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April Athlete of the Month

Mo is one of Eazy’s first members from Explosive Speed Gym and has consistently worked out 4-5 times a week since she started. If you’ve been to a 5:30am class, you’ve been greeted by Mo’s friendly, welcoming smile. She doesn’t let programming dissuade her from coming in and scales when needed, but always pushes herself through the class.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I started out when it was just Speed & Agility classes and I loved it so I kept going when it changed to CrossFit

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Spend a lot of time gambling with my family :) My husband and I like to go to concerts and sports events


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

That I keep going 5 days a week (mostly). Alot of aches and pains but its worth it

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Rope climbing (the fastest way)

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Stick with it. You'll lose weight, feel good and make good friends

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March Athlete of the Month

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Tristan Klotz described in one word: “consistent.” He’s consistent in his attendance, effort, and attitude. Tristan is focused and strong and determined, but he’s always watching other athletes to offer encouragement or advice. Read on to learn more about our March Athlete of the Month!

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I got into CrossFit because of my wife, Kirsten. At the time I was really overweight and lazy, and really did not want to work out with “bros” at a regular gym, so she suggested I try CrossFit. I remember telling Kirsten if there were a bunch of meatheads at this gym, I was not coming back. Needless to say, everybody at my first CrossFit gym was pretty cool and I kept coming back. I’d say the reason that I keep coming back is because I like the atmosphere at our gym. When I injured my back and had to take some time off and go to a regular gym, it was SO boring. Here everybody pushes each other to get better.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

I’m an Audi Technician at Audi Hoffman Estates. I’ve always got an acute fascination with things that go fast, and would someday like to build my own CrossKart or shifter cart. I also love skiing out west in the winter with with my wife Kirsten and in the summer I love being up in northern WI at our cottage fishing. I also like growing my own vegetables and building things in the garage


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

Reaching the 200# mark for full snatch, though that was a while ago....

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Stupid ring muscle ups.....grrr or handstand walks

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Definitely come and try it out! It’s hard but it’s worth the work. I’d say don’t get frustrated. We all had to start somewhere and learn, and it takes a while. It took me three long years to get stupid double unders, and after 5 years I still can’t do a ring muscle up. You just have to keep working at it.

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February Athlete of the Month

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While the NFL awarded Julien Edelman the MVP award at the Super Bowl last night, we’d like to bestow CFHE’s coveted Athlete of the Month award to one very deserving athlete: Lissete Bonilla. Edelman and Lissete share a similar story on their journey to greatness: they were both setback by injuries, but didn’t let it stop them from pushing on towards excellence. Lissete suffered a broken finger, but insisted on modifying movements until her finger healed…and she continued improving. Lissete is encouraging, positive, and an inspiration to all of us.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

My older brother had been doing crossfit for a while and encouraged me to try it. I was initially very hesitant that I would be able to keep up! I had hit a plateau going to a regular HIIT gym and was looking for more. I remember being so nervous my first day but instantly fell in love with the challenge. Crossfit is a great mental and physical challenge. I also use it as my self care tool as I have a demanding job. I love to see the progress and that's what keeps me coming back.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Outside of the gym, I work as a Child Protection Investigator for the State of Illinois. I have an 11 year old son and 2 dogs. I'm a basketball mom on the weekends and soon to start Graduate school. I also love to travel and dance!


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

When I first started back in July of 2018 I could only deadlift about 65 lbs. I can remember the bar feeling heavy. I can deadlift 165 lbs now!

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Oh my goodness! Squat snatch and over head squats for sure! Still working on my balance.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Dooooo it!!! I still scale a lot of work outs! It's a fun community and you will not regret it!

