July Members Spotlight


Published July 1, 2017


NAME: Rachel Dugan

JOB: Pharmacist at the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic


FAVORITE MUSIC TYPE / GROUP:

I am a big fan of many styles of music. Mark and I love checking out live music throughout the Twin Cities. Especially the Turf Club.


CHILDREN / PETS?:

Nada. Children and a dog someday, hopefully.


FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:

The North Shore. I lived in Duluth for 4 years during pharmacy school and love going back. We try to go to Duluth, Lutsen, or Grand Marais at least a couple times a year.


HOBBIES:

Heading out to concerts, hiking, biking, hammocking, estate sale hunting, hanging out with friends and family


HOW LONG HAVE YOU DONE CROSSFIT AND WHAT MADE YOU TRY IT OUT ?:

4 years, time flies!! My fiancé, Mark, had been encouraging me to try it for about 6 months before I finally worked up the courage to drop in at Top Gun. He had been going to a different CrossFit box for about a year and guaranteed me I would love it. He was right, I was hooked after my first class!


WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT CROSSFIT AT FIRST?:

Before trying it out, I was really nervous and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was afraid of looking silly and not knowing what I was doing, but everyone at TopGun was so welcoming- those feelings quickly vanished!


DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT CROSSFIT AND HOW IT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE:

One of my favorite parts about CrossFit is that now I actually look forward to going to the gym! Before when I was only running or going to the big globo gyms, working out always felt like such a chore and I would look for excuses to skip. It is different with CrossFit, I look forward to knowing that I am going to get a great workout everyday, I am always pushed to get better and achieve goals, and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful smiling faces at the box that help make class fun. CrossFit has made me a healthier, more active person


FAVORITE WORKOUT:

"The General" & I like a good chipper like 14.4


FAVORITE MOVEMENT:

Oh man, that's tough... I'd probably pick WallBalls and Cleans

 

NAME: Noah Day


JOB: Builder


FAVORITE MUSIC TYPE / GROUP:

Good with most, struggle with pop country.

CHILDREN / PETS ?:

One excellent mutt


FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:

Beaver Bay, MN

HOBBIES:

Running, hiking, hunting, fishing, foraging, cooking and eating (and eating)


HOW LONG HAVE YOU DONE CROSSFIT AND WHAT MADE YOU TRY IT OUT ?: 

I started September of 16'


WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT CROSSFIT AT FIRST:

I enjoyed the challenge and started looking forward to classes right away.


DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT CROSSFIT AND HOW IT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE:

- I had no weight lifting experience prior to Crossfit, so I've really enjoyed learning the different barbell lifts and feeling the difference between good form and bad. I feel stronger when I run now and have less fatigue on long physical days.


FAVORITE WORKOUT:

Fran (though I've only done it once and it wasn't pretty)


FAVORITE MOVEMENT:

I like the thruster


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