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Member Spotlight: Maire Cronin


Name: Máire C

DOB: October 28th

Occupation: Management Consultant

CrossFitting Since: I started in CrossFit 353 in Dublin, Ireland in 2013 and then joined Belltown in 2015 when I moved to the US.

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Maybe my very first WOD. It had been a while since I had done any real intense physical exercise. I remember thinking how great it was, but also how sore I would be the next day.

 Favorite WOD: ‘Fight Gone Bad’ – the wall-ball, sumo deadlift, box jump, push-press and row combo makes this one of  my favorite WODs. I also really like bodyweight WODS that include push-ups, air squats, burpees, etc. because I can do them anywhere and no equipment is needed.

Favorite Lift: The Clean and Jerk. This year I’ve made it my goal to spend more time focusing on the Olympic lifts and I go to Lincoln’s brilliant Oly classes on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Least Favorite WOD: You’ll see me shying away from any workout with an overhead squat.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: My first CrossFit Open in 2014 — Coach Gary in Dublin told me to sign up and I had no idea what I was getting myself in for, but I’ve done it every year since then and it’s certainly gotten me through the dark winters in Seattle over the last two years.

Why You Do CrossFit: I really like team sports and I played Gaelic Football (Google ‘GAA’) all throughout secondary school and college. But when I started work I found it difficult to commit to a team and did not enjoy playing football as an adult. I started to pick up niggly injuries and often missed training because I was working late. After that I got into running, but found it quite boring. So when my good friend Peter opened CrossFit 353 I decided to check it out and got hooked. For the first time in years I found a sport that had a team-sport feel to it that I could commit to on my own terms. I really enjoy the constantly varied programming but also the focus on moving well. Joining CrossFit Belltown has been a great way for me to meet new people and make friends in Seattle.

Favorite Cheat Meal: The twice baked almond croissant at Bakery Nouveau in Capitol Hill or West Seattle. Anyone who has had one knows that it’s a meal in itself.

CrossFit Secret: Just compete against yourself. I have found myself comparing myself to others in the past and got frustrated when other people appeared to be progressing and I wasn’t. Through injury and other self-inflicted pain I’ve learned the hard way – I’m not here to compete against others but just do the best I can.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I love to bake and cook – if anyone asks me what book I’m reading it’s quite likely to be a cook book! When I’m not in my own kitchen, I like to try out new restaurants and coffee shops around Seattle.

What Can’t You Live Without: Lululemon. I have a little addiction that’s burning a big hole in the pocket of my expensive yoga pants.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Right now it’s Southern California because sunshine is nearly always guaranteed and only a short  flight from Seattle.

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Member Spotlight: Hemant Gupta


Name: Hemant Gupta

DOB: 05/11/1989

Occupation: Software Development Engineer

CrossFitting Since: June 2016

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: It was during the Hero WOD “Helton” — I was in the second round doing dumbbell squat cleans and I told Eric that I cannot complete this. He asked me “are you sure you want to quit” and then somehow I just continued. It was one of the worst feelings I ever had but after that day I knew that CrossFit is something that I want to do to push myself both physically and mentally. Now I think if I could do that then I can do anything.

Favorite WOD: Any WOD that has rounds for time or for time in general. I like to challenge myself maintaining a consistent pace and time from the first round to the last.

Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerks and of course squats.

Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD including kettlebells and running together. My back always ends up getting tight in the middle of such workouts.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: The 2017 CrossFit Open season was my favorite CrossFit Moment. It was my first time doing such a thing and looking at all the people in the gym supporting each other and cheering until the last second was one of the best things I have seen. I still remember when Lou finished his last workout in the open and everyone was as happy as he was. That is something you do not see every day.

Why You Do CrossFit: I want to be fit and active for the rest of my life. CrossFit — especially the CFBT community — motivates me to come to the gym and workout every day. I have played sports all my life so I am little competitive, too, and CrossFit inspires me to workout with — and kind of against — all these amazing people in the gym and improve myself.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Chocolate ice cream and Indian desserts.

CrossFit Secret: Scaling the workout makes you stronger, too. There are some things/weights that I know I cannot do or I should not do. I think it’s always better to scale than get injured. Also, learn from others; tips from the coaches and other people in the gym help a lot.

What You Do On Rest Days: I play Cricket in NorthWest League in the summer and learning to play piano. Besides that I love to hang out with my friends or play video games.

