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September Athlete of the Month: Melissa Morales

Congratulations to Rising’s September Athlete of the Month, Melissa Morales.  Melissa has quietly and consistently been putting in the work day after day and it shows.  Whether she is flying around on the pull-up bar with ease or working diligently to strengthen her legs on a thruster, the effort and determination she brings to everything she does is remarkable.  Get to know her a bit better by checking out her answers below!

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August Athlete of the Month: Greg Roach

Congratulations to Rising’s August Athlete of the Month, Greg Roach.  A Rising regular for a little over a year, Greg is in the gym working hard 5-6 days a week and his persistence and work ethic are certainly starting to pay off!  Get to know him a little bit more by checking out his responses below.  Congrats again Greg!

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Rising July Athlete of the Month: Jake Fehling

Congratulations to Rising’s July athlete of the month, Jake Fehling!  He is a really shy guy and just starting to come out of his shell….so if you see him in the gym…tall guy in the back, USA baseball issued gear, crazy socks, lots of hair….go introduce yourself!  But seriously, all jokes aside, at the beginning of the year, Jake committed himself to working out regularly and eating better….after just a few months, you can definitely see the results and we are really proud of him.  Get to know him a bit better by checking out his answers below.
Date you started crossfit: First off…this is the greatest moment of my life.  Athlete of the Month?!  AOM?!?  I haven’t been this overcome by emotion since last Wednesday when Cal kicked me in the groin. I did Foundations in the fall of 2014, but I didn’t really dive in until January of this year.  I now own Metcons and a Qalo ring, and I drink protein.  What in God’s name is happening to me?
Day job: Executive search consultant, or, as everyone at Rising believes, a blogger.
Athletic background: High school multi-sport stud, turned UNC Ultimate player (I will slap anyone who calls it Frisbee), turned old guy basketball wash-up, turned a homeless man’s version of a terrible CrossFitter.
What made you decide to start crossfit?  As I tell people, imagine living down the street from Michael Jordan.  Imagine he comes down the street and offers to teach you how to play basketball.  Now imagine that person is Michelle Crawford.  And the sport is Crossfit.  And she has a knife.
Favorite crossfit movement:  What’s a CrossFit movement?  I guess it would have to be running, which is probably a lame answer here.  Side note: I’m not good at running.
Least favorite crossfit movement: See: Movements, All.
What do you love most about crossfit? Saturday AM workouts with my wife Page.  I may also have a mancrush on Cam Lawler.
What comes easily to you in crossfit?  Talking.  I am RX+ at delaying the start of workouts.  I also just used RX+ in a sentence.  Bro Level 10 Unlocked.
What is your biggest challenge with crossfit?  Pushups, pullups, burpees.  I am not a small human being, nor am I flexible…or strong.  Anything that involves me having to elevate, swing, kip, butterfly, lower, or in general, move my body weight at all is a serious problem, and in many cases, a non-starter altogether.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go blog about this and pray that Breeze shares it.

 

 

June Athlete of the Month: Jonathan Silvers

Congratulations to Rising’s June athlete of the month, Jonathan Silvers!  A regular at our evening classes, Jonathan is a hard worker and an extremely interesting guy!  Get to know him a little better by checking out his answers below.

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May Athletes of the Month: Ruthie Borrelli and Cam Green

Congratulations to our co-May athletes of the month, Ruthie Borrelli and Cameron Green….These two mamas-to-be, Ruthie for the first time and Cam for the third time, have been crossfitting consistently throughout their pregnancies.  They are both due on the same exact day….in just  a few short weeks!  It has been inspirational to coach them through this time in their lives and to see what their bodies are capable of.  Get to know each of them a little bit more by checking out their stories below.

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May Athletes of the Month: Ruthie Borrelli and Cameron Green

Congratulations to our co-May athletes of the month, Ruthie Borrelli and Cameron Green….These two mamas-to-be, Ruthie for the first time and Cam for the third time, have been crossfitting consistently throughout their pregnancies.  They are both due on the same exact day….in just  a few short weeks!  It has been inspirational to coach them through this time in their lives and to see what their bodies are capable of.  Get to know each of them a little bit more by checking out their stories below.

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April Athlete of the Month: Stefan Nemenz

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.  

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March Athlete of the Month: Jayme Gordon

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. 

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Rising February Athlete of the Month: Kelly King

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.  

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Rising Games 3.0 recap

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.

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