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When I met Katie this past summer at CrossFit Clifton Park, she was ready to change. She quickly became part of the noon crew hitting classes five days a week. It was more than just working out that got her where she is today.
Her squat was severely limited, she could not get below parallel. Katie attacked this challenge with determination, she would not let it stop her. In the gym a half an hour early to work on her squat therapy and mobility. From all the hard work, her flexibility allowed her to start moving some serious weight.
She was strong, and now she is really strong! Katie consistently sets PRs with her squats and cleans. Strength gains that she has used in her new hobby, Strongman. She has been a regular at the classes for a couple of months now and recently competed in our first Strongman competition.
A valuable part of the community and always ready to help new athletes feel a little more comfortable. Always willing to help, she moved moved equipment all day at Fall Face-Off, or often seen at events taking photos. Quick to swap recipes with other CrossFitters, seeing others improve is just as important.
Watching Katie embrace this community and lifestyle has been one of the most inspiring things I have seen in CrossFit. Following a Paleo diet and taking an active interest in her recovery is really making the difference. She is in the 90 Day Challenge to win and I think she has a real shot at it. I expect nothing but more successes and milestones from her in the future. I truly am proud to call her a friend.
Congratulations Katie, as our December 2011 CrossFit Clifton Park Member of the Month!
“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” – John Sculley
No better way to start 2012 then to highlight an amazing athlete that made huge strides all throughout 2011. Congratulations to Jesse as our December 2011 Member of the Month for Albany CrossFit!
I remember running his free trial, and subsequently teaching his Elements classes (yeah those were the good ol’ days). You could see the potential. Motivated, athletic, and ready for a challenge. Jesse was ready to take on everything CrossFit had to offer.
Diet? Started Paleo Day 1. He didn’t have much to change, but it was impressive none the less. People often say that they can easily go strict or just go cold-turkey immediately; he actually lived up to his words.
Consistent? You bet. Whether he’s crushing WODs or doing strength or hitting skills, he’s not making excuses for not getting in.
Constantly improving? Absolutely. Watch any of his recent performances or any benchmark workouts. The results speak for themselves.
He’s in the competitions, from the Fall Face-off to the Strongman. He doesn’t back down from putting his skills on the line. Quickly becoming one of the top athletes in the gym, and has worked his ass off to get to this point.
Throw in the fact that he’s a great guy and a great part of this community as he is always willing to help with events. We’re happy to have him as a member and hope to continue to watch his hard work lead to even more success. The sky is the limit for him.
“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” –Arthur C. Clarke
What can I say about Walter?
I could start with his tenacity. His undying drive to improve. His never-say-die attitude. His willingness to push his body to his limits during every workout.
I could talk about it his commitment. How he volunteers at every chance he gets. He’s there for the charity events. He shows up to help at competitions. He promotes the spirit of CrossFit.
Above all, I could talk about it his ability to uplift athletes around him. Without fail, he will leave every ounce of his being on the floor, then get right up and go cheer on every last athlete to the finish. Fist bumps all around.
It’s a pleasure to be able to work with Walter. Ever positive and supportive, he will continue to enrich our CrossFit community for years to come. Thank you Walter for all you do!
Congratulations Walter on November’s Member of the Month honors!
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” –John Buchan
TJ is one of our most unique members. He was born deaf, and with terrible vision. When he hits a WOD, he can’t hear the music or see the clock. When everyone else is getting a clear, concise explanation of the movements…TJ gets nothing. But don’t you dare feel bad for this young man…don’t you dare.
TJ comes to class more regularly than nearly any other member. He either participates or volunteers in every single event we host…I can’t even say that about the Coaching Staff!
TJ hits every workout like it is his last, and he has turned into quite the fire-breather. His gymnastic movements are through the roof, and his power to weight ratio is one of the best in the gym.
TJ also is the first person to jump in and help a fellow athlete finish a WOD. Always cheering, always smiling. TJ embodies everything it means to be a Member of the Month. His positive attitude and strong work ethic have inspired many athletes, and no doubt will continue to do so for years to come.
We are all lucky to have TJ Sherwin in our life, and in our community of CrossFit. Keep on working TJ, and put a shirt on!
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” –Conrad Hilton