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Meet the Queen of the Hill for May 2017!

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We are jazzed to announce our Queen of the Hill for May 2017:  Alex Kilgore!  This month marks a year that Alex has been training at CrossFit on the Hill (Happy Fitnessversary!), and we are so lucky to call her ours.  Just last month, Alex competed in her first ever Powerlifting Competition.  Our gal PR’d her squat (297#!) and deadlift (375#!).  These incredibly accomplishments reflect the hard work she puts in, day in and day out.  She never cherry picks her workouts, is receptive to suggestions and feedback, and always supports her fellow athletes.  Alex is lovely – inside and out – and is so very deserving of the throne.  

Keep reading to learn more about the Queen!


What brought you to Boston?

I moved to Boston in August of 2014 for a job at Northeastern.

What drew you to CrossFit?

After collegiate rowing, I really missed the team aspect of working out. Lifting alone at lunch was getting pretty boring! I turned to CrossFit because I love the variety and intensity of the workouts, and the fact that I get to do them with a group of awesome people cheering one another on!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

The people! I love the COTH community so much. Everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and just downright awesome. It’s a group I’m proud to be a part of.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I’ve added a ton of strength and become a much more well-rounded athlete since joining COTH. I think my biggest struggle now is mastering how to breath correctly and keeping my form tight during metcons.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Rowing, heavy deadlifts, and maybe some dumbbell snatches for fun.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Well, an old rowing buddy called me “Killer Kilgore” on my most recent CrossFit Instagram post, so I’m gonna go with that!

 

Meet the King of the Hill for April 2017!

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We are so thrilled to announce Nick Preiss as our King of the Hill for April!  We are fortunate to be such an integral part of Nick’s life in Boston.  When he isn’t studying (our boy is wicked smaht!),  Nick can often be found at the box, usually doing something ferocious and superhero-like with his partner-in-crime (and competitions!), Derek.  And, in between rounds and reps, if the tunes are right, you’ll see Nick bust out some of his sick dance moves!  We are so lucky to be able to call Nick family, and so happy to honor him this month!

Keep reading to learn more about Nick!


What brought you to Boston?

I came to Boston in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies at Northeastern University.

What drew you to CrossFit?

I started doing some CrossFit style workouts during track in high school to help develop explosiveness. Once I got to college CrossFit gradually became my staple competitive outlet.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

Joel’s sexy face;)

In all seriousness, it’s a real pleasure to combine athletic and social endeavors daily. The environment at COTH provides an incredible catalyst for forging new friendships and promoting physical improvement. There is no shortage of advice, motivation or camaraderie, and you will always be held accountable to your potential both on and off the floor.

When I started at COTH my middler year at Northeastern (yeah we are weird and do five years of undergrad) I hadn’t really settled into Boston. The community at COTH helped immensely with helping me settle in. I can honestly say that when I leave Boston COTH will be one of the things I miss most, if not THE most.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Gymnastic movements have always been my Achilles heel.  I still struggle a lot with ring muscle-ups and HSPU- and who uses a single leg to do squats? We have two legs for a reason. I have been incorporating these movements into my training two or three times a week each and am seeing improvement as of late.

I think my olympic lifts have improved most. A year ago I did a competition and I couldn’t hit a 135# snatch during the workout, that situation has since been remedied.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Running, rowing, powercleans, KB swings (american).

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Guns Thunderbuns- It’s not my nickname, I just want it to be a thing. I don’t care if we give it to someone else but I think someone should get it.

 

Fresh Face on the Hill: Arnee Martin

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This month, we are excited to feature Arnee Martin as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Arnee has been sweatin’ it out with us for three months, and we love seeing her tackle each workout with determination and intensity.  In addition to puttin’ in work at the gym, she is also participating in our current nutrition challenge!  We love that she has embraced all aspects of our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at Ivy Street School in Brookline and go to school at Lesley University for a MEd in Teacher of Visual Arts, PreK-8th.

What brought you to COTH?

