Name(s): Tyler Barefoot and Terri Sevits
Hometown(s): Dunn, NC/ Mentor, OH
School(s): Wake Forest University/ Ashland University
Occupation(s): Sales & Marketing for SiteLine/ Bodily Injury Claims Adjuster at Nationwide Insurance
Tyler and Terri are one of our many “CrossFit Couples” at Raleigh CrossFit. These two lovebirds started as an office romance, and have been together for almost a year now, though Tyler says it seems much longer! Both come from athletic backgrounds to varying degrees.
Tyler: I played organized sports through high school, organized drinking through college, then the occasional golf outing after that. Until CrossFit I was working out at a regular gym and just couldn’t seem to find a continuous routine that really worked for me.
Terri: I did gymnastics for 15 years at Lake Erie Gymnastics School, and cheerleading for 8 years- 4 of those at Riverside High School 4 of those at Ashland University.
Terri joined Raleigh CrossFit in August of last year to get back into gymnastics and back into competition. After hearing so many good things about RCF from her friend Tracy Dunlap, Terri says she didn’t even consider trying another box! After much badgering from Terri, Tyler joined in August of this year (although he also says RCF’s reputation for knowledgeable coaching and a good community didn’t hurt).
Tyler: My first impression was “What have I gotten myself into?” followed by “Costco sells bulk Ibuprofen right?” I quickly realized that there was a whole new level of fitness that I was just finding out about. Now, I’m excited each day about getting into the gym to see what new challenges await, and what progress I have made from the last time I was there.
Terri: When I did my free trial my anxiety level was through the roof! Once I started to work out it all went away. I was so impressed with how much attention I got from the coaches even though I was doing a free trial. A year later I feel like Raleigh CrossFit is my second family. Chad picks on me like a little sister and I can ask Chennelle questions that are probably considered “TMI”. Raleigh CrossFit has been a huge help with making Raleigh feel like home since I moved here in 2012.
In their time at RCF, both Tyler and Terri have worked toward their goals and hit some major milestones along the way.
Tyler: My biggest achievement so far has been participating in the “31 Heroes” Hero WOD with Terri. It was my first Hero WOD, first partner WOD, and supporting a great cause all at one time.
Terri: I have two proud achievements. One is getting my muscle up and the other one is competing on the Rx team for the Triangle Invitational.
Both of these two have shown such great dedication as athletes since they started, it is not surprising to hear what their advice would be to someone who is new to CrossFit.
Tyler: If you’re just starting I would say strap in, don’t give up, and listen to your coaches. CrossFit will push you in ways you’re probably not used to, but with the support of your fellow CrossFitters and the knowledge and support of you coaches, you may just surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.
Terri: My advice to someone starting CrossFit would be PLEASE DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS! It was my biggest obstacle when starting CrossFit. I almost felt embarrassed at my WOD time or my squat number. I had to keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. I quickly learned that not only does everyone else’s time not matter, but no one else really cares how much you can squat or your WOD time. All the other athletes encourage and motivate during the WODs, they do not judge. When I talk to people about CrossFit the reaction I get sometimes is “you’re crazy” or “don’t hurt yourself”. I combat the skeptics by explaining the Foundations class and how knowledgeable the coaches are.
And of course, I had to ask these two to answer some questions about one another!
What is his/her favorite movement?
Tyler: Muscle-Ups and anything gymnastics based.
Terri: Tyler loves rowing, wall balls and cleans and most of all dead lifts. (All of the tall people favorites)
What is his/her least favorite movement?
Tyler: Wall balls I think, because she’s a tiny human and has much further to throw the ball than most.
Terri: Actually not positive but I would guess double-unders.
How has he/she changed since starting CrossFit?
Tyler: For the good, she is more driven, more physically fit, and sleeps better at night. On the downside, she talks like a sailor, always going on about “snatches” and “thrusters” when she’s at the “box”, it’s quite unnerving.
Terri: Tyler has lost weight since starting CrossFit, but more importantly he has gained confidence in himself. He also has joined me in talking about CrossFit all the time… not making fun of me for talking about it non-stop.
Is there something you are especially proud of him/her for?
Tyler: The fact that she’s never quite satisfied no matter how well she does. Even if she meets a goal, it’s already replaced with a new one as she is constantly looking to improve
Terri: I am especially proud of Tyler’s determination while completing the WODs. Tyler has never given up during a workout, no matter how long it takes him- even if it’s 15 minutes after everyone else. I have also been very proud of Tyler because he doesn’t accept having a weakness. When he first started CrossFit, the clean was a struggle. Instead of accepting that he wasn’t good at them, he stayed after class until he improved. Now the clean is one of his favorites.
Do you like working together in team WODs? Why or why not?
Tyler: Yes, she can do body weight workouts much faster than me, and she’s a great motivator and personal coach. She pushes me to try and do more than I think I’m capable of doing, and most of the time she’s right.
Terri: We have only been able to do one work out together which was 31 Heroes. This was a great experience because it played on our weaknesses and strengths. I found myself trying harder on the run because I didn’t want Tyler to be mad I left him inside doing the workout too long. Of course he wasn’t mad and encouraged me through the hard times.
And finally, a few closing thoughts from Tyler and Terri on their experience at Raleigh CrossFit:
Tyler: Joining Raleigh CrossFit has been a very positive experience in my life, and I really enjoy the great group of athletes that I get to train with.
Terri: I would like to thank Chennelle, Kim, Chad, Amber, Mark, Rebecca, Beth, Zach and Mike. None of us would be at this level without you. Trust the programming and don’t ever give up.
Thank you Tyler and Terri for sharing your story! We wish you many partner WODS of happiness!