Athlete of the Month
November 1, 2017

November 2017 Coach’s Spotlight


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Meet Your Coaches

Who are these awesome people?

Everyday you sign into class and spend 60 well-fought minutes with some pretty terrific people. Ever wonder who they really are? Where are they from? And how did they get to be so awesome?

I thought it’d be cool to tell you a little bit about the coaches that you sweat with every day. They truly care about you and about the skills that they teach you each day. They push you, they praise you and they make you better than yesterday. Enjoy getting to know them better… This month we are featuring our newest two coaches at CrossFit Hixson.  And they happen to be a married couple!

Meet Ellie and Mike Mitcham

What led you to CrossFit and CFH?

Mike – I tried Crossfit several years ago and only lasted a month… I wasn’t fed up enough yet and didn’t have the motivation to make a change. Back in Thanksgiving of ’16 I hit my heaviest ever, 280 lbs and really got to see how it was holding me back when we went to a trampoline park and I only lasted 5 minutes before I was gassed. My younger brother who has been doing Crossfit for years had a blast the whole time. That was the day I decided to do something. I’m an all or nothing kind of person. I knew Crossfit worked, so I googled the closest box and got hooked up with Amber as soon as I got back home.

Ellie:  I love to play sports and I’ve been on adult leagues of ultimate frisbee and soccer since we met. A few months after Mike started he couldn’t stop talking about it. He wanted me to meet everyone and understand what he was doing and asked several times for me to join. I put it off thinking the kids weren’t ready but he asked again and I finally got how important it was to him for us to do this together. It was a sacrifice to give up my sports, but it’s been so great for our relationship and our family and now I see Crossfit as my sport.

What is your favorite WOD?

Mike: I like the long ones the best. I’ve learned that I am built to row. I think Weston has been my favorite so far.

Ellie: It’s not the WOD as much as the gains. I love it when I do a workout and see improvement. See myself push it in ways I didn’t think I could. I hate running, but I loved the running WOD we did about a month ago when we timed the last of 4 800’s. I saw something I didn’t know was there. I love that.

What are your CrossFit Goals?

Mike: The first day I walked in I saw Stoney about to rip the rig out of the wall doing Muscle-Ups. He’s a big guy and I decided I wanted to do that. Overall though, I just want to get healthier and I am looking forward to helping others do the same!

Ellie: When I started it just was to enjoy working out and to have a common interest and friends with Mike. Now it has grown to conquer the challenges I see before me. Getting double unders, hand stands, pull ups… you name it.

What impact has CrossFit had on your life?

Mike: My life is very different than it was. I’m 40lbs down, I look forward to working out. I enjoy being active with my kids, I am much more disciplined in general. My wife and kids have joined be at the gym, and now I am going to spend time coaching. Definitely not what I expected, but like I said I am usually an all or nothing kind of guy!

Ellie: I’ve realized that I’m stronger, tougher, and have more to offer than I realized. I love coaching kids and seeing my own kids grow in confidence, strength, and teamwork.  And I love the friends I’ve gained this year. The atmosphere at CFH is encouraging, challenging, and fun, and I love being a part of it!

 

October 1, 2017

October 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for October 2017 is:

Leslie Rigsby!

What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
Well, I was an extremely active kid/teenager. I played softball and danced competitively for 18 years. I was in the dance studio 5 days a week for 4 hours a day, and more during competition season. I stayed fairly active through college, but when I was 21 years old I started working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. I worked there for 8 years, and it was a super sedentary job. I was literally tethered to a desk for 8-12 hours, and I worked evening shift so my sleep schedule was way out of wack. We didn’t have a long enough lunch break to leave, so we would send a person for take out and bring it back. There was a lot of pizza, pasta, greasy sandwiches, etc. During that time, I was also diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a hormone imbalance that can cause sudden weight gain (along with a bunch of other problems). I also had my son in 2013, and I gained about 30lbs while I was pregnant. Overall, I gained about 100lbs in that 8 year span. I was desperate to lose weight. I tried the Atkins diet, Keto diet, over the counter diet pills, Nutrasystem, Rx weight loss drugs where they put me on an 800 calorie a day diet. You name it, I tried it. I had success with some of them, but I always gained the weight back plus some. I shed so many tears over my body, and the frustration I felt over the scale.