I was looking for a new gym to join and my friend suggested that I join her at Crossfit. I’ve always been interested in weightlifting, but never had the opportunity to join a program or class I felt comfortable to continue participating. I think diversity in communities is really important and I saw that at COTH.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?

HAHA! Wallballs, they’re just fun. IDK why. I feel accomplished when I’m able to continuously get the ball high.

Any other fun fact you want to share? (favorite sports team, food, hobby, etc)

I love yoga too!!! Favorite foods are southern or Asian. Hobbies are photography and teaching myself Spanish.


Be sure to give Arnee a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see her around!

 

Fresh Face on the Hill: Cameron Fear

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This month, we are honored to feature Cameron Fear as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Cam has been a COTHlete for just 4 months, but has already become a staple of our community.  Additionally, he is fully embracing the current nutrition challenge – with all of its good feels and obstacles (What up, team “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibes!?”).  Cam is humble, hard-working, supportive, and a loyal member of the BeyHive.  We are so happy he has joined our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at with an organization called Scholar Athletes at Madison Park High School.

What brought you to COTH?

I had been wanting to try CrossFit for awhile and finally worked up the nerve to try the first class once I moved to Roxbury. Everyone has been really humble and welcoming and that’s what keeps me coming back, especially my faves in the 6AM class.

What is your favorite Crossfit movement and why?

My favorite Crossfit movement is one I can’t do yet – double unders, but I’m determined to master them soon.

Any other fun fact you want to share? (favorite sports team, food, hobby, etc)

I played rugby in college and am currently a women’s rugby coach at Brandeis University.


Be sure to give Cam a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see him around!

Meet the Queen of the Hill for February 2017!

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We are excited to announce that Amanda Weinberger is our Queen of the Hill for February!  Amanda has been a member of our community for over two years.  When she isn’t crushing WODs at COTH, she is juggling (and meeting!) the demands of a student-athlete at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  We’ve been fortunate to be part of Amanda’s fitness journey during her off-seasons, and are so pumped every time she returns to us.  Amanda shows up everyday ready to work and eager to learn.  She faces her weaknesses head on, and continues to improve upon her strengths.  If you’ve taken class with Amanda recently, then you’ve probably seen her latest challenge:  max effort pull-ups following every MetCon.  That’s right, regardless of how physically (or emotionally) taxing the WOD may be, Amanda will hop on the rig and challenge herself to perform more pull-ups than she did the day before.  Her drive and hunger are awesome to watch and infectious when you’re nearby.  We are so lucky to have her as part of our family!

Keep reading to learn more about Amanda!


What brought you to Boston?
Wentworth brought me to Boston, it has my major and I was able to play soccer for a few more years.
 
What drew you to CrossFit?
I started CrossFit because it seemed like the obvious next step for me. I have always worked out, lifting in gyms and doing stuff for soccer. But I needed something to keep me going during the winter when I have zero motivation to workout because of the cold. A few people had recommended CrossFit to me and we didn’t have it in my hometown so I thought Boston would be a good place to try it.
 
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
I keep coming back to COTH because it is close and convenient, I love CrossFit, and its like a little family. It doesn’t matter how long I leave for, whenever I come back everyone welcomes me like I haven’t left.
 
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvements have definitely been my flexibility. When I first started coming 4 years ago I could not squat properly because of the lack of flexibility in my hips and ankles. I still struggle with a lot of movements overhead and that is my biggest pain point, but overall I have improved so much and for that I am so thankful.
 
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
WOD: Amanda 2.0 (since Amanda is already one of the nasty girls)
AMRAP 20 mins
20 box jumps
10 front squats
10 strict pull ups
5 hand stand push ups
 
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I think my meathead nickname would be A-train. I was on a volleyball team out in Cali and they came up with that when I was hitting killer serves. Idk if thats meathead enough but thats all I got.

