CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

Joe Ciampa

Joe Ciampa is March’s Athlete of the Month. Read more about this WOD crushing, Burlington native and why we are so thrilled he is one of our chosen athletes!

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Deposit Ops for First Bank

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? My introduction to CrossFit was somewhere around 2010. My wife, Katy, is a teacher at Hopewell Valley Middle School. It was a group of her co-workers that started meeting informally at the high school gym to do some CrossFit workouts. Two to three times a week, they would meet up to run through some twisted form of exercise punishment. It was this awesome and dedicated group that was kind enough to invite me into their little fitness torture fest. From that point on, I’ve been consuming copious amounts of the Crossfit ‘punch’! From those early high school gym days, my CF path flowed through a couple stops with the longest tenure being at Crossfit Mercer. It was really the strong armed persistence of one David M. Kohler that landed me at Hyper CrossFIT!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The best part of being a Hyper athlete is having the privilege of working out with the stable of thoroughbreds, the finely tuned fire breathing fitness freaks that comprise the 5:30am class. It’s a plus that they’re also halfway decent people too 😉 Ok ok, all kidding aside, Hyper has a genuinely awesome collection of members. Since I’ve joined it’s been evident that Hyper’s success is built on the foundation of sincere and authentic personalities that offer support and encouragement for everyone around them. It’s truly a unique blend of compassion and competitiveness!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Handstand walks.

What are you still working on to achieve? I would love to be able to lock down a solid L-sit to Handstand on the parallettes. It will happen!!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. In 7th grade, while visiting my friend Steve in Arizona, we made a rap song called ‘Yo, This is what we do in Wickenburg’. The background beat was courtesy of the Bell Biv DeVoe song ‘Poison’. We called ourselves S&J Music Factory. Yes people…this is all legit. No…the tape no longer exists (it’s probably buried in the desert somewhere) and No…there will not be any performances at the box!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Well, the one I enjoy the most is King Kong. I’ve never RX’d it. Odds are pretty solid that will never happen. But it’s great because it’s short and sweet, and I love deadlifts, heavy cleans, handstand push ups, and muscle ups.

 

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? “A Hurtin’ 4 Certain”- It would be an EMOM. Movements would consist of heavy deadlifts, bar muscle ups, heavy squat cleans, and rope climbs. Don’t ask me how that rep scheme would break down, but I can tell you any EMOM that had those movements would be awesome!!!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Absolutely positively DON’T be persuaded / intimidated by the image of CrossFit portrayed in the mainstream marketing. Mainstream CrossFit marketing is completely saturated with images of superhero fitness specimens that have physiques beyond comprehension. However, this is such a small percentage of reality. The overwhelming majority of Crossfitters are just normal, everyday people. People that are doing their absolute best to manage their respective life priorities of family and finances, schooling and careers, just to make it through another day. Then they get up at the same time to do it again the very next day. Day in and day out. And somehow, through the chaos, they just want to get in a rewarding workout to keep themselves motivated, to relieve stress, and to help maintain their sanity! THIS is the CrossFit ‘reality’. THIS is who we are. So don’t be intimidated by the superhero shredded freaks that are throwing around 600 Lb tractor tires. Just come into a box and meet the REAL people that are working out. It will be a rewarding experience.

 

Prab Singh

Image-1Prab Singh is February’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month.  Learn more about Prab, the New York native, quick on his feet boxin’, Budget Management Leader and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of.

Hometown:  Forest Hills, Queens, NY

What do you do to pay your bills? I’m active duty Army. I do DoD Budget related management for my Brigade. (i.e. Budget Formulation, Budget Execution, Budget Analysis)

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I moved here in June 2015 and was looking for a place to get back in shape. I just so happened to come across our Box and decided to try it out. I’ve worked out on my own in a traditional Gym, but never really stayed consistent. So, I figured maybe a group/community type place might work for me. I took the Elements course and never looked back.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The community. The people are awesome. I’ve made some pretty cool friends at this place. The coaches are friendly and keep you moving.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Honestly I think my biggest accomplishment has been getting through a workout without getting nauseous. It sounds pretty minuscule, but I always had issues with pushing myself and stopping, because I felt like throwing up. First time I got through a workout without feeling like that I was like, “Heyyy! This is working!”

