Suzanne and Brad Murphy “GATOR NATION”

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

Suzy- We moved to the South Shore a little over 2.5 years ago. I’m mostly from the DC area (Northern VA), but went to college in Florida (GO GATORS! Sorry, Mike!). We have twin boys who are almost 4 years old. I work part time as a clinical research consultant for a pharmaceutical company and a biotech company.

Brad-  I have an amazing family.  Suzy and I have been married close to 12 years and I am the Dad to two awesome boys; Andrew and Keller.  We moved to Massachusetts 2.5 years ago from Arlington, Virginia due to a job transfer. I work for John Hancock as an Investment Analyst (spreadsheet monkey).   Suzy and I both attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) but we actually met in high school when she was dating my best friend.  

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

Suzy-  I hadn’t really exercised consistently since becoming pregnant with twins in 2010. My husband Brad joined RCFBC in early 2013 and after a year of him asking me to come check it out, I finally did on his birthday, February 28, 2014. Before doing CrossFit, I ran occasionally or did yoga but have never been an athlete or a gym person. I also never did any sort of weightlifting. I feel like I’ve come a long way in the last 8 months, I really look forward to working out now and can feel a huge difference in my strength and abilities to do certain movements that early on were nearly impossible.

Brad-  After college I was fat and lazy. With some encouragement from a friend I started running.  It turned out I loved running. I loved the challenge of pushing yourself to go farther and faster. I ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 10 milers, 1/2 marathons and even the Marine Corp Marathon.  I was never fast but I loved the challenge.  After a while the miles caught up with me. My knees began to ache and I realized the bottom half of my body was relatively fit but my upper body was lacking. So on my 36th birthday I signed up at CrossFit Cohasset – which promptly shut-down 3 weeks later. However I was in luck because a new box was opening in Hingham. The rest is history. 

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

Suzy-  I remember during on-ramp that Mike would say the community is the best part of RCFBC, and it’s true. It’s really great to be welcomed with familiar faces every time you enter the box and have such dedicated coaches that really work with you and help you with scaling options…Of which, I need many! 🙂 

Brad-  Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. RCFBC members have some serious synergy. We are all from different walks of life but when we come together it feels like we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.  But I have realized to be apart of this awesome community requires responsibility.  That responsibility is to give everything you do, in and out of the box, a maximum effort, because just when you think you can’t take anymore, you are deep in the pain cave, you look up and find someone there is to support you.  That support is what makes us special. 

4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Suzy-  Really just being able to do any weightlifting is a huge accomplishment for me! I feel like I’m finally getting stronger with my squatting and hope to improve my overhead mobility in the coming months.

Brad-  I am most proud of the progress I have made with weightlifting. Nothing beats the high of hitting a PR lift, slamming the barbell down and high fiving the people around you. I feel significantly stronger, my balance and endurance have improved, and I have lost enough weight to be able to wear flat front pants – good bye pleats! 

5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?

Suzy- My biggest challenge is any overhead weightlifting and weighted squatting. One goal is to be able to get some more weight above my head while squatting, something that is still really difficult for me at this point. 

Brad-  Going forward I would really like to be able to do 10 strict unbroken pull-ups and continue to develop strength in my upper-body.  Double unders are my list too.  To make this happen I need to get to the gym more frequently – so lets put that on the list too. 

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

Suzy-  It’s been awesome bringing our kids to the Saturday a.m. family WOD. They love coming and working out with everyone. It’s really important to me to have our kids see healthy examples of how to live your life.

Brad-  On Saturday it is great waking up and seeing the entire family excited about going to RCFBC.  For me fitness didn’t become a priority until later in life. I hope Andrew and Keller see how fun fitness can be and decide to make it a part of their life and this leads to good decisions about food, alcohol and drugs.  There are so many non-fitness skills you can learn like leadership, teamwork, listening skills, and self-discipline, which are all invaluable life lessons to everyone not just the kiddos. 

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