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January Athlete of the Month

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We’re ringing in the New Year with the biggest smile at the gym—Carlos Garcia. His attendance is as consistent as his positivity. Read on to learn more about Carlos.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I had been going to a regular gym for the last couple of years but got tired of the same old routine and started looking for something more challenging. After watching the CrossFit Games on TV one day I thought, “Hey, if that Fraser guy can do it, why can’t I”. Oh man, I was so naive. Life was ready to teach me another lesson and that is what I like about CrossFit. CrossFit reminds you to be humble, it reminds you that your background or fitness level does not matter. In here we are all the same, we are all facing new challenges or trying to improve. Nobody is perfect, unless you are that Fraser guy ;)

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family. Ask me about any kid’s playground or tv shows and I am sure we can sing the theme song together. Time with the kids can be as exhausting as any of Eazy’s holiday workouts, but at the same time and just like that, you cannot wait for the next one. 


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

There are many things that I’m proud of since I started doing CrossFit but what I really like to celebrate are the small wins. That first rep or extra rep, being able to complete a WOD or just being able to show up at 5:30am.

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

There are so many that is hard to pick only one but I would have to say that the overhead squat is at the top of my list closely by those lovely double unders.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Go for it! Like everything else in life, you have to try it or you will never know. With the right combination of great coaching (kudos to you guys), motivation and consistency you will enjoy CrossFit while getting in great shape surrounded by an awesome community.

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December Athlete of the Month

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Leah dela Cruz is 2018’s final Athlete of the Month and we can’t think of a better way to end the year. Leah never cheats a rep, never complains, and never gives up. She is always asking for ways to improve her movements/lifts and takes criticism with a smile on her face.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

Like a lot of people, I had heard about CrossFit for a long time, but was intimidated by what I thought it was going to be, so I put off joining. I had been going to a regular gym for a while, and though I saw results, I was plateauing and needed a change. I finally bit the bullet, and gave in to taking a look at what CrossFit was all about. One of the best decisions I ever made. The things that keep me coming back are the people and the changes I have seen in myself. The coaches push you as far as you can go, and sometimes just a little bit further. You may think a little too far, but once you get there, you start believing you can keep going. Also, the people in the classes are there with you, going through the same grueling workouts. They are there to encourage you, or just lend an ear to listen to your complaints. Although it has been slow and steady, I am becoming a better version of myself, both physically and mentally.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Outside of the gym, I work a 9 to 5, and love spending time with friends and family. I could also be catching up on my dvr, reading a book, or singing along to the radio/Pandora. 


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

I have achieved many things that I did not think I could. The most recent milestone that stands out was getting back to my driver’s license weight. It wasn’t even a goal at the time, but I got excited when I realized I had done it. Of course, I could not have done it alone, I have the coaches and those in my classes to thank.

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

There are many moves that I would like to perfect. One of the top moves would have to be the double unders, those suckers always get me. I tend to leave with temporary battle scars, so I hope to alleviate that problem soon.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

If you are the least bit interested in trying out CrossFit, go into a location near you and check it out. Leave any self-doubt at the door. Do what you can do, and don’t give up. Keep coming back, and you will keep getting better and stronger.

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November Athlete of the Month

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Bryan Braur, aka: BryGuy is the deserving November Athlete of the Month. He has been part of the CFHE family for the better half of this year and has improved leaps and bounds. Bryan is positive, coachable, and consistently faces his weaknesses head-on.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I was a typical gym bro stuck in a forever bulk life. Just wanted to go lift weights to get bigger. I realized I needed something to push me I was bored with bicep curls and chest day. I was always hesitant about doing CrossFit until I stepped foot into CFHE. Eazy, Matt, Gina and Bryce welcomed me with open arms told me check my ego at the door and I’ve never looked back! They all have pushed me as well as everyone else at CFHE it makes me wanting to come back 5-6 days a week because I want to get better and get to hang out with like minded people everyday. I’ve told myself at the beginning I’ll give this a shot for a month or two and now I will never quit doing CrossFit! 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

I’m born and raised here in Illinois, 26 years old and engaged to the most amazing girl in the world! When I’m not at CrossFit, which sometimes I wish I could be all day you can usually find me with me playing flag football on Sundays, eating, seeing a movie or traveling the world. Me and my fiancée are both big travelers we visited Thailand last year and just got back from our trip in Bali. We both have plans on traveling the world for the rest of our lives as much as possible. 