What are you still working on to achieve? I’m still trying to do a muscle up. My ultimate goal would be to do a strict muscle up, but that’s long term.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I like boxing. I never actually watched boxing, but I love to train. I’ve wanted to compete for a while now, but I still need some coaching.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I don’t have one. WODs are all different, I like and hate them equally.

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

“The Dirty Jersey Devil”

4 RFT
10 Front Rack Lunges (95/65/45)
15 Pull Ups
20 Wall Balls (20/16/12)
25 Push Ups
30 Yard Sled Push (M:35#, W: 0#)

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Just try it! You never know unless you try, but you have to be consistent. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’re not going to become a bodybuilder by doing it once or twice. Consistency is the key to success in fitness.

Mike Tees

Mike Tees is our new CrossFit Athlete of the Month for January to grace the new year.  Learn more about Mike, the sports fan, downhill skiing addict, financial advisor, and the Hyper CrossFit athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Financial Advisor 

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I had a few coworkers that were CrossFit athletes.  They would tell me how much they loved working out and going to their box everyday.  My first thought was “Now I cannot understand why these CrossFit guys always workout and that they are a bunch of nuts.  No one can actually ‘love’ working out”….So, I started researching local boxes, because working out at my local gym was becoming extremely BORING. (There were only so many miles I could run on a treadmill and I was not a fan of waiting 20 minutes for a bench to open up.)  What initially drew us to Hyper was that the Box was close to home, the facility looked awesome, and having the open gym was an added bonus.  After a few conversations and negotiations with Yolanda, we were scheduled for our (with my wife, Rachel) Elements Class.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  The people, both athletes and coaches.  The positive attitude everyone brings to the gym is what keeps us coming back.  The athletes are always helping you to get that extra rep, motivating you through the WODs, and motivating you through that Max Lift.  The coaches are always helping with encouraging words like “Get your head through!” and “Knees out!”. What I like most about Hyper CrossFit is the sense of community, the new friends I’ve made, and knowing that each day I’m going to spend an hour having fun with a group of great people. (That goes for you too, 5:30 AM)

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  DOUBLE UNDERS!  After a whole year of getting twisted up in my rope and slapping myself in the shins and back of my neck, I have linked over 100 together.  Figuring out these pesky double unders shaved 15 minutes off my Annie time.

What are you still working on to achieve?  At the top of my “Next Achievements” list are Butterfly Pull-ups, Muscle-ups, and Handstand Walks. My other short term goals include a 175 lb. Snatch, 400 lb. Deadlift, 300 lb. Back Squat, and a 6 minute Fran. I could continue listing items here, but it will begin to look like a child’s Christmas list.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I am a huge fan of outdoor activities like running, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and most of all skiing.  I’ve skied in Colorado, Utah, California, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia and all over New England.  I am a fan of pretty much all sports (except Cricket and that’s because I have no clue what those guys are doing on that field).  My rooting interests are with the Philadelphia sports teams.  Lastly, I play Right Wing on a street hockey team and I’m a novice golfer.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  Helen has to be on the top of the list.  Who doesn’t love running, kettle bell swings, and pull-ups? I am also a huge fan of the longer WODs that last 30+ minutes and involve a wide range of movements, like Zeus.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  “Tees Me, Please Me.”  It goes like this:

Buy In/Cash Out: 150 Double Unders
*One V-Up for each broken Double Under to be completed before Bear Crawl.
2 Rounds of:
• 30 yd. Bear Crawl
• 25 Front Squats (95/65)
• 20 Ring Dips
• 15 Ground to Overhead
• 10 Toes to Bar
• 5 Rope Climbs

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  The first time I walked into Hyper for my first Elements Class and I saw the athletes working through a grueling WOD, I turned to my wife and said “Is this what we signed up for?”  I was definitely intimidated, especially when I struggled with all of the basic movements for the first couple months.  My advice is to “Give it a try, you might learn something about yourself and make a few friends along the way.”

