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Mar

2017 March: Gregg Montgomery

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HeadshotI am… a husband to a beautiful, wonderful woman, for 32 years. I have 2 grown children that I am extremely proud of. My son is a corrections officer and my daughter is an OTA student. I am a Sales Engineer for a Manufacturers Rep company in the Test and Measurement market, I am a Real Estate Agent, and I am an investor in a small brewery in Concord NC.

I like… fly fishing (obsession), craft beer, and working out.

I dislike… people with hidden agendas, I am a pretty straight shooter and don’t like games.

I eat… fairly clean (recent). Before, I would eat anything which led to some weight issues

I will… achieve a HSPU by my birthday and DU’s by the end of the year.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I have been a Sales Rep for 21 years, a Real Estate agent for just over a year. In my free time I love to fly fish. I tie all my own bugs, so I have feathers, furs, skins, hooks, etc all over my home office… a.k.a. man cave. I try to get to a river, somewhere, as often as I can to wet a line. Typically I fish the TN/NC Mountains for trout. I am a huge Reds, Bengals, and Buckeyes fan.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

Most of my really close friends live in Charlotte, NC. Three of them (Les, Bryan, and Tater…yes I know a Tater!) were all doing this thing called CrossFit. It was amazing the transformation I was seeing in these guys. I was 272 pounds of fun when I thought I need to do something about this before my health deteriorates. So, after returning from a fishing trip (aka drinking trip, with fishing getting the way) with these guys I started my search. I went to Google to find CrossFit gyms in the Centerville area and found CCF. The next day I made an appointment and the rest is history.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Although I still have a ways to go I have started to get my weight problems under control. I am down 50+ pounds since joining. New goals, just recently, I was able to do a headstand as a progression step into HSPU. I will get these done! Second goal is DU’s – I have absolutely zero coordination when we do these in a WOD.

 

What is your favorite movement?FB_IMG_1486568158470

Anything shoulder related – push- press and push jerk, shoulder to overhead, etc.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

SNATCH! I have the flexibility of a steel pole, so these are my nemesis.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“If you continue to do what you have done, you will get what you have always gotten.”

– Unknown

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Just try it. Don’t let the term or word “CrossFit” intimidate you. Everything we do is scalable to you and your fitness level. If you give this a serious chance you will be more successful at it than you could ever have imagined.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

This is by far the easiest question on the form. This place is truly amazing, for me probably life saving. The premier coaching you receive is second to none. My classmates (Go Nooners!) are some of the best and awe inspiring people I know. The gym coaches, staff and athletes there are very supportive, encouraging, giving, and all around the most gracious, fun loving people I have ever come in to contact with. It doesn’t matter whether you finish first or last in a given WOD, it’s all about finishing. The class coach and your classmates are right there with you for every lift, jump, squat, etc. They all want to see you succeed!

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Feb

2017 February: Denise Edsall

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I am… a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a friend

I like… being happy and healthy

I dislike… mean people

I eat… a little bit of everything

I will… never give up

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I was born and raised in Centerville, OH. I graduated from Wright State University with a degree in Education and Business. I owned my own dance studio for fifteen years and am now a teacher for special needs adults ages 18-22. I still teach competitive dance part time. I married my high school sweetheart and we have a son and two daughters. The two oldest attend The University of Cincinnati and the youngest goes to Magsig Middle School.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I came to Centerville CrossFit looking for a challenge. I definitely have not been disappointed! I was looking for that extra push and being surrounded by some incredible athletes inspires me to strive to be better.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

I have seen a lot of improvement in my overall fitness level. I am stronger and am gradually increasing my weight in almost every movement. I want to continue to get stronger and increase my upper body strength and technique.

 

What is your favorite movement?

