Member stories

 

At Black Bolt, our members are what makes us who we are! They are hardworking, inspiring, and amazing people. Here are a few of their stories :)


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SHASHANK SRINIVAS

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I felt like I’d plateaued while working out on my own and I wanted programming/coaching to help me break through those walls. 

Starting Crossfit has greatly improved my health and wellbeing. Prior to joining Black Bolt, I lifted 6-7 days a week at a conventional gym, but my weight and strength plateaued. Since joining Black Bolt, I have lost roughly 30 pounds. I can lift more and run farther than ever before. The outstanding coaches, especially Jason, were essential to my gains. They corrected subtle errors in my lifting technique that I had never noticed and cheered me on.  One of the great things about Crossfit is the community that it fosters—friendly, encouraging, committed to a healthier lifestyle.

2. What was your first impression?

How clean and well maintained Black Bolt is!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Losing 30 lb while getting noticeably stronger all around!

4. What are you working on now?

Dialing in on my technique for Olympic lifts, Snatch and Clean and Jerk. 

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

I got my FIRST Toe-to-Bar during the 2017 CrossFit Open! So PUMPED! 


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Lauren nelson

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I was bored with doing nothing but cardio and wanted to change it up! I ran cross country in high school and college, but never really dabbled in anything else. My first experience with resistance training began with a program of lower weights at higher reps, and after about a year of that I wondered if I could handle heavier weights. That’s when my journey with CF began. It has been about 14 months, and the programming I have participated in so far has surpassed 14 YEARS of nothing but cardio!

2. What was your first impression?

My first impression exceeded my expectations:)  Jason made me feel so comfortable from the moment I walked in and I looked forward to every fundamentals class I attended!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment thus far is a PR on the Zercher Box Squat. Everyone was so encouraging and it helped me to complete that final rep! This community is truly amazing and SO supportive of one another. BBCF is not your “run of the mill gym”.

4. What are you working on now?

I’m focusing on perfecting deadlifts, overhead squats, and just overall form and proper technique. I’m also focusing on becoming more adept with rowing and DU’s.

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

Favorite memory was the thruster and DU workout in the open! I couldn’t walk properly for days (which didn’t bother me at all, because I knew I was all in for that workout!), and I’m pretty sure that was the best leg workout I’ve ever had!


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Susan harper

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

4 years ago, one of my co-workers convinced me to try CrossFit and promised me I would fall in love with it.  I was 48, had never considered myself a huge athlete, and had never even touched a barbell in my life.  I have scoliosis and my doctor was telling me the only thing standing between me and considering surgery for it was whether I could stay out of back pain.  CrossFit has enabled me to get stronger than I have ever been, especially in my core, which has helped immensely with my back.  Black Bolt's coaches all are hugely focused on proper form above all else, so I feel confident that I am doing movements safely, and making gains every week!

2. What was your first impression?

My first impression of Black Bolt was how friendly and welcoming Jason and the members were!  I made connections with folks at the first workout! The Bolt family has grown so much during my almost 2 years here, and that closeness is a constant.  You want to give your best everyday for each other :)

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Not really one particular thing..just showing up day after day to do the hard work and be dedicated to being healthy and strong.  Also being able to workout and keep up with my sons (25 and 20) when they joined Black Bolt has been a lot of fun!  To be doing all this in another 10, 15, 20 years... that will be my accomplishment!

4. What are you working on now?

Tracking macros and nutrition has been a focus for me this fall. Looking forward to joining up with the gymnastics class in the new year to improve those skills and get even more core strength.

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

My favorite Black Bolt memories include the inspirational Murph workouts for Memorial Day, (and maybe not for print)  seeing Coach Jason fall over laughing about Whitney's wenis, and pretty much anything Patrick says at an early morning class:)


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Trey dickert

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I went to a Saturday community class with my wife a long time ago because we were curious about the whole CrossFit thing. After Sarah and I got done, she signed right up while I slowly died in the car. More than a year later, I was doing my own workouts, but I wasn't getting in better shape. I finally joined up when I realized my knees ached, legs burned and I was winded after climbing one flight of stairs to work.

2. What was your first impression?

It reminded me of my high school swim team. It's a individual sport but also a community.

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Just being able to squat more than my body weight. My legs have always been my weak bits. I want them to be stronger so I'm able to enjoy being active 30 years from now!

4. What are you working on now?

Still getting my legs stronger and being more aggressive with bar work :)

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

Even though I was really late to the party, the holiday party was a lot of fun! 

