Monday 06.09.14

Gajen

Gajen

Ham Sandwich
50 Wall Balls (20, 14#)
25 Deadlifts (225, 155#)
50 Wall Balls (20, 14#)
*EMOM 5 Burpees*

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Jeremy Gransky!

Jeremy Gransky!

1. How did you get started at CrossFit New England?
I was actually the last holdout in our family.  Coach Max used to be our son’s pre-k teacher (in his previous life) and started bringing him to crossfit after school (clearly they both had too much energy).  Our daughter then started to go to CrossFit Kids on weekends and soon after my husband John followed (and soon began cultivating his harem in the 9:30 class).   I could really only listen to all that CrossFit talk at the dinner table for so long before I gave in :)
2. What is your athletic background?
I always enjoyed being active outdoors (skiing, rockclimbing, caving and going to the gym) but didn’t really start to push myself a bit farther until a few years ago.  For the last 4 years I have been doing flying trapeze intensively and 2 years ago started CrossFit.  I found that not only did CrossFit increase my strength but it also improved my speed and reaction time up on the trapeze.
3. What is your favorite movement?
I’d say its the weighted pullup.  I often struggle with the weighted exercises and may never be able to lift the RX weights for many of the movements.  But stick me up on the rig and strap a ship’s anchor to my waist and I’m good to go.  I credit my trapeze background and hereditary lack of a butt to pull me down.
4. What is your favorite WOD?
Definately Annie.  I struggled to get double unders for a year and a half but loved doing that wod even with singles.  I’ve done that WOD several times and have learned some important lessons.  Most of them have to do with startegies to avoid the horrific ass raspberries I got from all the sit-ups the first couple of times.
5. What is your favorite paleo snack?
I guess just straight-up raw veggies.  But to be honest, the only thing I want to do after the 7:30PM class is to collapse on the couch with a giant tub of peanut butter pretzels.  Hot Tip- Staples sells them in vats four times the size available at the grocery store… but you didn’t hear it from me.
6. If you had to pick a super power what would it be? What would your superhero name be?
Flight, for sure.  I think i’m happiest while airborne.  There is nothing like the rush I get from flipping off of a trapeze, skydiving, or that awesome moment just before contact after a poorly executed box jump.  And you can call me “Jairborne”.
7. If you were a household item what would you be and why?
A salad spinner.  It always looks like it is having so much fun, and people love using it.  And in the end, it always serves up healthy stuff for the family.
8. If you could have lunch with one member of the Beatles who would it be and why?
Gosh which one to choose…  Should I pick Harry (the charming one), Liam (the sensible one), Louis (the funny one), Niall (the cute one), or Zayn (the quiet one)?  I guess i’ll go with Zayn so we can just get down to the business of eating.  Wait a second, I’ve got the right British boy band, right
9. What is the strangest reason you’ve gone to someones house to help their pet?
Well, there was the woman who got her dog’s foot caught in the sink drain while trying to give him a bath and couldn’t free the poor guy.  Or the woman who didn’t realize she wasn’t wearing pants when I arrived to see her cat.  But that’s another story altogether.
10. Is it true that 7:30pm is the best class? Also I’ve heard the coach is amazing. Is that true?
You better believe it!  We have an awesome group of super nice, supportive people who really give it all they have left at the end of a long day.  We also have some truly inspirational pregnant folks (pretty sure you know who you are).  And it’s true, coach Max is pretty amazing (at least his farmer’s tan is).  But seriously, he is a great coach technically and keeps us laughing throughout the evening.  But I do kind of feel sorry for him sometimes because he doesn’t seem to have enough CrossFit T-shirts or sneakers.