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Apr

2019 April: Sean McBee

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I am… a husband, father to a 2yr old little girl, CrossFit advanced drop out, and adventure enthusiast.

I like… traveling, working out, challenging myself, and being a little weird.

I dislike… sour cream. If you like it, I don’t like you. Jk

I eat… clean…ish. everyone enjoys a good cheat meal.

I will… always strive to challenge myself, improve in all areas of my life, and make sure my family has everything they need to be happy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc… I love exploring, experiencing new places, foods, activities, being active, playing sports, and being outside on a beach somewhere.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general? I came to Centerville CrossFit around 7 years ago. I was introduced to CrossFit at wright Patterson air Force Base but they stopped having classes so a group of us stopped by Centerville CrossFit to drop in on an open workout and all immediately fell in love. Been here ever since. Longer than Wes for sure.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones? Goals achieved are having a career that has a good work/balance. Being able to enjoy my free time is as important, if not more so, than the actual enjoyment I get at work.

What is your favorite movement? Double unders

What is your least favorite movement? Thrusters

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those doing it.”

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining? Enjoy it! CrossFit can be intimidating when you first start out but Centerville has a community unlike any other. Say hi, introduce yourself but more importantly, have fun.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit? The people. The coaches. The members themselves. The people truly make this gym the best I’ve ever been to. And it’s not even close.

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Mar

2019 March: Jessica Mullis

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I am… 6 months into my transition from the South (like THE South) to the Midwest and I am so surprised at how much I already love it!

I like… (love) the life I am carving out for myself here in Centerville with my love, my fur kids, my gym and my art.

I dislike… excessive negativity, ceilings (metaphorical), limiting beliefs and what I call “secret” ice (black ice—so scary!).

I eat… a wonderful mix of all food—moderation and balance are my new best friends.

I will… always be thinking, creating, inventing and likely staring at the moon in constant awe.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc… I am 41 and new-ish to Ohio. I moved here to join my fiancé in the last 2 years of her surgical residency with Kettering. I grew up in Texas and spent many years in both Florida and most recently Georgia. I love the coastal South but also love the pastoral expanse of the Midwest. I am a graphic designer for 16 years and currently work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Atlanta, but I am 100% remote. You can see some of what I do there on the CDC.gov Instagram from time to time. I also do a considerable amount of freelance work on the side to stay relevant in the private sector. I started painting with watercolors in April of 2017 and uncovered a new passion and love affair with celestial inspired art. I recently started selling my art at a shop here in downtown Dayton!

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general? Before I moved, I researched, ahem… stalked, CCF on Instagram, along with a handful of other gyms. It was a way for me to get a feel for the community and culture of the gyms. I also watched the workout programming online to make sure it felt in alignment. The things that brought me to Crossfit in general are the same things that brought me to CCF. Diversity of people, bodies and skill levels. It’s important for me to be able to visualize myself in the gym. Being the new girl can be tough but CCF has been wonderfully welcoming! Crossfit for me goes beyond the obvious health benefits in the gym and spreads out to all other areas of my life. When I first sought out Crossfit 9 years ago, I was looking for a creative, sustainable way to get in shape but have since received so much more.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones? I visited and then joined CCF within one week of moving to Ohio and I’m so glad I did! Since joining in August, I have been able to realign with my nutrition and fitness routine and have lost nearly 10lbs in the process. I have been able to regain a sense of balance in my life that was missing for about a year or two. My goals over the years with Crossfit are always evolving, much like myself. My current goal is to keep up that balance and keep moving well and pain free. “Consistency” is my word for 2019 and CCF is a part of that process for me.

What is your favorite movement? My favorite movements are heavy cleans (full squat, hang… whatever!), overhead squat and toes to bar.

What is your least favorite movement? Box jumps and burpee anything (box jump overs, lateral or bar facing).

What is your favorite quote or words to live by? “There came a time when the risk to remain closed tight in the bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

I can’t think of a time in the last 5+ years where this quote hasn’t been applicable to most things in my life. It’s often scarier to stay hidden and fearful of trying new things, than to finally make a step towards something unknown and potentially fantastically life changing!

