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Member Spotlight – Kathryn Swartz

My first CrossFit workout? It was a 7 min AMRAP of 7 burpees and 7 air squats.  I remember starting this workout and thinking this isn’t so bad…then after 2 minutes I was hurting something awful. I knew I was about to get my butt kicked by something that seemed so easy at the start.

How did you find CrossFit Recursive? I was a member at a different affiliate, but wanted something closer to home and to work, and saw Recursive was opening. I joined right away, and was the ninth person to join the gym. I still have my member #9 t-shirt.

What has been the most fun so far?  I absolutely love the community and friendships at Recursive.  It has been so welcoming and inspiring to be surrounded by so many wonder people and athletes.

Something we might not know about you? I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal for 2 years…back when I thought it would be a good idea to live without electricity, running water, or a proper toilet for 2 years.

Occupation? Physician

Favorite CrossFit Movement? Deadlifts, or anything else that requires a barbell!

Least Favorite CrossFit movement? Running.  That may be the worst part about Recursive is that since we are on the bike path we inevitably have running in WODs all the time.

Your ideal WOD?  Bear complex or some other barbell heavy WOD.

Greatest CrossFit accomplishment so far? Just keeping at it, trying to show up when I can with busy schedule and kids.

Things that interest you outside of CrossFit?  I like spending time with my two kiddos, gardening, and yoga.

Member Spotlight – Isiah Harris

My first CrossFit workout? Would have to be EMOM I think I did 5 pull-ups 20 push-ups and 20 air squats. I literally almost passed out. I think this is the hardest workout that I had ever done up until that point because the workout was for one hour straight and this was outside of the gym.

How did I find CrossFit Recursive? Well I was looking through an old goals book I had, and on the first page it said start CrossFit training, so that was a goal that I had never done or accomplished. I typed in CrossFit on my phone in Google and CrossFit Recursive was the first one that I found. I read up on it seemed like a pretty fun and  open community so I came in for foundations and I never left. I love the gym!

What has been the most fun so far? I would have to say doing my first competition and being supported by so many members of the gym. Plus me and my partner ranked 13th In The nation in Burpee box jumps!

Something we might not know about you? Well I grow up in foster homes and group homes. Growing up I got into a lot for trouble and I was not always the person I am today. But I’m glad that I went through a lot of those things. It’s helped me a lot and it made me a better person.

Occupation? I’m a used car salesman right now I’m in the process of opening my own dealership. I got my tax ID and my LLC – oh my company name is called MADz Auto. It’s just so hard finding a physical location that matches my needs and the criteria to pass zoning.

Favorite CrossFit movement? That would have to be the Power Clean.

Least favorite CrossFit movement? Double unders definitely! They are just so hard!

Your ideal WOD? Well I like sprints so I would have to say 10 power cleans with like 190lbs, 10 wall balls and a 200m row. A couple rounds of that with the time cap.

Greatest CrossFit accomplishment yet? That would have to be when I clean and jerked 185 or 195 pounds. I was so excited that I almost did my own bodyweight!

Things that interest you outside of CrossFit? I love to play Ultimate frisbee in the summer. I love to snowboard in the winter time. I love to hang out with friends and just have a good time, chill, kick it, be lazy. And I love working on cars and riding motorcycles – especially riding motorcycles.

January Member Spotlight – Brinda Bair!

First CrossFit workout?
January 18, 2016
4 rounds
8 HSPU
10 Front Rack Lunges
12 Bent Over Rows

How did you find CrossFit Recursive?
Google search for a CrossFit gym near me.  Nikole wrote this great article in August 2016 that said most people don’t wake up one morning and say “Yes, CrossFit is for me. It’s the thing I want to do.” But that’s basically what happened with me. I just woke up one morning and had this feeling like I would like CrossFit so I google searched and signed up.

What has been the most fun so far?
The #RinaStrong In-house CrossFit Competition! I really enjoyed spending the morning working out (and more importantly eating) with everyone, and partner workouts are the best. Memorial Day Murph was a very close second!!

Something we might not know about you?
My family is from a small country named Nepal, and my grandfather was the country’s first Prime Minister. I also have a cousin who is a huge Bollywood movie star.

Occupation?
Part-time Lawyer (Staff Attorney at Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin) and Part-time Fitness Instructor (Les Mills BodyFlow, BodyStep, and BodyPump)

Favorite CrossFit Movement?
I love all the moves equally. I sometimes practice at home for no reason.

Least Favorite CrossFit movement?
Ring Rows are the worst. I need to train to do pull-ups.

Your ideal WOD?
Anything long–I really like all the Hero WODs. Ideally, we’d do a Hero WOD every day!

Greatest CrossFit accomplishment so far?
I’m extremely cautious and conservative with weightlifting and Coach Bree (who by happenstance was my partner on two different one rep max days this year) finally gave me the courage to find my *real* one rep max for back squat and split jerk. It was easily 30-40 pounds more than what I would have done if left to my own devices.

Things that interest you outside of CrossFit?
Dancing, yoga, going out to eat, getting dressed up to go out to eat, binge watching TV, shopping, etc.