CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

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!

Arun Janakiraman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arun Janakiraman is June’s Athlete of the Month.  Learn more about why we have chosen Doctor J – Hyper CrossFIT’s resident Doctor who loves a great Chipper! – as this month’s Hyper CrossFIT athlete.

Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA and now Philly

What do you do to pay your bills? Physician

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  Like many other CrossFit athletes, I had been part of a traditional gym or worked out on my own. After sometime, the motivation to do a work out independently begins to wane. I knew some type of group class would keep me motivated, but I couldn’t find anything that really interested me.
In 2014 a good friend of mine joined CrossFit and soon after he urged me. For various reasons, I couldn’t do it. (Looking back at it, those were of excuses!) In late 2015, I heard about Hyper CrossFIT and its proximity to my office. After about a month or so of putting it off, I walked into Hyper, met Yolanda and told her that I wanted to join. She offered me an intro class, which I declined and signed up on the spot. It’s the best decision I made.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? I was drawn in by the workouts, but I keep coming back, because of the other members! I’m sure the WODs at all CrossFit boxes are great, but I really enjoy the camaraderie that we have at Hyper. This is the first time I’ve ever become friends with people at the gym. Whether you’re doing the Rx workout or a scaled version everyone is so supportive and cheering you on to keep pushing. Coming to Hyper is what I do to de-stress from the day. Everyone at Hyper is here to get a good a workout and have fun at the same time. It’s the best combination and environment to achieve fitness goals.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  This has to be when I nailed my first double-under and then hit a few in a row! I took a victory lap inside the Box. Everyone was laughing at me, but I was really that excited that I achieved something that eluded me for so long. Now if I could just do them consistently…

What are you still working on to achieve?  Honestly, a little bit of everything! I would like to be able to do any 21-15-9 WOD completely unbroken with my only rest being between exercises/movements.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I love to travel and I try to go somewhere every chance I get. I have been fortunate to travel over 35 states and 30 countries. I would like to make it Australia, Indonesia, and South Africa someday.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? There is no WOD that is my favorite during the actual workout. They’re all equally brutal. With that said, I really enjoyed “Death by Thrusters” and of course all of the “Athlete of the Month” WODs. I think I push myself a little more than usual during those workouts, because I don’t want to disappoint the featured athlete.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  The WOD would be called “Doctor’s Orders” and it would be either Rounds For Time or a chipper. There would be sled pull/push, squat cleans, wall ball shots, box jumps, hand stand push-ups, and maybe cash out with some wind sprints. Is that too much for one workout?

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  If you’ve decided that you are interested in CrossFit then you’ve taken the hardest step. Don’t believe what you see on television. You don’t have to have a certain level of fitness to start. Everything will be modified based on your current abilities. CrossFit is nothing more than doing a boatload of squats while lifting weights, throw in some jumping and running and do it all at max effort. In all seriousness though, if you want to try, it will only take one hour of your time. For as much as we do for others daily, one hour to look after yourself is not a huge commitment. You’ll walk away feeling better about yourself and enriched by the people you’ve met. Be careful though, it’s addicting!

Garrett Kern

Garrett Kern is May’s Athlete of the Month.  Learn more about why we have chosen this full time Drexel student and Burlington CrossFit lovin’ native as this month’s Hyper CrossFIT athlete.

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? I’m a full time civil engineering student at Drexel University and work part time as an assistant project engineer for J Fletcher Creamer.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? Through high school I was very active in weight lifting and training in general. I lost the “bug” when I got to college and just couldn’t find the motivation to go and lift by myself every day. I had heard of CrossFit through a few of my friends at college. I actually plowed the snow at Hyper one winter so it was the first place to come to mind. I got in contact with Yolanda to get signed up for the elements course and the community atmosphere has made me never look back.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The people. The coaches are awesome and will talk about anything with you whether fitness related or not. The other athletes are always pushing everyone to go as far as they can go.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? It’s hard to decide between two. The Clean and Jerk has always been my favorite Olympic lifting movement so I was really happy when I finally hit 4 plates (225 lbs) for that.  Open workout 17.2 was also a huge accomplishment for me. I was just getting to the point that I was able to do a muscle up and when that workout rolled around I was able to finish a whole round of 16 of them.

What are you still working on to achieve? My goals are endless. Every time I break one of my PR’s I set another. Some are:  Clean and Jerk: 250 lbs/Deadlift: 405 lbs/Back Squat: 315 lbs

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I love being outdoors. Anything from skiing and hunting in the winter to boating and fishing in the summer.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I’d have to go with either Zeus or Murph. I love any of the HERO WODs that are longer then 30 or 45 minutes where they put you on your back at the end gasping for air. It really makes me feel like I have done something that day.

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

It’s time to Chipper down and Squat Clean and Jerk!

1 mile run
90 DU
5 Squat Clean and Jerk (135/95/65)
80 Box Step Ups (24/20)
70 Abmat Sit Ups
5 Squat Clean and Jerk
60 Push ups
50 T2B
5 Squat Clean and Jerk
40 Alternating Pistols
30 Deadifts (135)
5 Clean and Jerk
200 m Farmer carry (70/55)
10 Bar Muscle Ups
5 Clean and Jerk
5 Rope Climbs
1RM Max Clean and Jerk

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Come to a class and try it out before you make a judgement on it. I have developed a love for CrossFit over the past year that I never would have expected.

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…

Nick

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!