Fresh Face on the Hill: Zoe Estabrooks

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This month, we are super excited to feature Zoe Estabrooks as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Zoe has been with us for 3 months and, as a coaching staff, we could not be more impressed with her progress.  When she encounters a new or difficult movement, the challenge fuels her to work even harder.  Her drive and determination are inspiring, and we are so happy she joined our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at a small contract research organization, where I specialize in cell culture based biological assays.

What brought you to COTH?

When I was younger I defined myself by my athletic ability; I spent all my free time improving my kickboxing and no-gi jiu jitsu. However, when I was about 20 my neurological health began to decline and so I started decreasing my training load. Eventually I lost all feeling in my hands and feet, and became pretty much sedentary. In May 2015 I had surgery to alleviate the problem, and while I regained almost all my neurological function, I was strongly encouraged not to return to contact sports. I made some half-hearted efforts at working out on my own, however I missed having a gym community to help motivate me. Thankfully I eventually found Crossfit and COTH, and am finally starting to get moving again!

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?

At this point I don’t think I can truthfully say I have a favorite movement. I find wall balls the most challenging, so I appreciate them in a sick sense.

Any other fun fact you want to share?

I am an obsessive planner. I keep a bullet journal, and I design my own meal planning and wod tracking notebooks in PhotoShop!


Be sure to give Zoe a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see her around!

Meet the King of the Hill for January 2017!

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We are stoked to announce that Sam Langrock is our King of the Hill for January!  Sam has been a dedicated COTHlete for a year now (happy anniversary!), and we are so excited to honor such a hard working athlete.  You’ll often see Sam working on skills, specifically double-unders, before and/or after the evening class.  While they continue to frustrate him (read more about that below), Sam doesn’t shy away from the challenge; instead, he consistently works to improve.  Moreover, Sam remained a COTH fixture while rehabbing a sports-related hip injury.  Rather than shy away from physical activity, Sam communicated with the coaches and found smart and effective ways to scale and alter WODs.  Now, Sam is healthy and pretty much unstoppable!  We are so lucky to have him as part of our family (even if he doesn’t share all those beers he strolls in with ;))!

Keep reading to learn more about Sam!


What brought you to Boston?
I’m a senior at Northeastern University.
 
What drew you to CrossFit?
I played hockey, soccer, and baseball at a high level through high school so while I still play ice hockey for the Northeastern Club team I needed something else to fulfill the competitive drive. I was sick of going to the gym and doing the same thing every week. About a year and a half ago I took a co-op at Reebok where I worked in product management on the CrossFit apparel (including all the gear you see in the Games). There I fell in love with CrossFit while working out at Reebok CrossFit One, and have never looked back.
 
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
Ever since I began at COTH last January I’ve always felt embraced as a member of the community. To feel so comfortable coming to each class makes it exciting to go to the gym everyday. In short the coaches are awesome, the people are great, and it’s a convenient walk from my apartment to the box.
 
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
Biggest improvements are definitely with my gymnastic skills and kettlebell work. Struggles are double unders, wall balls, and rowing. A year and half of doing CrossFit and I still struggle with stringing together Double Unders. Unfortunately, I think I’m going to continue to struggle with Wall Balls until I grow a couple more inches, or the target gets lowered.
 
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Definitely something with push-ups burpees, and pull-ups.
 
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I don’t know that it counts as a meat head nickname, but most of my friends call me Langer. Typically hockey players end up with a nickname thats some version of their last name with -er or -y attached to the end.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for December 2016!

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We are so very very excited to announce that Carly Papish is our Queen of the Hill for December!  Carly (aka “Carlita” aka “Crossfit Carly” – read more about that below) is the epitome of a workhorse.  You’ll often see Carly rowing before (or after!) class or working to make her pull-up game even stronger.  When she learned that one this year’s In-House Throwdown events featured handstand push-ups, her CrossFit nemesis, she confronted the task head on.  She went from not being able to do one handstand push-up weeks before the Throwdown to completing nine during the competition.  The display of determination and perseverance was truly amazing to watch.  When she is not topping our scoreboards on a daily basis, Carly trains for marathons (she’ll be running her 10th in 2017!), is a dedicated and loving Big Sister, and has been known to throw a pretty incredible Friendsgiving.  We are so lucky to have her as part of our family!

