Jeff and Kate Hutchinson “Team Hutch”
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
Jeff- I’m 31 , I was born in Mass but grew up in Plant City, FL. I decided to move back to New England when I was 25 , and landed my butt in Hull , where some of my family grew up.
Kate I am 32, I grew up in Millis. I moved to the South Shore after graduating from Plymouth State University. I work fulltime at Shields Health Care. I enjoy spending time with my 2 nieces and nephew, family and friends. We have two awesome dogs Max & Conway!
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Jeff- Where do I begin! I played Soccer and also Wrestled throughout High school and dabbled in football my senior year. Tried to stay active and play some type of sport(coed softball) throughout my 20’s. Was an off and on Gym goer , had big plans to get jacked up and shredded but after like a month of hitting the gym I quickly got bored with the routines and stopped going.
Then I was introduced to CrossFit through One of our Friends , I wanted to try it but couldn’t find any boxes that could work with my schedule(at the time). When BOOM , I heard Reebok CrossFit Bare Cove was opening. I invited Toni to come with me because I didn’t wanna do it alone. It was freezing that day and I was super Nervous. Since that day I’ve been hooked , from our very humble beginnings to where RCFBC is now , has been one of the best things to be a part of !
Kate – I started playing softball in 2nd grade, and loved being active. My father was my coach and my best motivator. I enjoyed being active and working on becoming a well rounded athlete from my younger years. I played volleyball in high school and college. During my post college years I played on a co-ed softball league which was a lot of fun. After graduating college I always struggled with sticking to a gym regiment. I would sign up and not continue going. Jeff started CrossFit a year before me and I have to admit I was a CrossFit hater for that year. After seeing the progress Jeff made in a year I thought hey why not give it a shot. Christmas 2013 Jeff gave me the “Gift of Fitness” a pair of nanos, and some pants and a CrossFit t-shirt. I laughed thinking in the back of my mind this probably would end up the same way all my other gym memberships have. Coach Mike sent me quite a few motivational videos to get me in the box, along with his great humor I was still so scared. I remember my first day on ramp I was sick to my stomach all day at work. I was trying to think up every excuse in the book not to go. I made Toni stand at the back of the class because I was thinking of running for the door! I am so thankful I walked through those doors and never turned back.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
Jeff- Oooooh Lawd , there are no words to describe how much being a part of this Community means to me. From the Mike , Chris and Sharon giving me such awesome opportunities , To The Driscoll’s for being so nice and helpful , and Phil For networking for me. The list goes on and on.
This Box(my home) has changed and shaped our lives for the better and I couldn’t be more excited to continue down this path and make many more awesome memories.
Kate – This community is like our second family. I look forward to working out with everyone, and pushing each other in WOD’s. I did my first external competition last spring, it was probably one of the most nerve wracking things I have ever done. The Battle of The South Shore Boxes was one of the best days of my crossFit experience. To be there with our community and supporting each other was better than any other volleyball or softball game I have ever played. I went out of my comfort zone and proved to myself that I could do it. We are truly lucky to have the best coaches around, Mike, Kaylee, Harrison, Eats, Nicci, Lauren, Sarah, JD, Sharon & Chris have all played an important part of my success at RCFBC. I enjoy walking into the box knowing that I will leave with a smile on my face. I have made some pretty amazing friendships along the way. Toni and I were friends before I started CrossFit she has been there for me every step of the way and couldn’t thank her more. Amanda is one dedicated athlete and I love watching her grow and get stronger every day, you are an inspiration to all of us. Brian has been my #1 mentor. He is like my brother I never had. Sometimes just hearing “you can do it” can be the extra push you need to finish a WOD. I can’t imagine myself without all of you and how truly special our community is.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Jeff- All of them , but most of all I’m proud that I was able to lose the weight needed to get back into The Army and to continue to improve my physical fitness.
Kate – My accomplishment that I am most proud of is my back squat – I am currently at #225 and hoping to keep going up in weight. Obviously the Battle of The South Shore Boxes is something I will remember for a lifetime.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
Jeff – Work on my arch nemesis the dirty double under ! A muscle up would be nice to have in my tool bag, also I wanna break into the 400’s on my Back Squat(almost there) but overall just continue to get better at moving.
Kate – Running and burpees. I have never been a runner and cringe when I see it programmed. I did my first 5K this past Thanksgiving with the community, it was a lot of fun. Burpees are just one thing that I have to keep working on!
6. Has CrossFit changed the way you feel about fitness and overall health?
Jeff- OH GOD YES ! I find myself getting angry when I can’t get to the gym, I also get anxious when I’m told I need to take a rest day , but I know it’s for the good of my body!
I still have bad eating habits (we all have something we love to eat that’s not “paleo”) and that’s just something I need to work on.
Kate – Yes, CrossFit has changed the way I feel about fitness and my health. I am more conscious of what I eat and drink. I am excited to go to the box everyday and become stronger and PR!