Marc and Cindy MacLachlan

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

Cindy: I am a 44 years old mother of three beautiful young children.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Marc for almost 20 years.   I tend to think of myself as being younger and often forget my true age.  I am an OB/Gyn Nurse Practitioner working part time for South Shore Women’s Health.  This is a second career for me and I absolutely love my job.  I love to interact with people and educate.  I love to talk as many of you know.  I think of myself as a pretty positive and very motivated person.  Exercise, travel and a bucket list of goals has always been a part of my life.  Exercise is my social outlet and my stress reliever.  I can’t imagine my life without it. 

Marc: I am a 45 year native of New York who moved to Boston from NYC with my wife Cindy in 1996. We are blessed with three wonderful children: two energetic, funny boys and one beautiful, caring, feisty little girl. I have been working on a trading desk at an investment firm for my entire career aside from my first 9 months of work. I have had the opportunity to travel to some very interesting Emerging Market countries as a result of my work. My main interests outside of my family and work are music and golf. My main mid life crisis activity is being in The Back 9, a Hingham based cover band. I absolutely love it and my only regret is not having done it earlier in my life!

2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?

Cindy: Just like many of us, I was stuck in the same routine and needed a change.  I had always belonged to a gym, ran on my own and biked.  After my 3rd child, I joined a fitness facility with classes and a trainer.  I loved how I felt and the new strength that I had but after four years I needed to challenge my body and mind differently. It was hard to leave but I needed a change.  I decided to try CrossFit especially since my sister and her boyfriend who live in Denver had been doing it for years and had tried many times to get me to try it here in MA.  RCFBC was just opening and I thought there was no better time to make the change than at that time.  Now I am stronger than ever.  This summer was my peak of strength.  I had never in my life been stronger than the summer of my 44th year.  WOW!!

Marc: My CrossFit story begins with Cindy. She had been telling me for about 9 months how much she loved it and what an awesome community it was.  My exercise routine was primarily getting up at 4:45am, getting on my road bike (on a trainer) in our basement and riding for 30 minutes before work. Cindy and I ride the Pan Mass Challenge, so getting miles on the bike seemed to make the most sense in terms of exercise. After 5 years of this type of exercise, it just didn’t seem enough and I was ready to step it up. This past spring, I decided to listen to Cindy and do the on ramp to see what CrossFit was all about. There was no hesitation after the on ramp was over. I signed up immediately and was jacked up to start the following week.   I have a long way to go in terms of skill development, but I already feel in the best shape of my life. 

3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?

Cindy: Oh, where to begin.  I love the 8:30/9:30 am classes.  I love my wonderful, smart, strong and encouraging new friends.  The women and men are amazing.  Everyone has there own story.  The sense of support and camaraderie can be felt the moment you enter the box.  We all have the same desire to try the best we can and encourage each other to succeed in our goals.  The second I walk into class, I have a smile on my face.  I laugh out loud every day I am there.  The community is made up of real, down to earth, selfless people who all have similar goals.  Some words to describe the RCFBC community are: non-judgmental, supportive, positivity, true to self and others, motivation and success celebrated with others who really understand.

Marc: I think the term “community” is the perfect way to describe RCFBC. You do have a sense of fellowship with the other members and staff. There is certainly a common goal shared amongst the members and the support and encouragement you get from everyone really strengthens your commitment to that goal. The sense of community starts with the Froio’s and trainers. They provide the foundation of care and encouragement that becomes infectious. I love seeing members joining in with trainers to cheer on someone who needs some encouragement. That’s when you really feel a part of something special.  

4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Cindy: I am most proud of the fact that I have overcome my insecurity to try something new.  I had never lifted weights to this degree in my life and I am not the most coordinated person.  To join a new gym and participate in strength training that I have never done was intimidating but exciting.  Every time I am successful doing some CrossFit move or accomplishing a new goal, I am beyond proud and I can’t wait to share my PR with another CrossFitter.

Marc:  I’m six months in, so I still have a lot of work to do to get better. I have the kipping pull ups down and I’m a pretty good rope climber, so I’m pretty proud of that.

5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?

Cindy: I want to make sure I continue to be motivated mentally and in my physical fitness.  CrossFit’s workout are so varied that the physical part shouldn’t be a problem.  I need to continue to make personal goals and not give up or lose sight of them.  Again, how many years does it take to be able to properly do a “Snatch” move??????

Marc: Man..where to begin! My mobility is just now starting to improve a bit. I need A LOT of work in this area. Once I improve my mobility, I hope to get better at the Olympic lifts. I would love to be able to do the Muscle Ups as well.

6.  How has CrossFit had an impact on your family? 

Cindy: Absolutely!!!  My kids have only known exercise to be a part of our lives.  They know how much Marc and I love CrossFit and how important it is to exercise and eat clean.  My kids have been to CrossFit many times and they enjoy watching us work out, asking questions about what we are doing, and at times trying to participate themselves.  We are so fortunate and grateful to be a part of this community.  Many thanks to the Froio’s and the trainers.  Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. 

Marc: It absolutely has had a positive impact on our family. The kids go to RCFBC with us on Saturday mornings and I’m pretty sure Cindy brings them with her during the summer. The kids see how much we love getting in shape and we talk to them all the time about how important exercise and strength is. It’s a very positive message the are receiving and I hope they too will be excited to get involved in CrossFit someday.

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