Athlete of the Monday Oct 2021

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I’ve been crossfitting for about 5 years on and off.

How long at CrossFit Rx?

5 years 😀 Wouldn’t go anywhere else!

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit?

I feel like this is a common one but… lifting without shoes! It really helped me get a feel for the right way to lift. I started in super cushiony running shoes and that did not work out very well. Also working on mobility never hurts!

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

1. Just join! I did my free workout and wasn’t sure so I didn’t end up joining for another year and that makes me sad. I’m glad I finally figured out that Crossfit was my thing. It may seem intimidating but everyone is super supportive and encouraging! 2. Scale! I value getting in the gym more days a week over going really hard and being too sore the next day. The coaches are also extremely knowledgable on variations if you’re not feeling a particular movement that day.

What is your favorite movement?

Oh man, I’m going to have to say deadlifting. I feel confident in my form so I can lift more weight! So empowering!

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym?

I’m totally flexible with music. Whatever is playing that gets me pumped up is great!

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

Nothing in particular… I feel like the coaches do an awesome job in setting an exciting environment, whatever they may be playing.

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you!

I love winter sports! I grew up competitively figure skating and then later started snowboarding (just for fun). Yes, I grew up in Florida but that hasn’t stopped me.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym!

– I enjoy cooking up fun stuff in the kitchen! I’ve mostly been learning how to cook different meats but I hope to get back into baking soon (bring on the pumpkin pie)! – I also have a rescue pup, Addy, who some of you may have seen hiding in a cubby whenever I bring her to the gym. I think she’s more of a cat than a dog sometimes! – I’ve taken up golf in the last year as a way to get outside more!

Athlete of the Month – Austin Cutler

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 8 months (since January 11, 2021)

How long at CrossFit Rx? Also 8 months

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? Leave your ego at the door

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? Don’t be intimidated by the pace or what everyone else is doing because you will learn everyone has come a long way and down their own path

What is your favorite movement? Back Squat

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Hipi-Hop or Rap

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? Rick Ross and Travis Scott

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! My parents are on television

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym! I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO (Go Chiefs) and I am the youngest of three boys. I moved to Atlanta in 2016 because i attended Morehouse College. I am currently working as a high school biology teacher at Riverdale High School. My favorite hobbies are roller skating, I have been skating for three and half years, and playing video games. My favorite foods are Mexican/Hispanic, seafood, and Ethiopian. And I love watching movies and will take any suggestions

Grey Polite is our August 2021 Athlete of the Month

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 8 years

How long at CrossFit Rx? 5 or 6 years

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? Check your ego at the door and listen to your body.

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? Same thing. Check your ego at the door. Do what you can do. Prioritize form and technique over how much weight you can lift or how fast you think you can go. Injuries not worth it.

What is your favorite movement? Back squat

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Rap/Hip-Hop/Reggaeton

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? OutKast, 3-6 mafia, UGK, 8 ball & MJG

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! I love to play tennis

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym! Originally from ATL. Went to school at UGA. Bleed red and black (Go Dawgs!!!). I work in finance. Met my best friend and partner for life Lenet at a CrossFit gym in Athens. We have 2 pups. Favorite hobby outside of CrossFit is probably tennis. Also getting into Muay Thai a bit (thank you Nic!). Favorite movie is definitely “Life” with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Favorite food is anything from Chick fil A.

July 2021 Kelly Comiskey

Name: Kelly Comiskey

How long have you been doing CrossFit? Since March 2021

How long at CrossFit Rx? March 2021

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? I’ve received so much helpful advice from coaches & kind members: engage your core (because I often forget), take off shoes for lifting (Nic), get the form right first (probably Ruben!), you can’t outrun a pizza (Jess King) *just kidding she didn’t say that but she introduced me to nutrition and it’s proven to be incredibly valuable.

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? Don’t spend too much time thinking about it- just join and do at least 3x week- you won’t regret it.

What is your favorite movement? I like deadlifts because I feel pretty confident doing them. I cringe at gymnastics, but that gives me something to work on.

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? When I am working out it’s rap, but I am otherwise really open to music of all sorts depending on my mood.

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? I actually enjoy picking up on the coaches individual styles and new songs, but please don’t play too much heehaw or slow jams (haha)

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! I spent a good part of my adult life in France and China. I’ve done a full Ironman and would probably do another once I get my strength back!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym! My husband Sid and I have always trained together. We both really enjoy cycling. We had our son in Canada right before the pandemic. These hot days we are often at the pool. I am also training for the Chicago marathon in October, so trying to get my regular runs in. We are so happy to be members of CrossFit RX- it’s an amazing gem of a gym that adds a lot to our experience of Atlanta.

June 2021 Michael Toney

Name: Michael Toney

How long have you been doing CrossFit? About 5 years

How long at CrossFit Rx? Same – I started t RX!

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? Buy a pair of hand grips

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? It’s a continuous challenge, but you’ll start to notice the little ways that you’re improving and getting better. That helps to keep you going.

What is your favorite movement? I was really excited when bar muscle-ups finally clicked for me.

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Anything I know the words to, which can help push through the workout!

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! Didn’t start drinking coffee until my mid-20s.. now it’s a necessity.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym! I was born and (mostly) raised in Georgia, which is getting rarer in Atlanta these days. I currently work in higher education. I really enjoy traveling and I’m excited to get back to out into the world as we recover from the pandemic.