Graham and Jennifer M.

By
Coach Aryan
August 27, 2021

-Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself or something that would surprise us.G - I grew up with sports, loving BMX at a competitive level and Skateboarding. I have since translated this in to Mountain biking / Cycling and Snowboarding. I have spent the last 20 years working in the oil and gas industry which has allowed me to travel to many destinations around the world, from Africa, Australia, China, Malaysia to South America and of course good old Texas. I have been living in Texas since 2009.J - I am a native Houstonian, but have travelled the world. In 2008 – 2009, I racked up 100,000 miles each year travelling for work.-How and when were you introduced to Behemoth?G - Since living in Texas since 2009, I was living to what I thought was the good life, living on loaded nachos, chicken wings and of course beer. Finally I said enough is enough, I need to do something to break the habit. I got back into cycling again and took on the mammoth BP MS 150 back in 2011 - that was a fun ride. I continued to cycle but was still looking for more!!! Beauty in strength (4 girls with makeup on talking about crossfit and throwing weights around) got me introduced to Crossfit back in 2013. I started working out on my own, telling myself I would join a box January 2014, then I started looking around at CrossFit locations in my area.J - Graham introduced me to Behemoth almost 2 years ago. I was afraid to join while I was pregnant…….-What are you most proud of, physically, mentally or both since beginning with us?G - Physically, my speed and agility performance, who knew I could sprint round the building circa 400m in under a minute? My favorite part of the day is when we are put to the test. Mentally, having the drive to push through the things I hate most. All I need to do now is pick up heavy shit faster after being chased for a mile by a Rottweiler.J - Mind over matter. I am amazed at how natural the skills can be with the right coaches and practice. The flow of lifting a bar is just so natural.-Why Behemoth?G - I can see my house from here!!! I remember going to my first on ramp class on that cold dark winter evening, running home telling Jennifer pulling up YouTube, “Jennifer quick look it’s the boy from the telly that coaches at Behemoth.” Seriously though, primarily the coaches and coaching styles - the attention to detail that the coaches can give to each and every one of us in the class, you think they are not watching but they are. You are never left to your own devices. Behemoth has kept me injury free since starting CrossFit.J - Because there is no other box out there that makes you feel like family while kicking your ass at the same time, and like family they will keep pushing because they know you can do it!-What next? What are you excited about pursuing here in the future?G - I really enjoy the continued advancement of Behemoth constantly evolving keeping up with what fitness is now, but also being strides ahead of the current times. I see myself being a big part of the future at Behemoth.J - Increase my agility and pace with running and assault bike. And to not bruise myself leg every time I hop on and off the bike!!!!!“3, 2, 1…Go” Mad Lib section-My favorite lift (movement) is…G - You know that one lift out of every 10 or so!?!? When you look at the bar, compose yourself, kick your heels, walk up to the bar, take a deep breath, and all of a sudden the bar is on your front rack, and you go WOW that felt so good! If I was to narrow it down I would say any lift with a Clean in it. To add my other favorite that we all love to hate is not a lift but the assault bike.J - Back Squat-My most frequent class I come to is…G - 9.30AM and 5PM classes, so if you want to partner up one day….J - 5PM-I have always wanted to…G - Shoulder press my wifeJ - Have Graham push press me over his head-When I’m not crushing weights, my favorite thing to do is…G - Be with family, and when I get a chance I love to DIY, if you are looking for me I am either at the Gym or at Home DepotJ - Family time with my amazing husband and our future Baby-SHEmoth Maisie-Favorite “application of fitness” outside of the gym is…G - Crawling around with Maisie my 14 month old DaughterJ - Energy and stamina to keep up with a 1 year old-Favorite Pandora station… G - 80s pop radio, I am actually listening to 'Love Is A Battlefield' as I write this, and/or anything British... AND I finished this with '99 Red Balloon’s.'J - 90's Rap-Beast mode engaged when this song comes on…G - Thunderstruck AC/DC as the lyrics speak volume and I can relate to them.J - Old school rap…… Don’t judge!

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