Good afternoon CrossFit Relentless! We are pleased to announce that our October “Member of the Month” is Marri Day Fairbanks! She is a loyal member of the 8:45 class and is a stud at “Toes to Bar!” Read below to find out about her favorite style of workouts, plus read her advice to new members! Thank you Marri!
What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?
Outside of CrossFit I love spend time outdoors. Gardening, hiking (just did a 10 mile stretch on the Metacomet Trail with some CFR members), cooking, traveling and spending time with my family and friends makes me happy.
Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?
One of my first jobs was working on a cruise ship. I was a waitress, bartender and chambermaid.
How long have you been with us at CFR?
Oh my gosh, I have been here for just over 7 years and I have loved every minute of it! There is always room for improvement and the opportunity to learn a new skill.
Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?
It was so long ago that I do not remember the workout but I DO remember the warm-ups. We were running (not my favorite) 400 meters and everyone in the class was chatting, laughing, etc. and I could barely breathe, let alone talk. Then we went inside for a dynamic warm-up and I thought “this is nuts, these people are crazy”. The warm-ups along with the workouts that week were really hard for me and boy was I sore. Very sore. I can’t walk down the stairs when I’m sore.
What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?
I’m proud of my toes to bar, weighted pull-ups, bench press and clean. Before starting CrossFit I did not know what any of these things were except for the pull-ups.
Design your perfect workout?
My favorite workouts are team workouts and EMOM’s. Teams of 4. Running, box jumps, thrusters, sit-ups. Of course this would be preceded by a lift such as bench press or squat.
What is your least favorite movement?
Wall balls! Rowing is a close second
Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Just keep moving and learning.
Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle since you started CrossFit?
I feel like I have become a CrossFit ambassador for lack of a better word. When people see a t-shirt I’m wearing and make a comment or ask a question about CrossFit I launch into explaining what it is, how it works and how it is for everyone. Young, old, fit, not fit and even for people with nagging injuries or limitations. There is always a way to scale a workout to make it work for all. When I travel I find a CrossFit to drop into so I don’t become a vacation slug.
What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?
As a 49 year old I can credit CrossFit with making me the fittest I have ever been and keeping me injury free. This is truly a program for everyone as I mentioned above. I would urge anyone thinking about it to try it. And yes you will be sore but it’s a good sore and it reminds you of what you accomplished. Another bonus is all of the great people and especially the coaches at CFR. They are an outstanding group of people.