CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

Brittany Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Brittany Campbell who is December’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month.  Our # 1 FITAID consumer always brings her energy, muscles, and A-game every time she steps into the box.  Hyper CrossFIT is her sanctuary where she can focus on herself for an hour before the daily responsibilities of being a mom and nurse take her through 12 + hour days.

Hometown: Freeland, PA

What do you do to pay your bills? Trauma Nurse in West Philadelphia

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I’ve always been into fitness but was always nervous to try CrossFit. I found out a friend of mine belonged to Hyper so I tried it and was hooked!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I love so many things about being part of the Hyper Family it’s hard to say what I love the most! Of course, I love feeling strong and accomplished on a personal physical level, that goes without saying. I love being pushed to achieve more than I ever thought I was capable of, and I love to push my fellow athletes in the same way. I love hearing my daughter yell, “Go Mommy!” when I climb the rope I never thought I could climb, and I love hearing my son describe me as “buff” because it makes me feel like I am showing my children that women can be strong…and that is an important thing for both young girls and boys to see. I love that, no matter which class time I attend on any given day, I will be alongside athletes who have become friends, and I will have a coach pushing me to be the best me I can be for that hour.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? It’s a tie between the rope climb and kipping pull-ups!

What are you still working on to achieve?  Strict pull-ups!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit? I love playing bingo! I even have my own bingo bag with stampers!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My favorite WODs are always the hero WODs. The most powerful WOD I have ever done at Hyper was one in honor of a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. The woman had saved her children from the tragic fate she fell victim to…she ran with them in her arms. I remember running while holding a plate thinking about how heavy it was…how heavy the woman’s children must have been as she ran with them in her arms to get them to safety. Hero WODs always motivate me, but this particular WOD was especially powerful for me.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Still thinking about what I’d name it, but it will definitely have deadlifts, rope climbs, sit-ups, and some bench presses…I guess you’ll have to wait until it’s on RhinoFit to see!!!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Just try it! And keep coming back! I never thought I could do half of the things I can do today, nor did I think I would ever be as strong as I am right now when I first started!

 

 

 

Cody Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Cody Collins who is November’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Read more about how needing to change up his fitness regimen landed him at Hyper CrossFIT’s front (bay) door and how working out at a Globo gym is a thing of the past!

Hometown:  Florence, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Drug Pricing Analyst

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I always knew of someone who was doing CrossFit or I would flip through channels and occasionally see the CrossFit Games on ESPN. I never really understood it, until one night I was bored and watched that typical documentary that everyone knows about on Netflix. It sparked my interest and I needed a change when it came to my workout regimen so it was perfect timing. Not long after that, I canceled my membership at a local gym and googled the closest CrossFit gym to my house. Hyper CrossFIT popped up in my search, and the rest is history. I dove right in!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? I like being proud of what I do in the gym with all the members. It still amazes me the intensity our workouts require, and how far we are able to push ourselves. I’ve never worked out this hard before joining Hyper CrossFIT, and walking out of the gym after a tough workout knowing you went as hard as you could and you have nothing left to give is a great feeling.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I would have to say hitting my most recent PR snatch was awesome; very proud of that!

What are you still working on to achieve?  Still looking to perfect the J-hook for rope climbs.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit?  I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  HERO WOD “JT”

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would call it Cody’s “15 Minutes to Fame” and it would go a little something like this:
AMRAP 10
5 yd Handstand Walk + 5 HSPU
5 pistols/leg
5 sets of 1 MU + 5 dips
Then:
5 mins to establish 1RM Snatch

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  If CrossFit already has your interest, then let a free class be your deciding factor. Don’t let what you hear about CrossFit scare you. It’s a ton of fun and you’ll enjoy it from the moment you start. Next thing you know, you’ll be Athlete of the Month giving advice!

Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you to the coaching staff for nominating me.  It’s an honor to be among the prior athletes who have been nominated. I also want to say I love and enjoy all the friends I have made since joining Hyper. I talk to some of them on a daily basis and it feels like family at this point.

 

 

 

 

Shekeria Wright

 

Congratulations to Shekeria Wright who is October’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Shekeria is one of our original Fitness Integrated Therapy (FIT) members from many years ago. She has come back to us full circle now as a CrossFit member and we couldn’t be happier at the level of fitness she is now achieving!

Hometown: Earth

What do you do to pay your bills? AR Medical Administrative Assistant

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I was a member of Fitness Integrate Therapy (FIT) when the facility was located in Willingboro. While watching a t.v. segment about the founder of CrossFit, I became intrigued then did a Google search and found this Box. Basically, the prodigal daughter returned home.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Everything including the instructors and members!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I can now run a 400m without stopping. I am the fastest, slowest member here. In my mind, I am Usain Bolt but my mile benchmark tells another story. I can also deadlift 220 lbs!

