Dani Brennen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown:  Hamilton, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? K/1 Special Education Teacher

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? A good friend of mine was a coach at a local CrossFit Box and talked about it all the time. I decided to give it a try and was addicted from the start. I have been doing CrossFit for 4 years now. I needed a change from my previous box and came across Hyper CrossFIT when a friend shared a link to The BattleGrounds at Burlington Army of 2. After the first drop-in, I was impressed with the space, atmosphere, coaching, and availability of the gym. Joining Hyper has been the best decision I have made!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Going to CrossFit is the best part of my day. The workouts are challenging and allow me to push myself to do things I never thought I could. It is tough to push yourself when working out alone, and the community at Hyper encourages you to push through when you need it the most. The coaches always take the time to help you improve and offer advice on technique and new skills. The best part is getting your WOD on side by side with your friends in both a fun and competitive way!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? PR’ing my FRAN time by 2 minutes and getting pistols and butterfly pull-ups.

What are you still working on to achieve? Bar and ring muscle-ups.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I have run 3 half marathons and would love to do a full one day… maybe.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Helen and 17.1

If you created a WOD, what would it consist of? 

Danimal
Partner Wod: #115/75, 20/14
800m run (together)
60 Clean & Jerks
60 Wall balls
60 Deadlifts
60 Burpee over bar
400m run (together)
40 Clean & jerks
40 Wall balls
40 Deadlifts
40 Burpee over bar
200m run (together)
20 Clean & jerks
20 Wall balls
20 Burpee over bar

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? CrossFit is for everyone. It’s a place that you can forget about everything and focus on yourself. It’s all about you and what you put into it. When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish things you never thought you would.

 

Natalia Morais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Recife, Brazil

What do you do to pay your bills? Molecular biologist

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I have a bunch of friends that are very into CrossFit. One day I got tired from the regular gym and decided to join Hyper. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  How people cheer for each other and I love working out with my husband. 🙂

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My first pull up (kipping and strict) and Handstand push-ups without a mat!

What are you still working on to achieve? Handstand Walk and Ring Muscle Ups.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I didn’t know how to ride a bike until I was 25.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Probably Linda and Angie.

If you created a WOD, what would it consist of? AMRAP of anything with Handstand pull-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and air squats….something like 5-10-15-20.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  CrossFit is for everyone and you can adapt every single movement. Be yourself and don’t compare yourself to others.

Sam Alkire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: New Haven, CT

What do you do to pay your bills? Army

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I started CrossFit at my last duty station in Fort Hood. On my way to be stationed at JBMDL, I found Hyper CrossFIT online. I dropped into a Saturday class on my second day in Jersey. I have been here ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? I enjoy the camaraderie of the other athletes as we suffer…. I mean train.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I am most proud of getting my double unders and handstand walk. I just PR’d “Annie” besting my last time by 7:15.

What are you still working on to achieve?  I am still working on walking farther on my hands. I am also working on my form for all the fun lifts like snatches, squat cleans, and overhead squats.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.   A random fact about me is in additional to CrossFit I also do Spartan OCR. I just hit my trifecta this racing season. What that means is I have completed ALL of the 3 types of races this race season. Next year I am going for two trifectas and attempting an Ultra Beast (26 plus miles over 50 obstacles). 

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My current favorite WOD/ benchmark is “Annie”.

If you created a WOD, what would it consist of? If I created a WOD it would be Annie, are you okay?

For time 😬
50 KBS 55lb/ 35lb
50 DU
50 Abmat SU
500 M row
40 KBS
40 DU
40 Abmat SU
400 M row
30 KBS
30 DU
30 Ab mat SU
300 M row
20 KBS
20 DU
20 Ab mat SU
200 M Row
10 KBS
10 DU
10 ab mat SU
100 M row

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  The best advice to give anyone interested is to just do it. The hardest part is to start. No matter how awesome the athletes are they had to start somewhere. Last bit of advice is to hang in there. It will get better. Embrace the suck.

Jim Roeder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown:  Columbus, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? IT Director

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? Watching the Crossfit Games. I came to Fitness Integrated Therapy to rehab a shoulder issue caused by trying kipping pull-ups after watching the Games and realized I didn’t know what I was doing. Spending time on the therapy side with Paul and Yolanda allowed me to learn more about Crossfit and Hyper CrossFIT.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Having workouts that push me and coaches that provide the necessary guidance. Being a part of a community of people who encourage and push you to do better and try new things. This includes doing extra WODs on occasion or working on some new skills with other members before or after class.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  Finally getting a ring muscle-up!

