We are closing out our August weekly Member(s) of the Month with another POWER COUPLE! Norm and Mary Barbosa are everyday wod’ers, and even tag off on the weekends to both make it to open gym- talk about commitment. I hear they are even more bada** at work than they are inside the gym… not sure that’s even possible! Check out a few fun facts below!
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
M: 3.5 years
N: 3 years this month
What brought you to CFWS and what makes CFWS special?
M: The very close proximity to my house. Oh, and Jessica sending me the link to the Amazon special and promising me that I would love it.
N: Mary joined CFWS first -about 6 months before I did. We had both been looking for a good way to get in shape and stay fit, and a bunch of our friends had been going to CFWS for a while – John Cell and Jessica Berliner, Heather and Jimmy Hung and some friends who ended up at Morgan Junction CrossFit. Mary dove in head first and really enjoyed the workouts and the community. When she first started, she was watching CrossFit videos in the evenings and obsessing over every workout like your classic CF newbie – annoying the hell out of me. I figured I might as well join too and ended up guzzling the Koolaid like everyone else.
One meal for the rest of your life – what would it be?
M: King salmon and roasted vegetables. With movie theatre popcorn for dessert.
N: Chocolate chip cookies. That’s why I have to keep going to CrossFit.
When you’re not in the gym, where can we find you?
M: Work, some kid sport event or camping in our Airstream.
N: Camping with the Amandi. We restored a 1959 Airstream trailer about 7 years ago and take it out regularly to State Parks all over Washington. We just finished our first long distance National Park trip to Crater Lake and hope to get to Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and beyond in the next few years. Most trips are with our friends Jay and Sarah Amandus who also work out here and have two daughters the same age as our daughters.
Date night, what’s your favorite West Seattle spot?
M: I love date night at any establishment that doesn’t allow kids.
N: Probably Matador. Great food, good drinks and they don’t allow kids – so it’s a good place to go when free from the kids.
Your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
M: Kipping pull-ups!
N: Coming back after a serious injury. I jacked up my neck pretty badly in early 2014 – crushed disc, degenerative changes, etc. – and had to completely back out of CrossFit for over 6 months. I thought I was out for good (and not just from CrossFit) and the mental toll was almost as bad as the physical injuries. I gradually worked my back into the gym and have been back for over a year. My PRs are all past where I left off and I’ve managed to avoid re-injuring myself so far. But the experience definitely made me more focused on maintaining my form and protecting my spine than getting the fastest time or heaviest lift.
And a goal your working on today?
M: Kipping pull-ups, post shoulder injury.
N: Staying injury free. . . and eventually getting a ring muscle up.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
M: When I was a kid I wanted to dance and sing on Broadway. Too bad I can’t sing.
N: Fighter pilot. But unfortunately I suck at math and I’m color blind. So it was never going to happen. Instead I became a lawyer.
The movement in the gym you love the most?
N: Overhead squats. I can’t put up much weight but love the technical aspects of the lift and how it forces you to concentrate on keeping your entire body engaged.
And the movement you hope is never on the board?
N: Manmakers – there are not many movements I really dislike, but these suck.
You wake up with a super power of your choice, what would it be?
N: Breathing underwater. I love swimming, but it would be so much more fun if I didn’t have to come up for air all the time.