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Member Of The Month November – Kayla Hartz

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Here is our M.O.M For November! Congratulations To kayla. Keep up all your hard work.
*How long have you been a member and how long
have you been doing CrossFit?*
I’ve been a member of CFBT for a year and a half, but I started CrossFit in DC two years ago. After a year of persuasion, Kyle successfully convinced me to give it a try. (It helped that my job moved to a building with a CrossFit gym that ran a half-off special for our whole office!)
*What is your favorite thing about the gym?*
The programming is top-notch and intentional. Not only are you are guaranteed a good work out every time you walk through the door, you can also bet you’ll work on skills that will help your performance in some other way.
I also can’t not mention the people. Boomtown is like one large, fun, rowdy family always ready to cheer you on whether you’re first or last.

*What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?*
Double unders! Those pesky things haunted me. I’m still not great at them, but I can at least do a few in a row now. (Thanks to Zach’s workshop!)

*What is your favorit moment at the gym so far?*
Mine and Kyle’s Game of Thrones baby WOD! It was a tough workout (thanks, Meg!), but really fun. I especially enjoyed watching the brave few who decided to do the workout with a weight vest so they could feel what it’s like to workout with a little extra weight.
Plus, the workout seemed to be just what we needed to get Friedrich here; he was born less than 48 hours later. 🙂
*What’s your favorite “cheat” food? *
Nachos with about 50lbs of cheese and guac.
*What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?
Aerial silks. I’ve done aerial silks for almost 4 years and actually decided to do CrossFit so that I could be better at it. I had to take a break during my pregnancy (wrapping your stomach in fabrics and diving 15 ft isn’t recommended during pregnancy), but I’m back at it twice a week now.
*What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?*
It’s going to be hard and you’re not going to be good at everything. It’s going to take a while to learn all of the movements. Some people in the gym are really, really good, but that’s not a reason to be intimidated (they’ve worked hard!). You can scale any movement. The coaches genuinely want to help you. Once you get in a groove, you’re going to have a lot of fun with it and see improvements in your body that will positively impact the rest of your life. What do you have to lose?
*What drives you?*
I truly believe that in order to live a fulfilling life and maximize the human experience, you must have a healthy mind, body, and spirit. If one is unhealthy, the other two will suffer. CrossFit pushes me and allows me to unearth my body’s potential. Because of this, every aspect of my life has been more rewarding and fulfilling.
In short, living my best life is what drives me.
*Which coach do you like to beat in workouts?*
That’s a funny question because I don’t think that’s ever happened! I do try to stay on pace with Amanda because I think she has an incredible ability to set a pace and stick with it.
*What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
I want to focus on Olympic lifting right now because of how physically and mentally challenging those movements are for me.
Because I enjoy concrete, measurable goals: I want to be able to confidently do a 95lb snatch by the open and would like to try doing the open RX this year.