Athlete of the MonthMay

Antonie Lombard

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Around 7yrs now

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

Moved to island from RSA where I started CrossFit a few months before. I actually went to CrossFit Cayman for my first few sessions on island but just didn’t feel the “vibe” there.

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

All round fitness and underestimating a WOD. I used to do daily ‘bro seshs’ and mountain hiking on most weekends, so I thought I had a pretty good all round fitness…ah hum…the combination of weight and cardio mixed together got me breathing out of every hole in my body! Still does. Regularly. So, still overcoming that!

 

You’ve had a few back issues but started working with Coach Trevor on it. Tell us a little bit about how that’s helped. How are you feeling these days?

Yeh, my lower back been iffy for the better part of 2yrs but the last year was debilitating. Many hours in an office chair is the main culprit. Got to a point where even leaning over the basin to brush my teeth was painful! Enter Trev. He’s been truly fantastic and a pool of wisdom! Coaching and motivating me through the rehab process. Thank you, sir! The rest of the coaches deserve a shout out as well, they’ve all been super supportive and knowledgeable around the do’s and don’ts for my lower back during WODs. Ready to start lifting some weight again!

 

How are coping through this very strange time? Working more? Relaxing more? Reading? TV?

Jeez, real arb times hey!! It’s been manageable, I’ve been really busy with work and so haven’t felt boredom hit all! Making a point to workout everyday at midday to get some needed rays and sweat off those extra pounds of beers and snacks! Really miss the outdoors though! And watching live sport at a bar!

 

Can we take credit for introducing you to your future wife?

Haha most def yes!! Destiny and Jagermeister.

 

What’s your favorite thing about South Africa?

Things…The African bush, biltong and brandy. And of course, my family and friends!

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I can smell the color blue…no nothing that springs to mind.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)

Done most of them already, but I would probably say the biggest and longest one would be doing an inter-continental offroad motorcycle trip. Also taking up paragliding at some point. Mount trashmore?!

 

What is your favourite WOD and why?

If I had to choose, probably 12 days of Christmas…long, steady, involves weights and some form of gymnastic movement…brutal and the whole body is pumped afterwards. You also know its holiday time then!

 

What is your least favourite WOD and why?

Anything with overhead squats! Body doesn’t like those at all! Poor mobility, likely.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

The community, 100%! The last two months worth of support and interaction between members and coaches clearly defines it right.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?
Absolutely!! The above point mentioned, the new friendships built and the Christmas party! What a razzle!

 

 

Thanks Tony, we are proud to have you as our May 7 Miler.

 

 

Green 2 Go


This week we meet Nick Adendorff of Green 2 Go in our Member Small Business Highlight:

Tell us the name of your business, what you do and why do you love it so much?

  • Green2Go makes healthy living a convenience on island to the point where there are no more excuses, but to move forward and heal the body with nutrition. Green2Go’s expectations have never skewed from the main goal which is to heal the people of Cayman through nutrition. The current expansion and diversity of our products make this even more clear opening up the doors to all demographics on island moving forward.

When did you start Green 2 Go?

  • Green2Go was started in 2014
Where did you get the idea?
  • I started by making green smoothies for myself (Nick), to fulfill the need for leafy greens daily while I worked as a bartender. Working doubles daily left little time to eat clean and correctly. People started to see me consuming green smoothies behind the bar and asked if I could make it for them and deliver it. Crossfit 7 Mile had a huge part to do with the creation of Green2Go as well. The members started ordering from me which in turn is how Green2Go was born.
What are you best known for?
  • We are best know for healthy smoothies and Cold-Pressed juices made fresh daily and delivered. Our original Green Kale Smoothie is still one of our most popular products. It was the first product we created, uses mostly local produce from the Cayman farmers and is extremely healing and beneficial for the body.
What do you hope this crisis will teach people about the importance of health and wellness?
  • No matter what the scenario around us it’s essential to have some sort of routine to incorporate health and wellness into our daily lives. Creating such habitualness sets up a stronger foundation for us to fight off any negative situations that get thrown at us.

How many people do you employ?

  • We employ 5 full time and 4 part-time staff.

 

What’s the greatest thing about owning a business in Cayman?

