Abby and I first met Taylor and Itamar at CrossFit Stony Brook and really loved them as coaches. When we found out that they opened a gym closer to our house, we decided to stop by (after having been inactive for our first year of parenthood). Itamar convinced us to join, and the rest of history.
When we first started, the gym was still under construction, and there weren’t too many regular members. It gradually filled up, and we were really impressed at how the coaches were able to bring so many people together under one tent. The vibe at Masa is really different than at other gyms. Coaches really care and members are not really cliquey. I think that’s a great atmosphere to walk in to as a new CrossFitter or as a CrossFitter that has had experience elsewhere. We’ve been at Masa for 3 years, and that vibe has stuck.
My first bright spot in CrossFit was doing double unders for the first time… like in 2015? I’m still not great at them though. At Masá, it was when I whined to Taylor in 2020 about whether I was ever going to get a pull-up and then getting one the next week… also finally feeling comfortable with the 14 pound wall ball. Taylor knows how long it took to drag me into the Rx weight on that one…
I’m currently working on staying healthy. I’ve had problems with injuries in the last year, but I’m learning moderation and accessory work to keep active but not aggravate things. I’m really happy with getting toes to bar back and handstands after dislocating my shoulder last year. Now I’m hoping to master the kipping pull-up.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that there is a lot of time to get better. If you just show up everyday, you’ll make gains and you’ll gradually be able to do things that you never thought you could (or you’ll wake up one day and you won’t be able to fit your shoulders in your blazer). Also, don’t let injuries sideline you. You can always come in and work on the body parts that are functional!