Spotlight Athlete-Jackie!!

This week's Spotlight Athlete is Jackie! Jackie attends class at all different times.  Read on to learn more about Jackie's story!


Jackie's Side note:
"Back in March I matched with Jewel-Osco for a community pharmacy 
residency program and I will be moving to Naperville, Illinois on June 1st. I
want to thank everyone I have met at CrossFit Beyond for everything over the
past year and a half. I am going to miss everyone very much. I look forward to
doing drop-ins in the future when I visit Albany. Hope everyone keeps kicking
butt!" =)

From all of us at CrossFit Beyond-We wish you all the best with your future endeavors! You will be greatly missed!

When/Why did you first start doing CrossFit?
I first started doing CrossFit when Karli had a Girlnetics event at CrossFit
Beyond for women in Fall 2012. Her passion for CrossFit inspired me to give it a
try. I was instantly hooked... the community, the variation, the competitive
aspect, and everyones love for fitness. It was towards the end of the semester
so I wasn't quite ready for the commitment, but I officially joined in January
2013 and there was no turning back after that.

What fitness activities were you doing before?

My main gym routine consisted of 30-60 minutes of cardio (elliptical, stationary
bike, or treadmill) followed by about 30 minutes of various weight lifting about
5 days a week. My fitness activities also include dancing (hence my nicknames
prancy feet and twinkle toes) and skiing.

What results have you seen since you joined CrossFit Beyond?
My arms... my arms are deceivingly jacked. ;) But in all seriousness I have
struggled with lower back pain for years due to multiple strains of my
hamstrings and a small s-curve in my lower back but after a couple months of
CrossFit this pain disappeared. I feel much stronger and maybe even started to
enjoy running a little tiny baby bit.

What do you like most about CF?

I couldn't possibly pick one thing I like most. I love the community, everyone
coming together to work out but also support local charities, raise money for
cancer, and support each other through all of life's ups and downs. I love the
variation; I get bored easily but there is no way I could ever get bored here.
I'm also always learning something new. The killer workouts are a plus too I
guess. ;)

What is your favorite CF exercise?

...burpees... I know, I know, so weird. I used to hate them and dread them but
now that my arms are stronger and I've learned to do them more efficeintly I
think they can be pretty fun! I also LOVE anything with kettlebells. Oh and
handstand pushups, I just love doing handstands or anything gymnastic-like. Oh
and GHD sit-ups and power cleans and.... okay - I have a lot of favorites.

Your least favorite?
Thrusters... I hate thrusters. I will avoid them at all costs. I don't mind
front squats and I enjoy overhead presses but the combo together... forget it.

What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?

I think my most proud moment was July 2013 when I randomly got my first strict
pull-up. I had been using the green band forever and we were doing jumping
pull-ups as a warm-up and I thought hmm... I wonder if I can do a pull-up... and
then it happened - I did it! In that same week I also got my first strict ring
dip and handstand push-up.

What CF goal are you working towards?
My goal right now is to be able to get to CrossFit more consistently so my goals
(such as doing a workout without a band for pull-ups) are more attainable.
Between traveling for residency interviews and having a new internships every 6
weeks, the last year was kind of hectic. I'm looking forward to settling down
and setting goals that I can consistently work towards.



Next Week’s Events!!


Next Monday, June 2nd CrossFit Beyond will be having a Wedding WOD in honor of 4 sets of CrossFit Beyond couples that are getting married in the near future:

Mike and Maureen

Mike and Jane

Amanda and Katie

Leanne and Zack

Each couple is creating their own WOD. There will be 4 - 5min AMRAPs designed by each couple.

We are asking everyone to wear black and white for the as creative as you would like and have fun with it! The couples will all be together to do the WOD at the 6pm class. This will be a lot of fun! Don't miss out! Help us celebrate this awesome occasion with our members!


Next Tuesday, June 3rd...CrossFit Beyond member Nick Damore will be having a belated birthday WOD and hosting a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis! Come ready to work out and donate $1 (or) $100 to this amazing cause!!!!



All CrossFit Beyond members are welcome and encouraged to create a WOD for their birthday! The only requirement is that all birthday WODs must be submitted for approval to at least a week in advance. Approval is needed for safety purposes and to ensure that a WOD is realistic and not too dangerous in any way. Let us celebrate your birthday with you! Start brainstorming your favorite movements and get your birthday WODs submitted!


June is shaping up to be a busy and exciting month!

On ramp class next Saturday June 7th!! Remember take a promo sheet near the white board and get family, friends, co-workers, etc. to come to the on-ramp class and receive some amazing incentives!

Also, stay tuned for the next Capital Region Rumble at the end of June at ADK and time TBD...more details to come!

Albany Urban Raid 2014!!


Last Fall, several of our members participated in the Albany Urban Raid, and it was a lot of fun-both before the race, during the race, and the after party at The
City Beer Hall-doing handstand push ups in the beer garden!


The Urban Raid series is back in Albany-this time for a summer event!

DATE: AUGUST 9, 2014






Check out all of the details and register here:

You must register online but there is also a sign up sheet near the whiteboard, so that we have an idea of how many members will be participating.

This will be a lot of fun!!!! Don't miss out!!!

So......What exactly is the Urban Raid? Here's what their website has to say:

"Introducing a new, cutting-edge race series designed for a new breed of cross training athlete – The RAID. Come experience the next generation of obstacle racing; one that features varied terrain, large-scale customized infrastructure, and extraordinary venues that range from picturesque beaches, to energized downtown metros, to breath-taking mountain sides. The RAID offers you the chance to choose one or conquer all three races in distinct environments – a unique challenge that no other series can provide. For just under five miles in distance at each race course, you’ll be challenged to run, crawl, jump, climb, and scramble on sand, city streets and steep slopes. Our immense constructed obstacles are designed to test your strength, agility and fortitude, while keeping you safe and injury free. We want you to cross that finish line exhausted and ecstatic, with your friends and family cheering you on. And we want you to celebrate your accomplishment by joining your fellow athletes and fans at the post-race party, complete with recovery stations, sponsor booths, music, food, and beer!

RAID Events are open to men and women of all fitness levels over the age of 16 who desire a new challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete or runner seeking the next big thing, a weekend warrior bored with the gym, or a first time racer you are encouraged to toe the starting line. We think that you’ll be amazed by what you discover in your journey to the finish."