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.

May 2021 Athlete of the Month

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 4 months

How long at CrossFit Rx? 4 months

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? My girlfriend has been trying to get me to do CrossFit for years. I finally listened.

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? Just join. It’s a lot of fun and an amazing workout.

What is your favorite movement? Back squat. There’s nothing like being under the bar and being able to will yourself to an extra set.

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

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? Anything that gets the energy going in the class is great.

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! I am a huge aviation and airline geek and love to travel. COVID-19 had grounded me a bit, but i can’t wait to get back in the air.

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! The first date for me and my girlfriend, Ari, was over six years ago when we went for a run. I thought for sure she’d be a great runner. I crushed her and ended up being the better runner. Frankly I am thankful that she ever talked to me again after the workout.

Thank you for sharing Travis!!

April 2021 Athlete of the Month

Juana Farfan

How long have you been doing CrossFit? Couple of Years

How long at CrossFit Rx? One year

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

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? There are always modifications, don’t compare yourself to anyone – comparison is the thief of joy. If you show up, your progress won’t stop.

What is your favorite movement? Lifting: Jerk / Cardio: Burpees over bar

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? I am very open to music. I like good beats, and actually coaches are great at matching the mood to the wod. Yet, I have to clarify techno is a No-No, that loopy thing does not move my needle.

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? I would just avoid bad covers! 😉

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! I don’t drive, I can write with both hands, I don’t enjoy gardening, I do understand English- sometimes it appears I don’t; I truly check out when I come to the gym, and enjoy the ride.

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! This is my 25th year living in the U.S. I left home to study Modern dance, and I’m still dancing, teaching, creating, moving, playing. I believe all of this is vital to your wellbeing. Traveling is a must for me, especially if it involves adventure, risk taking, meeting new communities/cultures. And I am totally in love with my family, they are a true force. Especially after this last year that we all experienced.

Thank you for sharing Juana!!

CFRX “Athlete of the Month”

Our February Athlete of the Month is Susan Duncan.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?
I’ve been doing Crossfit for just 9 months and CFRX is my first Crossfit gym! My favorite part of CFRX is the amazing community of people who work out there and the supportive and knowledgeable coaches! I was really surprised at how social it was to do Crossfit and it’s become my favorite way to “go out” on a Friday night. Seeing my friends at the gym and my coaches definitely motivates me to want to be there every day. I have to force myself to stay home and rest and even on days that I’m not working out I still want to come by just to say hi.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?
The best advice I’ve gotten is take it one step at a time. I’m encouraged to focus on my technique and moving well over pushing myself to go heavy or do too much right away, this has made working out very sustainable.
I’m always boasting about what a great experience I’ve had at CFRX and what an amazing workout it is. I don’t feel intimidated, the coaches always help me find modifications or teach me how to improve my skills so I can inch closer to my goals of being able to do all of the movements. My advice would be to just show up and set small goals for yourself when getting started, no need to try and do it all right away. When I first started crossfit my goal was to work out 3 days a week, then the next month 4 days a week, now I show up 5 days a week and I have to force myself to rest because I love being there so much I’d do it everyday. I listen to the coaches advice and have made gains, and hit milestones I never thought I would, like running a 5K and squatting 135lbs. I’m already seeing results and the 9 months has flown by. My goal now is to always do the finisher or a little something extra after the work out. This is such a huge change for me because I never liked working out before. Now I can’t imagine my life without it.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

I like a lot of different genres and artists, I love to dance so if I can shake my booty to it then I’m pretty happy. If the music matches the intensity of the workout it usually helps me to get into a rhythm when lifting or rowing and keeps me motivated. I like Punk Rock, I love The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and anything from the 80’s.

4- Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you!
I was born in Helsinki, Finland. My father was in the Foreign Service so I spent most of my childhood overseas. I lived in Brazil until I was 8 years old and was fluent in Portuguese. We ended up in Virginia and when I finished high school my parents moved back overseas to Santiago, Chile where my mother is from. While I was in college, I traveled every winter break to Chile and every summer where I worked in the US Embassy in Santiago and went snowboarding in the Andes. It was awesome!

5- 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’m currently a high School art teacher and have been teaching for 20 years, I’ve also been teaching yoga for the last five years at Tough Love Yoga right next door. I’m a 500 hr ERYT, so it’s like I have my masters degree in yoga. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have a sweet ten year old, Aiden. My husband is an ICU nurse at Emory Decatur but in his past life he was a chef and bartender so we really enjoy eating at home when he’s cooking! We also love to have people over so he can show off his catering skills. When we have time off we love to go to the beach, it’s my happy place, I love getting on my paddleboard and cruising the inlets. Traveling is something I’m passionate about and after visiting Sedona and the Grand Canyon this fall I’m looking forward to seeing more of our National parks. My hobbies are making jewelry and painting, I turned it into a business and sell my jewelry at Coco and Mischa and Garage Door Studio as well as my Etsy shop. I’m terrible at the business side of things and am always trying to learn more about how to run my business. My favorite food is spicy Indian food and I’m huge nerd for Star Wars movies, I have a Lego Boba Fett on my key chain.

