These guys are our “OM.” Original Members, and Oldest Members in terms of years rocking this planet. So we’ll start with them, since, in many ways, we started with them. Almost 4 years ago. (WOAH.)

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Name  / Age /  How long have you been training at Rocket?

Cassandra Tate; 70; almost four years.

What was your athletic background? Tell us a bit about yourself. (work/life/your quirky self)

Total klutz. My favorite sport was poker. But in my late 20s, I put down cigarettes and took up jogging. I still run a little every day, although not as fast or as far as I once did.

What was it like to start at Rocket?

I had never heard of Crossfit until Brady (a family friend) opened up this gym, so I didn’t know enough to be intimidated. In the beginning we did squats by sitting down on a wall ball; pull-ups with a bouncy purple band; and push-ups on our knees. I didn’t find out about Death by Wall Ball until it was too late to back out gracefully.

What have you gained from training at Rocket?

I’m definitely stronger but above all, I’ve gained a community at Rocket.

What is your favorite lift or movement?

The dead lift, the plank: things that don’t involve coordination.

What are your goals now? What do you aim to do in the upcoming year?

At this point in my life, my primary goal is simple maintenance. I want to continue to be able to bend and move freely and have at least enough strength to get my carry-on into the overhead bin without assistance. But a real pull-up would be nice, too.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It’s true that the hardest part is just walking in the door. I invariably check out the WODs for the days I go to the gym and sometimes quail at what’s ahead — ok, maybe often quail — but I’m always glad, in the end, that I did open that door.

Name / Age / How long have you been training at Rocket?

Glenn Drosendahl;  69; Since it opened (September 2011.)

What was your athletic background? Tell us a bit about yourself. (work/life/your quirky self)

My organized sports career peaked with intramural flag football, about 40 years ago. Since then I’ve spent too much time sitting behind a desk, but also have been able to jog several times a week and – knock on wood – stay healthy.

What was it like to start at Rocket?

A little scary. The workouts can sound intimidating, and the fittest members fly through them. I took a while for me to stop trying to compete with people younger than my daughter and just do the best I can.

What have you gained from training at Rocket?

More body awareness, better posture and increased energy. Just as importantly, if not more, I’ve made a whole lot of good friends.

What is your favorite lift or movement?

Sit ups and planks I can do. The Olympic lifts I’m working on.

What are your goals now? What do you aim to do in the upcoming year?

In my dreams I finally do a double-under. Seriously, I want to avoid injury, maintain my strength and cardio level, and keep having fun.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love it that Rocket Crossfit has no mirrors. We don’t work on our biceps so we can show off at the beach. We don’t put on head phones or ear buds, tune out the surroundings and slave away in isolation on treadmills. What we do is learn and sweat together. The trainers are great, the atmosphere inclusive, and the general vibe a wonderful kind of friendliness.