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Member Spotlight: Jason Piper

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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

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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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Member Spotlight: Macarena Aloi

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Name: Macarena Sofia Aloi

DOB: April 26th, 1989

Occupation: PhD Candidate at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I study neuroinflammation in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease using animal models.

CrossFitting Since: July 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I have several memorable experiences! But my favorite was the first time I was able to do all 21 kettlebell swings unbroken during Helen. That’s when I first realized I was getting stronger, and I loved that feeling!

Favorite WOD: Any WOD that doesn’t have a lot of running, but has barbell-driven movements.

Favorite Lift: Love all the Olympic lifts! You’ll always find me at Oly class, unless I’m out of town.

Least Favorite WOD: Nancy. Overhead squats and running don’t mix well with me.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: When I PR’d my clean and jerk twice during Oly! Since then, I’ve PR’d my clean and jerk again by 5# (yay!).

Why You Do CrossFit: It’s a pretty simple answer: I CrossFit because I love feeling strong and pushing myself to the limit. In fear of sounding like a cliché, I have to say that life has been hard and it’s very empowering to know that I can surpass any obstacle, whether emotional or physical, and come out stronger on the other side… CrossFit is a daily reminder that I am strong and I can overcome anything!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Mac-n-cheese is my new go-to for re-feed days! (Thanks Nadia for that tip!)

CrossFit Secret: I find that I recover very well if I drink my Optimum Nutrition BCAAs prior to working out. I find it interesting that I don’t feel as sore the following day. Hitting my macros daily also helps with that!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I usually go to the lab or run errands. Sometimes I’ll do a hot yoga class if I have the time.

What Can’t You Live Without: Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to do anything that I am passionate about (like science and CrossFit) without my family and friends.

Favorite Vacation Spot: I love the beach, so anywhere the sun is shining and the water is warm!

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Please Help Make CrossFit Belltown #1

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This year, CrossFit Belltown has been nominated for the Seattle A-List’s Best CrossFit Gym and Best BootCamp, but we need your votes to make it count. Please help make our beautiful gym number one by showing your support and casting your vote for CFBT in both categories here.

But there’s no time to waste – the polls close this Sunday, October 9th.

Thank you for your support and everything you do to make CrossFit Belltown such an incredible place.

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Member Spotlight: Lucas Lima

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Name: Lucas Lima

DOB: 09/14/1990

Occupation: Software Engineer

CrossFitting Since: September 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first CrossFit Open, last year (2015). It was incredible to see the whole gym come together every Friday night and cheer on each other, sharing the same anxiety and excitement for the upcoming WOD, and the joy and relief after every completed workout.

Favorite WOD: Anything with bodyweight movement for time. Angie, for example.

Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk for sure. And I still have a love/hate relation with Snatch.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with running and/or overhead squats.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: First, when I jerked 200 lbs — I had already hit a huge PR with 185 lbs and it felt good, so I tried again at 195 lbs and didn’t believe what I had just done. I was going to stop but got convinced to try again at 200 and to this date, I don’t know how I did that. The second time was a power clean at 200 lbs — this time I wanted it so badly and had failed twice that day so getting it on the third attempt was thrilling.

Why You Do CrossFit: Having a community of like minded individuals who are constantly striving to be better and pushing others to their limits is addictive. Also, CrossFit is the only fitness workout so far that didn’t bore me and makes me see continuous improvement since the first workouts.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pão de Queijo (Cheese bread), Brigadeiro e Pudim (look it up on google — those are some awesome Brazilian desserts). And any other food that my grandmother cooks 🙂

CrossFit Secret: Listen to everyone, all the time. Everyone has a little cue or hint that they use and you can incorporate in your training. Even listening to the coaches explain how to do a push up for the warm up, for example, every now and then, they’ll let out a small hint that could make you a little more efficient and it all adds up.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I try being active and practicing other sports. I love board sports, so on the winter you can probably find me snowboarding and in the summer I’ll probably be skating somewhere or doing a light hike/trail. (If there was a closer warm water beach here, I’d probably be surfing year-round).

What Can’t You Live Without: SUN! I went nuts last winter right after moving to Seattle and I’m already suffering some anxiety for the lack of Sun we’re going to have in the upcoming months.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Any warm water beach in Brazil: Trancoso/BA, Itamambuca/SP, Tijucopava/SP, Copacabana/RJ… The list goes on.

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CFBT Mariners Field Trip

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Please Join CrossFit Belltown For Our 6th Annual 

Mariners Baseball Game Outing 

Wednesday, September 7th 7:10pm 

Tickets are $31 and must be paid for by September 5th.

Please email info@crossfitbelltown.com or see Meghan at the Front Desk for further details.

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Boehm

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Name: Gretchen Boehm

DOB: 05/12/1971

Occupation: Ryan’s mom and part-time admissions coordinator at The Bush School (Jason’s alma mater, and where Ryan will be in 2nd grade this fall)

CrossFitting Since: 6 weeks after Ryan’s birth — August 2009

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I remember doing Murph for the first time in 2011, when we lived in Miami. I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to do that many movements. Now, it is one of my favorite workouts and I look forward to it every year.

