BRITT AND KEITH STEINER
Q. Describe your journey from walking through the door the first time to now. How has your life changed both inside and outside the gym since you started?
Our family leads very active lives, and we’ve always enjoyed family activities that are physically demanding. We ski, hike, and climb 14ers together. The two of us first began running after our twins, Ethan and Emma, were born in 2000, more
than anything as a convenient excuse to get out of the house. Since then, Britt has competed in multiple half and full marathons and triathlons. I had been been doing CrossFit since 2007, but always on my own, rather than as part of a CrossFit gym. I talked Britt into trying Crossfit as a means to improve her running, and she found CrossFit Julia. She was so impressed, that she convinced me to give it a try, and we’ve never looked back. The CrossFit Julia community has been so welcoming and helpful, and we’ve both become more fit since we began in 2015.
Q. What have been your greatest victories and challenges throughout your journey?
Britt: I’m a runner and joined CFJ to get stronger and faster. But, the first few months it just made me tired at the gym and tired while running. I had to find a balance and accept that my CFJ goals may take longer to achieve; it’s hard to squat or box jump after an 8 mile training run!
“I’ve done AMRAP’s longer than it’s going to take me to finish. I can totally get through this!” In May, I ran my fastest half marathon at altitude. For the NYC Marathon, I went back to private sessions with Julia to practice skills since the WOD’s didn’t work with my training program. I’m certain that the strength I’ve built kept me injury-free through four tough training months. It’s also made me mentally stronger. Around mile 23 of the marathon I remember thinking.
Keith: I travel frequently for work. My biggest challenge is simply finding the balance I need between work, family, and CrossFit. But ultimately , staying engaged with CFJ helps keep the right perspective on everything else. On a less serious note, I’ve been challe
nged by kipping. It looks so simple but I haven’t figured it out yet. That’s my current challenge because I plan to master the muscle-up in 2017.
Q. What drives you to keep coming back?
CrossFit makes you better at everything, physically and mentally. We can’t think of a better reason to keep coming back.
Q. What are you the most proud of accomplishing since you began at CrossFit Julia?
Britt: For me, that’s simple. Climbing the rope!
Keith: The number of times per week I wake up at 4:45am to fit my workout in with my work and family schedule.
Q. How has it been working out with your spouse and children in the same environment? How has this impacted life outside the gym?
It’s great having everyone in the same gym. Our son Ethan is a varsity cross-country runner for Niwot HS. He just ran a 16:44 5K at the Nike Southwest regional meet near Phoenix. He’s looking forward to coming to the gym to work on squats and core strength to get even faster. Our daughter Emma has really taken to the CrossFit system and looks forward to getting her WOD in after school. It clears her mind from the day and focuses her mentally for the evening’s homework. We like to look at the WOD together at night then spend the evening reminding each other how much it’s going to suck! 🙂
Q. What advice can you give to others?
Keith: Before I joined CrossFit Julia I would do CrossFit WODs at Lifetime Fitness near my office. I would get a lot of weird looks, mostly from people who were reading magazines while on the treadmills or stationary bikes. So my advice is, if you’re going to take the time to go to the gym anyway, don’t do a workout that’s easy enough to simultaneously read a magazine. Make it count! Then, take the same discipline, drive, and energy from your Cro
ssFit WOD and apply it everywhere else in your life. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Britt: I’m seriously competitive and the white board really irritated me at first. My advice to others is the same advice I give myself: focus on your own goals, your own successes, your own maxes. I may never lift as much as some of you amazing CFJ ladies, but I can lift a lot more than I could a year ago!