Any additional comments you would like to share?  Thank you coaches for the Athlete of the Month nomination.  Also, thank you to my fellow athletes for motivating and pushing me every day.  Let’s lift some weights!

Tracey Ent

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Tracey Ent, of Burlington, joined the FIT team a little over a year ago. This substitute teacher, mother of three and newcomer to CrossFit, says she learned about the sport through Facebook.

“It looked like something I really wanted to try,” Tracey says, “but I was totally intimidated. From what I could see there were a million things I didn’t know how to do.”

Her sister in law stopped by one day and invited her to try a class at Hyper CrossFIT. The welcoming atmosphere immediately eased her trepidation and after just one class, she was hooked. The people, she says, are what keep her coming back. She loves the constant support and family values that Hyper CrossFIT exudes.  

“All of the members and the coaches cheer each other on,” Tracey says. “You feel like you’re part of a family. It’s just another reason why you want to show up everyday. You get excited for each other when they accomplish new skills or PR a lift. It is definitely one of my favorite parts about being a member of FIT.”

Tracey experienced her first CrossFIT high when she attended a competition with some teammates. While it was more than a little out of her comfort zone, she succeeded and surprised herself after all was said and done. Turns out she never realized how much she was capable of doing.

Her second success revolves around “Grace”. The first time she attempted it, she was able to lift 55 pounds. Just one year later she was able to hit a new PR of 95 pounds, nearly double the weight from her first effort!

“Having Coach Yolanda there that day was awesome,” Tracey says. “She has been one of my biggest supporters and she could see how excited I was.”

Tracey won’t stop there. She is determined to continue improving her skills and getting better.  Right now, she is focused on linking her double unders together and doing a strict pull-up.

Her favorite WOD is “Fran”, primarily because it includes thrusters and pull-ups, which she would also include in her personalized WOD if given the chance to create one. She would call it “Tra-lo,” and would be RFT and include thrusters, sit ups, wall balls and double-unders.

Tracey’s advice for newcomers out there? “Just try it. You will push yourself in a way you never knew you could and accomplish things that will make you so proud of yourself… All while people you’re working out with are cheering you on.  You’ll never know unless you try.”

Wise words from someone who was never an athlete before, and even jokes that she only participated enough times in gym class to get a passing grade… Look at her now: Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month.

Keep up the fantastic work, Tracey. We’re so proud to be called your CrossFIT home.

Nick Behmke

Nick Behmke is October’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month. Learn more about Nick, the home cookin’, hard workin’ IT Manager and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of. Read on…

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An IT Manager from Mt. Laurel, NJ Nick was getting boring with traditional weight training and decided to research new training programs.  As it turned out, Hyper CrossFIT is located close to Nick’s company, and soon became the perfect “FIT” for him.

“For me it’s all about the wonderful team of coaches and athletes who are supporting and encouraging you to push yourself past your limits. When I arrive at any class here, I feel welcome and at home. I have made many new friends and we’re all a part of the Hyper family.”

When Nick isn’t busy IT’ing and CrossFitting, he enjoys cooking, especially fine European cuisine. “I have always had a passion for cooking fresh meals since it’s so connected to fitness and health. I recently got back from Switzerland visiting my old college roommate and since then I’ve been perfecting my European cuisine.”

One dish that Nick has perfected is a Swiss meal called Zürich Geschnetzeltes. This hard-to-pronounce dish is for the carnivores. Traditionally made with small, chopped pieces of veal sautéed with mushrooms, white wine and cream, it is served with Rosti, a flat cake made out of fried grated potatoes – considered the Swiss version of American hash browns.

All that rich, savory cuisine calls for a solid workout and Nick’s favorite is “The Old Man” WOD, created by former CrossFIT Athlete of the Month, Darren. If given the opportunity to create and name his own WOD, Nick says he would call it “Quick Nick” and it would consist of the following:

Partner workout, with only 1 person working at a time:

  • 100 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
  • 90 Deadlifts (155/95)
  • 80 Situps
  • 70 Air Squats
  • 60 Double Unders (120 singles)
  • 50 KBS (53/35)
  • 40 HSPU
  • 30 Knees to elbows
  • 20 Push Ups
  • 10 Clean & Jerks (155/95)

Small, consistent accomplishments is what Nick focuses on day in and day out. He is steadily improving on double-unders and rope climbs, and has been working for six months now trying to get a strict muscle-up on the rings. His goal is to get at least one by the end of this year, and we know he will do it!