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Our December Athlete of the Month is Nate Frank.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

About 1 year, all here at CFRX. My favorite part the CFRX is something that I did not expect – the camaraderie and social aspect of the gym. I’ve always played team sports, but this is my first time in an organized coach-led gym class. I know it’s an individual effort, but with so many new friends – coaches and members – helping each other get better, CFRX feels like a team sport, which I had really been missing. Oh yeah, and a workout methodology that yields results.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

“Keep your core tight!” – I mean, everything we do requires a strong and stable core to do it properly and avoid injury. This is something I took for granite prior to CFRX and have noticed 100% improvement since joining. I would advise new members to take your time and attend class consistently. If you show up, trust the coaches, and try hard, the gains will follow. For people considering joining, there’s probably not a better way to work out that benefits your overall health and physical functioning in the world.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

Tough question, I’m a big music buff so it’s hard to pick, but probably classic Atlanta hip hop.

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

I lived in a camper van for a month traveling across New Zealand.

5- 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 Nate outside the gym!

My wife, Saed, and I are Atlanta natives and live in the neighborhood with our dog, Joey. (Saed is loyal to Orange Theory but I’m working on recruiting her to CFRX…) I work for a small medical technology startup that does 3D imaging for human body measurement primarily to assess lymphedema, a swelling disease most often associated with cancer treatment. Work is exciting and rewarding and sometimes takes me to cool places like India, Sri Lanka, Senegal, and Switzerland for research and partnerships. Most “hobbies” outside the gym relate to work, but we love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures, hiking with the dog, and game night with friends. I do love food and most recently have been trying to eat more veggie-based meals – lately I’ve been making a pasta made from lentil, beet, and pumpkin with local squashes and mushrooms…so good! My favorite move right now is probably clean & jerk and thrusters (I know weird, right?).

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Our November Athlete of the Month is Krista Glasscock.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

I have been doing CrossFit for 9 years and have been with CFRX for the past 8. The people at CFRX are by far my favorite part. I’ve made so many great friends over the years and love the community at RX.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

Coach Jeremiah once told me that you can lead a horse to water BUT…you can’t make it drink. The best advice I would give is don’t take Jeremiah too seriously.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

I honestly zone out once we start the WOD and don’t notice the music. But then again, when it stops or it’s bad I notice it. So let’s go with hip hop – it’s probably my favorite music in the gym.

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

In 2009 I did an Ironman and it’s actually how I got in to CrossFit. I injured my knee and a doctor suggested I start weight training and do plyometrics. A friend told me about CrossFit and I decided to check It out. I have dabbled a little in CrossFit Endurance and if I can get healthy again, I may do another endurance triathlon.

5- 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 Krista G. outside the gym!

I’m originally from Alabama (War Eagle!) but have lived in Atlanta for 20 years. One of my hobbies is swimming – I grew up swimming on our local swim team (F.A.S.T. – Florence, AL Swim Team…clever, eh?) and am an assistant swim coach for the Atlanta Triathlon Club. Outside of my athletic endeavors I enjoy reading and traveling. Glacier National Park is by far one of my favorite places…if you’ve never been, let’s go! Currently, my favorite moves are deadlifting and power cleans.

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Our October Athlete of the Month is Aaron Miller.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

It’s been a while. I can’t actually remember. I think somewhere around 7 or 8 years because I remember seeing a picture of myself when my boys were tiny and we were all sitting in a kiddie pool. I was looking a little flabby, so I think that’s when I decided to give CFRX a try. My favorite part about CFRX? That’s tough. I like the coaches and how they care about training me properly and giving me a good workout. I like the people because we all support each other and enjoy complaining about how hard the workouts are, but we really love them. And I like the workouts (most of them), the variety, and how hard they push me.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

I think the best advice I’ve received is to get the technique right, which helps me add weight and keeps me from getting hurt. I tend to tell the new folks that they should start out light and work on their technique. The weight will come after that. For someone thinking about joining, I would say that there is no other workout I have experienced like Crossfit. I feel like the combination of cardio, weightlifting, and gymnastics gives me a total-body workout that helps me to do just about any physical activity and has helped me to stay in pretty good shape for a 40+ year old. And it’s never boring.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

I generally like whatever is playing, especially if it has a fast beat.

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

I eat Publix frozen yogurt every single night.

5- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc….help us get to know Aaron outside the gym!

