Name: Brittany Power
Occupation: Event Planning
How long have you been a member? Almost 2 years
How did you originally hear about us? Mr. Danny Marin recruited me
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? To make new friends, because I was new to the area. And also to get more fit!
What were you doing before Dynamic? Not squatting to depth.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? I’m more well-rounded between strength and cardio. I have also gotten much more aware of technique and its importance.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? Split jerks are my favorite movement & burpees over the bar is my least favorite movement.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? Overall strength and health.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? Top 50 in the Region for the CrossFit open next year.
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? Be open-minded! There is something both easy and hard for everyone in every CrossFit class. Don’t worry about what you may or may not be good at or what people may think of you. I used to be anti-CrossFit until I gave it a try, and I haven’t looked back since.
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? My second family & a group of people I know I can always count on.
Name: Brian Erdlen
Occupation: Sales at SportsNet New York; Dean of the 5am Class
How long have you been a member? I started in September of 2013 – back when we used blue notebooks to track WODs and 4 people at the 530a class was considered crowded.
How did you originally hear about us? My wife Jennifer was a Joyride regular and texted me a picture of the coming soon sign on the door. I was there a week later.
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I had fallen out of a workout routine and was looking to try something new. The early AM schedule and proximity to my house were a good match. Now my reasons are to continue to build on the steady progress over the years – there’s always something you can get better at here.
What were you doing before Dynamic? Not much other than chasing kids. I had done a few cycles of P90X at home but it was getting old.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? I never thought I would become a person who looks forward to working out or feels like crap when they don’t but that has happened. I’m definitely in the best shape of my life. It’s made me more active outside of the gym as well.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement?
– Favorite movements are front squats, squat cleans, and DUs.
– Least favorite is the bike and gotta give a shout out to burpees too, and any of Juan’s warm-ups (kidding, not really)
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I’m about 30 lbs lighter and much leaner since I started. There are a lot of movements I could never do before – DUs, T2B. rope climbs, pull ups, etc. But the biggest change/improvement has been the consistency of working out.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? I’d really like to be able to do T2B anytime they appear in workouts. I’d also like to get full hand stand push ups where my head actually touches the ground. Lastly, bar muscle ups by next year’s Open are a must.
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? We all know a ton of people that join gyms and never go back. But I can count on one hand the number of people I know that have come into DA and decided it wasn’t for them. There’s a reason for it. The support and encouragement you get from the coaches and fellow members is incredible and will keep you coming back.
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? A supportive, competitive, fun, challenging, entertaining, dysfunctional family.
Name: Lauren “Moir”
Occupation: I work for my kids. The pay is terrible but the benefits are outstanding.
How long have you been a member? 3+ years
How did you originally hear about us? I bought a Groupon!
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I joined because I like being part of a small gym, and immediately liked all of the people, but honestly, I didn’t know if CrossFit was the right workout for me. I’m not sure at what point during my Groupon month that I drank the KoolAid, but obviously my opinion about it changed. I’ve stayed all of this time because now I love DA for all of these reasons.
What were you doing before Dynamic? Before DA, Groupon was my gym. I would do a month here, a month there, but nothing stuck.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? When I first joined I certainly wasn’t as strong as I am now, but I had no physical limitations, so the only thing my body could do was get stronger. About a year after joining though, I noticed I was having a lot of pain in my left hip. Also, the quality of my workout was deteriorating. Things that were once so easy, I couldn’t do anymore and that included tying my sneakers. I ignored the pain for a LONG time, but eventually, it was so bad that I had to see a doctor. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and was told the only way to fix my issue was to have hip replacement surgery. So June 13th 2016, was my last workout at DA and on June 14th I had hip replacement surgery. The coaches and members were so supportive, and I was so touched that it motivated me to get back as soon as I could and 11 weeks after surgery, I was!! Now, looking at my 1-year surgical anniversary, I am still limited (especially cause now the other hip is going, OYE), but where Igot to from where I was a year ago is night and day. Every time I hear a “Good job Moir” it makes me dig a little deeper and get that extra rep!
What is your favorite & least favorite movement?
– My favorite movements are things that I can do now but was never able to do, in my whole life!! Pull ups and rope climbs are at the top of that list.
– Least favorite, burpees! Especially burpees when you add a jump over anything. These are not exactly hip friendly movements and I still have trouble standing up, so burpees, yeah, they suck.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I’m just stronger. Simple as that!! But, also I have to say, the shape of my body has changed. Parts of me that were once just flabby, are now muscular. Clothes fit different and I am more confident with the way I look now, in my 40s, than I did when I was in my 30s!
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? I have a reoccurring dream that I can do bar muscle ups. They are so easy to do in the dream world!! I want to make it a reality and as soon as possible!!