My favorite movement is the back squat.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

My least favorite movement is the snatch.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Be strong but not rude. Be kind but not weak. Be humble but not timid. Be proud but not arrogant”

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Don’t be intimidated by the difficulty. Every coach here will make sure you can complete an awesome workout based on your personal fitness level. You will grow quickly if you listen to the coaches and push yourself. The community here is incredibly supportive.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

I love Centerville CrossFit because the coaches are incredible, the workouts are tough and effective and the community is like no other!

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Jan

2017 January: Jennifer Rohren

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I am… a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and colleague.

I like… to laugh.

I dislike… losing! 🙂

I eat… anything; my vice is Graeter’s 🙂

I will… take risks!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

Although born and raised in Cincinnati, I now call Dayton home. I attended UD and was a setter on the club volleyball team for 4 years. Shortly after, I met and married my handsome husband, Craig, also a UD alumni and Centerville CrossFitter. We have a beautiful 14 mo. old daughter, Kyle, who is the love of our lives. 🙂 Professionally, I am a product manager at Aileron (aileron.org), a public charity, founded through the generosity of Clay Mathile. Our mission is to unleash the potential of private business through professional management.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

A co-worker and several friends had joined other CrossFit gyms and raved of their experiences. 2.5 years ago, my friend invited me to join her for the 2-week free trial at CCF. I was hooked.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Pull-ups! Kipping, strict, and, most recently, weighted. Thanks to Coach Ashlie and Coach Tina for pushing me! I now want to do a 20lb. weighted pull-up next… So I can keep doing them while pregnant next time. No, this is not an announcement… 🙂

 

What is your favorite movement?

Snatch! I’m not good at it, but I’m enjoying the journey.

 

What is your least favorite movement?  

It’s a love-hate relationship with squats, thrusters, wall balls, burpees, AD…. How do I pick just one? 🙂

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Be real, be yourself, be unique, be true, be honest, be humble, be happy.”

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

CrossFit is far more than just a gym. It’s a community. Be vulnerable and dare to care about your health…. Physically, mentally, emotionally. Don’t knock it until you try it. Trust me, you’ll never look back.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The peer support, the friendships, the coaching, the accountability, and the nauseating workouts!

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Dec

2016 December: Rachel Abrams

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I am… a snowboarder, a trail runner, and a Gingerimg_2869

I like… Colorado, my Harley, shopping, and old country music.

I dislike… heights and bugs

I eat… mostly organic, lots of meat, lots of veggies, and sometimes chocolate & Jeni’s ice cream

I will… always be grateful

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I moved to Centerville from Cincinnati about a year and a half ago to open the new Whole Foods Market. I am the Assistant Store Leader and have been with them for 7 years. My wife and I started at CCF just over a year ago. We have been married for 3 years. I get crazy ideas for a new adventure and she is always on board. We set goals together and provide one another with support and accountability. It’s an awesome feeling to hit your wall during a long run or want to give up on something and your partner knows exactly what to say to motivate you to keep going.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I got back into running and starting cycling about 5 years ago. Even though I was racking up the miles in both, I wasn’t seeing much improvement in my speed. I also had no upper body strength and I was starting to get a little bored with my same routine. I felt like I was working hard but not seeing any results. I came to CrossFit wanting to see results for my hard work.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

  • I have managed to shave 2+ mins off my mile, completed my first Duathlon, and I am 25 pounds lighter!
  • I am still working on my skills on the rig. TTB and pull ups and just getting better all-around at CrossFit
  • I also want to complete an Ironman 70.3 in 2017 and my first full Trail Marathon

 

What is your favorite movement?

Front Squats

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Snatches and DUs

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

People who love and really care about you, do not accept you for who you are. They set you to a higher standard and expect only the best out of you.

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

I had the misconception that I needed to get in shape before I joined CrossFit. That isn’t true at all. You get in shape doing CrossFit as long as you are willing to put in the work.

