Cheryl and Andrew Sabarre “Cher and McLovin”
It started with a gift. Andrew had been doing Crossfit for about a year and was always talking about it with Cheryl then for Christmas he gave her a gift card for the Foundations Program. “And I really liked it!” What initially was going to be the way to get back into shape after their second child, Allie was born has become the means to get back into shape after Zachary, their third, came along.
For Andrew his goals since starting Crossfit have remained unchanged. “I’ve always been an active person, but I needed something that would push me beyond my comfort zone of bench press and bicep curls.” After training for over 3 years he has recognized there are “many more areas needing improvement. I need to squat more!” But despite continually seeking to be better, Andrew recognizes the changes since starting Crossfit. “I am without a doubt stronger than before, much more balanced. I feel I’m in the best shape of my life from a general standpoint. Jeans fit tighter.”
Cheryl has also seen many improvements in her fitness, “I would say I’m overall more balanced in my fitness because prior to Crossfit, I would never regularly strength train or do any sort of lifting. Crossfit has also helped my running endurance and speed.”
Extended Family. That’s the first thing I think of when you say Sabarre Family. I think they are all amazing and I truly appreciate them for who they are inside and outside the gym. You’re blessed if you know them and if you haven’t you need to introduce yourself. Also, Andrew is pretty much a Magician aka Physio who fixes everyone!
Just the Facts
Name: Cheryl Sabarre
Family status: Married
Profession: Pediatric Occupational Therapist and momma to Matt, Allie, and Zachary
Do any other members of your family do Crossfit? Andrew
How long have you been doing Crossfit? 2 years
How often do you train? 2 times a week at Crossfit and I’ll go running, hiking, or spinning on other days.
When do you normally train? 10:45am Mom and Baby Class and whenever I can go (when Andrew is home to watch the kids!).
Favourite type of workout: Long chippers with variety. I also like anything with burpees or box jumps!
Least favourite type of workout: Workouts with lots of pull-ups. And double unders…and rowing…
Have you been in any Crossfit competitions? No
What has been your best Crossfit moment? Finally mastering rope climbs! I had never been able to climb a rope until I joined Crossfit.
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the Crossfit program? Another mom’s class?
What inspires you the most? Everyone who attends Crossfit, each with their own set of goals. The other day we had people coming back from injury, a teenager, the Crossfit Sports competitors and newcomers all in one class. It was great and everyone is so encouraging and supportive.
What sports have you played in the past? I never played sports but grew up dancing (ballet). I never even took high school PE because I was dancing so much! I have terrible hand eye coordination…
What other sports do you currently play? I hestitate to say I snowboard because its been about 6 years or since I’ve had kids. But I snowboard.
What is your favourite activity outside of Crossfit? Drinking good coffee, going out to eat, spending time with Andrew and the kids.
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? I lived in Montreal as a teenager for a few years and graduated from a Francophone High School. There were ESL classes instead of English classes. At the time I was completely bilingual.
Just the Facts
Name: Andrew Sabarre
Family status: Married! With Children!
Do any other members of your family do Crossfit? My wife Cheryl has been getting into Crossfit more and more lately. She’s even started practicing “air” Olympic lifts at home.
How long have you been doing Crossfit? 3.5 years
How did you discover Crossfit? I had heard that Crossfit was a very intense form of exercise. So I decided to do physiotherapy coverage at Canada West Regionals in 2013. So my first exposure to Crossfit was seeing some of Canada’s best athletes – Intimidating.
How often do you train? 5 days a week, with a double day Tuesdays and Thursdays thanks to my understanding wife!
When do you normally train? All over the place.
Favourite type of workout: I really enjoy Olympic lifting! Body weight and chipper workouts are also my jam.
Least favourite type of workout: Heavy squats. And hamstring stretches
Have you been in any Crossfit competitions? Not really…
Would you like to? Yes, but I am a much better cheerleader.
What has been your best Crossfit moment? Hitting Snatch PR’s. Then coming home to tell Cheryl about it with play by play breakdown.
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the Crossfit program? I’d love to see accessory work added for people with a mobility or stability GOAT. Measure where they are and have them do one or two specific exercises to address it and measure 6-8 weeks later.
What inspires you the most? My family – to continue to improve on myself to be better for them.
Who do you look for inspiration from? Music – J. Cole and Chance the rapper right now. Kanye a lot in the past. People who overcome the inequalities and hardships of life to instill happiness and meaning in others – my mom.
What sports have you played in the past? Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball
What other sports do you currently play? I’m terrible at Basketball now, and love playing Hockey when I get the chance. Snowboarding is still a passion.
What is your favourite activity outside of Crossfit? Basketball and Snowboarding
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? I love drawing and painting, and won second place in a piano competition – but lost to a kid about 10 years younger than me.