January Member of the Month

Name: Nicole Marques

Nickname: Nic
Occupation outside of being a CrossFit champ: Fisheries Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine FisheriesHometown: Sheffield, MAFavorite workout: Chipper or partner workouts,  really anything with a variety of movements, cardio and weightsFavorite Lift: Clean or clean and jerk

Favorite WOD music: Anything upbeat

Which class do you usually attend? Mostly 4:30 and Thursday grinder, but trying to mix in some Saturday and Sunday

How did you find out about CrossFit? My husband Ryan had been going and would suggest I give it a try every once in a while, but I always had an excuse, until last year when he succeeded in dragging me to my first class.

Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?  I played sports, mostly soccer but also a little softball and tennis.  

How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym? It has improved my self esteem, I’m more positive and feel better physically, plus the physical aspects of work have been much easier. 

What and/or who motivates/inspires you? Seeing the gains I have made and everything I have been able to accomplish is a huge motivator, and when I’m really struggling watching others at CFCA work hard and encourage one another keeps me going.

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the
gains made through CrossFit?  I would like to run more, no marathon for me yet, but maybe learn to enjoy running.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? Cooking, playing soccer, training our dogs, hiking, hanging at the beach and drinking beer.  

What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA? Definitely the team dynamic, we suffer together and we push each other to work hard and not give up.  It’s easy to get down on yourself or think you can’t do something when working out alone, but when you are working out along side others doing the same thing its a big motivator. Plus I’m pretty competitive so I never want to be the first person to give up or let my team down.

CFCA favorite memory? It’s not really a memory, but rather the positive feeling after accomplishing something new or just giving it all in a work out. There have been a lot of average days when I leave the gym feeling great and proud of myself for lifting more than I thought I could, or climbing a rope or running double hill loops, that feeling really sticks with me.

Any tips for the new members? Forget everything you think you know about Crossfit and just show up and give it everything you’ve got.  You might not like every work out or movement but you will find what works for you, you’ll be inspired by some great people, and you’re going to be surprised at how capable you really are.