CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

Teresa Bloomberg

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Hometown: Westampton, NJ

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?  I first learned about CrossFit three years ago from my husband, Matt. He threw around acronyms such as WODs and AMRAPS, and would discuss his performance of the exercises we all know and love today. I admired his passion and knowledge for the sport, so I eventually joined a neighboring box. Dissatisfied with the coaching and large classes there, I left. Come summer of 2013, we popped in to check out the Willingboro gym, and discovered that Hyper CrossGit was opening up right around the corner from where we live. The rest is history!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? Hands down, the camaraderie among my fellow classmates and the coaches! Tied for first is the coaching. No one is neglected in ensuring we execute correct form. We all support and encourage one another during our performances.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Man, that is REALLY tough to narrow that down to one single proud moment, especially never having been an athlete. Can I have three? 🙂  I was very excited when I did my first WOD as RX’d a few months ago. Most recently, I am super proud to report that my 2 rep max for the back squat is 145lbs! Little ol’ 4′ 10″ me did THAT! My second proudest moment was about 7 months ago when I finally was able to master an 18″ box jump! I can’t describe how fearful I was of seriously injuring myself slipping off of, jumping into, but not ON TO the box.

What are you still working on to achieve?  Gosh, where do I start? The top of the list includes mastering wall balls, pull-ups, toes to bars, snatches, and double unders.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I was a travel nurse in the E.R. for three years, which included work in CA, NY, NJ, PA, and FL. I also volunteered as a nurse in New Orleans helping Hurricane Katrina victims.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I haven’t performed many Hero WODs, so I can’t accurately answer this.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  Simply, “Teresa.” I like anything with squats, dead lifts, cleans, running, and pull-ups. (My evil twin is suggesting wall balls). The “Bear Complex” was a rough and challenging workout, but that’s what I loved about it!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  Other than explaining the principles behind CrossFit, I would tell them to sit in on a class or two to get a feel for it. Reassure them that it is commonplace for a student to modify exercises according to your ability, that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, not everyone is an athlete or a muscle head, and people of all shapes, sizes, and ages participate in CrossFit. Reinforce the community feeling of working out together in the box. There is no discriminating except you against yourself. I would reiterate the Hyper CrossFit motto: “It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish.” Challenge yourself. Commit yourself. You can do anything if you want it badly enough. I sincerely promise you will see changes in yourself that you never knew were even possible!

Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you so much for selecting me as Athlete of the Month! You have no idea how much you brightened my day! I am very humbled especially having never been an athlete. I have always kept active in some way shape or form, but never considered myself athletic. Thank you again!

Dominic Scornaienchi

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What do you do to pay your bills? Salesmen for Allied Building Products

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I learned about CrossFit through social media and watching the CrossFit games on TV. Then when Hyper CrossFit opened up right next to where I work I knew I had to try it out. Needless to say I’ve been hooked ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The coaches and other athletes are one of my favorite things about Hyper CrossFit. Everyone supports and motivates each other especially when your having one of your off days. When walking into FIT, it doesn’t just feel like another boring day at the gym working out by yourself. I always feel pumped and excited knowing that I’m going be throwing down with a bunch of other athletes that are there to achieve the same thing.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My biggest accomplishment is the weight loss journey I started back in January of 2013. I’ve since lost 125 pounds! I started out at 370 pounds with a 50″ waist size and I now weigh 245 pounds with a 36″ waist size. I couldn’t imagine being where I’m at without CrossFit.

What are you still working on to achieve?  The sky’s the limit! There is always something to work on or better yourself at, especially when it comes to physical fitness. While maintaining the weight I’ve already lost I would still like to loss another 15 pounds and reach my goal of 230 pounds. I’m also focused on getting down certain movements like T2B, double unders, and rope climbs all while at the same time building up my strength and endurance.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  My favorite thing to do is go skiing! There is no place I’d rather be than on a ski mountain.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  THE FILTHY 50! This was one of my first Saturday WODs. When I first saw it, I wanted to turn around and hop right in my car and go home. It felt like the list of exercises went on and on. After completing this wod a couple of times I have learned to love it and will take it on any day of the week.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  Definitely the WOD Father! It would have to involve rowing, snatching, and wall balls, my three favorite movements in CrossFit.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  My advice would be to get in there and give it a shot. You never know until you try. Looking back a year from now when I first started CrossFit I could have never imagined myself being able to do half the stuff I can do know. I can honestly say I have developed a true love for the sport and I think anyone who is motivated enough to try it will too.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  I’m honored to be nominated as athlete of the month. I am so grateful for the relationships I’ve built and all the help I’ve had over the past year to achieve my goals. Thank you so much for making working out fun!

