CrossFIT Athlete of the Month

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

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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 CrossFit.com 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

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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.

Duke “Turnpike” Louis

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Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Operating Room Equipment Technician

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I learned about CrossFit while a member at Fitness Integrated Therapy.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? We’re like a big family at FIT. I enjoy being in such a soothing environment.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  There are so many great proud moments. Proudest was when I deadlifted 530lbs. I’ve become a great runner and am able to muscle up.

What are you still working on to achieve? I am still working hard on my flexibility.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I love being happy and I am very outgoing.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  I like FRAN.

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

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  I always tell folks CrossFit is great. Once you know the logistics of it, you will become addicted. Regular workouts are a bore. We have fun doing CrossFit

Any additional comments you would like to share? Let’s step it up a notch or 2 for 2015. My gym is great.

Karen Monroe

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Hometown: Burlington Township, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Retired Verizon Telecommunications Representative

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I learned about CrossFit while receiving Physical Therapy from Lawrence back in 2012. During my therapy, he asked me if I would be interested in trying CrossFit out. I had several concerns, because I’m visually impaired and when I asked if he thought I could do it, Lawrence said, let’s try it! I said okay and joined in January 2013. I have my physical therapist, Lawrence and Coach Rex to thank for introducing me to CrossFit and putting me in the “Box!”

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? What I like most about being a CrossFit member is the intensity and the variety of the workouts as well as the support that I receive from the coaches and athletes. I like the fact that I’m getting stronger, losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest moment was when I was able to step up on to a 24-inch box without support during a WOD. I was always stepping up on 45 inch plates, until I was “told” one day by Coach Yolanda, “You’re going to step up on a box today, chick!” So I did it! When Coach Laurie was told about it and took over the 11:00 am class, I’ve been stepping up on boxes ever since. Coach Laurie will never pull weights for me to step up on again and I’m loving it! My most recent accomplishment was when I PR’d my deadlift at 155 lbs. My reaction was, “I DID IT!” My previous PR was 105 lbs less than a month ago.

What are you still working on to achieve?  I am still working towards doing box jumps, running and getting my first climb up the rope.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I am currently enrolled in a Sculpture class for the visually impaired and I love various forms of art.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  My favorite WOD’ are anything Tabata and EMOM and I like “Cindy.”

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  My WOD would be 3 Rounds for Time of: 25 push presses, 20 deadlifts, 15 box jumps, 10 MB Situps, 5 push ups and a 10 calorie Row.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  My advice for anyone who is interested in CrossFit would be to watch one of our classes once or twice. Do not let what you see intimidate you! Be reassured that at FIT, you have the most knowledgeable coaches who will guide you through every workout. Just do it! Don’t let what you see scare you. Be prepared for new experiences.

Any additional comments you would like to share? If you want to do CrossFit, 11 Cadillac Road in Burlington, NJ is where you want to do it! They have the friendliest and most encouraging members and coaches. I am humbled, honored and surprised to be chosen Athlete of the Month. Thank you!

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.