June Gym “M.O.M.’s”
For the first time ever, we bring to you DUO Gym M.O.M’s (Members of the Month) for June, 2021 … Emily Astarita and Ariana Wetzel!
Em and Ari have been slaying class workouts together since day 1! In fact: to this day, Emily still holds the best score for our movement assessment test, recording a whopping 144 calories on her 10 min assault bike test!
It then took Emily a few months to make the decision to commit with us, but when she did, she brought along Ari, who we can’t say enough nice things about!
We are extremely proud of these two and are thankful that they are a part of our gym / community. On the surface, they are some of the nicest people you can ever meet and talk to, but once the clock goes from 3…2…1, they go HAMMMMM!
You’ve got to love it (and we do!).
Read more about Emily and Ari below!
Q: What made you decide to start functional fitness training?
We were both college athletes and wanted another coaching environment that would encourage us to push ourselves hard during workouts. We looked at a few CrossFit gyms in Boston and really liked the atmosphere and coaching style of R3vive.
Q: Are you a student/working professional/both? What do you do for a living?
Emily works as a consultant focusing on legal disputes for large tech companies and other tech-related projects. Ari is a water resources engineer who likes to do hydraulic modeling.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of the gym?
We both love any outdoor activities like hiking, biking, running, wake boarding, and drinking beer outside.
Ari loves cooking and baking. Emily loves playing volleyball with her old teammates.
Q: What are some of your favorite movements (name up to three)?
Ari’s favorite: Jump rope, single-arm dumbbell snatch, squats
Emily’s favorite: Running, bench press, handstand walks
Q: What are your least favorite movements?
Ari’s least favorite: Box jumps, pull-ups, assault bike
Emily’s least favorite: Double unders, lunges, deadlifts
Q: What movements do you want to improve at?
Ari: double unders
Emily: muscle-ups (can’t do them, so nowhere to go but up)
Q: What advice do you have for someone considering our gym?
Come take a class! It’s a very welcoming community and you will enjoy pushing yourself during the workouts. Going to the gym has been our only consistent source of in-person communication during COVID and has brought so much joy and purpose to our days.
Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
Emily: Mac and cheese
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why?
Ari: The Starbucks mermaid because coffee!
Emily: A puppy because she’s friendly and has big paws.
Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?
We love watching reality tv shows including The Voice, Selling Sunset, and the Great Pottery Throwdown.
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Ari is a nickname (short for Ariana) but some friends shorten it to Ar. Emily has quite a few nicknames: Em, Emmy, Emma, EmAss, and Rita. Her dad also calls her pinhead.
Q: An interesting fact that we probably don’t know about you!
We both have the same birthday as one of our siblings.