Bert is part of the 5am Faithful squad, so if you don't workout in the morning, then you might not get to experience just how wonderful this woman is! She embodies everything that makes our gym amazing: she contributes to a supportive community, she asks for help or guidance when she needs it, and she SHOWS UP no matter what the workout is. Bert makes it a point to never avoid a day, especially if it includes something that she considers a weakness of hers.
We're so glad that Bert joined our tribe last year! It was the perfect fit!
1. When and where did you start Crossfitting?
Officially, I joined CFNH in September of 2017. But I had trained with Coach Frankie Matos at the Edge in Milford. He encouraged me to participate in the Open in 2017 and was judged at CFNH. I was hooked. When Frankie joined the staff here, I followed shortly.
2. We’re coming toward the end of 2018 – what are some of your goals to accomplish before the year end?
I hope to do the APK 5K in November. I have never been a runner and have never participated in a 5K before, this would be my first. (I did do one last year, riding in the golf cart to take pics! Don’t think that counts!)
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Definitely running. I used to cringe whenever a WOD included running. Though not my favorite ones, I still show up. In the recent “mile for time”, I did it in just under 10 minutes. Thanks to all my CFNH friends at the end of the line cheering me on.
4. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts? What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I always have a protein shake or bar in the AM before my workout at 5 AM. Then I have breakfast when I get home. Though I am not strict about weighing my food, I pretty much adhere to a diet of lean protein (especially fish), fresh vegetables and fruit. I really try to avoid processed foods.
My cheat meal (fortunately it is not readily available) is Poutine. It is a regional dish of potato balls stuffed with diced pork from the New Brunswick area of Canada. I only get to have them when I visit family in MA.
5. Design 2 WODs: 1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).
I love to row so any WOD that would include rowing. Goats – still don’t have dubs, pullups or handstands. There are so many things to work on.
6. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I am a member of the first class of women to graduate from Fairfield University.
7. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Don’t be afraid to ask the coaches for help or advice. If you need to scale a movement (and I usually do), no one is judging you. You’re here to do the best you can and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!