Athlete of the Month (March) – Hattie Johnson

Hattie is a rockstar mom of three and former Olympic athlete.  She’s responsible for corralling daily her two boys Lawson and Clayton and her daughter, CFBF kiddo athlete, Jenavee.  She was also an Olympic shooter who unknowingly brought Jenavee to the Olympics in 2004–she competed in the Olympics with little Jenavee in her STOMACH!  Hattie recently suffered a stroke but she’s not letting that stop her!  Her mom-strength and determination have been evident throughout her recovery.  She always comes in ready to work with an amazing attitude and that is why she is our March Athlete of the Month.  Please join us in congratulating Hattie and read more about her journey below.

CFBF Athlete of the Month (March) – Hattie Johnson

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background? 

My journey with fitness really started in High School. I had a really cool gym teacher that started a weight lifting class. The girls in the class didn’t want to “get bulky” so I lifted with the boys. I would work so hard in that class and when the boys would yell for me to spot them I felt so honored…..I still hold the girls bench press record!

Why Did You Join CFBF?

We moved to NH almost two years ago and every time I would pass CFBF on the highway its like it called my name (lol). I missed the gym I came form in North Carolina so much. It was a small functional fitness gym that concentrated on kettlebells and barbell work. It was more than a gym though, it was my family and my tribe. So, I decided to get brave and reach out to CFBF (WOW, I was going to try CrossFit!!) A meeting was scheduled and BAM, I got the pleasure of working out with the early birds. From that day, I could tell it was a special place and would be the place for me; I really should say my family.

Most Memorable WOD?

The most memorable for me was Festivus because I got to share that moment with Jenavee. BEST teammate EVER!

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

This is a tough one for me. I’m going to go with the clean and jerk.

Biggest Challenge? 

PULL-UPS. There will be a very serious taco party the day I get those darn things!!

Biggest Improvement?

Over all core strength, endurance and mental toughness!

Who is Your Superhero?

Truthfully, any woman of any age who is chasing down her dreams. There is such a bright light that shines from them that its contagious and inspiring!

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I was a 2004 Olympian for rifle shooting while I was in the Army. I found out I was pregnant with Jenavee two weeks before I flew out to compete in Athens Greece!

What Most Special About CFBF?

There are seriously so many special things about CFBF. The camaraderie and pride are unlike any place I’ve been. When you can be in EMS next door during Friday night lights and hear the cheering coming through the walls…seriously, who else has that much team spirit and support!?

Any Advice for New Members?

Don’t be afraid to try CrossFit. Forget about your age, forget about how in or out of shape you feel, forget about the fact that you might feel intimidated, forget about the fact that you might have physical limitations because guess what, there is a place for you at CFBF. I’m not going to tell you it will be easy because it will definitely challenge you. I want you to remember this though, when you are doing a WOD and you are really feeling challenged, pause for just a second and know that the person to your left and right, front and back are feeling the exact same thing as you because they are all pushing their own limits and the WOD wont last forever.  You can do anything for 3,5,7,10,12,15,20 minutes!

Athlete of the Month (February) – Brianne Perry

Please join us in congratulating Brianne Perry as our February Athlete of the Month!  We love Brie’s energy and enthusiasm every time she comes into the gym!  Keep up the great work!  We also love this quote from Brie,”I used to workout to burn off stress and stay ‘thin’; now, I absolutely love getting stronger and pushing my mental and physical limits”.   Keep reading below to hear about Brie’s experience at CFBF this past year.  And if you’re interested in trying CrossFit our next Beginner’s Course starts on February 6th!

 

CFBF Athlete of the Month (February) – Brianne Perry

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

I danced competitively and played travel soccer year-round growing up. I also attempted volleyball for a bit and ran cross country. Once in college, I played pretty much every intramural for fun. Broomball for the win!

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I received an email at work advertising the beginner’s course and I had completely misinterpreted it as a 30-day fitness and nutrition program (and neglected to realize it was CrossFit, despite the location quite literally having the word CrossFit in the name). At the time, I was struggling hard to find a workout routine that stuck and was mostly running and taking occasional kickboxing classes. I figured I’d sign up, use what I learned and then get back to going to the gym. Four weeks later, I was hooked on CrossFit and the CFBF community.

Most Memorable WOD?

My first open workout, 17.1. So. Much. Adrenaline. I definitely blacked out. Also, how could I forget my first tequila burpee afterward?

