I’m pretty sure that great things come in threes (like the primary colors …) or are made up of three components (dimensional reality as we know it … oh and BLT’s!). There’s a whole literary “rule of three” that suggests that when things come in threes, they are inherently funnier, more satisfying and more effective than other numbers of things. And I should definitely point out that one of the strongest geometric figures has three sides. And this brings me to the Dubois trifecta, three athletes that I’m fortunate enough to get to work with every week at Barbell Club. Just like the three sides of a triangle, the Dubois family is a STRONG family. I’ve been super happy to see both Jon and Amy PR lifts (with excellent form) and I got to do a partner workout with Emily (she’s a beast in the best way). But their strength isn’t limited to the weight on the bar and it doesn’t stop when the time on the clock is up – it runs much deeper. Jon , Amy and Emily are determined. They’re focused. There’s integrity to their lifts, they put honest work into each session and they’re humble when they PR. They show up with intention and enthusiasm, with drive and focus and big smiles, and they brighten Barbell Club with their presence in the room. Perhaps most notably though, they’re exceptionally supportive, both as individual athletes and together as a family, and that makes them true pillars of strength in the CFA community and I’m lucky and grateful to see them each and every week.
I think that strong members make for a strong community, strength comes in many forms, awesome stuff comes in threes and I’m positive as a coach, an athlete and a CFA member that the DuBois family is proof of all three.
The Family that Squats together..
When/How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
E: I began CrossFit at the end of freshman year in June. My dad had tried CrossFit in Nashua and I was really interested in it after hearing all of his stories. For my 15th birthday, I asked to start Crossfit and have continued it since then (with time off for sports).
J: My daughter Emily was doing a teen CrossFit program to prepare for school sports. Hearing her experiences about the group workouts and seeing her progressing in her fitness goals is what got me interested in coming back to CrossFit. I had been doing home workouts like P90x, but missed the gym environment. I started looking for a CrossFit location and found CrossFit Amoskeag. From the moment I stepped in the door the owners and coaches made me feel welcome.
A: I have always been one of those people who passively worked out. My workout schedule would always be in spurts. I would do really well at first and then I would get bored and quit. I have also always been yo yo dieter. I have tried most diets, some success at first and then I would fall off the wagon. A huge inspiration to try CrossFit is my daughter Emily. I attended a CrossFit competition she competed in when she first started CrossFit and I was amazed at what she could do.
I knew that if I wanted to make a difference with my fitness level and weight, I needed to do something drastically different than anything I had tried before, so I started CrossFit in March ‘15.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Amoskeag?
E: My favorite thing, by far, is the people. Both the coaches and the members create a huge feeling of community and family in the gym. I love the support felt from everyone and the encouragement to be the best versions of ourselves everyday. Everyone shares the common goal of becoming fitter and stronger. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing community.
J: The community of people at CrossFit Amoskeag is great. Everyone is very encouraging and supportive, It feels like you’re hanging out with friends.
A: My favorite thing about CrossFit Amoskeag is the people and that it is something I can do with my family. Everyone is really friendly and very supportive. It is definitely a close community. I remember when I first started, everyone introduced themselves and were extremely friendly. Although it did take some time before people began to know my name as every time I introduced myself, their response was usually, “oh right, you’re Emily’s mom” 🙂
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
E: My parents are extremely supportive (especially given that they do Crossfit too). They may have called me in late on a few occasions so I can make it to Crossfit (I’ve been told I’m not the best to be around if I miss the gym). They have always supported me to be my strongest, fittest, and happiest. Both of my parents have been and continue to be my number one fans in everything I do.
Though my friends don’t understand what I am talking about half the time nor do they understand why I voluntarily do it, they support me as well and listen to my confusing stories with a language they don’t know 🙂
J: I’m lucky enough to have my wife Amy and my daughter Emily join me at CrossFit. It makes is so much easier to make fitness and being healthier a priority when your family is enjoying the journey with you.
A: My family plays a huge role in my CrossFit journey. My husband Jonathan started CrossFit Amoskeag in August of last year and my daughter Emily has been doing CrossFit for the last two years. We bond over crossfit as we discuss the daily WODs and how sore we all are. Yes, I am one of those people who wake up and check the WOD :). Having them on this journey with me is definitely great motivation.
Who at CFA do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
E: I respect everyone in the gym and people amaze me everyday in so many ways; whether it be powering through the last few reps or hitting a PR. There are a few people who are constant role models to me.