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining? What I LOVE about Crossfit is that to me, there is no ceiling. There is always room for new skills and improvement. As of March, I’ve been Crossfitting for 9 years, and truly, it always meets me where I am. There are hills and valleys (in fitness and in life) and Crossfit is infinitely scalable, so there’s always a way to come in and move. Don’t be intimidated because it is for all bodies and all skill levels. And can, and likely will, show you how amazingly capable your body is at doing incredible things!

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit? The diverse, incredibly friendly and welcoming community (members and coaches/staff). Jen and Mike were the first two people I interacted with on my first two days, and I was so grateful for their enthusiasm and welcoming, easy going friendliness. Crossfit is and mostly has always been a huge part of my social life. I have made some of the most incredible friends and connections over the years through Crossfit. It brings me together with people from whom I may differ greatly, but we connect over this one crazy, shared passion of Crossfit.

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Feb

2019 February: Logan George

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I am… a junior at Springboro High School. Former basketball player turned CrossFit athlete. Competing in my first Open and competition this year.

I like… dogs, basketball, Xbox, and sleep.

I dislike… Halloween, roller coasters, homework, and AP Physics.

I eat… healthier than I used to. Now I eat proteins, fruits, veggies, etc. Not the typical teen diet.

I will… keep working hard to become a better person and athlete.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc… I am 6’7” 16-year-old junior at Springboro High School. I’m currently taking college classes online at Miami University Middletown so I only have to go to SHS for roughly four hours, which allows me to go to CCF anytime in the afternoon. After a workout, you can often find me at US Cryotherapy.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general? After my sophomore year of high school, I decided to stop playing basketball. But I didn’t want to sit around home after school with nothing to do and I’ve always been active and enjoyed working out. My stepdad brought me to Spencer’s weightlifting class in the spring of 2018. After that, I started teen class in the summer with Jen. Later that summer, I started all levels and the rest is history. Now I go to CCF six days a week.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones? Since summer, I’ve been able to do strict pull-ups, rope climbs, and double unders (still a work in progress). In 2019, I want to work on kipping pull-ups, T2B, and basically anything on the rig. Snatching heavier and handstands are other goals of mine.

What is your favorite movement? Cleans, deadlifts, rowing, rope climbs, running, and the Assault Bike.

What is your least favorite movement? Burpees, snatches, pushups, and pull-ups.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by? “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining? CrossFit is for everyone. You don’t have to be the best. You don’t need to run a sub-six mile or snatch 300 to do CrossFit. You can start by doing personal training or coming 3x a week, eating right, and getting enough sleep. These will turn into habits, and 3x a week will become 6x a week. The hardest part of starting CrossFit is walking through the door. Once you do that, the coaches will take care of the rest.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit? The coaches, the members, the atmosphere, everything. The coaches are all very supportive and helpful. They know what they are doing and will scale a workout to whatever they think will best fit an athlete. The members will eventually become friends, and everything is more fun with friends, even doing really tough workouts. CCF hasn’t only helped me become a better athlete, but also a better person.

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Jan

2019 January: Lane Clegg

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I am… always on the go. Can’t sit still.

I like… being outside, traveling, reading, playing with my dogs, eating ice cream, and workouts that involve the rower!

I dislike… olives, watching the news, Mondays, and T2B.

I eat… all of the time. But really . . . so many fruits and veggies (thanks, Mitch!).

