August Member(s) of the Month: Kerrin & Dave Forsyth
RCFBC Member of the Month
Kerrin & Dave Forsyth
Thank you for your time and for accepting to be our “Member Of the Month.” Before we get into your story, let’s start with a brief introduction… (Age, town, family/kids, occupation, etc.)
Dave: I’m 39 years old and currently live in Hingham with my wife, Kerrin, and two daughters, Charlotte and Annika. I’m a Principal at Howard Fischer Associates, an executive search firm. I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and first ventured out East to attend Colby College. Eventually, I moved to Austin (where I met K) and we then lived a pretty nomadic life-lived in Madison, WI, Denver, back to Austin and finally, made our way to Hingham in the Fall of 2012.
Kerrin: I am 34 years old, 3 months, and 11 days old. I grew up in Madison, CT & went to Tabor Academy for high school. It was at Tabor that I gave up lacrosse my junior year for rowing & ended up getting recruited to the University of Texas at Austin. I met Dave in Austin and after moving around for a while and living in some cool places, we finally settled down in Hingham about 4 years ago! We love it here & so do our girls. I work from home & have my own business- FALK jewelry designs. Between our girls, my business, our 4 chickens, our house & CrossFit, I definitely stay pretty busy! All fun, good stuff! Life is good!
When and how did you get started with us?
Kerrin: I started Crossfit 4 months ago, in March. I’ve enjoyed all kind of activities, and still do, but I reached a point where I just wanted to be functionally strong. I was sick of being injured all the time & thought if my core/body has the strength to support my f’ed up spine, maybe I can reach a point of being pain-free – and so far it’s working. Seriously! I didn’t think I would like Crossfit because I fell for all of the typical stereotypes you hear about it (constant heavy olympic lifting, everyone gets hurt, blah blah).
Dave: We live around the corner from the box and we quite often ventured over to Ralph’s (now the defunct Douglas Wine and Spirits) when we first moved. I never really considered joining initially as I was accustomed to belonging to traditional gyms paired with softball/tennis/hoops leagues. However, unlike our time in Austin/Denver (pre-kids), it started to become more and more difficult to find the time to juggle workouts w/ kids/work. Additionally, I needed more motivation to get my ass in the gym and the “traditional” gym wasn’t cutting it. The community aspect of Crossfit is what sold me and continues to keep me engaged today.
Kerrin: Anything involving gymnastics, rope climbing, burpeees, box jumps and running. When I do a burpee I feel like I’m doing my dream dance move. I am also totally into the heavy lifting days now. They are SO rewarding; being strong is a cool feeling. I also love that I learn something new in each class.
Dave: I don’t think this is a formal workout but it would entail box jumps, double unders, wall balls, and pull-ups.
Least favorite workout?
Kerrin: Anything on the erg :/
Dave: Anything that involves bending at the waste (chronic back problem dating back to when I was 15)
What’s the best part about working out with your class?
Kerrin: The social aspect and total team support! I love that there is virtually no competition with anyone else but yourself (unless you wanted to make something competitive!). I seriously did not think I had it in me anymore to be competitive with myself. I thought I had lost that drive back in college, when I injured my back rowing. So good to get those juices flowing.
Dave: Being surrounded by people who are driven by the same goal of making physical fitness a key part of one’s life.
What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
Kerrin: Dave and Charlotte up in Maine (sorry Annika :/ )
Dave: My daughter, Charlotte, holding a crab
What’s your favorite “cheat” meal?
Kerrin: Shoot. Wrong person to ask…thank god I love to be very active!?
Dave: I don’t really adhere to a strict diet but if I had to pick, probably Chicken Pad Thai paired with a few Trillium beers.
What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
Kerrin: “best table scraps for chickens”
Dave: Teletubbies costumes (stay tuned on this front)
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Kerrin: A spider…not an animal, I know. I am so arachnophobic it’s ridiculous. That being said, I would like to be one for a day to understand them better and get over my fear.
Dave: Definitely a Liger. It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.
What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life?
Kerrin: Oh my goodness. One way? I have too many! I will say drive. I know that if I can have the drive to plow through a tough workout, I have the drive to balance my family, work, and house on a daily basis.
Dave: It’s given me an invaluable outlet to not only make great friends, but more importantly, it helps me stay sane given the daily demands of life.
What advice would you give to a new member at RCFBC?
Kerrin: Be patient. Listen to others and of course to the coaches for tips and tricks; learning all of the moves – from pull-ups to rope climbing to dead lifting – takes a while! I remind myself of that every single day!
Dave: Put your ego/pride aside and be sure to take care of your body. I grew up playing competitive sports (4 years college hoops/2 years college baseball) and am naturally competitive. However, I have learned to know my limits, especially with my back condition, and just show up, work hard, and get the most out of the work out, scaled or not.
If you could sum up RCFBC in one word, what would it be?
Kerrin: Fun. Functional. Challenging. Rewarding. Sorry, one is too hard!