3 Rounds for time of:
10 Power Clean and Jerks, 155/105
10 Toes to Bars
Post time and Rx to comments.
Days are getting longer and apparently going by faster as we get into
the warmer weather! Apologies for this months AOM article taking a while
(I was just really trying to surprise her...) but it was worth the wait. This
month we honor the one and only, death defying, Connecticut Crusher,
Melissa Loranger! Melissa came to us last summer and has steadily
stepped her strength and skill set up (catching our attention for AOM in the
process) eventually participating in SBK Competition Team classes and
also in the CrossFit Games Sectionals this year. If you know Melissa then
you already know that she’s a great athlete, a great team player, and a
super nice gal to boot. Here’s your chance to get to know a little bit more
about her and how she came to SBK.
Fox - Hey Mel, you’re our Athlete of the Month! Let’s talk!
ML - Wow, thanks! That’s awesome. I really appreciate it.
Fox - Yeah, it’s awesome to choose you. You’ve really impressed the
coaches lately especially with how well you did in the Games this year. It
seemed like you really attacked a few weaknesses and went for it. That
was cool to see.
ML - It was a lot of fun too, and I learned a lot from it.
Fox - OK. Lets start at the beginning...How did you first start CrossFit?
ML - My brother first told me about CrossFit. He had dome some CF and I
also have friends that own a CF gym up in Connecticut (CrossFit Milford).
I was living on Brooklyn but working in Manhattan at the time and didn’t
know that CFSBK existed. I first took a teaser class at the Black Box/
CFNYC in January of 2010 and started their Elements cycle shortly after. I
remember at the teaser class we did a ½ “Cindy” and I was smoked. I had
T-Rex arms for a few days after and I was hooked! I loved the intensity of
the whole thing and the fact that I trained that hard in only 10 minutes. I
eventually found SBK and started here in July of 2010. I remember visiting
with Teresa and meeting you and David and immediately liking the vibe.
You guys were both really welcoming and seemed genuinely interested in
us. Now I can’t imagine working out anywhere else. I talk about CrossFit all
the time to friends and anyone who listens...I guess I’m a little addicted?
Fox - If you are it’s a healthy addiction. What were you doing fitness-wise
prior to CF?
ML - I was ‘working out’ at my work gym, doing some spin classes and
boot camp classes and running as well. I did a few small races and half
marathons but was getting bored with the routine. I’ve always been a
competitive athlete, I played softball from when I was a little girl right up
until high school, played soccer and ran track in high school, and played
soccer and one year of lacrosse in college. When I was little I also did
ballet for a while. I think it was my parents, probably more my Mom’s, way
of trying to keep me balanced :) I still play competitive soccer with the NY
Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League. Appletown is my team. I’m a center
midfielder but sometimes play different positions depending on who we
have playing on any given day. I’ve always loved competition.
Fox - Natural athlete, huh? You’re also doing the Ragnar this month. Tell
me about that.
ML - Yeah, I’m actually a team captain. It’s 12 of us, a bunch of family and
friends who are doing it together. My total mileage is just over 20 miles
which will be the longest I’ve ever ran. I’m really looking forward to it,
should be fun!
Fox - Cool, it sounds like a great time. I’m sure you’ll have stories to
compare with the CFSBK team after the event is over. Let’s go back for a
minute to CF. What keeps you coming here as opposed to doing what you
were doing before?
ML - The intensity, the challenge, and the fact that we train movements
that you just don’t see elsewhere. Before CF I had never done a clean
or a snatch, or really learned anything new fitness-wise for a while. I like
learning the movements and that I can continue to get better at them. Also
before, I’d spend up to 2 hrs in the gym and not get anywhere near the
training effect that 10 minutes of CF can give me. CFSBK is such a great
community also. You get to know and hang out with the people you are
working out with. There’s a sense of commitment to making a class if you
know that someone else is going to be there.
Fox - What are you most and least favorite movements?
ML - Favorite would be thrusters, I feel pretty strong at them. I don’t really
have a least favorite but the most challenging for me would be the Olympic
lifts. There’s the technical aspect to them that is a constanrt challenge
which I actually like.
Fox - What are your impressions of competing in the CF Games this year?
ML - Well, after I was convinced by you and David that I should accept
the invite to the Competition Class, it didn’t take much to get me to sign
up to compete. It helped that others had confidence in me that I’d be able
to do everything Rx’d. It was a great learning experience and taught me
what I need to work on, namely Oly technique and endurance. My favorite
event would probably be the Deadlift/Push Up/Box Jump WOD, and my
least favorite would definitely be the 5 min AMRAP Squat Clean and Jerk.
The cleans got hard really fast. The wall ball and toes to bar were a little
easier than I thought they’d be, so I was pleased with that. Again, it all
just gives me stuff to improve upon. The first time I saw a CF event was at
Hoboken last December and I thought it was awesome. The energy, the
level of competition, and the support that everyone shows each other was
amazing. The Sectionals were more of the same and did not disappoint.
Fox - I’ve got to ask you about something I know you did recently,
skydiving. What was that like?
ML - It was a pretty amazing experience, something I’d always wanted to
do, and something I’d do again. We went out to Long Island Skydiving and
the folks there were great. There were 4 SBK’ers who went, Teresa, Josh
M, Charmel, and myself. First up were Charmel and me so Josh and T got
to watch us go and then we got to see them jump. The free fall was the
best part. You’re going so fast, it’s really exciting. Once the chute opens
it’s almost disappointing. I was like, “OK, now I’m safe, this sucks”. I was
momentarily freaked out though at the thought of the chute not opening, but
obviously everything went as planned.
Fox - Wow. Crazy. Just. Crazy...It’s so cool to learn a little more about the
folks we see every week in the gym. I never would have guessed that ballet
was in your past. Any other interesting hobbies?
ML - I sew, a little. I mean if you want a square shaped thing with an
opening I’m your girl. Tote bags. pillow cases, that’s about where I’m at
Fox - Alright Melissa, thanks again for sitting with me and for being a great
member of our little community. Last thing. What should we look for in a
future Athlete of the Month?
ML - Someone who works hard, gives 110%, and supports and encourages
others. Someone who is committed to CFSBK at large and who has the
drive to get better.
Fox - Well said.
Thanks to Melissa for taking time out on a gorgeous Friday afternoon to
sit down with me. We appreciate all that she brings to the gym and really
look forward to seeing her get even better along her journey with us.
Congratulations, Ms May!