I will… always try to sub-out V-ups for T2B.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I’m a Dean of Instruction at a charter school in Dayton and love (most) every second of it – being around kids is, hands down, the best and most fun part of my job. I spend my spare time with friends and my two rescue pups – Ginger and Millie. I love being outside and being active but also need at least one night a week to sit on my couch and catch up on The Bachelor.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
College didn’t necessarily produce the most active version of myself. A couple of years after I graduated, my mom suggested CrossFit. She had tried it and thought I should do something so I walked into a CrossFit gym. The first day they were running 6x400m sprints so they let me join them. Spoiler alert: I took a round or two off. For some reason, I kept coming back and have continued to for the last 6 years. When I moved to Dayton, my mom again suggested Centerville CrossFit as the gym I should join (a friend had recommended it to her) and so I dropped in. The first day I dropped in was the Burpee fundraiser challenge and I knew right then that this gym was a community I wanted to be a part of.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
When I first started CrossFit I wanted to be able to do a regular push-up, deadlift my body weight, and run 400m without dying immediately after. Now, I’m working to get better and more efficient at a lot of movements (pull-ups, T2B, anything overhead) and am determined to put together a slew of handstand pushups.

What is your favorite movement?
Deadlifts, cleans, rowing, double-unders. I could do them all day.

What is your least favorite movement?
Anything on the rig.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“Because the world owes us nothing, and we owe each other the world.”

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Come play! If you’re waiting to feel “ready” you never will. CrossFit is scalable for anyone and it’s the most supportive community you’ll find. If you want to make yourself better and do it alongside some fun and inspiring people – this gym is the place to do it!

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
The community and the coaches! I have nothing but glowing things to say about this space and the people in it. Any time of day, at any class, there are top-notch coaches who push you to do exactly what YOU need to do. I feel so welcomed every time I’m there and have to credit so much of my growth in this sport and my own personal health to CCF and the people there!

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Nov

2018 November: Shasta Beam

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I am…a wife and a mother of two children.

I like…my hour of CrossFit every day, animals (dogs), sports, doughnuts, and warm climates.

I dislike…mornings, sushi, and baseball.

I eat…what Mitch tells me to eat (85% of the time).

I will…continue to work hard every day at everything.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I work part time out of my home doing HR stuff for my husband’s I.T. Company. I graduated from UC with a Political Science degree but I hate politics. I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies other than CrossFit because I’m too busy facilitating little human hobbies. Our family spends a lot of time doing soccer and basketball activities.  We visit Torch Lake in Michigan every summer where we spend time outdoors and with grandparents. We love to travel as a family to new warm places during the winter.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
I joined Centerville CrossFit through the New You program in Feb. of 2017. Before joining CrossFit my workouts were usually only cardio. I was a runner, biker, and played some tennis, but had no experience with weights. I wanted something more, but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into!

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
I have achieved so much so far that I don’t know where to begin? I have lost 30+ pounds since I started and I now eat more clean. I have learned to climb the rope and just recently I can do toes to bar. I remember dead lifting around 100lbs when I first started and now I’m near 200lbs. I would like to conquer pull ups and double unders this year.

What is your favorite movement?
I like anything that usually involves lower body. (Squats, deadlifts, cardio)

What is your least favorite movement?
Probably….push-ups?

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“You become what you believe.” –Oprah W.

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Just come and try it! Making the decision to walk through the door is probably 90% of the hardest part. I tell people all the time that CrossFit can be for anyone at any level of fitness. If I can do it, then anyone can! It’s worth the investment.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
I LOVE the PEOPLE at CCF, and I don’t think that I have ever claimed to love people collectively anywhere before. Everyone is so nice and supportive!! The coaches truly care about everyone. I love that I can show up without a plan every day, and for that hour someone else tells me what to do and how to do it.

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Oct

2018 October: Scott Teater

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I am… a Christ follower, husband, and father

I like… the outdoors

I dislike… social media and cell phones

I eat… ninety percent better than I used to thanks to Mitch (Paleo diet – yeah!)

I will… always be grateful to my father for making me a Bengals fan, not a Browns fan.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I’ve been married for 26 years to my wife, Kristina. We met in college and have three teenagers (I pray a lot!).  I am a Family Practice Physician in Centerville. I enjoy trail running, reading history related books, and tent camping (it just occurred to me that I sound really boring)

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?
My office is on Congress Park drive and on the way home, I would notice people running around a building on Senate which made me curious. Eventually, a friend told me about Centerville CrossFit and then it all made sense.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
In the beginning, it was very basic. I wanted to do one pull-up and one push-up. Over the years, these simple goals have progressed to being able to do kipping pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and double unders. In another four years, I want to do a muscle-up—it could happen, right?

