February Athlete of the Month: Steph Leigh

Congratulations to Rising’s February Athlete of the Month, Steph Leigh!  She  impressed as a member of the second place team at the Rising Games and she pretty much has been killing it at the gym all month long.  Get to know her better by checking out her story below!


Date you started Crossfit: January ’17

Day job: regional office manager

Athletic/fitness background: cheerleader 12 years

What made you decide to start CrossFit? Something to replace cheerleading and being competitive.

Something that we don’t know about you is…: I want to open my own clothing business

Favorite quote: Do or do not, there is no try.

Hobbies/interests outside the gym: monogramming 🙂

Favorite CrossFit movement:  power cleans

Least favorite CrossFit movement: SDLHP

What do you love most about CrossFit?  The intensity and different variations.

What is your biggest challenge with Crossfit? My biggest challenge would be running and gymnastics.


January Athlete of the Month: Crystal Phifer

Congratulations are in order for Rising’s January Athlete of the Month, Crystal Phifer!  Crystal has been consistently crossfitting, usually beside her bestie Mo Robinson, since Rising had its humble beginnings in a converted preschool classroom at the local YMCA way back in 2010.  She is convincing evidence that the process works…..that if you make a commitment to show up and work hard, you will see lasting results.  In the past few months, Crystal has recorded several new PRs and we are proud to celebrate her!  Check out her story below!

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November Athlete of the Month: Heather Gonzago

Congrats to Rising’s November Athlete of the Month, Heather Gonzago.  Heather recently returned to Rising after a break to train for some races and she has been killing it lately!  She is a consistently hard working athlete and we are so proud of her!  Check out her story below!

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October Athlete of the Month: Katie Caldwell

Congratulations to Rising’s October athlete of the month, Katie Caldwell. Katie joined Rising last year with her mom, Margaret.   Since those first few foundations classes,  Katie has been a regular in our 10:45 and noon classes and she always shows up ready to work hard….even when she tells me she hates the workout.  😉  Get to know a little bit more about her by checking out her story below.  

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September Athlete of the Month: Bruce Edwards

Congratulations are in order for one of Rising’s finest…..a member from the day this little engine-that-could affiliate opened its doors in a YMCA in 2010, Bruce Edwards has been the model of consistency and commitment we should all strive for with regard to our health.  A regular in our daytime classes, Bruce can daily be heard wishing everyone a heartfelt “good luck” as the 3-2-1 ticks down to go time. Get to know a little more about him by checking out his story below.  

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August Athlete of the Month: Mike Robinson

Congratulations are in order for Ardrey Kell high school student Mike Robinson as he claims the Rising athlete of the month title for the month of August.  Mike has been consistently attending classes at Rising for over a year and recently stepped up his game this summer.  Get to know a little bit more about this interesting young man by checking out his story below.  

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June Athlete of the Month: Jenn Kauffman

Congratulations are in order for Rising’s June athlete of the month, Jenn Kauffman! A dedicated attendee of our 7:30 am boot camp class, Jenn started CrossFit with our first New You Challenge Group in the fall of 2016.  After six grueling weeks of the challenge, she decided to become a full time Rising member and has been kicking butt ever since.  Get to know a little bit more about her story below! 

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May Co-Athletes of the Month: Daniel and Sarah Loyola

Congratulations are in order for our May co-athletes of the month, Daniel and Sarah Loyola.  Daniel and Sarah have been an awesome part of our Rising family for several years.  Recently, Sarah received an amazing job offer to be the director of educational technology at a school in Raleigh, NC.  They will be moving at the end of the month and so we thought it would be appropriate to honor them both with Rising AOM accolades.  Daniel and Sarah, we wish you nothing but health and happiness as you start your new adventure in Raleigh.   

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April Athlete of the Month: Amber Khoury-Blanchette

Congratulations to Rising’s April Athlete of the Month, Amber Khoury-Blanchette! This little dynamo has been a Rising member for less than a year but she has made her presence known in a big way.  You can usually find Amber crushing it in the back left corner of the gym most every day of the week.  Take some time to read her responses below to get to know her story a little bit better.  

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Rising March Athlete of the Month: Daniel Chilton

Congrats are in order for Rising’s March Athlete of the Month, Daniel Chilton!  A regular in our 5:30 am WOD classes and early outdoor speed and conditioning sessions, I knew I liked this guy when he smashed Dave in an endurance running workout….like, I am pretty sure I saw tears….but I digress.  Please check out Daniel’s story below and congratulate when you see him at the gym!

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