Bobbi-Jo Thornton

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Bobbi-Jo Thornton


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • PN-L1 Nutrition Coach


Member Since 2015


Why are you doing CrossFit?
I do CrossFit because I want to stay active and healthy well into my senior years so I can keep up with my grandkids.
What got you started doing CrossFit?
I have friends that talked about CrossFit all the time and I was curious. I was nervous to start, thinking it would be too hard for me. But now that I know how everything is scaled to meet each person's individual goals and capabilities, I wish I would have started sooner!
Why do you stay with it?
I have been doing CrossFit for over 3 years now. I have never stuck with a fitness program this long before. I stay with it because it is constantly varied. Very few workouts are the same so I never get bored. Plus, we have benchmarks and we set goals. It is very rewarding to see myself get personal records or achieve something I have never been able to do before... like an unassisted pull-up.
Why you CrossFit and what do you like most about it?
I CrossFit because it is a great fit for me. The workouts are planned for us so I don't have to wonder what to do when I get to the gym. There is a coach at every class to help us with form and scaling options - it’s just like having a personal trainer - and as I mentioned before, every day is a new workout so I never get bored. All these things are great, but what I love most is the community and positive atmosphere. I have made a lot of new friends that are all super supportive with a common goal to stay health.
We all have goals. What are you working towards?
I'm currently working towards a muscle up and hand-stand walks. I have a ways to go, but with appropriate scaling during workouts and some extra credit skill work, I hope to get there some day.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Since 2015 and I don't see myself ever stopping.
How do you get through and what is the most difficult/frustrating WOD?
I count reps and try to get to over half way and then count down. It sounds something like this in my head, "okay, you already did 8 reps, only 7 more to go." Or, I think about those that are not able to do what I do. For me, the most difficult WODS are the ones with a higher number of reps. I prefer low reps with lots of rounds. Oh, and I hate the assault bike!
What workout really gets you excited when you walk into the box?
I am petite, so any type of body weight type movements or gymnastics type movements are fun for me. I love pistols, push-ups, double-unders and scaled muscle ups, to name a few.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement and your most dreaded CrossFit movement?
My favorite? I like squat cleans - those are fun for me. And, I like sumo deadlifts. Most dreaded is cals on the bike, and wall-balls.
What eating plans do you follow and what is your typical "go to" meal/snack?
I used to follow zone, but then graduated to Renaissance Periodization. I like structure and knowing what I should be eating and when to eat it to maximize my health and performance. It works! My go to meal would be rotisserie chicken, frozen green beans, sweet potato, and an apple. I eat this for lunch pretty much every day.
What is your favorite cheat?
Ice cream - no question.
What made you want to get your L1?
I feel like I have really learned a lot over the past few years and I want to share this with others. I love being at the box and I love helping people so it made sense to me to take the next step. I think everyone can benefit from CrossFit and what our box has to offer.
What certifications or specialties do you have?
I passed my Level 1 test in November of 2018.
What kind of things do you see that you hope to help correct?
I hope to promote safety first. Then provide the same type of guidance I’ve received to help athletes become stronger by utilizing the best form and technique.
What hobbies do you have?
I haven’t had a lot of time to develop a hobby. I work full time at Machias Savings Bank and I’m on the board of Healthy Acadia as well as a long time member of the Ellsworth Lioness Club. I think it is important to give back to the community we live in, and becoming a CrossFit coach is just one more way I can contribute.
What is your favorite color?
Hot pink
What do you do when you're not doing CrossFit?
I love watching my daughter play softball and spending time at our camp on Flanders Pond.

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