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.Read More›
Congratulations are in order for Rising’s first athlete of the month for 2017, Kitt Squires! Kitt has been very consistent with her attendance over the past few months and you can really see significant improvement in her strength and technique. Get to know a little bit more about her story by checking out her answers below.Read More›
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!Read More›
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!Read More›
Favorite Crossfit Movement: Backsquat
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.
Congratulations to Rising’s February athlete of the month, Lori Keeler. Many of you know her as the wonderful person that helps take care of your children in our Rising Kids program. In the past two months, she has overcome her fears to accomplish some amazing things like participating in the Rising Games on Team Navy, signing up for and competing in her first CrossFit Games Open, and dead-lifting and astounding 225 lbs!!! Check out her inspiring story below.Read More›
Congratulations to Mo Robinson, Rising’s January athlete of the month! One of the most kind, lovable people you will ever meet, “Slo-Mo” has been reluctantly cross fitting for four years….and while she cites “complaining” as the activity that comes most easily to her in a workout….don’t let her self-deprecating humor fool you….she is one hard-working impressive force to be reckoned with! Get to know her a little better by checking out her story below!Read More›