August Members Spotlight


Published August 1, 2017


NAME: Anne Marciniak

JOB: IT Operations Manager

FAVORITE MUSIC TYPE / GROUP:
I can't think of a genre a don't like, I like being exposed to new music. Last concerts I went to (and I don't get out much) were a couple of Dessa shows and Brandi Carlile. Also would like to put a plug in for someone to play 'Girl Talk' during a WOD...

CHILDREN / PETS ?:
2 boy kids - 6 and almost 4. 2 small dogs, a crazy mom and daughter poodle mix duo.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:
Tough one. When it's cold here, I like the Caribbean. Reykjavik is a place I'd love to return to... any new vacation adventure is fun.

HOBBIES:
Avid reader and book hoarder, hobby board games, travel and cooking

HOW LONG HAVE YOU DONE CROSSFIT AND WHAT MADE YOU TRY IT OUT ?:
I've been doing CrossFit a little over 2 years. I tried the gym because it was close to home and I'd taken about 20 years off from consistent exercise. I knew I was getting to a point where health declines were imminent if I didn't take better care of myself.

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT CROSSFIT AT FIRST:
Oh great, I'm going to be worse than everyone else at this... which was about right, but there are a lot of good heuristics that got me through the early days - leave your ego at the door, you're only competing with yourself, etc.

DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT CROSSFIT AND HOW IT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE:
I like keeping track of workouts because it is pretty amazing how your body can adapt and improve. When you're new is one of the best times because your progress is pretty rapid. Over time, the changes are more modest without focused dedication, but they never stop. The other great thing is the community. Most of the people in the gym live in the neighborhood so you get to know your neighbors. You see how hard everyone works and it's fun to have a little friendly competition, trash talking as well as giving and taking encouragement.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
The Seven, Grace and Open workout 17.4

FAVORITE MOVEMENT:
I love the oly lifts equally- Snatch and Clean & Jerk


NAME: Zack Kartak

JOB: Target Real Estate (Civil Engineer)

FAVORITE MUSIC TYPE / GROUP:
My favorite artist of all time is Bon Jovi. But for crossfit I prefer something loud and with a beat.

CHILDREN / PETS ?:
None that I'm aware of but I do get to dog sit for my parents from time to time.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:
Bend, OR exceeded my expectations earlier this summer. And a week eating lobster in Maine is right up there too.

HOBBIES:
Gopher football, Drinking beer, being active and the outdoors.

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

Started in January 2015. I was curious after seeing it on tv. I enjoyed lifting weights growing up until a few years after college. I got bored with global gyms and started competing in triathlons. But after a few years, I got bored with that too. I knew there was a gym nearby and after 2 months of thinking about it, I finally signed up for the beginner classes. My only regret is that I didn’t try it sooner.

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT CROSSFIT AT FIRST:
Was it really a cult?! A week into the beginner classes, I knew I was going to enjoy it. That feeling was further solidified once I joined the regular classes and discovered how great the community is. Not only at Top Gun but the Crossfit community as a whole. Every box I’ve dropped into has been super friendly and welcoming.

DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT CROSSFIT AND HOW IT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE:
My favorite part is the variety, it’s always different and there’s always something to get better at. From meeting lifelong friends, to learning about diet and rest, to discovering a fitness routine I enjoy, Crossfit has had a big impact on my life. Like I said before, I only wish I would have found it sooner.
FAVORITE WORKOUT:

Fran and Murph
FAVORITE MOVEMENT:

Pull ups


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