Favorite WOD: I love a good 20 minute AMRAP — Mary is one of my favorites! I love the rep scheme in this WOD: the quick five HSPUs, 10 pistols and even though I am not great at pull-ups, I know I can get through 15.

Favorite Lift: Deadlift and front squat. Learning to love the Olympic lifts.

Least Favorite WOD: Karen — I dread wall balls! I would rather do burpees!

Favorite CrossFit Moment: I have two! First, when we lived in Miami, our gym hosted Barbells for Boobs. It was such a fun community-building event, and I the first time I did Grace RX. I also got to take a family photo with my CrossFit crush at the time — Graham Holmberg. Second, is competing in two Olympic lifting meets. I hate being the center of attention so standing in front of the judges is nerve-racking! But I am proud of myself for trying something new, and going 6 for 6 in my last competition.

Why You Do CrossFit: So I can prance around in short shorts! Seriously, I love the community and the friends I have made. I love the “constantly varied” programming and the fact that even as I am getting older, I am getting fitter and hitting PRs. Also, I feel it is super important to be a good role model for my daughter, being fit and strong = healthy!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza or pasta

CrossFit Secret: Go to the gym even if you don’t feel like it! I sometimes have the best workouts on days when I am feeling down, or tired. The noon crew keeps me motivated! It is also awesome to CrossFit with your spouse. I love comparing workout notes with Jason and he is the best “at home” WOD programmer!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I have difficulty doing nothing, so I may go for an easy run, swim, or a long walk with the family.

What Can’t You Live Without: Ryan and Jason

Favorite Vacation Spot: Tofino, BC and Jackson Hole

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Member Spotlight: Tom Graff

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Name: Tom Graff

DOB:  December 17, 1959

Gig:  Husband, Father of 2, Son, Brother of 7, US Navy Captain Retired, Commercial Real Estate Broker, member of 4 non-profit boards, parishioner at Christ Our Hope at 2nd & Stewart… basically I am too much.

CrossFitting Since:  Feb 2011 (at the McGuire!)

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: 2 early events: In the olden days, bootcamp was one-on-one with Eric.  He put me on the rower and was so happy that a newbie could row.  I remember thinking “This is odd. What is the big deal? It is just rowing.”  Little did I know the way to Eric’s heart is to row well.  My first true exhilaration in CrossFit was doing a WOD RX’d for the first time.  It seemed unreal that I could do a WOD RX’d and it was fairly early on.  I have learned the hard way that RX’d is not actually the point but at the time I was thrilled and hooked.

Favorite WOD:  I am a long distance runner (first marathon at 12 years old), so practically all the cardio and body weight movements I quite enjoy.  Cindy is Go-To for me.

Favorite Lift:  I never touched a barbell until I started CrossFit at 51.  I also have a very long back so all the barbell movements from the deck require a ton of travel and I have no natural form.  Bad combo.  All lifts from the deck require a crap-load of coaching and psyching up.  With that said, the overhead squat I love.  Once in place, my hamstrings do their thang and I am in barbell bliss.  I actually feel like my body craves the overhead squat.  I admit this is bizarre.

Least Favorite WOD: Of course everything has an exception, and in the cardio vein the double-unders have been the devil’s singular punishment to me. It is the one cardio workout to cause me complete frustration until literally a week ago.  Last week, I finally did a WOD with double-unders and the movement was just like rowing and/or running: Zen.  So the lesson learned: if I can do them, ANYONE can.  But you don’t get better at double-unders unless you practice them (again devil’s singular punishment).  Note to self:  double-unders are all about the wrist.

Favorite CrossFit Moment:  I am embarrassed to say I do like the CrossFit Open.  It is the one time I am focusing more on myself and can see how I compare to men in my age group (and I also generally push my open judge to cheer and coach me continuously or in Eric’s case, take me to the brink).  I rank in the top 50-100 in the Northwest which makes me feel a bit better about myself since in the box I am, at best, average (oh, that is right, it is not how you rank up. I keep forgetting.)   I encourage folks to do the Open if you never have. But the Open is not a moment.  My favorite CrossFit moment is the affection I felt upon my return to CrossFit after a 5 month absence.

Why You Do CrossFit:  I realized when I was in 48 years old that I could not just run to keep this body going. I needed a more diverse training regime.  I started working with a personal trainer and liked it but he eventually moved on.  So I asked Eric if old jerks are allowed to join his tribe and he claimed he had been meaning to ask him to join (I met Nadia and Eric when they opened at McGuire).  I truly enjoyed CrossFit early on.  I liked the youthful energy, starting (and mostly ending) a workout together, the music, and the dedication everyone puts in.  It is all infectious to try your best and see the improvement.  I am so thankful the gym does humor me and allow such an old person to work out with them.  I have been to other CrossFit gyms with folks more my age and I find them too restrained.  The youthful energy in Belltown presses me harder and I freely admit I am determined to show that you can be in shape when you are your father’s age.

Favorite Cheat Meal:  Nachos and Cheeseburgers.  I do, however, restrain myself and don’t eat them together.