  • Being able to live on such a gorgeous island, work for ourselves as well as help and heal people at the same time, is an absolute dream come true. Cayman’s diversity of cultures makes it a friendly and welcoming place to live.
We have seen you supporting the first responders in the community during this crisis.  Tell us why that is important to you.
  • During a time like this its crucial to give back and help others where you can. We can see the community come together to work as a team to get through difficult times, especially on a small island like Cayman. It’s important to us to help first responders specifically because we want them to stay healthy and continue helping others! It has been amazing watching all the companies that can help during this time contribute where necessary.
How can local residents support you and your staff during this time?
  • If anyone is feeling a little sluggish, sick, feels the need for a boost of nutrition or just simply wants a delicious fresh juice or smoothie? We deliver for FREE Mon-Sat between 7am-10am and we are open for curbside pick up Mon – Fri 7am-2pm. All details and orders can be made through our website www.green2go.ky or you can email any questions to letstalk@green2go.ky
Why is fitness important to you as a business owner?
  • Keeping the body healthy, keeps the mind healthy! Fitness helps us stay at the forefront of innovation, marketing and creativity.
Check out Green 2 Go on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/green2go.ky/ and get your healthy smoothy in today!

Athlete of the MonthApril

Shari Seymour

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How long have you been doing FITCon and CrossFit?

I started in 2015.

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

Being nagged on a daily basis about how great it is…

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Accepting that I “drank the kool-aid”. At the time, depending on who you asked, CrossFit had the reputation of being like a bit of a cult. However, 7 Mile is a great community so I quickly understood why so many were attracted to it.

 

It is definitely a strange time we are in at the moment. Tell us some things you’re doing to cope with curfew and social distancing. How have you been enjoying the Zoom classes?

What day is it??? On a more serious note, between the full-time day job and owning small business(es) my life is normally moving at a million miles per hour, therefore I’m enjoying the ability to slow down (just) a bit, focus on less things at a time (so like 50 instead of 100) and enjoy my surroundings. The Zoom classes have been great! I’m so glad we have that option and otherwise my coach for life (#shoutout to G-pa aka Trevor) is a DM away if I’m looking for some solo torture sessions.

 

After all this is over, what’s the first thing you’re gonna do?

See my nieces and nephews in person! They’re dying for some auntie time (‘cause I’m the best, but in reality they just want to use my pool – ignoring their own of course).

 

What is one thing you’re most proud of in the gym?

I’m proud of how much the Coaches for Life care about their clients/athletes.

 

I know we’re only a few months into the year, but what are some things you’d like to accomplish this year?

Not die from Covid-19

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I can’t immediately think of any anecdotes to share, so I’ll just stick to the fact that I’m left handed.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)

Would hiking be considered crazy? I don’t have anything crazy on my bucket list, but I would like to learn how to dive. Growing up on the Island, I always took the option of diving for granted, but it’s on my list!

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Anything that does not involve burpees. I’m a fan of anything with deadlifts. #getdemgains

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

See above. Can we PLEASE find another movement that works the same body parts and pretend the relevant sadist did not invent the burpee.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing FITCon/CrossFit?

That I’ve stuck with it! Honestly I have had some great trainers in my life, but I haven’t quit on Trevor yet!

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Yes! Great community, knowledgable coaches and a team that really cares about the wellbeing of their members and not just from a fitness perspective, but on all levels.

 

Thanks, Shari – we are so proud to have you as our April 7 Miler of the Month.

 

 

Lisa Reid Photography


This is a great interview in part 4 of our Member Small Business Highlights. Check out what Lisa has to say about her love for photography.

• Tell us the name of your business, what you do and why do you love it so much?

My Caymanian Partner and I recently launched our photography company, called Blank Canvas, but most people know me/my business as Lisa Reid Photography.

I love capturing candid, unposed moments that show people’s personalities and connection – the little, intimate moments and subtle interactions that tell a person or family’s story so much better than words ever could. I am so grateful that I get to do what I love every day and I believe that my passion and commitment shows in my work.

One thing you will see in my pictures in that I love the people I photograph. Some of them are my friends, but most I have never met before, yet through my photographs I feel like I become a little part of their lives.

