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Allen Howell
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Allen Howell

Athlete of the month: October 2017
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What brought you to CrossFit?

One Saturday afternoon I was playing with my 17 month old grandson.  We were on the carpet in our living room playing with toys and talking baby stuff.  The little guy popped up and took off.  He was out of sight.  Jude is our first grandchild and we hadn’t done any baby proofing.  So I crawled to the sofa and hoisted myself to a sitting position and then I was able to stand up.  I was a mess in terms of strength and mobility and I decided right then that I had to fix this.  Around the same time as the toddler scare I saw a magazine article about how ordinary folks in reasonably good condition could climb the Tetons in Jackson WY.  Sounded like something I’d really like to do. So I decided to set a goal to climb the Tetons and I was going to prepare and do it on my 60th birthday. I found CrossFit LT and jumped right in.  A year later my Son Christopher and I climbed the mountain as planned.

What was your first impression? 

Very soon I figured out the social interaction is the secret sauce at CrossFit.  I started with the 5:30 AM crowd and was soon part of the group.  I met the owner after maybe three classes.  I told him about the mountain.  With absolute confidence but in a very low key and humble way his eyes lit up and he said “we’ll get you up that mountain”.

How has that changed?

The group has changed and evolved over the years and now I’m pretty much a 6 PM regular.  For me the sociability remains a driver for my consistency.  I’m reminded of the Cheers song “where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came…”    When I got back from the mountain trip a 5:30 am regular asked what was going to be my next target to train for.  I didn’t readily have an answer, its 4 years later now and I guess the answer is I’m training for my life.  So I can pop up off the floor and catch a toddler on the run, so I can hike and climb through Indian Cliff dwellings like my wife and I just did in Colorado this summer.  I training to stay healthy, to stay out to the hospital and I’m training to take a sabbatical from work and go on a Mission for my Church.  I’ve still got of mountains climb, dreams to live and I need health, strength and mobility to get it done.

What was your first “Bright Spot”?

About 6 weeks in I realized that I’d overcome my biggest obstacle. That obstacle was me not believing that I could stick to it. One day when I fading out on a rep someone shouted in my ear “your can do anything for 3 minutes – just finish it”. I repeated that to myself quite a few times until I didn’t hate it.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on finding joy and better mobility through the yoga classes.  I seeking greater mobility, range of motion, improved posture and balance.

What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

One Saturday morning we were teaming up for a partner WOD.  That strikes a memory with dark emotional pull, forming up teams at school for softball or soccer.  So I’m the oldest by about 25 yrs. and the crowds pretty much paired off and there’s just one guy left, and he’s a big one.  I think I’ve seen him around but don’t’ know him.  He’s rocking a generous Dad, bod, mid 30’s maybe.  At the time I’m age 61.  I thinking maybe this will work, he seems OK, likely will take it slow to moderate, so I’m down.  The WOD starts and this guy who’s never met me is jumping around shouting and cheering and telling me to get busy like a crazed parent or coach – and he is serious about this!  I’m like; “maybe back off the Red Bull dude”.  And he pounds through the WOD and even knocked off some of my reps.  For the big ending after the four rounds of some sort of sadistic torture like rowing, wall balls, and burpee box jumps, we go outside and drag this massive truck tire around the building.  The tire has a length of fire hose bolted to it; you wear it like a harness. It’s heavy like a rock and the rubber side wall is lying flat on course asphalt – this thing is not going anywhere fast.  But my partner’s all like “this tire is taking a hot lap and let’s get it done”!  It was scary; I thought he was going to have a stroke.  I think we finished 3rd out of 6 teams.  As he was doubled over gulping for air at the finish, I thanked him for being there and working out with me, and then I said, you know, I don’t think this tire thing was really supposed to be a race.  And he said “yes it was”, a couple years later he bought the gym.

 

Debbie Foley
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Debbie Foley

Athlete of the month: September 2017
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1.    What brought you to CrossFit?  

I had been teaching group fitness (HIIT training and Spin…..and yes Step) for 17years and felt like I was in a rut. Our good friend Chris had recruited my husband 6 months before and they both told me that once I tried CF, that I would never look back. Clearly, they were right.

2.    What was your first impression? 

I was so intimidated by the entire gym. The bars, weights, rowers, rig….everything. But I immediately noticed the amazing relationships that the members shared. People actually encouraged each other and coaches were genuinely invested in making the members better. I loved it and wanted to be a part of something different.

3.    How has that changed?

I walk into CFLT and know that I am where I am supposed to be. I still look at all of the equipment and know that it all humbles me on the daily, but has also has made me a better athlete. The coaches are amazing and know how and when to push me. No one lets me slack, because each coach knows what I am capable of. I love this.

4.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

Completing the “Hotshots 19”. I had completed other Hero WODs, but there was something so incredible about this. The way that the coaches presented the workout…..the way that the athletes continued completing each rep, despite the heat, in honor of local heros. It was at that moment, that I knew that I had found my place and my people.

5.    What are you working on now?

Oh the dreaded pull-ups. I dream about being able to consistently get them in WODs without scaling. I will not stop until I master them. I am confident that I will have them….along with HSPUs and DUs soon. The coaches held me accountable and I will have them before the next Open.

