Member of the Month: Lenore Long
Thank you for your time and for accepting to be our “Member Monday.” Before we get into your story, let’s start with a brief introduction…(age, town, family/kids, occupation, etc.)
Hiiii! Lenore Long here. I live in Scituate with my Husband Jackson, my perfect little beast Wyatt and like, Dogs upon dogs.. 4 to be exact, and whatever ones may be boarding with us also. I’m a Veterinary Technician for about 10 years now, hence the plethora of animals. I’ll hopefully be starting Nursing school in the spring- fingers crossed! I celebrated my 6th annual 29th birthday this year… aren’t you not supposed to ask women their age anyway?
What did you do for your health and fitness before you started at RCFBC?
I played soccer for ten years then jumped right into the globo gym scene… it got me by but not really. I started running in 2012 and fell in love. I did a few OCR’s for fun, Tough Mudder 2013 was my last. I needed more than just running, so I started to see a personal trainer a few days a week for boot camp type things. She started doing crossfit workouts with me. Minus heavy barbell stuff and I loved it
Can you talk about your first exposure to CrossFit here at Reebok CrossFit Bare Cove and the emotions that followed?
My trainer told me her gym was moving like an hour away and I was super lost on where to go from there. I asked a friend of mine, who was a member at RCFBC ( Hi Daniel Bakerman :)) about the classes and what it was like. He ranted and raved until I came to meet Coach Mike…who was a force then as much as he is now. I was sold and came in for my first class which was Fran…like really? My first class where I’m already nervous and want to puke, is FRAN?? Well, I did it…at some crazy slow time, like 9 something…it’s the first workout I wrote in my book… and I have since cut that time in half which is pretty cool.
What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life?
Crossfit has been amazing in my everyday! My job is not easy…I do not play with puppies and kittens all day, though I wish I could. I have beasted dogs my own size, plus some. I can lift, pull, and pin just about anything there. My co-workers and boss always call me the “crossfit chick that can lift anything” Also, my mood and just general outlook on the day, is so much better after I leave the box. It’s a super stress reliever for me.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
My favorite movement…I don’t really have one I guess. Now that I can get dubs, I like seeing those programmed. Deadlifts, like them. I like to just move, so running WOD’s.. ya I like that sh*t too. Don’t hate.
What are your 3 LEAST favorite exercises?
3 least favorite?! JUST 3?? Nah.. just kidding. The things that I can’t do yet, or am weak with, I don’t like. Snatches, I suppose are my weakest point, Never mind pull-ups. I just picture myself swinging freely with my butterfly pull-ups like it’s nobody’s business…or maybe just even a few kipping ones. I’ll take anything at this point. Burpees…Buck Furpees. That’s all I need to say about that.
What advice would you give to a new member at RCFBC?
Newbs- just walk in the door. I had, and still have anxiety about the workouts sometimes; can I do it, will I pass out, will it hurt, will I die even? YES you can do it, please don’t pass out J it will hurt, but be SO worth it, and you will not die even if you feel like you might at the end. Just walk in the door. To new moms and dads also, this is the only place I could picture being as a mom. I started coming back after Wyatt, when he was a few months old (after an encouraging message from Coach Mike) Everyone gets it, the kids cry, you cry, you have to leave halfway through a workout…. It’s ok. We all get it, and we’ve been there. Please come back and don’t let it deter you from getting your own time in for the day.
If you could sum up RCFBC in one word, what would it be?
Bomb.com (that’s 2, so what)