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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
JANUARY 2017
ANDREW AND LAURA DORFMAN

This one is way overdue. These two have been such a big part of our community for years now. Their positive attitude has been such a pleasure to be around ever since they started. I have watched these two accomplish so many great things since being members, most recently some strict pull ups for Andrew and some consistent double unders from Laura. It’s been a pleasure working with these guys and we still have much more to accomplish and I look forward helping you reach all of your goals.

What made you try CrossFit?

Andrew: I’ve been trying to get into an exercise routine for years after having a heart attack at 35 but never found something I could stick with. I drove by many times and wondered what it was and after a few friends recommended it I decided to give it a try (fully expecting I’d quit like everything thing I tried).

Laura: Well, after seeing how motivating CrossFit was to my husband, I figured anything that could motivate him that MUCH was worth exploring. I have always been the one who is more of the driving factor in our relationship when it comes to fitness and exercise.

What athletic background or fitness training background do you have?

Andrew: Not much. I think I was in my prime (at least my wife tells me) back when I was in the Navy.

Laura: I ran track when I was younger (which is hard to believe now as I am usually at the end of the pack with any running during a WOD-lol). I still enjoy yoga. I have always loved being outdoors and still love hiking, skiing and paddle boarding. When I was younger, I used to rock climb. I miss my days at the Gunks.

Could you go back to a regular gym?

Andrew: No way. I need the structure and variety that the CrossFit classes provide and the motivation of all the exceptional coaches.

Laura: No way!! I love the motivational environment and the insight and encouragement I receive from all of the coaches and other crossfittters.

What impact has CrossFit had on your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?

Andrew: I feel a lot better, healthier and stronger. I actually look forward to working out every day and miss it when I can’t. I’ve made lots of new friends.

Laura: I definitely feel healthier and stronger. I am now lifting three stacked laundry baskets up my stairs instead of one! Truth be told, I love being challenged and CrossFit for certain provides obtainable challenges. The other factor is that is since my husband attends, it is something we can do together. He wasn’t such a big fan of hot yoga.

What’s your favorite food?

Andrew: Pizza, pasta, wings, all of the healthy stuff

Laura: Cheese…any kind!! Salmon, clams, scallops, lobster, oysters-if it’s from the sea or briny, it’s for me. And, of course, Pizza- I have perfected my cauliflower crust so I don’t have to feel too guilty.

What’s a goal you’ve accomplished since joining?

Andrew: Actually sticking with something and working out at least 5 times a week!

Laura: Not feeling like I am going to puke after being on the assault bike or the rower for an extended time. And that one time I jumped on a 24” box…

What’s a goal you’re still working on?

Andrew: More flexibility, losing way more weight and eating healthier

Laura: Making sure Andrew eats healthier ;) Actually, sequential double unders, better form, smoother burpees. And if I dream big, perhaps a pull-up someday.

How did you feel in your early days at BPCF?

Andrew: Nervous about my ability to keep up with the class but once I saw how supportive all of the members are and how motivating the coaches are I quickly got over it. (and of course I felt like I was going to die for the first few months)

Laura: At first, it was a little intimidating. But everyone was so encouraging and welcoming, I quickly got over that. I had the most amazing intro class (shout out to my intro class) which helped tremendously. It made the transition into the regular CrossFit classes seamless. And the Coaches are all so approachable, I never hesitated to ask a question when I first started which helped with my ease into the general classes.

What’s your favorite WOD or movement?

Andrew: Box jumps and rowing is a close second (which used to be my worst)

Laura: Dead lifts, back squats and rowing. When I was in my 20’s, I had an alden single ultra-light rowing shell that I rowed on Northport Harbor- who knows, maybe I can make a comeback ;)

What’s your least favorite WOD or movement?
Andrew: A tie between burpees and the assault bike

Laura: For sure, burpees.

Any advice for newbies?

Andrew: Stick with it and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

Laura: One word: Persistence. There will be days that you feel like giving up or puking. Or you might have both of those feelings simultaneously (I have). But don’t give up. It is so worth it. I am definitely not of one of the younger Cross fitters, so whatever your age, just keeping coming. You WILL see results- both mentally and physically.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
DECEMBER 2016
MR.MICHAEL WIKAN

I would like to recognize Mike Wikan this month for all of his accomplishments and hard work. Mike is a perfect example of if you put the time and work in the results follow. Truth is when Mike came into the gym strength wasn’t his strong suit. It took some time getting him away from that pink bar:) but after a little nudge Mike quickly learned how capable he really was. From what I have found in my time as an expert trainer:) there are two ways people handle these types of situations when coming into a new challenge. One they either say I cant do this and I never see them again or Two they don’t get discouraged and they are driven to conquer the challenge at hand. Unfortunately most times I see option One but its those rare occasions like our friend Mike Wikan that makes me love my job and I get to see there amazing transformation right before my eyes. So congrats buddy keep making us smile and keep pushing forward. Liz king hope you like the photo that was Mike’s idea :)

What made you try CrossFit?
A few things. 1 – I wanted to remove the layer of oatmeal that had taken over my body (I’m down 18-20 lbs of it and kept it off). 2 – I was tired of being out of shape. 3 – I like the variety and having a different workout made for me everyday.

What athletic background or fitness training background do you have?
Surfing, skateboarding and BMX all non traditional sports. I’ve tried gyms but get bored after a few months.

Could you go back to a regular gym?
No, too boring and intimidating starting out.

What impact has CrossFit had on your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
Muscles that have been dormant for decades have comeback to life. My wife is annoyed with all the flexing I do now. Also, I sleep better and feel healthier and stronger.

What’s your favorite food?
Italian.

What’s a goal you’ve accomplished since joining?
Being committed was my first goal. To keep going long enough(into Spring) to workout with the garage door open. Basically seeing if I would still be going after 5 months. Sounds weird but the first day I rode up and the garage door was open I was pretty happy. Been there a year now, 5 days a week.

What’s a goal you’re still working on?
So Many.
1 – Consistency in running. I went from 11 minute mile to 7:15.
2 – Pull ups. When I started I was lucky to do 2 max. I’m up to 18 consecutive, but 25 would be nice.
3 – Working on handstand pushups now.
4 – More flexibly in my shoulders for Over Head Squats. I’m so bad at those.
5 – Beat my 2016 Murph time.

How did you feel in your early days at BPCF?
A bit nervous at first, but everyone was friendly and zero intimidation. We had a great intro class so we stuck together and shook off the nerves going to our first real class as a group. So much support from everyone. How did I feel physically? Week and way out of shape.

What’s your favorite WOD or movement?
It changes often. Right now I’m on a pull up phase. Anything with pull ups and I’m happy.

What’s your least favorite WOD or movement?
110% the assault bike.

Any advice for newbies?
If you’re new to this, take the intro class. Very important to learn the movements and proper form.

Shout out to the 5:45 class. They push me and motivate me to show up everyday. I owe a lot to them and the coaches.

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