The Benger’s (Stu, Beth, Sam, and Jasmine)
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
We have been in Hingham for 25 years now. We moved here because it was close to the old Naval Air Station in Weymouth that I used to fly out of. We liked it and have raised our family here. Sam is our youngest and is graduating Hingham High this year and leaving for college next year. He started CrossFit to get ready for football and he has really fallen in love with it. He will be playing for Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. Our two older daughters also went to HHS, Jasmine graduated in 2008, and college in 2012. Liv finished up in Hingham and has moved to NYC to break into acting, she is also attending Brooklyn College. There is an old line about parents being only as happy as your most unhappy child and Beth and I are pretty happy these days.
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Sam has been pushing both Beth and I to go since he started about a year and a half ago, I liked the concept but knew I had to get in better shape to start. Beth and I have been doing open doors hot yoga for about a year and we finally got started in September, but it was January when I decided to try coming more than two or three times a week. For me it seems that the 4-5 times a week really starts to make a difference pretty quickly.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
It is starting to feel really comfortable, the team here is incredibly supportive. All of the coaches are great. My schedule is pretty flexible so I go to both day and night classes and all of the coaches are very up beat and make the classes really fun. It’s great to have a group of people who can really push you and make you do things you didn’t even think were possible.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I look forward to starting to make some real progress in CrossFit soon, and I did recently do my first double-under. I’m prouder of what Sam has done, squatting about 2.5 times his body weight is pretty impressive. The work the coaching staff did with the initial teen group and getting them ready for football was impressive.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
I tweaked my shoulder and it has slowed me down for a couple of weeks now, it gets addictive to where I don’t feel like I’ve had a good day without a hard workout. For me a goal will be to avoid injury and stay healthy. I see Sam looking at this with a long term perspective. I believe he would like to compete someday down the road in CrossFit, more seriously after college.
6. Who persuaded who to join CrossFit first?
Sam got Beth and I to give it a try, Beth is on a sabbatical but I’m really enjoying it. My oldest daughter has just moved home and has started On-Ramp.
7. Has CrossFit taken over the conversation’s at the dinner table?
CrossFit is kind of the opposite of fight club, it seems like the first rule of CrossFit is to never shut up about CrossFit. Throw in paleo, and it does dominate family conversation.
It’s pretty awesome when we see families throwing down together and being able to all do the same workout at different levels. The Benger’s are a great example of just that! Look for Sam Benger on the Reebok CrossFit Games leaderboard down the road.. 🙂 Keep it up Benger’s!!