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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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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October Athlete of the Month: Ashleigh Douglas

Congratulations to Ashleigh Douglas for being selected as Rising’s October Athlete of the Month!  Ashleigh has been consistently attending classes and working hard over the past few months and her dedication has not gone unnoticed.  Get to know a little more about her story by checking out her responses below.
Date you started crossfit: August 2013
Day Job: Bartender and student studying to be a Dental Hygienist
Athletic background: Always been a gym rat at the YMCA taking cycle classes, sculpt, and lots of step aerobics. I enjoy running distance versus speed and sneak in one hot yoga class a week for mobility. I also took up kick boxing for awhile.
What made you decide to start crossfit?: I have never liked lifting weights…ever! It is so boring and redundant, so when I saw Michelle Crawford at work one morning I had to ask a co-worker what she did in the gym. The answer was crossfit. I had to be doing it all wrong.  That month I signed up for foundations at the YMCA with Michelle and was determined to take my fitness level higher.

Favorite Crossfit Movement: Backsquat

 Least Favorite Crossfit Movement: Coin toss between med ball cleans and wall walks
What do you love most about crossfit?: I love my second family that has come from being a part of the crossfit community. We have all come together to find fitness and while doing that fulfilled friendships and given back to the community. The positive atmosphere helps fuel my day, which is why I keep coming back.
What comes easily to you in crossfit?: Any type of leg movement or squat
What is your biggest challenge with crossfit?: I have my good days and bad days, but giving up is not an option. I overthink movements and much like school need extra tutoring. Frustrating at times, but it only means once I master it, look out, there will be lots of weight on the bar.  Envisioning my goal helps me keep a realistic pace.

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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August Athlete of the Month: Daniel Lindberg

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.

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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