Member Spotlight - The Stoy Family
How long have you been a member of Fountain City? Sean- February 2014 (8 years)
Emme- July 2014 (7 1/2 years)
Veda- August 2014 (7 years)
What's your 30 second elevator pitch about yourself? (What do you do, tell us about your family/hobbies) Sean- I'm a small business owner specializing in products for senior living. In my free time I enjoy reading, fly fishing, and riding my bike.
Emme- I'm currently a sophomore at Mizzou studying Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and plan to go to Physical Therapy school. When I'm not at the gym you can find me at the barn spending time with my horse, Grits, or hanging out with my friends.
Veda- I'm a wife, mom of two kiddos, and an environmental lawyer by day. In my free time I love to cook, spend time gardening at the Community Garden, being a foster family for KC Pet Project, and basically enjoy doing anything outdoors.
What initially brought you into FCF? Sean- My friend had a 2 for 1 Groupon and invited me to go with him.
Emme- My dad encouraged me to join to supplement the strength and endurance training I needed for horseback riding.
Veda- I saw how much fun Sean and Emme were having and wanted to check it out for myself!
Tell us about you fitness/health background? (Did you play sports growing up? Try other gyms/work out at home?) Sean- While growing up I was involved in multiple sports and ended up playing competitive soccer until I was 30. After severely injuring my knee I got into running, but as I aged my doctor encouraged me to find something that would help build strength rather than just endurance.
Emme- Growing up my parents encouraged me to play all different kinds of sports but I didn't find one that I loved until I tried horseback riding. Once I started to become a competitive equestrian my dad encourage me to work out outside the barn to help me become a stronger competitor.
Veda- While I was always active as a kid and played competitive tennis throughout high school my life was never very sports-focused. I ran the occasional 5k and was a member at the local YMCA for a number of years but only focused on cardio workouts. It wasn't until I joined FCF that I realized what I was missing!
What are some changes you've noticed in yourself during your time here at FCF? (Physically, mentally, capabilities, daily life, etc.) Sean- The more diligent I am with my physical fitness the more prepared I am to physically and mentally tackle the challenges in life.
Emme- As I've grown up in FCF my confidence has grown and I'm much more disciplined in my life. I keep getting stronger in my lifts and technique!
Veda- I can lift heavy things! I've always been a self-reliant person but FCF has taught me the importance of discipline in my daily life, consistency, and the importance of getting out of your comfort zone from time to time.
What kinds of things can you do now, that you were not able to do when you first started CrossFit? (inside or outside of the gym) Sean- one arm pullups!!! I have improved my form which has allowed me to lift heavier.
Emme- When I started at age 12 I never realized my own strength until I started CrossFit. It was a random find that I fell in love with and am turning this passion into my future career.
Veda- I never thought in a million years that I could do weightlifting or gymnastic moves. Even though most of my workouts are scaled I feel great knowing that when I see workouts with movements that are challenging for me I'm not intimidated by them.
What motivates you to keep coming back for more week after week? Sean- Being healthy has always been important to me but now more than ever l've realized that physical activity is a key part to living a healthy lifestyle.
Emme- The community! I love the relationships I've built with the members at FCF and enjoy that we all push each other to become the best versions of ourselves.
Veda- For sure the community of people and friendships I've made over the years, but I also love how CrossFit requires me to be disciplined in many aspects of my life - nutrition, sleep, mobility, consistency.
In your opinion, what is the most valuable aspect of Fountain City Fitness? Sean- The opportunity to spend time with my family doing something that keeps us healthy.
Emme- The coaching! I've met and had so many great coaches through FCF and I believe that everyone deserves to have a coach that truly cares about their goals and wants to see them succeed.
Veda- Amazing coaches who take the time to adapt workouts to my ability and who keep encouraging me to set and meet goals. Also the community of FCF friends who are an incredible support system for our family, both inside and outside of the gym.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future here at FCF?
Sean- I would like to continue gaining strength and perfecting my gymnastic movements.
Emme- My long term goals are to continue to grow as a coach and athlete so I can stay healthy throughout my lifetime. My short term goals include working on my weaknesses in gymnastics movements and running since recently I've been competing more.
Veda- Make real gains in improving my form and fitness, and consistently working on gymnastic moves like toes to bar and pull-ups.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone that is considering joining a CrossFit gym? Sean- If you are looking for a way to become more disciplined and make your health a priority then CrossFit is a perfect way to achieve those goals.
Emme- Just do it. You'll find what you're looking for no matter where you are in your fitness journey.
Veda- CrossFit is a great way to build real strength and skills that will not only benefit you in the gym, but in how you move in everyday life. And the coaches and friends you will meet will encourage you every step of the way!