The Membership Chronicles: Bri Londeen

Bri and friends warming up before Memorial Day Murph 2015

Bri and friends warming up before Memorial Day Murph 2015

How did you find us?

One of my good friends had been going to CFK for a while and always talked to me about CrossFit and her experience there. Basically, every time I was with her she would bring it up in some capacity. Then another one of my good friends joined a few months later, and she started talking about it all the time as well, and how she really liked it. This went on for about six months. At this point I had been working out on my own, and I would say maintaining my fitness level is being generous. I wasn’t making any progress with my workouts, which was extremely frustrating, all the while my CFK friends continued to get more and more in shape. I’m not sure exactly what triggered my decision to finally reach out to Danny, but it may or may not have involved drinking half a bottle of wine (it was a full bottle) and looking at old pictures of myself from high school. PSA: don’t do this.

Why CrossFit?

I have been an athlete my entire life. I was a tri-sport athlete who played basketball year round, so competition is embedded within my DNA and deeply engrained in my personality. I’ve done LifeTime, Title Boxing, Yoga, LA Fitness, half marathon training, you name it, and nothing ever seemed to satisfy my desire for a great workout, while simultaneously feeding my competitive nature.

It is really difficult to self-motivate in other gym settings, especially if you don’t have the money or capacity to pay for a personal trainer to keep you on track. There is no accountability outside of yourself if you are trying to do it alone, or don’t have a friend to workout with regularly. How many times have we gone to the gym, not wanted to be there, but we forced ourselves to drive there because we knew we should? Then we walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes and lay on the ab-mat looking at Facebook on our phones and think, “this is better than not coming at all, right?” That is not something that I experience or struggle with anymore. CrossFit embodies everything that I would want and expect from a workout: strength, endurance, flexibility, plyometrics, and having a team of individuals holding me accountable to getting better every single day.

There is also something incredibly empowering about CrossFit, especially as a female. Growing up women are usually directed to the “Body Shape & Tone” classes, where we need to do “less weight and higher reps” so we can tone and not “bulk up”. Being able to lift heavier weight, in an environment where coaches facilitate growth and improvement, while actually be treated as equals with men when it comes to fitness and strength is an unexpected experience that I cherish and appreciate more than I can explain. Unless I ramble on an extremely long tangent but I won’t put you all through that. You’re welcome.

How many times have we gone to the gym, not wanted to be there...then we walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes and lay on the ab-mat looking at Facebook on our phones and think, “This is better than not coming at all, right?” That’s not something that I experience or struggle with anymore. CrossFit embodies everything that I would want...from a workout.
— Bri Londeen

What keeps you coming back for more? Why CrossFit Kingfield?

There are so many answers to this question! Aside from the great workouts you get when you come here, I would have to say it’s the coaches, the environment, and the CFK community. It is actually...wait for it….FUN to go to the gym! And no, I’m not getting paid to say this.

I remember the first time I went and met with Danny, I stopped there in the middle of the day to meet him and explain to him why I finally reached out. I don’t care how outgoing you are; new situations like this are always intimidating. You just don’t know what to expect. I instantly felt comfortable. There was no pressure commit or to join. Once I decided to stay, I never looked back. The coaches are great at holding you accountable. What I mean by that, is they are there for continued support and to help get you through the workouts, especially when they are difficult or you are having a hard time self-motivating or staying focused on what you came to do.

The other people at the gym are all wonderful. They cheer you on and give you additional support when you need it most. CFK is honestly like family and I am so blessed and honored to be surrounded by these people on a regular basis. Getting to know the CFK community is equally as rewarding as it is to see forward progress with your fitness and your workouts.

"It is actually...wait for it...FUN to go to the gym!"

"It is actually...wait for it...FUN to go to the gym!"

CrossFit is community. It is all-encompassing of every aspect of fitness that is typically considered to be important...You move at your own pace and have all the resources and support in the world to ensure you are successful.
— Bri Londeen

What is your favorite workout or movement? What is your least favorite?

My favorite movement is back squatting. I don’t know exactly why I like it so much, but there is something super satisfying about back squatting. It’s fun, and you usually feel really strong during it.

My least favorite movements, without question, are burpees. I’m 5’10 so it’s a long way down to the ground for me and I am usually irritated by how long it takes for me to complete them.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about 
starting CrossFit?

CrossFit is honestly one of the most difficult things for me to try and explain to people. And I am not going to attempt to do that now. However, I just would start out by saying you just need to try it. There is absolutely nothing you have to lose by trying it out. There is no money out of your pocket to check out the gym, and there is no pressure to join if you do decide to stop by. You move at your own pace and have all of the resources and support in the world to ensure you are successful. I am astounded by the amount of knowledge that the coaches have to offer the CFK community. I know that there is every excuse in the book to not start if you are on the fence, including some of the excuses I tried to use for 6 months.

These would include (but are not limited to):

1) I don’t want to pay that much money for a gym membership

2) I don’t want to be limited to a class schedule

3) My current gym is fine

4) I don’t want to bulk up from lifting weights

5) I don’t understand what the big deal about CrossFit - isn’t that where you like, flip tires and stuff?

To which I would reply:

1) It’s 100% worth it. When you are paying a little more than your current gym membership, you will definitely have extra incentive to go a few more times a week

2) You aren’t limited to a class schedule if you don’t want to be. There are plenty of class times available, including 5:15 AM, so you will have lots of options as far as when you can workout

3) Your current gym membership may be “fine” but don’t you want it to be great?

4) You aren’t going to “bulk up” from lifting weights. That is an urban myth that needs to be put to rest once and for all.

5) CrossFit is community. It is all-encompassing of every aspect of fitness that is typically considered to be important. Like many things in life, we regret the things we don’t do, more so than the things we do. Don’t let this be one of those things! I know we just met, but trust me. You will not regret it!

6. What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal would probably be an active, domesticated housecat. They are independent, they make you work for their affection, and they shed a lot.

A very special thank you to Bri for willingly and cheerfully being our guinea pig for the first of The Membership Chronicles Series. You are a phenomenal ambassador for our community and we love having the privilege to be a part of your day on a regular basis. 

-CFK Coaches