February 2014 Spotlight Athletes: Denise and Kevin Perrigo
I (Denise) had been a “runner” for awhile and Kevin would run with me as much as his schedule would allow. We were both looking for something different. I had run 3 marathons between 2009 -2012 so by the end of December 2012, I felt “done” with long distance running – I realized I wasn’t ENJOYING running anymore. Kevin ran several half marathons with me and realized (after 2 knee surgeries!) that maybe long distance running wasn’t the best thing for him either and he really needed to improve his overall fitness. We have a Nautilus set at home that we would use biweekly but we still felt like we needed some motivation and a different challenge. We really believe physical fitness should be something you enjoy and makes you feel good so when we started to dread it and not look forward to it, we knew it was time for a change!
We found Strongpoint through a member friend. (We bid on a 1 month trial at a benefit/charity event in December 2013 and “won” it – must have been telling us something!) We started Strongpoint in January 2013 and immediately were hooked. We loved the “community” aspect, the coaches, and how everyone encourages everyone to succeed at their own level and pace. We love the constant challenge and how we are sore in different muscle areas everyday (this is a good sign!) The coaches are always instructive and encouraging people to do their best. We love how other members encourage each other and are happy when other succeed and do their best.
1. What made you decide to start CrossFit?
D: I needed a change! I wanted something that would challenge me but that I would also enjoy.
K: After surgery on both knees and knowing my lack of overall strength and fitness was a factor, I knew I needed to do something that would capture my attention and provide results…CrossFit has definitely done that.
2. What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
D: I obviously feel “stronger” overall than with just running! I am motivated when I am capable of doing things that I didn’t think I would be able to do.
K: I have seen a big transformation in my physique and feel like an athlete again.
3. What do you like best about the gym?
D: Every day I don’t know what workout to expect. Some WODs I am awesome at (!) – others – I suck! But, I can realize my strengths and weaknesses which help me understand what I need to work on!
K: I love the challenge that every day brings. No workout is the same and they all change me to bring my very best. The competition aspect really motivates me. Also.…the coaching. Best group of motivators I have ever been around! (Thanks, Ryan, LD, Petey, Devon, Mike, Cassie, Ian, Amanda, and Andrew)
4. What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
D: Running, slam balls, boxjumps, kettlebell swings, wall balls – anything that is lower weight – higher reps!
K: Filthy Fifty; 12 Days of Christmas, or most any WOD that kicks my butt for 30 minutes+. Wall Balls, Kettle Bell Swings and Thrusters are also a favorite…real full body workout!
5. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
D: Pull ups, handstand pushups….Anything with high weight, low reps! I need to continue to work on upper body strength!
K: Overhead Sq uat, Burpees, and Double-unders. Suck at first two…can’t do the last.
6. What motivates you to show up day after day?
D: I love that every day I go, my muscles are sore the next day! I love feeling sore muscles – it means I worked them! My goal is to Rx most if not all workouts eventually!
K: Competing, pushing myself to be better than yesterday, and feeling stronger and healthier every day.
7. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
D: When I feel like I can’t lift the “heavy” weights…
K: Feeling like I don’t have the right mechanics learned and that keeps me from pushing myself to my potential.
8. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
D: When I was able to do a WOD that had 3 rounds of 3 rope climbs and I did it Rx! Anytime I can do Rx I feel proud!
K: The second time I completed my baseline after my intro and I went from a 7:45 (and throwing up on the way home) to under five minutes. More than a 2:30 improvement in 6 months…great feeling!
9. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
D: When I feel like I could have done better but I didn’t. Regretting that I didn’t try a heavier weight; or anytime I doubted myself and didn’t try Rx.
K: Any time I feel like I could have pushed myself harder…and trying to get damn Double-Unders!
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
D: I never worked out – at all – anything – until sometime in my mid 20s L
K: I am a former golf pro (and caddied for Arnold Palmer) with 4 kids – two are in college – one in high school, and one in Kindergarten! It’s important to prioritize fitness as a role model for your kids!
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
D: I remember reading something about a can of biscuits that popped open – I never want to feel like that!
K: “Get that up in the scrotchular region…” LD
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
D: I would love to do every workout Rx even if my time is slow!
K: Continue to improve continually and set PR’s every chance I get. Getting a Muscle-up is must!
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
D: Don’t give up – modify it for YOU – you have your strengths and weaknesses – embrace your strengths but continue to work on your weaknesses!
K: Stick with it and keep challenging yourself. Mod when you have to but stick with it and never let the WOD win!
14. What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
D: It is empowering to feel strong! Strong is the new skinny girls!
K: Give it a real chance and it will change your life…
Coach’s Comments: Denise and Kevin just hit their one-year anniversary and they have become mainstays in our evening classes. They have easily become two of our most consistent members and the coaching staff has seen dramatic improvement in the strength and overall fitness level in that year. Kevin also immediately referred in a co-worker, Jeff Watters, who just hit his first year and I think CrossFit has been a life-changing experience for all three! Beyond training, the Perrigos also organized a community event in the fall that took us off-site for a round of golf and everyone that attended had a great time. It is for these reasons that Perrigos were an easy choice for our February Co-Spotlight Athletes!