Courtney Butowicz

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2006 when a friend of mine in the military asked me to do a workout with him he found on this crazy fitness website. The workout was “Murph.” I was a triathlete at the time so figured this would be easy in comparison.

I was wrong.

After a week of feeling every muscle in my body screaming at me, I realized I needed to try this again. I found one of only two boxes in Virginia Beach, CrossFit Virginia Beach (with Thomi Gill and Pat Sherwood), and signed up for fundamentals. The rest as they say, is history.

I got my L1 in 2008, back when Glassman attended every L1 cert and . Dave Castro was there and was challenged to do 200 dubs unbroken. Say what you want about Dave, but he did it, unbroken, and then cracked open a beer.

That being said, my favorite thing about CrossFit is the community. The camaraderie we share in suffering may be slightly masochistic, but it’s this bond that has introduced me to lifelong friends.

Q and A time….

Where are you from?  Originally from Virginia Beach but I spent the last four years in Philadelphia.

Favorite workout?  Grace or Isabel. The simplicity is addicting.

Least favorite workout?  Kelly. It is the only workout to make me lose my lunch. And I’m not proud of that.

Favorite CrossFit memory?  the final workout at the Northeast Regionals in 2013. My team and I were just a few points out of qualifying for the games but we finished that workout with a top 5 finish and you would have thought we won the Games.

Thoughts on competition?  I competed as an individual at Regionals in 2011 and 2012 and then with a team in 2013. 2014 was going to be my last year competing when I was involved in a terrible car accident during the second week of the Open. While the accident ended my competition career, I still love coaching and helping members prepare for competitions, whether their goals are Regionals or a local competition.

Do you have a life outside the box?  I recently finished my PhD in Rehabilitation Biomechanics and am currently a post-doctoral fellow at Walter Reed working with lower limb amputees. If I’m not at work or at the box, you can find me hanging out with my dog Cooper and exploring DC.