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Nicole and Katie


Katie and her hubby, Marty




When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFIt in May 2011 at a box in the West Loop of
Chicago. I came to CrossFit Barrington in March 2012 when I
moved to Barrington.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Rockford, Illinois. My athletic background was in
competitive figure skating for twelve years. I am an orthodontist, and
work out of four offices in Barrington, Palatine, Morton Grove, and
Portage Park. My husband, Marty Verbic, and I moved to North
Barrington in March 2012 when he purchased our offices in Barrington
and Palatine. I joined CrossFit Barrington soon after, and while at first
was sad to leave my previous Box, I quickly realized that CFB was far
more special and meaningful to me.

What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?
Prior to CrossFit, I would go to a regular gym 2-3 days a week to do
cardiovascular and strength training, and 3-4 days a week I would work
out at home to videos such as Insanity, Turbofire, etc. I have always
loved working out, and have kept it a very high priority in my life.

Favorite WOD? Annie; Murph (although I haven’t attempted it with a vest

Least favorite WOD? Fran; 14.5 (along with everyone else who did it!)

Favorite Lift? Clean & Jerk

Lease favorite lift? Snatch or front squat
Favorite healthy food? Baked acorn squash or roasted root vegetables
Favorite junk food? Sweets! You name it I probably like it, except for the
sour gummies.

Nickname? Ka$h (given to me by a close friend for Kathryn Ashley, with
a twist).

What goals have you achieved while at CFB and what goals do you have
for the future?
It took me 1.5-years of doing CrossFit before I could do a pull-up
without a band. I never could climb a rope or do a strict chin-up or pullup
before. I find double unders fun now, but I still hate push-ups. I’m
stronger and more in-shape than I have ever been in my life.
My goals for the future are to always get stronger. I do not come by
strength or the olympic weight lifting movements naturally, and I’m
constantly trying to get better and stronger at those. I want to be listed on
the top-5 board for as many WODs as I possibly can. Of course I want to
accomplish the holy grail of CrossFit, the muscle up. I also want to
eventually achieve butterfly chest-to-bar pull-ups and a sub 5-minute

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
I have met so many amazing people and ultimately life-long
friends through CrossFit. CrossFit Barrington, in particular, has an
incredible community of people that make it up. I love seeing everyone
everyday, and cheering them on and they doing the same for me. It is
such a supportive community of like-minded people.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?
Stick with it and give it at least a week. Even if you are sore, beat-up,
and feeling totally outside your comfort zone. You will soon notice that
the last person who finishes the WOD is the person that is most cheered
for. And that is the coolest part of CrossFit.

Favorite quote? “Live, Love, Laugh”

Favorite adult beverage? Tough one and varies with my mood. Probably
a nice cabernet sauvignon.