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CrossFit Boomtown’s Featured Athlete – Julie Hamm

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“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. ”

In September of 2011 CrossFit Boomtown moved out a small garage in Webster to our first location on Ridge Rd. in Irondequoit. Not long after opening there, Julie walked through our doors.

This month’s featured athlete is the last one we will be doing as “CrossFit Boomtown”. Read all about this amazing woman who has supported us from the beginning.

She has been a regular to the 9:15  class since her first day! If you have had the pleasure of running into her or working out with her then  you should already know how very special she is to us. Not only has Julie Hamm knocked out goal after goal, she has also knocked out cancer! Congratulations Julie, and thank you for your love and support over the years. Keep up all the hard work!

Q:How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A:I have been a member for 7 yrs. I have been doing CrossFit just that long

Q: What was your first WOD or movements?

A:Do you really think I would remember my first WOD. we didn’t have a foundation class , I just started doing CrossFit, I remember having to do a handstand against the wall and laughing hysterically trying to kick my feet up. I’m sure Chad was a little worried about  this new member.

Q: Who Coached your First Class?

A:Chad was the coach. He called me the night before I was coming to class to tell me they moved and gave me the new address. I was extremely disappointed, because I had to cross the Bay Bridge. Didn’t know if this was going to be a deal breaker , having to drive that far. It wasn’t.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A:  I was 50, I had been doing CrossFit for two years and had started on a nutrition change with a paleo challenge. I was feeling good about my diet and working on building my strength for my golf game. I found a lump in my breast, which in a very tumultuous time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. NEVER did I think I was going to be hearing those words. Why me ?  I was going into my fifties with a new healthier lifestyle. And why me?

Why anyone ?The hardest part was having to tell people in my life, about my diagnosis. After some really rough weeks , I picked myself up and went for the challenge. After my surgery , which went well , the other shoe dropped and I was told it was in the lymph nodes. Which meant my fight had changed paths. I had 4 chemo treatments in 3 months and 66 radiation treatments. BUT, I never strayed. I wanted everything to be normal. I continued CrossFit classes 3 x a week and worked. I was going to get through this challenge that life had brought me. I Really believe that I entered CrossFit two years before to be able to successfully win this fight. All the members and COACHES were fantastic. I had days , I wasn’t looking real good. Richard showed me I could wear a do-rag and still rock it ! I fought a good fight and it changed my life forever. I pay it forward , sadly enough , that I have helped some good friends battling cancer and the challenges it brings. I may be a goof at times , but I am loving life and all that it has to offer.

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: I can’t pin point any in particular. I have so many moments in the workouts. Maybe the first time I did a toes to bar. Or the first series of double unders. All exceptional moments of achievement

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Soft vanilla ice cream , chocolate bar , Kringle from Trader Joe’s.

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?

A: Golf
 
Q: How Has The Gym Improved this Activity?
A:It really has improved my golfing performance.  I can hit my drives much farther , my accuracy has improved greatly. My mental strategy for competition is much better. And I’m not done improving. I’ve got more to do
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A:  I do tell people all the time how much CrossFit improves your physical structure as much as your mental health. It really helps you want to eat healthier and stay strong. NEVER be afraid , it’s all modified to what you are capable of doing.
Q: What drives you?
A:   Life and Family

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?

A: My fitness goal is to stay strong. Get stronger. I know that’s a general reference, but it captures everything that is done in CrossFit for me.

November Featured Athlete

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Mark has been a big part of our 6:15am class and is a prime example of respecting the process. He comes in each day with a willingness to work on his weaknesses, improve his strengths, and have a good time doing it along with his fellow classmates. We asked Mark a couple of questions about his experience with CrossFit at CFBT and this is what he had to say….
Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: Joined in June 2017 and that was when I started CrossFit

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?

A: The comradery and encouragement from the staff and fellow members. There was the initial apprehension when I joined Boomtown and not knowing the routines/moves. Everyone – coaches and members – were willing to help.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A: Consistently coming to class over the long haul; a Pull-Up

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: One Saturday Morning I partnered up with Kesha during a hot summer partner workout that included a run outside – we were both tired but we pushed each other to complete it.

Q: What is your favorite Pump up song for the gym?
A: “Bring Me To Life” – Evanescence

Q: What’s your favorite “treat” food?
A: Cookies

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A:  Traveling and experiencing new things with Lisa and Gracie.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: Do It! It is such a better & more rewarding experience than a typical big-box gym. At first it might seem intimidating when you think of the CrossFit athletes you might see on TV but BoomTown couldn’t be more the opposite! You quickly realize that everyone is there working together to get healthier no matter where they are starting from. The regular coaching and encouragement from coaches and fellow members is awesome.