CrossFit Secret:  You cannot think about the entire WOD routine or what is left once the WOD has started.  You must focus on the current movement and moving through it well.  Which is not to say you don’t think about pacing yourself, and working on a strategy prior to the start of the WOD.  However, once the WOD has started then you must focus on the here and now.  About 2/3’s through any WOD, my mind says it wants to quit because there is too much left to do.  Crush that thought, and think about getting through the next movement or two with perfect form. Then repeat and repeat and repeat this process until you are done with the WOD.

What Do You Do On Rest Days:  I do CrossFit only 3 times a week.  I try to run a 10k once a week.  I try to swim 40 laps once a week. And I try to do yoga once a week (this old body is very stiff).  I don’t generally get it all in but that is the goal.  I am also an avid gardener. It is my go to stress reliever and my non workout Zen.

What Can’t You Live Without:  My wife and children.  They literally are my best friends (I recognize this is not normal, I have no idea how it happened, and I count my blessings every day).

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Any great city in a wonderful urban apartment with my wife cooking.  Every 2 years we do a month in a great city.  We’ve done Paris, Florence, and this year it is Barcelona in September.  Back up vacation spot is Whistler at New Year’s.  We have gone every year for the last 18 years.  Among other things, CrossFit really helps your skiing!

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Member Spotlight: Callie Hulce

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Name: Callie Jean Hulce

DOB: 12/22/1983

Occupation: Editorial Supervisor at Zulily

CrossFitting Since: May 14th, 2012

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Working really hard to get that 1st dead hang pull-up. I had been a serious runner for about 2 years and had zero strength when I started CrossFit.

Favorite WOD: Anything that doesn’t involve super heavy things! Annie and JT are always thrilling!

Favorite Lift: Currently it’s the movement I struggle with the most… Overhead Squats! I try to make my favorite lifts and movements in CrossFit ones that I need the most work in.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything involving thrusters……

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Getting my 1st strict muscle up and or hitting a goal I have been working towards. It is such a great feeling getting to celebrate personal wins with our coaches and my CrossFit family.

Why You Do CrossFit: I was very blessed to have parents that taught my sister and I what hard work was at such a young age. I learned very quickly that things aren’t handed to you on a silver platter. In every aspect of your life, you have to have the dedication and drive to get what you want. I was actively involved in organized sports all the way through college, but down the road I realized that I wasn’t getting what I needed out of my fitness routine and lifestyle so I stepped outside my comfort zone and dropped into a strengths class. After my 1st day, I knew that I had found my niche.

I CrossFit because I feel empowered, mentally strong, and humbled. What I get out of it is all dependent on how much work I put into it. The community and coaches are inspiring inside and outside the gym, and I am so blessed to have people who support and cheer me on everyday. What more could you ask for?

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizzaaaaa so much pizza

CrossFit Secret: All great things in life start with an aggressive hip opening…….

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I love to run along Lake Washington, spend time with my friends, eat my way through Seattle Happy Hours, attempt to be good at yoga, avid netflix watcher and dog stalker

What Can’t You Live Without: Beer, Hugs and Laughter

Favorite Vacation Spot: As long as I am with family or friends, any place I travel is spectacular. If I had to choose…. somewhere tropical with a beach, cocktails and activities!

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Member Spotlight: Christopher Hadlock

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Name: Christopher Hadlock

DOB: August 26th, 1975

Occupation: Artist / Bartender

CrossFitting Since: April 2014

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: In my first month of CrossFit, we were doing a WOD which included box jumps EMOTM and I wasn’t very efficient at box jumps and had no stamina. Eric came over just after about halfway through — I was floundering and barely able to step up — and told me that I’d probably be able to get more out of the rest of my time if I took a minute off. I thought, “Um, okay,” took a minute off to breathe, and when I got back into it, I was able to finish out the WOD with much better vigor. I was sold on the coaching of CrossFit.

Favorite WOD: I think my favorite WOD is… I have no way to quantify this except to say that I’m looking forward to repeating and improving my performance on the Open workout 16.4:

55 Deadlifts
55 Wall balls
55 calorie row
55 Handstand push-ups

Favorite Lift: It’s a tie between the Deadlift and the Clean

Least Favorite WOD: Without a doubt Open workout 16.1: overhead walking lunges with burpees. F**k that… which means I need to work on those, and I get that. But, f**k that.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: My favorite CrossFit moment is either that moment when everyone is milling around or getting to know one another before the class starts — there’s an excitement or anticipation of what we’re about to do — or the moment you finish a workout which has smashed you and you know it’s over. And they happen every time I come to CrossFit.

Why You Do CrossFit: Along with the previous answer, it’s the community. And, I come away feeling like a functional human. I can accomplish anything.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pad Thai followed by ice cream.

CrossFit Secret: Save the cheerleader, save the world. No, really. Show up. You have to experience it to love it. Just keep showing up.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Bartend, bike.

What Can’t You Live Without: Oxygen, but I keep testing that theory with running.

Favorite Vacation Spot: NYC

 

 

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