I chose Crossfit because I always loved watching videos of the olympic lifts, but I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to make it through an actual workout. I’ve always loved to lift heavy weights, and I’ve always been proud of how strong I am. When I was little my dad, a police officer, would teach me all these self defense moves because I thought they were so fun and my dad desperately wanted me to be a tomboy. Even then, I would surprise him with how strong I was. I just wanted to be the strongest version of myself, and I knew the only way I could do that was to step out of my comfort zone and try Crossfit.

I chose CFH because I tried a couple of other gyms in the area, and I had some weird experiences. The first class I came to try at CFH, Luke was coaching. I was so impressed by his knowledge, his patience, and his great attitude that I knew those other gyms were seriously lacking in the coaching department. The other thing I loved was that everyone was cheering each other on. I instantly noticed the bond between the athletes, and I wanted to be a part of that.

What is your favorite WOD?
I love anything with heavy lifting. We did Adam Brown a while back with the heavy deadlifts, bench press, cleans, and wallballs. That has probably been my favorite so far. Any WOD without running is also a plus 🙂

What are your goals?
I want to be Wonder Woman strong. If I lose the gut in the process, that’s great, but it’s not my number 1 priority anymore. I would also like to get better at running, but that’s going to take a while.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Crossfit has shown me that I am stronger than I think. I’ve gone from a 105lb clean to a 150lb clean since April of this year. I’ve been hitting PR’s on most of my other lifts, and I realized that I was holding myself back for such a long time. Now that I’m gaining more confidence in myself at the gym, it shows up in other areas of my life too. I’m lifting my 47lb 4 year old up over my head, and running around playing soccer with him. My husband and I are not naturally “small” people, so I really want to nurture a healthy relationship with food and exercise with my son.

Joining Crossfit Hixson also introduced me to Eat to Perform. This has been life changing for me. I’m dropping weight and I’m eating over 400g of carbs a day! For a girl who was told “you can’t eat like a normal person” and “carbs are your enemy with PCOS” by several doctors, I am loving this new lifestyle. The next goal is to get my husband to join!

Anything else you want to add?
I am living proof that anyone can start Crossfit. I started as a 30 year old, 270lb woman, who had been pretty sedentary for 8 years. I could barely do a push up on my knees, I could barely run 200m, and even ring rows were hard for me. The workouts are still hard, and they always will be, but I see such a difference in my body. I’m stronger, my back pain is almost completely gone, and I have more energy then I’ve had in a long time.

September 1, 2017

September 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for September 2017 is:

Jillian Turner!

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When my family and I were working at a camp and conference center several years ago, the head life guard was from Hixson and introduced my brother and me to Crossfit exercises. He was doing Crossfit workouts to prepare for the Navy in hopes of getting into the Seals program. As a kid who always got picked last in PE… Crossfit helped me understand how to get fit. I live in Dayton, and when I accepted a job in Chattanooga, I passed the Crossfit Hixson gym every day and decided to join.

My favorite workouts include anything with box jumps, air squats, overhead squats, handstands, kettlebell swings, and situps.
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I would love to be able to do rope climbs, pistols, double unders, handstand pushups, pull-ups, and a handstand walk!
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Crossfit has impacted my life because working out is no longer something I have to make myself do. It is part of my daily routine, and I honestly look forward to this part of my day! I love the people I have met at Crossfit Hixson. Working out with the people here is so much fun!
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August 1, 2017

August 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for August 2017 is:

Todd Grainger!

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What led you to CrossFit?

My wife, Teresa let me to CrossFit. She did it for about 2 years before I joined, and I got to see how much she enjoyed it.

