HB COMMUNITY: From West Coast to DC, How Founding Member Megan Farrell Found Strength Through Weightlifting

From the west coast to the big city, we got to know one of our founding members, Megan Farrell. We found out how Coach Jeff (to no surprise) changed her outlook on strength and conditioning. Bonus: You can thank Megan for those little Hershey chocolates that are often sitting out in the main room counter!

Where are you originally from? What brought you to Washington, DC?


I grew up in Northern California and went to college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduation, I decided I wanted to try a new city and moved to DC, even though I didn’t know anyone here. It was a great decision and I’ve loved my time in DC.

What do you do for a living?

I work for The Hershey Company and handle international government relations and ethics and compliance. I love bringing candy to the gym and sharing it with the other members!

What is your fitness background?

I’ve never thought of myself as much of an athlete. I played water polo and swam in high school, but mostly because I needed the PE credits and neither sport required tryouts. After college, I usually ran in the evenings and rarely lifted weights. It wasn’t until I joined Balance Gym that I realized I loved group fitness and the community that it offered. Joining CrossFit took that love of group fitness to a whole new level.

How did you first hear about Humble Beast CrossFit?

I met Jeff in 2013 while I was working out at Balance Gym in Glover Park. My favorite class, Tone Zone, was next door to the CrossFit space at the gym. In the fall of 2013, a few of the loyal “Tone Rangers” and I decided to try a class for free with Jeff. We were immediately hooked, but adamant that Tuesdays and Thursdays were reserved for Tone Zone and every other day could be filled in with Jeff’s programming. Jeff accepted our love of Tone Zone and welcomed us into the CrossFit community, even though he thought we were ridiculous. When Jeff left Balance to start his own gym, we continued with Glover Park’s CrossFit programming and anxiously awaited the grand opening of Humble Beast CrossFit. As soon as Jeff and Lindsay opened in 2014, we were there for the first class. Around the same time, our beloved Tone Zone instructor moved to Atlanta (shout out to Steven Summersill!), so we no longer had our favorite cardio class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As a result, Jeff added in optional Tone Zone programming for us each week since he knew how much it meant to us. That’s just the kind of guy Jeff is. He always promised his programming would not make us bulky and that the weights and cardio would be just as good as Tone Zone. Turns out, he was right.

How long have you been a member at HB?

As soon as I heard Jeff and Lindsay were opening Humble Beast CrossFit, I knew I would follow them. I was even prepared to drive to Virginia if they had opened a gym there! However, I think a better question would be what keeps me coming to HB: Jeff and Lindsay, the fantastic coaches, the programming, and the wonderful community. It doesn’t hurt that Jeff’s playlists are always on fire.

What changes have you seen since training at HB?

Since I started working with Jeff in 2013, I’ve seen incredible progress in my fitness and strength. I also realized I enjoy lifting weights and prefer weightlifting over cardio!

What has being a part of the HB community meant to you?

Humble Beast is my family. I look forward to class each day and enjoy meeting new people through the gym. I’ve also made numerous friends through HB and love spending time with them while at the gym. It’s an amazing community and I am lucky to be a part of it.