I’ve got a beautiful wife and two beautiful boys. I’m a lawyer. I love to do anything outdoors, especially surfing and hiking. I like to walk my dog. And I enjoy reading the paper while I drink my coffee on weekend mornings, but it’s rare I get to do it for very long.

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Our September Athlete of the Month is Katrina Conrad.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

I started Crossfit in 2014 and quickly realized it was the perfect type of workout and schedule that fit my needs. Just about a year ago, I decided to join many other BTB refugees (as we call ourselves) here at Crossfit RX and am thankful to now call RX home. I love all the coaches and the programming challenges me to push myself beyond my comfort zone.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

Best advice: Abs are made in the kitchen.
Advice for someone thinking about Crossfit: No matter your current fitness level, age, or even old nagging injuries, as long as you show up and try, you will succeed and you will see results.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

I like to listen to hip-hop or pop, really anything upbeat and loud enough so I can’t hear myself breathe. I prefer 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s music over today’s hits. However, I rarely ever know what was on the radio after a workout is over, so I can’t be that picky.

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

I feel like gym friends are surprised what I do for work and work colleagues are surprised what I’ve done athletically over the years. So given that this is for Athlete of the Month, I bet many people would be surprised to know that I’m an investigator that defends people on death row here in Georgia. I investigate their lives and social histories in order to develop a better understanding of what led them to where they are today. I also look into their crimes and find issues in the original investigation, often times piecing together what really took place years ago. It’s a very interesting job, and Crossfit is a nice, needed outlet for stress.

5- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc…

I just got married in July to Simeon Woods (hence the wedding photo). We had a beautiful wedding at a vineyard in Oregon, which is where I am from. I have a wonderful 9-year-old stepson named Collier, who you may see hanging around the gym some Saturday mornings. When I’m not at the gym, I’m either working, outside enjoying the sunshine, sitting on a patio drinking wine or a cocktail with Simeon, playing with our dog Jax, or spending time with friends. I also love playing beach volleyball and cheering on the Ducks!

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Our July Athlete of the Month is Josh Thompson.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

I joined CFRX a little over 2 years ago and had never done anything like it before. My favorite part is definitely the people, both coaches and athletes. Everyone is seriously awesome. I love walking into that gym and seeing all my friends. This is dumb, but it feels like middle school when you get to pick your best friend in PE class.

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

I’ve received so much good advice along the way but a consistent theme I get is the encouragement to make small strides in progress no matter what level I’m at. There’s always a small goal in front of you that you can work on. The coaches will notice when I’m struggling over in the corner by myself and they’re awesome at taking a little extra time to help me through it. I probably worked on my ring muscle up for 6 months before James walked by and said, “point your toes.” And it worked! Thanks James. So yeah, best advice comes from James: “In life, when things are tough, and you just can’t seem to get it, don’t forget to point your toes.” Not at all how he said it but that’s how I choose to remember it. And if you’re new and intimidated like I was, just take it slow and reward yourself for every little gain – there will be many!

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

My favorite music is a playlist I didn’t choose. I’ve heard some great songs but was too busy to stop and figure out what it was. Hope they play it again some day.

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

Oof, here goes, for me CFRX is an escape. There is nothing inside that gym that is affected by my daily life – no deadlines, no irate clients, no frustrated colleagues. And I need that escape. I’m not public about this (well not until now) but I really struggle with depression and self-hatred. It’s been with me for as long as I can remember. And it gets gnarly sometimes. And I mean some dark shit. It can be downright paralyzing. I don’t mean to be dramatic but it’s always there, lurking. I have friends that have started talking about this and it’s helped me to not feel alone in this journey. So that’s why I’m saying it here. I’m sure someone at CFRX lives with the same damn anchor around their neck. I’m slowly learning how to ignore the voice that taunts me about my failures and instead focus on my successes. And for some reason, working out with friends, even on a bad day, feels so damn good. And I need it.

5- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc….help us get to know more about Josh!

I used to go whitewater kayaking a lot and loved it. In college, I went to the river 11 days in a row! Not sure I ever studied that much though. Today I work in real estate development. I have 2 extraordinary kids that I would do absolutely anything for (they hung the moon in case you were wondering who did that) and an amazing wife who is a fitness instructor. But she’s not allowed to come to my gym (and correct my form). I made that clear in the beginning. Sorry honey.

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Our June Athlete of the Month is Laura Hesh.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

I started Crossfit in 2013 when I was living in Colorado. According to Wodify I’ve been at RX for 41/2 years! As far as my favorite part of RX… there’s a lot to love but I have to say my noon fam is by far my favorite part!

2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

Whether it be correcting my form, giving me modifications when I’ve been injured/ easing back in after being sick or just being there to answer any questions, the coaches at RX always seem to be on their game. As far as advice to give, listen to your body. Don’t let your competitive mind overrun your physical body, push yourself but don’t hurt yourself. As a super dope yoga teacher once said (in the most calmingly epic voice I’ve ever heard) “Be gentle with yourself”.

