“It is so fun and everyone is so encouraging and nice.”
A CrossFit 317 member since August 2017, Kristi Abriani chats with us for today’s Member Monday. Read on to learn more about Kristi!
Tell us a little about yourself. Career? Family life? Let’s get to know you!
“I have been a nurse for over 20 years at St Vincent hospital. I have 1 daughter and 1 stepson who are in college and 1 stepson in high school and 1 stepson in middle school. I have a crazy dog that is a beagle mix named Spice.”
What made you consider joining a CrossFit gym?
“I did CrossFit in the past and really liked it. I wanted to get back into for the community feel and being held accountable to a group of people.”
Why did you choose CrossFit 317?
“I loved the laid back atmosphere and really enjoyed everyone I came in contact with. The environment was very important to me and I just felt like I fit in right away at 317.”
Please share some of your first impressions of the facility, the workouts, the coaching, and the class environment.
“The facility is great with all the equipment I would expect. The coaches and classmates I met in the beginning were all very welcoming and eager to help me assimilate. I love the fact that no one shames you for having to make modifications.”
What physical changes have you seen thus far?
“I have seen a definite increase in my endurance and my overall strength.”
How has your training at CrossFit 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“It has given me more energy to enjoy the things I love outside of the gym. I am definitely more active in general due to the time I spend at 317.”
What has surprised you the most about being part of the CrossFit 317 community?
“The diversity of people that participate. The CrossFit gym I went to before was less like that felt more like a competition. I didn’t like that feeling. I wanted to be challenged but not harassed.”
Did you have a moment where you knew CrossFit was for you?
“The first trial class I came to I knew it was for me. I had been to the other CrossFit gyms in town and I just immediately felt comfortable, like I belonged at 317.”
What advice would you offer someone that’s considering CrossFit 317?
“Do it! It is so fun and everyone is so encouraging and nice. Have met some amazing people here.”
Besides coming to class, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any hobbies?
“I love to be active when the weather is nice outside. I like to go for walks, kayak, do 5Ks, and mud runs/ obstacle courses. Reading is my most favorite non active thing to do. Could sit and read for hours.”
One last really important question. If you owned a boat, what would you name it?
“Since I can’t swim I have honestly never thought of owning a boat. I suppose a fitting name would be the ’S.S. Will Likely Drown’.”