Prototype of the Month: Sue Smith


Share your CrossFit Prototype experience and fitness journey
A few years ago, I would drive by CFP every day. I was so curious about what was happening there, but very intimidated to walk in. One day, after a manicure next door, I worked up the courage to walk in. Mike greeted me as warmly as he continues to do to this day. Before I knew it, I was starting Virtuosity and haven’t looked back since. I started with 8am classes then transitioned to evening classes and private training with Jon when I went back to work full time last summer. I also had a lot of fun doing Caitlyn’s Endurance program and am excited to start Endure with Leah!


What is your favorite part about being at CFP? 
The community is a huge part (which I know everyone says – but it’s true!) CFP has also been a bright spot during the isolation of this pandemic. At first, I was simply excited to finally try a Thrive class, but now the Zoom classes and private training have become part of my “new normal” routine. More than ever I have realized what an important part of my life CFP has become. I also look forward to the different plank ideas that Jon comes up with for me. Who else could make me do planks with a 35 lb. plate on my back? And now that we can’t meet in the gym in-person, Jon has come up with one-handed planks!


What are your hobbies and activities?
In addition to CFP, I enjoy running outdoors. I started running in 2011 and have run many 5/10ks, half marathons, and even the Boston Marathon (when it was 95 degrees!) I also enjoy nature, travel, reading and photography, and as of last month, jigsaw puzzles and Netflix. My family is also very important, and I guess they are a “hobby.” My son is a junior in high school and a trombonist with the Boston Youth Symphony, and my daughter just wrapped up a gap year as a figure skater performing with Disney on Ice. She will attend WPI this fall. They, along with our dog, keep my husband and I very busy!


How has (if it has) CFP helped you outside the gym (in sports etc.)?
It has helped to keep me strong and in shape for running races. I also think in general CFP has helped me stay positive and focused and to prioritize staying active.


What are you continuing fitness goals to this point?
In the long term, to try to beat the aging process! In the short term, to continue running and to work my way up to heavier weights. I am presently training to run the Mt. Washington Road Race (their motto is “There’s Only One Hill” – however it’s 7.6 steep miles to the summit). I am also working on improving my nutrition with Leah.


What is your favorite quote? 
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

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