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

I’m the type of person where a song comes on and I’m like, oh I like that or oh I don’t like that… and that’s the extent of energy I put into it. However if I HAD to choose, I would say probably hip hop or anything where the words are telling me to not be a little b**** and keep going.. sometimes you just need that kind of mental push.

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

Its a good thing I love to workout because I also love to eat and drink whenever and whatever I want.

5- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc….help us get to know more about Laura Hesh!

ha every-bodies favorite question… I’m just going to go in order here, Family: Three years ago two of the coolest humans came into my life, my boyfriend Greg and his daughter Natalie and 6 years ago the coolest fur child, my Newfie Hurley! Work: Energy/Life Coach (working with teen girls)/ Bartender (catch me at Cypress Street Thursday/ Friday nights). Hobbies: Having fun, Traveling & All things outdoors but esp. Skiing, Mountain Biking, Kiteboarding (still learning, but it’s so fun). Favorite food: I f*ing LOVE food… I honestly can’t choose here, sushi (MF/ Umi), italian (Ninos), sliders (Vortex), shaking beef (Ahns Kitchen), comfy chicken biscuit (Homegrown), Chicken (Gios)… I should stop now. Movie: Do yourself a favor and go see John Wick 3.

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Our May Athlete of the Month is Brian Smith.

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?

I have been doing Crossfit for just over two years, the entire time at CFRX. My favorite part of CFRX is definitely the community. There is something to be said about the bonds formed over shared suffering. :sweat-smile: I’m a proud member of the 5:30 crew. Represent!

2. What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?

The best advice I have received is to pick one movement for the day and make that your focus. Push yourself on that one movement to have perfect form and then increase the weight. As for advice to someone new coming in, don’t worry about everyone else. Focus on what you want out of Crossfit, where you are with your progress and why you show up. When you look at others and feel discouraged by how much/what you are doing, you don’t see the years they have spent getting there and in your exact shoes. Everyone starts.

3. What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?

My favorite music to workout to has to be high-tempo, rap/rock/alternative music. I also feel like I have lost touch with all the music genre’s Spotify throws at you these days and that I have no idea how to classify songs anymore. I recently watched the new Spiderman: Into the spider-verse animated movie and fell in love with the soundtrack. I feel like that entire album could be a workout playlist! But “Start a Riot” and “What’s up Danger” are two songs that would absolutely make me dig deeper in the moment. Link to album: https://open.spotify.com/album/3pOj4mmxL5MUwR1IR8LPzL?si=DX1XI8ttQHiftEB-VRRJMA  (Please play them one day?)

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

Something interesting about myself is that I was born and raised in southern Louisiana, but you would never know by my lack of accent and camo crocs. I also respond to the name “Bubba” as that’s my name back in Louisiana. It was a nickname that was given to me by my little brother at a young age when he couldn’t say “brother”.

5. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc…

About me? I get to spend my 9-5 time programming, which I absolutely love. I married the woman of my dreams last year and we have four dogs! I never outgrew video games and will watch every Fast and the Furious movie ever made. Grilling might be my favorite hobby aside from Crossfit. My specialties are pork (pulled shoulder/butt), ribeye steaks, beef burgers, chicken and ribs. I have yet to master the flag ship brisket, but will one day. My favorite food has to be LaFonda steak tacos covered in Cholula hot sauce, a large cheese dip with jalapenos and a large iceberg (32 ounce mug filled with beer and frozen margarita). My favorite move in the gym has to be all cleans and snatches. I love to push myself within safe limits of how much I can get off the ground and over head.

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Our April Athlete of the Month is Amy Krueger. She has been a rock in our 6:00 am class and we are grateful to have her as a pillar in our gym community as well as our AM crew.

1- How long have you been doing Crossfit? How long at CFRX? What is your favorite part of CFRX?
2019 marks 10 years of CrossFit- 5 of those years have been with RX. My favorite part of RX is the community. I love the 6am crew, some of us have been working out together for 5 years!
2- What is the best advice that you have received in Crossfit? Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining?
Best advice I received – “there are reps in the chalk bucket”
Best advice to offer- this is for those considering signing up, in the words of Nike ‘just do it”, it’s the best money you’ll spend on yourself and in the words of L’Oreal “I’m worth it”. 🙂

3- What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of?
Oh I am a rocker all the way! I also love anything fast but it must have words.
4- Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you!
I think most of the am knows this but I grew up on a farm. Farmer’s carry is my jam for a reason.
5- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc….help us get to know Amy!
Well I’m married to Coach Nic, we met at RX, we have a fur child, Juno. As for hobbies, I just started house flipping.
My favorite food is anything Indian.

