January Athlete of the Month: Denise Kiker

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!

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November Athlete of the Month: Brennan Gaeckle

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.  

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September Athlete of the Month: Lindsay Fagan

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.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Rising CrossFit

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.

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June Athlete of the Month: Deb Roney

Congratulations to Rising CrossFit’s June athlete of the month, Deb Roney! Although small in stature, Deb is big in heart and has an abundance of perseverance.  Check out the interesting start to her CrossFit journey below.   

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May Athlete of the Month: Bronwynne Henry

Congratulations to Rising’s May athlete of the month, Bronnie Henry!  Bronnie looks like a super hero and is about one of the friendliest, nicest people you will ever meet.  Her willingness to try just about anything and her enthusiasm for life is contagious and we are so glad she is part of our Rising family!  Get to know her story a little bit better by checking out her answers below.

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April Athlete of the Month: Evan Cline

Congratulations to Rising’s April Athlete of the Month, Evan Cline.  Evan has been turning in impressive performances since he joined Rising….and bonus, if you happen to mangle your hand, he can help you out with actual sound, medical advice!  Get to know his story a little bit better by checking out his answers below.

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March Athlete of the Month: Laura Dascal

Congratulations to Rising’s March Athlete of the Month, Laura Dascal. Over the last several months, Laura has consistently been improving in every area….from 1 rep max Olympic lifts to chest to bar pull-ups, lately it seems that there is nothing this super woman can not accomplish.  Most recently, she turned in an awesome performance on Open workout 15.4 with lots of beautifully executed handstand push-ups and multiple power cleans at 125 lbs.  However, despite these amazing feats, perhaps what I find most impressive about Laura is that she has been married to Coach Mike Dascal for a VERY long time and yet somehow still finds the strength and energy to workout every day! 😉  Get to know her story a bit better by checking out her answers below:

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February Athlete of the Month: Lori Keeler

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.

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August Athlete of the Month: Silvana Lewis

Congratulations to Rising’s August Athlete of the Month, the one and only Silvana Lewis….although diminutive in stature, this fireball of personality and heart has had quite an impressive month, setting lifting PRs almost every day….most recently she power cleaned 170 lbs with her signature Monica Seles like grunt!  A true embodiment of the CrossFit spirit,  get to know her by checking out her story below!

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