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

I would have to say getting the bar muscle up so early in my time with CrossFit. However the biggest accomplishment is I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life!

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

That gosh dang snatch and overhead squat!! I hate it I hate it but will not stop until I get it down better and be able to move some weight with that movement.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

You will not regret it I’ve gained so much from CrossFit not just physical but mentally and have made some serious strides in my health. I’ve also gained many friendships and continue to get better everyday. That’s the biggest thing about CrossFit there is no ceiling you can keep getting better everyday. 

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October Athlete of the Month

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Jen Foley, aka “JenMonster,” has consistently pushed herself out of her comfort zone over the last several years. Recently, she had a renewed focus on improving her form and embodies the saying you should “leave your ego at the door” by knowing when it’s more important to drop the weight in order to improve in the long run.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

What got me into Crossfit? That’s easy! My incredible, super handsome, studly husband. He had been going to CFHE for about a year with his pal Ryan (aka Grumpy Bear). After a year of watching those two have all the fun, my sister-in-law, Jenny, and I thought we’d give it a shot. Since the boys were hogging the 7:30am slot, that left us with 5:30am as the only real option (mom-duties). At first, we thought going to the gym at 5:30am was crazy, but we soon realized it was the perfect time and had the perfect group of people. I mean, you have to be a special kind of crazy to wake up in the 4s to go get a work out in. Why do I keep coming back? There are so many reasons! The programming – All I have to do is show up and I know I’m going to get an incredible workout it. No 2 days in a row are the same and I know that each day will challenge me in a different way. The people – did I mention all of the crazy and wonderful people at the #530 class yet? They’re the best! The coaches – While I already mentioned the variety in the programming, there’s just as much of a variety in the coaches! After going to CrossFit for over three years, I can honestly say, I have never stuck with any type of exercise as long as I have with CrossFit-and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Kids. That pretty much sums it up. My three kids take up most of my free time but I wouldn't have it any other way. Now that they are a bit older, I am also starting to get back into the working world. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, playing soccer, doing anything active, taking naps (on rare occasions) and traveling. I would travel every weekend if I could!



WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

A bar muscle-up. This was one movement that just seemed unreachable for me. I honestly thought that no matter how long I continued with CrossFit, a bar muscle-up was just out of reach. When I started, I couldn’t even do one pull-up, but I kept showing up. Slowly but surely, I got the hang of it and before I knew it, I was able to string together 5… then 10. Fast forward a couple of years and I was able to do butterfly pull-ups. Still, I didn’t think a muscle-up was going to be possible, but thanks to some great coaching and encouragement and a lot of failed attempts, I finally got my first bar muscle-up.

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

When I think of movements that people typically want to perfect, it usually includes a bar. I, however, am not a big fan of the bar so let’s keep it simple: Push-ups. My shoulders burn just thinking about them. It's a movement that starts off easy and doable but then quickly escalates to a movement that will have you falling flat on your face, lying there trying to convince yourself that you can do just one more.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Just give it a shot. It may be scary to walk through that door. You man be introduced to things that you’ve never done before and see things that you think you’ll never be able to do. After finishing your first class, you’ll walk out of that place sweaty, exhausted, and so incredibly sore. When the dust settles, you’ll likely never look at exercise the same way again. You’ll learn that you are so much stronger than you knew you were and that you can push yourself so much further. You’ll remember (or learn for the first time) that exercise can be fun! You’ll be forced to work on things that you always used to just skip. It will be hard and at times you may even want to quit, but when you look over and see a group of people pushing through it right beside you, you’ll get the strength to push through too. 


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September Athlete of the Month

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Chris Bieschke *aka "big sexy"* is constantly setting the bar higher for himself. His commitment to improvement and change is purely intrinsic. Once Chris sets a goal for himself, he pragmatically outlines a way to accomplish it. And then he accomplishes it. Read on to get to know our September Athlete of the Month. 

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I signed up last summer as part of the 6 week challenge. What keeps me coming back is Bryce, Matt and Eazy. Those guys are dreamy!