 

• What types of shoots do you “specialise” in? 

My real passion in photography lies with families. I love working with kids, so most of my clients are families with young kids, as well as smaller schools. Maternity and newborn photos fit naturally into my portfolio too. I also have a growing client base of couples, capturing engagements, elopements and very intimate weddings.
On request, I also do corporate portraiture for clients looking for more bespoke personal portraits.
To see examples of my work please see my portfolio on www.lisareidphotography.com

• When did you first fall in love with photography and when did you decide to pursue it as a career?

My passion for photography emerged early in childhood. My dad, an enthusiastic hobby photographer, inspired me to pick up the camera as early as the age of 6.

During high school, I took formal photography classes. Despite my teacher’s advice to pursue a career in photography, I decided against it out of a fear of losing my passion for the hobby.

Instead, I pursued a career in Marketing, working for some of the world’s biggest brands, such as adidas and Virgin. After 15 years as a Marketing Executive, Benji’s (my husband) job brought us to Miami in 2016. I was 8 months pregnant when we moved and therefore had to put my career on hold. I had known for a while that I wanted a radical career change doing something that I was truly passionate about and that gave me more flexibility with my kids. Our move and my maternity leave gave me the opportunity to explore new avenues.

At first, I followed my love for fitness and qualified as a Crossfit Level 1 and Kids Coach and started coaching kids shortly after, but I still felt that this wasn’t “it”. I decided to start picking up my camera again, doing some portraits for friends and got an overwhelmingly positive response. I set up a photography business and it grew really quickly and I finally made my life-long passion for photography my full-time career.

 

• When did you move to Cayman and how many other countries have you lived in before?

I grew up in Germany and moved to Cape Town, South Africa after I finished school to take a gap year. 15 years later I was still there with no intention of leaving. However, Benji was offered a great job opportunity in Miami, Florida, and we moved to the USA in 2016. We didn’t really enjoy living in Miami but were unsure where to go from there. Benji then got offered to join the Cayman office, so we moved to Cayman in 2018 and we couldn’t be happier living here and binging up our 2 boys in such a wonderful environment.

 

• What’s the greatest thing about owning a photography business in Cayman?

Firstly, as a photographer, Cayman is an incredible backdrop for photoshoots in terms of scenery. There are not many places in the world with these kind of beaches and sunsets. It is also pretty busy all year, so there is no real down season (except when there is a Coronavirus going around the world). My favourite thing is, that I get to watch the sunset (or sunrise) every time I shoot. In my opinion an office view doesn’t get any better than that! Also, I get to meet so many wonderful people – locals and visitors – from all over the world – all with their own unique story to be captured and told.

 

• What is the funniest/most memorable thing that has happened to you during a shoot?
Working with kids, there are so many funny moments and I often find myself bursting out laughing at the hilarious things they say. Recently, I was photographing an expecting family with their a little boy (3 years old). I asked him whether he would like the new baby to be a baby brother or a baby sister and he replied “Baby Batman” 🙂

 

• How can local residents support your business during this time?

We really are going through some crazy times… I went from being fully, fully booked during March and April to zero bookings in just a few days. A lot of my business comes from visitors and I don’t think we will be seeing any of those anytime soon. So this is a great time to grow my local business.
If anyone is interested in a family, newborn or couples photoshoot, corporate portraits or bespoke projects, please reach out to me and I would be happy to get in touch as soon as the curfew has been relaxed and I am allowed to work again. Photos (except newborns) are actually totally safe in terms of social distancing as they take place outside and I don’t need to come very close to anyone.
I also offer gift certificates, they are especially popular for maternity or newborn sessions, but can be used for any occasion at any value.

 

• You are the mother of 2 very active boys, a busy business but you still prioritise your fitness? Why is being fit so important to you and how do you manage to get it all in?

