Since it’s August and everyone is headed back to school, we decided to feature not one, but two educators as our August Members of the Month! Bre and Dom Shortridge are not only teachers and members at the Box, they happen to be husband and wife. Hailing from San Leandro, California, the couple moved to Memphis in 2016 after each had earned a Master of Urban Education degree from Union University (I get matching WOD socks but seriously, guys? The same degree?! #RelationshipGoals). Dom and Bre live and teach in the Graham Heights neighborhood, and in their spare time you can catch them at CrossFit classes together at the Box!
Read on to get to know Mr. and Mrs. Shortridge better (guys, you can’t call teachers by their first names, remember?) and be sure to say hello when you see them at the gym.
How long have you been a members at the Box? Why did you start coming?
Bre: We’ve been here for one year. We visited a few gyms in Memphis after moving and the Box stood out to us because of the size, community, price, and location!
What do you like most about working out at the Box?
Bre: I love the diverse and friendly community of people who workout here.
Tell us the three best things about you:
Bre: I’m organized, dedicated, and compassionate.
What would Dom say is the best thing about you? The worst?
Bre: Dom would say the best thing is my laugh and the worst is my love for planning.
What age level/subjects do you teach? Where?
Bre: 1st grade at Kingsbury Elementary. Go Falcons!
Dom: 3rd grade at Berclair Elementary. Go Everyone!
What is the hardest part of being a teacher? The most rewarding?
Bre: The hardest part about being a teacher is the time and energy it takes. The most rewarding parts are the relationships you create with your students.
Dom: Teaching kids things that will help them in life is very difficult because you have to prepare so much outside of class and in your free time. However, teaching is also incredibly rewarding, because you get to teach students academic and life skills that will impact their lives.
Who were your favorite and least favorite teachers? Why?
Bre: My favorite teacher was my 6th grade Science teacher because he always made science really hands on and engaging, and he kept every piece of gum he found or took from a student and made a huge ball of gum throughout the year! My least favorite teacher was my Algebra 2 teacher because he always sat behind his desk when he taught and made us run laps outside if we ever talked.. (I ran lots of laps that year)
What was your favorite toy growing up?
Bre: I loved anything 101 Dalmations and would also spend hours on my pogo stick.
Dom: I loved Stretch Armstrong, until the ooze started coming out of his arms.
What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
Bre: The Napali coast in Kauai
Dom- Northeastern Pennsylvania.
If you could swap lives with anyone for a day (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Dom: The invisible man, because he’s invisible.
What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
Dom: Swap lives with Dom (editor’s note–presumably so Dom could be invisible. See above. Smart answer.)
Who is your celebrity crush?
Bre: Tom Hardy
Dom: Jax Teller
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Bre: A horse veterinarian
Dom: I wanted to be a substitute teacher. Real talk.
Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite? Why is it so bad?
Bre: I love cleans and KB swings and hate thrusters and overhead squats!
Dom: I love eating otter pops for time. My least favorite movement is getting up off the ground at the end of a workout.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Dom: Cheezy Pitas
In your opinion, what sport would be the funniest to add a mandatory amount of alcohol to?
Dom: Flonkerton (a game played by the cast of The Office in The Office Olympics. You strap reams of paper to the bottom of each players’ feet and they race to the finish.)
Do you have a favorite song lyric, quotation, or words of wisdom?
Bre: Jealousy is the thief of joy.
Dom: Whenever I do something, I think to myself “would an idiot do that thing?” if so, I do not do that thing.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
Bre: Dom, matches, and my Bible.
Dom: Physician’s Desk Reference hollowed out with waterproof matches inside, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, a NASA blanket, and in case I get bored, I would bring Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
What is your favorite thing to do in Memphis?
Bre: My favorite thing to do in Memphis is to try new foods!
Dom: Kinda hipster and nerdy, but I really love going to coffee shops around the city and reading books.
Finish the sentence. People at the Box should ask my advice about ____.
Bre: Rescuing stray dogs.
Dom: The Office trivia
What would you say to someone hesitant about trying Crossfit?
Bre: CrossFit is for anyone, no matter your fitness background. Everything can be scaled and you will get an amazing workout and make great friends!
Dom: Anything worth doing, is going to be hard. CrossFit is hard, but unlike other things, the people and the community are always there to help pick you up and that makes CrossFit unlike any other fitness program.
What do you think? If you know someone who should be featured as The Box’s next member of the month, let us know at amanda@TheBoxMemphis.com