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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why Are You Doing The Open? - An Interview With Minousha Bari

Name?
Minousha Bari
CrossFit Syracuse Member

Age?
41

What Level Athlete Do You Consider Yourself?
Beginner CrossFiter.

Do you have a history of athletics in your past, before CrossFit?
Besides walking on a treadmill?  No.  Never played any sports.  I started running about two years before CrossFit, but that was just to keep the weight off.

What Got You Into CrossFit?
I saw a friend, Chrissy (A CrossFit Syracuse member), who had started doing it and she looked really good.  So I had to give this a try.  I walked in after I finished the Empire (half marathon).

Why Do You Continue To CrossFit?
I think it's the variety of the activities and exercises.  The people.  Your always learning.  There's so many things.

Why Do You Train At CrossFit Syracuse?
The coaches are amazing.  The level of knowledge; I trust that with such heavy movements and some of the techniques with the movements, you can trust the coaches and know that they are watching you and know that they will try their best to not let you get hurt.  The people are wonderful.  It's a good place.

Did You Do The Open Last Year?
Yes I did.

What Was Your Experience Like?
Last year was my second year.  I signed up the first year and I only did the first 3 or 4 workouts then I went away.  I did it (the first year), just because.  I know for a lot of people it was very difficult that first year.  Last year it was nice to do it to see the change.  To see that I was able to do a little bit more.  The other thing I like about it is, though we judge ourselves in each WOD, someone else is judging you (in the Open).  Everyone is judged the same way.

Why Are You Doing The Open This Year?
To measure change.  To see how far things have come along.  What things need to be worked on.  I'm hoping I'll get a Toes-To-Bar.  Last year I tried forever and didn't get one, so that would be my thing this year.

Do you measure your progress year to year based on your standing in the Open or do you measure your progress in other ways?
It's nice to see that standing.  It's nice to see that hey, you know, for a 41 year old I'm not doing as bad as I thought I was.  Really it's more about change.  Even with the daily WOD's.  I like writing things down and keeping track of things. Then you can see, I was able to lift 30 pounds more!  It's just to measure that personal change and that personal growth. 

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