As far as offering advice for anyone curious about CrossFIT for the first time, “Give it a try! A thousand mile journey begins with one step. Every workout can be modified to fit your level of fitness. Show up consistently and you will be amazed with how quickly your strength and fitness level will grow.”

Please join us in congratulating, Nick. Keep on cookin’, brother!

Darren Martin

Darren Martin is this month’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month. Learn more about Darren the cruise lovin’, rope climbin’, hard workin’ Tech Rep, and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

A Tech Rep from Indianapolis, IN, Darren enjoys traveling with his family, especially cruising. One of his Bucket List items is to take a 30-day cruise around different parts of the world.

In fact, from what we can tell, discovering and exploring new territory is a common thread in Darren’s life adventures. He credits a friend with introducing him to CrossFit.

“This ‘CrossFit’ thing was completely foreign to me. For years I was active in trying out different workout videos off and on in my basement, but with no real personal benefit. I think, for me, I needed the push of a group and gym instead of going to my basement. ”

Little did he know what kind of group he would find. With endless supplies of enthusiasm and encouraging support coming from his fellow CrossFIT buds, Elaine, Dave, Frenchy and Coach Rex, Darren says he found new reasons to get up in the morning.

“I like that it’s such an organized class with a dedicated coach that both directs the movement and supports you to ensure that you are doing the various activities correctly. I wake-up early to attend a 5:30 class several times a week.”

As Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is just showing up.” And show up, Darren does. As with any pursuit in life, consistency is key. Darren is keen on seeing results and sets his goals ambitiously, yet realistically. Even the most challenging of goals don’t seem to daunt him, which is what prompted us to recognize him as September’s CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Whether seeking to tackle the rope climb or hand stand push-ups, Darren goes after each and every WOD with a resolve to work it until he gets it.

“My hope is that sometime before 2016, I can complete many of the WODs that call for rope climb while also getting over my personal fear of being upside down in a handstand. I need to just pull-up my big boy CrossFit socks and do it.”

His favorite WOD is “The Cindy,” because it consists of movements that he feels confident executing. If given the opportunity to create and name his own WOD, Darren says he would call it “The Old Man” and it would consist of the following:

5 rounds for time:

  • Kettle bell swings
  • Chin-ups
  • Abmat sit-ups
  • Air squats
  • Deadlifts with buy in & out of run or row

As for pointers for newcomers to the sport who may feel hesitant or lacking in confidence, “I’m 50 years young. Before 2013, I had never heard of CrossFit, never played organized sports, and had never been part of a coach directed class. I found myself quickly becoming part of a of group good people. The FIT coaches call you “bro” and are there to completely support you. Add in the fist bumps, high fives, and you’ll find yourself encouraged to just keep moving forward to meet your personal movement and body shape goals.”

Please join us in congratulating, Darren. Keep pullin’ up those big boy socks, bro! You can do it!

TJ Dieterly

TJ Dieterly is this month’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month. Learn more about TJ, the Game of Thrones loving, mountain biking, hard working electrical technician, and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

A local electrical technician from Columbus, NJ, TJ credits his sister, Courtney, for introducing him to CrossFIT.

“I woke up one day and my sister told me she found a CrossFit gym nearby and that she had signed us both up for a class. She also said that I would be going whether I liked it or not.”

And liked it he did, despite the fact that as an avid outdoorsman, TJ is not often to be found working out in a gym, much less a CrossFit box. It’s far more likely to find TJ seeking out a mountain trail, ski slope, or righteous wave than participating in a WOD. Whether hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, or surfing, TJ has a passion for defying gravity and braving nature’s elements to produce a great burn.

“I hate being indoors unless I’m watching Game of Thrones.”