What You Can’t Live Without: My friends, family, the food, internet and my car.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Europe. I love small towns, different culture and old architecture and Europe has a lot of that.

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Member Spotlight: Amie Larson

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Name: Amie Larson

DOB: 5/17/1980

Occupation: Retail Buy Planner

CrossFitting Since: January 2016

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: It was my second time doing Bootcamp and the workout was focused around static holds. The white board said hold a squat for 9 minutes and I thought “oh they must be messing with us, that can’t be in the workout.” Well it was no joke and if anyone in the group fell out of the squat before time was up, everyone had to do burpees! Talk about pressure! That drive to not let my fellow boot campers down made me hold that squat for 9 minutes. To push myself mentally to accomplish something physically was incredible, I knew CrossFit was for me.

Favorite WOD: Anything with running and a lift mixed together. I was a runner before starting CrossFit, so it’s something I could do straight out of the gate. Mixing something like thrusters or deadlifts in gives cardio a whole new meaning….love it.

Favorite Lift: Deadlifts (who knew one could lift so much more than one weighs)

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with double-unders or snatches. I struggle with the timing on these movements and tend to dread them, but they also teach me to be patient and keep practicing to get better one step at a time.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: When I did 17.1 at RX weight. I didn’t finish the entire workout in 20 minutes, but I got further than I ever thought possible. CrossFit has taught me to not underestimate myself, something I’ve been notorious for and it’s helped my confidence in so many other aspects of my life.

Why You Do CrossFit: I’ve always tried to lead an active lifestyle, but the constant variety in workout programming has made me stronger and fitter than anything I’ve ever done, not to mention being challenged every time I walk in the door. I don’t think anyone could say they were bored while doing CrossFit. And the best part is you have all these amazing people around you providing genuine support and encouragement. Having my back and arms look good in my wedding dress, well that’s a nice perk too. 🙂

Favorite Cheat Meal: I actually enjoy eating healthy meals, but I’m a total sucker for pastries and dark chocolate!

CrossFit Secret: Listen to the coaches. I have made so much progress by implementing their tips and recommendations — they really are incredible at what they do!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: When I’m not traveling with my fiance Jeffrey, we love to do road trips to explore Washington and Oregon. I also love to do long runs along the Puget Sound or Lake Union.

What Can’t You Live Without: My fiance, family, my two kitties Sterling and Archer, and my Mom’s watch.

Favorite Vacation Spot: I love Hawaii, the French riviera, and anywhere in Italy.

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Member Spotlight: Sarah Moosburner

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Name:  Sarah M.

DOB:  May 19

Occupation:  Commercial Insurance Underwriting Manager

CrossFitting Since:  July 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience:  My first ever WOD was a 40 min AMRAP of 10 burpees, 10 ring rows and then a run of 200 M every 4 minutes.  After I picked myself up off the floor, Joe instructed us we shouldn’t drink for 48 hours after the workout.  Slightly perplexed, utterly exhausted and having just taken the beating of a lifetime, I was hooked.

Favorite WOD:  Filthy Fifty or any long chipper.

Favorite Lift: Push Press and Split Jerks

Least Favorite WOD: Isabel.  Really, who likes snatches?

Favorite CrossFit Moment:  Finishing 16.5 Rx. J Sure it took over 40 minutes and every minute hurt worse than the last…but the finish couldn’t have felt better.  I still get a little anxious every time I see a 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 rep scheme.

Why You Do CrossFit:  To experience that feeling of accomplishment and comradery, when you thought you couldn’t keep going and somehow you end up smashing the WOD.  Finishing crazy mud runs and carrying all my groceries up in one trip…that’s pretty cool too.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and all things made of carbs!!!!

CrossFit Secret:  Learning how to take patience and humility to the next level.  Sometimes to go forward you have to go back, drop weight, back off going for that PR and work on your form to get better.  I’ve also found taking the time to work on mobility and accessory work, even ten minutes a day helps tremendously.  But the most important thing?  Show up.  Even when you don’t want to.

What Do You Do On Rest Days:  When I’m not working or sleeping, you’ll find me enjoying the outdoors or plotting my next adventure…like a Spartan race or two (or ten).

What Can’t You Live Without:  My electric blanket, the internet and the friends and family I can’t live without.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Somewhere lost in the beauty of the mountains during the day, with the convenience and comfort of the city at night.  Whistler, Banff & Jasper are up there on the list!

