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Novem’s CrossFit Athlete of the Year: Irma Roche


In honor of Novem’s sixth birthday, we are pleased to announce our current CrossFit 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

In honor of Novem’s sixth birthday, we are pleased to announce our current CrossFit 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 our community here at Novem. Through fitness, we strive, we suffer, and we persevere – together. The community of our gym is incredibly important to the success of all our athletes. For that reason, we also looked for an athlete who has inspired the community of Novem – not just for a month, but someone who has pushed people to be better all year long, time and time again.

We are very proud to name Irma Roche as 2017 Novem CrossFit Athlete of the Year!

Behind the scenes with our CrossFit Novem’s Athlete of the Year, Irma.

Outside of Cross Fit, what do you do with yourself?
I spend a lot of time just decorating my home and taking care of my grand-kids.

When were you first introduced to Novem BootCamp and when did you decide to join?
I could never forget trying to jump the box. I felt like puking but it felt so good because I was able to do it.

When did you start participating at Novem? 
My anniversary is March 1,2017.

When did you decide that Novem was the right choice for you and your fitness goals?
When I went through a Fast Track on-on-one ON-RAMP with Lesha.

How frequently do you train?
5-6 days a week!

What was the hardest part of getting started with CrossFit?
Thinking that I would not be able to keep up with the class or be able to do the movements.

What is the best part that gets you to the gym? or What do you look forward to?
Getting up every morning looking forward to work out with the people that has become my gym family.

What has been your happiest moment or greatest self accomplishment at Novem?
My happiest moment at Novem is meeting the people. When I am able to go far down on a back squat, being able to accomplish that means I have come a long way.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out to & how to stick with it?
It’s different, it’s amazing and you can do what ever you put your mind to.

What are your fitness expectations this year?
I have big expectation everyday and in the coming year. I want to continue to keep being healthy and active because I am not getting any younger.

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