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Feb

February 2015: Darlene Reid

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crossfit pic DARI am…. Darlene Reid (DAR)

I like… A LOT of things but mostly I like having PURPOSE with anything I do.

I dislike… A LOT of things but mostly DRAMA, complainers, folks who say they can handle the truth but really can’t and         folks who can’t get straight to the point!

I eat… to live. All food groups are here for a reason. Its up to us to learn how to eat them wisely.

I will… keep my word, be honest even if it means it will hurt feelings, always be transparent in all that I do, AND I will kick anyone’s a** if they F with my family or anyone I care about.

 

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

I am a wife. I have been married almost 20yrs and I actually really like my husband. I am mom. I have two fabulous girls Hunter (12) and Kennedy (9) who I love more than life itself. I also have a dog. His name is Dink and he is the son I have always wanted.

I work for the YMCA of Greater Dayton at the Coffman Y. For the past 19 years I have been the Senior Health and Wellness Director. I hold several certifications that allow me to train and teach others in the fitness field. I teach 7 classes per week from cardio kick, HIIT, TRX, spin and Zumba. I am trainer for the YMCA of USA for group exercise and strength and conditioning instructors. I also am a Personal Trainer and do a lot of that too.  This is only ¼ of what my job entails. To me this is the fun stuff.

The last 8 years I have had the pleasure having a fitness website. I provide choreography to other zumba/fitness instructors every month. I travel throughout the year and do Zumba Master Classes where I teach to other Zumba instructors.

I love anything that challenges me. I am that person who enjoys being in that “uncomfortable zone”. I embrace it. I welcome it! I know that as long as I am uncomfortable I am still living, growing and striving to be better. I don’t have time for complacency. Life is meant to be lived and to be lived HARD! In my 20’s I was a runner. I traveled the country doing marathons, half marathons and 5ks. In my 30’s I engaged in bodybuilding and loved it. Now in my 40’s TRX and recently Crossfit has been my drug of choice.

I love Mexico. I am an island girl at heart. I love salsa music and salsa dancing! I love my family, friends, my dog Dink and a big glass of the driest red cabernet sauvignon I can find. My goal in this life is to do things that Motivate, Inspire and Teach others to be better.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

Do you remember me mentioning complacency above? I had reached it around November 2013. Even though I was doing TRX, teaching all my classes and doing Zumba, I was BORED. I do not like doing things without purpose and as far as my personal exercise/fitness regimen I was bored. So I had to find my purpose again. I knew of CrossFit so I did a bit more in-depth research of CrossFit facilities in my area. CCF was the farthest from where I work and live so I didn’t have to worry about having to deal with people or staff interrupting me while working out. I am very protective about my workout time and at CCF, I can just be Dar instead of Darlene the Sr. Health and Wellness Director who has to be “on” all the time. YAY me!

 

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

Honestly I did not have any specific goals going into CCF other than gaining purpose which I did find. I found my zest for working out again, bettering myself, competing and addressing areas of weaknesses instead of ignoring them. I had made it a point to learn as much as I could from anyone who was willing to teach me; especially when it came to olympic lifts.

Doing CrossFit for the last year I use to look over at the advanced side and be in aww. I wanted to workout like that and I wanted to know what I needed to do to make that transition. Thanks to Mitch, who after I inquired about it, gave me that push I needed to go to “the other side.” So now my goal is to earn my place over there. I want to learn from all those who do things better than me. My cleans and snatches SUCK so my goal is to work on my technique so I will be able to increase my weight in these lifts and to do them with POWER!

 

What is your favorite movement?

Not that I am great at it but I love the power clean and anything with a “kip” in it. I learned how to kip and now I love it.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Anything I can’t do…YET… which is a lot! Seriously though the SNATCH. It scares me. It appears the lifts that require my hips I struggle with.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

I came up with this quote years ago that I keep within eye shot to constantly remind me what to do when facing a tough patch: “Don’t allow the challenges you face in life defeat you…instead allow them to be the opportunities that enable you to LEARN, GROW AND BECOME STRONGER!”-DAR

 

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

Just DO IT! It will be one of the most challenging but rewarding things you will ever do in your life.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

What isn’t there to love about CCF? I have been a part of the fitness industry for over 20 years and have experienced all kinds of trainers and fitness facilities. CCF has not just left an imprint on my mind but also on my heart. In my opinion CCF has some of the best coaching staff. The coaches push, yell, invade personal space, encourage, share crossfit secrets, make you do things you think you can’t do, tell you you can when you really think you can’t and make you glad you came because before you got there you were having a crappy day. Lastly, I have met some pretty cool people who can do some pretty cool things.

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Jan

January 2015: Brent Davis

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I am…. a father, a professional, a competitive individual, a passionate person.

I like… pizza, and the many blessings that I have in my life

I dislike… fake people, be real tell it like it is, and don’t be ashamed

I eat… like crap, “the struggle is real folks”

I will… continue to work hard on achieving my goals

 

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

I am a proud father of two wonderful children…Jaxson (9yrs/boy) & Reiss (6yrs/girl). I am a Senior Territory Sales Manager for Merck Animal Health. “I sell drugs…to Vets” and I love THE Ohio State Buckeyes Football, and unfortunately I root for the Browns. So…..O…H….

