January 2017

We, at CrossFit Bytown, would like to congratulate Steph Kay for being the member for the Month for January. Steph, also known as Red, is a regular of the 6am crew. She is always 2-3 minutes early for class , always puts in a good effort and listens attentively. Ultimately, she's just a straight up beauty.

Here are a few words from Steph herself;

Why did you choose Crossfit?
I started CrossFit about 6 years ago when a couple of buddies of mine started getting into it and I thought it sounded cool. I used to look up workouts on the main site and then modify the heck out of them to do them in a GoodLife, not really having a clue what I was doing. I eventually joined a gym, only going a couple of times per week, and I slowly got more and more addicted. I love how CrossFit combines so many different aspects of fitness in a competitive yet friendly environment.

Why did you choose our gym?
When John and I moved to Ottawa we literally googled ‘CrossFit Gyms Ottawa’, Bytown was the closest one to us, and the rest is history.

What are your goals? 
I spent 2016 trying to master my pull-ups, which I can now do, but they are not mastered by any means. My next goal is to do a muscle up.

What do you do for a living, hobbies?
I’m a nutritionist and I run my own business. I love teaching people about food, providing cooking inspiration, and reconnecting people to where their foods comes from.

What change have you noticed?
I’m a lot stronger than I ever was doing other forms of fitness, and I see how much this translates when I do other types of activity, be it running or biking.

What motivates you?
Just improving. I’m not trying to be the best or compete; I just like seeing how I can push my body and see the constant improvement in different workouts and movements.

Favorite WOD?
Anything with double unders or wall balls.

Advice to new members?
Don’t be intimidated and know that it takes time to get better. CrossFit isn’t at all as scary or dangerous as mainstream fitness makes it out to be. You will forever be improving, mastering knew skills and finding new weaknesses – but that’s the fun of it.

Dan Shrum