November 2019 Power Couple of the Month: Tim and Lindsey Servold
We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work. But not this month! This month we will celebrate a power couple in our community. Meet Tim and Lindsey Servold. We have watched their journey from marriage to parenthood. This recognition comes at a bittersweet time. Tim and Lindsey have purchased a new house and will be moving OTP in order to accommodate their growing family (and semi lavish lifestyle!!!). If you haven’t met Tim and Lindsey yet (or even if you have), make sure to say hello, and your farewells next time you’re at the gym!
From Tim and Lindsey:
WOOT WOOT!!! All this time at Terminus, we wondered when this day would come. It’s more glorious than we could ever imagine.
We really can not begin to explain how sad we are to leave. In fact, we still haven’t found a new gym, because everyone has to live up to the Terminus Standard, and that just isn’t possible. We are strongly considering getting into a globo gym routine. Not kidding. We love you guys and everyone at the gym so much. People think we’re crazy when we tell them how hard it’s going to be leave Terminus. We hope you both realize how uniquely special the community you’ve built is. Truly one of a kind
Anyways…Please see below for our answers. Done together, and under the influence of a few glasses of wine….
Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since beginning CrossFit?
Lindsey: 4 years now. Physically, I’ve definitely seen changes in my body & muscle tone that I’ve never experienced via any other mode of fitness. Mentally, CrossFit has pushed me well beyond my comfort level. Never in a million years did I think I’d be lifting weight to this extent. Completing every workout is an incredible sense of accomplishment and such an important start to my day. It makes a massive difference in my productivity.
Tim: Approximately 8 years, the beginning is a little fuzzy. It’s hard to say, physically. I certainly feel stronger than ever before. I think when you’ve done something for this long, you don’t tend to notice the physical changes. More importantly, you learn that they matter much less. Mentally, it has changed my life in a profound way. It shapes everyday for me. The days/weeks where I stay consistent, I am more productive at work. I am a better Dad, and Husband. My overall happiness is increased tenfold.
Q: How has CrossFit helped you outside the gym?
Lindsey: Of course there’s the physical benefits, like how I always beat Tim at arm wrestling and tire flipping contests. But surprisingly, more important than that, are the mental benefits. Nothing is as hard as these workouts. Well, maybe not “nothing” per se…the universe did “bless” us with two children at the same time…No, but really. It’s the 1 hour a day I am truly forced to stop thinking and be in the moment, focused on the workout in front of me and counting – b/c sometimes that’s the hardest part. (Thank god for Ellie always counting.) It’s very therapeutic and a much needed mental break from our new normal and this chaotic world we live in.
Tim: These are some loaded questions to start off with! Starting my day at the gym puts me on an immediate path to a successful day. I often think about the day ahead while I’m grinding out a tough workout. I remind myself that this will be the hardest part of the day: Get through this, and you can knock out everything else on your plate. Of course, the physical aspect of being able to play sports, hike, carry all the groceries in one trip…etc.
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Lindsey: Oh gosh, so many people! I’m constantly inspired by the range of experience and how everyone is in different parts of their journey and relationship with the sport. The coaches first and foremost, I really appreciate their individual approaches and perspective – and all the affirmation they’ll give me at 5AM. But I gotta say, it’s truly the ladies of 5AM. They’ve been doing this for years, are all SO STRONG, and still constantly push themselves to the next level every day. Regardless of the fact they’re all vets at this, they appreciate and value instruction and day-to-day improvement. They welcomed me to the 5AM with open arms, are great competitors, and great teammates.
Tim: Two people. First, my wife. She started Crossfit after being a long distance runner, and orange theoryer(sp?) Intimidated, and confused, she persisted and now it’s hard to imagine a time before it was such a big part of her life. But mostly, it was while she was pregnant and since she’s had the boys. She continued to make it to the gym every day until she was 34 weeks along, and the doctors asked her to stop. After they arrived, she had to move to the 5am, and that was after waking up at 4 to make sure their food supply was started for the day. When it would have been easy to make an excuse to not show up, and NO ONE would’ve blamed her, she showed up. She’s a role model for me and the boys, and we’re very lucky to have her. Second, Sweet P himself. Paulino was the first person I met when I came to Terminus. He eased me into the morning classes, and made sure to introduce me to everyone he could. While we became fast friends, we also became fierce rivals. Competing with him has been one of the great joys of being a part of this family. Mostly, however, it has been watching him overcome multiple surgeries, and adversity. He has stayed positive throughout it all, and reminded me each day, that there is nothing that can’t be overcome.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Tim: I’m a cowboy
Lindsey: (Ha, he wishes. For his first job he worked at a roller skating rink where he dressed up as a “honey bear” and had to skate around the rink while the little kids pulled on his tail and tried to knock him down.) Me? I’m a teeth grinder for life and wear a really sexy mouth guard to bed.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Lindsey: Be consistent, there is a method to the madness. You will not reap the benefits by coming every so often. Allow yourself to be coached and want to be coached, ask questions. Its very scaleable to your fitness level and experience with the sport, so just enjoy the journey and stay focused on your progression rather than comparing yourself to others.
Tim: Show up, be willing to accept change/instruction, let the rest work itself out. Some days are going to seem better/easier than others, but don’t let the bad days keep you from coming back
Q: What are your top 3 memories in CrossFit?
Lindsey: My first kipping pull-up (props to Marshall for the homework to get me there). CrossFitting with babies in my belly. The people and friendships I’ve made – CrossFit Terminus is one hell of a community.
Tim: My first ring muscle-up. Cleaning 225 for the first time. Every time I beat Paulino
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Lindsey: CrossFitting with babies in my belly.
Tim: Convincing Lindsey to join Terminus
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term CrossFit goals?
Lindsey: We’re moving from Edgewood to Norcross at the end of November and that is going to be a massive change. That said, short term – start campaigning for Terminus to open a Norcross location. Long term – Terminus opens a Norcross location. So until Terminus Norcross opens, in the short term it’s finding a gym and not letting my fitness lapse. Longer term, I look forward to the day I can do at least 10 kipping pull-ups unbroken and consistently throughout a workout. And also, all of our Saturday AM trips back into the city to drop in @ Terminus and have coffee with the peeps at Muchacho. (Intowner for life.)
Tim: Short term- Find a gym near our new house. Long term: Introduce the twins to it all. The thought of getting to share something so important and influential with them is very exciting. And, of course, bring them back to Terminus for all the Saturday workouts we can make. We don’t want to lose the connection we’ve made with so many people at the gym. And we certainly want to make sure the boy’s have a chance to get to know everyone as they grow. We joke around so much, I think it’s easy to forget what Terminus has come to mean to each of us and our family. Now that our move is so close, and reality is setting in, it’s incredibly sad. We are lucky to have met each and every one of the members and coaching staff, and honored to call you all our friends. Please be sure to drop in at 6 or 7am to beat Paulino for me, and remember, he never stands all the way up on his burpees. 🙂
Farewell Tim & Lindsey! We hope to see you on the weekends as promised!