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? Try it! CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but you will never know until you TRY!!! There is a pretty good chance though, that once you walk through the door, you will be hooked!
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? DA is the one place in my life, that I am not someone’s Mom, I get to be just Moir and I get do something I truly enjoy. I not am just better physically when I come, but it always make me feel better mentally.
Oh yeah, and the coaches, members and puppies are pretty amazing too!! I am committed to the process!
Name: Brian Wolfe
Age: 29 (thank you Bill for giving this to me before I turn 30)
Occupation: Doctor of Physical Therapy
How long have you been a member? One year
How did you hear about us? The internet
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I was working with a couple of patients at DA and they told me they were having pain and difficulty with certain CrossFit movements. I found myself asking them how to do the movements and that seemed like a huge cop-out. I wanted to learn more about the movements, got totally hooked and the rest is history.
What were you doing before Dynamic? I have a home gym that was getting pretty boring. I’ve done a lot of the home programs. P90X, Athlean-x, etc.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? My energy level is off the charts. I wake up at 5am to get to the gym, but I have more energy on the days I work out versus when I don’t. I am able to carry this energy over to my patients. I am also better at treating CrossFit athletes, because I understand all of the movements and what it takes to perform them correctly. I have had several colleagues ask me how to be better at treating CrossFit athletes and I always tell them to go do it!
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? Rope climbs are my favorite (who doesn’t like to channel their inner Tarzan?) and I think I’ve made it pretty clear on SugarWOD double unders are my least favorite.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? My muscular endurance has improved a tremendous amount. I feel like I could go run 10 miles and then do heavy squats and bench afterwards. It’s really cool to make these types of fitness gains.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? I’d like to hit the CrossFit three movement 1000# club and get a sub 3 minute Fran. I’m currently at 765# and I got 6 minutes on the last Fran.
What advice would you give someone on the fence about joining? Just keep showing up and you’ll make gains. You’ll get swept up in the awesome DA family and you won’t look back. The initial anxiety of the first workout is gone as soon as you walk in the gym and everyone starts introducing themselves.
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? Without getting too mushy, it’s an incredible family. Everyone supports one another. I love the daily competition where we push one another and cheer each other on. I enjoy helping people in anyway I can, because everyone motivates me to be better. It’s what makes me happy to show up every morning.
Name: Nia Monaghan
Age: Masters 🙂
Occupation: Program Manager for Inspiring Capital
How long have you been a member? 1yr, 2mths
How did you originally hear about us? Lee Robbins, Julie Best, Lauren Moir & Jennifer Erdlen always talked about DA & then Jan last year Lee sent me a groupon, the same day John suggested I try CrossFit – fate or conspiracy, I am not sure but whatever it was I am grateful it happened!
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? Initially to get in shape, I had tried most of the other gyms around here and got bored. My reasons have changed a lot, to stay in shape and be fit is important but now I see it as a challenge to get to the next stage, and then the next….
What were you doing before Dynamic? Running, yoga, tennis & paddle, it all took a huge effort and lacked consistency.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? The changes are so much more radical than I could every have imagined. Both physically and mentally. I found the gym a mix of intimidation and inspiration and though I loved the workouts, didn’t feel like a CrossFitter. Now I find it more inspirational and that intimidation has become respect for the hard work and perseverance of all the athletes at the gym and I realized the only person holding me back is me. The 6 week challenge showed me how hard work and consistency helped me get to the next level and rather than plateauing it has (& my fab group of peers) inspired me and given me the confidence to keep trying to improve. I love feeling & looking stronger and the overall sense of well being has had an impact on everything, in and out of the gym.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? When I first started I loved the cardio workouts and if I was going to skip, it would be the weight lifting WODs. Now I enjoy the weight lifting ones too, though I never thought I would say that. But I couldn’t miss this opportunity to moan about the bike..definitely my least favorite movement.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? It took me about 3 months to move to “serious’ membership but didn’t truly become “serious’ until about a year. Now I feel lost if I don’t work out everyday. It probably isn’t a co-incidence that I have improved more since John M joined, we are both competitive and he has pushed (maybe even shoved) me a bit when I lacked confidence and its great that we have something that we both enjoy.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? I didn’t manage to get the perfect score for the January challenge, so that’s one goal, thanks Josh for inspiring me with this goal! The main goal is to move closer to RX WOD’s and the timeline needs to be before John M!
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? Just try it, if you want results and keep them. The place looks intimidating but it really isn’t (though I am lying a bit there!).
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? The coaches, the athletes & the dogs make this such a great place to workout and be a part of, its been the best thing for me and I am truly obsessed – thank you to everyone who makes this such an awesome place!
