Shan Brown

When and how did you first find CrossFit?  So, I have a lot of friends that are into CrossFit in other locations.  I was tempted to try it out near me.  I tried a class and then a few days later on April 1st 2014 I joined.

What about CrossFit 06830 appealed to you and has kept you involved? There are so many great things about CrossFit06830 that I had to really think about this to make sure I hit the highlights.  I love the fact that the coaches differentiate and meet you at your level.  Can't do handstand pushups?  No, ok, what about a handstand?  No, ok, what about getting inverted against a wall?  No, ok, how about we just practicing kicking a little off the ground.  Even if that's too far, something tells me the coaches would have another adaptation to help.  I also love that the staff isn't out for their own agenda.  Usually in places like this, people give you their additional agenda and judge you if you don't agree with them.  For example, there are some places that start telling you how a particular diet is necessary or you should be taking x, y or z supplement.  The staff at CrossFit 06830 don't do that you.  Instead, they give you information if you ask them, but only on request.  As if those two reasons weren't awesome enough, they are truly fantastic about attention.  Are you learning a skill?  If so, don't worry about your weight, worry about your form.  The coaches make sure that everything is correct before you start placing weight on top of it.  And if there is something incorrect with your form, they break it down for you and tell you how to fix your mistake and avoid it in the future.  PRs aren't private.  Every time you get a PR, you place it with pride on the PR board for the month and celebrate.  Granted all the coaches can beat me in every area, but they celebrate my PR as if it was the greatest accomplishment and that makes a difference.  And finally, they truly care.  There is not “mailing it in" with the coaches.  They love their jobs and it shows.  CrossFit 06830 has many more pluses but those are on my highlight reel

It takes a lot of commitment to keep showing up, and it’s really something to realize the give and take that people and families make to come in. What keeps you coming in? Honestly, it's the improvement.  I am not about to win any fitness awards, but I've come extremely far in just a month and a half.  I love the fact that I can track skills and see how much I've grown.  It's a challenge against yourself to do your best.  If you commit, you'll see the difference.  The workouts change constantly so it's never boring, and always keeping you on your toes.  And the coaches are going to challenge you when they know you can do more, and really acknowledge when you have given it your all.

What about the community?  It's like Cheers because after a few weeks, everyone knows your name and you know everyone.  And oh my goodness.  It's like joining a Happy Club.  Everyone has off days, don't get me wrong.  But truly, you're going to be hard pressed to find a group that's so welcoming and happy for you.  PRs are celebrated and congratulated no matter how they compare to their own status.  On top of that, it's like working out with cheerleaders!  If you're in a workout and you see someone struggling, you're going to cheer them on for the last rep or round or minute, whatever is their barrier.  Taking that moment doesn't seem like a lot, but it makes a huge difference.

There’s a lot to get out of a gym like ours other than what happens in classes. Speaking of that, lets hear a bit about you outside of the gym.   Let's see, I have been an 8th grade math teacher for ten years and love it.  I love math to the point where I got my masters in mathematics like a crazy person.  I used to be a competitive classical flutist.  I've played at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood.  I try to do something once a year that scares me senseless but it's kept me pushing my limits.  This has included sky diving, going on an international trip alone, completing a Tough Mudder and numerous other items.  I traveled with my youth group in high school and was blessed by Pope John Paul II, who just became a saint.  I was born and raised in Greenwich.  I have a few tattoos and probably getting more.  I have a loving family and two nephews that I adore spoiling.  Oh, and yeah, I'm getting married at the end of the month!!  Not that I'm panicking or anything. 

How about hobbies outside of CrossFit? What do you do to relax? I love long walks on the beach, candlelit dinner, just kidding.  I am a music person from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep.  What I listed to changes on my mood and energy level.  I listen to everything...even country and classical music.  Family is a huge part of me so you might find me at a family dinner or with friends( who I believe are family without the blood ties).  I travel when I can find the time.  Trips to the city are always fun.  And I'm a bit of an adrenaline junky so anything in that area always seems fun.

Any nicknames? SB, B-Money, and Downtown Shannon Brown are the only ones I'm willing to put in print.  Although by changing my name, I'm guessing I'm going to have to get a new one.

Last stock question: What do you think we should look for in a future Athlete of the Month? Someone who is positive and putting forth great effort.  You don't have to be the most athletic, but you do have to be doing your best and helping out others.