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Farewell to the Erskines
Bethany and Allan joined CFSBK back in March of 2008. Over the past twelve years they have been staples of our community that started out as friends and gradually became a family of five. Their boys, Alex and Oscar have been involved with our kids programs since they were three and we’re sure Isla will make a fine weight lifter when her time comes too. Recently the Erskine’s let us know that they’re moving to New Jersey this August which is amazing (devastating). I know everyone who’s been fortunate enough to interact with Bethany, Allan and their family over all these years knows what wonderful people they are and we can’t thank them enough for all the hard work, community spirit, positive energy and love they’ve interjected into CFSBK since 2008. Few people have seen as much of our gym’s evolution as they have and its certainly the end of an era saying goodbye. They will be very missed but regardless of zip code, once a CFSBKer, ALWAYS a CFSBKer.
Here’s a note from the Erskine’s
Hello friends — this is a short note to say farewell from Allan, Bethany, Alex, Oscar & Isla, aka: the Erskine family. We are moving to Fair Haven, NJ at the end of August.
The CFSBK coaches, friends and community mean the whole world to our family, and are frankly one of the main reasons that we persevered in Brooklyn for so long. It perhaps doesn’t seem strange to say that ‘a gym’ can mean the world to a whole family — surely lots of members feel this way! But back in 2007/8 when we first joined it was a strange sensation to feel the lure of becoming ACTUAL friends with the people you worked out with. Like, back-off bro! Well, too late. In the intervening years, we have been delighted, humbled, you name it, to have the CFSBK community machine assimilate our entire family with near borg-like effectiveness. The consistently great coaching over the years, and watching the gym grow into a globally respected success story has been the best feeling, no matter the small part that we’ve played by ‘just showing up’.
Bethany’s best CFSBK memories: Every Strength Cycle I ever did, Iron Maidens, 6am open gym crew, 10am Saturday Short Circuits, Fight Gone Bad aka “Crossfit Halloween”, being taught by David in 2008 how to run (I have this crystal clear memory of running the block around The Lyceum and him saying “imagine you are holding a pencil in each hand”), that time David had us run backwards over the Carroll Street bridge during group class, “Fitness is Carned” shirts, Diapers and Dumbbells, gym dogs (especially Squid and Penny), Crossfit Kids, all the smiles, hugs, high-fives… the simple pleasure of running into CFSBK members on the street.
Special thanks to Margie and Jeremy for sparking my love of heavy lifts, every single Forever Friend I’ve made at SBK, to Whit for helping me move past years of pain and keeping me healthy and sane during a global pandemic, and to David for everything.
Allan’s favoritest: many Murph days, FGBs, doing two strength cycles and ripping three pairs of skinny Euro-pants in a week, the original Arturo/Noah Anti Gravity classes, the rare occasion when QoD is inexplicably dark “would you rather beaten to death by 6000 infants, or…”, AG strength (aka *finally* gaining the strength to perform movements I should have gotten years ago), CrossFit dogs (you know who you are), whenever Tom started making brisket, the photo feed, potlucks, sweating, making tractor tire playpens for kids.
Suffice to say, we love you guys. And for all this dramatic finality, we’ll still be dropping by whenever we can. Likewise if anyone is round or about the New Jersey peninsula and wants to give us a shout, please do! TIME!
Here’s a small album of some of their favorite CFSBK memories. <3