It was that fateful first WOD that hooked TJ and caught the attention of his HyperCrossFIT peers. His desire to push himself to his limits and embrace new challenges is precisely what prompted us to recognize him as Augusts’s CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. TJ has achieved several stellar PRs, including both a front and back squat of 300 pounds, which he worked diligently, patiently and consistently to achieve. His favorite WOD is “The Seven,” but if given the opportunity to create and name his own WOD, TJ says he would call it (wait for it) “The TJ” and it would consist of the following:

  • 5 rounds for time
  • Buy-in 800m row
  • 21 floor wipers
  • 15 squat cleans 100/75
  • 9m handstand walk
  • Buy-out 2 rope climbs

As for what he appreciates most about his Hyper CrossFIT family, TJ says, “The other members, the facility and the new Spealer (pull up) bars.” TJ’s advice to anyone interested in CrossFIT, but feeling nervous or intimidated, “It’s not as scary as it looks, and is a lot of fun.”

Please join us in congratulating, TJ. Keep up the great work, brother!

Taylor Lovejoy

Taylor Lovejoy is this month’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month. Learn more about Taylor, the interior decor loving, hard working high school teacher, and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

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A local high school teacher from Delran, NJ, Taylor credits his wife for introducing him to CrossFIT.

“At first I was a hater, but when I finally stripped away my judgements and learned about CrossFIT I was hooked. I got into Hyper from a GroupOn deal and never saw the inside of a standard gym again.”

Focused less on large goals and achievements and more on little day to day victories, Taylor’s personal approach is to work on getting stronger, faster and more efficient with every workout. “That’s what makes the big moments really count,” he says. That said, his favorite WOD is “Jackie,” which consists of a 1000 meter row, 50 thrusters and 30 pulls ups.

It was that very kind of perseverance, perspective and desire to consistently push himself that caught our attention and inspired us to invite Taylor to be July’s CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Taylor naturally accepted, saying, “I am totally grateful and honored by this recognition.”

If given the opportunity to create and name his own WOD, Taylor says he would call it, “Killjoy,” and it would consist of the following:

  • 1 mile run
  • 90 Squats
  • 80 Sit Ups
  • 70 Push Ups
  • 60 Barbell Thrusters
  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 40 Alternating Pistols
  • 30 Toe-to-Bar
  • 20 Handstand Push Ups
  • 10 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 1 Muscle Up

As for what he appreciates most about his Hyper CrossFIT family, Taylor says, “Making progress is important, but it is secondary to understanding and valuing each other.” In fact, Taylor’s advice to anyone interested in CrossFIT, but struggling with a general lack of confidence or intimidation is, “Just keep working. Don’t lose heart when you aren’t hitting certain goals of time and weight. We’ve all been in your shoes!”

In his spare time, Taylor enjoys interior home decor/decorating and cooking. “I’m the male Martha Stewart,” he jokes.

Well, Taylor, we certainly hope that all this crossfitting has helped to condition you well for flower arranging and preparing sumptuous cuisine. Invite us over sometime. 😉

Please join us in congratulating, Taylor. Keep up the great work, brother!

David “Frenchy” Velasco

David “Frenchy” Velasco is our new CrossFit Athlete of the Month for June. Learn more about David, the bible readin’ family man, and the Hyper CrossFit athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

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Hometown: Bensalem, PA

What do you do to pay your bills?  Roofing Sales Rep

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I was doing P90X at the time and dropped in a Box in Georgia while in vacation. I was shocked with the intensity of the workout but I was intimidated with the lingo and the movements. I transitioned to body building type workouts and after a shoulder injury that slowed me down last year, I decided to try CrossFit.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  I love working out with a variety of people. We all come from different backgrounds, different age groups. All have different limitations but we always show up. Some are visually impaired, had knee replacements, some were blown off by IED’s but everyone brings something to the table and we push each other to progress.  I love to workout with experienced athletes that help me go the extra mile.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Definitely on round 3 of the 2015 Open. I had no expectations but I was able to complete 5 Ring Muscle Up. This was a huge stepping stone as a lot of things ‘clicked in’ that day. I was so happy. If you met me that day you sure would have heard about it.