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

I pretty much just work and hang out with my wife, 2 dogs and my son.


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

All jokes aside just being very consistent (4 to 5 times a week) since last April. Hard to improve if you don't show up and try....

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Hand to mouth is something I need to master. I likes to eat! I have gotten better, but something I struggle with. My goal for the next year is to be able to do a correct pullup, rope climb and DU's.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Come in and try CF. Don't believe all the hype. There has been times I have been embarrassed and quite frankly ashamed that I could not do a movement. The thing I love about our gym is everyone is very supportive and non-judgmental. Just come in, struggle, put in hard work and even elite athletes will respect you.

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August Athlete of the Month

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Anyone who has worked out with Elena would agree that she's fully deserving of the August spotlight. She's coachable, determined, eager to be challenged, and always maintains her positive attitude. Elena's body transformation parallels her growth in confidence. Read on to learn more about our August Inspiration, Elena/Monica. 

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I got here from a challenge Program that I found on fb, I did not have any idea what Crossfit is, I was just bored going to regular gym and I decided to try it. This is what keeps me here, you never get bored it's an intense workout different day by day
 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Outside of the gym I work, I love spending time with my boyfriend and my dog. I like to read, also hanging out with friends. Trying to keep myself busy. I don't like to cook and I don't watch TV- it's a waste of time for me 


WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

I've accomplished a lot more than I thought was possible which I am very proud of. Thinking that I started from 0 and I couldn't do any movement. I am really proud that I can RX some of the workouts

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I am happy with how far I have come, but I still need to improve every movement. I have a lot of work ahead of me, mostly the double unders which I struggle with.

 

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Since I started Crossfit my body shape changed, also I feel more confident and strong. I'm physically and mentally healthy. I tell everyone to try Crossfit, it keeps you in shape, you have fun working out with the group, you get to know interesting people that give you motivation which is Judy in my case :) for me Judy is a super woman she motivates me everyday.

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July Athlete of the Month

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July's Athlete of the Month is the well-deserved Mike Fries. He's the optimist, encourager, intellect, and most goal-oriented athlete in our gym. Mike gives 200% every time he picks up a barbell, focusing equally on his form and strength. He's quietly competitive, so watch out for this guy--he's working hard to pass you up on the leaderboard every.single.day. 

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I first got into Crossfit because I challenged my friend to a deadlift competition. I needed a place to train and CFHE was just down the street. Every time I show up now I want to be better than I was before. I get excited to come to class. I never know what the workout is going to be I just know I’m going to give it max effort. My goal is to be in the top 5 of every RX workout. (and to beat Animal)

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

Outside of the gym I love to smoke cigars and be outdoors. I am also a big Netflix/binge watcher. I am totally cool with setting aside 4+ hours for binging. I like cooking and entertaining. We just got a new ceramic Kamado grill which is amazing, and last June we bought a new house.

WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

My wife would say “getting bulked” lol seriously though, I want to be as mentally tough and as physically capable as I can. I use Crossfit to be more confident in my day to day. It’s like a secret super power. My recent goal has been to be in the top 5 of every RX workout. After about 2 years of 3-5 days a week I feel like I’m finally able to “compete” with others. 

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Snatch for sure. I’m okay at it but I want to be great at it. I want to be able to at least snatch my body weight (165-170)

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Don’t give up. It’s hard. Crossfit is meant to be punishing. You’ll be amazed at what’s on the other side.

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June 2018 Athlete of the Month

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Meet our favorite west coast transplant: Meredith. While Meredith is eager to learn and improve in the sport of CrossFit, her genuine passion for people and community shines bright. Read on to learn more about our 5:30am all-star.

WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?

