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!

 

Sharon Dills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown:  Burlington, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? School Counselor

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I began CrossFit about 5 years ago and instantly became addicted to it. CrossFit ended up filling the void of not playing college soccer anymore. Everyday is a new day when Crossfitting and it quickly made me realize that regardless of your level or strength there is always room for improvement! I have been at Hyper CrossFIT for a little over a year now and I enjoy the community and workouts!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I enjoy coming into Hyper every week and working on something new and challenging everyday. The workouts are never easy and always pushing me to my limits. It always gives me a sense of satisfaction. The coaching staff is helpful, welcoming, and always working on improving everyone on their techniques. I am extremely competitive and I love that I am able to work out with my husband, brother, and friends at the gym!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest moment in CrossFit would have to be achieving a Ring Muscle-Up.

What are you still working on to achieve?  The nice part about CrossFit is that each and everyday you walk in you are always working to achieve better or be a better you. Some days might be harder than others but overall each day is an accomplishment. I am still working to achieve a bar muscle-up, PR’ing different lifts, and to be faster, more efficient with different movements and workouts.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit?  One random fact about myself would be that I enjoy crafting and am thoroughly obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My favorite Benchmark would have to be “Grace” (30 Clean and Jerks) because it is quick and you are constantly able to push and pace yourself each time you complete it.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  Strength – Benching! Movements like sit-ups, cleans, kettlebell swings, and rowing are my favorite movements. I prefer completing WODs that have rounds because then I feel like there is an end in sight rather than just killing time.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Any new Crossfitter should know that each and every day is challenging to all regardless of what level you are at. It is a fantastic community where you are cheered on and pushed to your limits on a day to day basis. The best part about CrossFit is that it’s only an hour long and you get an intense workout out of it.

Any additional comments you would like to share? Hyper CrossFIT is a joy to be a part of! Thank you for having me and my family! 🙂
Also….I guess I can officially announce that I am pregnant so it will be fun to see how my body changes and how different working out will be! I will be working out for two and carrying a personal weight everyday for the next few months! Anything is possible with CrossFit!

 

Brittany Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Brittany Campbell who is December’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month.  Our # 1 FITAID consumer always brings her energy, muscles, and A-game every time she steps into the box.  Hyper CrossFIT is her sanctuary where she can focus on herself for an hour before the daily responsibilities of being a mom and nurse take her through 12 + hour days.

Hometown: Freeland, PA

What do you do to pay your bills? Trauma Nurse in West Philadelphia

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I’ve always been into fitness but was always nervous to try CrossFit. I found out a friend of mine belonged to Hyper so I tried it and was hooked!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I love so many things about being part of the Hyper Family it’s hard to say what I love the most! Of course, I love feeling strong and accomplished on a personal physical level, that goes without saying. I love being pushed to achieve more than I ever thought I was capable of, and I love to push my fellow athletes in the same way. I love hearing my daughter yell, “Go Mommy!” when I climb the rope I never thought I could climb, and I love hearing my son describe me as “buff” because it makes me feel like I am showing my children that women can be strong…and that is an important thing for both young girls and boys to see. I love that, no matter which class time I attend on any given day, I will be alongside athletes who have become friends, and I will have a coach pushing me to be the best me I can be for that hour.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? It’s a tie between the rope climb and kipping pull-ups!

What are you still working on to achieve?  Strict pull-ups!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit? I love playing bingo! I even have my own bingo bag with stampers!

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My favorite WODs are always the hero WODs. The most powerful WOD I have ever done at Hyper was one in honor of a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. The woman had saved her children from the tragic fate she fell victim to…she ran with them in her arms. I remember running while holding a plate thinking about how heavy it was…how heavy the woman’s children must have been as she ran with them in her arms to get them to safety. Hero WODs always motivate me, but this particular WOD was especially powerful for me.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Still thinking about what I’d name it, but it will definitely have deadlifts, rope climbs, sit-ups, and some bench presses…I guess you’ll have to wait until it’s on RhinoFit to see!!!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  Just try it! And keep coming back! I never thought I could do half of the things I can do today, nor did I think I would ever be as strong as I am right now when I first started!

 

 

 

Cody Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Cody Collins who is November’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Read more about how needing to change up his fitness regimen landed him at Hyper CrossFIT’s front (bay) door and how working out at a Globo gym is a thing of the past!

