Have you met Stephen Bogush in class? If not, take a moment to get to know one of our newer members at Carousel CrossFit. Steve– Thank you for choosing Carousel CrossFit! It is a pleasure to have you as a part of our community.
When and why did you join Carousel CrossFit? I joined CCF in mid-June and this is my first experience with CrossFit. I’m turning 50 this year, and couldn’t bear the thought that I may be in the worst shape of my life as I hit that milestone. A friend of mine (coach from CrossFit Yards in Morrisville) suggested I check out their podcast (Barbells and Bacon) where they discuss CrossFit, nutrition, WODs, Olympic lifting, beer, etc. I was intrigued enough to ask “is this for me?” so I decided to pop in Carousel to see what it was all about.
What is a typical day like for you? Typical day is up by 5:15. Coffee, walk the dog, check emails, catch up on SportCenter then off to work by 6:20. Easy days I finish by 4-4:30pm, and can get to an afternoon session. Late days (usually 1 per week) end 6:30-7pm.
What do you enjoy most about Carousel CrossFit? The things I enjoy most about CF are the constant variety and that programming is done for me. No two sessions have been the same in 3 months time, and I don’t have to think about what types of exercises I will do today when I go to the box. Just show up, follow the coaches instruction, and do what’s prescribed on the whiteboard. Even if I’m doing the workouts in a scaled manner, I’m still building strength, flexibility and functional fitness—and getting closer to doing those movements in a prescribed manner. The other attraction of CF for me is the community aspect. We are all doing the same workouts (more or less) at the same time and suffering in the same twisted way. Not just walking around in our own little world, headphones in, oblivious to our surroundings, asking “dude, you done with that bench?”
What is your favorite movement? My favorite movement is the full clean. It hits most of the major large muscle groups of the body and requires coordination, speed and timing—and a great deal of practice to gain proficiency (still need a lot of work on this!)
Do you have any tips for anyone new to CrossFit, or thinking of trying it out? Just come in and give it a try. Don’t be intimidated by the loud music and people dropping weights from overhead—this box is full of really cool people offering plenty of support and encouragement. Set aside the rumors that “everyone who does crossfit gets injured.” Our coaches are knowledgable and interested in helping everyone achieve their personal goals. Be realistic with yourself and the coaches, and it helps to check your ego at the door. It really doesn’t matter if you lift more or less than the person next to you. Focus on learning proper technique with light weight (especially with the barbell exercises) and add weight later as the movements get ingrained in your muscle memory. Come to a couple sessions each week and work hard while you’re there—just keep moving. Try not to cherry-pick workouts—many of these movements and exercises are difficult and take some time and repetition to get it. All exercises have value when first starting out (it became obvious early on that I have MANY weaknesses). Listen to your body and make sure to take rest days to recover.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment? My proudest CF accomplishment is getting outside my comfort zone and realizing that I’m capable of so much more than I thought. I’ve worked through the first month of daily aches and pains getting into a regular exercise regimen and for the first time in my life I actually look forward to going to the gym. Oh yeah—and I’m finally able to string together a couple pull ups (I know—now go do ten more…)
What’s something not many people know about you? I’m an avid bowhunter. Anyone with land and a deer problem in Bucks County—please let me know.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the coaches at Carousel CrossFit for their patience and continual support and instruction. Tash, Kim, Michelle, Christian, Jess and Mike—you’re the best. Keep up the good work. Many thanks also to ALL our members for the encouragement and willingness to help the new people—it’s really appreciated!