July Member(s) of the Month!

Name:
Len – Leonard
LJ – Leonard Robertson Jr.

Nickname:
Len – Len/Lennie
LJ – LJ

Occupation outside of being a CrossFit superstar:
Len – Mechanic at Gorton’s
LJ – Night Auditor

Hometown: Gloucester

Favorite workout:
Len – Bear complex
LJ – Any chipper exercise with Cals (Rower, Ski, etc.)

Favorite Lift:
Len – Power cleans
LJ – Back Squat

Favorite WOD music:
Len – Rage or Beasties
LJ – Anything fast and loud (ex. Rage Against the Machine)

Which class do you usually attend?
Len – 6:30am with my crew!
LJ – 6:30 AM M/Th/Fri, with a few Saturday sessions thrown in

How did you find out about CrossFit?
Len – John on Good Morning Gloucester talking about his new gym.
LJ – My dad picked it up and I needed something to do in the offseason to avoid falling out of shape.

Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
Len – I played almost every sport recreationally and some organized. That’s all I did most days. With some butts under the bleachers mixed in.
LJ – Hockey, Football, and Baseball were the big ones growing up, but I dabbled in stuff like Track and Cross Country too. I’ve also rowed both dories and seine boats for many years and continue to do so.

How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym?
Len – When I need to move some granite blocks around the garden or want to try a new activity or sport I don’t worry if I am capable. That mornings workout was likely far harder.
LJ – Hitting up classes regularly tends to keep me more awake and active outside of the gym. Every time I take some time off I inevitably find myself becoming steadily more lethargic. The self-esteem boost from working out makes it easier to make other good decisions too, like running and eating healthier. Looking good in tank tops and the ability to make it up stairs without being winded are a nice bonus, too!

What and/or who motivates/inspires you?
Len – Seeing new members a few months after joining banging out pull-ups or heavy deadlifts inspires me to keep going.
LJ – Honestly, I’ve kind of always been used to exercising regularly from sports when I was younger, and I think at some point the exertion and aches hit me with a good ol’ case of Stockholm’s Syndrome. More recently, I developed Type 1 diabetes and I’m determined to prove that I’m just as dangerous a rower and athlete as I was before the diagnosis. Seems like spite can sometimes be a good substitute for inspiration 😊

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through CrossFit?
Len – I would like to remain strong and agile throughout my life and able to continue my outdoor activities that makes life worth living.
LJ – Get back-to-back Seine Boat championships (not that I’d complain about another Fiesta Sunday win anyways) and catch up to my dad’s win count.

What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
Len – I love doing stuff on the ocean and in the woods/mountains. I also love to read books and garden.
LJ – I love snowboarding in the winter and anything in the water during the summer. When I’m not exercising I’m actually a huge nerd! Tons of video games, board games, and a weekly D&D game.

What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
Len – I love the camaraderie with other members. It’s much easier getting through those tough workouts with them suffering with you and cheering each other on.
LJ – The overall sense of familiarity with everyone. The coaches are comfortable giving you shit and pushing you. The members are like friends that give you grief for missing classes, and it makes it so much easier to wake up at 6 am to run up a goddamn hill.

Pros/Cons working out with your Dad/Son?
Len – As he gets older it seems we have less and less quality time together. Getting a few hours a week to work out with him and having a common interest is a great. My con would be the steadily shrinking amount of lifts where I’m stronger than him!
LJ – There’s an extra layer of accountability and competition. I know I’m going to get grief when I miss a class or he beats me at a workout and he knows I’ll do the same to him. It’s also so much harder to decide to not go one morning when the other person is outside of your door asking you in person.

Do you have a favorite CFCA memory?
Len – The year when my seine boat crew and Rowgue were both champs.
LJ – The first time I did the Karen workout I couldn’t get out of an air squat without using my hands for a full day afterward.

Any tips for the new members?
Len – Get started! Start slow – a month will mean very little in the big picture. It will change your life!
LJ – Don’t overdo it for the first few workouts. For years every time I came back after a hiatus I’d go too hard on my first workout and have to take half a week off just to recover. You’ll have plenty of time to go apeshit after you’ve acclimated, to start just focus on the motions and getting your muscles used to being sore in new and innovative ways.