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What is your favorite WOD?

Honestly, I like Murph. Yeah, it’s an ass-kicker, and yes I have to scale, but when I am done, I feel really good

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What are your CrossFit Goals?

My goals when I started, and are still the same are to get stronger and lose weight. I’m not trying to compete….my competition days are way behind me, but I want to get stronger and healthier. I want to be able to enjoy living for as many years as God gives me!

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How has CrossFit impacted your life?

In the 11 months that I have done CrossFit, I have seen small subtle changes in my health. I have lost a little weight, but I have seen more changes in my body composition. I weigh about the same, but that weight is in different places, now!! I have seen the biggest impact in my Cardio fitness level. I went mountain biking a few weeks ago on trails that I hadn’t ridden since joining CrossFit Hixson. The difference was noticeable! I love CrossFit, it is the only gym/fitness program that I have stuck with consistently. I love the coaches, and the people who work out with me. The personal relationships and positive feedback are what keep me going. I Love CrossFit Hixson!!

June 3, 2017

June 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for June 2017 is:

David Barto!

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What led me to CrossFit?

Being able to do a pushup and pullup was, I think, one of those things my father was absolutely going to pass down to his children.  I remember us doing pullup competitions in the basement and him saying, “do as many as you can and then I’ll do one more”.  At the time I hated it and of course now as an older gentlemen myself I see the wisdom of knowing how many you have to do to beat some youngster.  At five I just thought what, common Dad, you go first.  Naturally I got pretty good at pullups which was good because we couldn’t lose to the Lewis family at our yearly pullup pushup competitions at Christmas.  We even had a 25 ft rope in the backyard which must be climbed without the aid of legs lest you be deemed forever a wuss. I’ve been active ever since.  So these type of workout disciplines kind of guided me toward wrestling and pole vaulting.  Push pull baby.  Don’t get me wrong I loved all sports.  My sweet mother took me tirelessly to baseball, football, tennis, and cross country as well.  For the sake of my mother’s sanity, time and cost of gas we had to dial it in a bit for high school.  In College I kept staying active playing intramural sports.  Not working out so much but loving the competition.  In Dental school I transitioned into the whole Beach body workout scene.  You know.  You don’t need a gym, just a DVD player, some space and some weights.  P90X I II and III, Insanity, and Beast.  And I did them all, just ask my lovingly patient wife.  BURNOUT.  Got a little tired of working out at 10:00 at night, but I did.  Can’t do morning before work garbage.  Bless all you AM badasses.  I’m a mess prior to sunlight.  Then my sweet wife introduced me to CrossFit about five years ago.  Instant new best friend.  Loved it.  First workout I couldn’t even finish.  You know something like snatches, burpees and then go run for fun.  Sweating with labored breath, I knew that this was definitely my thing.  All those pullups, pushups and rope climbs are paying off Dad.

What is my favorite WOD?

CINDY baby.  Push pull squat repeat.  Just embrace the suck and breath through it. Definitely my wheelhouse.

What are my CrossFit goals?

I would like to build more strength in my dynamic lifts.  Snatch and Clean.  Ofcourse that means getting better at front and back squats.  Urghh.  Not my favorite lifts.  Keep those knees out David.  That also means I got to eat better, someone keeps reminding me.  I’m getting there coach.

How has CrossFit impacted my life?

