One of our Members of the Month, Kerri! 

With Equipment
“Ceiling Fan”
20 Single Dumbbell Alternating Power Snatches
8 Burpees
20 Single Dumbbell Overhead Reverse Lunges
8 Burpees

Without Equipment
“Ceiling Fan”
20 Odd Object Ground to Overhead
8 Burpees
20 Odd Object Overhead Reverse Lunges
8 Burpees

“Ceiling Fan”

Box Brief
We are highlighting our frontline workers every Monday – Wednesday – Friday. We are so proud of their hard work and bravery! Today we are highlighting Kerri Fernandez! Scroll down to read more about her.

Kerri Fernandez- Nurse

1) How did you get started at CFNE and what did you do before?

I started at CFNE in January 2016, after giving birth to my daughter and getting the all clear from my doctor. Prior to that I was always active with running and boot-camp style classes, but I knew I needed to ramp things up to get back to my pre-pregnancy state.

2) Where are you from and where are all the places you’ve lived?

Born and raised in Massachusetts. I grew up in Stoughton, got my first degree at Framingham State, and settled in Natick after college before enrolling in nursing school.

3) What’s your favorite Crossfit movement?

Box jumps. Deadlifts. Power cleans. Push jerks. Rope climbs.

4) If you were a Starbucks drink, what would you be and why?

Cold foam cold brew, because I like it and I’m a creature of habit.

5) If you could only have one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?

With no regards to nutrition, it would have to be buffalo chicken tenders. And peppermint patty ice cream with rainbow jimmies. Oh, and oysters.

6) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed in your line of work?

This. This pandemic right here is the overall craziest thing I’ve seen. Most of the other crazy things I’ve seen have involved a lot of bodily fluids, so I’ll spare you the details.

7) What is your favorite book, and why?

I love books and couldn’t pick just one, but historical fiction, memoirs, or true crime are my go-tos. Currently reading: The Third Rainbow Girl.

8) What would you name the autobiography of your life?

The Freckled Storyteller. Ha. I don’t know, but before becoming a nurse I worked as a newspaper reporter and I still identify with that. I love learning peoples stories – how did they get to here? What was the turning point? As a reporter (and also now as a nurse) I got to see some pretty crazy things behind the scenes while witnessing people during some of their most vulnerable times. I’m a sucker for a good comeback story.

9) What superpower would you want to possess?

To be able to fly. I hate heights (rope climbs have helped with that), but if you can fly you could never plummet to your death.

10) What was the most important lesson you’ve had to learn?

That you have to meet people where they’re at without judgement. My hospital cares for a lot of underserved populations in our area, and many of these individuals have faced barriers and struggles their whole lives. When the end up in the hospital for an acute issue they might only be focused on that problem and not take into account other contributing factors. They may not be ready or able to make dramatic life style changes. So, you’ve got to deal with the acute issue and hopefully start a dialogue about changes, harm reduction techniques, and long term goals. And sometimes people will never change, but if you don’t treat the acute issue, they will never have the chance to.

11) What’s your favorite memory from CFNE?

Right now, all of them. I miss it so bad. I’m really struggling to find the mental and physical space to workout from home on my days off. But Thanksgiving morning Murph is always one of my favorites.