Also, I found CrossFit very intimidating at first. I wouldn’t come to certain classes if I couldn’t do a movement. I was worried there wouldn’t be a modification or I would do something wrong. I would compare what I couldn’t do, to what others could do. You have to learn to accept where you are and just try to get better every day. Working beside other athletes that are better than you, makes you stronger.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The coaches. They push me to work harder and move faster. They know my skill level and know when I can be doing more. It is also a great community. I have met some awesome people through CCF. I also love the person I am becoming since I joined CCF!

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Nov

2016 November: Matt Bezemek

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I am… blessed to be married to my best friend.

I like… Oregon Duck Football, John Deere, and Mexican food.

I dislike… vegetables (yes I am like a five year old)

I eat… almost everything but broccoli, cauliflower, and squash.

I will… try to be a better version of myself every day.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I grew up in a small farming town in the Thumb of Michigan of about 500 people. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me but I was All-State in cross country in high school. I joined the Army out of high school for four years and went on to the University of Toledo. I work as a project manager for a construction company, currently building delivery stations for Amazon. My wife and I have traveled a lot in the last five years but we have found a home in the Dayton area.

My hobbies include college football (Go Ducks!!), playing video games, CrossFit, and trying new restaurants with my wife.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I found CrossFit through a friend back home. He was really into it and was always pushing me to come workout with him and focus on eating better. After about four months of being pushed, I started working out with him. We obviously didn’t know anything about programming. It was basically strength training and whatever my friend could come up with to make us sweaty and out of breath. There are no CrossFit affiliates within an hour of my home town so it was the best we had.

I had moved to Dayton for a new job and went back to not working out again. I knew I needed a push. I pass Centerville CrossFit everyday on my way to work and after two months of being scared to walk in I stopped by on my lunch break to check it out. I met Mitch right when I walked in. He showed me around, explained the classes, and I could tell this place was different. I signed up for the intro as soon as I got back to my computer. I have been hooked ever since. I tell people CrossFit is the most awful thing I have ever been in love with.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

My first goal was just to finish every workout and not quit no matter what, this still is my goal every day.

My future goals are to complete “Murph” as prescribed, back squat 400 lbs., be able to complete 50 double unders in a row.

 

What is your favorite movement? Heavy Back Squats

 

What is your least favorite movement? Burpees

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Hard work beats talent because talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Tebow

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

My advice to anyone thinking about joining is have faith in yourself and jump in with both feet. You will be amazed what you can accomplish. Don’t compare yourself to everyone around you, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. The best part is when you struggle, the other members will pick you up and push you forward.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The coaches and the community atmosphere. The coaches are fantastic and always push me harder than I would ever push myself. I have learned a lot in my short time because of them. I have had multiple coaches even if they aren’t teaching the class come by and encourage me and give me tips. They really care about each person and it really shows.

The fellow members are always supportive and help encourage me when I feel like I can’t push forward. On the days when I am behind and struggle with a workout, there are always multiple members that stay around after they are done to make sure I finish and cheer me on. It says a lot about a place that has those kind of people as members.

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Oct

2016 October: Tim Wilson

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I am… blessed to have a beautiful supportive wife, a 2 year old son that thinks my jokes are funny, and the physical health to be able to come here and push myself everyday.

I like… ice cream a lot, the L.A. Dodgers, OSU football, grabbing the first tee time on a Saturday in the fall, and any place in NW Michigan in the summer.

I dislike… 5k rows, February weather in Ohio, and trying to park at the Greene.

I eat… mostly Paleo but mix in the occasional carb or weekend ice cream.