Life impact is huge.  The overall quality of life aside, the quality of people you get to hang with is the real treasure.  I’m not just talking about the coaches (who rock), but all the fellow athletes as well.  Maybe I still got those rose colored glasses on, but I have yet to meat anyone I dislike, even mildly.  Except maybe Trainor.  Joking of course.  He’s quality.  He’s the one who introduced me to CrossFit Hixson. Look it, I’m a guy who loves working out and you’ll never have to force me to run jump or pull, but on days when I’m feeling a little off, I’m still coming in if I can get there on time-ish.  The reason is because I’m looking forward to the people I get to spend a few minutes of my day with bustin our butts together.  We workout individually so to speak, but in a shared space with shared goals together helping each other along.  Such a cool thing.  When I walk or run through the door I’m looking forward to seeing who else is there.  To the coaches, thank you.  I’m a bit intellectually challenged thinking I can do more than I should and I greatly appreciate the occasional nudge I need to not be stupid.  That aside the attention to detail and the knowledge each coach brings to a workout with technique tips and WOD strategy and the constant encouragement is priceless.  The positive environment y’all have created is amazing.  You want to come back again and again just to be part of such a place.  I love God, I love my family, I love my friends, and I think I love CrossFit.

May 1, 2017

May 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for May 2017 is:

Morgan Howard!

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What led me to CrossFit and CFH?

My first experience with Crossfit Hixson was a few years back with the family Christmas workout in the Sports Barn.  My dad talked about Crossfit *all* the time and so my siblings and I decided to go see what the fuss was all about.  For the Christmas workout, we did the 12 days of Christmas and we had a blast! It was fun pushing ourselves and encouraging each other as a family, as well as meeting the other athletes.  We returned the next two years to do the Christmas workout again.  When I graduated college and decided to come home for a year, I realized that Crossfit would be a great way for me to get back in shape and stay active.  I knew from the family workouts that I liked the environment and the people so I signed up for On Ramp and haven’t looked back.

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What is my favorite WOD?

My favorite WODs are the Saturday WODs.  I enjoy the partner style workouts as it is always a fun time challenging my dad and pushing each other to do better.  The people at CFH are what make it so much more than just another gym to me, so being able to see everyone during the Saturday WOD working out together is a highlight of my week.  The benchmark WODs are also very important because they bring out my competitive side to move faster/lift more than I could before and push myself to the limit.

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What are my goals?

When I first was looking to join a gym, my original goal was just to work on getting rid of the college weight gain.  However, as time has progressed at CFH, I have expanded my goals.  Now, I am working on finding the right balance of working out and food to be strong and fit.  I also have new motivation, after the start of ROMWOD and Tammy’s yoga classes, to improve my stretching and stay flexible.  In terms of specific aspirations, I am practicing stringing double unders together as well as progressing with my pull-up/push-up.

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How has CrossFit impacted my life?

CrossFit has impacted me much more than I thought it would.  My family used to mock my dad due to his incessant comments about CFH, but now I am probably worse than him.  In terms of physical fitness, CrossFit has done exactly what I was looking for it to do at first: build my strength and endurance and help me lose weight.  But, it has also done more than just that.  Working out with the 5AM fam ensures that I start my days off happy and motivated.  Although getting up at 430 isn’t always the easiest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.   The friends that I have made at CFH are some of the sweetest people and they have made this fitness journey such an exciting adventure.

 

 

April 1, 2017

April 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for April 2017 is:

Chris Trainor!

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What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
I met Jason and Amber in 2013 because my company was building  them a home.  I had some friends who enjoyed Cross Fit and I was interested but I had never experienced it.   Jason and Amber challenged me to give it a try.  Jason looked at me from across the closing table and said, “Do you even lift BRO?”  I think they were shocked when I actually showed up on the following early Monday morning for my first AmRamp class.  I have loved it since and the rest is history.

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What is your favorite WOD?
I don’t think I have a favorite WOD.  I do prefer the WOD’s that are “chippers”.  I think that is what you call them.  Even after three years I still do not have my CrossFit vernacular down.  I like it when there is some heavy weight and cardiovascular involved.  I like CrossFit because it challenges every athlete to be faster, stronger, and work on your endurance.  There is no hiding from something you do not like once you enter the “Box”.  I try to hide from snatches and overhead squats but they always seem to find me.  I do like the filthy 50 and “Helen” WODS too.