What are you still working on to achieve? Where do I begin…. rope climb, pull up, muscle up and box jump. Once I hit those goals I will have to retire from CrossFit!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit? I have a rod and 4 screws in my left leg from a car accident. I also plan on Sky-diving in 2019.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My favorite WOD is any that doesn’t include lunges; my knee cartilage has left the building.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?
“RJS: Run, Jump, Squat
For Time
400m run
50 Sit-ups
300 SU
10 OHS (#65 women)
1000m row

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? It isn’t as scary as it may seem. It will become a habit one will enjoy after taking it a step at a time, day by day. The strong support system at the Box makes it easier as well!

Any additional comments you would like to share? I am beyond thrilled that I didn’t quit and that I gained my confidence back! Come and join us!!!

Brooke Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Brooke Martin who is May’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. It’s not winning the Super Bowl LII or Cardio challenges at our fitness center that keeps Brooke motivated. It’s what she has gained in the form of an extended family, personal fitness results and the many accomplishments that keeps her coming back to the box.

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

What do you do to pay your bills?  School, emergency, and trauma Nurse

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I learned about CrossFit through a former member and primarily my father, Darren Martin.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I like my 5:30 AM crew, the push to start my day off right, and the results that I have seen and changes I have seen in myself.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest accomplishment is probably being able to get up the rope and not just once but multiple times now. 🙂

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I go on a cruise outside the country at least once a year.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? One of my favorite WODs is probably the one that we did with all of the presidents recently. It was challenging, but fun!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  BMart Special – I would include a rope climb, bear crawls, burpees, GHD machine, and snatches…Like a mix of different movements to work the body and maybe even some sprints like a 200 or 400 meter.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Exactly what our motto is, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” You may not be able to do everything and especially not RX, but if you stick with it and really work hard the change will be evident not only in how you look but how you feel.

Any additional comments you would like to share? I love CrossFit and our coaches are the best! They are very intuitive to all of us. They take the time to get to know us and have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Elgewili

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt – Philly

What do you do to pay your bills? Regional Manager for Hyundai Capital

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I tried every sport you can think of and sucked in all of them. I even tried weightlifting, spent hours and hours at the gym, but that didn’t work either. I heard about CrossFit from a friend when I lived in Albany, NY a few years back. He told me that it would help me stay in shape, keep me healthy and most importantly, I didn’t have to be at the gym all day doing it. I Googled all CrossFit locations around me, tried a class at a few boxes, but didn’t feel like they were the right fit for me.  Next on the list was Hyper CrossFIT.  When I arrived, I was welcomed by Yolanda.  She talked to me about the classes and showed me around.  I was so excited that I signed up for the Element course right there and then and the rest is history!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? It feels like we are one big family. I enjoy working out with our team of fantastic and friendly people who care about each other. We have great, encouraging coaches and with my knees being an issue, I never feel that any of them are being bothered by modifying or changing a movement for me. I also, like when the experienced athletes help me correct my stance or form. I always feel positive vibes at Hyper CrossFIT from everyone!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  When I did my first rope climb!

What are you still working on to achieve? Plenty (10 consecutive strict pull ups, double unders, muscle up, HSPU, handstand walk, finish Murph around 40-45 min with no modification and to be able to lift more weight) you want more, lol?

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. My first job was a busboy at Tiffany Diner in Philadelphia.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I love HERO and chipper WOD’s. I also like “Athlete of the month” WODs. I push a little harder, so I won’t disappoint the athlete, but Murph for sure is my number one WOD.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would name it “Chip like an Egyptian”
For time
– 200 m Run
– 90 DU
– 80 Air Squats
– 70 Box Step ups
– 200 m Run
– 60 Abmat sit ups
– 50 RKBS (55/35/20)
– 40 Mt Climbers (L+R = 2)
– 200 m Run
– 30 HRPU
– 20 Power Cleans (95/65/45)
– 10 Deadlifts (135/95/65)
– 200 m run

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Don’t be intimidated at all, because every movement can be modified to suit your level of strength and mobility and all it’ll take is 3 classes and you are hooked.

Any additional comments you would like to share? I never thought that  I would ever get this honor, so THANK YOU.  I want to thank all the coaches and every member of our box for being supportive and always there to cheer me on, encourage me to push harder and help me to be better every day.