Keep reading to learn more about Carly!


What brought you to Boston?

I came to Boston in 2005 for college at BU.

What drew you to CrossFit?

I honestly had never heard of CrossFit until last year.  A guy I was seeing was super into it and was always trying to get me to work out with him (I always declined).  One day he asked me if I could do a pull up.  I tried and couldn’t even come close. And by not close I mean I was just sort of hanging from the bar for dear life trying to make my arms somehow bend and support my weight, and despite my best efforts, I didn’t budge.  Two days later I was at COTH, determined to just get one pull up, because for some reason I had it in my head that this was going to impress that dude.  Also, I really really hate to be bad at things.  I figured CrossFit would be a temporary thing for a few months and then I would be back to just running marathons.  Along the way to that one pull up, I discovered so many things that I was terrible at and wanted to improve.  Ultimately, the relationship didn’t last, but CrossFit has.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

Because I <3 all of you guys!  I don’t know of a better, more welcoming group of people than everyone I have met at COTH.  From saying hello to me every day when I walk through the door, to cheering the last person on through the workouts, to helping me pull a seven foot long dining table up three floors and into my house after a thunderstorm, the people at COTH really are the greatest.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I try to think of everything as sort of a work in progress, but I definitely still really struggle with toes to bar, and I’m pretty sure almost everyone in the gym has seen me struggling with handstand pushups, practicing, and getting nowhere, although I’m happy that all of the work is finally starting to pay off and I’m slowly getting better at them.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Running (but don’t worry, I doubt we will be doing a running WOD in December), pull-ups, wall balls.  I don’t know!

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

It pains me to even write this, but I guess my meathead nickname is Crossfit Carly (thanks Coach Oz).  The alliteration is kind of nice, right?  Oz started introducing me as Crossfit Carly in class months ago…and sadly, the name stuck.  As much as I dislike the name, I think it became official when one of the newer members told me he saw me running downtown one afternoon and said to himself, “There goes Crossfit Carly!”  But despite what Oz tells you, you can’t find me as Crossfit Carly on Instagram.

Fresh Face on the Hill: Melissa Ascione

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If you’ve been attending our evening classes, you’ve already had the pleasure of sweating alongside Melissa.  Melissa walks into COTH each day with a big smile on her face.  More impressively, she leaves with a big smile on her face too – regardless of how hairy the WOD is.  

We are stoked Melissa has joined our community.  Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!

Where do you work/go to school?

I work at Baptist hospital, which is up the hill from COTH. It’s an orthopedic hospital, so all those injuries please come see me.

What brought you to COTH?

Since I work close by it made sense and I’ve always enjoyed lifting. I’ve wanted to try CrossFit for awhile now, so I got rid of my fears and joined.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?

All types of Olympic lifting.  I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I want to be better at it.  

Any other fun fact you want to share?

People that know me say I talk about food way too much!

Be sure to give Melissa a “Hi” and a high-five when you see her around!

Meet the King and Queen of the Hill for November 2016!

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We are so excited to announce our November King and Queen of the Hill, Julian Gutierrez and Lauren Cirilli!  At our recent In-House Throwdown, this royal duo faced steep competition, and still finished atop our podium for Mens and Womens RX division.  Julian and LC are integral members of the COTH community.  They show up each day with a positive attitude and work ethic that is not easily matched.  We are so lucky to have them as part of our family!

Keep reading to learn more about these incredible workhorses.


