June’s Athlete Spotlight is Bridget Dunnivan

Welcome to our Athlete Spotlight! Each month we highlight a dedicated member of our gym so you can get to know them a little better!

June’s Athlete Spotlight is Bridget Dunnivan!


What is your favorite song at the moment?

I’m not a big favorite song person but I’m really liking songs from Chainsmokers like Don’t Let Me Down and Closer.

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

I remember answering “I want to be a Physical Therapist when I grow up” whenever grown ups asked me. But I also remember not really knowing what it means and it just sounds cool to me :).  I also remember wanting to be a scientist.  In all honesty, I don’t really know what I want to be and makes me jealous of kids who sounded so put together and confident on what they wanted to be :).

What would your favorite breakfast be?

My favorite breakfast is buttery croissant with jelly, super crispy bacon, and eggs, OR just a warm buttery croissant is heavenly for me. On our trip to France, I told everybody eating a buttery croissant will be the very first agenda as soon as I get there and so I did – 4 buttery croissants to be exact.  

What would you perfect WOD be? All of your strengths, none of your weaknesses.

Box jumps, thrusters, and TTB

This question has two parts: You have told me before that when you first started working out at NRCF you thought I didn’t like you. I have a feeling you may not be alone in this thinking. 😉 Why did you think that? And then what happened that made you realize that wasn’t the case?

Personally, I think it was because you were super serious when you are correcting my movements 🙂 I changed my mind when you were so helpful and patient with me when I was learning how to do handstand pushups, and when you were super proud and excited for me when I was able to do pull ups :).

Bridget, I absolutely love having you as one of our members of NRCF! I’ve loved getting to know you, coach you, and see you accomplish some of your many goals. You’re always so kind to our new members and so much fun in class. Thank you so much for being a part of our little family!

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June’s Athlete Spotlight

Welcome to our Athlete Spotlight! Each month we highlight a dedicated member of our gym so you can get to know them a little better!

June’s Athlete Spotlight is Dave Phipps!

First, and most important question – Italian or Mexican food? 

Mexican food.

Good choice, Dave.

If you could go to any concert, get backstage passes, and party all day and all night with the artists (dead or alive) who would it be?

I’m not a big music person so this is a tough question. I’m one one of those people who has never really gone to concerts. I’ll go with Daft Punk.

You used to do CrossFit at another gym in the area when I coached there. Can you tell us a little bit about your decision to make the change from CrossFit to Bootcamp?

I did CrossFit at the other gym for five years and was feeling kind of burned out. I was not working out often enough to justify the cost and I had lost my motivation which was my own fault. I was also dealing with some intermittent back pain where I kept on tweaking my back doing random things. I took a break for working out entirely for a few months, but that did not help my back issues. I decided to ease back into working out with bootcamp and made the switch to Ashley’s gym since she had always been one of my favorite coaches. I liked that bootcamp had a set schedule, that you signed up for two months at a time, and that you were encouraged to let Jonathan know if you could not make it. Jonathan has been a great coach and friend and I have enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow bootcampers. My original intention was to only do bootcamp  1 or 2 cycles and then maybe switch to regular CrossFit, but after 11 months or so I’m still bootcamping. I still miss some of the strength training and Olympic lifting though. Lately I’ve been trying to get to bootcamp a little early to try to include some of that before the bootcamp workout.

For all of the night owls out there, is working out at 6:15 as bad at is sounds?

Back in my CrossFit days my favorite workout time was 11:30am, but my work schedule eventually changed such that I could not reliably workout then anymore. It was hard for me to motivate myself to workout early in the morning. Working out at 6:15am sounded horrible at first, but I have gotten used to it and I start my day more energized on those days. My dogs have been training me to be a morning person anyway so this is just an extension of that.

What have you learned about yourself since starting CrossFit?

I am really bad about locking out anything heavy overhead whether it be OHS, Snatches, or handstands. That is something I still want to improve. I am really good at double unders since I have had so much time to practice them over the years. I’ve never been athletically gifted, but my health is important to me and I enjoy working out in a small group. For me personally, I don’t get caught up with comparing my lifts or my times with others. By showing up and doing the work I’ve already won.

Dave, thank you for your consistency and your hard work in the gym. Even in our old 11:30 CrossFit class I could always depend on you to be there! We appreciate you very much, and are thankful that you’re part of our growing community!

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