I will… use what I’ve learned these last few months to impact my lifestyle indefinitely.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

  • I work for a real estate title company in Dayton. I started with them in January of this year. I spent the two years prior traveling pretty extensively for my job and so this transition has been a great opportunity to stay in Dayton and put down stronger roots in the community.
  • My hobbies have changed a lot since joining Centerville CrossFit. I try to get here as much as I can. I have taken up swimming and run on my off days. Apart from the occasional round of golf, I spend the bulk of my free time with my wife Amanda and 2 year old son, Charlie.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

Sports and exercise have always been a bonus for me of sorts. I was born with a heart defect that required surgery and my prospects for any kind of serious sports were or physical activity were pretty limited. Rather than hold me back, my parents encouraged me to push myself. The thought process from an early age in our house was less about waiting and seeing and more, “why not be the first.”   I lived by the verse “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. That theme carried on and has been my saving grace. I’m in somewhat uncharted waters in terms of my heart condition and what comes next. No one has really gotten to this point age wise without additional surgery. Staying active has been the key to that. Each day is a gift and CrossFit has opened new challenges that I’m excited to pursue.

I discovered CrossFit through a friend convincing me to attend a drop in class at a gym in Austin, TX. We were there for a bachelor party Memorial Day weekend this year. I Googled CrossFit gyms near our home the next day and had my three intro courses completed by that next weekend. Something just clicked. I played sports competitively through my freshmen year of college but allowed some injuries and life to get in the way of my physical health. I would join gyms, wander aimlessly for a few weeks, and stop going. Centerville CrossFit gave me the direction and guidance I really need combined with some healthy competition, even just with myself. I can’t say for sure that I would have had the same experience at another gym. I have visited a few while traveling since joining here and I have instant realization as to how good we have it. The coaches, the culture, the facility, the members, all combine for an unparalleled experience and sense of community. I have a long way to go, but I constantly feel challenged to improve, push limits, and pursue growth.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

  • Early on, the goal was just to improve my physical condition. So literally going from completing 2 total pull-ups in my Intro course, to now completing a WOD feels like a huge win.
  • My first class ever was “Fran” which I did in 16+ minutes. Near the end of August, I finished “Fran” in 8:58. Not an impressive time, but really cool to see that tangible improvement.
  • I completed the Chicago Triathlon in August, which could never have done prior to joining. Setting a goal for time and hitting it was big for me. I just want to continue to push my boundaries physically and be able to handle all prescribed weights and movements each class.

 

What is your favorite movement?

I love power cleans. I was fairly new to Olympic lifts and my form was terrible. This lift really presented the most challenges so getting it right (when I do), feels really rewarding.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Front rack lunges. Just try to get them over with.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “And now, Lord, What will I wait for? My hope is You” – Psalm 39:7

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

  • You will not find a more comfortable, accepting environment anywhere – and yet you will be challenged like never before.
  • My advice would be to a) be a sponge, accept coaching, b) focus on form first – get that right before you try to stretch yourself weight wise, c) push your limits – it will surprise you what you are capable of if you challenge yourself. Lastly, just be here. Showing up is the hardest part at first but is so critical to gaining some momentum and seeing results.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

  • The coaches are incredible people. They have pushed me tremendously and been the critical factor behind the gains I have realized. The members are great and with the coaches, have created an amazing culture of acceptance and community. Very cool to be a part of it and to have been welcomed with open arms.
  • This group is serious about fitness and whole body health. It’s a lifestyle commitment, mentally and physically that challenges you on a daily basis.
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Sep

2016 September: Stephanie Moenter

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I am… just your average person with a twin. Yes that is right there are two of us 🙂 Steph CCF Pic

I like… to try to find the positive in every situation.

I dislike… chocolate.

I eat… all the time 🙂 . What can I say I love food!

I will… continue to push myself to do better and be better.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I grew up in Centerville, attended High Point University in NC where I played collegiate soccer, I work at LexisNexis (RELX Group) as a Sr. Financial Analyst which has given me the opportunity to travel globally (UK, Amsterdam, etc…), I enjoy running with friends, and finally, I enjoy taking my dog, Brody for walks.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I owe my CrossFit experience to Becky Rogers. Her passion and enthusiasm convinced me to give CrossFit a chance. I’ve been a member ever since.

 

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

One goal/movement that I’ve achieved was bar muscle-ups.