Favorite move is power cleans- don’t make this tall girl squat (or do gymnastics or run…).

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We are doing our athlete of the month a little differently for March. Meet Renay, a recent drop in that hung with us for a few months!

“It was a wonderful experience having Renay make RX her adopted gym family during her extended stay in Atlanta. Besides being an awesome athlete, Renay was always still very coachable and a joy to have in class. She will be sorely missed and always has a home here. The world needs more Renays!– Coach Jeremiah

“We only got Renay for a small sample size. She was here for work for 6 weeks from Montreal, but she made a really solid impression in that short time! She attended the 5:30 class pretty much every day and brought the best attitude and work ethic with her! It was a pleasure getting to know her over that short period. Our gym is your gym Renay! Come back anytime!”- Coach Kelly Levens

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX?
Started in September 2015 and was at RX from Jan 23rd to March 1st 2019
2. Why Crossfit?
Crossfit allows me to be active, remain healthy and practice sports with friends and family. Plus I meet many great people, like your team!
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
Tennis, swimming, skiing, skating, dancing.
4. Favorite and least favorite movements?
Favorite: too many to list; least favorite: snatch
5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing.
Accomplished: 20″ box jumps and double unders. Current goal is consecutive pull-ups.
6. Favorite food or meal?
Salmon with tons of vegetables
7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I hold a private pilot’s license.
8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit.
Be patient but agressive
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Our February Athlete is Taft!!

“Since joining the gym with his now awesome wife Erin, Taft has definitely made is mark. At this point, there aren’t many people who do not know who Taft is, mainly because he talks so damn much. To anyone. About anything. For as long as they are interested. Another little nugget about Taft is he is literally the only one in the gym who we can count on from class to class to leave something out. His bar (fully loaded or unloaded), a rope, bands, headband, whiteboard and almost always his orange belt are just a few items you’ve probably seen gracing our floors. Aside from all of that, Taft has always been able to put ego aside and set on a path to improve in areas that he feels he needs work. He knows his strengths and weakness and is not scared to put in the extra work. Comes in early and usually stays after late (for talk and work). He has a positive attitude about most everything and has been a great addition to our community!” Coach Kelly Levens

“Taft is a dude who would give you the shirt off his back. He lifts heavy, runs fast, and gives you an encouraging word plus a fist bump after the work is done. He was a collegiate swimmer and is married to one of the best women ever. Taft is living the dream as there are no rats in sight.” Coach Guy

1. How long have you been doing crossfit, and how long have you been at RX?
I’ve been doing CrossFit since April of 2015, so coming up on 4 years. I’ve been at RX for 1 year.

2. Why crossfit?
I grew up playing competitive sports and love that I can still be competitive. (watch out Fu Mao and Tom).

3. What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of the gym?
Reading, especially personal development and finance. My favorite book is the biography of Steve Jobs. I also enjoy hanging out with my wife (Erin).

4. Favorite and least favorite moments?
Favorite: power or anything on a barbell. Least favorite: squatting.

5. Name one thing you have accomplished in crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing?
I recently learned how to do muscle ups and I’m striving to hit a 300 lb back-squat.

6. Favorite food or meal?
Erin’s Risotto (it’s the best).

7. What is something that surprises people about you?
A lot of people ask me if my name is really “Taft.” It is. I was actually named after my great grandfather, Alvin Taft Welborn, and not the former US president.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in crossfit?
Consistency is key. I used to get wrapped up in doing more reps/heavier weights, but if I consistently come to the gym I’ll continue to get better.

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Kicking off the new year with our January 2019 Athlete of the Month, Mike Shanlever! Our ol G 6:00 am’er!

“Mike is an OG crossfitter. He likes the workouts either short and heavy or just long. He’s a good guy who brings humor to the morning class and I enjoy seeing and talking to him.” Coach Erinn

“Morning Mikie, a welcome addition to any class. Mike likes to throw around heavy weight and occasionally bring his beastly son in. Always happy and joking the Shanlevers are some of the best workout companions one could ask for!” Coach Guy

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? I started CrossFit at Crossfit RX mid-2014, I think. So we’re at about 4.5 years. Time flies.

