1. How long have you been a member at Hybrid?
Since June 2012.
2. How did you hear about the gym originally?
I started out at a box in NYC earlier in the year. When I relocated to the Fairfield county area in June, I tried out a number of the different boxes in the area. I decided Hybrid would work out best for me for a number of reasons, particularly because of the trainer-attended Open Hours where I could work on weaker movements and because I found the workouts (including Tim’s never-ending “warm ups”, which often feel like WODs themselves) to be much more challenging. I was also really attracted to the core components done in the pre-WOD several times a week because I think my (lack of) core strength had traditionally been a really limiting factor for me in all lifts.
3. What is your favorite lift?
I like the snatch best, though I need work on it. I really like WODs that involve rowing because I perform best on those, which is good for the occasionally needed confidence boost.
4. What is your least favorite lift?
5. What has been your biggest achievement since starting at Hybrid?
My max clean is considerably higher than it was when I started.
6. What other improvements have you seen since you joined?
My deadlift has gotten a lot stronger and I can perform 3 times as many unbroken strict pull-ups then when I started. I’ve gotten a lot faster at some of the cardio intensive movements, like burpees.
7. How many days per week do you workout at Hybrid? Elsewhere?
I come in as much as my work traveling schedule allows. I try to do at least one open hours session a week and I also belong to a traditional gym where I can use the treadmill and work on squats/deadlifts/bench press – movements that can easily be practiced anywhere – so that I can spend my time at Hybrid open hours doing movements that can’t be worked on elsewhere (ie, ring work, yokes, etc).
8. What movement are you still struggling with and what are you doing to fix it?
Lately, I’ve been working a lot on handstand pushups and the snatch. I usually always have one or two movements that I struggle with and am working on outside of class time. Basically, I think that if you are like me and not naturally able to complete several movements without a lot of practice, you have to pick one or two at a time time and spend a lot of time with them during open hours. I’ve heard people at other boxes argue that the WODs provide all the time that you need, but for a lot of the moves I really don’t agree. For example, someone tall and bulky like me who was very far from being able to complete a HSPU when I first started, is never going to sub in pike push-ups during the WODs for a long period and then one day magically make the jump to full HSPUs during the WODs without spending a lot of time practicing the HSPU outside of a frenzied, timed WOD.
9. What were your stats, physically, before coming to Hybrid? Weight?
My waist has gotten a lot smaller since I’ve started. My weight hasn’t changed drastically (down about 5 lbs), but my legs and shoulders look a lot different.
10. How has your nutrition changed?
I have a much better idea of how I should be eating. Admittedly, I don’t always do an amazing job of sticking to it; however, when I eat crap, I’m a lot more aware of it then I used to be and feel guilty about it, which has got to be a step in the right direction.
11. What motivates you daily?
I am generally pretty focused on self-improvement in all areas of life or I get bored. To be honest, I’m also fairly vain, so not being thrilled with how my body looks is a big motivator for me.
12. What advice would you give to someone who might be intimidated by Hybrid?
The people are overall very nice and helpful, so I think it looks a lot more intimidating from the outside than it actually is once you get started. You will do a lot better the sooner you ditch your ego and get over being embarrassed about not being able to complete a movement/needing to scale because once you are comfortable being upfront about that, there are a lot of people interested and willing in helping you improve your weaknesses.