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

All the burpees. Handstand pushups are also WAY too much fun.

Biggest Challenge?

Snatches, my nemesis.

Biggest Improvement?

This is going to be really corny, but quite literally everything. Even my mindset with fitness completely shifted. When I started, I could barely back squat with weight and after the coaches corrected my form, I couldn’t do a single push-up properly (I quite literally flopped on my face). Last summer at a race, I was able to help someone else flip a 200 lb. tire when they couldn’t on their own. I had been in their shoes a year before and it was pretty darn exciting to be on the other side lending a hand. I used to work out to burn off stress and stay ‘thin’.  Now, I absolutely love getting stronger, pushing my mental and physical limits and genuinely cannot wait to go to class because it’s a blast.

Who is Your Superhero?

Batman, obviously, and definitely my parents. My mom is the definition of selfless and my dad has such an incredibly strong work ethic.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I’ve danced on stage in Disney World.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community, without a doubt. CFBF feels like my second home. I’ve dragged my mom with me to class when she’s visiting from out of town and as someone who never used to be into working out, she typically despises group settings. Even she absolutely loves it here because the members and coaches are so welcoming.

Any Advice for New Members?

Compare against yourself and keep coming! My first couple of classes were INCREDIBLY intimidating, but that quickly subsided. The workouts never get easier, but things start to click and the sense of accomplishment and progress you’ll make along the way is indescribable.

Athlete of the Month (December) – Aishling Falzone

Please join us in congratulating Aishling Falzone on being named our December Athlete of the Month!  Aishling has made a ton of progress over the past 2.5 years while working full-time, raising a family, training through a pregnancy, recovering from a C-section, and suffering a foot injury!  She doesn’t give up and we couldn’t be more proud to recognize her efforts this month!

CFBF Athlete of the Month (December) – Aishling Falzone

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

I played multiple sports in high school (ah, the Glory Days. . .) and skied competitively after college, but exercise took a back seat to other commitments when I was in my late twenties.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I liked the idea of CrossFit because it incorporated so many different aspects of fitness. I also really liked the idea of having accountability during a workout. When I visited CFBF for a trial session, I found it to be a very welcoming place. There was no judgment about where I was fitness-wise, but instead a desire to know how CFBF could help support me in reaching whatever goals I set for myself.

Most Memorable WOD?

I was still a relatively new member (maybe three weeks in) when I showed up at a 5 AM on a particularly snowy morning to find “Filthy Fifty” written on the whiteboard. Not having any knowledge of what the WOD entailed, I waited for other members to roll in. At 5:04 AM, I realized I was the only one who was going to be there. Just me. And the coach. And the Filthy Fifty. For those of you familiar with the Filthy Fifty, you know that this is not necessarily a time when you want the undivided attention of your coach.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Strict Press or Front Squat

Biggest Challenge?

Any and all gymnastics movements.

Biggest Improvement?

Rope Climbs

Who is Your Superhero?

Without question, my mom. She is the most selfless person I know. 

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I am a ridiculously good backward roller skater.

What Most Special About CFBF?

Definitely, the relationships you build with your coaches and the other members. It’s not easy to set that alarm for 4:00 am to get up to face a 5 AM WOD, but at CFBF you are not just some unknown person who plugs along on an adjacent treadmill. If I don’t make it to a class, I have fellow members checking in with me to see where I was and when I will be back.

Any Advice for New Members?

When you are new, some of the movements and even the terminology can seem intimidating at first, but just keep showing up. The coaches will meet you wherever you are fitness-wise and help you work with any physical limitations you have. I was able to attend CFBF throughout an entire pregnancy (during which I achieved some PRs), the coaches helped me work my way back after a C-section, and they modified workouts so I could keep coming when I tore a ligament in my foot. I am still working to improve many of the movements, but each day that I show up, I am better than I was the day before.  Also, find a class time that works for you and stick with it. You will be rewarded with an amazing community of people who support and challenge each other during each WOD. Shout out to the 5 AM Crew here — they are the bomb!