Allison Vaughan

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Hometown: Delran, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Quality Assurance for a Brain Injury Rehab

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I first heard about CrossFit from my cousin, who had started CrossFit after she started dating someone who owns a box in New York. I thought she was crazy, but was intrigued when I saw the results and how toned she was getting! My husband joined Hyper CrossFit for a month or two at the old box, and he would come home and tell me about his crazy workouts. I never thought I’d be able to do any of it, so I put off the idea of joining for 9 months until I finally decided to take the plunge and try it last September. My goal was to initially sign up at Hyper CrossFit for 1 month, but once I drank the CrossFit Kool-Aid, I was hooked!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The best thing about being a member is by far all the athletes and coaches! Everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and motivating, especially when the workouts are super hard or if you’re having difficulty on techniques. That’s really the main reason why I fell in love with the Hyper CrossFit box! Besides that, I love being able to TRY to talk my fellow athletes and coaches into my crazy workout ideas since I’ve had some takers…. Still waiting on that bear crawl mile!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  From the moment I started CrossFit, I’ve been terrified at the idea of doing anything upside down and in particular hated the idea of doing Handstand Push Ups. In the beginning of July, I started practicing handstands every single day after class. On day 5, I finally landed a solid handstand with 8 push-ups in a row. Overcoming that fear of being upside down has definitely been my proudest moment so far.

What are you still working on to achieve?  EVERYTHING! I’ve quickly learned that we’ll always have areas to improve upon or techniques we want to make better. I want to continue to focus on improving my strength numbers. I’ve gotten some great PRs lately, but haven’t yet hit the numbers I’m aiming for. I’m still practicing my double-unders every day – I can finally consecutively string some together but they need work, as well as practicing on getting more strict pull ups in a row. Of course, I also need to continue to work on ankle flexibility in order to tackle those pistols! The list goes on and on…

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I lived in Madrid, Spain for a while, where I worked as a Social Worker at a foster home.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I absolutely love anything that’s really challenging and takes longer than 30 minutes to finish! I’ve recently tried out the Hero WODs Nutts, Glen, and Murph for the first time… and loved them! Also the burpee mile… not a benchmark, but it should be!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  It would be some awesome combination of bear crawls, burpee broad jumps, running with the med balls, HR push ups and heavy hang squat cleans… all while wearing the infamous 20lb vest.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  Just try it. Don’t be intimidated. I certainly was in the beginning, but I quickly realized that everything is scalable and can be tailored to your needs and fitness level. Crossfit is definitely one of the friendliest atmospheres I’ve been around in a while… so you’ll get all the encouraging you need to fight through the tough WODs! If I can do it, anyone can.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  Thank you guys so much for nominating me for Athlete of the Month. There are so many other athletes who are so deserving of it and work so hard in the box every day. It’s been a privilege to get to be a part of the box, and I have made so great friends in the process!

Lael Vogelbacher

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Hometown: Selah, Washington

What do you do to pay your bills?  I am lucky enough (or crazy enough) to stay at home with the kids.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I found out about CrossFit through my husband, Joe. He joined Hyper CrossFit when I was pregnant with our second child, Veronica.  He would come home and tell me about these crazy workouts with box jumps and deadlifts, thrusters and pull ups, mile runs and squats. I could see that he was getting in shape and he really enjoyed it.  I knew I wanted to try it as soon as I had my baby girl and got the OK from my doctor.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? My favorite things about Hyper CrossFit are my fellow athletes and the awesome coaches.  I love that we are one big family and everyone wants the best for eachother. Plus the workouts are more tolerable knowing that someone else is going through the same “pain” as I am!  