What is your favorite movement?
My favorite is the Clean.

What is your least favorite movement?
It’s not a movement, but Spencer, are those Assault bikes really necessary?

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  Winston Churchill

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Don’t wait. It’s hard to believe I know, but regardless of your level, you will feel comfortable at Centerville CrossFit.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
For one hour a day, I simply do what I’m told. I don’t have to think.
The trainers are encouraging, knowledgeable, and always have your best interest in mind. Most importantly, it works!

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Sep

2018 September: Stacey Moenter

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I am… a twin and I am pregnant.
I like… the friends and family that I have made at CCF.
I dislike… getting up at 4:30 in the morning.
I eat… like no one is watching, especially when eating pizza.
I will… be a first time mom!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I am a physical therapist to humans and dogs. I love to watch football on Saturdays and Sundays.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
Becky and Adam Rogers talked about their love for CrossFit so we decided to give it a try and fell in love.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
1) Able to do a pull-up
2) Able to do a modified hand stand push-up
New goals) To be able to complete a WOD, doing it RX

What is your favorite movement?
My favorite movement is cleans.

What is your least favorite movement?
My least favorite movement is push-ups.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
It doesn’t matter how you finish. It just matters that you finish.

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
If you want a good challenging workout.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
The support from everyone and the friends that I have made since starting CCF.

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Aug

2018 August: Carla Huelskamp

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I am… human. I have triumphs and failures, good days and bad. I try to work hard, make people laugh and learn something new each day.
I like… a challenge. Please underestimate me so I can show you what I can do.
I dislike… the sound of squeaking Styrofoam.
I eat… a vegetarian diet and count macros. I actually enjoy food prep and love to use new and unusual ingredients in my cooking.
I will… see you at the gym!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I am an old lady trapped in the body of a young(ish) person. I like puzzles and rocking chairs. I garden and bird watch. I would rather have a discussion with someone over coffee than be in a crowd.
So I’m not a total recluse. I work as a clinical pharmacist which gives me the opportunity to meet and teach people everyday. My husband and I have a diva French bulldog named Lily. I also have 14 nieces and nephews who remind me daily to laugh, go on adventures and enjoy life.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
I was strictly cardio before starting CrossFit. I had run several half marathons but was bored with the training. I had no upper body strength and needed a change. I just switched jobs at the time and wanted the social aspect that CrossFit offered (you read the hobby section, right?).

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
I walked in with the goal of 1 strict pull-up. I WILL have a ring muscle up by the end of summ…fall.

What is your favorite movement?
HSPUs

What is your least favorite movement?
Rowing for calories.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
N/A

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Just walk through the door. You do not have to lift the heaviest or be the fastest. Run your own race. The changes you will experience will be more than just physical.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
The coaches, the coaching and the community. I had never even picked up a barbell before joining CCF. The coaches taught me everything I know and are constantly giving feedback to get better.
They are knowledgeable, talented and truly care. I absolutely must give credit to the entire CCF community of athletes. Training beside each of you is nothing short of inspiring. You give me motivation and confidence to keep going…not to mention the sweaty hugs.

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Jul

2018 July: Jessica Wolgemuth

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I am…very fortunate
I like…(love) peanut butter
I dislike…mean and/or negative people
I eat…more vegetables than I ever thought I would (thanks, Mitch!)
I will…keep practicing and signing up for things that scare me

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I’m naturally very shy and I must admit a little embarrassed to talk about myself.  Maybe others can relate, but it’s just painful! I’m from the Dayton area. I’ve been married for almost 11 years, have 3 kids and even a minivan!  WOW, that makes me sound older than I feel! My husband flies for American Airlines and spends so much time away from home he rents a place in Philadelphia and splits his time between there and home. If I’m not at work (Marketing at Synchrony) or at CCF, I’m chasing after our 3 kids.  Between all their activities and school, I’m always on the move. My family lives locally and I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my parents. They’re my rocks. As for hobbies, I don’t have time for hobbies beyond CrossFit, but I am a junky for audio books because I can listen while doing other things.   I just finished The Power of Habit and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.  I LOVED and recommend both.  If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears!

