Congratulations to Rising’s April Athlete of the Month, Stefan Nemenz. A brave man, Stefan can regularly be found working out in the 9:30 class that is known at times for its, let’s say…. “excess estrogen levels”. He has learned to keep his head down and even tries on occasion to recruit some of his male friends to help balance out the class. Despite having some shoulder problems, Stefan comes in every day ready to work hard and his effort has certainly been paying off. His wife Melissa is currently kicking butt and taking names in our May foundations class and we are excited to have both of them as part of our growing Rising family. Take some time to get to know Stefan better by checking out his answers below.Read More›
Congratulations to Jayme Gordon, Rising’s March Athlete of the Month. Very humbly and quietly, Jayme put together an incredible CrossFit Open performance this past month, turning in impressive scores on 16.1 and 16.5 and even knocking out multiple rounds of bar muscle-ups on workout 16.3. An early riser, Jayme can be found sprinting outside in sub 30 degree temperatures at the 5:30 am speed/endurance classes, or swinging on the bars with ease and tackling the daily CrossFit workout with the regular 5:30 am crew. Get to know a little more about her story by checking out her answers below.Read More›
Congratulations to Rising’s February Athlete of the Month, Kelly King! Kelly is fresh off a first place finish as a member of team Green at the Rising Games. She is also one of the most positive, supportive athletes in the gym, so now it is her turn to feel the love and support that she doles out to others on a daily basis! Get to know a little bit more about her journey by checking out her answers below.Read More›
My heart is full after having had the privilege to watch the Rising family assemble en masse this past Saturday to compete, coach, cheer, judge and heckle at the third annual Rising Games. What started a few years ago (anybody remember the dumpster pull-up hand massacre?) as a friendly little event to help members get to know each other has grown into a beautiful picture of what the Rising community is at its very best.Read More›
Congratulations to Rising’s January Athlete of the Month, Denise Kiker! If you do not yet know Denise, you need to pop in to an 8:30 or 9:30 am class and meet her….she is one of the most genuine, hard-working, and dedicated athletes in the gym and we are proud to honor her with this month’s AOM award. Check out a little bit of her story below!Read More›
Congratulations to Rising’s November athlete of the month, Brennan Gaeckle. Rising’s unofficial swim coach, Brennan has been crossfitting with us since the early days at the Y. It has been a privilege to watch her improve month after month and year after year! Get to know a little bit more about her story by checking out her answers below.Read More›
Favorite Crossfit Movement: Backsquat
Congratulations to Rising’s September Athlete of the Month, Lindsay Fagan. One of our youngest athletes, Lindsay is perfectly described by William Shakespeare’s famous quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
Check out her interesting story, including competitive equestrian vaulting, (you should google it, I did) below.Read More›
This Thursday, October 1, Rising CrossFit will celebrate it’s 2nd birthday. While reflecting upon the past two years, I dug through some of my written goals and plans penned during the months preceding Rising’s grand opening. As some of you know, I am a wannabe writer (read: grammar freak), and I tend to write as I tend to live….emotionally and with a flair for the dramatic every once in a while ;). Preparing to launch Rising proved to be no exception as I am still finding scraps of paper throughout my house with nuggets of inspiration, motivation, and incentive.Read More›
Congratulations to Rising’s August Athlete of the Month, Dan Lindberg. A Rising member since the day we opened our doors, you can’t possibly be in a class with Dan and not notice him. Whether you hear his calorie counting watch beeping as the morning coaches use him as their lab rat to determine what is in fact the most effective way to burn calories in an hour or his trademark choo choo train grunt as he sprints by you on a run, Mr. Lindberg is a hard guy to miss and we are certainly proud to call him one of our own. Get to know his story a little bit better by checking out his answers below.
Date you started crossfit: I was in the first ever foundations class at Rising Crossfit (Fall 2013).
Day job: Owner of Defender RMI – Commercial Insurance agency focusing on Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
Athletic background: HS Football, indoor and outdoor track and I taught martial arts for many years.
What made you decide to start crossfit? I took athletic conditioning for several years at the YMCA and Michelle was by far my favorite coach. I kept noticing a group of people attending Michelle’s class that just seemed stronger, faster and had a lot of fun together and they were all from the Crossfit program. When Michelle opened Rising I made the decision to follow and see what it was all about. Of course I loved it!
Favorite crossfit movement: Power cleans, wall balls and SHORT sprints.
Least favorite crossfit movement: Overhead squats, snatch, pull ups…. pretty much anything over head or “Gymnastics”…all very much kick my ass!
What do you love most about crossfit? I hate to sound like a broken record but again it’s the people that keep me coming back. There is something honest and humbling about sweating and throwing down a hard workout each day with these folks. Crossfit has really opened the door to a community of great hardworking people that I’m proud to call my friends.
What comes easily to you in crossfit? The mindset… I like pushing it and giving my all. Everything else (like actually doing the movements), I have to fight for tooth and nail. Hahaha
What is your biggest challenge with crossfit? Other than eating right and loving beer too much? I have a heart condition and my doctor gave me a good analogy….you might feel and think you are a sports car with a V8 engine, but you are really just driving around in a 4 banger. In my mind I feel like I can run a little faster, row a little longer or lift a little heavier but in reality my body has a different plan. My biggest challenge is not pushing myself physically more than my heart can handle.