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What are your goals?
My original goal was to slim down and work on my love handles.  I have been somewhat successful at trimming down but I really need to commit to a better diet if I want to lose the handles all together.  The beer and pizza usually find me too.  I love CrossFit but I can’t say I have the same affection or discipline to try a Paleo diet.

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How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CFH has been of great impact for me on a physical and mental level.  I certainly have gotten fit, stronger and thanks to Tammy’s insistence on YOGA stretches I have become more flexible.  I still need to work on my flexibility.  CrossFit and CFH has probably benefitted me even more on the mental side of things.  I have made great friends at the BOX and it provides a huge stress relief for me.  My wife can definitely tell when I have not worked out for several days and I become a grumpy old man. Although I enjoy a fine glass of red wine and I consider myself a cultured and open-minded man, I am a meathead at heart.   The Box is the only place I know, that not only allows, throwing around heavy weight, spitting, sweating, and swearing, but encourages it.  Jason and Amber have created and developed a special place for folks to get fit, be healthy, and meet different people.  I am thankful I met them and I appreciate their labor of love.  Amber loves saying “no rep”’ but you can tell that she and Jason truly take a great interest in all the athletes in the gym.  Their hard-work and genuine personality is what sets the CGH apart from other gyms.

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March 1, 2017

March 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for March 2017 is:

Marie Beasley!

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What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
I initially found CrossFit by happenstance. There was a box (Spartan CrossFit) in the warehouse next to my husband’s warehouse in Michigan. I kept seeing these crazy people flipping tires and pushing prowlers in the parking lot and thought it looked like fun. I really missed a more competitive sport after my softball days were over and after some research thought CrossFit was a perfect fit. I was so scared for my first WOD but fell in love immediately.  I moved to Tennessee in July of 2015 and after trying several boxes I just felt so at home at CFH.  I’m so happy I stuck around!

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What is your favorite WOD?
Despite my LOVE for deadlifts, my favorite WOD is Grace. It’s simple and quick. Not a lot of thinking. Just move the weight quickly. I love it.

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What are your goals?
Right now I’m working on getting leaner and quicker.  I love lifting heavy weight, but I’d like to be less intimidated by running and bodyweight movements when they show up in a WOD.

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How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Wow, it has impacted my life in so many ways.  I know that I’m stronger and more confident with my strength than ever before. I was a pitcher in college and wore out my shoulder. I used to feel like I was limited, but I feel stronger than ever now.  I still have days when it bothers me, but I’ve learned how to work around the aches and pains.  I have also just learned how to take care of myself better–more stretching and mobility, listening to my body when it tells me to rest.

Most recently I was able to keep CrossFitting throughout my last pregnancy. This was the most active I had been through any of my pregnancies and felt so much better postpartum.  I was motivated and able to start moving again right away. I am very grateful to the coaches at CFH for helping me keep active while pregnant!

As a mom, I love that my kids know that mom is strong too!  My kids expect me to lift heavy things when needed, and they absolutely know that girls can lift weights and be strong. I love this!

CrossFit has also affected how I talk to patients about activity. I have always been an avid proponent of movement with my patients, but I feel like I have learned so much about how to find activity that meets people where they are and how to motivate them to just think about one minute of movement at a time.

I am so thankful for CrossFit and CFH!

February 1, 2017

February 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for February 2017 is:

Brad Lumley!

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What led you to CrossFit and CFH?

Kaylie and I were active Sports Barn members. We’d both been endurance and trail runners for a few years but training for long distances requires huge amounts of time away from home and family. I wanted an exercise routine that would allow me to keep running but also add some muscle mass and overall strength. I checked out CrossFit Hixson on a whim because I wanted structure and instruction in my next pursuit.

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What is your favorite WOD?

My favorite WODs vary based on what I’m targeting at the time. But I always like picking up heavy objects. And I LOVE dropping them. So really, any WOD with deadlifts, cleans, jerks, and/or snatches, I’m going to be excited about.

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What are your goals?

