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.

 

Athlete of the MonthDecember

Scott Stickland

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 3

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started in January 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

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

It is a long and interesting story (at least to me)! My wife was pregnant (our son was born in October 2016) and I was busy getting life sorted out. I decided I should go for a physical with my doctor to see how I was doing (I unfortunately worked in a job with long hours with lots of travel and wasn’t focused on my health). I knew I was overweight (probably 225lbs at the time and had more stretch marks than my pregnant wife – currently 190ish) but the doctor was concerned about my results and urged me to make life changes. I stopped smoking, started going to a conventional gym and eating healthier. The gym was great – I enjoyed lifting weights but I was spending far too much time there and my wife wanted me to do shorter workouts (new baby and all). I started to look into options and heard about CrossFit – basically I tried it out because I heard it was an intense hour long workout and I also watched the Netflix movie and the guys were ripped. I finished my foundations class just as the 2017 open started and haven’t looked back.

 

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

Changing my attitude towards working out. I thought that Olympic lifting was silly and then I started trying it out and it was humbling and it kept me coming back to try to get better.

 

We are unlike most traditional gyms – we require that all of our members have a Coach-for-Life. How has that been helpful to you?

It is great. It is nice to have a coach that understands me (injuries, goals, likes/dislikes). It is also keeps me accountable – I remember a couple of weeks ago I had been traveling and not in the gym for a bit and Brett sent me a note to check-in to see if everything was okay (I think I went straight to the gym after I landed).

 

You are taking part in this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. Is this your first marathon? Tell us a little bit about training with our marathon running club – how has that been helpful for you?

I will be running the full marathon. It is a first for me. The club is great and super helpful. It has kept me accountable and I have also learned a lot about running. Highly recommend the club for anyone that wants to get into running and a try a first marathon.

 

You recently participated in The CrossFit Games Open. You hit a bunch of PR’s in those workouts – congrats! What was your favorite Open workout and why?

I enjoyed 20.2 – I actually re-tested it after I ripped my hand on the first attempt. I like double-unders!

 

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

The relationships I have built. I moved to the island recently and it has been a great way to meet people (especially people that like CrossFit). The club is very welcoming.

Also making fun of Jay for never wearing a shirt.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

I played hockey and soccer. But I was a little small vertically and a little wide horizontally – this is probably the best shape I have been in my whole life.

 

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

I love the cold. Cayman is great but all I do is sweat.

 

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

Running a marathon. I am a cannon ball. This will be the biggest physical challenge of my life.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Filthy 50!

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Anything with heavy snatches and ring muscle-ups. I am still figuring both those movements out!

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

What the human body can do. I never thought I would be able to do the workouts that I do today.

 

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

One hundred percent. I try to convince my wife every week (I cc’d her on this e-mail) – hint hint nudge nudge! It is fun, dynamic and it feels like a community.

 

Thanks Scott, we are proud to have you as our December 7 Miler!

 

Athlete of the MonthNovember

Kristen Lomas

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 6

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit at the end of 2013 and came to 7 Mile in 2016.

 

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

I liked the number of classes available, the types of classes/alternatives offered, and I had heard from a few people who went to 7 Mile how great the coaching was and the wonderful atmosphere at the gym. At the time you were also located right next to my workplace so it was very convenient for a mid-day class.

 

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

Like many people I get nervous with new experiences, but I also know those feelings go away pretty quickly. So if I wanted to try it out, I just had to do it. I went to the first classes / intros with a friend and that helped with some of the nerves.

 

You’ve been with us for awhile now. What, in your opinion, has kept you consistent all this time?

I enjoy that 7 Mile runs its classes on time, that the coaches ensure we use proper form (to help us improve as well as keep us safe) and of course the many people I have met. Once you attend a certain class for a good amount of time the other members keep track of you (in a good way!) – and that is great for accountability. The consistency has helped with many things including keeping certain health markers in the desired range, keeping me more productive the days I go to the gym and helping my mood. On the days I have had to miss a workout (unplanned), I find my productivity is lower and I may be a wee bit more irritable (I am sure my husband would say way more irritable!!)

 

The 2020 CrossFit Games Open is upon us. How have the workouts been going for you? You’ve done the Open before – any different feelings about this year’s Open versus the rest of them? Congratulations on 20.3 as well. Getting a PR on your deadlift AFTER doing Diane is very impressive! Huge congrats!

