March 2016 Spotlight Athletes: The Koby Family
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
We had both been running for a few years and Jeff did a Spartan Run. We were really interested in learning more about CrossFit. We started following the CrossFit website and trying to do the workouts at home. Right after that, we found a Living Social Deal to try CrossFit at Strongpoint. We both signed up in June of 2012 and loved it!
Molly: Because (Mom and Dad) do it.
Natalie : It looked fun, and I was curious.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
Jeff: I have run the Gate River Run for the past 7 years. During my first year at CrossFit, I really wasn’t running much outside of WODs. Yet, I improved my time at the Gate by 22 minutes.
Angela: I just completed my first Open workout. I did it scaled, but am so excited that I was able to do it. I also just participated the Takedown Challenge and was able to lose weight and develop better nutrition habits.
What do you like best about the gym?
Jeff: Great Coaching and the strong sense of community.
Angela: I think the spirit of community at Strongpoint is amazing! Everyone is so encouraging and supportive of one another, no matter what level athlete you may be. I think the positive environment at Strongpoint is a direct reflection of Ryan’s genuine desire to help everyone be better.
Molly: I like working out with my friends.
Natalie: The Coaches are nice.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Angela: Thrusters, squats, and cleans.
Molly: Jumping pull-ups and rope climb.
Natalie: Says her ideal workout would be rounds of 5 burpees, 10 Monkey Hangs, and 4 box jumps.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Jeff: Wall balls.
Angela: A toss-up between dips and snatch! I secretly cherry picked around snatch for my first 2 years at Strongpoint.
Molly: Atomic Sit-ups.
Natalie: Atomic Sit-ups and kettlebells (they are just too heavy!)
What motivates you to show up day after day?
Jeff: Every day is a challenge.
Angela: I love that every workout is a challenge and I just feel better on the days I do CrossFit.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Angela: I worry about injury (occupational hazard). CrossFit is definitely a head game for me. I often find myself giving up before I start a lift because I’ve already decided I won’t be able to do it. I’ve learned not to count up weight on the bar as I’m working toward a max lift until I’m done. I do better thinking about it as only a couple more pounds than thinking about the total weight.
Jeff: “I can’t lift that.”
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Jeff and I have always enjoyed working out together at Strongpoint. Now, being able to share CrossFit with our girls is so wonderful. We are watching them get stronger and more confident as they learn new movements and skills. I am so glad that Strongpoint has added the kids programs. Michelle and Liz are amazing with the kids!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Angela: I really haven’t had a least favorite moment. But, there was one workout right after I started when I was the only one in class, on a Hero WOD Friday. I think the workout was “Brenton.” I had Ryan’s undivided attention as I bear crawled and broad jumped up and down the parking lot for what seemed like an eternity. I still hate bear crawls!
Jeff: Definitely the year I competed in the Open and scored a 1 in an AMRAP of Clean and Jerks and Chest to Bar. The Rx weight was 135-my 1 rep max.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
(Angela and Jeff) At our heaviest, we each weighed close to 200 pounds.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
Jeff: “I’m tired of looking like a busted can of biscuits.” -Rox from the quote board.
Angela: “It’s your nickel.” – Ryan Miller
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
Jeff: A muscle up!
Angela: I want to be able to do chest-to-bar pull-ups unassisted and to do more workouts Rx.
Molly: To be able to do atomic sit-ups.
Natalie: To be able to do a handstand.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Jeff: Don’t get discouraged by difficult movements.
Angela: Stick with it. It’s amazing how quickly you will get better and stronger.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Jeff: It’s a great workout in a great environment.
Angela: Try it and you will be addicted.
Molly: Just Go!
Natalie: CrossFit is fun.
Coach’s Comments: Angela and Jeff are some of the last remaining OG’s from the much fabled “Old Gym” down the street. As they mentioned, they came to us in the summer of 2012 as part of a Living Social promotion that we had run that spring. Here we are nearly four years later and their daughters, who were really young back when Angela and Jeff started, have become two of our most consistent CrossFit Kids members. The Kobys were early adopters of the Kids program and have become two of the most enthusiastic supporters. It’s not at all uncommon to have one or both parents and both girls training on the floor at one time. Angela and Jeff have both performed exceptionally well in gym nutrition challenges including Angela’s most recent standout performance in the TakeDown Challenge where she finished in first place of the fourteen competitors. It’s been extremely rewarding working with the family and seeing the positive impact of CrossFit on their lives. We look forward to continuing to work with them and helping them achieve their goals in the future!