What are you still working on to achieve?  I can’t think of anything I’m not working on!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossfitI have two grandchildren ages 2 and 5.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  It seems to be a favorite of some others in the gym as well…Linda.

If you created a WOD, what would it consist of?  Some combination of deadlifts, bench press, push-ups, and pull-ups.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Every movement and weight can be scaled, just start with what you are comfortable with. Once you try it, then you can build on what you have learned. Everyone had to start somewhere.

 

 

 

Gregory Dispensa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Delanco, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Fitter/Welder boilermaker

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I learned about CrossFit from Yolanda the day I stopped in to inquire about the gym. When she gave me a walkthrough of the awesome box and explained to me that it is a community of people who feed off each other’s energy to get through the workouts, I knew this would be the perfect place to work on my health, body, and spirit.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  What I like most about being a CrossFit member is the community. I’ve made some awesome friends and met positive influences in my life since I became a member. Whether it’s a friendly competition to push through a WOD or nutritional tips after the WOD, the community is always helpful with my personal growth.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest moment was competing in the Battlegrounds competition. I felt courageous for competing with others who have been training for years and seeing all our community members pushing through and crushing it! I felt proud of myself and our box. Beasts!

What are you still working on to achieve? I’m still working to achieve a bar muscle-up.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossfitMy worldview foundation has been built from Taoism and Buddhism.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  My favorite WODs are ones with a story behind them. The trials and tribulations the individual had gone through, drives me to be a better me.

If you created a WOD, what would it be called and consist of? If I were to create a Gregory WOD, it would be divided into three 7 minute AMRAPS with a 2 minute rest in between. 25 minutes total WOD. The first part would be called The Peasant. The movements would mimic the struggles of the peasant – Farmers carry, 200m Row (fisherpersons) and a 15 yard push/pull sled to mimic the plow.
Part 2 would be called The Jester. The movements would mimic the entertainment a jester would perform for the crown – Handstand push-ups, double unders and goblet squats for the Queen! Part 3 would be The Crown. The movements would mimic the power required to become and maintain the power of the crown -Snatches, burpee box jump-overs and rope climbs.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? I would advise anyone interested in CrossFit to come try it out. Intimidation is a burden we put on ourselves to feed our insecurities. It keeps us away from trying new things and meeting new people. CrossFit will help you strengthen your mind as well as your body. It will give you the confidence you ought to have by challenging yourself.

Melvin Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What do you do to pay your bills?  Plumber

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  My brother was a Crossfit coach for a number of years. I found Hyper CrossFIT online.  It was the closest box to me at the time and after meeting Yolanda the same day I was sold.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I never was a fan of group training sessions. However, after giving it a try the benefits far outweigh any negatives. I push myself a little harder than I would alone. Also, everybody is encouraging others to keep going.  After all who wants to suffer alone.😀 In addition, I love that someone is handling the programming! It’s not something I have to think about and I can see progress in strength and endurance.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  So far the rope climb. I could not figure it out for a while. One day during a WOD I decided I’m going up and I did.

What are you still working on to achieve? Overhead Squats, Overhead Squats and Overhead Squats!!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit My favorite style of beer is a Belgian Tripel.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  “LINDA” aka: “3 Bars of Death”

If you created a WOD, what would it be called and consist of? RFT 1- “LIFT FREE OR DIE HARD” 2- “MELLY MEL’S FURIOUS 5″3 or 3- MONSTERS BALL. The movements would consist of Cleans, Deadlift, STOH, Wall balls and Row.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Give it a chance and you’ll find the benefits far outweigh any initial fear or pain.

Molly Logan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  Hearing Officer with the NJ State Parole Board

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  My husband started doing CrossFit and kept encouraging me to try it. Once I took my first class I was hooked. I found Hyper after talking with a friend about wishing there was a closer place, as my old gym was about a half hour away. She introduced me to Yolanda and I have been a Hyper member ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I love the challenging workouts and the friends I have made. There is always someone close by pushing you to finish….no matter how tired you are.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? When I got my first bar muscle up!

