Q1. What have been your greatest successes (physically, mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
Thayer: So many things have improved since we started regular workouts- I can run a mile (slowly), do a few regular push ups, and I feel very close to being able to get a pull up! I have even been inspired to sign up for the Bolder Boulder 10k this spring!
Jolene: I have moved from the green band to the blue band for pull-ups and feel just generally stronger. I also feel like I have more energy to keep up with our crazy boys, and to mountain bike!
Q2. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
Thayer: More than anything I feel like I have a structure to keep pushing myself and a supportive fun community to work out with.
Jolene: I feel more energized. My goal is to stay fit and young and to feel bigger, stronger, and better about myself.
Q3. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
Thayer: CrossFit is to the point. You don’t waste a lot of time and the variety never lets you get too comfortable and stop pushing.
Jolene: It’s not the same so I don’t get bored and complacent. I’m too ADD to deal with boring.
Q4. What advice can you give to others?
Thayer: Have fun! And for people who think they can’t CrossFit because it’s too hard- yes you can! I’m squarely into middle age, and not super fit. But I’m getting there and having fun doing it. Crossfit is only as hard as you make it.
Jolene: Do your best, you are doing this for your goals. But it’s also a team in that we all support and push each other.
Athlete Specific Q.
Now it’s no secret you both love the show American Ninja Warrior, and many might not now this but you both have been Coach Kyle’s under ground ANW coaches. The question is in your expert option what does Coach Kyle need to work on to be the next American Ninja Warrior?
Thayer: The way I see it, the things that lead to success are forearm/grip strength and body awareness/control in dynamic movements. Train with rock climbers. Go to the rock gym and don’t stand on the ground for as long as possible. Use the climbers’ fingerboard to do fingertip pull-ups and such (for that horrible I beam obstacle). And then flow so you are maximizing use of body momentum (Former ANW guy Nicholas Coolridge is awesome at this). And last- tell us all where you are going to be trying out so we can print some cheesy t-shirts and come cheer you on!
Jolene: If I wasn’t scared of saws, I’d build you some obstacles. Practice on the things you know you are going to see like the salmon ladder. Finger strength Finger strength finger strength! And have fun!!! I’ll make the signs and pom poms!