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FIRST ANNUAL RISING CROSSFIT GAMES

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WHEN: Sunday, July 13

WHERE:  Outdoors at Rising CrossFit Ballantyne

WHAT:  Open to all Rising CrossFit members and all levels of CrossFit experience.  This event is all about celebrating our awesome membership family! Participants will be divided into evenly matched, equal teams of between 6-10 people.  Team workouts will be released a week before the competition begins.  All movements will be  familiar and scalable.  Don’t miss this opportunity to compete against your friends and box mates for the title of Fittest Rising Team.  Team names, coordinated uniforms, and excessive team spirit are required!

HOW:  Sign-up sheet will be posted at Rising by Tues, June 24. If you are going to participate, please sign up by Tues, July 1.   Teams will be determined by the coaching staff.  This event is entirely free for members.  Just a way for us to say thank you to you for all your support!

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May Athletes of the Month: Fat Boyz Rising

I’m sure you’ve seen them…..they actually jog to the gym.  They are sweating before the warm-up begins.  And then they jog home.  Or bike…or whatever it takes  to achieve their goals.  Who are they?  And why are the working so hard?

Meet the self-proclaimed  “Fat Boyz of Rising”….Tom Riga, David Brewster, Nate Clements, Eric Gibbs, Ben Carson, and most recently, Damione Lewis.  Rising members for several months, these athletes became friends while sweating it out during their daily workouts and ultimately decided they wanted to form a group to provide support and accountability for each other with regard to reaching their individual weight loss goals.

Brewster attacking some OHS

Brewster attacking some OHS

According to Brewster, “I was coming [to Rising]  4-5 days a week and finally got past the point of ‘surviving’ the workouts, but I still weighed more than I wanted to.” “I justified my bad diet by the fact that I was working out 5 days a week.  It was a mindset I developed as a college swimmer and I carried it through to my adult life.”

Enter Coach David Borrelli, who helped create a six week challenge and set some measurable and attainable goals for the group with regard to exercise intensity and a healthy diet.  They set a goal to each lose 2 pounds a week, with weigh-ins every Monday.  They agreed to a physical challenge type penalty for the group if anyone fell short of the goal.  For example, one week, the entire group, including Borrelli, had to complete a 400 yard farmers’ carry with kettle bells after the workout because several members of the group did not meet the 2 pound requirement.

In addition to the penalties, rewards, such as a cash prize and a few rounds of golf for the ultimate winner were thrown into the mix.  But what started out as a six-week commitment to improving their health and supporting each other has now been extended through the summer so that the weight loss, and perhaps more importantly, the camaraderie can continue.

When asked if the group was open to new members, Tom Riga exclaimed, “of course…anyone who is interested is welcome!”  And what’s not to like?  Hard work, support for each other, friendship, clean eating, accountability, and feeling comfortable in your own skin…..sounds pretty darn good to me.  Congratulations to all the present members of the club, as well as any future members, for taking control of their health and working hard to achieve their fitness goals!

Riga catching some air while Dave gets in his ear

Riga catching some air while Dave gets in his ear

April Athlete of the Month: Bruce Marko

Congratulations to Rising’s April Athlete of the Month, Bruce Marko!  A year ago, on April 26, 2013,  Bruce underwent surgical repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. Doctors termed it “massive”  because 3 out of the 4 muscles were torn.  For the remainder of the spring and summer of 2013, Bruce was diligent about his rehab, about improving his mobility, and ultimately, as the shoulder healed, about working on his weaknesses….undoubtedly with the dream of making it to the Games to compete on the world stage in the back of his mind, fueling his progress.

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Masters of the Universe

 

Rising CrossFit Ballantyne is proud to be the home of not one, not two, not three but FOUR masters athletes advancing past the Open stage and moving onto the 4-WOD/4 day Regional competition.  For a Masters Athlete to qualify for the next stage of competition in the quest for a birth at the CrossFit Games, he had to finish in the top 200 in his age group…in the world….at the conclusion of the 5 week open.

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March Athlete of the Month: Diego Gonzalez

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Prior to Open WOD 14.3, Diego Gonzalez had never dead-lifted 225 lbs once.  When the nasty deadlift/box jump combination was released, he knew it would be tough for him but he was determined to get 225 off the floor….well, he did….30 times….and then went on to  PR again by 50 pounds at the 275 bar…..it was an impressive performance and just one of the many things that we all love about Diego!

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February Athlete of the Month: Khristy LaRose

khristy LaroseCongrats to Rising’s February Athlete of the Month, Khristy LaRose! One of the nicest and hardest working athletes in the gym, it was inspiring to take a few moments to catch up with her and hear her story. When I told her she had been selected as the Rising Athlete of the month, she was shocked. Here is her initial reaction in her own words:

“I feel very honored. We all work so hard – I feel like every athlete should be chosen. CrossFit has had a huge impact on my life. I have been through so many highs and lows in the last 8 years. I had breast cancer in 2007 (and all that goes with it – chemo, surgeries, radiation, eyelash loss), we adopted our son, Vincent in 2010 (which is most wonderful gift EVER) and lastly I quit my job in 2013. I didn’t realize how much I defined myself by my career, and frankly felt pretty lost after I quit. CrossFit gave me something to look forward to and aspire to – and that has made all the difference. And of course, getting to spend everyday with coolest little dude on the planet!! Thanks again!!”

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January Athlete of the Month: Kelly Lawler

kel and camDespite only crossfitting for a little over a year, Mrs. Cam Lawler earned herself a spot on Rising’s competitive team with her amazing combination of natural strength and endurance.  She recently teamed up with Rising coaches Rain and Breeze at Wodapalooza 2014 in Miami, FL, and the trio took home a second place overall finish at a major east coast competition!   One of the hardest workers in the gym, Kelly also makes the world’s best chocolate-chip banana bread….ask her about it….it. is. amazing.

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Rising Upcoming Events

Lots of fun stuff coming up at Rising in the next few weeks….check it out!

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Rising Clean Living New Years’ Challenge

With 2013 in our rear view and the promise of 2014 now clearly in our sights, Rising CrossFit proudly presents its first annual “Clean Living Challenge”…..

But, before you beat yourself up for devouring that entire box of Peppermint Bark for breakfast on Christmas morning or for the 27 Parmesan Risotto balls you ate (wait, sorry, did I say that out loud???) for Christmas dinner…let’s be real….for the most part, most of us have been getting after it….we are in the gym 4, 5, sometimes 6 days a week.  We try to eat well, we foam roll, heck, many of us have added mobility classes to our already packed schedules.  We work out on vacation for crying out loud….so….most of us don’t need a total overhaul of our health and fitness regime, but rather just a little tweak and incentive to go that extra mile now that a new year has arrived.

So—to fulfill this need, Rising will kick off its Clean Living Challenge this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9-11 am during regularly scheduled classes.

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