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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Boehm


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


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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Member Spotlight: Fred Boyle

Name: Fred Boyle

DOB: September 14, 1975

Occupation: Senior UX Developer at Salesforce

CrossFitting Since: I undertook this crazy (for me at the time) CrossFit adventure in October 2012. I went through CFBT’s OnRamp program and I didn’t die or hate it. Never being a gym person it surprised me but the variety, the eventual physical changes, and the great people kept me coming back. Plus it’s fun.

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing a complete Karen — all 150 wall balls! During OnRamp I had done half a Karen with a 10 or 12 pound ball and it was excruciating at the time. Within 6 months I was able to do 150 wall balls, with a heavier ball, in less time than it took me to do 75. I felt very good about that.

Favorite WOD: Any WOD where I can set a steady pace and keep moving. Also short sprints and handstand walks are fun for me. I’m quick in short bursts and enjoy being upside down.

Favorite Lift: Whichever one I last set a PR doing. They’re all fun in their own way — except overhead squats. Those are just torture for me.

Least Favorite WOD: Most WODs that include running. I’m not a fan and would prefer to row. The more I do the running WODs the more I improve though so I’m learning to dislike them a little less.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: I have several, but a fun one from recent memory was when I nearly reached a personal goal of deadlifting twice my bodyweight, 315 pounds. I was belted up, energized and ready, had been working up slowly in weight during the session, then I began to lift, very very slowly. Rising purposefully, fighting against gravity, until I became stuck. Try as I might I couldn’t fully stand and was so close! I couldn’t hold on any longer so I loosened my grip and I flew back as if electrocuted by a taser while the bar dropped and went the opposite direction. All present got a good laugh, including myself after viewing the video that was captured.

Why You Do CrossFit: To improve myself, be active, stay healthy, and have fun in the process. It’s great to see myself evolve, realize what I can now do that I once couldn’t. There’s always something to learn, improve on, and new goals to set – the journey is never over. Being around friendly and encouraging people also helps me to improve and keep coming back for more. The great folks that make up CFBT make me feel incredibly welcomed. Whether I finish a WOD minutes after everyone else or not, I walk away feeling that each completed WOD is an accomplishment. My fellow athletes at CFBT make sure that this feeling is there at the end of each workout.

Favorite Cheat Meal: I’d say chocolate but it’s not a cheat meal if I have some two or more times a week, in moderation. A good juicy burger is so satisfying, accompanied by sweet potato/yam fries. So delicious! Also a good Thai meal of rice and curries or phad thai makes my tummy happy.

CrossFit Secret: Listen to your body — it’s a bit noisy and argumentative at times, but learning when you can push a little more will make that sense of accomplishment feel even greater. Work with your coaches to learn which approach to a movement is best for you – wider stance, narrower grip, different visual aid, etc.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Depends on what is on the schedule and happening in my life. Best are lazy days in bed, getting things done around the house, and fun with my family. At other times we set off on an adventure to try something new. These days though we mostly spend time settling in to our new house, unpacking, and slowly making it our own special castle.

What Can’t You Live Without: My family; they’re a big part of my life. They support and encourage me to keep doing CrossFit so I can stay strong and healthy for a long long time. Also chocolate, I enjoy it too much.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere I haven’t been yet. A vacation is meant to discover new things, escape your daily life, see the world from a new perspective. Traveling and discovering with my little family makes for awesome vacations. If you don’t need a vacation to recover from the vacation you just took, did you do it correctly?

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The Open is the largest CrossFit community event of the year, hosted the world over; a five week, five-workout competition that last year alone had more than 272,000 athletes entered, ranging from ages 14 to 86 years old.

The Open 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 who signed up — 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 thus far.

So how’s it work?!?
The week’s workout is released each Thursday at 5pm PST, starting Feb 25th. Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given two versions: Rx’d and Scaled. Each workout will then be followed by an online write-up, movement standards and an explanation video. Athletes 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).

The Open is also the first stage of a three-stage season that culminates in the CrossFit Games in Carson, California, this July. However for most people, the Open is not about trying to earn a title or qualify for the next stage of the CrossFit Games season. It’s about joining the global CrossFit community in a celebration of fitness for a few weeks each year; to connect to others in our gym as well as those a world apart… and yes to revel in the the experience of us all suffering through the same workout at the same time, together. The Open offers a window, however brief, into the skills you’e developed over the past year, and sheds light on what still needs improving.

