February 2015 Co-Spotlight Athletes: Laura Kinsey & Dan Shields
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
LK: Danny got into CF first, soon after he moved to Jax. I have always been a gym rat so when I would visit on the weekends or for breaks from grad school, I would come to the box with him. After a few visits I was hooked.
DS: I was getting bored with the normal routine at a conventional gym (Golds, Powerhouse..etc) and fed up with not seeing any improvements. I reached a point where I was just going through the motions and not trying anymore. I was in the gym just to “be in the gym” if that makes sense. I had a vague set of goals and lost some of my edge and drive I had while lifting at UF. I was attracted to the competitive aspect of CrossFit, more importantly it was something new and energizing to try.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
LK: I have continued to make progress in my strength and cardio in general. I only feel like I am going to have a heart attack during some WODs rather than all of them!! I have been working hard on my squat form and finally have double unders down with only mild whip lash.
DS: My Olympic lifts for sure. I never snatched before CrossFit. I have lost some top end strength, but have gained more endurance.
What do you like best about the gym?
LK: I cannot say enough awesome things about the great sense of community and friendship that Danny and I have received from Strongpoint. You guys have made acclimating to Jacksonville easy with the great friends we have made at the gym.
DS: People. They are your competition and support group. I have made a lot of friends and without them I would not be Broreps.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
LK: Gee, I mean there are just so many fun movements to pick from… Shoulder to overhead is probably my favorite movement and I like TABATA WODs because I can set a goal for each round and challenge myself to maintain it.
DS: I like Elizabeth, Diane and Grace. I also enjoy the full length WODs like Filthy 50, 300, Fight Gone Bad and some of the Heroes.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
LK: Skid marks on my chin from wall balls aren’t pleasant and neither is the deep burn in my quads from all the front squats we did in last weeks WOD.
DS: Thrusters and…Thrusters
What motivates you to show up day after day?
LK: Seeing friends and the friendly competition between our female wolf pack.
DS: Seeing what physical/mental goals I have accomplished and what weaknesses remain.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
LK: Occasionally I will get discouraged when I am the last to finish a WOD, but I just walk it off in the parking lot and tell myself that finishing is better than never starting.
DS: Confidence in my elbow, energy levels not going to be there after work, poor flexibility
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
LK: I love seeing our Strongpoint crew out supporting one another at local competitions. You can feel the love when we are all screaming for someone to go faster or get one more rep.
DS: There are two: 1st Muscle up in old gym and writing my name in red crayon on the bathroom door. Complete muscle fatigue at RYB2, everyone around me screaming, collapsing from the pull up bar with only 2 reps left…only 2 LEFT! Then walking outside and the wind had blown over all Strongpoint tents and Ryan’s supplements were scattered everywhere. Long story short, the team pushed me to a level I never experienced before. It was a good day
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
LK: Saying goodbye to Petey, one of the very first friends we made at the gym.
DS: CFG 14.5, ‘nuff said
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
LK: For the sake of Valentine’s Day, most people don’t know that Danny was the only boy at my 7th grade birthday party…he chased me around the water park and the rest as they say, is history!
DS: Only 1 is true…
1. I am a rebel soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor from a Terminator T-800 model 101 cybernetic organism.
1. I have many leather bound books and my house smells of rich mahogany.
3. I had eyebrow ring and both ears pierced with slim shady hair in HS.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
LK: Anything that LD’s unmistakable voice screams across the gym.
DS: “Stretch, roll out… Do whatever you want, it’s your nickel”
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
LK: I want to get ring dips and hand stand push ups Rx and refine my overhead squats.
DS: More flexibility and to improve with thrusters and OH squats
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
LK: The thing I cannot stress enough is to start with light weight and learn the correct form before you walk into your second class and throw Rx weight on the bar. We won’t judge you for modifying a workout in order to do it correctly.
DS: Do not use the bars in the back corner in the squat racks. There are 2 sets of bands, one for stretching, one for lifting, remember this rule. Do not bite off more than you can chew; stay within your capabilities, maintain decent form and get a good pump. Just because others are at Rx does not mean you have to be.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
LK: Give us more than just one visit before you rule out CF for your workout of choice. We are a friendly and eclectic bunch that occasionally like to mix silent meditation along with our max effort strength sessions Seriously though, Strongpoint is a great community and you could be the next addition to our family!
DS: “Now you’re gonna have to go through hell. Worse than any nightmare you ever dreamed. But in the end, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it. Do it.” -Tony “Duke” Evers (Rocky IV)
Coach’s Comments: I still fondly remember my first interaction with Dan (a.k.a. Danny Broreps). He caught me out at lunch and it was loud so I told him I was at Panera and would call him back in a few minutes. The main reason I remember this is that he reminds me about this at least once a month… On a more serious note, Laura and Dan have been with Strongpoint since the “old gym” having joined during the late-winter of 2012. They are two of our longest standing members and have participated in numerous competitions and gym social events over the years. They have both dramatically improved their fitness during that time, referred in several new members, and become a mainstay in our afternoon classes. Laura and Broreps have been a big part of the Strongpoint community for a long time and it is a pleasure to recognize them as our Spotlight Couple for 2015!