Congratulations to Sara Fortin for being CFR’s October Member of the Month.
She is a loyal member of the 8:45 and noon classes!
1) What are your hobbies/interest/talents outside of CrossFit?
My family is my number 1. All my free time is spent with my husband (Jason) and our two kiddos, Thomas and Annabelle. In the summer our family spends most of the time by our pool. I have done 4 sprint triathlons and as a result have learned to really love swimming laps and biking (I haven’t learned to enjoy running yet). I also really enjoy reading but don’t ever seem to have enough time to finish a book!
2) Share with us one thing that most people do NOT know about you?
I have been a stay at home mom for the past 5 years. Prior to that I was an Elementary Special Education teacher for 7 years. I primarily worked with students on the Autism Spectrum and students with behavioral difficulties and I loved the challenge of connecting with my students. I have a master’s degree in Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.
3) How long have you been with us at CFR?
This November will be a year!
4) Take us back to your first week here. How did you feel? Remember the workout?
My first CrossFit workout was before I was officially a member here. My brother, Justin, has been a member at CFR for the last couple of years. He convinced me to finally come and try out a class on a “bring a buddy” day. It was a two-part partner workout. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but the first part had wall-balls, box jumps and burpees. The second part had rowing and farmer’s walks (I think). I’m competitive (especially with my brother) so I pushed myself pretty hard. I was exhausted after the workout- but I emailed Erik within a day asking to join the next on-ramp.
5) What moment/achievement are you most proud of at CFR?
Recently I feel like I have had a couple of big moments. In the last two months I got my first rope climb and my first toes to bar. However, I think I am most proud of completing Fran with Rx weight. I walked into class that day with a plan of doing 55#. Derek had more confidence in me than I had in myself and pushed me to do 65#.
6) Design your perfect workout?
Hmmmm, a 10-minute AMRAP with thrusters, calorie row and some Abmat sit-ups. I think thrusters are one of my favorite movements. I know I am in the minority with that!
7) What is your least favorite movement?
Most things gymnastics. Anything with dips, the rings, handstands, pull-ups… All the things I can’t do without lots of scaling. One day I will get them.
8) Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Don’t stop believing.
9) Have you experienced any changes in your lifestyle now that you have been a CrossFit athlete?
Overall, I am so much stronger than I was a year ago. That strength has positively impacted all other facets of my life. I have a hard time sitting still now I just always want to be moving and active especially with my kids.
10) What advice do you have for anyone who is thinking about joining or who has recently joined?
If you’re thinking about joining, just do it. I was worried in the beginning about getting hurt, but I quickly learned Erik doesn’t let that happen. His on-ramp program (even though now it looks different) was such a valuable introduction to all the movements and the correct way to do them. I would also say listen to the coaches and let them coach you. I often find that Erik and Derek know my strengths and weaknesses better than I do, so taking their advice on strategy and weights has helped me grow as an athlete.