One in particular is Rayne. Everytime I see her in the gym, she amazes me with her strength and dedication. Coming to the gym often to do the B-side or her second workout. She’s my goal at the gym because she is a beast but also an attainable level of beast?
Tiffany has been a role model for me before I was even a member. I remember my dad coming home from his first few classes talking about this beast female trainer at the gym who could out lift him :). She is always pushing me in my workouts and helping me break down any mental blocks I create for myself. Not only does she make me the strongest and best I can be but I also admire her personal strength and fitness.
J: There are so many people at CFA that I respect and admire, the coaches, owners, and athletes I could not pick just 1.
A: EVERYONE! This is a tough question to answer because everyone really inspires me. The coaches are amazing and extremely supportive, yes even Moonshine Mike :).
When talking to anyone at the gym, you realize that everyone is on their own journey and have their own goals to reach and their own challenges to overcome. Rather someone is working to become more fit, stronger, hit a new PR, or finish a Metcom in a faster time, everyone works really hard to be better than they were the day before.
E: My favorite movement is pull ups. There is so much to improve on and build from on a single movement. I love having a skill that I can expand on as my strength grows. I hope to work towards weighted pull ups, butterfly kips, and chest to bar.
J: Handstand pushups, I was so happy to step through the progressions from the box to ab mats, and finally be able to complete them without modifications.
A: I really enjoy the partner WODs. They push me but they are always a lot of fun and usually include skills like tire flips, atlas stones, and sled pushes. And it is always a lot of fun to do them with a partner.
Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
E: Wallballs. I would rather do burpees then wall balls anyday. How can a 14-pound ball cause so much pain? Thrusters are right up next to wall balls as well. Make me do a squat or make me do a push press but why do they need to be together? And only count as one rep?? So much pain 🙁
J: Double Unders, I’ll get them someday.
A: Burpees and Box Jumps
Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit, health or nutrition)?
E: My biggest challenge is mental barriers. Sometimes it’s thinking I can’t do something or overthinking a lift and just getting in my head about it. I’m learning now to push past the limits my mind sets up and also just shutting off the thoughts to just push through the workout.
J: The biggest challenge was getting started, taking that first step to contact CrossFit and start. Now that I look back over the last year, I’m so glad I decided to go for it, I’m healthier and more fit than ever.
A: Getting out of my head about what I think I can’t do. A lot of the workouts include skills I have never done before. Some can be scary but I know that the fear is all in my head.
Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit, health or nutrition)?
E: My proudest accomplishments are learning to walk on my hands and hitting over 200 lbs on my deadlift. I never would have believed I could ever lift over 200 lbs in any movement. My most recent accomplishment was my 110 lb snatch in oly class.
A: Box Jumps (thank Moonshine Mike and Dan Baram) and 200lbs Deadlift (Thanks to Barbell Club – Carissa and Moonshine Mike and Shane Bemis)
Best experience as part of CFA?
E: The people. The members and coaches make the gym what it is and are a huge reason I stay motivated to come in every day.
J: By far my best experience as part of CFA is being able to share the journey with Amy and Emily.
A: Being a part of this great CrossFit community. The coaches and the people inspire me everyday!
Favorite quote or motto?
E: “It’s too heavy..” “Bullshit” -Moonshine “Always a reality check to stop whining, pick up the barbell, and just lift.”
J: “Show Up, Don’t Throw Up, and Finish” Amy Dubois
A: “Show up, don’t throw up, and finish!”This was and still is my goal since starting CrossFit.
“If I can’t be the girl who is in first place or second place, or fifth place, or twentieth place, I want to be the girl who keeps showing up anyway!”
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
E: The encouragement of those around me, the strength I witness in others, and the desire to be stronger and better push me through the tough and seemingly impossible moments.
J: I really enjoy the feeling of completing a tough WOD and pushing myself beyond what I think I am capable of.
A: Support from the coaches, the members and Shane Bemis, who is always there cheering me on!
E: Be Beast. And muscle-ups 🙂
J: Continue to show up and do 1 more rep than Emily :).
A: My main goal is to just keep showing up and to become stronger in everything I do. Also pull ups and handstand push ups.
Your message to readers:
E: While things may seem difficult, or at times impossible, stick with it and work at it everyday. Look at how far you’ve come already and just imagine how far you have yet to go. The potential in everyone is amazing and it is truly incredible to see how strong every person can be.
J: Don’t be afraid to try something new, everyone had a first day.
A: Get out of your head and just do it. You. Will be amazed at what you can do!
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