Name: Danny A. Marin
Occupation: Account Executive, Indeed/ Brand Ambassador, Dynamic Athletics/ Senior Account Executive, Fuel your Fitness Inc
How long have you been a member? October 2013 when it was just 2 people in a class (Pete and I), now its 20+ per class (business is booming!)
How did you originally hear about us? Meeting Bill was love at first sight so I couldn’t say no to him when he invited me to his new spot! Lol, All jokes aside- I met Billy playing Flag football and he approached me after a game to tell me that he was opening a crossfit gym, the rest is history.
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I have always been very competitive and someone told me that you kept track of your scores and lifts in crossfit and it got me to look more into it. I have always been really competitive at everything I have done and crossfit makes me try my hardest every day. It’s a grind but at the end of the day I know I got a hell of a work out. The only thing that has changed has been getting mentally ready at 6am to get roasted by Simon Frank “Are those your Mom’s leggings Daniel?”
What were you doing before Dynamic? I was going to Fitness Edge doing two muscles a day, it would take about 2 hours of my day. I love how in crossfit you’re in and out quick and working out your whole body in one WOD.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? I know that every day I’m going to be challenged with an intense workout which makes me start to want to give up, but I haven’t yet. Committing to the process has made me not give up! I like how I can take off my shirt and feel good about myself and how I can be top 5 in many of the work outs (Pete takes #1 every single work out so top 5 is good enough for me 🙂 ).
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? My favorite movement is Bar Muscle Ups and Pull-ups. My least favorite movement is Kettlebell swings- I will rather do 16.4 Open workout then 12 swings 😉
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I love how I can do unbroken movements during work outs, my conditioning is a lot better as well! Shoutout to The WOD SQUAD and Rick Ross.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? My next crossfit goal is to get better with mobility. I feel like if I stretch better and improve my movements I will be able to give Pete a bit of a competition (ughh). One of my Crossfit goals is to also help my lovely Maggie get her first Pull up with no bands, it will make my day!
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? Don’t let the word crossfit scare you, the first month will be hard but once you start seeing results you will fall in love with it. The great thing about DA is that you can scale any workout, you don’t have to do heavy weights, do whatever your body lets you do!
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? The first word that comes to mind is FAMILY. I love how everyone is so close to each other, we do group outings and everyone shows up. I have met many great people since joining. I want the best for Bill and his business so I’m hoping it keeps growing. I also got to meet celebrities too which is great- The cast of Step Brothers (Simon and AJ).
Name: Justine Stewart
Occupation: Stay at Home Mom (at JSMOMOF5 – for my 8:30 ladies)
How long have you been a member? 1 1/2 years
How did you originally hear about us? The Best, Julie (how all middle age women hear of DA)
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I felt that I was getting soft in my middle age years. I was losing muscle tone and feeling weak. I don’t have the discipline to work out on my own and I know I won’t walk out of a class! I also have to do something to combat my eating habits!
What were you doing before Dynamic? I had tried a few different things that were similar but they never stuck, largely due to the atmosphere. I then joined Equinox and hated it so much that I paid for a year and did not go, thus was completely inactive for one year. Julie kept mentioning DA, so I gave it a try. It hurt but everyone was so welcoming! I really didn’t know anyone there, which was honestly refreshing after living here for 16 years.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? I would say a lot has changed! I feel strong, and as some of my friends are experiencing health issues due to frailty, I no longer take this for granted. I find that I am much less likely to give up on anything, I feel that each WOD/AMRAP is a personal challenge and I am treating other obstacles in my life with the same approach. I am sleeping better and for the first time in 19 years (since I had kids) truly doing something that is all about me! I have to say a huge bonus to me is that not only has my husband joined, but all summer my 19 year old son joined me and it was truly a bonding experience before he went to college and one we still share, truly valued as your kids leave home!
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? I hate burpees, I am slowly getting better but I really dread them (but I don’t avoid them). I looked forward to this years labor day workout to challenge myself to doing 150 of them (last year I could only do 100). I do avoid them enough to know to wear a costume on Halloween though! I have to say my favorite thing to see now is running! I could barely do the 400meter when I started and now I see it as something I know I can do and be competent at.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I am stronger by far, I feel that I can do about anything. I am happier, it is something that is for me, gets me out of my house for a bit and is good for me. I feel like I have a new extended family and a place that I fit in, I have always felt like the girl that didn’t belong in other gyms. It is comfortable (while making me completely uncomfortable).
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? I want to keep challenging myself with the competitions (I did the triathlon and the in-house this year) and I want to keep doing them and I also value beating my PRs. I might also add some running races to my program. I would like to get better at everything honestly, I just keep trying! I would also like to start focusing on my diet more, so I assist in my fitness goals instead of sabotaging them!