The Open is a great experience because I enjoy competition atmosphere. There is a different feeling going into the workouts and you can really feel the positive energy in the gym. Its also great to be cheering on others who maybe have met their goal or hit a new PR. The only difference this year is that I am now into the next age category – not that it really matters but I like to analyze how many total people are in this age category versus previous. And the deadlift PR was fun and unexpected. Handstands and a PR – it was a great day!

 

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

I am proud to be able to workout with my 21 year old nephew who is also into CrossFit. He has come to visit here in Cayman and we have worked out together. I am almost sure I heard him say “for being old, you are cool”.

 

What would you say is one trait/characteristic you’d like to pass along to your daughter Tillie?

I know you asked for one, but we often talk about responsibility, respect and staying true to yourself. She has been into karate for a few years and these same items are discussed which is great reinforcement and helps her keep us in line. It is awesome to watch Tillie figure out what she likes and pursue it – even when it may be very different to what her friends are doing.

 

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

I would not be upset if I had to sit in a casino and gamble all day long. I also quite enjoy really bad dance club music.

 

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

Not so much “crazy” items, but my bucket list contains:

  • Watch the Chicago Bears in a Super Bowl (which is not in my control and which will probably not happen anytime soon) AND
  • Take a month long trip to Italy and enroll in a culinary, coffee and cacao program.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

I do enjoy running and gymnastics WODs, but I really do not have a favorite. Sometimes my weakest moves can be in WODs that feel incredible to finish knowing I had to push a bit harder.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

As mentioned above, even my least favorite movements (ugh thrusters) I do not mind in workouts as I feel a sense of accomplishment when I am done. And although my squat strength is weak (front and back!), I do enjoy pushing myself and talking to the coaches about how to improve (yes Brett on the accessory work – I’m trying!).

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

Biggest surprise about CrossFit in general is how many myths/misinformation there is (even all these years later). And the best surprise about 7 Mile Strength & Fitness is how they are able to dispel these myths (different strength classes, yoga, stretching, FIT classes, proper coaching, referring out when needed).

 

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

I do often recommend 7 Mile. We are all working towards similar goals even though we have varying levels of fitness. The coaches and owners of 7 Mile do really promote their own members in what they do professionally and what they are committed to for items such as charities. It is more than just a gym and I am very proud to be a member.

Congratulations, Kristen!  We are proud to have you as our October 2019 7 Miler of the Month.

 

Athlete of the MonthOctober

Amol Pargaonkar

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in February this year so 8 months now.

 

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

Prior to joining 7 Mile Strength & Fitness, I have routinely paid for various gym memberships but hardly used any of those. I then tried having a private coach with my wife once a week to keep myself motivated to do workouts regularly. It helped for a couple of months but then I ended up only going to gym on the private workout days. I needed much more than a normal gym to keep myself motivated. I took trial lessons with CrossFit in Camana Bay but did not fit in with the culture. I was then recommended 7 Mile Strength & Fitness by my private coach. I had also heard positive reviews about 7 Mile Strength & Fitness from my manager, Tasha Ebanks-Garcia. I made an appointment with Trevor and felt that I will for the first time enjoy going for a workout rather than just going to a gym just to keep my guilt clear.

 

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

The hardest part after starting out was accepting that the body will be sore almost each and every day. It felt painful after all the lunges or the burpees. Initially I was worried about injuries but Trevor was a great help. Just a whatsapp message to him about any concerns and he would reply back and break down complex health terms in the simple language that I would understand. Also talking with Tasha, as we share a office space, kept me motivated and overcome the initial resistance.

 

We recently posted about your consistency in the gym and how working on your nutrition has helped you change your physique. Tell us a little bit about how your Coach for Life helped you with some of the changes you made and how those changes have had such a positive impact.

I am Indian and my diet was more of carbs with rice, Naan rotis, spicy curries etc. Eating carb and fat based food meant that I used to fill quickly without necessary calories. I knew that to have an impact on the workouts, I had to make a change to my diet. Working with Trevor, I got details on how to structure a diet and based on my weight got macro numbers that I should be managing on daily basis. It not only meant that I changed my diet but I also ate more. It was difficult to accept that I need to eat more to become healthy. I started keeping a diary for food and tried to come as close as possible to the necessary macro numbers (did not monitor those during holidays). I was then eating more but not gaining any weight. I am now following the motto of eat properly, workout hard and then enjoy the rest of the healthy day. I had slight issues with my blood pressure but with workout and healthy diet, I have been able to control those without medication.