Coach Spotlight – Logan McColl

This week, we’d like to highlight one of our new coaches, Logan.  Logan is originally from Kittery, Maine and has been an avid athlete all of his life.  He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, golf, street hockey, and skateboarding.  After high school, he moved to Myrtle Beach, SC for school and to pursue golf.  While there, Logan won the school’s tour championship his second semester, took 2nd place in the matchplay championships.  He found CrossFit while in Myrtle Beach and instantly fell in love with it.  He became obsessed with constantly getting better and watching other people break their own PR’s. After graduating college Logan moved back to the North East and decided to get his Level 1 Certification to start coaching. Logan loves the CrossFit methodology for fitness, all the benefits the style of training provides and how it translates into the real world.  Take a minute to get to know Coach Logan more below. 

Coach Spotlight – Logan McColl

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?   

I played Basketball up to senior year of high school.  I also did track and cross country. Outside of school I regularly played street hockey, tennis, ultimate frisbee, golf and skied. My First year of college I joined a gym that had a CrossFit side. That’s when I found out about weightlifting and got hooked.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

When I started CrossFit in South Carolina during college, the gym became one of my favorite places to be. Since I moved back to Maine I’ve been training primarily by myself, at regular gyms, and I really missed the community and good people that CrossFit gyms produce. So I looked around at a couple different CrossFit gyms and CFBF just seemed the best.

Most Memorable WOD?

This one would have to be the first Open workout I’ve ever done. I was only a month into CrossFit and not technically sound yet, and I forget the workout but it was a lot of hang power cleans and I think pull-ups? Not really sure. But everyone was being “judged” and our scores counted for something so I just red-lined the workout. And next day I had purple and black bruises all over my quads from the power cleans.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

This is a hard one because I like a lot of them. Right now, I would have to say kipping handstand push-ups because I’ve never done them before and HSPU have always been a big struggle for me! So, right now it’s kipping HSPU.  But I’m sure my answer tomorrow will be one of the two Olympic lifts. Which is what I like the most.

Biggest Challenge? 

Getting Stronger. Coming off cross country and never touching a weight growing up wasn’t a great combo for moving big loads. So that has been and is currently my biggest challenge.

Biggest Improvement?  

Again, this would have to be getting stronger. When I first started lifting, a 135 pound back squat buried me. I was not very strong. 3 years later I squatted 210 pounds for a set of 20! 

Who is Your Superhero?

Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I was undefeated in badminton all 4 years of high school.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The relationships between the coaches and members are really cool. There is a lot going on and it seems like and CFBF just emits a certain level of energy and fun. So it’s an awesome place to better yourself and get fit.

Any Advice for New Members?

I was really nervous when I first started CrossFit because I didn’t know anything. But CrossFit is really fun and exciting and is literally for anyone. The community is great and pretty soon you’ll be doing things you never thought you could. It’s a good place to come for an hour of the day, let everything else go, rock out for a bit and better yourself!

Quote: Do or do not. There is no try.

Coach Spotlight – Shelby Hall

Shelby recently joined the CFBF coaching team this past fall.  She’s been a wonderful addition and this week, we highlight her experience, workout tips, and fun facts! Coach Shelby comes to us with a background in dance, a degree in Kinesiology, and her CrossFit L1 Training certification.  She discovered CrossFit over 4 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! CrossFit has helped change her mindset in all areas of life. She loves sharing her passion for health and fitness with those around her and supporting others in their journey.  

Coach Spotlight – Shelby Hall

 

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?   

I was a non-competitive dancer for 15 years (4 years old until the end of high school) and had played several sports in high school (field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, cheering). I also did two years of high school gymnastics. But I had never been involved in anything that I was 100% focused on. I enjoyed trying everything out.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

Coach Lance told me how amazing the community and coaches were and because it is so close to work I should check it out. He was 100% right!

Most Memorable WOD?

14.5 aka 16.5 aka death by burpees and thrusters… still has a piece of my soul.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Handstand walking!

Biggest Challenge? 

Realizing I needed to back down the weight on the bar until I learned to move faster.

Biggest Improvement?    

Diving headfirst into my weaknesses weekly instead of avoiding them.

Who is Your Superhero?

My mom. She taught me my work ethic and has shown me that no matter what life throws at you-you can survive and grow stronger.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The community. Everyone is so welcoming and enjoying their time at CFBF.

Any Advice for New Members?

Don’t let it all overwhelm you. Rome wasn’t built in a day. But each day you can lay down a new stone. I am constantly learning new things and I have been doing this for 4 years.  Ask a TON of questions and always remember to have fun. Remember why you started 🙂

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Changes & Hours

**Please note the following CFBF schedule changes over the Thanksgiving holiday!**

Wednesday, November 22nd – (closing early) last class of the day will be 3:30 pm WOD.

