Get Jacked O’Lanterns
Saturday, Oct. 3: This event has the best of both worlds. Oktoberfest Raleigh CrossFit style combines a morning “Get Jacked O’Lantern” workout, with a lunch time pumpkin carving and beer at State of Beer.
PLAN B (IF RAINING!): Meet at Raleigh CrossFit for pumpkin carving. Grab snacks, food, drinks at State of Beer and bring that and your creativity to Raleigh CrossFit. Let’s fill the tank with pumpkin guts!!!
WHERE: Festivities begin with a workout (900a or 1030a) at Raleigh CrossFit and State of Beer later.
WHEN: October 3, 2015. Regular classes at 900a and 1030a. Timing works out if you want to do the 1030a and then head over to State of Beer immediately after. Alternatively, you can train at 900a and then meet us over at State of Beer at around 1145a-1200p.
COST: None, directly. But you will need to bring your own pumpkin, carving tools and can purchase any food items and beverages at State of Beer.
Social events bring us closer as a community, and let our friends come join in the fun that is Raleigh CrossFit. Invite your friends, the more, the messier the pumpkin carving will get, and more creative the pumpkins will be!
Barbells For Boobs
Our 5th annual Barbells For Boobs Fundraiser is also going down! Dress in costume and perform 30 Clean and Jerks to raise money for Mammograms in Action. Between now and Oct. 31, you can bring awareness to the cause. Register with the Raleigh CrossFit Team and start helping us surpass our goal of $5,000.
Click here to register! SELECT RALEIGH CROSSFIT 2015 AS YOUR TEAM!
Raleigh CrossFit Food Drive
The Month of November
Some people do not know when their next meal is, or how they are going to get it, and we can help. Raleigh CrossFit will be hosting a Food Drive to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina during the month of November. OUR goal is to collect 10 boxes to be donated to the Raleigh, NC site by the end of November. By participating you are helping fight hunger!
To be honest, I had no idea this lovely lady and athlete at Raleigh CrossFit was one of seven kids! I am not sure what would indicate that in general, but I will add this to make the point clear, Barb is one heck of a person. Each day she walks into the gym, I know, will be a great day. She has a smile on her face and a wonderful attitude. It’s no wonder that when she isn’t spending time entertaining her 6 siblings, running from zombies or training at Raleigh CrossFit, that she is a nurse! We are thankful Barb decided to walk through our doors. Her presence is what our community is all about.
Name: Barbara Hall
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Occupation: Nurse/grad student
Family: I have two amazing parents, and I’m the middle child of 7 rather vocal and boisterous siblings.
Please take a moment to provide a quick introduction to your CrossFit career…
(When did you start, why did you start)
I started CrossFit last November after one of my older sisters started going to a box up in New Jersey. She had nothing but good things to say about it, and I always love trying new things, so I figured why not??
How did you first learn about Raleigh CrossFit?
When I was googling CrossFit gyms in Raleigh, that’s the only one I saw. (so props for on point marketing). Come to find out there’s a few that are much closer to my apartment, but I love Raleigh CrossFit! I wouldn’t change for anything.
What were your initial goals when you started training with us?
I don’t think I really had a specific goal in mind, I just wanted to learn and do new things. I’d never weight lifted before, so I just wanted to see what happened.
How have your goals evolved or changed?
I’ve noticed that I try a lot harder; the environment is just so wonderful and supportive it’s hard not to push yourself. That and it’s fun realizing that someone who’s almost a legal midget can do all these cool CrossFit things.
And as I’ve progressed I’ve decided that I want to master hand stand walking. It’s a work in progress, and I have the bruises to prove it….
What are three words to describe you as an athlete?
Dedicated, determined, and relentless. My dad always told me good things come in small packages. I try to live up to that.
What three words would your friends use to describe you.
Bubbly, goofy, and sassily loyal. I try to make at least one person smile a day if I can!
How have those experiences aided in your CrossFit training?
I’ve learned not to pigeon hole myself. I can train and lift just like anyone else, even if it’s on a smaller scale. I’ve also learned to just enjoy my accomplishments, even if it’s different from other athletes. I can’t compare my chapter one to someone else’s chapter 20. And I definitely have much more appreciation for what my body can do since I’ve started CrossFit.
What fitness activities did you do prior to CrossFit?
I’ve been a runner since college, and I always will be (until my knees give out anyhow). Other than that I’d just go to the gym and zone out on an elliptical. That gets old. Fast. And once in a while I’d do a workout regimen like insanity, but being part of a community like Raleigh CrossFit is much more sustainable.
What are some hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I’m a huge bibliophile. I’ll read for hours if I can! If I’m not doing that you can find me baking, eating, traveling, freaking out over zombies/TWD, eating again, exploring local breweries/restaurants/parks, eating some more, or doing laundry. Yes, laundry. I love it for some reason.
Did you realize that you would enjoy CrossFit as much as you are and that it would be something that you do so well?!
I didn’t! Honestly when I started I was really intimidated. One of the times I came for a foundations class I swear everyone there was at least 6 feet tall and had a stupid amount of weight on their bars. My immediate thought was literally “please don’t eat me…” But I stuck with it, and I’m constantly surprising myself with what I can do and what I’m capable of, all 4’11’’ of me. I love the feeling of accomplishment after completing a WOD.
Share with us some fun stories about your sister Theresa, who also trains with us, and your fun, yet competitive relationship with her.
Theresa has always been the athlete of the family; name a sport and she’s either good at it, or if she tries it she will be. I’m not coordinated enough for that. When I was a senior in high school she started on the varsity soccer team as an 8th grader, and I was on the bench. She’s just a natural. But, we’re a very close knit family and we’re definitely each other’s biggest fans! Once she started CrossFit in Greensboro this past summer it was so fun to talk about the WODs and our times and weights. But now she’s beating me, so I’ll have do something about that.
What I love most about Theresa is how she brings out the weirdest and silliest parts of me, in a good way. For example: we’re both short, that’s just a fact. But that makes shopping quite an adventure when you can’t see each other over the clothing racks. So we created a game to find each other: shopping Marco Polo. Which can lead to some odd looks, but that’s half the fun! She’s a pretty awesome partner in crime. Unless she’s leading the way on a hike on the Biltmore grounds and decides to try and find a nonexistent waterfall. Then you will get lost for two hours and become paranoid that bears are following you. But even though we could have been eaten alive by some deceptively cute bear at the Biltmore, she’s still my best friend. She just doesn’t get to lead hikes any more.
Favorite CrossFit movement and/or WOD:
I LOVE dead lifts, they make me feel like such a boss.
What do you tell your friends when they ask what you do to workout?
All I say is “I do CrossFit”. Then smile because they usually have a surprised, impressed, or shocked look on their face.
What are three words to describe how you feel before a training session?
Excited, resolved, and a little nervous. Especially if wall balls are involved. They are not my friend.
What is something interesting that your fellow athletes should know about you?
I absolutely love teaching people things! That’s why I’m getting my Masters in Nursing Education. Knowledge is power, and spreading it around makes me happy. So the flip side of that is I love learning new things from people, and I firmly believe the only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask.
What is something that has changed in your life since you started training with us?
I’m now an aunt to the most perfect 4 month old niece ever. Hands down, she’s so sweet she’ll give you DKA (that’s diabetic keto acidosis….nurse humor). If she didn’t live all the way in New Jersey you’d never see me.
What advice would you give to anyone out there who wants to get started with CrossFit?
Just try it!! Why not?? If I can do it I know you can!