It is not “despite” being a mom and running a business but rather “because of” that I prioritise exercise. The simplest way to describe it, is that it keeps me sane! It is my hour of me-time, away from everything. It also keeps me fit and strong to keep up with my boys and physical job, provides me with the energy that I need for the rest of the day and allows me to eat more food 🙂

I count myself lucky to have grown up in a very active family, which laid the foundation for my healthy lifestyle – To me exercise has always been a treat rather than a chore and it is so deeply routed in my daily routine, that I don’t think about doing it. It has become a firm habit, just like brushing my teeth… In fact, if we are in circumstances that make it difficult to exercise like traveling with the kids, Benji helps me to prioritise it and says… “please go and work out, you are a much nicer person when you do” 🙂

 

• In 50 years what do you hope you and your business are remembered for?
There is a popular photography quote by Alfred Eisenstaedt, which states: “It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
Photography is such a personal business so it is probably much less about what my business will be remembered for and much more about the experience people had during a photoshoot with me. But then it is not really about me either… while I want people to have a fun time with me, my main goal is to create something special for them. I want to preserve memories for them and future generations – capturing all those little details and genuine emotions – that will naturally fade over time. I want them to look back at their pictures and remember how they felt, how happy and connected they were as a couple or as a family on this beautiful beach in Grand Cayman.

On a different note I do believe that as a photographer we have been given a gift to tell a story and preserve historic moments in time. I love so-called Lifestyle Documentary Photography, which is completely unposed, just documenting life exactly as it is happening. I am currently working on a personal project, that once completed, will hopefully add to the cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands.

 

You can contact Lisa for bookings and see some her work here:

Instagram @lisareid_photography
Phone 345-916-2239

Carnivore


 

Check out 7 Mile Member, Eric Schwandt and his delicious specialty butcher shop Carnivore.

 

Tell us the name of your business, what you do and why do you love it so much? Carnivore Premium Meats.  I love that Carnivore brings together a community of people that truly enjoy top quality food.  It makes me happy when I see the smile of satisfaction on a customers face when they come back to the shop to tell us about the steak dinner they had the night before!  

 

Where did you get the idea for a specialty butcher shop?  Katie and I have always thought the island needed this.  But truthfully the Carnivore concept started with my business partners.  But when my wife and I were approached with the idea we jumped at the opportunity.

 

How long has Carnivore been open?  Carnivore opened only 2 short months ago.  Feb 6 2020.

 

What are you best known for?  We provide the island with the highest quality meat available.  We source from an exclusive supplier.  And the sandwiches are pretty good too!!  Gotta try the Reuben.

 

How many people do you employ? 2 Canadians, 4 Caymanians

 

What’s the greatest thing about owning a business in Cayman?  Being able to provide friends and family with something we truly believe in.  We love what we do and are so happy to share it with the community.  Cayman is chalk full of great people.  It is so much fun to be a part of it all.

 

How can local residents support you and your staff during this time? Have a BBQ for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

 

Why is fitness important to you as a business owner? Stress can be a factor.  Getting in a few work outs is such a relief and great way to take a break from the daily grind.  Really helps clear the mind.  

In 50 years what do you hop you and your business are remembered for? 50 years??  Besides living that long lets hope for multiple Carnivore locations!!!

 

How did your dog get his name and does he get any treats from Carnivore?  Ha!  The Dude was named directly from the film The Big Lebowski.  And believe me, The Dude enjoys licking plenty of juicy cutting boards, and gulping down Prime beef trimmings. 

 

What’s the easiest way for people to make an order?  Call: +1-345-640-MEAT (6328) or E-Mail eric@carnivore.ky We are open for take away!!  Come visit us, talk to us about meat, and leave with bag full of greatness. 

Brussels Sprouts


Part 2 of our Member Small Business highlights is Island Famous restaurant, Brussels Sprouts. Check out our interview with Chef and Owner, Anthony “Frenchy” George:

 

How long have you owned Brussels Sprouts? We started our business in August 2017, online and opened the doors of the cafe in September 2018.

 

What are you best known for? The best Bulletproof Coffee, the best house made cookie. Our sweet potato taco bowl, chili, and always very fresh, yummy food.

 

How many people do you employ? Eight

 

What’s the greatest thing about owning a business in Cayman? Seeing friends come in, meeting new people that become regulars, and making bellies happy.

 

How can local residents support you and your staff during this time? Place an order, we will bring it to you.

 

Why is fitness important to you as a business owner? Not only do I want to be physically fit, but working out relieves so much stress and tension. I have never worked out and said “oh, I wish I hadn’t. Just the opposite”😊.

