• Athlete of the Month – January 2016

    Welcome to the new year! 2016 is slated to be the best year for our box yet because of the dedicated athletes we have.

    This month we chose to elect two athletes because they both have different reasons for kicking butt in the gym.

    Jennifer Bos and Nathan Hiemstra!

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    Jennifer came to us about a year ago and had just had her 4th child in 4 years. She claimed it was her time to take her body back. She started with our Flight Fit program which is essentially CrossFit without the barbell. She struggled to get in the swing of things at first but she always showed up to class the next day ready for more. Not to mention her absolutely bright and fun attitude, you can count on Jennifer to make you feel good about anything. She is always the one to encourage and make the environment so fun. She made such leaps in Flight Fit that we convinced her she was ready for the barbell.

    Let me tell you, she has taken her body back.

    I had been an athlete all my life and then when I went to college I was vary inactive, sadly. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and I’m trying to change that. I want to set a good example for my kids and I realized that you can’t be 100% for your family if you don’t take care of yourself first. One of the struggles was finding a way to fund my CrossFit journey but somehow, by God’s grace, I am able to come everyday and make it work. I truly love the family atmosphere and watching everyone else on their fitness journey as well. Ultimately, exercise is fun!!

    Nathan has been a member for around 18 months and is a part of the Breakfast Club (5am Crew).  Nate is at the gym everyday and even comes in at 5am on Fridays when it’s open gym. Nate has had a unique journey through CrossFit. When he started he had almost severe mobility issues that inhibited him in almost any front rack and overhead position. Nate saw this as a challenge that he could overcome and he has!

    Because mobility has always been a struggle for me, it has been exciting to see drastic development from the “tin-man” that I once was. Now, movements including overhead squats and snatches, which were once unattainable, are now something I can do. Aside from increased mobility, it has also been exciting to see my strength level grow, which has lead to solid improvements for things like Deadlifts and Squatting, and has even allowed opportunity for Handstand Push Ups and Bar Muscle-Ups. However, Crossfit has more than just changed and challenged me as an individual when I’m at the box, it has also shaped my life outside of the box by increasing my energy level and making me more conscious about what I eat.

    One of the most unique things about Crossfit, and our box in particular, is the positive atmosphere and strong sense of community. No matter if you’re first to complete a WOD or struggling, no matter what your skill level, there’s always multiple athletes cheering, encouraging, and pushing to help you reach your goals. To receive this encouragement and to help be a part of this encouragement for others is extremely rewarding.

    With his strides in improvement he has encouraged other athletes to not give up and stick with it which is why he was a candidate for AOTM!

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