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? You really have to commit to the process. I think it takes 4-6 weeks to not really have to talk yourself into it each day. You begin to be comfortable and look forward to it and I think at a year I really began to push myself. I did not get the commit to the process mantra until about a year in, but it is a great community of people all doing things that we wouldn’t do on our own and I truly feel that we are all in it together when we are there and only competing against ourselves.
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? It is a place that challenges you physically yet welcomes you mentally, truly love it!
Name: Johnny Papachristou
Age: Too old (28)
Occupation: Operations Analyst
How long have you been a member? October 2014 I believe
How did you originally hear about us? Bought a living social/groupon deal (forget which one), but originally heard about the gym through our very own Pete
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? After plateauing and not seeing results from my previous workout routine, it was time for a change.
What were you doing before Dynamic? Going to the Edge 5/6 times a week.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining?
Energy level – Since joining I have noticed an increase in my energy level. The thought of waking up at 5AM to go through a grueling work out would have never crossed my mind before I started Crossfit. Now I enjoy getting up and pushing my body to its limits and beyond at that hour, and also annoying the hell out of Bill at such an early hour is also a benefit. Shout out to my 5AM peeps! (and my old 5:30 pm crew!)
What is your favorite & least favorite movement? Favorite movements are snatch, clean and jerk, muscle ups. Least favorite movement is anything that gets me tired…
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I have seen improvements in all aspects, from the gym itself to life in general. I’ve become stronger, healthier and fitter that I have ever been. I thank Crossfit and specifically Bill and company, if not for them I would have never been able to finish the Sono half marathon last year.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? My next goal is to be able to log onto Triib or wodify or whichever system we end up using and seeing that I beat Pete in a workout for once. Sorry Pete, we are all gunning for you now….Timeline: Do have one, just beat PETE!!! 🙂
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? Just try it. Then decide if its right for you.
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? Dynamic Athletics is a community of people that come together for one common interest, to better ourselves in every aspect of life, and have a great deal of fun while trying to achieve that goal.
Name: Meira (Mae) Hauser
Occupation: Facilities Management
How long have you been a member? Over 2 years
How did you originally hear about us? Mary Maslowski- found a groupon for the gym and the rest is history.
What were your initial reasons for joining and have they changed? I first joined to try something new for a couple of months and to switch up my workouts. Reasons have definitely changed. Mary can vouch to this, I never stuck with anything for too long because I would end up getting bored with what I was doing and just moved on to something else. If you asked me 2 years ago would I still be here, I would have replied, probably not. Now, I can’t imagine not coming to the gym. Yes I do go through my ups and downs, but at least I’m still trucking along at my own pace.
What were you doing before Dynamic? Bikram, bootcamp classes once a week.
What changes have you noticed in your life, lifestyle, & fitness level since joining? Recently I’ve noticed how much happier I am. My motivation and eating habits have also changed a lot. I’m getting stronger and working harder to achieve my goals. In the last few months something definitely clicked in my head and I realized that being lazy and unmotivated is no longer the path I want to take.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement?
– Favorite: bear complex, back squats, front squats… I mean anything that has a squat in it, except wall balls.
– Least favorite: this is a rhetorical question right…. I am pretty vocal about how much I loathe anything that involves running.
What improvements have you seen since joining Dynamic? I am so much stronger, more than I’d ever though I would be in my life. I also haven’t been able to do a pull up since I was in the 5th grade and on Memorial Day I did 100 of them with no band.
What is your next CrossFit goal & timeline for it? Master doubleunders, get a muscle up and run a mile in under 7 minutes <— hahaha that last one was a joke clearly..
What advice would you give someone thinking about joining, but is on the fence? I would tell them to just try it out, go at your own pace and don’t worry too much about what’s happening around you.. A lot of people think that a wod is just a mini competition with other gym members, but really to me it’s about competing with yourself and becoming the best version of you that you can achieve. Once you stop worrying about how well others are doing and focus on yourself and your goals, you’ll be hooked.. And there is always a great support system. What I love is that the last one to finish gets the most cheers!!! I know, I’m always last!
In a few words, how would you describe Dynamic Athletics? A sauna…. In all seriousness, it’s such a amazing gym and it has nothing to do with CrossFit or the workouts. The people and community is what keeps me walking through that door every morning. I used play sports growing up and your team becomes your family, that’s exactly how I feel about Dynamics. The group here is so supportive, kind, hilarious and not mention they will not let you off the hook no matter what.. I know if I am having a bad day someone will be screaming at me to push through it. That is what really makes this gym great ….though air condition would make that much cooler, literally!