 


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Dale mortenson

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I had started running again and decided to try a Spartan race. I failed miserably at the obstacles and realized I had no upper body strength. I inquired about CrossFit with Jason at Black Bolt and decided to try it!

2. What was your first impression?

At my first session I really liked the structure and technical coaching.

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Working out at Black Bolt has given me improved physical strength and confidence to enter into races and endurance activities that I have had reservations about before.

4. What are you working on now?

My next goal is to work out enough to complete my first marathon!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

I would say the memories that I enjoy from Black Bolt are the memories of community! At any given workout, there is always someone around who will be giving you words of encouragement to push you to your potential.


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Steve Cartier

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

Roughly 6 years ago a friend invited me to a class without describing many details. At the time I was feeling sluggish and fat so I decided to go to one class. I was hooked from day one. It didn’t take me long to decide after fundamentals to join the day after truthfully. After relocating to NC and trying out a few boxes, I was introduced to Black Bolt just days before I planned to join somewhere else. Jason was kind enough to invite me in to try Black Bolt for one week. I thought... hey I will take the free week and join at the other box after. After 2 days into my free week, I decided to join and never looked back!

2. What was your first impression?

My first impression was “wow” what the hell are these people doing. The support from all the members and their welcome was shocking!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

To be honest just making it through 6 years for me has been a big accomplishment. It has become a part of who I am.

4. What are you working on now?

2017 was all about form and strengthening my core. Someday I will nail double unders if I keep at it!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

Hard to pick a favorite because there have been many. When I am gassed and feeling like I can’t finish and I hear my coach and or another member say “come on Steve you got this” it pushes me to finish and for this reason I have many favorite moments!


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Paige Todd

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

My boys were playing ice hockey at a high level and needed a summer workout program. Dr. Jason Williams introduced me to OB and said he played hockey so would know what the boys needed to train specifically for their sport. The boys and I met OB at the gym when he was drilling the rig in preparing for the gym to open and he shared with the boys what he could do for them...they were all in! For two weeks I drove the boys to Black Bolt every day and sat in the lobby and worked while they trained. Everyday OB would come over and ask why I was not participating. My response was always the same, I'm an overweight mom who is way too old to start a strenuous workout routine at this point in my life...there is no way I could do CrossFit! I had convinced myself that I was exactly where I was supposed to be in life, a good wife, a good mom, dedicated real estate agent and overweight...no time or energy to take care of myself and I thought this was 'normal'. After hearing the same thing every day, OB basically challenged me and essentially told me to show up the next day ready to work out and he was not taking no for an answer. Somehow OB had figured out that while I was overweight and inactive, I still had a very strong competitive spirit and when that was challenged, I took action. I showed up and darn nearly threw up that first day while trying to back squat with a baby bar but I did it, and came back the next day and the next and now I am the one who is completely addicted to CrossFit :)

2. What was your first impression?

Having no knowledge of CrossFit nor ever being a member of a gym, I had no idea what to expect. My first impression was excitement that OB knew what the boys needed to make them better hockey players and was genuinely excited about training them. When that turned into training me, I was and remain so grateful and thankful that OB takes the time to make sure I am doing every move correctly so I don't get hurt. For having no experience in personal training or gym communities, I am blessed for this to be my first experience and believe that nothing else would compare to Black Bolt!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

There have been so many over the last 2.5 years it's hard to pick just one! Some days my biggest accomplishment is that I completed the workout and lived to tell about it! I would say that what I am most proud of however is that over this timeframe I have not sustained any injury and injuries that I walked in with have greatly improved. When I first shared I had started CrossFit everyone's first comment was you will get hurt. It pleases me now to tell those same folks that I have not sustained injury...I've just gotten into the best shape of my life and feel strong!

4. What are you working on now?

Lots of little things to make my lifting better, increase my strength and improve my cardio stamina...and breathing, always working on breathing, especially during cardio.

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

Again, so many amazing memories come to mind. I love that we were there in the beginning of the gym starting because I know how hard OB has worked to make Black Bolt an amazing place for all of us and to see his success gives me a little bit of a proud momma moment. I loved that first summer when it was OB and Brett training the boys and I at 6am(the original chalk sniffers) and now love that we have grown and all of the amazing people I have met. I love that no matter what time of day I go to class I get to see folks who are genuinely excited to see me and who I am genuinely excited to see and catch up on their lives.
Everyday I feel blessed and am forever grateful to Dr. Jason for the introduction to OB and to OB who pushed me into this adventure...that introduction literally changed the course of my life and now instead of facing my half century mark overweight and looking to big pharma to help me feel better, I face 50 and the years to follow with confidence and feeling strong!

