CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

Tracey Ent

Tracey Profile

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…


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…


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…

Dave Velasco IMG_5612

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…

Gina Profile

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.

Elaine “Lane Lane” Cabido


Hometown: Burlington Township, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  I’m a Business Analyst.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  My best friend has been doing CrossFit for three years and had been begging me to look for a box and give it a try. I’ve seen her drastic transformation and thought there really must be something to this. But not for me. I’m too delicate, like a delicate flower (Baaaaahaaaaaa!). Then this freakin’ awesome box opened up so close to where I live that it was an embarrassment if I DID’NT give it a try. The rest, as they say, is history.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? That’s easy. For one, the comraderie. Everyone that I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work out with are not judgemental. We all enjoy working out together, cheering and motivating each other and still being able to joke around at the same time (“Are those new pants?”). Whoop, whoop! Secondly, coaches! Holy mackerel! They are awesome and sometimes sadistic (muaaahaaaahaaaaa) and yet we still go back for more. What’s up with that?

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Dagnabbit, DU! Finally able to string 20 in a row! And also my 235-pound dead lift. And all my PR’s! But most importantly, my dedication for the sport and being able to roll out of bed at 5:00 am everyday. That’s no joke.

What are you still working on to achieve?  I still have many many movements that I continue to work on but one is really getting me angry. That darn rope! One day!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I’m an artist and a knitter. Also an avid reader. I love spending time with my family. Their support and their patience to my commitment for CrossFit, and getting overall healthy means the world to me.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  Filthy fifty! Love! But I also enjoy the WODs from the other Athletes of the Month. They have been awesome!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  I would name my WOD “This Ain’t Yo Momma’s CrossFit.”
It would be an AMRAP but… I do love a good, long WOD. Maybe a 25-minute AMRAP of pull-ups, dead lifts, DB snatches, double-unders and a 400-meter run.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Your body is capable of so much. It’s a matter of just giving it a try. Everything is scalable. The body pain will always be with you but you truly learn to enjoy it because of what you’ve accomplished. The only one you’re competing is with yourself.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  I’m humbled by your choice of having me the athlete of the month. Thank you. Thank you to everyone I work out with. For the cheering squad, the honor of knowing you all and the pleasure of working out with you all. Thank you again. See you at 5:30 am.

Kim Kryscnski

Kim Profile

Hometown: Burlington Township, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  I’m a high school history teacher.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I started doing CrossFit outside of a Box about a year after my son was born. He’s turning 5 this month.  My husband introduced me to the website where we would look up the WODs and workout together.  I quickly became attached to the HIIT workout style.  At the end of the summer of 2013, I felt I needed to be more challenged and that’s when I found Hyper CrossFit moved in just miles from home!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)?  I’ve always liked to workout but after being a competitive athlete in gymnastics and pole vaulting for most of my life I could never find my true self in a regular gym.  Hyper has given be back the team atmosphere that I was used to.  I find comfort in my CrossFit friends and look forward to the gym everyday.  I am able to be competitive, improve my strength and skills and stay in shape while enjoying the company of the Hyper CrossFit family.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Honestly, I’m not the athlete that I once was.  In my past I could run circles around myself today.  I am proud that I can still do handstands and back flips.  I love that I my body is able to do some of what it did in the past.  But my proudest moments in the gym are seeing others achieve their benchmarks.  Things like Gina and Cortney doing handstand walks and toes to bar are on the top of the list for sure.

What are you still working on to achieve?  My pistols and double unders are always under construction as is my squat position.  I know that I could also be technically better at the Olympic and Power lifts which would allow me to see higher PRs.  I’d love to be able to snatch above my body weight and clean and jerk 180 pounds.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I’m an identical twin!  So yes, there are two of me on this planet.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  FRAN! I LOVE FRAN!  I mean I hate doing FRAN, but in the end the feel so accomplished after posting a good FRAN score.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  Name: “All of My Favorite Things” We would start with a lifting session for heavy clean and jerks or snatches from the ground working on full squat, not power position.  Then AMRAP of the following: running outside, HS walks, Muscle Up (bar), rope climb (legless) and pull ups (C2B).

