Name: Johnna Huntsman
Occupation outside of being a crossfit champ:
I work at Varian as an administrative assistant in the finance department.
Hometown: Rockport, MA
I am a fan of a good round of obstacle course or sled drag. I prefer a team effort or relay work out. My favorite activates are rope climbs, tire flips, wall walks, and slosh pipe hold.
I am going to admit it, I don’t care for lifting, I find it awkward and tough to get into. However, I know it’s good for me and it enables me to excel in other areas of fitness, so I try to hit classes with lifting in the WOD. If I had to choose, I’d say push press is my favorite, then back squat.
Which class do you usually attend?
I usually hit the nooner classes with an occasional 5:30 am if I’ve had my coffee on time.
How did you find out about crossfit?
I knew about it from when the gym was in the fishing supply building. I would hear the workouts going on while I was doing yoga upstairs at TreeTop. I would think to myself, “I would never want to be part of that kind of exercise.” I find that funny now that I would make that assumption not even knowing how much FUN CF is.
Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
Half and Half. I was good at ripping butts, drinking Bud and the like for a few years. I played field hockey through high school. I wasn’t active again until I was in my early 20s and I got into Ashtanga yoga at the YMCA in Beverly. It was a revelation to do yoga that was intense, strength building and brought me into the present moment all at the same time. I dabbled in yoga for a few years and then in 2004, as I was in desperate need of something good to do in my life, I committed to doing yoga regularly. I was going to the Baptiste Power Yoga studio in Cambridge and decided I needed to practice at least once a week. I have done that and more. For the past ten years I have practiced yoga 2-3 times a week; and now I CF 2-3 times a week, and have recently taken up running.
How has Crossfit changed your life outside of the gym?
I’ll be honest, I used to have a pretty bad temper. CF gives me an outlet to burn off the excess energy that wasn’t getting out. I love to throw myself into the workouts and push myself to exhaustion to where I can’t even stand up. I am much more calm and don’t fly off the handle like I used to. I am a much happier person since joining!
What and/or who motivates/inspires you?
There are couple things and people that inspire me to keep coming back to the gym. The community at CFCA is the primary motivator. I love how everyone is friendly, supportive and fun to be around. I appreciate when the coaches take the time to focus on a specific thing I’m doing and push me to go further or heavier. I am inspired by the long-time members who stay after class to work on movements or techniques to better themselves. I hadn’t thought of myself as an athlete per say, but since joining CF I feel that I identify with that and it feels pretty good!
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through Crossfit?
I want to do a free standing hand stand. Maybe that’s too limited, but it’s my goal for today.
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
I like to cook and experiment with what vegetables I can cook on the grill.
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
I love having a place to go that is not froofy or delicate or full of treadmills and exercise bikes. I love the grittiness of the dirty floor, old plate weights and encouragement that the work I do in the gym carries over into my day to day life.
Any tips for the new members?
Talk to everyone! Introduce yourself to anyone you don’t know, and if you forget their name, just ask again (and again, if you’re like me). You’ll get it and you’ll make new friends.