Hometown:  Florence, NJ

What do you do to pay your bills? Drug Pricing Analyst

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I always knew of someone who was doing CrossFit or I would flip through channels and occasionally see the CrossFit Games on ESPN. I never really understood it, until one night I was bored and watched that typical documentary that everyone knows about on Netflix. It sparked my interest and I needed a change when it came to my workout regimen so it was perfect timing. Not long after that, I canceled my membership at a local gym and googled the closest CrossFit gym to my house. Hyper CrossFIT popped up in my search, and the rest is history. I dove right in!

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? I like being proud of what I do in the gym with all the members. It still amazes me the intensity our workouts require, and how far we are able to push ourselves. I’ve never worked out this hard before joining Hyper CrossFIT, and walking out of the gym after a tough workout knowing you went as hard as you could and you have nothing left to give is a great feeling.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I would have to say hitting my most recent PR snatch was awesome; very proud of that!

What are you still working on to achieve?  Still looking to perfect the J-hook for rope climbs.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit?  I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  HERO WOD “JT”

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would call it Cody’s “15 Minutes to Fame” and it would go a little something like this:
AMRAP 10
5 yd Handstand Walk + 5 HSPU
5 pistols/leg
5 sets of 1 MU + 5 dips
Then:
5 mins to establish 1RM Snatch

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit?  If CrossFit already has your interest, then let a free class be your deciding factor. Don’t let what you hear about CrossFit scare you. It’s a ton of fun and you’ll enjoy it from the moment you start. Next thing you know, you’ll be Athlete of the Month giving advice!

Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you to the coaching staff for nominating me.  It’s an honor to be among the prior athletes who have been nominated. I also want to say I love and enjoy all the friends I have made since joining Hyper. I talk to some of them on a daily basis and it feels like family at this point.

 

 

 

 

Shekeria Wright

 

Congratulations to Shekeria Wright who is October’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Shekeria is one of our original Fitness Integrated Therapy (FIT) members from many years ago. She has come back to us full circle now as a CrossFit member and we couldn’t be happier at the level of fitness she is now achieving!

Hometown: Earth

What do you do to pay your bills? AR Medical Administrative Assistant

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I was a member of Fitness Integrate Therapy (FIT) when the facility was located in Willingboro. While watching a t.v. segment about the founder of CrossFit, I became intrigued then did a Google search and found this Box. Basically, the prodigal daughter returned home.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)? Everything including the instructors and members!

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I can now run a 400m without stopping. I am the fastest, slowest member here. In my mind, I am Usain Bolt but my mile benchmark tells another story. I can also deadlift 220 lbs!

What are you still working on to achieve? Where do I begin…. rope climb, pull up, muscle up and box jump. Once I hit those goals I will have to retire from CrossFit!

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit? I have a rod and 4 screws in my left leg from a car accident. I also plan on Sky-diving in 2019.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? My favorite WOD is any that doesn’t include lunges; my knee cartilage has left the building.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?
“RJS: Run, Jump, Squat
For Time
400m run
50 Sit-ups
300 SU
10 OHS (#65 women)
1000m row

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? It isn’t as scary as it may seem. It will become a habit one will enjoy after taking it a step at a time, day by day. The strong support system at the Box makes it easier as well!

Any additional comments you would like to share? I am beyond thrilled that I didn’t quit and that I gained my confidence back! Come and join us!!!

Brooke Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Brooke Martin who is May’s Hyper CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. It’s not winning the Super Bowl LII or Cardio challenges at our fitness center that keeps Brooke motivated. It’s what she has gained in the form of an extended family, personal fitness results and the many accomplishments that keeps her coming back to the box.

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

What do you do to pay your bills?  School, emergency, and trauma Nurse

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I learned about CrossFit through a former member and primarily my father, Darren Martin.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFIT Athlete)?  I like my 5:30 AM crew, the push to start my day off right, and the results that I have seen and changes I have seen in myself.

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest accomplishment is probably being able to get up the rope and not just once but multiple times now. 🙂

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit.  I go on a cruise outside the country at least once a year.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? One of my favorite WODs is probably the one that we did with all of the presidents recently. It was challenging, but fun!

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  BMart Special – I would include a rope climb, bear crawls, burpees, GHD machine, and snatches…Like a mix of different movements to work the body and maybe even some sprints like a 200 or 400 meter.

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Exactly what our motto is, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” You may not be able to do everything and especially not RX, but if you stick with it and really work hard the change will be evident not only in how you look but how you feel.

Any additional comments you would like to share? I love CrossFit and our coaches are the best! They are very intuitive to all of us. They take the time to get to know us and have fun!