December 2019 Member of the Month: Karen Otto

Congratulations to our December 2019 Member of the Month, Karen Otto! She is a total joy and stealthily conquers the leader board regularly. Some quotes from the coaching staff below:

"Karen!!! She has been an excellent addition to the gym and more recently the 5:30. She comes in every day with a quietude and determination that isn't matched. She is always receptive to coaching and boy is she strong. She recognizes both her strengths and weaknesses and actively looks to round herself out as an athlete! And oh yeah, she is crazy strong."

"Karen does what she needs to day to day to develop her strength as an athlete. She responds well to coaching. She challenges herself daily, dedicating time outside of class to her lifts and skills, as well as attending classes. I'm sure this determination gets put into practice in other areas of her life as she is still playing soccer, and working on finishing school and maintaining a fancy job. Karen is awesome!"

"Karen is low key awesome in that she comes into the gym, does the workout with little fanfare, and just crushes it. She's super strong and put in a ton of work since joining CWCF. She's fun to coach and listens to feedback really well."

Do you have any nicknames?


Where are you from? California How long have you been doing CrossFit?

It will be 3 years in January.

What brought you to CWCF?

Work brought me to Boston, the community brought me to Commonwealth.

What classes do you usually attend?

I recently made the switch to 5:30 am

 because of school in the evenings, but I hope to be back to more 6:30 pm classes in the spring.

What do you love about CWCF?

The members and the coaching staff. The gym community has made the move across the country easier then I could have imagined.

What do you do outside of CrossFit?

I am a Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, I go to school part-time at Northeastern. And somewhere in there, I hike, play soccer, snowboard, sail, and travel the world. What is something about you we might not know?

I am competitive. Oh, you already knew that? I was home-schooled K-12.

Who is your superhero? Rosalind Franklin.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement? DB snatch.

What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?

The day I got my first strict pull-up.

What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?

Short-term goal at the gym is to bench my body weight, long-term goal in life is have a bigger impact at work/in other people's lives. To do those, I attempt to have a healthy balance in life and eat properly to fuel my body and I am working towards a PhD part-time.

What motivates or inspires you? I am inspired by people who have goals and are working hard towards them. I am also motivated to workout watching the CrossFit games.

What is your best tip for new members?

Learn to love the assault bike : ) and lift with someone who is going to push you to do things you didn't know where possible. Do you have anything to add?

Thank you guys for welcoming me into your #fitfam

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