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While Nikki wasn’t mucking at the local mine she was throwing down with some burpees. Here’s what she had to say:

Name: Nikki J.

Birthday: March 25 1988

Occupation: Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator for the Society of Economic Geologists

What did you know about CrossFit before coming here?
I knew it was hard and unlike any other workout – particularly one you just do on your own. I knew it
was based off of quick bursts of all out energy and effort. I also knew that you get results from this kind
of work.

Why did you try CrossFit Thornton?
It’s close to home (I live in Broomfield), they offered a great start up program and I liked the idea of
being part of a small gym community. I also wanted to get involved in a routine workout program
where I could start to see the rewards of my hard work (results!).

How do you like our program?
I really enjoy it. I both look forward to the workouts and dread them at the same time. It’s a strange
feeling – but it’s really rewarding afterwards. I get nervous before each and every workout but I know
I can do it, despite how crazy it looks on that white board. Jeff and Lawrence are great. They are
supportive, helpful and genuinely care about each and every one of our individual performance and

What is the best part of being at CF Thornton?
Feeling proud of the hard work I put in while I am there. Some days you push yourself to the breaking
point and while it’s terrible at that point, nothing feels better than knowing you gave it your all – once
your done being a puddle of sweat on the gym floor. Having the fellow gym members and coaches
there for support is huge too – they step in and give you that extra shove when you need it.
Has your life changed since being here?
Yes. Overall I am a much happier person. Although I am not at my goal physically yet, I know I am on
the right path. I think that with continued dedication to CF Thornton workouts and my individual diet
needs I can get to where I want to be and that feels great.

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be?
Hands down, burpees. They are terrible – yes the rumors are true. I could totally due without another
burpee in my life. Anything else – bring it on.

If you could only do one movement for exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
This is a tough question because I don’t feel like its practical and I wouldn’t want to limit myself –
I guess if anything I would choose squats. Even though this would change my body to have noodle
arms and ripped legs/butt I feel like I would want my lower half to be strong. A squat is also a very
foundational movement. You need to know how to squat correctly, before moving onto any other more
technical lifts. To perfect the squat is not a simple thing – particularly for those of us that have limited
mobility there and sit at a desk all day long.

What are your goals for the next 3 months?
I would like to lose body fat and show off the muscles I know I have. I would like to get quicker and
stronger. I would like to complete a pull up. I want to get better at burpees (despite me hating them, I
know they are a necessity). Get comfortable being upside-down.

Angela and Kim – for kick starting my CrossFit memories and being awesome teammates
Jon – for pumping me up on those long distance runs where I feel like dying
Jeff and Lawrence – for being awesome coaches, resources for a bounty of health tips, and a source of
encouragement when I feel like giving up in the last bit of a tough WOD.

Brian Lee

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