 

In 50 years what do you hop you and your business are remembered for? Friendliness and providing consistent, quality food.

 

How did you get the name Brussels Sprouts for the restaurant? I am from Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Brussels sprouts is, at the same time, a very healthy vegetable and it’s a good reminder of where I originally from.

 

I thought you were French? Everyone at the gym calls me Frenchy! Even new members call me Frenchy because they don’t even know my real name!
My mother language is French, i have a little accent. And when i started CrossFit, it was with Chris Spigner at the old gym(the best gym). And he started to call me Frenchy even if he knew i was from Belgium!! He knew already at this time I didn’t like to be call a French man!! 9 years later and the nickname has stuck!
Ps: in the CrossFit 7 mile data base, they named me Frenchy George.🤣🤣

You can order easily from:

Brussels Sprouts Homemade Healthy Food Cayman Islands


E-mail: brusselssprouts.ky@gmail.com
Phone: 769-4027

Make sure to like their Facebook page to see daily menu updates!

Divetech


This is the first in a series of our Members Small Business Highlights.  Please support small businesses and their employees affected by this pandemic.

Today we talk with Joanna Mikutowicz

Tell us the name of your business, what you do and why you love it so much?

Divetech. We are a scuba diving company located in West Bay, Grand Cayman. Divetech offers the most diverse scuba diving experiences for divers of all levels. I love it because it truly allows me to live my dream in real life – helping others see the amazing sights of the underwater world in one of the most beautiful environments possible.

 

How long have you owned Dive Tech?

5 years

 

What’s up with the pink boats?

Pink has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. As I’ve grown in life, to me the pink represents the balance of feminism and strength – a philosophy I carry through all of life. When we first painted the hull pink, all of the activity in the boat yard came to a screeching halt. All of the workers gathered around and stared. The effect isn’t just limited to boat yard workers, when people see the boats, they stare. The pink is memorable, stands out, and has been an amazing branding tool for Divetech. Everyone knows the company with the pink boats, and we’ve had a viral response to it. We’ve actually had bookings where people called in and said “my daughter says she had to go on the pink boat.”  I support women and believe in giving them the same opportunities that men are given in a male dominated industry.

 

How many people do you employ?

12

 

What’s the greatest thing about owning a business in Cayman?

There’s a saying “I live where you vacation.” For me, it’s true. Cayman is one of the most beautiful, diverse and safe tropical islands you can visit. It is a first-world standard of living combined with white sand and turquoise water – a rare combination. It’s an absolute paradise, and is amazing to live and work in.

 

How can local residents support you and your staff during this time?  What types of groups and events can you host?

Divetech offers the most diverse scuba diving experiences on the island. Some companies here offer simply boat diving, or snorkeling excursions. Divetech is able to offer something for every person – from those who have never been in the water before, up through highly advanced and specialized technical training, as well as underwater scooters, freediving, lionfish culling classes, photography. Most relevant to the current crisis we are facing, Divetech offers a number of programs for children and families. Kids who are not in school can still learn about the marine ecosystem, our local environment and conservation. Kids can even learn the fundamentals of discipline, attention to detail, and even develop a new lifelong hobby, passion or even career.

 

You are an extremely busy business owner but you still manage to make it to the gym at 5:30 am. How do you do it and why is being fit important to you?

I have a hard and determined work ethic in everything in life. With this and Crossfit, also comes the benefit of staying very physically fit, and maintaining a health lifestyle. The nature of Crossfit allows me to develop and maintain the proper fitness level mindset to face all kinds of life challenges – from simply carrying 200 dive tanks, to the difficulties associated of running a business in a highly competitive industry.

 

In 50 years what do you hope you, your staff and Dive Tech are remembered for?

The pioneers of diving in Cayman are well known – Bob Soto, Marvin Ebanks, Peter Milburn, and many others all started the industry. They had a true passion about Cayman, scuba diving, and showing others the amazing underwater world Cayman has to offer. Since then, others have come along who have merely thought of a watersports business as a profit center.