I moved here from Southern California, where you can workout outside year round. So running half marathons was my main form of exercise. Out here, I had no idea what to do—winter is confusing. Jumping to last July, when my husband Curtis and I were talking about the question, “What is something you wish you were doing right now, but think that it is too hard in our real lives?” My answer was exercise, and when he asked what I wish that looked like, it just came to me: CrossFit. I knew the workouts were created for you, so you didn’t have to spend mental energy on what you were planning to do that day. I knew they could be scaled down. People always talk about how great the community is, which sounded fun. And I thought I might be able to find an early morning option, the only realistic thing for our full-time work schedules. I keep coming back because the community really is awesome, and it’s fun to be a beginner at something and then get better at it. It’s fun to measure progress through accomplishments and not a scale too.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?


Usually we are just cruising through our workweek together, bookending the day with Transformers or Go Fish. But we happen to all have Mondays off, so we do something fun as a family then (after the WOD). I have two boys—Riley (5) and Peyton (3) who love to ride scooters and bake while sitting on our countertop. Curtis and I love to explore and eat—we have a map of every restaurant in the city we want to try.

WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?

I did a handstand push up and squealed like a child. It was way fun. But before that, about 5 months in I took my 5 year old back to California for a Disneyland trip. I didn’t bring a stroller and had to carry him all over the park. And I could; I even felt good doing it! It’s great to feel like I’m keeping up with my kids as they get bigger.

IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

For sure a pull up. I have never done one in my whole life and would love to.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

The advice I received that helped me was that gym culture matters. A good CrossFit box will make everything else about CrossFit easier, because you will feel more comfortable being a beginner, people will be helpful and encouraging, you’ll form community faster, you’ll feel more comfortable asking questions about things you don’t know. So at the beginning, don’t focus so much on whether you like doing CrossFit for exercise, (you will, because it’s hard in the best way) focus on whether you like being at that gym. You’ll show up at 5:30AM for good culture.

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May 2018 Athlete of the Month

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Our May Athlete of the Month is Rachael Bainbridge. Rachael's progress and trajectory is what keeps us all coming back for more CrossFit. Each day she walks out of the gym having achieved her goal of being stronger and/or more skilled. She's nothing short of inspiring to us as coaches. 

What initially got you into CrossFit and what keeps you coming back?

I started at CFHE last September after a small group boot camp class I had been going to ended. I was looking for a local class based workout that would continue to build my strength and endurance. Wow, did I find it! I keep coming back because I love the challenge and variety of the workouts and seeing the results of my hard work. I also love the non-corporate gym atmosphere and continually mastering new skills thanks to the encouragement of the coaches.
 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do outside of the gym?


I’m the English one! We moved here 4 years ago for my husband’s job and are going to be calling the US home for now so I am busy house hunting. Outside of the gym I can be found watching my son play soccer and baseball, hanging out with other local Brits, online shopping like a crazy woman and generally keeping our family organized! I think it’s also important to share that I have type 1 diabetes and this does NOT stop me from doing CrossFit, in fact exercise combined with using an insulin pump and wearing a continuous glucose monitor enables me to maintain pretty steady blood sugar numbers. I do get it wrong sometimes though and can be seen stuffing myself with glucose tablets and secretly hoping there is a medical professional in class!
 

What’s an accomplishment or goal you’ve reached due to CrossFit that’s made you the most proud?

I’m most proud of the confidence I’ve gained with all the lifting moves. I had never picked up a barbell until I started CFHE and was a nervous and cautious beginner. I have since discovered I love deadlifts and that getting stronger as a woman doesn’t mean I’m suddenly going to look like a bodybuilding freak! It does mean I can easily lift the packs of waters in Costco now. I also never thought I would be excited to order a pair of lifting shoes….who am I??? 
 

If there was one CrossFit movement you’d like to perfect, what would it be?

That would be my OH squat! I struggle with anything that involves squatting but I literally cannot do a single OH squat properly even just holding a pvc pipe. One day….
 

Any advice for someone interested in trying out CrossFit?

Just try it! The most nerve-racking part is walking through the door the first time but once you’re there you are in safe hands. The workouts are fully scalable for any age and ability. Follow CrossFit on social media and you can see so many inspiring examples of this within the community. As long as you are open to learning and receiving feedback then you’ll be fine!

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