*King Julian*

What brought you to Boston?
I’ve lived in Costa Rica all my life and after a couple of years of work, I decided it was time to pursue a Masters (and hopefully a PhD) in Computer Engineering.  Fate ended up sending me in the direction of Northeastern University here in Boston, though sometimes I regret it because of the weather.  I miss the beers at the beach sometimes 🙂

What drew you to CrossFit?
I was drawn to CrossFit by my family back in Costa Rica.  About 2 years ago, my brothers-in-law decided to open up a CrossFit gym, and due to this I was basically pushed/dragged/morally obliged to try it.  Little did I know that it would change my life forever.  I can’t imagine myself going through a week without exercising to the intensity of a Crossfit WOD.  The sport became intoxicating – noticing how pushing yourself to do better showed in results – from getting a couple of strict pull ups to muscle ups to snatches.  Everyday I feel like I’m better than before.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
The main reason I can’t get enough of COTH is the community.  I love how everybody is so warm and welcoming.  Even for the awkward guy that I am, I felt everybody was incredibly nice to me from the start. I’ve become friends with everyone and that keeps me coming back everyday (though, thats not always enough if its too cold to get out of bed)!

Biggest improvements/struggles with Crossfit?
I think the biggest improvements I’ve seen in me are gymnastics movements. For some reason (thankfully), gymnastic movements feel quite comfortable for me, and I really enjoy doing them in workouts.  Struggles, so many I could fill up this page with thousands of words, but to make this short, I would say my main struggle has always been Olympic lifting. Lifting heavy is something I’ve always been scared off, and ever since I broke my ACL, I’ve been “overprotective” of the movements that I’ve done (add a couple of small wrist injuries to that too). For instance, full cleans and jerks are definitely things I don’t feel confident doing. I can’t wait to continue working on these movements at COTH to really get those weights up. Oh, and also flexibility, I’m as “tieso como un lagarto enyesado”.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Single hand stand pushups, strict muscleups with 20 lb weights, triple clap push ups, deadlifts at 600 lb, and snatches at 265. But if you mean movements I could actually do, I would have to say, I really like, hand stand pushups, hang cleans, pistols, double unders, muscle ups, and snatches (I’m not good at this one, but I really like it), and really long and hard workouts :P.

Meathead nickname (with explanation)?
I seriously still have no idea what this even means 🙂 I really like meat, though I bet that has nothing to do with it.


*Queen LC*

What brought you to Boston?
I’m originally from West Chester, PA, and was relocated to New England for my job in 2013.  I spent ~18 months living in Providence, RI and later decided to move to Boston.

What drew you to Crossfit?
I’ve played competitive soccer my whole life, but when I relocated, it took me a while to find a team.  Since I didn’t know anyone in PVD, I decided to sign up for a half marathon and spent my free time going for training runs with my dog, Mika.  It was upon completion of the 13.1 miles on race day that I decided I didn’t want to spend any more days going on long lonely runs.  I actually started to miss those dreaded preseason strength and conditioning workouts I always complained about.  I also missed having a team to struggle through my workouts with.  I found a local soccer team that played once a week, but wanted to do more.  Without knowing really anything about CrossFit, I walked into the box down the street from my apartment.  Three years later…

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
There are lots of options for working out in the city, but I choose to do so at COTH.  We throw this word around a lot, but it really does come down to the sense of “community.”  The athletes/members and coaches at COTH serve better as some of my closest friends and teammates.  The healthy balance of friendly competition and encouragement creates an environment where we thrive on not only our own accomplishments, but the accomplishments of those around us.  And, they let me bring my dog!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvements have been in barbell movements.  I found them awkward and scary to start, but now they’re some of my favorite movements.  My biggest struggle has been with gymnastic movements.  I fall victim to working on the things I’m good at and enjoy doing, rather than spending extra tim on strengthening my weaknesses.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
If it isn’t obvious, I’ve turned in my running sneaks for lifters and wrist wraps.  My favorite wods are ususally AMRAPs that include moderately heavy barbell movements (deadlifts, hang cleans, OH press, barbell stepback lunges).

Meathead nickname (with explanation)?
Mack (like a mack truck).  Given to me by my soccer teammates in college as I was notorious for pretty much running through anyone that got in my way on the field.