What are you still working on to achieve?  Ring muscle ups and handstand walks

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit I love being outside and taking my kids on new adventures…skiing, hiking, paddle boarding. I love watching them achieve new heights.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  Honestly, not really a fan of any of the “girls”. If I had to choose it would be the Murph HERO WOD. I enjoy the group atmosphere of doing Murph and the extremely challenging workout.

If you created a WOD, what would it be? Oh I don’t know…probably an EMOM since most who know me know that workouts with built in rest are my favorite 🙂 It would probably have to have deadlifts, box jumps, DB snatches, sit-ups and burpees.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Just go once. And then you will go again. Don’t be intimidated by any of the movements or workouts. Everything is scalable and everyone I know works to their own level.

 

Kevin Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown:  Burlington

What do you do to pay your bills? Account Executive

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? My sister first started CrossFit and mentioned that I should give it a go because I would like the structure and competitiveness. I went to one class, got crushed, and have been hooked ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Other than the family-like atmosphere and stone breaking that goes on, I recently have enjoyed the structured routines that the coaches have been putting together. I’m always looking to better myself and the structure that has been put in place has been very positive. The best part of being a FIT/Hyper CrossFIT member is lifting with my sister and brother-in-law.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Back in July, I snapped my forearm playing soccer and needed a plate and seven screws to put me back together. I knew it was going to take some time but the coaching staff at Hyper CrossFIT was able to help ease me into things and set mini goals for myself to get back to 100%. I am now back to 100% mobility and feeling confident moving some serious weight around. I have to thank the coaching staff and the members to help motivate and push me to get back.

What are you still working on to achieve? Oh wow! What am I not working on would be an easier question for me to answer. A few goals that I have set for myself is a 275 lb. Snatch and a 300 lb. C&J.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  I played soccer over in England.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  As much as I hate thrusters, and if you were around during 19.5 you would have witnessed how much I despise them,  but I’d have to say FRAN.

If you created a WOD, what would it be?  

10 AMRAP
Buy In: 15 Cal Row
10 Hang Cleans (115/95)
10 Wall Balls
10 Push Ups
Then, 5 minutes to find 1 rep max snatch
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? No need to be intimidated, especially around our group. As much as we love to bust stones and compete, there is nothing better than seeing someone else PR. It actually motivates me to improve. Whether you are a newbie or veteran to the sport you can feel relaxed at FIT/Hyper CrossFIT.
Any additional comments you would like to share?  My 80% snatch is Cody’s 100%. #micdrop #dab #sorrynotsorry

 

 

 

Nicole Bonilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown:  Florence, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  Detective/Police Officer

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  Friends and co-workers

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Challenging myself each day and pushing harder to do a little bit better in every workout.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Getting rope climbs and seeing how much stronger I’ve become since I first started.

What are you still working on to achieve? Handstand push-ups and kipping pull-ups.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit?  I am ambidextrous!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  My favorite benchmark is Linda.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  Not sure of the name, but it would definitely have cleans, S2OH and box jumps.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  It took me a year to sign up for CrossFit because I was intimidated. No matter what the WOD is, there’s always scaled options that allow you to improve. The CrossFit community is always welcoming and encouraging! Here at Hyper, everyone is like family, and it’s one of the best parts of my day!

Any additional comments you would like to share?  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

 

 

Tony Tedesco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills?  Export heavy duty truck parts.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  My beautiful wife Heather has been a boot camp member for almost two years now.  She would always tell me how nice the coaches were and that I should give it a try. It’s been great ever since.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? I needed a place to relieve some stress, and to lose a little bit of body fat. From day one the coaches and members have been very nice and more than helpful which makes it a very enjoyable place to be a part of.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Getting my bar muscle ups and overall stamina.

What are you still working on to achieve?  Ring muscle up, double unders and handstand walks, lol.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit? I have hidden dance moves, AKA  John Travolta!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? The Hero WODs

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? “Freestyle Frenzy” The WOD would have to include some box jumps, muscle ups, toes to bar, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, cleans, back squat and of course rowing.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Don’t feel intimated. Go at your own pace and if you can’t do RX, just scale it back to where you feel comfortable. No one is judgemental.

Any additional comments you would like to share? I would like to thank all the coaches for choosing me and I look forward to many more years ahead of being sore with many good friends!