Our athletes commit to their goals and make healthy lifestyle choices every day at Foxcroft and Razorback CrossFit. They become healthier, stronger, quicker, and develop their overall fitness because of their determination and hard work. This incredible group of athletes in our growing community is devoted to helping each other and themselves become better every day. As coaches, we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals.
For our April installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Melissa and Brandon Bradley. The Bradley’s joined CrossFit Foxcroft in September of 2013 while searching for a different group fitness class. Melissa liked that CrossFit class was offered everyday and she could do it with Brandon. Brandon kept getting left behind on the bike so he decided he wanted to try something different to help build strength in his legs to help him ride and run faster!
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was? What were your thoughts after it?
Brandon: “I don't recall the workout itself, but I do remember how hard the guys were pushing themselves. I was impressed with the intensity level. I thought a guy named Daniel was about to pass out. Afterwards, laying on the ground trying to catch my breath, I recall thinking, “This class should get me in shape.””
Melissa: “I honestly don't remember my first workout, but know I was sore. I remember one of my first hero WOD's. That was the MURPH, and even though it took me 1 hour and 10 minutes, I didn't modify any of the required movements!”
What do you like most about CrossFit?
Melissa: “I like doing something different each workout. I really enjoy the gymnastics aspect of CrossFit as well. I was a gymnast years ago, so those workouts are the most fun for me.”
Brandon: “I enjoy the ever-changing workouts, the weight training, stretching and WODs. No class is exactly the same.”
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
Brandon: “I enjoy the workouts that my wife joins in; it is fun to compete with her. Plus, I always win. The Hero WODs are strangely enjoyable. Mostly from the feeling of accomplishment when it is over.”
Melissa: “Some think I'm crazy, but I like burpees and pull-ups. I also like workouts when we use bodyweight movements, versus the weightlifting. I'm usually always sore after each workout, but I like that. It means it is working!”
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
Melissa: “I have gotten much stronger, and started doing things like pull-ups and muscle-ups, which I hadn't done in years. It took me a while after I started CrossFit, but I figured out how to do muscle-ups the CrossFit way and not like a gymnast.”
Brandon: “My strength has improved. I don’t get left behind on the bike near as much!”
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
Melissa: “I was really excited to get the muscle-up down. My next goal is to be able to do them in a workout. Hitting PR's for squats is a goal as well. My upper body is much stronger, so I need to keep working on squats.”
Brandon: “I've set a lot of new PRs, but mostly I'm proud of the sticking with the program, which is due mostly to relationships I've built with everyone involved with the Foxcroft and Razorback boxes. Future goals include beating Frank's WOD times on a regular basis!”
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life (work, family, etc.)?
Brandon: “I do the morning class (5:30am). It’s a great way to kick-start the day and build sustainable energy. Which is needed when working full-time and helping my wife raise two little kids who hold endless energy.”
Melissa: “CrossFit gives me more energy and I enjoy doing something Brandon and I can do together. We usually just work out once a week together but when he goes to the morning class I always ask how he did and what the WOD was. Sometimes I even compare our times if it isn't a running WOD. I'm not a runner and can't come close to his times.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
Brandon: “I feel that a lot of people negatively judge CrossFit for unfounded reasons. If you like variety in your workouts and need a bit of external motivation, CrossFit may be perfect for you. I would recommend you try it before you knock it. For those starting out, don't try and be superman out of the gate. Take your time to progress but if you stick with it, you will progress in three key areas; strength, fitness, and flexibility. Even though I still can't touch my toes!”
Melissa: “Just give it a try and stick with it. CrossFit works and it is amazing how many of us hit PR's when we max out. Each workout can be modified and if you don't like a workout, you probably won't have the same one for weeks, or even months. I think there is always a WOD we don't like (mine is thrusters and long runs), but I keep coming back!”