Thursday, November 23rd – (Thanksgiving Day) CLOSED ALL DAY! Enjoy!

Friday, November 24th – 9 am class ONLY (family & friends welcome)!  Closed the remainder of the day!

Saturday, November 25th – Regular schedule resumes!

Coach Spotlight – Angelo Del Giudice

This week, we would like to highlight Coach Angelo!  We are thrilled to have Angelo back at CFBF and part of our coaching team!  It’s kind of like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi…Angelo has returned after extensive training to teach us the way of the force.  He is always upbeat, welcoming, and is a master at gymnastics and Jedi mind tricks.  Take a moment to get to know Coach Angelo a bit more below. 

 

Coach Spotlight: Angelo Del Giudice

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

I wrestled very poorly for one year in high school. I’ve been doing CrossFit since August of ’14.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I wanted to try new things and get more fit!

Most Memorable WOD?

Memorial Day Murph ’16. Wicked hungover.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Pull-up, duh.

Biggest Challenge?

Thrusters. Always thrusters.

Biggest Improvement?

Power clean.

Who is Your Superhero?

My grandfather.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

My parents thought I was a girl when I was in the womb.

What Most Special About CFBF?

The family and sense of community has been so accepting to me coaching. Couldn’t feel more at home even after being away for a year.

Any Advice for New Members?

JUST TRY IT! You will have fun and WILL get more fit!

Coach Spotlight – Rachael Maggio

You may have seen some new faces coaching you in class lately.  We thought it would be a good idea to highlight one of our new amazing coaches each week during the month of November.  First up is Rachael! Rachael started out as a member at CFBF and proved herself to be one strong lady (and momma)!  She received her CrossFit L1 Training certification this past summer and always has a smile on her face!  She brings great energy and passion to each class and is a wonderful role model to her daughter and anyone that works with her.  Take a moment to get to know Rachael more below! 

Coach Spotlight:  Rachael Maggio

Previous Fitness?

I was involved in some team sports – competitive cheerleading and rowing up through college. My husband and I hike a lot as well.

Why CFBF?

I first joined because I was looking to get in shape for my wedding and an old rowing teammate suggested CrossFit. I immediately loved CFBF! I was so nervous and intimated but the minute I walked in the coaches were so welcoming. They took the time to get to know me and my strengths and weaknesses and modify movements to help me successfully get better instead of just throwing me in the trenches. I also love the community! That is a big part of why I keep coming back every day.

Most Memorable WOD?

Open WOD 17.3 – I continued to miss the lift but my fellow athletes never stopped cheering for me. I redid it a few days later (because never give up!!) and got it!

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Overhead Squats and Cleans

What Motivates you the most?

My daughter (and future baby). She’s at the age now where she imitates everything and I love seeing her try to do the movements. I want to be a good example of self-love and confidence for both of them. It’s the greatest thing to have them grow up with strong and hardworking role models like the athletes at CFBF!

Biggest Challenge?

Toes 2 Bar

Biggest Improvement?

Pull-ups. Took me over 2 years!

Who is Your Superhero?

Can I get a WOOP WOOP to all the CFBF Ladies?!!!!! Seriously you all inspire me every day! GIRL POWER ✌️

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I love playing board games and doing holiday crafts!

What Most Special About CFBF?

Everyone says it but it’s true the community! When I first came back from having my daughter I was honestly a hot mess. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to workout and juggle a newborn. But the coaches and athletes became my “village”. Helping me any way they could – letting me come in a little early to get a head start or holding her during class (or after) so I could finish. I am truly grateful and there is no way I can thank you all enough!

Advice for New Members?

If there is one thing I’ve learned from CrossFit it’s that your body is much more capable than you think it is! Nothing is off limits if you work for it!  Don’t think of scaling as a bad thing! We all scale something. Scaling is going to help you get better!

Background?

I started CrossFit in October of 2014. I did CrossFit throughout my first pregnancy and I’m currently pregnant again with my second child and plan to continue kicking butt at WODs! I have participated in the open 3 times as well as other individual and partner competitions. I completed and passed the CF-L1 course this past summer.

Quote?

“I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.”

