Our Member Spotlight for April is ROBIN!!!! It’s safe to say we all got to know Robin a little better……check that….A LOT better during the CrossFit Open. She was a one-woman wrecking crew with her many ideas to promote team spirit and camaraderie for her team, Purple Nurple. Every week, we all wondered what she would come up with….the many creative posters that absolutely made everyone laugh out loud. Props. Cardboard cut outs. Megaphones. Plastic cups. Purple wigs. Purple fat-man suits. The list goes on. Not only that, Robin also did awesome with the Open workouts, pushing herself SO hard and scoring points for her team. It’s safe to say everyone will want Robin on their team next year!!! Robin is always up for whatever is going on at the gym….nutrition challenges, Olympic Lifting class, and she is a hard-core member of our Masters Crew and you can count on her to be at that class every Friday and Sunday. We are so lucky to have you as a part of our community Robin. Keep crushing it and we can’t wait for next year’s CrossFit Open shenanigans already!!!
Name: Robin Ashley
Where are you originally from? New Milford, CT
What high school and/or college did you attend? Graduated from Brookfield High School and Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia.
Favorite sports teams: I don’t really follow sports all that much. Usually, the sound of the crowd puts me right to sleep. But, if I had to answer, it would be the Dodgers. My grandfather was a Dodger fan back in the days, when they were the Brooklyn home team. I went to a few games before they high-tailed it to the west coast.
What do you do for work? I am a Physician Assistant, at Danbury Hospital. I work in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In general, I practice Primary Care medicine for the employees working at Danbury Hospital. My day is split between direct patient care and administrative work.
When and why did you start CrossFit: I started CF June 2014. Craig and I actually were up in in Hartford at an exchange student orientation, in 2013, when we heard a huge commotion and loud music coming from the field at Trinity College. We had about 4 hours to waste, while waiting for our exchange student to finish orientation. We sat on the bleachers and watched The Summer Meltdown. We had no idea what we were watching and what CrossFit was, but we knew that wanted to do it. It took another 10 months to gain the courage to do our first work-out. Once I started-Boom! Addicted!
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: Favorite Lift: I LOVE Overhead Squat. I have the worst front/back squat position, but there is something about that lift that makes me super comfortable. Least Favorite: Thrusters. I almost cried, actually, I think I did cry when they announced 16.5. I HATE, HATE, HATE thrusters! This probably means that I need to do it more
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? 3 Rounds: 250 M row, 15 KBS @ 26#, 10 ring rows. Time 10:26. I felt like I was going to die. I want to repeat that workout!
Craig and I started at CF203 on 3/29/15. It was a Partner Masters Class. 10 Deadlift, 10 burpees over the bar. It was an AMRAP, but I didn’t record the time. Whatever it was, we did 11 rounds+ 15 reps. I remember feeling totally beat, but LOVED the Masters Class. I read about Rich Boucher, prior to attending his class. His story is inspiring. He is the motivational force in our Master’s group. It is no wonder that this class has grown by leaps and bounds!
What really hooked us in to CF203 was our first impression. We came for the Master’s Class and it happened to be the Sunday that some were completing 15.5. There were a lot of people gathered around Monica as she was finishing her last row. The amount of support that she received was tremendous. I turned to Craig and said, “I want this!”
Greatest CrossFit Achievement so far: There are so many because CrossFit has allowed me to do things that I never thought that I could do. If I were to pick one, it would be my first competition with the master’s group: Rich, Melissa F, Tony and I. I had so much fun; PR’d my overhead squat, and realized that we, as a master’s group, are pretty damn awesome!
CrossFit Goal for 2016: There are so many, but to name a few…
- To love thrusters as much as Alexis Perri
- To laugh at myself more, like Elsa Cunha
- To have as much endurance as Monica Lopes
- To be as salty as Tony Jaros
- To improve my squat form, like Melissa Reed
- To have as much heart as Nathan Blew
- To be as speedy as Vicky Vitale
- To learn patience with the snatch, like Brian Smith keeps enforcing, in Barbell Club
- To listen, learn and gain as much strength as possible.
Oh… and those box jumps…. If I could jump as high as Nathaniel Powers… Yeah, that would be pretty nice, too.
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit:
I am an art quilter, which is a bit different than traditional quilting. Besides fabric, I use other types of media, including stones, beads, gems, ribbons etc. I have won a few awards/ribbons for my work, in competition.
Over the last few years, I have not sewn as much as I would like, but anticipate that this will change once my daughter heads off to college and her room frees up and seconds as my sewing room.In another life, I used to design and construct children’s coats. But, one cannot survive on 3-4 hours of sleep for too long, so that piece of my life has been shelved until my kids are out and on their own.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” CrossFit should be offered in schools. It will help to improve fitness and empower kids (especially girls), by demonstrating, at an early age, what their bodies are truly capable of doing.
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….: … out in my yard or reorganizing my house. I am a neat freak, to a fault and it drives my family bonkers. So, I am either organizing the inside of my house for the millionth time, or the outside yard, with Craig.
Other comments?: Thank you, Melissa, Kirk and all of the coaches… I mean, really… Thank You!Thank you for your patience, your time and your expertise. Thank you for not laughing at me, when I first came to 203, as I awkwardly and incorrectly squatted and you patiently, repeatedly, helped me into a correct position. Your constant observation and your concern for form over everything else; for everyone in the room has meant that everyone was sharing in the best coaching attention possible. How you did not go cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs after repeatedly correcting my form over the last year, is beyond me!
Thank you for all of the food challenges and the nutrition education. Although, I have a penchant for all of the naughty foods, when I fall of the rails, it is your voice that I hear, telling me that it is time to start eating clean again. You remind me, and you are right: “Garbage in… garbage out…”
Thank you for always having a smile or a reassuring nod. I know that most of us come to 203 to relieve stress. The time that I spend there, is an island in my day and your positivity is the icing on the cake. You all cultivate a family atmosphere, which a lot of gyms say that they have, but that you actually do have.
Thank you for organizing all of the events, including the last throw-down where I was able to resurrect the turkey-talking side of me (right, Kirk and Elsa?). I have not laughed and smiled that much in a long time.
Thank you for celebrating with each one of our PRs and achieved goals. I truly feel that our successes are your successes-no matter how great or small.
SCHEDULE NOTE: The 4 pm class tomorrow (Friday, April 8) will be a regular class for this week only, not the Gymnastics class. Sorry folks! We’ll be back at it next week!
Phillip looking strong with his deadlifts!
Kasia on her way up with a lift
Arun continues to get stronger and stronger!!!!
Kellen was inspired by you all and decided to try climbing a rope himself!!!
Iron Mary catching a clean
MacKenzie heading up that rope
Vicky moving fast up the rope
Thursday’s 5 pm class starting a set of burpees
Migs looking strong under 135