 

 

Matt Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Matt Williams who is February’s Athlete of the Month. Read more about Tom Brady’s biggest fan and how he loves Crossfitting at Hyper CrossFIT.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What do you do to pay your bills? Network Architect

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? A few years ago a friend of mine suggested we give Crossfit a try in order to get fit and many failed attempts at a normal gym. I was hooked after that first week of soreness. From that moment I became hooked and wanted to be a better me and continually try to defeat my preconceived limitations of what I can physically and mentally accomplish.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? I like being in class with my fellow athletes and the coaches. The environment here encourages perseverance and trying harder then you did yesterday. I always feel mentally stronger after leaving class.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? My proudest moment is getting dressed for an event and realizing some of my pants that fit me last year are actually bigger and looser now.

What are you still working on to achieve? Overhead Squats, 10 strict pull-ups, more endurance.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I talk to my dogs like they are educated individuals.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? “FRAN” is my favorite

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?

 I would call my WOD “Lucky number 7”
Cash in: 250 m Row
5 Rounds
7 Pull ups
7 Thrusters
7 KB swings
7 Burpees
Cash out: 250 m Row

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? If you’re thinking about CrossFit I would suggest just trying it for 30 days out of your life. There are no unrealistic requirements and everyone is friendly and encouraging. We all have to begin somewhere in our fitness journey. CrossFit offers you a path on that journey. You’re only opponent is you.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  I love the atmosphere at Hyper CrossFIT and no matter what type of athlete you are or at what level you’re at there is something for you here.

 

 

Christopher Morrison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Christopher Morrison who is December’s Athlete of the Month. Read more about who and what continues to influence him when he steps onto the Hyper CrossFIT floor.

Hometown: Hamilton, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Hospital Management

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I would have to say I learned about CrossFit by trying. I saw a sign, was curious and came in for a trial for the New Year’s WOD. I did not know much about it prior to coming into our Box. I saw great people challenging each other to do a great workout. The combination brought me back.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  There are so many differing and varying athletes with unique strengths and diverse athletic backgrounds. They are coming together to challenge themselves to get stronger through CrossFit. Everyone learns from everyone’s strengths. This helps everyone move forward in their individual training.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Getting a Strict Bar Muscle up.

What are you still working on to achieve?  Getting more efficient in everything whether it be better technique, increasing strength or mobility, or balancing an asymmetry for a particular movement. This is especially true for the Olympic lifts as I had no experience in them prior to CrossFit.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I spent a couple of years living connected to a traditional Japanese martial arts dojo. The traditional lessons in technique, movement and philosophy that I learned from an extraordinary Japanese Sensei still influence me today.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Murph definitely.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Tough one. I like going hard for challenge, fast, and then having some fun. It would be some variation of the Litvinov training protocol popularized by Dan John- a heavy lift that your have good technicals on and can go hard. An example might be the deadlift (75-85% max) for eight reps or high volume kettlebell swings. This is followed by a 400m fast sprint or 30 yard uphill sprints. You go for a total of three rounds. Sprints should be all out and you should be gasping for air. This would be followed by some work on the gymnastics movements just because I find these fun- a kind of training reward for the previous hard work out. I guess then the name would be HFF. Hard, Fast and then some fun!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Its your training. Don’t get overly caught up in what the person next to you is doing or your score on the board. Be humble, don’t worry, and have fun. Everyone struggles with some movement. You will move forward with time and training. Ask a lot of questions. The coaches are great pointing you the right direction you need. Finally, on movements with which you are struggling, go slower and focus on underlying strength, mobility, and technique. Speed will come and you will be smoking the workouts in no time.

Any additional comments you would like to share? Thanks to everyone’s support in helping me get better!

 

 

Becky Erion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Erion is November’s Athlete of the Month. After discovering CrossFit, read on as to why Beachbody programs and exercising at home is a thing of the past for her, especially after doing the Bear Complex and great Chippers, now with her own Bella bar.

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

What do you do to pay your bills? Registered Nurse

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  Like so many others I developed an interest in CrossFit after seeing friends join and watching The CrossFit Games. Before CrossFit I would exercise at home. I have done every Beachbody program imaginable but over time those programs would get tedious, I would barely make it through a program before getting bored and moving onto the next. I was plateauing and not seeing any improvement. It took me about a good year before I developed the courage to join CrossFit. After searching online for a box I found Hyper CrossFIT, I took their free trial class and the rest was history!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  The people! The camaraderie in this box is amazing! Honestly, I’m not sure there are words that could describe how amazing the FIT members are! Being a military spouse and having no family in the area can be really hard. It isn’t easy moving from place to place and meeting people but Hyper has helped me feel more at home. Everyone was so welcoming from the moment I stepped into this box. I couldn’t be more thankful for all of them!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Getting an Overhead squat! It was probably the hardest movement for me! But in all seriousness my proudest moments is just watching myself become stronger and continuing to improve my form. I thought I was in pretty good shape before I started CrossFit but I was wrong.. way wrong!