 

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?

I had previously been a runner, for about 4-5 years before I started CrossFit. I would log anywhere between 12-30 miles a week routinely. I noticed that I was still gaining weight with that regimen. I needed something more. I had an old coworker that competed in CrossFit and I vaguely remember the term “CrossFit” I googled it and CCF came up.

 

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

There are too many to mention, but the most memorable is when I finally got “double-unders” It was a relief. Although I have strung together almost 70, “67 to be exact, but who’s counting”, they are still hit or miss for me. Some days I can do 50, and some days I’m lucky to do 5.

My new goal for 2015 is to dial my diet in, I have seen many great results but I have never gotten disciplined enough to see it through. I’ve heard a million times that diet is 80 of your physical appearance, I aim to see that through this year.

I would also like to get a muscle-up this calendar year!

 

What is your favorite movement?

I loathe them all, and find that they are all necessary.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

I loathe them all, and find that they are all necessary.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“You are either selling, or you are being sold”

 

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

Get involved, shake hands, and make friends. Everyone at CCF is friendly, even the beasts on the “other side”. If you are able to, come at least 4 times a week, you will notice a difference in your physical appearance, and your overall outlook on life.

Don’t give up, work through your soreness. There will be times when you wake up and can barely walk, because you are so sore, a WOD will almost always make you feel better. Listen to your coaches, they know what they are doing and have your best interest in mind.

 

What do you love about Centerville Crossfit?

The sense of community

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Dec

December 2014: Scott Johnson

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I am… happy.
I like… surrounding myself with good people.
I dislike… that I live so far from the gym.
I eat… not nearly as well as I should.
I will… keep trying.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
My employer told me I should check it out so we went together. Everyone thinks they are in shape but gets humbled extremely quickly. I don’t have the motivation to push myself so the class atmosphere and camaraderie definitely keep me there.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
I FINALLY got past my one time 1RM Snatch. It only took me about 2 years but I got it. Now I’m shooting for a 155# Snatch.

What is your favorite movement?
Everyone will hate that I say this but I really like running. Cardio aside, I really enjoy the Power Clean as well.

What is your least favorite movement?
The Thruster. I cannot seem to get the transition right with my wrists and I lose power from my hips. Yes, I like this much less than using the AeroDyne.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“Master others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”- Lao Tzu

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
The absolute hardest part is showing up. We all make excuses but once there we all push each other to do our best. Don’t be intimidating that others may be stronger than you or can perform a move. They were in your shoes at one point.

What do you love about Centerville Crossfit?
The coaches. You can go to any one of them with a question or an issue and they’ll help you out. I’ve never felt intimidated or unsafe about a movement or workout. They always break it down and look out for us to keep us safe and injury free.

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Nov

November 2014: Adam McFarland

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I am… forging my way through the daily grind, working towards my goals.

I like… a lightweight, air cooled, belt-fed machine gun; but who doesn’t

I dislike… fake people.

I eat… as close to paleo as I can. Beef, chicken, eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots mostly.

I will… reach, obtain, and maintain my goals. This I swear to the CrossFit gods.

 

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

I am a Weapons & Tactics Instructor for the military. I have been serving for over 20+ years now. As far as hobbies go, I attend tactical training classes, purchase and collect weapons and gear, go shooting with the guys whenever I can, and am a big movie buff. I have two fur children: a bulldog named Gunny, and a cat named Horus.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I became interested in CrossFit because of a fellow coworker who had started doing it about six months prior to me joining. I noticed the physical changes it was doing to him and wanted those same types of results. I did a quick Google search and found that Centerville CrossFit was the closest box to my residence. I came in and registered for the initial testing, which was administered by Adam R. My body quickly informed my mind that I was no longer 27 years old. I came close to passing out and started to see spots. Once I regained the ability to form complete sentences and use a pen, I signed up right then and there. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

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

Some of the goals that I have achieved since joining back in March ’13 have been the loss of over 30 lbs of unwanted body fat, the regaining of strength and some muscle mass, and I am not nearly as depressed as I was prior to joining. My current goals are to continue on the weight loss, muscle gains, and setting new PRs whenever possible. Now that I am starting to get the hang of the form and technique of several of the lifts, my numbers keep going up. I would like to hit 385 for HBBS, 250 for Power Cleans, 175 for Snatch, and get a consecutive run of double-unders without cursing up a storm like Karina.

 

What is your favorite movement?

The Carlton (That’s for Spencer!) Seriously though, I am a serious fan of the Snatch. I hate not being good at something.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Double-unders. And that’s all I got to say about that…

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Try not. Do or Do Not. There is no Try.” -Yoda

(Words to live by) The Seven P’s: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

 

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

Don’t give up. Change takes time.   Soreness will happen; embrace it. That is your body telling you that what you are doing is working. The CrossFit community is the most supportive community out there. Speaking from personal experience; CrossFit has been life changing. Whatever your personal goals are; you can achieve them here.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The people of Centerville CrossFit is what keeps me coming back. My friends that I have made, the coaching staff (which also falls into the first group). The support you get from others just drives you to do and be better

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Oct

October 2014: Brittani Sargent

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I am… Brittani Sarget

I like… laughing, a lot!