What are you still working on to achieve?  Everything… I have a whole list but the Snatch is definitely on top. I need to get my Strict Ring Muscle Ups and I want to complete rope Muscle Ups. Hands Stand Walk, Toes to Bar (I am not efficient at all), 50 Double Under clips. I also want to reach a 400LBS back squat and 500LBS DL. I can keep going by this start to look like a weird shopping list.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I love spending time with my wife and my daughter and I read the Bible everyday. Well that’s 3 things, sorry.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I loved doing Murph on Memorial day and plan on doing it again this month.  I also like Cindy a lot since it is one of the WOD that I use to gauge my progress.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would call it “French Fried.” It would be a Partner WOD. 20-25 min AMARAP Buy in with a 500m row. Dead Lifts, Muscle Ups. Rope Climb. Weighted Pistols. Hand Stand Push Ups & Box Jumps. Warm up needs to include 15 burpees even if you are not late. No Shirt for the guys.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Just give it a try. A lot of people say that CrossFit is a dangerous sport. I used to think so because I did know what I was looking at. But anything can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing or if you are not careful. Even crossing the street becomes dangerous. Find a Box where you connect with the coaches and where you can progress, There are several boxes closer to my house but I chose Hyper CrossFit because it works for me. I don’t want any injury and I feel that I can accomplish my fitness goal without getting hurt because good coaching leads to good form and good form is everything. Be humble and listen to your coach.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  I am surprised and humbled that you guys picked me to be the Athlete of the month. Thanks a lot. Thanks to my wife that puts up with me getting up super early everyday and that listens to me talking about CrossFit all the time. Thanks to all the 5:30-ers for pushing me.

Gina Smith

Gina Smith is our new CrossFit Athlete of the Month for May. Learn more about Gina, the John Deere tractor-ridin’ college professor, the family woman, and the Hyper CrossFit athlete we are very proud of.  Read on…

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Hometown: Florence, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Teacher/College Professor

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I read an article about this thing called “CrossFit”. I googled the nearest box, which for me was Hyper CrossFIT, and decided to go on a Saturday to try it out, along with my daughter, Lexi. That day completely changed my whole outlook about getting in shape again. Following my total knee replacement, I had been too scared to do anything, but that spring Saturday changed my life! It gave me HOPE and brought back my fight from within!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? In order to bring happiness to your life you must surround yourself with positive people. The Hyper CrossFit Family is kind, patient, motivating and just great individuals. I have had a lot of coaches in my life and I will say that the Hyper CrossFit staff is amazing. They make you want to keep coming back and that is a quality of great coaches. The friendships that I have made are genuine and loyal. Lastly, if I didn’t take that chance over a year ago on that spring Saturday morning, I would not have met Kim, Courtney & Crazy Trish – my work out buddies. I feel honored to be a part of Hyper and humbled for being named Athlete of the Month.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I would have to say my proudest moment was completing the CrossFit Open and climbing that rope, which gave me crazy rope burns!

What are you still working on to achieve? Every day is a challenge at CrossFit and that is what brings me back every day. I believe that in order to grow physically, mentally and emotionally you’ve got to challenge yourself and that is what I do, no matter what the workout is. There is not one particular skill I want to improve upon. I want to achieve greatness as a whole. Sound mind in a sound body.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I am a very simple person. My family is the most important thing in my life and I cherish every day I have with them. My John Deere tractor comes second to my family!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I was pretty happy when I PR Squatted 255 lbs, especially on a TKR.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  I would name it “The Three Musketeers,” and of course it would consist of anything with lifting, but absolutely NO BURPEE or BOX JUMPS! We all know I can not run, therefore Squatting, Push Press, Deadlifts.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Life is all about chances and I took that chance at Hyper and it was such a great chance. Anyone can do CrossFit. Keep an open mind, believe in yourself, and know you will have a whole family behind you every step of the way. Make no excuses!

Any additional comments you would like to share? I would like to Thank Lawrence, Yolanda, Rex and Laurie for this prestigious honor. If you told me a year ago I would receive this, I would have said, “You’re nuts.” I have had a great support system at Hyper and that is what keeps me coming back.