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July Athlete of the Month

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Since joining the CFHE fam in November, Tony has consistently left everything on the floor each class. He’s successfully walked the line of knowing when to scale/modify and when to push himself harder (a skill most of us envy but don’t possess). Over the last few months, his once seemingly impossible overhead squat has drastically improved, he’s now stringing together double unders, and he’s kipping his pull-ups. Tony is a keen listener and quietly encourages others in class and genuinely celebrates in others’ successes.

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

I initially got into CrossFit because I felt out of shape, was not very active, and I had had to do something about my love handles. I had read a lot about CrossFit and thought it would be a good fit for me for a number of reasons. I liked the fact that workouts were prepared for me, were scaleable, and done in basically an hour. There's an element of competition that makes the workout fun. There's also a certain amount of accountability as well which I know that I would fail at if I were working out on my own. The thing that keeps me coming back are the other athletes and coaches that push you during workouts and also celebrate your successes.

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

I am a father of twin 15 year old boys and a 5 year old girl. They keep me pretty busy. I am a real estate agent and love my job as it affords me the opportunity to spend time with my family. My wife and I like to entertain, BBQ, try new restaurants when we can, and gamble once in a while. I enjoy watching sports especially the Dallas Cowboys, the five time world champions. And, while I don't get to play often, I like to play poker and hope one day to play in the World Series of Poker. . . . I just need to come up with the $10k entry fee.


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

When I first started Crossfit I couldn't do more than two double unders in a row or more than one or two pull-ups. I am improving a lot on my DU's (strung thirteen together today and did 40 as a part of a WOD) and I can do kipping pullups now as well.

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

Overhead squat or snatch. These are so hard for me but I can see a little improvement each time.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Just come in the door and get started. A part of my fear was what others would think of my performance. I have learned that everyone is trying just as hard to get through a workout. Leave your ego at the door and come sweat it out with everyone.

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August Athlete of the Month

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Kyle Morrisey has been a part of our gym family long enough to have CrossFit running through his veins. He started coming to the gym as a young boy with his mom, and health and fitness has become a central focus in his life. Kyle is eager to learn new skills and improve on his lifts and other movements. Read on to learn more about the guy who claims he’s even received a compliment from Eazy…ppft…

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

I started off going to Explosive Speed Gym with Eazy and transitioned to CrossFit when Eazy made the switch. Working out is now part of my routine, and I like having a set workout and other people around me to push myself.

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

I am 19 and a sophomore at Illinois State University. I like to play basketball whenever I get the chance, and I also play dodgeball, flag football, and spikeball.


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

I was finally able to get a bar muscle up and ring muscle up this summer. I also got a compliment from Eazy once.

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

I would like to be able to do more than 3 muscle ups in a row. I would also like to be able to do heavier snatches

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

Just go for it. Make it a habit to workout and it will be so much easier.

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June Athlete of the Month

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As the school year is wrapping up, Sara is kicking off the summer with a healthier outlook on life. At the beginning of this year, Sara made the decision to make her health a priority and committed to dialing into a balanced diet and consistent exercise…and it shows. Her transformation is nothing short of inspiring.

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

I had always been fit and worked out but after mommyhood I stopped making myself a priority, it made me feel selfish. I lost that passion for working out. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and how he thought it would be a great fit for me so I did my research, found CFHE and never turned back! I love the intensity of the workouts!! I love the coaches and our community. Working through the challenges and realizing that I am stronger than I could have ever imaged keeps me coming back for more week after week!

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

I'm kind of a mixed bag. I'm a wife, mother, principal and total neuroscience nerd! I am a big fan of community, which is why our gym is such a great fit for me! I'm the principal of the Montessori Academy of North Hoffman. I was a former student of our school, a teacher for 18 plus years and now a parent of our school. I have even brought some of our middle and high school students to the gym, I certainly gained some props from the kids for that! I love cooking, adventure activities, traveling and reading non-fiction. I also love animals and nature! I am a huge social justice advocate and would love to see more unity in humanity (one can dream right?) I enjoy helping others and love seeing people set goals and crush them (as an educator, athlete and wife/mom). I'm also a pretty happy go lucky personality. While I can be intense, it is usually with a smile on my face.


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

I've been proud of my overall growth in the gym. I love the burn again. I love setting new goals and reaching levels of fitness I never thought possible. During Murph this year, I finally strung some kipping pull ups together. I can't believe how long it took me, but am really proud that it finally happened.

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

There are so many that I still cannot do and look forward to being able to do: butterfly pull ups, muscle ups and snatching more than 80 lbs

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

The hardest part is prioritizing yourself and your fitness. There is always work, parenting, cleaning/cooking that will get in the way. Like they say before each flight: "put your own oxygen mask on before helping others," In order to be your best self care is necessary. Everyone at the gym is so supportive---it doesn't matter how old, over/under weight, fitness level, CrossFit has something for everyone. While you are discovering your strength, you will make some of the best friends along the way. Everyone wants you to do your best and will encourage you and give you great advice along the way. You will not regret your decision to try it out, unless you choose a box other than CFHE :)

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May Athlete of the Month

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Chris Chappel is a name you’ll see at the top of our gym leaderboard each day. His effort, performance, and victories are consistent from daily wods to his ranking in the CrossFit Open. Chris is encouraging and pushes the other athletes in class. He seeks out feedback from his coaches and actively applies their suggestions to improve. Read on to learn more about our May Athlete of the Month!

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

About 4 years ago our good friend and Coach, Matt Reahm told me to come check out this place called Xyston. Even though the name sounded like some strange Cult, I decided to go. The workout was totally different and way more difficult than anything I had done... and even back then, before all of Matt's injuries, I crushed him and knew this was the place for me. There are a few things that keep me coming back; Eazy's incredible programming (it really is the best around), the people I've gotten to know along the way and the awesome Coaches. I've dropped in on a lot of other places and we have the best on all fronts! Oh yeah, and I really like getting beat by Gaby every morning... that's been a lot of fun.

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

Outside the gym I love spending time with my wife Jonnetta and our 4 kids. When I'm not going to watch them play sports I like to golf and drink beer.


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

I remember when everything was really hard and my body would get super sore after every workout. I couldn't do muscle ups, butterfly pull ups, double unders, snatches... you name it. I think I'm most proud of just sticking to it. The cool thing is the core group in out 5:30 am class has stuck to it also and I've seen all of us do things we probably never thought we'd get.

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

The Snatch. I can't believe how much weight some of these athletes can do and I know it's all about technique. Maybe some day I will do more than 200 lbs then Eazy will like me as much as Brian and Bryce.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?

It can be a little intimidating walking in the door, but you'll find that's the hardest part. Once you get to know the Coaches and the people around you everything starts to get easier. Just try it!

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April Athlete of the Month

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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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