Co-Athlete of the Month: Rahul and Jen Bried

July 2014: Beauty and the BEAST!

The perfect combination of sweet and salty!

rahul and jenFor the first time in Rocktown history, we have Co- Athletes of the month.

Meet Rahul and Jen!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

R: I am Rahul Bried, age 27. I work for as an aviation mechanic at Dynamic. I am married to my beautiful wife, Jennifer. You may know her; she has been to the Rock a couple times (insert sarcasm here). I was in the military for 9 years and was deployed to Iraq 3 times. Crossfit is more challenging than any workout I have done in the military.

J: I am Jennifer Bried and I am 28 years old. I work as a clinical admissions liaison for VMRC and I am a student in the RN to BSN program at EMU (yeah, my days are busy). I am married to fellow Rocktown athlete, Rahul Bried. If you don’t know him, you should. He is the first person to cheer me on when I succeed and to encourage me to get back up and try again when I fail.   I am a better person with him by my side. (Sappiness over).

How long have you been doing crossfit?

R: Jennifer and started CrossFit in June of 2013, a few months after we got married. Ya know, a couple that sweats together, stays together.

J:Rahul and I started Crossfitting at the Rock in June 2013. Before this I could count on one hand the number of times I had picked up a barbell.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

R: It was the Rock’s 6-month anniversary workout. I don’t remember everything it included, I just know it was absolutely the most difficult workout I had ever done. I realized in that workout that I had to check my pride at the door. I was unable to finish the workout without injuring myself.

J:There are so many “moments” where I think I am going to die. Usually they involve lots of rowing. The first real “crossfit moment” was my first date with Fran. I remember wanting to collapse in the floor on my last round, but TMT was there encouraging me to keep going. I wasn’t sure if I was going to throw up or pass out first when I finished the workout.jen b

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

 R: Handstand pushups, toes to bar, power cleans (even though I suck at them)

J: Box Jumps and Squat Cleans

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

 R: Double unders! Enough said.

J:Rowing. Seriously. I hate it.

What are your goals?

R: To constantly work on my weakness to become a better competitor. And to be injury free, which means to listen to Nate and Lauren when they tell me to drop weight for a workout. Trust me, they know what they are talking about.

J:To constantly become a better athlete. I want to be able to continually be able to prove that my body is capable of more than I ever dreamed. I want to show other women that we should be proud of what our bodies are capable of, not beat ourselves up for falling short of what society tells us we should look like.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

R: Psh, when I’m checking my reflection and liking what I see. LOL, kidding!

To be able to look at how far I have come over the last year. To know my body can now do things that I could not do a year ago and seeing that I am getting stronger. The group of people at the Rock are awesome people to be around and great motivator. Can’t leave out being able to work out with my wife (in those shorts!)

J:Everything. The people. The coaches. The challenge. I also love the transformation. I have struggled with an under-active thyroid my entire adult life. My weight and energy levels have always been a challenge, no matter what diet or exercise program I tried. Since Crossfit both have been better than ever. rahul aotm

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

R: Beer and Burgers! That’s what I’m talking about!

J: Ice cream. That’s a meal, right?

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

R: Rocktown Crossfit is a place where people from all different backgrounds and abilities can come together to challenge themselves mentally and physically, knowing that they will not be judged, only encouraged. It is a place I know I can go to improve my day, no matter how bad it has been. Even if I don’t PR and my workout sucks, the encouragement of the Rocktown family makes every minute worth it. Rocktown is what I have missed about the military. The camaraderie and sense of family at the Rock is similar to what I had in my military career.

J:Rocktown is a place where for one hour, all the stresses in life are gone. I am around amazing athletes and coaches that encourage me to be the best I can be. It is often the very best part of my day.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

R: I want to thank all of the coaches for encouraging, motivating, and keeping me safe. Thank you to the 5:15 class for always being there to throw down. You all are an awesome group of people and I look forward to seeing you guys every day.

J:I want to thank the amazing coaches for creating such an encouraging and uplifting environment. I seriously love my Rocktown family.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

An evening with the Bried’s is the best way you can spend your day.  These two are the most hardworking individuals you will meet.  While all you see are there smiling faces when they walk through the door what you may not realize is that Rahul was probably up and working by 6am and not only does Jen have a full time job but she is going to school as well…but you would never know they were tired or had a bad day given how uplifting and spirited they are no matter what may be going on outside of the gym.  Some of my favorite memories is when Rahul first started…he had the bug and it was RX OR BUST!  But thankfully he came around and now has a great understanding of why we scale and has been a great ambassador to other athletes who come to us with similar mind sets.  Jen’s overall athleticism has improved dramatically; I can remember talking with her about her knees when she first started with us and now her body awareness, range of motion and overall fitness have improved 100%.  While all these are great characteristics of “Rachel” and Jen, the thing we love about them the most is the love they have for each other.  When Rahul watches Jen you can see the love in his eyes, he cares more about that girl than anything in this world.  When I first reached out the Jen about the Athlete of the Month questionnaire her first response was “are you sure you didn’t mean to send this to the buffer, browner Bried?  Because I’m so proud of what he has accomplished and he has my vote”  Thank you both for being part of the Rocktown Family, we are so glad you’ve made Harrisonburg your home and we can’t wait for what the future holds for both of you.