Dan & Genesis Kreuder

Dan & Genesis Kreuder are the Athletes of the Month for February. They come to our 6am class and rarely miss!  They have come a long way since starting CF and it’s so fun to see the improvements they make every week.  Read the Q&A below to find out more about this fun couple!

DAN

How long have you been Crossfitting? 

I have been Crossfitting for about 9 months now. I started coming after my fiance, Genesis, joined Conway Crossfit and motivated me to start coming with her. 

What made you start CF? 

I moved to Conway for work, and I lost my workout routine I had back home. I obviously did not want to get out of shape, so after talking with Genesis, I thought it would be a good idea to give Crossfit a try. 

What changes have you seen since starting CF?

Since starting Crossfit I have seen an increase in my strength and endurance. My goal at first was to just stay in shape, but now it has become to see more gains on each of the movements for the WODs. 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement? 

My favorite movement has become the back squat. I remember when i first started, my depth was not good at all. Now I can do heavier weight than I ever could at or below parallel. My least favorite movement would be the thruster. I find I need to get my wrists much more flexible before that movement won't be dreaded when I read it in the WOD the night before.  

What is your favorite part of CF Conway? 

My favorite part of CF Conway is the friendly competition. I know that I am constantly checking the whiteboard to see how close I can get to the top performers.

What are your long term goals?

My longterm goal is to move back East with my fiance and continue to do Crossfit. I have grown to really enjoy the structure, community, and competition that Crossfit brings to my life. 

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF? 

Two Words: Don't Quit. I say this because when I first started I could not keep up for the life of me. Everything seemed hard, but the coaches just kept telling me don't worry, things will get better. I was pretty hesitant at first in believing them because I was never flexible enough to do most of the movements. Needless to say, I was wrong. I have come a long way and am very glad i never gave up. Now it has become routine to the point it feels weird if I don't get my WOD in for the day. When i hear there are 60 seconds left in a Metcon or Amrap, instead of feeling relieved it is almost over, I feel a burst of energy come through, causing me to get more reps. 

GENESIS

How long have you been Crossfitting? 

I have been Crossfitting for about a year now!

What made you start CF?

Back in New Jersey, where Dan and I are from, I had started Crossfit with my best friend Matt. He was the one who introduced me to Crossfit. Shortly after starting, we moved to Conway. I had no idea, that for the longest time there was even a Crossfit in town. When I found out we had one I was so excited and wanted to join right away. Dan was not too quick to jump on the band wagon with me, so I knew I'd had to start alone and hope he would follow behind me. I remember calling Matt and telling him how nervous and excited I was to start Crossfit again. I was nervous to start going by myself because I did not know anyone, but Matt reassured me that I would be fine. Little did I know I'd find a new Crossfit family of which I have grown to love.  

What changes have you seen since starting CF?

Crossfit has changed my whole style of living. It has changed my outlook on life, and how I view myself both physically and mentally. I honestly have come to surprise myself in many ways. The determination I see in others has also motivated me to get in shape and make other life changes to continue this healthy lifestyle. All in all, I feel stronger, more determined, confident, and a new sense of happiness from joining Crossfit. 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

My favorite movement is BACK SQUAT! I have not really ever done any sort of weight training before crossfit, but it has become my favorite thing to do. Every WOD that has back squat in it makes me strive to get that yellow PR badge when i enter in my results. Deadlift is my LEAST favorite movement!! I always start off with pretty good form, and then literally by like the 2nd or 3rd rep I already feel like I'm losing it. Aside from that, when I see one of the coaches walking over, I know it's not a "good job" type of moment. 

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?

My favorite part of Crossfit Conway is definitely the community, and the amount of motivation I receive from the people there. I love seeing other people progress, and that motivates me to keep up with them. I have to truly say that coming to Crossfit with Dan every morning is what makes my day. Working out together gives me the motivation and determination to push harder and harder each day. Of course, the coaches are a big part of my success as well. They have helped me to get where I am today by teaching and motivating me, even the times where I just wanted to give up.  

What are your long term goals?

My long term goal would be to continue doing Crossfit while living a healthy life. Most importantly, I intend to keep getting in shape for my soon to be announced WEDDING with my Crossfit hunk DAN. 

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?

My advice for people starting Crossfit is, "just do it!"  Crossfit not only helps you get in shape, it helps your lifestyle. It is a way of life, it's motivation, it's community, and it is something that today I can't even imagine where I would be without it. For anyone who has ever thought about starting to do Crossfit, I would say to jump in with both feet. You won't regret it!  

 

Zach Fonville