Should you wish to participate as an individual and become part of our team, you must first register by clicking here no later than February 25th, 5pm PST. Once registered, please be sure to have chosen CrossFit Belltown as your HOME GYM by requesting to join our TEAM.

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 immediately following the 5pm online release of each workout so that you can register for a time to have your workout judged by one of our trainers.

Each week, our heat sheet will be kept at our gym front desk for Meghan to manage directly. Each athlete must register for a heat-time either in person or by emailing 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 (all participating athletes must have their workouts  judged and validated to be considered a legitimate part of this competition). Additionally, should you need to make alternative arrangements to have your workout validated outside the days/times listed below, said request will only be considered on a case-by-case basis (please keep in mind this event will demand a great deal of our trainers and staff in safely and seemlessly seeing it through to the end). That said, if for instance your travel schedule poses a conflict with any of the days/times listed below, you may wish to reach out to another Affiliate (i.e., CrossFit Gym) wherever it is you’ll be traveling to, and ask that they be the gym to validate your workout for submission.

Friday Night Lights!
Week/WOD#1 ~ Friday Feb 26th, 430p-730p
Week/WOD#2 ~ Friday Mar 4th, 430p-730p
Week/WOD#3 ~ Friday Mar 11th, 430p-730p
Week/WOD#4 ~ Friday Mar 18th, 430p-730p
Week/WOD#5 ~ Friday Mar 25th, 430p-730p

NOTE: Registering for class on any of the days listed above 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 TBD workouts listed above.



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Member Spotlight: Kelsey Johnson

Name: Kelsey Johnson

DOB: April 19, 1991

Occupation: Registered Nurse on a cardiac unit at Swedish Medical Center

CrossFitting Since: I’ve been CrossFitting since 2009. I initially started it to help rehab my knee after ACL surgery, and have been hooked ever since!

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing Fran RX for the first time — it took me just over 12 minutes to complete. It’s still as painful now as it was back then!

Favorite WOD: Helen; I enjoy pretty much any workout with running involved. Yeah, yeah, you can call me crazy.

Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Least Favorite WOD: Diane; or any workout with HSPU’s — one of the downsides of having long, dangly arms!

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Doing the OPEN each year. It’s been so fun to watch the open season evolve over the years and to watch people achieve what they formerly presumed impossible.

Why You Do CrossFit: I do CrossFit to be able to do my job and things I enjoy outside the gym to the best of my ability. CrossFit makes me a better overall person — teaching me to set goals, push past my limits and is the best stress reliever out there. In addition, I CrossFit to be a part of an incredible community that is so much bigger than myself. I enjoy surrounding myself with positive, like-minded individuals who push me way past my comfort zone. I’ve been a member of several CrossFit boxes and I continue to be amazed by the camaraderie and support I encounter.

Favorite Cheat Meal: CHOCOLATE is my biggest weakness. You could say I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

CrossFit Secret: Always make sure you are having fun and there for the right reasons. Also, learn to listen to your body and don’t be afraid to take some time off if you feel burnt out — more often than not your body will appreciate it and you’ll come back feeling more refreshed and motivated.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: If I can’t make it to the gym it usually means I am working a 12hr shift at the hospital. But, in my free time I love anything outdoors — I am always looking up new hikes to do in the PNW. I travel often. And am a huge foodie and love trying the new restaurants. Oh and shamefully watch the Bachelor on Monday nights!

What You Can’t Live Without: My Lululemon pants, which you will find me in 95% of the time. And Lavender essential oil — my favorite remedy for any ailment, to put in my baths or make a room smell refreshing!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Cape Town, SA. But essentially anywhere with the ocean nearby is all I need.