I want to be monstrously large and strong. Right now I’m focused on reducing body fat. Once I’m down to a comfortable body fat percentage, I’ll shift my focus back to increasing muscle mass. I also have a couple of goats I’m targeting: pull-ups and double unders.

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How has CrossFit impacted your life?

CrossFit Hixson has really given me a new extended family. Coming in, I expected most folks to be friendly but I didn’t really understand just how close we’d become and how many true friends I’d gain. CFH always feels like home. So it’s really less like having to “go to the gym” every day and more like going somewhere I’m supposed to be. It’s part of my routine –part of what makes my day complete.

CrossFit has also improved my immediate family. Kaylie and I work out together as often as possible. Rylie attends teen and family programs and WODs. And Brewer is already talking about how much he can “wift” because he’s “SO STRONG!”

Finally, it has changed my overall health in ways I couldn’t imagine. When I started, I could barely squat the bar. When I could walk out the door and run 20 miles, I assumed I was healthy. But I didn’t realize that I was pretty weak at the more functional and fundamental movements that everyone needs. CrossFit has helped me become stronger all around –because I probably will never need to run 20 miles but I might one day have to pick up my 100 pound daughter and carry her somewhere, or put a heavy box on a top shelf, or move a piece of furniture.

January 3, 2017

January 2017 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for January 2017 is:

Erika Yost!

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What led me to CrossFit and CFH?

I had been actively working out attending Lisa Blevins classes with Amy, Luke and Stacy. Luke checked out CFH first, then the ladies went to the WOD & wine. I was a holdout for another 8 months. As programming schedules changed at SB North, I was seeking a high intensity workout with plenty of variety in the Hixson area. I checked out CFH and haven’t looked back. I am a competitive person so CrossFit really fuels my competitive spirit. I am able to compete against my own goals and abilities while continually challenging myself. I am always trying to push myself to that next PR or faster time.

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What is my favorite WOD?

I really enjoy WOD’s with running as I feel like they play to my strength. I like to keep track of my benchmark WODs to compare my times so I can see how far I have come and improved. As well as where I am now in speed and strength.

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What are my goals?

When I first started doing CrossFit my goals were to continue exercising and get a good work out in. Since then, I have shifted those goals to advancing my strength through PR’s, continued improvement / learning the Olympic lifts, and having a much better understanding for my health and wellness. I would really like to be able to do kipping pull ups so I am working to string 5 pull ups together.

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How has CrossFit impacted my life?

Before CrossFit I was working out to stay in shape, now I’m working out to gain speed and strength. I really like the functional movements of CrossFit and how getting stronger will help in my day to day life. Since joining Crossfit I have lost 10 pounds and am the strongest I’ve ever been in life. I continue to impress myself and challenge myself each time I am at the gym. I have also made some great friends by joining CFH major added bonus! Shout out to my coach advocates Lisa & Luke- That’s right I have 2!

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December 1, 2016

December 2016 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for December 2016 is:

Ed Emerson!

