Athlete Profile….Meet Jess!

Name – Jess Nelson
Age – 40
Where did you grow up? – Born in Minneapolis, grew up in ND, CO, and Bellingham / Ferndale WA
What do you do for a living? Air Force Reserves – 21 years so far; I am a Master Sergeant (E-7). My core job is to repair avionics systems on C-130 and C17 aircraft; but right now I am the Unit Fitness Program Manager for my squadron. For my full-time job I am a Systems Administrator for the 911 center that covers most of South King County (including CFFW) for the last 6 years.
Do you have any children? Names? Ages? I have a daughter named Emme, and a step-son named Logan, both are 17 years old and on track to graduate from Stadium High School next year.
If money wasn’t an object what would your profession be? – If I could get paid to travel the world and Crossfit, that would be awesome!
Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? – Antarctica
Tell us something about you we might not already know. – I am an NRA Certified Level 1 Rifle coach, and I help coach junior athletes (age 10-18) at two different clubs in Western Washington. Both of the rifle clubs that I am an assistant coach for, qualified a team to compete at Nationals in Ohio at the end of June!
Do you have any hidden talents? – If I do, they’re still hidden!
When did you become a member at Crossfit Federal Way? – February 2017
When did you realize Crossfit is right for you? – After 5 minutes into the free Sat. on-ramp class!
What is your favorite WOD/movement? I’m a fan of the “heavy” lifts like front / back squat and bench press. I never really did weight lifting at any point of my younger life, and now I feel like I’m making up for that and I enjoy working on my overall strength.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement? Squat snatch / squat clean. For some reason I have a serious mental aversion to dropping under that bar.
What is one thing you have done at CFFW that you thought you’d never do? Only one??? I never thought I’d be able do pull-ups or climb a rope. There’s a lot of Crossfit movements that I thought I’d never be able to do when I started, but now I know I’m capable of any movement; even if I haven’t mastered them yet.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with Crossfit? Give yourself time to improve. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to hurt (in a good way). Don’t push so hard that you injure yourself in an attempt to get stronger or faster. Most importantly, trust the coaches! They want the same thing you want; to help you increase your strength / speed / fitness.
What are your goals? I have a lot of Crossfit Goals! Right now my biggest goals are strength related. I want to lift my body weight over my head and I want to be able to bench press my body weight. There are also some really complicated movements that I still need a lot of training on, including muscle-ups and handstand walks.
Fill in the blank (one word)
I eat…….PROTEIN!
I do……..push myself
I like…….competition
I am…….fitter

November Athlete of the Month. Meet Scott!

Name Scott Cheever
Age 21
Where did you grow up? Federal Way Washington
What do you do for a living? Recently graduated from Highline College, working at Papa John’s while looking for permanent employment
If money wasn’t an object what would your profession be?  Work with people
Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? The Caribbean
Tell us something about you we might not already know? Graduated college
Do you have any hidden talents? Video Games
When did you become a member at Crossfit Federal Way? Summer 2017
When did you realize Crossfit is right for you? Right away, love to run and exercise
What is your favorite WOD/movement? Burpees and box jumps
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?  Hand stand push ups
What is one thing you have done at CFFW that you thought you’d never do?   Pullups
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with Crossfit?  Have fun!
What is your favorite cheat meal?  Hot Wings and egg nog
Fill in the blank (one word)
I eat……healthy
I do……. crossfit
I like…… hanging out with friends
I am…… happy

Scott loves to exercise, he can run non stop and never gives up.  Scott enjoys working out with people, telling jokes and to laugh.  Scott graduated from Federal Way High School where he was on leadership and the manager of the senior football team.  Scott has a younger sister and a younger brother as well as a dog named Muggsy.

Athlete of the Month…meet Helen!