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Holiday Schedule



CrossFit Belltown will have limited class-times on the following days:

(Annual Holiday Party)
Morning and afternoon classes only. 430p-730p classes cancelled
(Christmas Eve)
Gym Closed – NO classes
(Christmas Day)
Gym Closed – NO classes
Gym Closed – NO classes
(New Years Eve)
1030am class only. All other classes cancelled
(New Years Day)
Gym Closed – NO classes
1030am class only. All other classes cancelled
930am class only (PARK WOD)
All other classes cancelled
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Thanksgiving Hours

CrossFit Belltown will have limited hours between Wednesday and Friday of this week.
Our Thannksgiving schedule is as follows:
Wednesday November 25th
6:00am7:00am & 12:00pm classes only. All other classes are cancelled.
Thursday November 26th ~ Thanksgiving
Gym Closed
Friday November 27th
12:00pm class only. All other classes are cancelled.
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Name: ‘Ben’

DOB: January 9, 1978

Occupation: Security Director, City of Seattle

CrossFitting Since: February 8, 2011

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first day, back in 2011, when Crossfit had not fully reached the mainstream. I joined based on the recommendation of a friend, not really knowing what I was getting into. Prior, I had been a member at every globo gym imaginable and was used to that format. When I arrived at CFBT (the old location) I took stock of my surroundings. The welcome desk looked like it was fashioned after a WWII nazi-killin’ bunker, and the decorations included Eric’s hand-skin motif that really made the place feel homey in a “Silence of the Lambs” kind of way. Nearby sat an antiquated wheelbarrow stacked with hundreds of pounds of dumbbells used for workouts. Other than some barbells and bumper plates, that was about it. After surveying the equipment, I was suspicious that this wasn’t going to be the predictable 20-minute elliptical ride followed by 155 minutes of curls and bench press that I was used to at the local Fitness Emporium. Turns out I was right. The scaled 5-minute, green-band-assisted version of “Cindy” that we did nearly killed my ass. I loved it. I may have even bragged to a few friends about this hard-core workout I crushed at Crossfit. I think I also met Nadia for the first time that day. I was trying to stretch a hamstring and had my foot propped up against the wall. I happened to look over and saw Nadia standing across the gym. Her gaze met mine and suddenly she gave me a look that made my soul turn black. I quickly turned away in fear, and that is when I noticed the sign. The one that explicitly stated to keep your feet off the wall. I learned a valuable lesson that day. One that I will now share with new members: CFBT takes a lot of pride in their gym. Do not f**k with the aesthetic. Seriously. Nadia will cut you. To that end, many agree that CFBT is the most beautiful gym they’ve ever seen, and it has been a pleasure watching Nadia and Eric’s vision be realized over the last several years. But I must say, even if the classes were held by the dumpster out back, I would still show up. The programming is incredibly smart, and the coaching is informative and motivating.

Favorite WOD: I have a bizarre, sadistic affinity for “Grindy”.

Favorite Lift: Tie: Back Squat / Deadlift, I believe they will have the best functional-movement ROI over the course of a lifetime.

Least Favorite WOD: If given the option to do 150 wall balls for time, I.E. “Karen,” or give birth to a porcupine that is on fire, I will take the latter, less painful option.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: I’m a reasonably competent pull-upper. So, that.

Why You Do CrossFit: I like the “fitness on demand” aspect of this training… Wanna run a 5K? No problemo. Grandma needs help moving a couch? Got it. Zombies attacking? I’ll be the one pulling myself up onto the shed while everyone below gets eaten.

Favorite Cheat Meal: I’m like a culinary polygamist; I love it all. It’s difficult to imagine cheating on food with other food, so let’s just say red wine & Honduran cigars and move forward…

CrossFit Secret: My favorite workout secret is actually from Coach Joe. A few months ago we had a WOD comprised of several movements that included large sets of burpees. Joe, always helpful, explained that we should consider the burpees “a rest period” before moving on to the other exercises… “a rest period,” he says. It’s an interesting concept. But in my experience I usually get about 6½ burpees in and start planning reasonable sounding injuries I can fake to get out of the workout… Hmmm, I wonder if I can “accidentally” impale myself on that barbell over there… things like that. So, next time you see Joe cycling through 35 burpees a minute just know that he is “resting”. See how that makes you feel about your fitness.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Typically I am too sore to do non-Crossfit-related activities in my free-time. Thanks, Crossfit.

What Can’t You Live Without: I spend 90% of my day complaining about oblivious people in my way or walking too slow because they are mesmerized by their cell phones. The other 10% of my day is spent hyperventilating because I’m terrified I accidentally left my phone at home or back in the office.

Favorite Vacation Spot: My family owns a beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay in a sleepy Virginia town that is a pretty idyllic getaway. It’s like something out of a Nicholas Sparks book. From what I’ve been told, by other people (not me), who read Nicholas Sparks books.

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