Member Spotlight: Darby Tozer


Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.

This month’s spotlight is on Darby Tozer, a member since 2017.

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?

Darby: I joined Grand Trunk two and a half years ago when I was six weeks postpartum with my son. I had six weeks to fit into a bridesmaid’s dress for my best friend’s wedding, and needed all of the help I could get!! I was also inspired by my friend and neighbor Allison DeHorn to try it out!

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?

The thing I enjoy most about Grand Trunk CrossFit is that I don’t feel intimidated by the many things that I am not good at. I know that someone is always willing to help and give pointers. I also love that I can bring my kids and not have to worry about daycare!

What is your favorite movement?

My favorite movement would have to be pull-ups! It took me what felt like forever to be able to even get one, and I was able to string together seven the other day! Big accomplishment people! LOL!

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?

I think the CrossFit goal I have achieved is two things.

First of all, CrossFit is the only workout I have ever stuck to in my entire life. In the past, I would join the local gym, walk on the treadmill for a few minutes, attempt to follow the instructions on the weightlifting machines, and then leave. This would usually last about one month and then the rest of the year would go wasted. Since joining GTCF, I have (almost) gone three days a week for the past two and a half years, which is huge for me.

Second, it has been awesome to see my gains, even though sometimes very small, that I have made since starting. Brooklyn used to have to put a 30 lb. weight on my feet for me to even get one sit-up, and all my meters or calories had to be scaled. I’m happy to report that I can now do sit-ups weight-free, but I do have to say that I wish I could still sometimes scale back the meters/calories!!!

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?

I would love to get better at burpees. I’m not sure how that is even possible, but if there is one movement that makes me feel like death is near, it’s burpees!!

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

It’s not as scary as it seems!

Yes, you may not be the strongest or fastest in the room – but it honestly doesn’t matter. Seeing your own personal progress is totally worth getting over those fears. Everyone is there to help you – if I can do it, ANYONE can.

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?

As previously mentioned, fitness has never really been a part of my life. Since joining CrossFit, I have run several races which is WAY outside of my comfort zone (guys – I used to get winded running around the building when that was a thing.)

My kids also started doing the CrossFit kids program which they absolutely love!

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?

A “fun fact” about me is that I grew up in Frankenmuth, just down the street from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Yes – I worked at Bavarian Inn and yes I wore the “costume.” No, I actually can’t stand the chicken. People always ask me what I did for fun there. Well, for example, I rode to prom on a tractor. 🙂

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?

100 single jump rope (can’t do double-unders!), 10 pull-ups, 10 deadlifts – three rounds. (I hate for time – too intimidating LOL!)

Fill in the blank: I CrossFit (because/so I can): So that I can demonstrate the importance of fitness to my kids, and also so I can lift heavy items at Ikea by myself! 🙂

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