Q: What drives you?
A: Family – Lisa & Gracie. I want be around AND ACTIVE for my family for a LONG time. We still have so much to see and experience in our lives. I also want to be a good example for Grace – Commit to something and stick with it no matter how hard.

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A:  Don’t know if it happens anytime soon but Danny will be in my sights

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A:  Double Unders

October Featured Athlete

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Before Dawn joined CrossFit Boomtown’s “Kinetix Essentials ” program, she struggled to make fitness a consistent part of her life. She wasn’t sure what to do on her own, and none of the group classes she tried felt quite right. She figured working out just wasn’t her thing.

Now, after completing the “Kinetix Essentials” challenge and joining CrossFit Boomtown, she’s that person who can’t stop talking about working out. And who can blame her? Her strength and endurance are improving week to week. Her confidence is through the roof, she’s feeling happy overall, and she’s dropped two pants sizes!

She’s got her eyes on Losing more weight and strength Gain this time next year, but, with her dedication and hard work, we’re betting she gets there even sooner.

Read our Q&A with Dawn and get to know October’s Featured  Athlete of the Month!

 
 Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A:  off an on for a few years  

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A:  A small group setting and individual coaching 
 

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?

A:  being consistent and not making excuses and having more confidence in myself 

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?

A: Being able to overcome sled pushes and not being scared of not being able to breathe.  Learning how to breathe is so important.  Q: What is your favorite Pump up song for the gym?

A:  I really don’t have one.  I really don’t pay to much attention to the music Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

A:   Chips and dip absolutely Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?

A:   Spending time with my family and taking care of the elderly 

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?

A:  Don’t be scared, stop making excuses because I have had my share of them, anyone can do this no matter your size.  Consistency pays off.  The friendships you gain and the feeling of belonging is worth it. 

Q: What drives you?
A:   Feeling accomplished, knowing and believing I can fight my depression through exercise.  

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?

A:  I would love to be able to keep up with Melissa.  That’s my ultimate goal.   I have never worked out with a coach so I can’t compare.  I have only had personal coaching. 

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?

A:   Lose 50lbs and to gain more overall strength 

September Featured Athlete

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We are happy to introduce you to our latest featured athlete, Corey Crawford. A quick wit, easy to talk with, Corey is well known and enjoyed by his fellow athletes as a great guy to have around. One of his fellow athletes said “I always have fun working out with Corey. He put his all into every WOD and always challenge himself to push himself beyond his limits.” With an ever present laugh and smile, encouragement to his fellow athletes, you learn quickly that he’s a firm believer in working hard and being consistent as his progress has shown in so many ways.
Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: since July of 2017 for both questions 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: everybody that I get to interact with the community is great

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A: I had serious shoulder mobility issues when I started but coach Zach and Amanda both showed me a lot off mobility exercises to do. The shoulders r still a work in progress but much better

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: I would have to say it was the last in house competition.  It was my 1st crossfit competition and I was teamed up with Jimmy Himes(also his 1st comp.) And just had a blast competing with everyone.

Q: What is your favorite Pump up song for the gym?
A: don’t really have one


Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: don’t really have just one cheat food I like to eat cheeseburgers and pizza and pretty much any cookies and pie

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: eating lol other than that I like to go hiking

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: do it you won’t be disappointed it’s the best decision I myself have ever made towards my own physical  health and well being 

Q: What drives you?
A: just personally  like to exercise  and the people I work out with make it really easy to come to class

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: any of them that I can

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: right now just trying to get better at body weight movements like pullups and handstand pushup o yeah and double unders

August Member of The Month

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 We, the Bommtown coaching staff, are very excited to award our August Member of the Month to Joelle Hill!  A little over a year ago, Joelle made the decision to invest in herself and make her health and fitness a priority. With consistency and her willingness to put in the work, she transformed not only her body but her mind too. 
 
Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: BoomTown popped my crossfit cherry 18 months ago
Q:What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: That it is such a diverse group…of coaches and members… but it all is so cohesive and everyone has something positive to contribute.  I freaking love this place. 

 

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?

A:  Learning my limits and how to pace myself.  I’m still working on that. 

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: Doing so many pull-ups during my first CrossFit Open this year 

Q: What is your favorite Pump up song for the gym?
A: Pretty much any Notorious BIG.. or DMX… or Drake…or Lil Wayne… or anything that isn’t Country. 

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Carbones Pizza…. Yummmmmm

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: Teaching at the dance studio and anything outdoors with my family. 

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: Just do it!  CrossFit is for everyone!

Q: What drives you?
A: I want to be a good role model, not only for my own children but all the children I teach. 

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: Haha, I don’t beat coaches. But I like working out with Zach because sometime I feel like he is dying as much as I am.  It’s nice to know this shit is just as hard for you guys. 