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Member Spotlight: Kelly Andrews


Name: Kelly Andrews

DOB: 04-18-83

Occupation: Retail Manager

CrossFitting Since: 2012

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first pull-up at CrossFit London

Favorite WOD: Diane

Favorite Lift: Deadlifts (they are glorious)

Least Favorite WOD: Fran

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Going to the games in 2015 and watching Katrín and Ben win.

Why You Do CrossFit: The people around me there are sensational.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Halo Top Red Velvet Ice Cream

CrossFit Secret: Don’t be too proud to scale. Trust what the coaches suggest and it will work out.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: When living in Seattle, I explore the outdoors and am on the search for the best coffee house.

What Can’t You Live Without: ROMWODS

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere there is a beach – currently Cabo is ahead.

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The 2017 CrossFit Open Is Here!

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The CrossFit Open is the largest CrossFit community event of the year; a five week, five-workout competition that ties together athletes from within the same gym to those in their broader city, country… and the world. For five weeks, you — and hundreds of thousands of other people — take on workouts that may push you to learn a new skill, improve the skills you already have, or go into a much deeper place than you’ve ever been before… in both your mental headspace, as well as in the relationships our community has forged from working hard together. And yes, even if you are a complete beginner (this includes those of your who are brand new out of our CrossFit Basics class), you can participate in the Open.

So how’s it work?!?

One workout is released each Thursday at 5pm PST, starting Feb 23rd. Each week a workout is released -You will have until the following Monday at 5pm PST to perform the workout and submit your score online (there are no exceptions whatsoever to this deadline, per the event rules). To get registered,  click here where you will be prompted to enter your existing CrossFit ID. If you do not have a CrossFit ID, you’ll be directed to create an account. You’ll then be prompted to select your division, which is going to be either “male” or “female”, your location, and agree to the competition rules. You’ll also be asked to pay a $20 registration fee that goes directly to CrossFit Inc. To complete your registration, make sure you join the appropriate affiliate (‘CrossFit Belltown’) and then also select your affiliate’s team (again, ‘CrossFit Belltown’). Lastly, don’t worry about signing up for Rx’d or Scaled workouts. Everyone competing in the Open has the option of performing a scaled version of the workout in any of the given five weeks. If you are a complete beginner, this is great news for you because it ensures that your experience will be even more inclusive!

We will be hosting each workout on the days and times listed below. We will have a heat-sheet located at the gym front desk every Thursday evening beginning at 630pm after each workout is revealed. Once the workout is unveiled, you MUST contact us directly at or in person (at the front desk) between 630pm on Thursday and 300pm on Friday to register for a time-slot to have your workout judged and validated by one of our volunteers. NOTE: You MUST have each of your workouts judged and validated by a judge in order to participate in the CrossFit Open.

Any athlete expecting to have their workout judged without having priorly registered for a heat-time will be asked to do their workout last… or not at all (in-passing verbal conversations or contacting us via social media will not be recognized as a legitimate means of arranging a heat time for any of the five CrossFit Open workouts). Also keep in mind that anyone registering for class on any of the days listed below will not be considered having ‘registered’ for a heat time — you MUST contact our front desk directly to secure an actual heat time for each of the workouts listed below. Should you need to make alternative arrangements to have your workout judged and validated outside the days/times listed below, said request(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind that not all requests will be granted.

We ask that you respect the fact that this event will demand a great deal of our staff/facility in safely and seamlessly accommodating all participants. And for that reason, we will be asking that all participants satisfy a one-time $20 entry-fee to help us offset the cost of hosting such an event (to be paid as cash at the front desk). However, should you wish to have this fee waived, we will happily do so in exchange for your assistance as a volunteer Judge on an as-needed basis (please email if interested). NOTE:  You must pass the online Judges Course in order to be considered a judge for the CrossFit Open.

These are the days/times that CrossFit Belltown will be hosting each of the five workouts that encompasses the CrossFit Open:

WOD#1 ~ Friday Feb 24th, 430p-730p
WOD#2 ~ Friday Mar 3rd, 430p-730p
WOD#3 ~ Friday Mar 10th, 430p-730p
WOD#4 ~ Friday Mar 17th, 430p-730p
WOD#5 ~ Friday Mar 24th, 430p-730p (Pot-luck to follow 730p to 9p)

NOTE: Should your travel schedule disallow you from participating on any of the days/times listed above, you may wish to reach out to another participating CrossFit Affiliate wherever it is you’ll be traveling, and ask that they be the gym to judge and validate your workout for submission.

