The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #30

January 29, 2019

Photocredit:  Cricket's Photography
Name: Þórey Jóna Guðjónsdóttir and Ívar F. Sturluson
Age:  26, 31 
Box: Crossfit 


Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).

We are a couple from Iceland who love traveling, training and working on our ideas. I (Þórey) work as a programmer for a startup company called Travelade and Ívar has two startup companies. 

When did you start doing CrossFit®?

June 2016

How did you first hear about CrossFit®? Did you want to try it or were you reluctant?

My brother and his girlfriend have been in CrossFit® since late 2014 and when we started living together all four of us at a location that is 5 minutes away from Crossfit Reykjavík we decided to try it out. I was reluctant first because I had been suffering from some injuries.

What were you doing before CrossFit®? Do you do anything else besides CrossFit®? 

We were both training at a local gym. Today Ívar plays soccer once a week with his friends and we both snowboard in the winter time.

How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?

At first, we were thinking a lot about RXing workouts and doing as heavy lifts as possible. Now we are focusing on listening to our bodies, we want to be able to do CrossFit® for the next 40 years.

Favorite WOD or movement /Least favorite?

Favorite - Ívar: The 30 minutes partner AMRAPS we have on Saturdays in CFR (mixed endurance and barbells movements). Þórey: All kind of squats. Least favorite - Ívar: Heavy Wall Balls, Þórey: Wall Balls and Toes to bar

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit®?

More energy during the day, better physical shape and more stable mentally.

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit® Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?

The right music and good workout partners

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit® for the first time?

Go slow and focus on getting the movements first before the weights.

Something you might not know about me or something you want to share that we didn't ask!

We traveled for a whole year in 2017 and did drop-ins in boxes all over Asia, we have yet to come across a bigger box than CFR!

Thanks for reading our untold story,

Þórey and Ívar