Kristin Pineo


I spent Saturday on Thompson Island with twenty-five teenagers in my science program, getting to know them over games of rubber-chicken football and ultimate rubber-chicken, (sports equipment options were few), and educating them on the skills they will need for successful teaching and mentoring. We talked about the importance of building a community, showing patience while continually setting the bar ever higher, active-listening, and the concept of “co-inquiry,” in which the teacher is learning and growing alongside the students. In a few weeks these young people will try to demystify science in a way that will make their students laugh and have “aha” moments, which will, in turn, have them asking for more.

So has been my experience at CrossFit Fenway. Outside of my family and dear friends, there is no group of people that seems to know me better—when to push and when to say, “you’ll get it next time.” No similar community willing and able to celebrate my smallest victories while they strive for their own. My coaches have the ability to crawl inside my brain (right Stace?) and say the simplest things that seem to end my frustration, remind me of my growing strength, and make me want to take on new challenges.

JT and I were talking about this write-up and the concept of “numbers.” He asked me, “How have they changed for you?” I thought about it for a while, and realized that my relationship with them (and consequently, myself) is substantially different. Before January 15th, two numbers were a part of how I saw myself: my weight and my age. 9 months later, I’ve been on the scale just four times, and then only to find out what a bodyweight deadlift for me would need to be. As for my age, the birthdays keep coming, and although I’ve always celebrated them for a month and enjoyed as many massages, glasses of prosecco, and red velvet cupcakes as possible, I now realize that CrossFit, in the immortal words of Coach Eric, keeps me further from dead–a side effect I wholly embrace.

The numbers that matter now? Reps, kgs, rounds, and the pesky ones on the clock. More important are the number of friends I’ve gained, the times I’ve laughed over a PVC pole dance or ‘snatch, clean, and jerk’ joke, the marriage proposals I’ve exuberantly made to any one member of the morning crew in pure awe of their accomplishments, and the moments when I’ve said to myself, “not bad, KP, not bad at all.”

I hope my teens will find themselves as fortunate.

  18 comments for “Kristin Pineo

  1. Nathan
    December 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Great write-up KP, keep up the good work!

  2. Sandon
    December 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I love me some KP!

  3. Sam
    December 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Crossfit wifey.

  4. Haley
    December 31, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    SO much love for my CrossFit sister.. couldn’t imagine this place without you.

  5. Christina Nik
    December 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I’m so glad to have gotten to know you during this time at CFF. I am always so thrilled when you’re in the classes I get to – for some great laughs, encouraging each other, and building a nice friendship. Cheers to you!

  6. Justin S
    December 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    You are absolutely the heart of our little crossfit family KP.

  7. Jen G.
    January 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

    You’re a big reason I still come in in the mornings. It’s always a great time with KP in the house!

  8. Cal
    January 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

    KP. i love you. you are AMAZING.

  9. Krystyn
    January 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Kristin, wishing you the best the world has to offer in 2011! I so miss working out with you. I agree with Justin, you are the heart of our family. See you soon….

    -Krystyn

  10. Tiffany
    January 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

    There is no one else I’d share my husband with, Kristen! :) Your energy is amazing, and we are so lucky to have you at CFF! Much love.

  11. Stacey
    January 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Kristin, you are an inspiration. It is a pleasure coaching you.

  12. Dan P.
    January 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I wish I had 1/10th of the energy you always seem to have. You rock!

  13. Scrappy
    January 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    A long overdue spotlight. We are all amazingly lucky to have you in our lives, KP. Personally speaking, there are few others who can shove me so quickly from self-loathing to laughter! XO

  14. Dennis M.
    January 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    We love you KP!

  15. Mo
    January 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Kristin~ only have had the chance to work out with you a few times, but your energy is infectious!~ love it… p.s.
    you look like a “bad ass” in that first photo!~ nice

  16. Kristin
    January 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Feeling so blessed to begin another year with you all. Thank you for your sweet words…xoxo

  17. Claire
    January 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    KP = Konstantly Phabulous!

    It is no wonder the classes you are in fill up FAST! It’s always a pleasure working out with you (or even having you cheer us on during the WODs).

    Keep smiling, you boost us all up! :-)

  18. Erika S.
    January 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    KP – haven’t known you long but enough to know your heart and attitude is inspiring. Thanks for making a crippled intern feel welcome :)

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