 

Congratulations on having a new addition to your family! What was it like becoming a father for the second time? Future CrossFit kids? ;)

Thanks again. The newborn is called ‘Abhinav’ which means ‘Unique’ in Indian. Life has got back to changing nappies and discussions about poop. Definitely no more kids – I have had my quota full. ;)

 

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

It has now been almost 8 months and I am continuously going to gym. Doing a WOD everyday rather than a gym routine just keeps me motivated. I have never gained such consistency in my entire life. I am actually loving to get up at 4.45 am in the morning and looking forward to drive to CrossFit.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

I was Table Tennis captain of my college.

 

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

Being an Indian, I love Cricket but after staying out of India for last 20 years (9 years in Germany and 9 years in London) now love to watch football as well.

 

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

Stay in Himalayas for few months.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Squats and Wall balls. I believe they you great balance and strength to the core.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Burpees. Those just pull all the strength out of you.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

You can have a strong community and enjoy fitness activities.

 

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

I would absolutely recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others. I am not an extrovert and was welcomed by all the members upon joining. It is a fantastic mixture of fun and fitness.

 

Congratulations, Amol!  Keep up the great work!

 

Athlete of the MonthSeptember

Ahmed Elsheshtawy

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 3

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I’ve been doing CrossFit on and off for a little bit over three years. I joined 7 Mile around eight months ago.

 

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

Honestly, I originally wanted to join 7 Mile because the times of the classes worked better with my schedule, and the gym is very close to my workplace. I also thought that trying a new gym might motivate me to actually show up more. However, after the first few PT sessions, I realized that it was going to be much more than just that. It’s been a great experience so far, and I continue to learn and grow every day.

 

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

The hardest part was learning new moves that didn’t come naturally to me, like the Olympic lifts and double-unders. I used to do a lot of cherry-picking when I first started in order to avoid moves that I didn’t like.

 

We are unlike most traditional gyms – all of our members have a Coach-for-Life. How has that been helpful to you?

This has been extremely helpful! I didn’t realize how much value a coach can add to the quality of your training once you start working one-on-one with them. Coach Brett has taught me a lot about how to move properly and always motivates me to push a little bit harder.

 

I see you’re a huge football (soccer) fan! Any World Cups coming up for you in the future.  ;)

I was actually born in Qatar, where the next World Cup is going to be held. I haven’t been back since I was 5 years old, so it’d be great if I can go and watch a couple of games in 2022. In the meantime, I’m happy with playing football on Sundays.

 

I know when most people travel “back home,” they always get a few of their favorite foods/snacks. Anything from home (Egypt) that you miss that you can’t get here?

I really miss Koshari, the national dish of Egypt! It’s a wonderful concoction of rice, pasta, lentils, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. A carbs overload that satisfies the stomach and warms the soul. It’s also an excellent post-Murph meal!

 

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

If I have to choose something I’m proud of, it’ll have to be the discipline I was able to build during the past few months when it comes to exercising. The simplest inconveniences used to stop me from going to the gym for days. Days turn into weeks, and you know the drill. There’s still a lot more room for improvement, but just last week, I showed up for an after-work class to do ten rounds of running and burpees. Old me would have skipped that without batting an eye.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

Just like 90% of Egyptian kids, the only sport I ever played growing up was football. But I only played competitively for a brief time while in university.

 

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

I’m usually a quiet guy, so there’s probably a lot of things. But I don’t think anyone knows that I like singing Karaoke every now and then. I’m not necessarily good at it, but I do like it.

 

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

I’m not really a bucket list kind of guy, but I’d love to one day attend a Liverpool home game. Extra points if it’s against Manchester United and we beat them.

 

What is your favorite WOD, and why?

I don’t really have a favorite WOD. Sometimes I dread the workout of the day, especially when it includes some moves that I haven’t mastered yet. But I always end up feeling great afterward, which is why I keep coming back for more!

 

What is your least favorite WOD, and why?

Thankfully they don’t get programmed that often, but Turkish get-ups are terrible and should be canceled. I know they’re good for you, but at what cost! :D

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

CrossFit gets a bad rep for being “too intense,” so I was surprised by how much attention is given to making sure everyone is moving correctly and safely. A lot of times we spend more time warming up than actually doing the WOD.

 

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

I definitely would! It’s a great place to work out, all the coaches are great and genuinely want to see you reach your goals, and everybody is always so nice and encouraging. It’s a great community to be part of!

 

Thanks, Ahmed and congratulations!