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: By the end of my second year at Crossfit I would like to get a handstand push up. I’m so close!

July Member Of The Month – Joe DeBellis

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Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing  CrossFit?
A: I believe a little over five years?  All of my CrossFit time has been at Boomtown.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: The community, I love being a part of each class and the positive atmosphere. Anyone can just go to the gym to exercise but coming to a CrossFit class is something else.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?

A: Learning my own limitations.  When I first started I hurt myself because I didn’t know my own limits, now that I do I can push them appropriately and continue to grow.

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: My favorite moment at the gym, so far, is this past Memorial Day when I completed “Murph” by myself.  That was a huge accomplishment that I wasn’t 100% sure I could do.

Q: What is your favorite Pump up song for the gym?
A: Ya know it varies.  Currently, I think it’s “Devil” by Shinedown

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Donuts 😀

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: Outside of the gym, I’ve found that my newer favorite thing is to travel.


Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: Welcome!  CrossFit is a fun ride that is going to show you things about yourself you never knew, it’s going to be hard but it’s going to be worth it.  And Boomtown is the best place to start that ride!

Q: What drives you?
A: When I first started, I thought my biggest drive was having an unknown family history, so for medical reasons I wanted to just keep in good shape.  But now, I’m driven by pure desire to be better.  Better than I was yesterday, better than what I think I can be, better than who I used to be.

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: Zach.  Since I started, I’ve always thought he is so fast and so strong and I would watch him crush workouts. I still think that, but it makes me happy that I’ve been getting closer, and making it a challenge for him.

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: My diet and weight are still my biggest goal. I want to continue to improve the quality of my meals and keeping to my macro-tracking.

June Member Of The Month

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Dr. Sarah Penkin is member of the month for June. It has been an amazing  transformation that she has gone through in the last 8 months. Going from being hesitant about every lift to pushing herself to her limits weekly (either physical or mental). We are truly proud to call Sarah member of Month!

Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: I started doing CrossFit in November 2017 at Boomtown!

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: The community by far! I received such a warm welcome as a new member and that made coming to class extremely easy! I also love the coaches. As a healthcare provider I have seen a number of CrossFit injuries that are due to poor form, poor mobility and poor stability. The way Boomtown approaches movement mechanics in each class is absolutely awesome and I was very impressed when going through my foundations class.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A: I think I have actually gotten to the point where I push myself while at the gym. It’s exciting to be able to keep track of time, weight and reps week to week and even between assessments. Honestly, a year ago you probably wouldn’t ever hear me say that I enjoyed working out, but now I really love going to the gym and getting my ass handed to me weekly!

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: Hitting a PR is a pretty incredible feeling. Before my foundations class I had never put a weighted bar above my head, but it didn’t take long to want to work hard to get my snatch to something I was proud of!

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Pizza and Red Wine.

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: I love to travel, hike and go to any concert!

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?A: Absolutely give it a shot. A lot of people say that CrossFit terrifies them and obviously it can be intimidating, just as anything else, but if you find a gym with an amazing community of members and coaches you will absolutely be in good hands.

Q: What drives you?
A: My patients! I educate people daily on how to move and be healthy. The more I can follow my own advice, the more I can help my patients grow and achieve their goals.

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: I don’t think I’ve beaten anyone in an RX workout yet, but it’s always exciting to try to keep your pace with a coach!

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: I’m actually quite excited to see where I can get my deadlift, squat, snatch and clean and jerk to be by the end of the year.

May Member of The Month – Jared Terrore

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Jared Terrore has been a consistent part of the 7:30am class for almost a year. We wanted to acknowledge him for his hard work day in and day out. He has made some impressive progress over the months by showing up and getting the work done. If you are looking for an example of creating effective an healthy habits, look no further.

Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: 6 months for both.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?
A: There is a nice sense of community here, and along with that the coaches really care about the members. The time spent on proper form, technique and injury prevention is very much appreciated. People will joke with me that CrossFitters have sloppy form, I have to stop them and say BoomTown is not like that. 
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Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A: Getting out of bed to get to class 😉

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: When I got a “popped your RX cherry” commemorative plate after the open. It’s still on my fridge Lol

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Hands down a bacon cheese burger with sweet potato fries. 

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
A: Hiking, and photography.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A: Totally worth it, once you get through a workout the rest of the day seems easy in comparison.

Q: What drives you?
A: I think of exercise as medicine, it affects everything in my life. I feel happier, have more energy, and my mind is clearer since I started. Also, seeing the incremental improvements in my performance has amazed me, at 38 I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited to see what another 6 months brings. 

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?
A: It hasn’t happened yet, I’d be happy if I beat any one of them 😉

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
A: I want to master double-unders, and kipping pull-ups.