What are you still working on to achieve? Snatches., snatches and more snatches… I swear, Coach Bill, one of these days I will get it! No matter how many times you may tell me, I will eventually get it!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I love Marine Biology! If I hadn’t become a nurse I would have pursued a career in marine biology. The ocean is my happy place!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Gosh, there are so many out there, not sure I have a favorite WOD or benchmark yet but I do enjoy a good chipper!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would name the WOD.. “OH. MY. GOD. Becky… Look at that WOD!” Because well, everyone knows that song. I love longer WODs, especially chippers. One of my favorite complex movements is the Bear Complex so I’d probably incorporate that into the chipper somehow. Maybe go something like this..

5 Bear Complex
10 Burpees
20 T2B
30 yard OH Plate walking lunges
40 Alternating DB Snatches
50 DU
5 Bear Complex
50 Kettlebell Swings
40 HRPU
30 yard OH Plate walking lunges
20 Pull ups
10 Wall Balls
5 Bear Complex

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Don’t wait like I did! If you have any interest in Crossfit come out and try a class! It doesn’t matter what shape you are in or how old you are, nothing matters because there is always a scalable option. The coaches here are amazing and will help you every step of the way. The camaraderie among everyone is amazing. You won’t be disappointed! Give it a try!

Stephen Wenger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Wenger is August’s Athlete of the Month.  Read more about the Burlington Native who is always the first to show up to every 5:30AM class at 5AM. He takes the time before the others arrive to do his morning ritual of stretches that will get him primed and ready for the workout of the day (WOD). Read more about Stephen below who shares that anyone can do CrossFit even if you have certain limitations and restrictions. Modification of movements can always help you through any and every WOD.

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  Attorney

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I had read about Crossfit online and began doing some workouts from the Crossfit site at the gym. I did the Elements classes from a Groupon ad at the Willingboro location, but at the time I couldn’t get the class times to work. After retiring from the police department I had a more flexible schedule and joined the Burlington location.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  I enjoy the people. Everyone is so friendly. You get to know everyone and get concerned when they aren’t there. It was nice doing a competition and have some of the members show up to cheer you on.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Handstand push ups. It took me a long time to be able to get upside down.

What are you still working on to achieve? Muscle ups. Just one please.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I play bagpipes with the Camden County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Our mission is to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I like the Isabel or Grace, because they are just lifting. I have to be careful. Because of my knees, many movements are painful.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Call it “I Plead Not Guilty.” I like AMRAPS. Something with a row buy in and then deadlifts, box jumps and kettlebell swings.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  When I talk to people about Crossfit they say they can’t because of certain physical limitations. I tell them that there is always a way to modify the exercise to accommodate the limitation. Jump right in, the water’s fine.

Erin Folger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Folger is July’s Athlete of the Month. One year ago this month, she walked into our doors and never looked back. Read more about this amazing athlete who proves that CrossFit can be done by anyone – no matter your fitness level or coming back from an injury/surgery.

Hometown: Delanco, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Science Teacher

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I really became interested in CrossFit after watching a documentary on Netflix. However, I never thought I’d ever be able to try those workouts that seemed so demanding, because I had trouble with my knee after having ACL surgery. Eventually, I decided to find out more, so I began to look for boxes nearby. Hyper CrossFIT stood out above the rest, because of the emphasis on modifying workouts to keep members injury-free. I thought that was the perfect philosophy for someone like me coming back from a serious injury…and I was right!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The first thing I noticed at Hyper was how friendly and welcoming everyone was, coaches and athletes. I felt comfortable right away, and a year later, the gym feels like home. I especially love how the coaches don’t hesitate to jump right in and workout right beside you. I never have to workout alone.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Since I hurt my knee, I’ve struggled to get back into shape and to feel like myself again. I would rush into working out, overdue it, and get hurt again. It was a never-ending cycle. Since joining Hyper, I’m most proud of how I approached returning to exercise–being patient, modifying movements, and taking care of my body. That accomplishment is very meaningful to me. And I have my coaches to thank for that, as well.

What are you still working on to achieve? I want to be as strong as Coach Kim! I don’t think that’s possible though, so I’ll settle for getting handstand walks and muscle-ups.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I have six fake teeth.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? So far, I think my favorite is DT. Murph was a memorable one, too. But I haven’t been CrossFitting that long, so there are a lot that I haven’t tried yet.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? That’s a hard question. I like long workouts, so maybe a long AMRAP. It would probably include running, squat cleans, pull-ups, double unders, and burpees. I would name it “The Best Part of Waking Up” (my last name is Folger).

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  ANYONE can do it! You just need to be willing to try. Hyper is the perfect place to start, because the coaches are willing to modify any workout to meet your needs and make sure you stay healthy enough to come back again and again. And once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you to the Hyper coaches for their support and to the Hyper members for welcoming me with open arms!