EACH MONTH WE SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF OUR ATHLETES...
February 2017 - Christina Dierlam
February's Athlete of the Month is Christina Dierlam! Christina has been absolutely killing it lately. She has had chronic squat issues, along with shoulder mobility problems that have frustrated her from the start. In the last 6 months though, all of her hard work and dedication have really been paying off. She's taken her squats to a whole new level, setting personal records over and over, in every lift. She's also recently started working on kicking up to the wall, which has been a huge "goat" in the past. The way Christina has been going she'll be busting out HSPU's within the month. Her patience and dedication are an inspiration to new and old members alike! Keep doing what you're doing Christina. We notice your hard work, and we're so proud of your progress!
Q. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
A. I’ve been teaching history at my old high school for the past 16 years. Which is a job that I absolutely love. I grew up in Floral Park and lived there till my mid 30’s. I only moved out to Lindenhurst in 2013 after I met Steve. When we first met, I did not realize how far away Patchogue (where he is from) was from Floral Park. We moved here because it is half way between our jobs. We have now been married a year and a half. I love to travel, I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica and have a long list of places I would like to go. I also watch HGTV compulsively. When we bought our house, it was a dream come true since I could decorate it to my heart’s content, although Steve did his best to reign me in.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CROSSFIT AND AT CROSSFIT COBALT?
A. Steve’s friend had done crossfit for a while, and Casey had friends who were into it too, so when we saw a groupon for Cobalt the three of decided to try it. I didn’t know what crossfit was, and when I found out, it scared the sh*t out of me. How the hell could I do box jumps or lift all that weight, or any of the other crazy things we do? However, I am easily convinced and since I had people to go with I figured I could at least try. Our last day of on-ramp was during the Open and I remember watching Beth do some crazy heavy deadlift and everyone was cheering her on. It was amazing to see. Although I will admit, the first class I went without Steve or Casey I sat in my car for a while nervous to go in by myself.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF CROSSFIT?
A. I know everyone says this, but it’s the community. I used to go to the gym, but I never knew quite what to do and there was not much motivation to push yourself. I mean there is no way that I am stopping in the middle of the WOD! You have to finish no matter how hard it is, because there are other people doing it with you. Before starting crossfit it would never occur to me to have goals like a 210 pound backsquat or to be able to do a pull up or a handstand push up…and who had ever even heard of a double under? But now these things are important to me and when I get them I know that there will be people cheering me on. It’s the positive motivation that keeps me wanting to go to the gym. I am so grateful to crossfit and to cobalt. Moving out here…away from my friends was not easy, but I have made so many great friends, it has really changed my life. I now own more workout clothes than regular clothes and look forward to going to the gym. I get to go hang out with my friends and work out.
Q. TELL US YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WOD AND WHY…
A. I enjoy doing the 12 days of Christmas. I’ve done it three times, and never finished it. I like it though because the gym is full and there is a happy energy because its Christmas Eve and after that WOD kicks your butt, you feel like you have earned the cookies that you will consume that night.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS?
A. To get a pull up and to be able to kick up on the wall (I’ll deal with HSPU later). I would also like to work on snatch form so that I can move up in weight. I just want to be able to continue to see progress and to be as healthy as I can be. Future plans…hopefully start a family with Steve and have many adventures with him.
Q. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE WORKOUT NAMED AFTER YOU WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A. It would be a chipper, there is such a sense of accomplishment after completing one. I would like to see it have cleans or squat cleans but no burpees. Three years of crossfit and I have yet to make my peace with burpess. It should have wall balls, situps, double unders and maybe backsquats.
JANUARY 2017 - Kyle Lick
DECEMBER 2016 - Cindy Godfrey
NOVEMBER 2016 - Tommy Berman
OCTOBER 2016 - Carolyn Cronogue
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Jim Baumbach
AUGUST 2016 - Erin Schniederman
JULY 2016 - Seth Maldonado
APRIL 2016 - Casey O'Byrne
MARCH 2016 - Joey Hein
FEBRUARY 2016 - Melissa Miglionico
JANUARY 2016 - Corey Lynch
DECEMBER 2015 - Noelle Hawthorne
NOVEMBER 2015 - Jeffrey Shapiro
OCTOBER 2015 - Paula Hueshcnieder