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First of all, thanks to all the coaches for everything! As far as my CrossFit story goes, I had a co-worker named Simon Duffey who was in his 20’s at the time who kind of challenged me to consider getting involved in working out at Rush Fitness. This was in 2006. At that time I had absolutely no form of exercise happening in my life. I found myself working lots of hours and my eating habits were not so good to say the least. I made the decision to do something about it and began going to the gym with Simon. I was getting results and started to notice some changes in appearance that made me continue. The thing I didn’t realize was that there was way more to being in shape than just lifting weights! The same guy, Simon, comes to me in 2008 and says, “hey man, you need to go with me to try CrossFit, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done working out”! This was 2007. So I take Simon up on the invitation and go to “Get-Built Chattanooga” off main street. That was one day I wouldn’t forget. We had a trainer named John who at the end of the WOD, had me throwing up in a garbage can. Needless to say, I didn’t go back right away. I realized that I was NOT IN THE SHAPE I THOUGHT I WAS! That day challenged me in a new way. I realized that I had to incorporate cardio in to my workouts. We began to meet downtown and run. I went from struggling to do a mile to being able to run several miles and compete in different events that take place in our area. I found myself falling in love with the way I felt and looked vs where I used to be. My time with my daughters was quality, being outdoors more often and passing that influence on to them. In 2008 I made the decision to go back to “Get Built” off main street and joined up. I was able to hang and found myself being extremely competitive with a much younger group of guy’s and girl’s! Two years later I was not only in the best shape I had ever been in, but was addicted to CrossFit! We relocated from East Brainerd to Falling Water where we moved in to The Canyon’s. At that point I began to train at Volunteer CrossFit having no idea that they were associated with CrossFit Hixson. Of course I made the move to CrossFit Hixson where I found out that Jason & Amber were my neighbors! I love these guy’s and all the coaches and members. It’s my family and the greatest box there is period! I like the way Lauren challenges me by saying, “you could have got that”. She’s usually right. I try again and get it! As far as my life outside the box goes, I enjoy being with my family & friends. I’ve been married for 20 years and we love to have people over and just kick back by the pool. Occasionally, we even fire up the smoker. I am the GSM @ Capital Toyota and work lots of hours so my time off is very important and how I spend it is also important. I have four daughters, two that are still at home. I think maybe somewhere along the way I prayed and ask for patience AND God surrounded me with females! The dog is even a girl! I love watching my girls play sports. Sydney is on a select Fast-pitch softball team and plays for the CCS high school team also. Taylor runs track for CCS in middle school. My family and I attend church at Calvary Chapel downtown and love to travel! As you can see, I’m an extremely blessed man with both family and friends that are 2nd to none! Did I mention that I was addicted to CrossFit Hixson and love Jason’s treats! I’m 53 years old and still feel like I’m 25. Jim’s my man @ 6:05 and his commitment to the box inspires me.

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November 1, 2016

November 2016 Athlete of the Month


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The Athlete of the Month for November 2016 is:

Kasi Pilinko!

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What has led me to CrossFit and CFH?
I have never been one who enjoys working out. My husband tried for years to get me to work out with him but I never wanted to. I was always one of those people who was just naturally skinny and I was happy with that. It hit me one day that I was I not a skinny little 20 year old anymore and I was not living a healthy lifestyle or setting a good example for my kids. Knowing myself and knowing my lack of motivation I decided I needed to be a part of a group to work out and have a coach tell me exactly what to do since I had no clue. My daughter goes to gymnastics at the Sports Barn and I just happened to see the CrossFit Hixson sign one day and decided to check it out. The first class I went to was nothing but rowing and I thought I was going to die, but I loved it at the same time. I joined that day and have loved it ever since.

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What is my favorite WOD?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. Every night before bed I get excited to check and see what the next day’s WOD will involve. I really enjoy the way CrossFit is different every day. I have a tendency to lose interest in things easily so the combination of different exercises keeps my attention and helps to keep me motivated.

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What are my goals?
I really want to do a pull up without jumping! I want to be able to do the sport workouts. I want to lose fat. I want to have nice arms where you can see a muscle even when I’m not flexing! I want my butt to looks like Lisa’s ☺ Wow, I didn’t realize I wanted so many things until I started answering this question!

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How has CrossFit impacted my life?
CrossFit has not only impacted my life but it has impacted my entire family. I have learned that I would rather be strong and healthy than be skinny any day! I am not yet where I want to be physically but I know I will get there and the coaches at CrossFit are the reason. I feel like the coaches genuinely care about my success and that means a lot. All 3 of my kids love CrossFit and love being involved when they can. My daughter, at three years old, told my 85 year old grandmother that she needed to be going to CrossFit “to be healthy”! I love hearing my 11 year old say his favorite part of the day was going to CrossFit Kids. My husband has recently started coming to class when he can and is also loving it. I really enjoy the fact that my entire family can come to the gym together and everyone leaves happy and sweaty!

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