I want Divetech to be known as company who’s brought the passion back into diving. Not just running a successful business, but one who succeeded in developing a new generation of passionate divers.   We will also be known for supporting each other through difficult times like the one we are facing.  When everyone bans together, anything is possible.

 

An important issue right now is what is Divetech doing to protect staff and guests from the Coronavirus?

Aside from our usual rinsing of equipment we have set up 2 sanitisation buckets for the gear.  All mouthpieces, snorkels and masks each get sanitised twice in a bleach/water solution as well as a steramine solution.  We also have brand new spare mouth pieces on hand that we would be happy to put on a rental regulator.

Our restrooms are stocked with soap and paper hand towels.

Can’t transfer any germs underwater so you can do all of the touching down there that you can no longer do on the surface 😉

Our boats are all very spacious and we run them at half of their rated capacity to give everyone lots of personal space.  Our dive boats have a fly bridge area as well as a large beck on the bow for people to spread out over to keep their distance from each other.

 

Thank you Jo for telling us more about your business and what you can do.  7 Mile Strength & Fitness will be working to organize some group trips, certification courses etc.  I urge others in Cayman to reach out to Divetech and arrange some trips as well, and please don’t forget to tip your staff!

Contact Details:

https://www.divetech.com/

1-877-946-5658(US), 1-345-946-5658 (Local)

278 Crighton Drive, Grand Cayman

KY1-1206, Cayman Islands

Athlete of the MonthMarch

MALYNDA GIBSON

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 1

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

1 year….Since March 2019.

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

I wanted a small intimate gym and was familiar with 7 Mile Strength & Fitness from Coach Scott’s running club.

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Oh the aches and pains, but I had a goal in mind and refused to be deterred.

 

Most of the real world are still sleeping at 5am. You’re up and at ‘em getting ready to workout! How do you stay motivated to get up that early to work out?

I am an early bird naturally so that works well for me! Added to that mornings work best with my work schedule, when I get into work I have long days. If I had a choice between completing some task at work vs leaving early to exercise….work will prob always win.  So I guess the key is finding what works best for you and your schedule!

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

I love to cuddle up with a good novel!

 

What is one thing you’re most proud of in the gym?

Besides losing 30lbs!?  My deadlifts!

 

Anything this year you would LOVE to accomplish – inside or outside of the gym?

The goal is to lean out some more, get a little more “defined” in some key body parts: legs arms, abs and I am in the final stretch of completion of my masters in International Finance. Fingers crossed I will accomplish both this year.

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I am naturally shy…….. and I have climbed an active volcano.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)

…….hmmm not a dare devil.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Any weight lifting that features the use of my legs!

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Strict Press and running

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

That it never gets easier; it is a challenge each workout.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

100% for sure. The culture, the camaraderie, the “family type” atmosphere, the sincere interest of the coaches, everyone’s willingness to help and cheer you on, even as the newbie you don’t feel left out – I can keep going but you get the gist.

 

Thanks Malynda, we are proud to have you as our March 7 Miler.

 

 

Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Stefan Prior

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 2

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Almost exactly 2 years I believe. You tell me!

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

My wife (Sophie) was having PT sessions with Chris to help her with an injured knee. She suggested he might be able to help with my back injury. I was a little hesitant at first at the thought of picking up the lightest dumbbell.

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

PTs – Sticking to the scheduled appointments, I was constantly rushing to them. I also felt guilty about taking time out in the middle of my work day to work out. Classes – Getting up at 5.45am for the 6.30am class! Got a Phillips Sunrise alarm clock, and kept trying. Now it is part of my natural routine and (generally) spring out of bed at 5.45am without an alarm.

 

You were a part of the 7 Mile Corrective Program with Chris before coming in to the CrossFit classes. Tell us a little bit about why you were doing that program and how it has helped you.

I found the jump from PTs to classes too radical, and so the Corrective Program was a nice middle ground where I could push myself within the comfort of my own space and time. I felt that I still wasn’t comfortable with a lot of the exercises/movements in class. The Corrective program was specifically tailored to my weaknesses and requirements. It helped me build confidence in the gym at my own pace.

 

You are a BUSY man! A husband, real estate agent, you’ve flipped houses, you’re a Big Brother….you wear a lot of hats! How do you stay motivated to go to class with having so much on your plate?