I dislike… The use of the “r” word or any word that is demeaning to a group of people.

I eat… mostly Paleo, I really try to adhere to the 80/20 rule most of the time and sometime I’m better at it than others and I really love ice cream 🙂

I will… always try to push myself outside of my comfort zone and encourage other to do the same.

 

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

I am a middle school multiple disabilities teacher. My students mean the world to me and I consider them my kids. I finished my master’s degree in April and currently I’m finishing my principal’s certification. Between that, CrossFit, and work, I don’t have much free time. With the little bit that I do have, I spend it with Billy, our families, and friends.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I started bootcamp in December 2011 after hearing about CrossFit from a friend in Columbus. I had lost some weight on my own and was looking for a way to “tone up” and bootcamp seemed less intimidating at the time. I literally used a 5 pound kettle bell when I started! I started doing CrossFit classes 6 months later and fell in love with it. In July, I signed up for the Tri-State Throwdown and decided to move to the advanced class and haven’t looked back!

 

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

In January of this year, I set a goal to get my first pull-up and did that my March with just a little extra practice. All summer I tried to hit a 140 pound squat clean and did it in the Throwdown. I try to set mini goals all the time. My most recent was kipping handstand push-ups and I did 15 in September. Now I’m looking at strict handstand push-ups and ring dips. I always want to improve my form and technique and I know I have a long way to go, but I’ve also come so far. My long term goal is to do a competition Rx.

 

What is your favorite movement?

Power Cleans!

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Snatch, overhead squat, burpees and running!

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.  – Mary Kay Ash

 

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

Just come! Don’t say you want to get in shape first, that will happen here. Don’t be discouraged! We all started somewhere. If you would have told me in Dec. 2011 that I would be where I am today, I would have literally laughed in your face.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The people! I have met some of my best friends here. I have a group of girlfriends that I know  would do anything for me and I would do anything for them. We range in age from 25-45, some are married and some aren’t, some have kids and some don’t. We come from all different walks of life but our common factor is Centerville CrossFit. Without CCF, I would have never met these amazing women, and for that I forever thankful! #sappy #blessed #hadtothrowinsomehashtages

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Sep

September 2014: Anaka Davis

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I am … Anaka Davis

I like … yoga, CrossFit and humanity

I dislike … negativity

I eat … as close to paleo as possible, but then again Mexican is paleo right? Haha

I will … make a difference in this world with the time that I have been blessed with.

 

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

I am a yoga instructor and CrossFitter. I love fitness and I pretty much revolve my life around it. I bar tend at night and teach during the day. Anything that can be done outside is definitely my favorite. Music festivals and traveling could be considered my top hobbies.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

One of my coworkers in Texas started up CrossFit and I immediately noticed the physical changes she made in months. I wanted to join and get stronger for arm balances and inversions in my yogic practice. I was also sick with cancer and needed a high intensity outlet to purge my sickness from my body.

 

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

I now know what proper lifting form looks like and I instill that in my daily workouts. Alignment and form are very important keys in yoga and also in lifting. Of course my PR’s have been really nice as well!

 

What is your favorite movement?

I am obsessed with snatching.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Strict pull ups are pretty much the death of me, ha ha.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

” An enlightened person is the richest person possible, but his richness comes from surrender, not from fight. He does not…he has not any conflict with the whole. He has fallen in harmony, he is in harmonia.” – OSHO

 

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

I cannot express my love for this box. Every single coach/trainer really knows what he/she is talking about. It isn’t about lifting heavy, it’s about form, progression, and patience. The gains come with the discipline that this sport calls for.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The people are who I love the most. I love my CrossFit family. I love everyone here. They have supported me and have cheered me on the entire length of my journey, and it has only begun!

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Aug

August 2014: SAM FOWLER

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I am …  going to be a sophomore at The University of Kentucky.

I like … CrossFit!

I dislike … Running!

I eat … healthy foods!

I will … continue to CrossFit for as long as I can!

 

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

I played high school basketball, enjoy playing all sports. Love going to CrossFit every day. Studying business in school and looking forward to a second year at UK.

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

My high school basketball coach had the team do CrossFit workouts for our conditioning training and I immediately was hooked. After high school sports were over I wanted to continue CrossFit.

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

I have continued to get stronger on all of the movements. Goals for the future include learning new things about CrossFit, improving my form on lifts and movements, and competing in more competitions.

What is your favorite movement?

Squat Clean

What your least favorite movement?

Burpees

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

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

Definitely give it a shot and don’t worry if you can’t do something, everything can be scaled. You will see results by doing CrossFit.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The motivating atmosphere day-in and day-out and the people that are there everyday.

 

 

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Dec

Who Will Be Our First AOTM?

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We can’t wait to see which athlete will earn our first Athlete of the Month honors.  Stay tuned!