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  Try it!  Give yourself a chance to prove what you can do.  CrossFit has allowed me to focus on what I can do and and to be proud of that versus body image.  The concept of being proud of your accomplishments over image is something that I truly value.  CrossFit reveals to oneself that being fit is more then a number; unless that number is on the whiteboard at the end of the WOD.  It teaches self confidence and self esteem and EVERYONE should give it a go!  You will be impressed with yourself!

Any additional comments you would like to share?  Thank you every body at Hyper CrossFit.  Because of you guys I have found a gym to call home and I feel like myself again.  That person who was a part of athletics for so many years and who enjoyed going to “practice”.  It’s like I look forward to “practice” again and I am blessed to be able to love working out.  Most people look at workouts as a dreaded necessity, we get to look at it as that consistent awesome thing we do every day.

Dave Kohler

Dave K Profile

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Detective Sergeant

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  A good friend growing up had been doing CrossFit in Toms River for about a year. After hearing about CrossFit every time he opened his mouth, I figured it was worth looking into. I went to a free class there and it was a very humbling experience and made me realize how out of shape I had become. I found Hyper CrossFit about a month later and really liked the people and coaches. At first I was very intimidated in the workouts I would see on the board. After several months, I saw significant improvement, thanks to Rex and also the many athletes in the 5:30 AM class. The rest is history.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? I truly love the CrossFit community. As I said earlier, when I first started it was very humbling and intimidating. The coaching staff is top-notch and they assist in every step of your progression as an athlete. Having all of your fellow athletes and coaches cheer you on throughout the WOD makes each and every workout awesome.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  I do not know if I can pinpoint my biggest accomplishment. I have always been in decent shape, or so I thought. When I first started, there was a lot of stuff I could not do. I seemed to be modifying most workouts. About a month in, a fellow athlete told me to try the pull ups without a band. Adding it up in my head I didn’t think I could accomplish this, but I did and felt awesome after finishing that WOD, which was my first at RX. I have seen significant improvements (or so I think) in many of the movements. I have gotten DU’s pretty steady, and recently hit a 20# PR in back squat.

What are you still working on to achieve? I am still working on each and every movement to gain better form and strength. I have recently started working out before class with Rex and some other athletes. We have been focusing on Olympic movements, which I would like to continue to improve upon. I continue to focus on my mobility, which in turn will help me in the WODs and strengths. My biggest achievement would be able to master, kipping and butterfly to make pull-ups more efficient.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends down at the beach. I also really enjoy craft style beers, which will be hard to give up during the Whole 30 challenge.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I can’t really name a specific WOD that is my favorite, because I don’t like any of them when I first complete them. I do like the challenge of longer WODs and enjoy coming in on Sundays with some of the athletes that I now consider close friends, to do the “Deck of Death.” Allison TRIES to convenience me daily that I should do some crazy workout ideas. Some I have done and others (bear crawl mile) I have not. Maybe one day (unsure if or when), Allison.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  I really enjoy HSPU, Deadlifts, DU’s and box jumps. I also enjoy running, which is hard with all the snow and ice (come on, Spring). One of my favorite types of WODs is a Partner WOD. Although, I have earned the nickname from Yolanda, I would not choose to involve the “Snatch” as a movement.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  I would suggest that they give it a try and do their best to not be intimidated. It took me a while to not look at the board and say, “I can’t do this or I can’t do that.” Push yourself to the best of your abilities, don’t worry if you RX the workout or finish last. Showing up and giving it your best is better than sitting at home on the couch. CrossFit can be modified to anyone’s level, you just have to show up and try. You will get plenty of encouragement from the coaches and your fellow athletes. Make a positive change in your life, you will be thankful (and sore).

Any additional comments you would like to share? There are plenty of other athletes at the box who are deserving of this award. I am humbled and thankful to the coaches for this nomination. I am very appreciative for the guidance from the coaching staff over the last year, and in the future. I am also glad to have met so many wonderful people throughout the various classes at the box. Lastly, I would like to thank for my wife and family who support me in my effort to stay fit. I am sure that 4:30 AM alarm gets old for my wife, but I never hear a complaint about it.