This month we crown Mary Beth Dawson as our 2nd “CFRB Member of the Month”; January of 2014. Mary Beth joined CFRB in September and has religiously made CrossFit an integral part of her life. She has not only participated in 5:30am WOD’s but has also now added back Martial Arts to her fitness portfolio. What’s most remarkable is that even with nagging injuries from her past, MaryBeth still puts in 110%, causing other athletes to feed off of her energy. She’s a true example of positivity and her enthusiasm is contagious. MB has made amazing gains in her strength, weight loss, and initiative!
Check out what MaryBeth has to say below!
I have pretty much worked out my entire life – weightlifting, running, cycling, spin, boot camp, you name it. But, first and foremost, I consider myself a martial artist, having practiced traditional Japanese Karate for 10+ years, achieveing the rank of Ni Dan. So, I was always looking for that perfect blend of physical and cerebral in a workout. I finally realized that my old routines just weren’t cutting it anymore. I stumbled upon CrossFit Rockaway Beach, I think initially because I was very intrugued by the CROM Muay Thai reputation. I remember thinking,”well, the first class is free, so try it out.” I arrived at CrossFit, and I immediately felt at home. Chris and Sarah were so welcoming and positive, and they took the time to explain the philosophy and approach. My most memorable WOD will always be my first. I was so nervous I could barely breathe, I was afraid I would either pass out or make a total fool of myself. Everyone was so positive and supportive that I had a blast. I literally fell in love with Crossfit! My personal challenges are related to a history of knee issues, including a reconstructed knee. Every coach at CF RB is totally sensitive to each individuals strengths and challenges, and WODs are scaled accordingly. The best part of the WODs is that they are constantly changing, and most important, the people are great, and the place feels like home. My short-term goal is to start practicing Muay Thai in 2014….my long term goal is 10 pull ups and climbing the rope to the ceiling. With every WOD I am one step closer.
- Mary Beth Dawson
CrossFit Rockaway Beach 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718.945.1700