6.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

Completing Murph with my family. This year, I had the honor of doing it along side my husband and my 12 year old daughter. 3 years ago this month, Michael almost died from a random infection…..this year, he destroyed Murph and it brought me to tears. Our amazing 12 year old asked to join CFLT in order to prepare for her Cross Country and Track seasons….planned on doing a half, but completed the full. I am so proud to workout with them, and all of the other athletes and coaches week after week. Thank you to Mike, Angela, Ashley , Daniel, Garrett, Carlos, Josh, and Kevin. You are all amazing and I am incredibly appreciative for all that you bring to me and my family. Please continue to kick my trash on the daily.

Keith Goyen
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Keith Goyen

Athlete of the month: August 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

I came to crossfit looking for something different.  I needed something to challenge me and improve my overall conditioning.

 

  1.  What was your first impression?

My first impression was this is torture!  Not really….Right away I loved the competitive nature and community of Crossfit.

 

  1.  How has that changed?

Nothing has changed since I joined CFLT.  Every day I look forward to working on some skill and completing the WOD.

 

  1.  What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first bright spot was being able to string together a couple of DU’s.

 

  1.  What are you working on now?

At the present I’m working on Ring MU’s.  I’m getting close and hope to complete one soon!

 

  1.  What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite memory is when I completed a bar MU in the 2016 Open!

Carrie Miller
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Carrie Miller

Athlete of the month: April 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

My husband had been doing crossfit for several years prior so I would see him look at the main site for workouts and info. Some friends had also started crossfit a year or so before me and I would hear them talking about it. One day I just decided to actually give it a try and join them. I was certain I would hate it. I had never lifted weights ever in my life. Nearly 3 years and almost 800 workouts later, I can’t imagine my daily life without it!

  1.    What was your first impression?

The first time I ever saw a crossfit workout was on tv. My husband was watching it and I’m pretty sure my exact words were: that’s the stupidest hint I’ve ever seen. Grown adults flipping tires and climbing ropes?!? Heck no.

  1.    How has that changed?

I never imagined that I would now be so inspired by those athletes I’d once watched on tv. Coming to Crossfit Leiftime was the best experience. I knew NOTHING about this ‘constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement’ thing! It was so different from anything I’d ever done. But the awesome coaches worked with me from the ground up. I remember my first workout. Helen! I scaled it as much as it could possibly be scaled. But no one ever made me feel inadequate because of it. Everyone has always been so encouraging and the coaches have always pushed me to dig deep. It’s funny to think that 3 years ago, I never touched a barbell (or any weights!) because I was afraid lifting weights would make me look those bodybuilder men!

  1.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

I remember the first time I looked at the whiteboard and realized I had not finished dead last. When I first started I was so out of my element, not to mention out of shape! I had accepted the realization that every day, someone will always have the fastest time and the slowest time. And the slowest time was usually me. But it was okay! That’s when I learned the beauty of crossfit. That it magnifies our strengths AND weaknesses. In everybody.

  1.    What are you working on now?

#*+$!@ Muscle ups. And handstand walks.

  1.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

oh man, I’ve had a lot of laughs in the gym with the 8:15 crew. My homies!!! Some of my favorite times have been working out together with my husband. also winning 2nd place in team competition with Mike G and Brandyn J! And that time Amber K thought the wallball target was an arrow pointing to where the ball should hit. And not the two lines on the target.

The picture on the left (attached) is a few months after Finn was born. I was still carrying a lot of ‘baby weight’, I was sleep deprived having a newborn at home and a wild 19 month old to keep up with. I also had undiagnosed postpartum depression at the time. Crossfit has helped me over come my post partum depression in so many ways. I know I have a long way to go but I realize that I’ve also come a long way (I used to overhead squat the pvc pipe!). Crossfit gives me an escape and it has not only been good for my physical strength but for my mental strength as well. Because everyone knows I get grumpy when I don’t lift. and I love that my kids know that fitness is a part of our EVERYDAY life. I want to be a strong, healthy mom and wife for my family. And lifting heavy weights is pretty cool, too.

Justin Fish
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Justin Fish

Athlete of the month: February 2017
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  1.    What brought you to CrossFit?

Initially I looked into CrossFit as a way to motivate me to keep up a healthier lifestyle. I had made a few changes in my life and I felt CrossFit would motivate me to further those changes. And it has!

  1.    What was your first impression?

Intense! In a good way. I’m not one who shy’s away from competition so the first day I pushed myself to my limit. It absolutely kicked my butt. Both the coaches and athletes were supportive, cheering me on, and congratulating me after. I felt like everyone had my back even when it was slightly embarrassing how little I felt I could do.

  1.    What was your first “Bright Spot”

So those first few months I felt like every week I had a ‘Bright Spot’ or a PR but I think the one that really stuck out to me was being able to do an unassisted pull-up for the first time. When I started I couldn’t even do one pull-up with the black band assisting me.

  1.    What are you working on now?

I still have a lot I need to work on. I think double-unders would be the next one I need to tackle. Those 3-to-1 single-unders are killing me!

  1.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

So I decided to tackle the open after only a few weeks of CrossFit. 16.5 was a very long workout for me, over 30 minutes actually. Throughout it all everyone was there rooting for me to finish it and after being able to relax and hang out (and eat!) with everyone was so fun. I think that was the moment I really felt a part of the leiftime family officially. Thank you everyone for supporting, motivating, and pushing yourselves with me each day!

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