Athletes of the Month (October) – Kerstin & Kajsa Matz

We love it when families workout together! Not only is it more fun but it’s a great way to stay on top of your fitness goals.  We’ve highlighted some of our amazing families before and this month is no exception, meet this dynamite mother-daughter duo, and our October Athletes of the Month—Kerstin & Kajsa Matz!  These strong ladies always come in with smiles on their faces ready to do work.  They inspire us at CFBF because they are always ready to step outside their comfort zone, challenge themselves and reach new levels of success.  Their smiles always brighten up a class.  Congrats Kerstin & Kajsa!  We look forward to watching you continue to grow and raise the bar!

 

CFBF Athletes of the Month (October) – Kerstin & Kajsa Matz

What is your athletic background?

Kerstin:  Broomball, ice-skating on the pond my dad made in our backyard, running, , GOTR coaching, yoga, home-workouts, college bounce and toss games.  Anything that was non-competitive and didn’t involve large groups of people was what I was drawn to.

Kajsa:  I played soccer and lacrosse.  I did Girls On The Run for two years.  Now I do CrossFit.

Why did you join CFBF?

Kerstin:  I had heard about CrossFit years ago on a 60 Minutes segment.  Then, I had heard about it in a brief conversation with a friend.  Heading into Home Depot with my family, I saw the CFBF sign and walked in so I could avoid looking at tools and picking up caulking supplies.  Chris was there, we talked, I came in for an evaluation, he was nice, so I signed up for the beginner class.  I really enjoyed it, it’s addicting, so I joined. 

Kajsa:  My mom was doing it and it looked fun.

Most memorable WOD?

Kerstin:  17.1.  I was terrified!  I didn’t think I could do the DB thrusters, but I did.  I was counting on someone there knowing CPR because I thought the burps over box were going to be the end of me.  It turns out, I did those, too.  It wasn’t pretty, but I did them.  Kajsa was amazing, too.  It was so great to see my kid work so hard.  I am so proud of her!

Kajsa:  The first Open WOD (17.1) because it was my first WOD in a competition.

Favorite CF movement?

Kerstin:  Thrusters, again not pretty, but I really tried to practice the movement to get it right.  I don’t know why!  I also like deadlifts because I can do them – lean down, stand up.  I like wall balls, too.

Kajsa:  I like the rope climb because when I get to the top I can see the entire gym.

Biggest challenge?

Kerstin:  Burpees!  Ugh!  I have to figure out how to change my story with those!  I do struggle with expecting to do more and to do it faster than I’m ready for.   Finding the right weight for barbells. 

Kajsa:  Getting my strict pull-up.

Biggest improvement?

Kerstin:  Squats.  Even if it’s just a centimeter deeper, I can tell.  It’s progress.  I’m much stronger than when I started!  I know because I can clean a 38 pound bag of dog food, I couldn’t do that before!

Kajsa:  I’ve gotten stronger.

Who is your superhero?

Kerstin:  Kajsa.  I’m truly amazed by the athlete she has become.  She is focused and perseveres.  I can’t help smiling when I watch her.

Kajsa:  Addie because she’s awesome!

Fun fact about yourself?

Kerstin:  I was an exchange student in Sweden in 1988-89.  We went to the Soviet Union on a field trip.  My friend and I met some Soviet men on the street during the day and met them in a stairwell at night to trade jeans for Soviet memorabilia.  How am I still alive? 

Kajsa:  I love to bake.

What is most special about CFBF? 

Kerstin: I think everyone says this, but it’s true, the people and coaches.  It’s a welcoming community.  The coaches truly care about helping you get stronger and better.  They pay attention to everyone’s individual needs. 

Kajsa:  Everyone is super helpful and friendly.  And, Chris and Addie really help me build up to the weight I want and the with movements.

Advice for new members? 

Kerstin:  If you’re nervous, force yourself to keep coming back because it is worth it.  You’re stronger than you may think you are.  Everything can be scaled.  Don’t be afraid to answer questions.  If you cry, come back because people will act like it never happened. 

Kajsa:  Try your best.  Everyone has to be scaled down at times, not just you.  Don’t compare yourself to other people because maybe someone was scaled down but they were in another class and you didn’t see them. 

Athlete of the Month (September) – Mark Chateauneuf

CFBF is proud to announce Mark Chateauneuf as CrossFit Bona Fide’s September Athlete of the Month!  Mark’s positive attitude and sense of humor make him a wonderful member of the CFBF family.  As you can tell from his responses below Mark has a knack for the written word and we hope others will find his experience honest, refreshing, and motivating!  Congrats Mark and keep up the great work!

