In honor of Novem’s sixth birthday and our third year of BootCamp, we are pleased to announce our current BootCamp Athlete of the Year! As you know, we have selected an Athlete of the Month every month since we opened our doors. Each athlete that we have selected has been chosen based on their accomplishments, …
In honor of Novem’s sixth birthday and our third year of BootCamp, we are pleased to announce our current BootCamp Athlete of the Year!
As you know, we have selected an Athlete of the Month every month since we opened our doors. Each athlete that we have selected has been chosen based on their accomplishments, their dedication, and their ability to inspire and push those around them.
In selecting our Athlete of the Year, we looked for those same qualities on a grander scale. We certainly wanted an athlete who has made tremendous efforts for not just a month, but someone who has worked hard for the entire year and has seen big accomplishments as a result. But we also wanted someone who embodied some of the more intangible elements of BootCamp and our community here at Novem. Through fitness, we strive, we suffer, and we persevere – together. The community of our gym, and BootCamp generally, is incredibly important to the success of all our athletes. For that reason, we also looked for an athlete who inspired people – again, not just for a month, but someone who pushed people to be better all year long.
We are very proud to name Amy Boutiette as 2017 Novem BootCamp Athlete of the Year!
Behind the scenes with our Novem BootCamp’s Athlete of the Year, Amy.
Outside of BootCamp, what do you with yourself?
I work full time as a merchandise planner for Destination Maternity (this just means I stare at excel spreadsheets all day), but my favorite way to spend time outside of work is with my husband Chris and our furry son, Walter Waffles. We like to plan dog-friendly outdoor adventures whenever possible. Tennis. Hiking. Camping. Spartan Races.
When were you first introduced to Novem BootCamp and when did you decide to join?
Chris convinced me to join crossfit in January of 2015, which was 3 months after we got married, and 3 days after we adopted Walter Waffles. I quickly realized how much I loved crossfit. So much that I didn’t want to be a part of it unless I could seriously compete. In my mind, this would require at least 15+ hours of training a week, but working full time, I only have 5 hours a week to commit to my fitness. As a former college athlete, it was a tough decision to walk away from crossfit, but with an awesome bootcamp community to join instead, I knew I was in the right place.
When did you decide that Novem BootCamp was the right choice for you and your fitness goals?
see above : )
How frequently do you train?
5 days a week, Monday-Friday with the 6am crazies!
What was the hardest part of getting started with BootCamp?
Commitment. It took a long time to build up to a (somewhat) consistent 5 days a week attendance. That, and getting these soft office hands used to pull ups on the big bar (Howard street’s rigs are like a vacation!)
What is the best part of BootCamp that gets you to the gym? What do you look forward to?
The people! I walk into the gym half asleep every morning, and sometimes halfway through the warmup too (sorry coaches!), but the camaraderie is great no matter what, these are my people! And you get points just for showing up at 6 am anyway. Also, the feeling you have all day at work knowing you’ve already put that fitness work in is so satisfying!
My favorite movements are wall balls and rowing.
My least favorite is running! (I was a thrower, what can you expect?)
What is the happiest moment/greatest self accomplishment?
We discovered during the in-house comp that I could indeed do pullups without bands (because our team was screwed if I couldn’t). That was awesome. After that I made a goal to do all workouts with 10 or fewer pullups in a set without bands. I don’t remember all the details from this one workout, but it had 11 pullups (among other things) for 7 rounds. No bands! That’s 77 unassisted pull-ups! Never knew I could that.
Not sure if that was the happiest moment, or when the chick from CFCC came up to me after I crushed the first workout in the CFCC/Novem comp and said (all in friendly jest) “You bitch! You beat me!” hahaha!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out to and how to stick with it?
Just show up! I’ve never left a single workout thinking, shoot I wish I had slept in. The hardest part is making a new habit, but once you have, it becomes a part of you, so just show up!
What are your fitness expectations this year?
Keep up with the 5 days a week grind, and for the first time, sign up for the crossfit open (as a bootcamper!). Oh shit I just said that out loud.