Prior to 7Mile I used to gym and exercise because I knew it was good for me, or somebody was telling me to, or because it was helping me achieve something else (ie build muscle to be a better rugby player). I never actually enjoyed the process of the gym itself. I started with 7Mile and the Corrective program because I knew/thought it would help get my back better. For the first year I was a little bit of a yo-yo with my attendance, more ‘on’ than ‘off’. I would get busy and work or go on vacation then fall out of my routine. I also reinjured (literally crippled my back to the point where I couldn’t stand up) my back twice within the first 12months, which resulted in me having to go back to square one and start again. This was suuuuuper frustrating. As simple as it sounds, the accountability aspect of the Corrective program prompted me to get back in the saddle, even if I just did one session per week. I’d say it took me 18 months of work to get to a point where I actually really enjoyed going to the gym without any prompting. My back felt really strong, I was comfortable with the lifts, I knew what my limitations were, the gym became a part of my routine. Funnily enough, the biggest motivation for me to get to the gym is a FULL work schedule. If I have back to back showings and appointments in my diary, I know that I’m going be on top of my game if I get in my workout in the morning. I genuinely find that I have a much better energy and enthusiasm throughout the day having got my work out in at 6.30am.

 

What is one thing you’re most proud of in the gym?

Getting other people to join and experience the same benefit that I have been lucky enough to experience

 

What is one thing you would tell your younger self?

Listen to your body, it is constantly trying to talk to you. Get any injuries properly diagnosed.

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I’m colorblind. If you see me wearing a purple T-shirt, it’s probably because I think it’s blue!

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)

Nothing crazy, but just to travel more.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Anything with running in it, nice to get outdoors.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Anything with farmer carries, because they are deceptively difficult!

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

How friendly everyone is.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Absolutely, and already have done so with several new members. It’s just really good, all round fitness.

 

 

Thanks Stefan, we are proud to have you as our February 7 Miler.

 

Athlete of the MonthJanuary

Joanna Poyssick

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How long have you been doing FITCon?

Started in August 2017 when the FITCon/ Whole Life Challenge started.

 

What made you decide to give FITCon a try?

A coach from the gym encouraged me to give it a go, and being I was still new to island, thought it would be fun to try something new and challenging.

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Balancing working out and nutrition and beach volleyball. My coach really gave me the tools to help prioritize what was most important.

 

What’s your favorite part about working out at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness?

The sense of family and community, hands down.

 

A new month, a new year AND a new decade!! What are some things you would like to accomplish?

I would like to continue to keep my balance between my physical activities and maybe make it into some CrossFit classes!

 

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

I am very particular about my form and movements so when I let that go a little I feel proud of myself when I’m ready to push and my coach just says, “go for it, Jo” and always ends up a positive experience whether I hit a number or weight I was looking for or not.

 

You’ve been doing FITCon with us for awhile now. Name a few things that you have seen improve since working out with us. I know you also play beach volleyball – do you think doing our FITCon classes has helped your volleyball game?

FITCon definitely helps with all aspects of beach volleyball, the workouts almost always include cardio and a strength piece. Classes are small which allows for more precise coaching and the ability to modify to fit my needs. My stamina and overall fitness has definitely improved. I also incorporate things I learn in FITCon into my profession as a pediatric occupational therapist.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

Growing up I played a sport each season. Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball.

 

Any sports you want to try now?

Just continue with my beach volleyball, that’s my happy place.

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

Most likely yes…but I like to be as cheerful as possible during our classes, but I’m actually quite shy.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

Nothing too crazy. sky diving would be cool, but took my father to his native country Poland this year and cannot wait to be able to travel more with him!

 

What is your favourite WOD and why?

No favorites, but do love slam balls! I love walking in to see what surprise FITCon has in store for us!

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Not a burpee fan, but due to a previous injury, the movement is just not my friend.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing FITCon?

That I don’t get tired of it! I may be tired from my work week or volleyball, but the workouts are all generally different and challenging in different ways.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Always! The sense of family in the gym is great to start, but all coaches are dedicated and classes are fun and challenging!

 

Congrats again Joanna – we are proud to have you represent CF7M for the month of January.