 

CFBF Athlete of the Month (September) – Mark Chateaneuf


What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?

None really. You know the kid in your school who always got picked last in gym class? That kid would have been picked before me. I was never much of an athlete growing up and never exercised at all until I joined the Army and for the record, joining the Army when you’re not physically fit is an awful idea. I was in terrible physical condition but my recruiter told me not to worry, Basic Training would get me into shape. What he neglected to tell me was how miserable it was going to be and that more than likely I wouldn’t survive the physical training. During PT, I would often bounce back and forth emotionally, first fearing that the running would kill me and then five or six miles later wishing that it finally would. I survived, but I developed a deep-seated hatred for working out. Short of lifting weights every now and then, I stayed away from physical activity as much as possible.

Why Did You Join CFBF?

Years of avoiding exercise finally caught up with me. I was close to 235 pounds and I realized (possibly too late) that I needed to make a change. After trying a number of different things, a friend of mine recommended a nearby CrossFit gym. I checked it out and found I liked the idea of constantly varied, functional fitness and even though I knew I would not be very good, I signed up. I discovered I loved CrossFit even though I sucked at it. Then I started a new job here in Portsmouth and I couldn’t attend classes there anymore so I had to say goodbye to my old gym and find a new home. It’s tough to leave a CrossFit box after you’ve been there for a while, but since I literally had to drive by CFBF to get home every day, I stopped in to visit and try a class. I think in my life I’ve only made eight really good decisions. Stopping in to CFBF that day was one of them. I’ll tell you about the other seven some other time. 

Most Memorable WOD?

The Filthy Fifty last January is the first one that comes to mind. I did it on my 50th birthday as a benchmark so I could see how much improvement I could make after a year of training. It was awful and I couldn’t finish in the time cap but l did discover how comfortable a concrete floor could be when I was done. I plan on doing the “Filthier Fifty-One” this January (see what I did there?) to see how much progress I’ve made, and you’re all welcome to join me if you’d like. I wouldn’t if I were you but the invitation is out there.

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

The Dead Lift. I’m pretty good at it because I’m short and the barbell only has to come up off the ground a couple of feet. Not only that, it’s a lift that doesn’t require a lot of thought. You pretty much just grab the bar and you stand up or you don’t. I’m all about simple things.

Biggest Challenge?

The Pull-up. It has eluded me for quite some time, but I think I’m gaining on it. 

Biggest Improvement?

Attendance. CrossFit is very effective, but it’s not magical. If you don’t make the effort to come in you will not see any improvement and as I mentioned before, I struggled with that in the past. Now I try to make sure I come in at least four times a week and the results have been remarkable. Looking back, I wish I had figured this out in high school, would’ve helped a lot.

Who is Your Superhero?

My wife Lori. She is incredible and the hardest working person I know. For the last 28 years she has supported me in every foolish endeavor and stupid idea I’ve come up with. Without her I would have probably turned out to be a fat old drunk, instead of just fat and old.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

Back in the 80s, I was singer in a heavy metal band named Arson. You may have heard of us, we were pretty Awesome. I’m available to sign autographs if you want one.

What Most Special About CFBF?

I’m sure you could guess the answer to this question but I’ll say it anyway. It’s the people. The people here are simply amazing. The support and encouragement from coaches and the members here is nothing short of Awesome. If you have never been to another CrossFit affiliate and believe they are all like this one, you’re wrong. CrossFit Bona Fide is special, and it’s because of all of you.


Any Advice for New Members?

Just stick with it! Making the decision to do CrossFit was a big step but after a while you may start to get into a rut or life could start to get in the way. When this happens, magically a hundred reasons pop up why you can’t make it in. You don’t have time, you’re too busy, you need to get home and cook dinner. Blah blah blah… In the past I did this all the time and the result was making a little bit of progress, then having to start over when skipping one day turned into weeks and months. Don’t be like me! Schedule class into your day, make it a priority and get your butt in here! All you need to do is show up, the coaches will provide the training and we’ll all provide the support. There is no better feeling than walking out of the gym with the sense of accomplishment knowing that you just kicked butt and crushed a WOD. Many times that’s the best feeling you’ll have that day. Do it for you, you deserve it!