruz (the original CrossFit gym). They asked me to join the Seminar Staff that year and I did my first gig in April 2008. I’ve done that job (CrossFit Seminar Trainer) on-and-off for the past 11 years, while running DelVal. I’ve been lucky enough to do over 100 Level One Seminars and even a few overseas and at military bases. That’s a really fun job, too!

Q: Where were you before DelVal? What occupation were you performing prior to you opening the gym?

A: I’ve had a couple of careers, but the major arcs have been as a 1) trucking dispatcher and as an 2) IT manager. The last bit was the longest - I worked for Mars Inc. (M&M’s, Snickers, Pedigree Dog Food, etc) for over 10 years. My last role with that company was as a local Personnel Manager for their West Chester IT site. It was a great job - very rewarding and I met a lot of good people there. Unfortunately/fortunately, I was made redundant in 2010 when they shut the site down, following a merger with the Wrigley Gum company. When we moved to Parkway, I had just left Mars and really put my efforts into making the gym bigger and better.

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Q: How many locations has CrossFit DelVal occupied? Are you looking to stay where you are or potentially relocate any time in the future?

A: All total, we’ve had five spots: The Springfield Garage; the basement of a Karate Studio in Springfield; a 1500sq ft building in Glenolden; our 3600sq ft spot on Parkway and now the Abbott Drive gym. We just signed a 5-year extension on our lease so we’re parked, for now.

Q: How many clients did you have when you first were training out of your garage? How many members did you have when you first opened DelVal? How many do you currently have?

A: When I started, I had zero clients. I had never trained anyone, nor had I really done any athletics, save for some JV Lacrosse and Martial Arts. But I was passionate about learning and about CrossFit! Right now, we have about 220 regular DelVal members, some of whom have been training with us for over 10 years. It’s crazy.

Q: Did you ever see yourself as a gym owner? If someone told you at 16 years old you’d be a successful gym owner, how would you respond?

A: Wow! Not really, but I bet most people would say the same thing at age 16. The appeal for me has always been the DIY aspect of CrossFit and the fact that we’re really, truly on our own. I don’t think that I’d want to open a franchise or use someone else’s template. I like having my own business and especially after being downsized at Mars, it’s nice to know that I can’t be made redundant (unless I want to be).

That said, being a part of a big company had a lot of benefits for me so sometimes I get anxious about how the gym will grow, how we’ll meet our client’s demands, how we’ll continue to be novel, etc. It’s like a puzzle for me. That said, I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I really believe that this is my calling. I don’t know if I really answered the question but hey, I get to wear shorts to work so everything is great!

Q: If you could rent a DeLorean time machine (Back to the Future reference for you younger folk..) do you think you would still own DelVal? Or is there another career path you would have like to have given a shot?  

A: Hmm. I don’t have many regrets in life, so I’d likely keep everything the same. I do wish that I had put more effort into being a better bass player. My dream job would be to play bass and sing in a successful band.

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Family Friday! Featuring: Matt & Brie McGillian

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Read about Matt and Brie McGillian enjoy a friendly brother-sister rivalry in the gym, who got who into CrossFit and what crime Matt would commit if he were to end up in jail on today’s feature of Family Friday!

Q: (Matt): Who started CrossFit first, you or Brie? Are you guys competitive with each other when it comes to CrossFit? Are you competitive with each other in other areas outside of CrossFit? 

A: I actually started CrossFit first- with the help of Matt Melvin 2 years ago. I think Brie started about a year later. I would say 100% of the time I will try and make it as competitive as possible between us (I don’t know how she feels about that). It may only be a simple, “you can do more weight than that” or  “you better beat my time” or “goodluck...” as I roll my eyes and shake my head but, she knows it is a competition...and she usually wins. We don’t really play too many sports anymore and our schedules are so different, so CrossFit is our new “one-on-one.” 

Q: (Brie): Would you/ do you ever try and partner with Matt for partner workouts? Would you say that you are competitive towards each other?

A: Yes, we’ve been partners before. He’ll always push me to do heavier weight even if that means he has to do more reps. I think I’m more competitive against him because he always beats me but, it makes me work that much harder.

Q: (Matt): Do you and Brie workout together much or try to sometimes? What is it like having a sibling at DelVal

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A: Every time there is a workout that we can do together we try and complete it together. Unless Morgan or Mare(my wife) are there, then I’m like, “Hey Tommy, do you need a partner?” Ha. But I think we learn from each other. Brie isn’t afraid to say to me, “bend your legs more” or “stay on your heels” and vise versa. It is great having her at the gym. It gives us time to catch up and talk and not just through text messages. Plus, trying to beat your siblings in anything is fun in general. 

Q: (Brie): What is it like having a sibling at DelVal?  Who would you say is more into the sport between the two of you?

A: I love it. If it weren’t for Matt I wouldn’t have ever tried CrossFit. He’s definitely more into it. Most weeks he’ll make it to the gym everyday and I know if I miss a good workout, I’ll be expecting a text from him.

Q: (Matt): Do you try and help Brie with anything CrossFit related? Who would you say is more into the sport between the two of you?

A: I try and help her whenever I can. She has asked in the past about certain movements like Double Unders and Deadlifting to name a couple. She is good enough now that I am the one asking the questions. If you asked me this question a few months back I would have said I was. But, this past Sunday she competed in the In-House competition (Hustle) and did great. I am sure there will be more competitions to come for her.  

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Q: (Brie): If there was one workout that you would smoke Matt in (or even just a movement) what would that be?

A: I can’t think of a specific workout but, I’d smoke him in any movement that includes squatting (LOL)!

Q: (Matt): Who is older you or Brie, what is the age gap between you? What is the funniest memory you have that involves Brie?

A: I’m older by four years and a day. My birthday is January 27th 1990 and Brie’s is January 28th 1994. I could go on with funny memories of Brie but, the best is when she tries to claim one of the two beds down the shore when theres already our parents, Mare and I, Brie’s two friends, Brie and her boyfriend. “The air mattress is in the closet.”Ha!

Q: (Brie): What is the funniest memory that involves Matt? If you got a call that Matt was in jail, what would be the first crime that comes to mind

A: One of the funniest memories with Matt was at Firefly (a music festival) when he decided to bring his guitar with him. He carried it around everywhere and could care less that he only knew the beginning of one song (which, he played over and over again). The first thing I’d think of if I got a call that Matt was in jail would be that he got locked up for speeding. He laughs at me every time we drive together because I’m always telling him how to drive.