April Athletes of the Month -- Melissa and Schuyler Martin
Published April 1, 2016
This month we chose to feature a mother and son team. Their family support and encouragement is obvious in the gym and a great example to us all.
Melissa: My name is Melissa Martin, and I am 35 years old. I am married with two kids, Schuyler (19) and Maddie (13). I work as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education for Carlsbad Unified School District. I joined Oceanside CrossFit six months ago with my friend Saundra. We both were interested in trying Crossfit and she found OCF online. We took the fundamentals class together with Coach Tim.
I joined OCF about three months before Schuyler joined. I really wanted Schuyler my son, and Schuyler my husband to try CrossFit with me. After about a month of nagging, they both joined. My husband lasted about a month, but his work schedule prevented him from staying. My son Schuyler, on the other hand, hasn’t looked back!
The first three months at OCF were definitely very challenging for me. I was not in great shape before joining OCF and I was extremely intimidated before joining. The first month of classes I really struggled to finish workouts and keep up with other people in the classes. I could not complete a 400 meter (.25 miles) run without walking, and felt like burpees might literally kill me. After the first month I noticed myself getting better and faster. I can now run 1600 meters without stopping and I can do a few WODs (workout of the day) a week without scaling them. I look forward to class every day.
Schuyler and I work out well together. For me, I really enjoy watching him accomplish the workouts. He has improved so much over the last few months. I am really proud of him and so glad that he has stuck with it. He really loves coming to OCF.
The accomplishment I am most proud of at OCF is defiantly being able to run (ok, jog) a mile without stopping. I really never thought I would be able to do that in my life.
The thing I like most about OCF is absolutely the people. I was so surprised to see that the other class members and coaches cheer just as much or even more for the last person completing a WOD as the first person. I am always encouraged by everyone at OCF. I have met such nice and positive people in the few months since I have joined.
My current goals are to work on better techniques. I want to improve my snatch and I would also like to learn how to do kipping pull-ups and handstand push-ups.
Back Squat 200
Clean and Jerk 123
Schuyler: My name is Schuyler Martin, and I am 19 years old. I am not married. I have two dogs, a boxer and a “coyote”.
I joined OCF about four months ago with my mom. She had already started for about a month or two. My mom got my dad to go as well, and we both took the Fundamentals class with Coach Tim.
Originally, my mom was going, and she thought it would be good for me and my dad to start heading to OCF. We all started going as a family.
The first month of OCF was, quite literally, hell for me. I wasn’t exactly in the best of shape going in, so I ended up having sort of a hard time with the amount of weight I was using and the form needed to properly do everything. My squats were terrible, and I could barely get to parallel. Now, after a few months, most of my problems are a thing of the past. My flexibility has increased quite a lot. I can now handle significantly heavier loads, and I can now do a proper squat. My mom and I work out pretty good together. I’m most proud of finishing the Barbara at the prescribed level. It was a pretty tough WOD consisting of five rounds of 20 pulls ups, 30 pushups, 40 sit ups, and 50 squats; for a total of 100 pulls ups, 150 pushup, 200 sit ups, and 250 squats. It was also the first time I was able to do something other than ring rows and I was able to get most of my pushups done quickly.
My favorite things about OCF are the amazing coaches who are there for every class to help us and guide us to a fitter body. I’m happy to show up to every class, knowing that I’ll have the help and assistance of someone who knows that they are doing and how to do it.
Some of my goals include working more on my triceps strength, as I have always had trouble with them and working on my arm/shoulder flexibility, which at the moment causes me some problems with any overhead movement.
DL – 195 Ib
Back Squat – 105 Ib
Snatch - ~
Clean and Jerk – 100 Ib
Press – 85 Ib