Athlete of the Month

May 2018 – Cory Bazany

“Cory is positive, positive, positive! I don’t think I have ever seen her not smile. She is also an incredible athlete and total bad ass. Cory is a wonderful addition to the CF 312 classes and community.” – Coach Patrick S.

Cory is short for Corinne (my real name, little known fact), so that technically is my nickname


Physician assistant in hematology/oncology

In general, what is your background?
According to 23andMe, 99.7% European, mostly Irish (hence, pale). I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (Elgin, specifically) and played basketball and volleyball all through high school. I decided to take my talents to Kenosha, WI and played basketball in college at Carthage (a small division III school you’ve probably never heard of – oh and despite the subtle joke I very extremely dislike Lebron James so bring on that debate if you’d like, it’s one of my favorites). After graduation I moved to NY and somehow convinced my fiancé Marcus (then boyfriend) to move with me. I was accepted into a PA program and graduated with my MS in Physician Assistant Studies after 3 of the longest years of my life. I then started working as a PA in a hospital in NYC on the oncology floor taking care of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and bone marrow transplant patients. After a few years of living in NY, Marcus and I decided we missed living in normal-sized apartments that weren’t cockroach-infested, so we moved back to Chicago this past year. I still miss the bagels, but Chicago deep dish > NYC pizza all day. Marcus and I now live in the West Loop (best loop!) with our 2 children (by children I mean dogs) and I work as a physician assistant in the lymphoma program at Northwestern.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
I’ve been a member at 312 since I moved from NY, so roughly 9 months. I originally got into crossfit back when I was living in NY out of boredom. After college when I stopped playing basketball, I tried going to regular gyms but I hated it. I wanted to find something more fun/competitive and missed the comradery of playing on a team. Crossfit was the perfect answer and I was hooked after my first workout.

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
I’ve been a member of a few different crossfit gyms due to frequent moves, and I can honestly say I’ve never been so consistently pushed at a gym like I am every day at 312. The workouts and coaches are incredible, and I’ve seen more improvement and PRs during my short time at 312 than at all my other gyms combined. I’m so grateful/happy that Marcus and I stumbled into 312 for a late Friday afternoon drop in class last year – I think we knew after one class that this gym was something special and we signed up the next day. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
– 30 by 30: visit 30 countries by the time I turn 30. I’m at 25 countries as of right now, so we’ll see how that goes…
– learn to string together kipping t2b and pull-ups

Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
– run a half marathon on the Great Wall of China
– become more involved in clinical trials for new treatments for lymphoma and other blood cancers, and hopefully/eventually be published in a major medical journal

What do you like most about being a member at 312?
Hard to pinpoint just one thing, but I would say the people and coaches. From day 1 everyone was so friendly and welcoming that I automatically felt at home even though I hardly knew anyone, which is definitely a mentality you don’t find everywhere.

Favorite and least favorite movements:
Favorite: rowing, wallballs, and thrusters (no, I’m not a psycho, I promise).
Least favorite: anything gymnastics-related.

Favorite and least favorite WODs:
Favorite: fight gone bad.
Least favorite: any workout that involves more than 10 consecutive reps of a gymnastics movement at a time

Favorite post-WOD meal:
shredded chicken and rice with avocado and just a smidge of shredded cheddar cheese. Or nachos.

Favorite movies:
I’m more of a TV show gal, so I’m going to elect to switch this question to favorite TV show, in which case the answer is The Office

Favorite book:
Pride and Prejudice – my roommate and I in college adopted a cat and named him Mr. Darcy

Favorite artist:
all time favorite is probably Eminem

Favorite quote or words you live by?
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Famously attributed to Albert Einstein, although I recently learned that the original author may be sociologist William Bruce Cameron

What are a few of your most notable achievements?
When I was a freshman in college I beat one of the men’s basketball players in a wing eating contest. It wasn’t even close and after he gave up, I ordered dessert. But as far as more serious accomplishments, graduating PA school is also at the top.

I’m passionate about:
Life in general. If I had to pick one thing I’m most passionate about, though, it would be people. Especially the patients I take care of. I’m also very passionate about Cinco de Mayo, which is one of my all time favorite holidays.

Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
I was over 10lbs when I was born and didn’t fit into any of the newborn clothes my parents/family had bought me. I’ve also never had an adult cavity (very proud of that one).