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest moment is when I reached my weight loss goal that I set when I first started CrossFit.  I not only wanted to lose the baby weight I had gained after having my two children, but also the extra weight I gained over the years.  My goal was to be the weight I was when I got married in 2007.  This meant that I needed to lose 70 lbs!  At first this seemed like an unrealistic goal, but I knew I needed to lose the weight.  Instead of focusing on the 70 lbs, I set smaller goals of 10 pounds.  I could reach these goals quicker, feel proud of my accomplishment and know that I was on the right track.  As the weight started coming off it only motivated me to work harder, eat cleaner and believe that my goal was attainable.  At the end of my first year of CrossFit I reached my weight loss goal! I had lost 70 lbs! I feel better than I have in years and I am truly greatful to the coachig staff for giving me the tools I needed to reach my goals.  I can’t thank them enough for giving me the gift of a healthy lifestyle.

What are you still working on to achieve?  My biggest goal right right now is to maintain my weight loss and continue improving on my strength and metabolic conditioning.  Some of my specific goals are to attain 50 consecutive double unders in a WOD (I am currently at 33), 10 consecutive kipping pull ups (I have reached 6 so far) and 1 strick pull up.  I also continue to work technique and quickness for the Olympic lifts.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  Before I had my children I worked as an Engineer at the Philadelphia Shipyard.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  It’s hard to say what my favorite workout is. They all hurt pretty good!  But my favorite style of workout is the chipper format. I have only done it once but I did enjoy “The Filthy 50!” I like not having to revisit the movement once I have finished the first set of reps.   

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  I would name the WOD “The Tall Girl” and it would be a ridiculous combination of rowing and wallballs!  I gotta take advantage of my height when I can!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  My advice to anyone just starting CrossFit is to not be intimidated by the workouts.  I remember walking into the box for the first time and being just shocked at what the athletes were doing.  “100 pull ups in one workout!…is that possible?!”  It is possible and you can do it!  Don’t worry if you RX the workout or not, just focus on pushing yourself to the best of your abilities.  It really is “not how you start but how you finish!”

Any additional comments you would like to share?  It was an honor to be a member of the Hyper CrossFit family and to be able to work out with an amazing group of people.  I want to thank everyone for their inspiration, encouraging words and their friendship.

David Lance

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Hometown: Mount Laurel

What do you do to pay your bills?  Employee Benefits

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I heard about from my friend, Todd. He kept telling me how great crossfit was and that I should join. I really didn’t want to work out, nor did I think I needed to, but one day I was feeling a little less lazy and decide to try this CrossFit thing out. After finishing my cigarette, I walked in and did my first CrossFit WOD. OMG! I almost died, but I got hooked for life.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? There are so many reasons why I walk through the door of Hyper CrossFit, but the main reason is the staff and the other members. They are always friendly, they will motivate you on your off days, push you on your best days, and cheer you on every day. Showing up at CrossFit is not so much working out, as much as it is being around friends.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  I have had numerous accomplishments and proud moments since I have started and every one of them means a lot to me. The one that stands out the most is the first time I completed a WOD RX. That is when I truly saw the results of CrossFit.

What are you still working on to achieve?  What am I still working on? Everything. It’s a never ending process to improve in every area and I always want to achieve more strength, more endurance, or more rep. I am currently focused on my shoulder press. I would really like to shoulder press over 150# one day.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit. I love to fish!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? My WOD would definitely have to be call “CRAZY LEGS!” It would have to involve front or back squats. I got the name Crazy Legs because when I first started CrossFit, my legs would shake every time I would do squats.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  My advice would be to just try it. You will see why so many people that could never get off the couch and go to the gym are now doing CrossFit. You will see people like yourself accomplishing small goals everyday. CrossFit FITS everyone’s level.

Any additional comments you would like to share?  I really have to say that I’m honored for being chosen for Athlete of the Month. I am shocked because there are so many other athletes that deserve this award more. Thank you for this honor.