2. Why Crossfit? For the longest time I played basketball almost daily, and supplemented that with other sports, swimming, biking, etc. But when my wife and I started a family and work became more consuming, keeping up that sort of schedule wasn’t workable. My dear friend Ryan Buchanan encouraged me to come to Crossfit RX where I could get a good (efficient!) workout, on a schedule that I could swing.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? In the fall and winter I go to a lot of college and pro football games all over the country, and I like to snow ski and drink brown liquor. In the summer I like swimming pools, beaches, lakes, baseball, beers and margaritas.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? Favorite – double unders, because when I first started Crossfit they were really weird and hard for me, but good coaching helped me turn them into a strength and even fun (did a bunch today, enjoyed it); also love the reverse hyper machine(!), the secret to a long life (shout out to Niko for being a great reverse hyper salesman!). Least favorite – long warmups, particularly if they involve forced game play; thrusters, can’t figure out how to breath during thrusters (not from a lack of attempts to teach by the great RX staff and many classmates)

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. Biggest accomplishment – easily – is that I’ve made a ton of great friends in the early morning classes sharing life events with similarly situated people that I might never have otherwise met; also #biggainzbro Forget about how much something weighs (no matter what Big John Clark says) and just do things correctly, get better, stay healthy, and enjoy it

6. Favorite food or meal? Ice cold gin martinis

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I always wanted to be a football coach, and still dream (literally) about it.
Also, when I was 17 and lived in Birmingham, AL, I was a lifeguard and my boss paid me to participate in the 18U 3 meter county diving championship – I won because there were only 4 total competitors and I was the only one that could do all the required dives; also, I’m really glad iphone cameras didn’t exist then.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? Two good pieces of advice are related and tied for best, both from the same coach
1. It’s OK not to do deadlifts
2. It’s better to stay healthy and working than it is to overdo it, get injured, and have to take time off

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Our last athlete of the month for 2018.. Jillian Horn!!

“If there is one constant I can expect on a daily basis it’s Jillian and her work ethic. She is a portrait of consistency and reliability – reliable in the way that i can always count on Jillian bringing her best effort everyday. The vast improvements she’s made both in strength and movement quality are a testament to this. Additionally, I admire her for her work she does overseas as a civilian contractor for the military. And all the while working a job in places like Kandahar or Kuwait she still manages to carve out a little time for some fitness”– Coach Jeremiah

“Jillian celebrated her first full year with us last month. Since coming to us last November she has kept her head down and just worked. Always keeping a good attitude and maintaining a willingness to learn each and every time she walks in. She’s quick to correct a fault or dial things back if she needs to but always brings it once the clock starts! It’s been fun to be a part of all of her progress. Keep it up Jillian!”– Coach Kelly Levens

1. How long have you been doing crossfit, and how long have you been at RX?
I started doing crossfit in Kuwait about two years ago. I took a little time off when I returned to the US and then decided to try out all the local crossfit to pick my favorite. I ended up going to Crossfit RX first, about a year ago, and didn’t even try another.

2. Why Crossfit?
I had heard about crossfit for years but really didn’t think I’d enjoy it at all. I’ve always done solo endurance sports and thought crossfit would not be a good fit for me. When I was deployed to Kuwait, there isn’t much to do, but there is crossfit. I signed up for a three week fundamentals course and just kept going. After a few months I had gotten significantly stronger and also knocked 8 minutes off my 5k run and 12 minutes off my 10k row. I like the variety of movements and that everything is scalable so I don’t get bored and I can see progress

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
I have a rescued boxer-mix that keeps me on my toes outside the gym. I haven’t lived in Atlanta very long so I like exploring the city and surrounding areas. I am a big Atlanta United fan and you can typically find me in the supporters section for games waving a gigantic flag.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements?
Favorite movements are box jumps and dead lifts. Least favorite is running and overhead squats. Or any squat really.

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing.
My favorite accomplishments are when I do a workout I’ve done before and can see that I was faster or stronger than last time. The goals I have right now are to be able to climb a rope and work toward a strict pull up.

6. Favorite food or meal?
I love all food but two favorites are tacos and pizza.

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I was a serious competitive off road cyclist and have raced in numerous mountain bike and cyclocross national championships and 24 hour solo mountain bike races.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit?
Don’t think too much.
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How is it already November?! We couldn’t be more excited to say that our Athlete of the Month is Kim Appelbaum!

“Kim is a beast. Not only does she come in and train hard all of the time, but she shows her quiet warrior spirit when things get tough…I remember once upon a time she literally broke her ankle running. Did she complain? Nope. Did she quit? Nope. Just kept showing up to the gym, finding smart ways to work out even while “battle-damaged.” Such an awesome example…always positive…and a true pleasure to coach.”
~Coach mike

“Kim has been a member for just over 2 years and her growth as an athlete is in that has been exponential. Her consistency, confidence, and attention to detail has paid huge dividends as she’s progressed across the spectrum. Whether it’s showing up for barbell club on Saturday’s or asking questions for how to progress specific skills, Kim is always willing to give a little extra effort to improve her fitness.”
~Coach Jeremiah

1.How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? I have been doing Crossfit for two and a half years, and I have been at Crossfit RX the whole time.

