Name: Curtis and Katrina Wightman
Curtis: Bearcat, Wighty
Katrina: Katie, Katrinkle
Occupation outside of being a crossfit champ:
Curtis: Space, Defense, and Avionics Group Lead at Symmetricom
Katrina: Telecomm contractor (“phone goddess”) for EPA Region 1
Curtis: Pigeon Cove
Curtis: Grace and Helen
Katrina: Anything with clean and jerks
Favorite Lift: Both: Clean and jerks for DAYS!!
Which class do you usually attend?
Curtis: Faithful 5:30am’r, with the occasional 5:30 pm whenever I sleep in. I also attend open gyms at least once a week.
Katrina: I hit the late night classes and open gyms (Oly Club, woohoo!), and usually join Curtis for 5:30am on Fridays.
How did you find out about Crossfit?
Curtis: Katrina got me started thinking about it. Went in, and did a workout with Jon when you guys were still in the Parker Street building. I didn’t come back for a month!
Katrina: Heard about it from a few friends, then decided to taste the Kool-aid for myself. It’s delicious. I haven’t looked back!
Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
Curtis: I played soccer for 4 years and baseball for 2.
Katrina: I smoked butts and drank in the woods behind the school. I had one really terrible season of JV basketball my freshman year that scarred me for life, and I subsequently have awful flashbacks every Friday morning when we do burpee layups. But… it beats running.
How has Crossfit changed your life outside of the gym?
Curtis: Honestly, I find doing everything easier, like moving stuff around, running, climbing trees, throwing the Frisbee around, and ripping line drives while playing softball.
Katrina: We’ve definitely adopted a healthier lifestyle. We used to eat out almost every day and spend hours on the couch watching TV. Working through a hangover mid-way through the week wasn’t unusual for me. These days, we’re cooking at home a lot more often, and on the weekends we try to do as much stuff outside as possible. And being at the gym 4 nights a week doesn’t leave much time for drinking… plus, I need my sleep!
What and/or who motivates/inspires you?
Curtis: CT Fletcher, Major Dick Winters, Bruce Wayne, the coaches and members of CFCA! I get inspired by people who are constantly pushing themselves. A couple nights ago, Vince said something that has stuck with me. “Fuck the weight”. I like that, just lift that shit.
Katrina: The folks at CFCA, coaches and members, are always there to give that extra push. Sometimes, I just need someone to tell me that I can do it. It’s also super-motivating to watch someone else break through their barriers and hit a PR… it’s almost as good as doing it myself! I’m really inspired by the progress Curtis has made since joining up in December. Seeing him get that muscle up was incredible.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through Crossfit?
Curtis: I would like to continue pushing myself on a daily basis, and see how far I can continue to change and grow as a person. I think down the road I would like to get certified to coach.
Katrina: I’ve always wanted to try surfing and climbing, but never felt strong or coordinated enough to do either…now that I’ve been Crossfitting for over a year, I feel like I could actually give it a go. Crossfit makes me feel like anything is possible!
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
Curtis: Stand up paddle-boarding, gardening, cooking, Disc Golf, booze bag softball, regular golf, collecting business cards, doodling, and fishing.
Katrina: We are definite beach bums in the summer, and love taking our SUPs out on calmer days. These days, we play disc golf every weekend, weather permitting. We love to hike, and recently trekked up Mt Washington, and also hiked Mt Åreskutan while we were on vacation in Sweden. We’re hoping to do all the 4,000 Footers, and some other notable peaks.
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
Curtis: Community for sure! This place truly has something special and unique, and I am glad I am a part of it.
Katrina: Definitely the community. We’ve contemplated leaving the area, but CFCA has pretty much been the deal-breaker every time the conversation comes up. There are other boxes, but there is no other CFCA. We love working and playing with you guys, and can’t imagine a life without you!
Any tips for the new members?
Curtis: Get here, work hard, eat clean, and you will get results. Don’t expect shit overnight, this stuff takes time and practice.
Katrina: Be consistent, and be patient. And pay attention to the coaches! Sometimes they give slightly different tips, but one of those pointers will be just the thing to help improve your rowing mechanics, wall balls, deadlifts, etc. Listen, and learn!