New goals/movements that I want to master are ring muscle-ups and pistols.

 

 

What is your favorite movement?

I guess pull-ups

 

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Where to start… T2B and push-up (I’m so bad at push-ups)

 

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

~ Everything Happens for a Reason.

 

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were the day before.

 

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The people and the variety in the WODs so I never get bored.

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Jul

2016 July: Amanda Pallija

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UntitledI am… a follower of Jesus, a student, a daughter, a sister, and soon to be wife!

I like… eating, front porch sitting with a coffee in hand, and spending time with family and friends

I dislike… laziness and cheating

I eat… mostly follow macros from coach but like to enjoy Dewy’s pizza every Friday!

I will… always be super competitive

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I grew up in Wadsworth Ohio, playing a lot of sports throughout childhood, and graduated high school with 12 varsity letters playing volleyball, swimming, and running track for 4 years. In college, I was a D1 swimmer at Cleveland State University and studied health sciences. I am now approaching the end of a 3 year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Dayton. I’m getting married this August to Wesley Barnhart (one of the many bald guys at CCF). I don’t have time for hobbies between working out and studying… maybe someday!

 

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?

I started CrossFit after I finished swimming in college to keep in shape and be competitive. I moved to Dayton when I got into PT school at UD. When searching for gyms in the area Coach James Recob convinced me that CCF was the best place to be. Thanks to him I met my soon to be husband!

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Going to Regionals as a team this year. My new goals are to make Regionals as an individual athlete.

 

What is your favorite movement?

HEAVY power cleans

 

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What is your least favorite movement?

Anything that involves lowering a barbell onto my back from overhead, Ouchy!

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

The energy and the motivation at this gym is contagious! Drink the cool-aid and give it a shot! You might even meet the love of your life!

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

Every day I get to go to the gym and do what I love with the best friends ever! It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

 

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Jun

2016 June: Matt Friend

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I am… very competitiveUntitled

I like… being around people who are positive

I dislike… losing

I eat… a lot of chicken

I will… always try my best

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

When I am not at CrossFit I am an avid Michigan State football and basketball fan. I also enjoy playing golf and hockey and being around my family. I work as a sales rep selling vaccines.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I decided to join Centerville CrossFit because I was looking for something to fuel my competitiveness. I have always been a runner and I was becoming bored with the same routine.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

I have been able to achieve many goals. I have been able to increase the weight on many of my movements. My new goals are to complete 30 double-unders in a row and to complete 20 pull ups unbroken.

 

What is your favorite movement?

My Favorite movement is the Snatch

 

What is your least favorite movement?

My least favorite movement is Thrusters

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

Work hard and be nice to people.

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

The culture at Centerville CrossFit is awesome. Everyone wants you to get better and the coaches work hard to make you better.

 

What do you love most about Centerville CrossFit?

 

The thing I love most about CrossFit has been meeting new people and making new friends.

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Apr

2016 April: Steven Kingrey

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IMG_6887I am… a student, a CrossFitter, a basketball player and am very competitive.

I like… long CrossFit WODs, learning new movements, college football, having fun with friends and family.

I dislike… people who don’t work hard, homework and losing.

I eat… anything that I’m not allergic to. (no milk, eggs or nuts)

I will… work as hard as I can in whatever I am doing, whether it be crossfit, basketball or school.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I am a 7th grade student and a brother to 3 siblings.  I love staying active; playing sports, working out, and taking hikes in nature.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

First my Dad started working out at Centerville Crossfit.  We watched the CrossFit games online and I was hooked.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Goals I have achieved: After many thrown jump ropes, I finally got my double-unders down with 29 in a row.

New goals: I want to get my first muscle up and eventually qualify for the games.

 

What is your favorite movement?

Handstand push ups

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Rowing

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Just get in here and have fun.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

Everyone wants you to get better and is always yelling at you to pick up the bar or row harder.