2.Why Crossfit? I was initially pretty scared of Crossfit because I’m not
very good at endurance exercises. Now I can’t imagine doing anything other than Crossfit. I enjoy the variable nature of the workouts, and I love seeing myself get stronger and faster. There is always something for me to improve.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? Outside of the gym I love traveling and exploring new places. I also love cooking and trying new recipes.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? I love olympic lifting! Clean and jerks are my favorite. I loathe workouts that have a lot of running because I’m pretty slow…

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. I’m most proud of finally stringing together pull ups. When I started I had never been able to do a pull up of any kind. Next
up are handstand push ups.

6. Favorite food or meal? I love Indian and Thai food. I love foods that have a lot of different flavors and spice.

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have been a vegetarian for 7 ½ years.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? Don’t compare yourself to others. It took me a while to get past this, and I’m still learning to work on myself and ignore everyone else. Mostly, I just don’t check the whiteboard anymore haha.
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We are SO excited to announce our athlete of the month for October. CHARLIE MILLER! He is such a joy to be around, we love you Charlie!

“Charlie is one of those people you want to copy (and make 100 copies of)…he trains consistently, works hard and is super-coachable, shows up outside of the gym to support folks at comps and social events too…then suddenly years have gone by…and he’s still doing his awesome thing with all the enthusiasm and energy we usually only see in the first few months of CrossFit. His positive attitude, work ethic, and good nature are a true pleasure to have around! Love this athlete.”

– Coach Michael

“Charlie is awesome. I could really just leave it there, but can’t. He’s incredibly consistent, always signs in, never complains and busts his ass….but most important to me, is that Charlie is always smiling. Not once have I seen him upset. He’s quick to make a friend and always seems to be there to show his support inside and outside of the gym. Charlie! You’re an awesome dude and you’ve got zero arguments from anyone on that!”

– Coach Kelly Levens

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? I’ve been doing Crossfit for just over 4 and a half years (all at RX). RX is the first and only gym of any kind that I’ve ever joined.

2. Why Crossfit? When I was younger I played volleyball regularly, but I stopped when I turned 40 or so. I work in a sedentary office environment and needed something to keep me active, so I thought I’d give Crossfit a try. I like that the classes are taught by great coaches that care about me getting fitter and who correct my (often not so great) form. And I truly love the supportive, welcoming community.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? Well, I’ve been a director, actor, and sound designer in the Atlanta theatre scene for over 25 years, so clearly I love that. I also enjoy traveling, going to music concerts, and playing trivia.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? Favorite: Kettlebell swings – whenever I see it in a workout, I’m pretty happy..unless it’s combined with… Least Favorite: Burpees/thrusters (tie)

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. I’ll never forget the day that I climbed my first rope and when I did an entire WOD with 24″ box jumps. As far as goals are concerned, I’m trying to work on my strength and endurance. I also have been working on my mobility which seems to be limiting some of my movement.

6. Favorite food or meal. I pretty much love any kind of food (Thai, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Greek…you name it), but if I had to pick one thing…maybe cheese and a good glass of wine (ok, that’s two).

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was valedictorian of both my high school and undergraduate college. I own over 10,000 music CD’s.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? Using proper form and technique is more important than how much weight you’re lifting. Always finish.

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Let’s hear it for our September athlete of the month, the one and only Sean Henry

“Sean Henry aka Shy Shonnie. He’s a sneaky one! Sneaky good athlete….won our annual CFRX games this past year. But aside from that, he’s just Awesome, awesome part of our community! Doesn’t complain, just comes in and does work. At least when he’s not at the fire station.
Quick little “feat of strength” about Sean. 3 years ago at our CFRX games event we did 75 wall balls as the opening workout. Sean told me…I guess I gotta go unbroken or I’m out. So he (at 5 ft 6 or so) does 75 wall balls unbroken. Super impressive.”
~ Coach Kelly Levens

“Sean isn’t a loud and flamboyant kind of guy. He’ll walk through the doors quietly, set his gear down, sometimes park his bike, and he’ll chit-chat a little with a few folks before the class begins, and he’s laser focused on the task at hand. As a Firefighter and Paramedic, he may spend his days saving lives and helping those in need, but in the box, he’s a humble, silent assassin. He’s also quick to check his ego and listen to his body. If he’s feeling tired from working a shift with little to no rest, he’ll modify workout loads/reps so that he can still approach the WOD with the appropriate level of intensity.
He’s always someone that I’ve got to keep looking over my shoulder or keep in my sights during the CrossFit Games Open, in fact he gave me a real run for my money and beat me during this year’s “Fitness in Candler Park” post-Cf Open-gym competition. I’ve been working on my hand stand walks Sean… so watch out!
He’s a good dude, and a great reflection of the Firefighting And CrossFit RX community.” ~
Coach James

