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Novem’s BootCamp Athlete of the Year: Amy Boutiette!


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.

 

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