April Member of The Month

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We are excited to announce Erika as Member of the month for April! She comes in ready to work and with a smile on her face day in and day out. Over the past few Months Erika has made some major strides in her movement progressions and her fitness level.

Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?

A: I joined Boomtown about a year and a half ago and this is my one and only experience doing CrossFit.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?

A: I really like the community aspect of the gym. There’s always a friendly face to greet you when you walk in, coaches asking how your day is, everyone encouraging you to push yourself and high fives after a hard workout.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?

A: It can be challenging to balance a full time job, a busy/active family and stay consistent in the gym. I have to make a conscious effort each and every day to make it priority and fit it in.

I also have had 3 knee surgeries (2 ACL reconstructions and 1 meniscus) and was told by a doctor never to run, play contact sports or do anything causing high impact to my knees. Since I don’t like to be told “you can’t”, I decided to train and run a 1/2 marathon, played roller derby and then joined CrossFit. Last summer I also tackled the Tough Mudder. My knees have never felt better since starting CrossFit and I think it’s because all the muscles around them keep getting stronger.   I also suffer from a thyroid autoimmune disorder that affects my energy level, metabolism and causes muscle soreness/joint stiffness. About a year ago, I did a complete change of my nutrition to eating clean and tracking macros after a consultation with Melissa. Since then, I have been feeling more energetic, losing weight slowly and gaining muscle, which is super encouraging!

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?

A: Probably this year’s CrossFit Open for a few different reasons. Last year I was relatively new to CrossFit and didn’t really know what to expect or what The Open was all about. Not only did I love the challenge of this year’s Open, but the camaraderie, community and energy at the gym was awesome. It was a lot of fun watching others achieve their firsts and cheering them on. Also, I achieved my first kipping pull up and got a PR for a clean, which I’m really proud of!!

 

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

A: Anything with cheese on it, especially Mexican food.

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?

A: Snowboarding, hiking, running, coaching Girls on the Run

 

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?

A: Don’t be intimidated. CrossFit really is for anyone and everyone. Coaches are really knowledgeable and will meet you at any level you’re at.

 

Q: What drives you?

A: I love being active, it keeps me balanced. I’ve basically been active my entire life and wouldn’t know what to do with myself without some form of physical activity. I also love a challenge and am competitive at times, which is why CrossFit fits my needs perfectly.

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?

A: Um….I don’t think I’ve ever beat a coach in workouts, but I’m coming for you!! 😉

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?

A: I’d like to be able to consistently do pull-ups and double-unders.

March Member Of The Month – Tricia Apple

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CrossFit Boomtown is very excited to announce our March 2018 Member of the Month, Patricia Apple! She has shown steady progress because she’s committed to consistency! Read on to learn more about Patricia and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFBT community!

 

Q: How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?

A: since June 2017

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the gym?

A:  If I have to pick just one it’s the diversity of the workouts . I have never ever been bored in class. I always look forward to coming to Boomtown because I know it will be fun, challenging, and every single day is different.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?

A:  I have yet to “overcome it” but my endurance ! It sucks . Which surprised

me because I always played sports and ran so I considered myself pretty active . But crossfit is a different beast . I love working on it though and saying “ok take 3 breaths and Get back at it “ and realizing it’s hard but sticking with the movement anyway .
Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?

A:  It was my 25th birthday back in October and we were testing sumo deadlifts . I had my weight on and Danny  comes over and he’s like “what’s your goal?” and I was like “ well I don’t know “ he said add some tens. I added them and lifted it. He comes back , says “add 2 more tens” . Eventually I hit my 1 rep max and the entire class is cheering me on and I look at Danny and I’m beaming . It was so awesome and great way to start my day/ year.

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

A: chicken wings and beer 🙂

 

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?

A:  riding my bike in the summer with my boyfriend , or just a night in with him cooking steaks and watching Star Wars or Batman (Christian bale version ) . I like to run too

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?

A: Do it !!!! I waited too long to start . New things can be intimidating but sooo worth it ! And it makes you stronger and so much more confident to overcome difficult or new situations . I think you’ll end up regretting the things you didn’t do over the things you did do .

 

Q: What drives you?

A: It’s cliche but I just want to be the best I can be . And not necessarily fitness wise even though it always feels good to lift something heavy , I mean mentally. Starting crossfit has been way more than just a physical journey for me . Also I love learning new things (fitness and food wise ) and then telling people about it

Q: Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?

A:  Um any of them ! That doesn’t happen though haha . I swear we have the best coaches in Rochester.

Q: What is your biggest fitness goal right now?

A: Um not hating burpees so much ? I would love to do a strict pull up. Also more consistent double unders,  I have been progressing on those thanks to Zak’s clinic. Also want to start working towards a handstand push-up