“Despite the fact that Sean is a man of few words I could think of several good ones to describe him – head down, hard working, positive, consistent, and flexible. Sean is a grassroots crossfitter who shows up, does the work, doesn’t complain, and is always willing to accommodate or adjust his workout for the needs of the class. A portrait of dependability, I can always depend on Sean as one of many reasons why I love Crossfit Rx.” ~Coach Jeremiah

1) How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX?
5 1/2 years, been at RX just over 2 years!
2) Why Crossfit?
I had been going to a regular gym but wanted something different. I liked that I didn’t have to come up with workouts anymore and they were different everyday.
3) What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
I like anything that keeps me moving. Biking, running, hiking, camping, music festivals, long walks in the beach haha
4) Favorite movement: finally getting a muscle up after many failed attempts
Least favorite: movement: getting whipped daily for months while trying to learn double unders
5) Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing.
muscle ups. My current goal is building strength.
6) Favorite food or meal: Anything on the grill
7) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
ummmmm

8) Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit?
don’t give up

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Our amazing August athlete of the month is COACH AMY LEVENS!

It is hard for me to put into words just how much Amy has meant to not only our gym, but to me personally to get to have her involved with something that I love so much. She built our Ladies program and Masters program from scratch, and her passion for those 2 classes quickly became evident. I know it will be especially hard for her to leave those classes behind. You have been a monumental part of our gym and I have no doubt in my mind that we would not be the gym that we are today without you helping along the way. You will be missed more than you know and we wish you, Niko and Ruby all the best up in New Hampshire! ~Coach Kelly
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It literally breaks my heart to know that Amy (and Ruby and Niko) are leaving our gym family. For so many years Amy has been a rock-solid leader, coach, CAThlete, festivity-planned, and all-around positive influence in our community…there is simply no way to repay her contribution to CrossFit RX. I know this is a great adventure for her and her family and am certain she will be Awesomely Successful wherever she may roam…and of course I’m hoping she roams back down here from time to time. Bon voyage Coach Amy and Fam! ~Coach Mike

So many words to describe Amy LKV. Badass mom, coach, and athlete, beautiful, strong, hilarious. She is all of that and more. I’ve never had a coach make me feel more welcome to just be me in a class. Goofy as hell. Rx Ladies has seriously been some of the best girlfriend get-togethers I’ve had over the past year. Amy makes you want to be there to workout. Because even when it’s 10 rounds of all the moves and 52 minutes and 45 seconds of pain, you still feel good because you’re with all your ladies and a coach that makes you laugh the whole way through. I wish I’d had many more workouts and laughs with Amy…Rx is losing a true gem. I’m secretly hoping she hates NH and will bring herself, Niko, and RubyLu back home to us. ~Coach Messina

Amy Kleinheksel, not to be confused with Amy Levens-Vandevoorde, is my favorite kitty ninja. I’m going to miss my Saturday coaching buddy. Team A-squared will forever be in my heart of hearts. Please come back soon so we can do tasteful naked acrobatics. ~Coach Gambow

Miriam Andrews

Our beautiful bad ass July athlete of the month.. Miriam Andrews! She is fierce, and we love having her as part of our ladies class community.

“Miriam is a pain in the butt! Just Kidding 🙂 but for real I’ve never had a more loyal ladies class attendee who disapproved of my programming more, well that’s not exactly true Nesa has her share of complaints 🙂 she must just really love this group, she might just love them as much as I do. Miriam is the muscle and she inspires other ladies to put more color on their bars. Miriam always has a goal, she is knowledgeable, and experienced athlete. Did I mention she is creative, Miriam has some great ideas and she applies them when she is changing my workouts every single day! Miriam you are part of the club now, you have put up with our crazy jokes and other shenanigans. I appreciate your commitment and hard work! I will certainly miss you!” – Coach Amy L

“Miriam is one lady you don’t want to mess with! She is a fierce sprinter and throws around weight like it’s her job. Focused, dedicated and ready to work. I often look to her when picking my weight for the WOD and scale back because I know she is one serious bad a$$!” – Kayleen, former athlete of the month

1. How long have you been doing crossfit, and how long have you been at RX?
Crossfit since 2012 and I’ve been at RX since March 2017
2. Why crossfit?
I get bored very easily and I like the variety and challenge of crossfit
3. What are some hobbies outside of the gym?
I love to travel and shop. I’m a pretty decent pool player but I hate to lose 🙂
4. Favorite and least favorite movements?
Love ketllebell and sled work, not a fan of high rep burpees or pullups
5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in crossfit, and one current goal you are chasing.
When I completed my first rope climb I jumped up and down and screamed like Oprah gave me a new car!!! I would like to overall increase my endurance and maybe run a 2 minute 400 meter run
6. Favorite food or meal.
I love food!!! I’m never going to say no to well made Mac and Cheese
7. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I lived in Iran for 3 years before I started school
8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in crossfit?
Work at your own pace and don’t compare yourself to others