Dating and CrossFit can be tricky. As coaches it’s always interesting to see when someone brings their significant other to CFF. I’m not 100% accurate on all the stats, but most of the time, it seems to work out. In Gabe and Rachel’s case, it has worked out better than I think they both expected.
It’s actually worked out SO well that they both survived the CrossFit couple test (trying it together AND continuing it together) – and are getting married this Sunday in Jackson, NH at the base of Jackson Falls! Here is a little back story on Gabe and Rachel in Rachel’s words…
Gabe and I have been friends for ten years so this is a long time coming! I remember Gabe first suggested we try CrossFit back in 2010 when he was up at grad school in NH. He was hooked from the start after he met you and all of the other great folks at Crossfit Fenway and was right that I would like it, too.
We figure that marriage will have a lot of interesting challenges that come along with the permanent commitment so it’s good to know that we’ll have CFF as a place to continually challenge ourselves and support each other. With so much to potentially argue about as we start our lives as a married couple together (should we move to the north shore or the south shore?…where should we spend the holidays?…should we buy a new car this year or next year?) at least CrossFit memberships are something we can both agree on!
On a personal note, Rachel was a free trial in an early morning class I was coaching, and I’ve coached Gabe since we were at the old facility. Rachel took to CrossFit quickly and it’s been amazing to watch her progress since she started. She walked in with an incredibly positive attitude, and Gabe gave her nothing but support from the beginning, through humor and cheering. Gabe himself adds great comedy to class. One of my favorite lines of the summer is “Can you throw another log on the fire, I am freezing here.” Oh, Gabe.
This past Saturday our invasion workout consisted of 30 body weight back squats followed by a mile run. Gabe had finished and Rachel was on her last 400 meters. He sprinted back and went right next to her. You could see her immediately speed up almost with a smile on her face so excited to finish getting to be pushed by her soon-to-be hubby. With CrossFit on the brain for this couple, they are sure to begin their journey together as a happy, healthy, fit pair.
Rachel says: “Although there will be no morning WOD in the hotel that morning or a paleo-approved breakfast, we are sure it will be an amazing first day of the rest of our lives together. We are having a somewhat traditional Jewish ceremony, which concludes with Gabe breaking a glass with his foot. Surely our workouts over the past few months have prepared him well for this important task.”
Seeing Gabe and Rachel support each other in class is awesome. I wish you guys the best and on behalf of the CrossFit Fenway community CONGRATULATIONS!!! (and Mazel Tov).
Gabe, don’t forget to stay on your heels.
August 30, 2012