Best of luck, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

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Happy New Year!


Don’t Sweat It

2016 is coming to a close this Saturday, but don’t worry — the holiday won’t be affecting our gym hours. We’ll be hosting our regular schedule of classes on both Saturday 12/31 and Monday 1/2, so you can get a jump start on 2017.

Don’t forget to register!

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Holiday Hours


Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 15th – 430pm, 530pm & 630pm classes are being cancelled as we prepare for our annual holiday party.

Friday, December 16th – 600am class only will be cancelled for the day.

Monday, December 19th through Thursday, December 22nd12pm, 430pm, 530pm & 630pm classes will be un-coached; we will only have ‘Open Gym’ hours available for the days/times listed. However, we will still be sure to post a workout for those of you not following your own programming that still wish to attend class (keeping in mind you will not have a coach to lead you through said workout). Meghan will be on hand to offer any assistance where necessary, as she has her CrossFit Level One Certificate and can help as needed. Please do not be afraid to ask her for assistance or guidance.

Friday, December 23rd – 600am and 630pm classes are cancelled.

Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) – All classes cancelled.

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Member Spotlight: Jason Piper


Name: Jason Piper aka “Piper”

DOB: July 27, 1979

Occupation: Regional Director for an Investment Management Firm (fancy way of saying “Sales”)

CrossFitting Since: December 2009

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I had a couple of friends who were always talking about “CrossFit”, and since they did the same job that I do(I.e. lots of travel, eating out, happy hours, and things that generally unhealthy) I thought I’d look into it. It so happened that the first affiliate on the planet was right across the Ballard bridge (I lived in Magnolia), so I had to check it out. After a guy named Dave Werner put me through a grueling 4-minute workout, I was hooked. I figured that if I can be in that much pain in 4 minutes, an hour must get you into great shape quick. I’ve been showing up ever since!

Favorite WOD: Definitely, without question, Helen. I love the mix of movements (plus I like to run), I love the kettle bell swings (Dave Werner’s answer to most problems in life was a kettle bell), and there are just enough pull-ups to make it really uncomfortable. And, it’s one of the few workouts where a tall gangly guy like me can actually have an advantage.

Favorite Lift: Squats. I have gained more physical benefit from squats that from anything else. I also received a compliment from a girlfriend several years ago on my “posterior chain development”, and I believe I may still be riding the high from that.

Why Do You CrossFit: I have always been active; when I was young I did tons of manual labor, I ran track and played basketball, I’ve done triathlons and ran road races. When I found CrossFit, I found a way to run and lift and climb but also learn and grow; I love the fact that I still have so much to learn about the body, movement, food, etc. I also love that I’m still excited to show up to class after 6+ years of CrossFitting, the people and CFBT make it something I look forward to.

Favorite Cheat Meal: My food vices include: pizza, maple bars, dark chocolate, and bourbon. This list is nowhere near exhaustive.

CrossFit Secret: In two words: Commitment and Consistency. It’s more than a workout, it’s a process. If you show up consistently, commit to the process, and are open to learning, you will reap tremendous rewards. Oh, and if you take more than two weeks off, it REALLY hurts getting back into it!!

On Rest Days: I love wandering the city with my wife and 3-year old daughter, I love to fish, and I love woodworking. So if I have time, I’m usually doing one of those three things.

What Can’t You Live Without: My family and friends, my kitchen, and my workshop.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Europe, with an emphasis on the coast of Croatia. My wife is from Bosnia, so I have tour guide to take me around and show me the Adriatic. It’s fantastic.

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Gobble Gobble — Thanksgiving Holiday Hours


Our class hours for the week of Thanksgiving are as follows:

Monday Nov 21st — Regular class schedule

Tuesday Nov 22nd — Regular class schedule

Wednesday Nov 23rd [Holiday Hours]  6am, 7am, 12pm only (all evening classes are cancelled)

Thursday Nov 24th [Holiday Hours] Gym closed (all classes cancelled)

Friday Nov 25th  [Holiday Hours] 12pm only (all morning and evening classes cancelled)

IMPORTANT: Please still be sure to register for class.

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