Name: Helen Belay
Age : 43
Where did you grow up? I was born in Ethiopia and raised in California.
What do you do for living? Nursing
Do you have any children? None
If money wasn’t the object what would your professional be?  Traveling each continent and visiting different CrossFit gyms.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Europe
Tell us something about you we might not already know.  I Love elderly people , I love to help them out a lot.
Do you have a hidden talent?  Not really
When did you become a member at CrossFit Federal way? Summer 2016
When did your realize CrossFit is right for you?  My first WOD
What is your favorite WOD/ movement?  Except Snatch I love everything.
What is your least favorite WOD/ movement? Snatch
What is one thing you have done at CFFW that you thought you’d never do? I thought I would never be able to do an overhead squat, not even with the bar.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit?  There is nothing you cannot do, do it little by little, practice and ask  lot of question the coaches. In time it gets better and you can get addicted to it.
What are your goals? To do one rope climb,  pull-up, and handstand push up
What is your favorite cheat meal? Bread
Fill in the blank
I eat  vegetables
I do   CrossFit
I like  running
I am determined

May Athlete of the Month….Get to know Barb

 

Name Barb Zumwalt
Age 52
Where did you grow up? Washington
What do you do for a living? Systems Analyst
Do you have any children? Names? Ages? Dan-25 Ty-23 Dylan-19 Travis-17
If money wasn’t an object what would your profession be? I would travel
Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Maui.
Tell us something about you we might not already know? I love the NFL football season
Do you have any hidden talents? I can make money disappear
When did you become a member at Crossfit Federal Way? March 2016
When did you realize Crossfit is right for you? My very first WOD.
What is your favorite WOD/movement? Anything with a barbell
What is your least favorite WOD/movement? Burpees
What is one thing you have done at CFFW that you thought you’d never do? I never thought I’d be able to lift anything more than the bar.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with Crossfit? Be patient and keep doing your best, this is your journey. Listen to your coaches, they are here to help you get better.
What are your goals? My next goal is working on push-ups and pull-ups
What is your favorite cheat meal?  Spaghetti and Meatballs
Fill in the blank (one word)
I eat……clean
I do…….crossfit
I like……tacos
I am……focused

December Athlete of the Month

imageName – Ross Fernley

Age – 33

Where did you grow up? – Born in Nebraska, and lived in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming. Finally settled in the Seattle area in grade school. Been here since.

What do you do for a living? – Customer Service/Sales for a flooring company

Do you have any children? Names? Ages?
– no kids

If money wasn’t an object what would your profession be? – A basketball coach at a small college.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? – I really don’t travel much but my old gym where I coached (Old Queen Anne High School) was haunted. We had ghost hunters come in and do an investigation it was so bad. I have some stories…….

Tell us something about you we might not already know. I have been an AAU basketball coach/trainer for the last 10 years and helped hundreds of kids go on to play in college.

Do you have any hidden talents? – I have no sense of smell. Is that a talent?

When did you become a member at Crossfit Federal Way? – June of 2015

When did you realize Crossfit is right for you? – 2 things. When I immediately learned how wrong I was coming in about “crossfitters” and the crossfit community. The trainers, the fellow athletes. Amazing. Such a positive place. Shout out to the 5:30am class. 2nd is when I started to get excited for the next day’s class and challenge as opposed to dreading it.

What is your favorite WOD/movement? – Saturday WODS are my favorite. I also like the movements when we use equipment: sleds, sandbags, wall balls, jump rope. And running.

What is your least favorite WOD/movement? – Gymnastics stuff. Handstand pushups, ring dips, muscle ups etc. Oh and box jumps. Yuck.

What is one thing you have done at CFFW that you thought you’d never do? – Enjoy lifting weights. I’ve been an athlete in great shape at times in my early life but have never been strong due to a disdain for lifting weights. Now I love throwing them around. If I ever get muscle up…..now that would be something (oh and a pistol).

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with Crossfit? – Progress is a marathon not a sprint. Scale reps, weights, techniques, and your ego. The progress in your #’s on the board and in your body will come if you are putting the consistent effort in the gym and the kitchen.

What are your goals? – a flat stomach and some muscles, a top 5 CFFW mile time, and to crush Strength/WODS like the right side of the 5:30 am class does (Dave, Taunya, Robert, Shannon, Larry)

Fill in the blank (one word)
I eat……. Paleo-ish
I do…….. Crossfit
I like…….alley-oops
I am…….A work in progress