 


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Missy Inglis

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I had read a lot about how lifting weights increases bone density, and since I am well into my 5th decade I was searching for a fitness regimen that incorporated lifting weights as well as some cardio for the heart. I was also looking for more individualized instruction, and a workout that was fun that I would stick with. CrossFit at Black Bolt definitely checked all of those boxes!

2. What was your first impression?

To be honest I was kind of scared to start CrossFit. My initial impression was that it was only for athletes, weight lifters, or for people who were in really good shape, and I was none of those. It didn't take me long to realize that crossfitters come in all shapes and sizes and many levels of fitness. Most everyone is just trying to get and stay fit and strong:)

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

There have been so many accomplishments for me in CrossFit. One is that at age 54 I'm in the best physical shape of my life! I also really like the feeling of finishing a tough WOD or attempting a heavy lift, and knowing I gave it my best effort. I am becoming mentally stronger too which I think is even more important.

4. What are you working on now?

At this point I am trying to work on my mental toughness. So much of CrossFit is a battle with your mind. I'm trying to embrace the moves and lifts that I'm bad at (to paraphrase Coach Zach) and working on ways to keep moving when I feel like quitting!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

There is something very empowering about lifting heavy weights! It feels great to feel strong. One of my best memories at Black Bolt is when I Power Cleaned 90lbs! It was a #PR, and that was awesome, but the best part was that everyone in the gym that day was just as excited for me as I was--and that's really what makes Black Bolt a special place:)


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Amy Bennett

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I decided to start CrossFit after I had my second child. I wanted to get
in shape and tighten up all the parts that had succumbed to gravity after
childbirth. Also, to be honest, I desperately needed an outlet as I just
had become a stay-at-home mom. My husband was the one who really encouraged
me to start. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. When we moved
to Cary, we visited a ton of gyms, but chose Black Bolt. Black Bolt was a
nice, clean, organized facility and Jason seemed like the real deal!

2. What was your first impression?

Ha. It's funny because I don't think I'll ever forget my first
impression when I first started CrossFit. I thought - WHOA - these chicks
are buff!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

I would say my biggest accomplishment was the Open in 2016! I didn't think
I could push myself like that:)

4. What are you working on now?

Right now, I'm working on form! I realized that it's not always about
how much you lift; the form and technique have to be right!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

My favorite memory so far at Black Bolt has really just been getting to
know the members and having girl talk before & after class - LOL! I love
that CrossFit isn't just a workout, it's a place where you can belong and
feel part of a community!


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SCOTT PATTERSON

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I had been training by myself for years, mostly focused on weightlifting, and was looking for a new challenge. A friend of mine had challenged me in the Open for the past few years. While I had been doing a few things on my own and really enjoyed it, I felt like it was time to really push and see about joining an actual box. Three months later, here I am!

2. What was your first impression?

First impression walking into Black Bolt that Saturday was the cleanliness, set-up and inviting nature.  I felt like I was at a place I'd been for years and everyone was very welcoming!

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

According to my shins, it certainly hasn't been my box jump performances haha.  I think I've had quite a few accomplishments, but I'm most proud of the progress with my "front rack position."  Continued practice has given me some better flexibility and has let me enjoy squatting and cleaning a lot.

4. What are you working on now?

Mobility, gymnastics movements and technique in my Olympic lifting!

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

The QOD or questions of the day. Love learning about the others and having a bit of light-heartedness before we dive into the workout!


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DEEKSHITA

1. What brought you to CrossFit?

There are two reasons why I joined CrossFit… Being to become fitter and healthier and lose weight! Second, It is next to my apartment, wouldn’t want to miss that chance!

2. What was your first impression?

My first impression was great, when I first walked in asking for information, Jason was very helpful and motivating! The facility was extremely well maintained ( I have been to other CrossFit centres and trust me, it wasn’t as clean as Black Bolt!)

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Before joining CrossFit, I couldn’t run (meaning hardly 30 secs). Now, after 4 months of CrossFit, I can run continuously for 5 minutes without stopping!!! Personally, that’s my biggest accomplishment:)

4. What are you working on now?

Currently I am working on getting my form right for Snatch and cleans, and hoping to start doing pull ups without the help of box or band.

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?!

My two favourite Black Bolt memories are when I first finished my metcon within the cap limit! Also when I got my first medal for my strength performance (in the Wodify app). Jason, Jennifer, Zach and Derrik are wonderful coaches, they all motivate us and help us perform better!