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
I wanted something different.  I was getting bored of going to the gym and I wasn’t progressing. I thought I’d check out this thing called CrossFit.  Throwing a barbell overhead and squatting seemed intimidating and not like something I would ever do. I figured I’d see if I could learn some new tricks and signed up.  

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
Creating healthy eating habits and getting my knee and shoulder pain free both have been huge achievements for me. I feel healthier at 36 than I did at 26 and I hope that at 46 this trend continues. Goal rest of this year is to get stronger, while continuing to move pain free.   (Learning how to rope climb and my 1st HSPU also felt pretty good!)

What is your favorite movement?
Deadlifts

What is your least favorite movement?
Handstand pushup

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
Hard to pick a favorite, but it’s always relevant to remind myself that… “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Be consistent.  Find a few buddies to keep you honest.  If you’re considering it, don’t be intimidated.  There are people at all levels of fitness and they’re all wonderful.  

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
I love so much about CCF.  I love the schedule, so many class times offered.  I love the pride taken in keeping the gym professional and clean, sometimes those barbells sparkle! I love the coaches.  They have a love for the sport of CrossFit and a passion for coaching and helping others achieve their goals. When I’m slacking off, they call me out on it.  They believe in me when I don’t believe in me and that’s given me the courage to try new things. I also love my classmates. We suffer together and I have lots of respect for those that continue showing up and putting in the effort to better themselves.    

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May

2018 June: Tim Wilson

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I am…. Blessed with an awesome, supportive wife and two incredible kids
I like
…warm weather (finally here!), coffee, Saturdays in the summer, and routine
I dislike… February in Ohio, sharks and snakes, and week 5 of the open generally speaking
I eat… much different than when I began this journey. Have subscribed to counting macros and it has opened my eyes to the type of fuel and nutrition your body needs. Also allows so much more freedom than anything I’ve tried to this point.
I will… open up when prompted but am not nearly as social as my wife. CCF has helped me in this regard greatly, so many awesome people.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc… I am 32, live in Centerville, and work for an insurance & finance company out of Wisconsin.   I have a son Charlie, age 4 and a daughter Kate, age 1 (going on 13) and am married to Amanda, who joined CCF last June. I like to play golf but do a lot less now that CCF is a part of my life. We love to travel as well and have tried to get better at committing to do so.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general? I was introduced to CrossFit by a friend who organized a drop-in class as part of a bachelor party. On the flight home, I googled CrossFit gyms, saw CCF was close to my home and signed up for the elements course. I came to this place with a history of wasted gym memberships, bad habits, poor physical health, and waning motivation. Something clicked once I started and as a result, CCF has impacted my life more dramatically than I ever could have imagined.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones? My first official CCF workout was “FRAN” . It took me 17 Minutes with a scaled thruster, doing banded pull-ups while the coach physically pushed me up over the bar. Every time I see Fran on the schedule it’s an opportunity to see how far I’ve come….So this past month I finished in 4:35 RX. It’s not anything to print on a shirt, but it’s the most tangible evidence I have, besides photos, to show where I started and where I am now.
New Goals are to continue to make progress. Complete the open and improve my standing, focus on my weaknesses, and continue to show up and work.

What is your favorite movement? I am a fan of anything gymnastics related… if it’s on the bar, sign me up.

What is your least favorite movement? I continue to have a love/hate with double-unders. They seem to come and go. The best advice I have received around hating movements is that I should try to make the ones I hate, my absolute favorites. Tell yourself you love them. Sounds counterintuitive, but I promise it works.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by? “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining? Do not be intimidated by what you have seen or heard. This place will meet you exactly where you are in your journey. I have benefited greatly from both the physical training and the mental and emotional support the culture and people here provide. This community is unlike any other, take a chance, you will not regret it.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit? The coaches, the members, the culture and the standard of excellence.