March is member appreciation month at CFSF.  As such, we will be highlighting one of our members each week, allowing them to share some of their experiences here at the gym.  This weeks member spotlight is Kristin Canfield.

Kristin has been a member here a CFSF for almost 3 years.  I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Kristin for almost a year now and what I’ve learned about her is that she is one tough woman!  I’ve heard her story and it is absolutely inspiring.  When Kristin steps into the gym, regardless of what the circumstances may be, she means business and works her tail off.  When she can’t make it to a class, she stops in during open gym and works hard.  She is a perfect example of someone putting their best foot forward and always trying to improve, not just fitness wise but in her overall life.  Kristin may not know this but she inspires me, not only in her work ethic, but they way she carries herself and treats others.  Kristin, THANK YOU for being such a great role model to me and many others! – Brett


How/when did you get started with CF?

Before I started CrossFit, I was running 5-6 days per week and lifting with a trainer at one of the fitness centers. My husband, Aaron, and many of my friends had been going to CFSF for one year or more, and they had all been encouraging me to try it.

What made you choose CFSF?

When I started CrossFit, CFSF was the best choice for me because my husband and so many of my friends were already members. I will forever speak highly of the owners, the coaches, and the members. Really amazing things happen to really amazing people at CFSF.

How has the gym changed/impacted you and your family?

How hasn’t it?!? CrossFit has taught me so many things about myself, life, fitness, nutrition and relationships…it’s hard to narrow it down to a few comments. The most obvious is with regards to fitness…at age 39, I am the strongest and most fit I have been in my life.  CrossFit permeates all parts of my life…my physical fitness, my sleep habits, and my food choices, and all of that helps set a solid foundation for our kids.

What is your favorite part of CF?

My favorite part about CrossFit is definitely the constant desire and drive to be the best version of myself. I love the supportive atmosphere. I love celebrating other’s achievements. I love suffering through difficult workouts together. I love over-analyzing what I should have done differently today and planning my strategy for tomorrow. I love striving for a certain weight and missing it, just to come back the next week and hit it. I love being coached by three amazing guys that see more than just a 39 year old mom. I love that conversations Aaron and I have usually revolve around CrossFit and nutrition. I love that our children are exposed constantly to their parents lifting heavy stuff and working hard. I love burpee-bruised knees, ripped hands, and sore quads. I love that when I get out of bed in the morning and I’m sore, it’s from giving it my all, not because I’m simply getting older. I love doing things I never could have done on my own.
Here is my second answer to this question. Many of the members at CFSF know about my health issues over the last 18 months and many do not. But here’s the important point…I have endured and recovered from two major surgeries in that time all with the huge help of CrossFit. I had the upper lobe of my right lung removed in September of 2014 when I was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. Five weeks after that surgery, I walked back in to CFSF and Cody and Jeremy coached me through my entire recovery.  In October of 2015, I underwent a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction. Again, within 10 days I was back in the gym with Cody and Brett coaching me the entire time. In addition to our amazing coaches, I have had an endless amount of support from my CFSF friends. I really, honestly would never have been able to get through this without this place and the people. And, as many people already know, CrossFit is a wonderful anxiety management tool. When I feel panicked, stressed, or worried, CFSF to the rescue.

What would you tell your “before CF self”?  What advice/wisdom would you give them?

Get off the damn elliptical and quit doing 3×15 bicep curls! No, seriously, this is what I would say…Life is fun and incredible, but it is really hard. Really damn hard. Hard things are coming and the train is rolling quickly. You need to get yourself in tip top shape for the battle. You need to figure out that you are tough, strong, and resilient. You need to surround yourself with people who think like you do, fight like you do and will be beside you when things get hard.