Clay Horste

A little fashionably late, but let’s introduce our Athlete of the Month for June, Clay Horste!

“Love having Clay in class! He’s made a pretty remarkable amount of progress in a pretty short amount of time. Diligent, hard working and great attitude. Also probably the most interesting guy in class. Knows a little bit about pretty much everything….changing clutches, racing cars, bitcoin mining and now Crossfit.” Coach Kelly Levens

“Clay is a very enthusiastic member, a joy to have in class! He comes in and pushes to get better every workout.
He is also a car enthusiast. He races a cayman that he works on. I’m excited to see him keep progressing as an athlete! A well deserved athlete of the month!”
– Coach Guy

1) How long have you being doing crossfit and when did you start at RX?
I started Crossfitting about 4 years ago. I have been at RX since last summer.
2) Why crossfit?
Cool story Bro: I started at my current company almost 8 years ago now. The company primarily
puts on events for high tech companies. They did something out of their norm not long before I got there and put on the Crossfit Games. So, everyone was talking about Crossfit. Me? I was naah, I’m a cyclist. But after a few years, I wanted something more. I liked the idea of plyometrics and kettle bells, so I gave Crossfit a look. I found a box near me in Portland that had the right mix of bad humor and training and I was hooked.
3) What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
I’ll work on anything. I love to cook and I also do some small time car racing. So lately, I have been remodelling my kitchen and I just put a new clutch into my race car.
4) Favorite and least favorite movements?
Thrusters and thrusters. They are my favorite because they just seem like the most Crossfit movement of all. I hate them because I am not very good at them.
5) Name one thing you’ve accomplished in crossfit, and one thing you are currently chasing.
My goal is to do the Open RX. So I recently got HSPUs going, but they need work. Next for me will be MUs. I’m still working on pistols as well. I’m trying to get out of chairs one legged during the day to practice them.
6) Favorite food or meal?
Even though I love cooking, I really dig a burger. Nothing fancy on it, just good ingredients and technique. Oh, and it has to be massive.
7) What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I don’t have a whole lot of secrets. Oh, I know! Georgia is the 11th state I have lived in. Ask me sometime and I’ll give you the list.
8) Favorite piece of advice you’ve been given in crossfit?
Take some weight off, Bro! Honestly that rings true in my head from time to time. Just scale back for a while, get the technique solid and then push ahead.

Kayleen Whitmer

We are so excited to announce Kayleen Whitmer as our May Athlete of the Month! Kayleen is a ladies class veteran. She is a total bad ass, inside and out, and her perseverance is truly admirable. We are so lucky to have you as part of our community, we love you!

“The way you returned with such grace and strength while continuing to heal mentally and physically is awe inspiring. You, my friend, are a beautiful badass”-Jen Pete

“Kayleen is a constant reminder that no matter what your battles are, that giving up is not an option..that is true in the gym and outside of the gym. I have mad respect for that woman and as a fellow Atom, I’m so proud to have her in the Atom club”!– Nesa K.

“Kayleen inspires me every time I get to work out with her! Her running and dumbbell skills are #GOALS, not to mention the positive attitude she brings with her every day!“-Allison

“Kayleen is awesome! Not just because she out runs everyone all the time either. Outside of class, she is a lady to admire. Kayleen you have big shoes to fill taking Nesa spot as ATOM, I know you will not let me/us down”- Coach Amy Levens

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? 7 yrs I think, 4 at CFRX

2. Why Crossfit? The competitive side of the workouts while keeping it new and exciting…and the community

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? Anything on the water, biking, enjoying my kiddos

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? I really like snatches, hate overhead squats

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. Working out through 2 pregnancies until the very end and bouncing back as soon as the doctor allowed. Finding the balance of life with the gym. Making sure I get to the gym 3-5 times a week (I almost always have at least 1 baby/toddler with me)

6. Favorite food or meal? Salmon and veggies or a tasty salad

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I grew up on the water and learned how to waterski when I was 5 years old and learned to barefoot around 13 yrs old.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? I’d say it’s a concept rather than a piece of advice… No one has said this to me, but it’s clear…you get more out of CF than you realize. You can see the physical changes your body makes but the mental strength and the strength of the community are just as important.

Lewis-Shaw-Kingsbury clan

For April, we have a special surprise. FAMILY OF THE MONTH! Here’s to the Lewis-Shaw-Kingsbury clan. We absolutely love seeing them around the gym. Their energy is contagious, and they are so much friggin fun. Crossfit builds stronger families.

“Tyson and Deana are a dynamic duo! Tyson is new to CrossFit and has been making big strides towards becoming a well rounded athlete. Deana always brings a cheerful enthusiasm to class. This  team are a force to be reckoned with. They both put a lot of effort into not only the workouts but into trying to improve their form too. Our gym build on people like them, I’m excited to watch as they keep growing as athletes”- Coach Guy

“Since Tracey and Stephanie joined us at RX (just over 3 years ago now!!) I have watched a big physical change, that seemed to come very easily with them both. In recent months, I have seen the both of them with am little added motivation for more goal oriented things. Since January I have seen both of them (and Tyson, their son) putting in a lot of extra work both before and after workouts to start chipping away at those goals! First, it was box jumps with Tracey, and now she and Steph both are on to conquer the pull up. Their hard work is only a small part of why they are such an awesome piece of our gym. We all love them for their good, positive approach towards all things gym. It has been a great 3 years to share with hem both…I look forward to seeing them everyday at the 4:30 class!” Coach Kelly Levens

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX?
Deana- Started Crossfit 5 years ago. 3 years at RX
Steph & Tracy- We have just hit our 3 years at CFRX, Steph had done CF a few years prior but this is my first experience. I’m all in! We both feel like we will do CrossFit for life.
Ty- Been doing CF for 6 months.

2. Why Crossfit?
Deana- shirtless men
The rest of the family- We love the community and we love being able to work out as a family and challenging each other. We love being coached and completely trust all the coaches. And that it’s competitive. It makes us strong and conditioned

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym?
Deana- Opening bottles of wine and then drinking the wine
Steph & Tracey- Hiking, swimming, travel and home renovations.
Ty- Video games

4. Favorite and least favorite movements?
Deana’s Favorite: burpees; Least: snatch
Tracey’s fav: Squats and burpees; least favorite is box jumps
Steph’s fav: Deadlifts and cleans; least favorite are box jumps and burpees;
Ty’s fav: Muscle ups, cleans, and least fav is assault bike.

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in CrossFit, and name one goal you are currently chasing.
Deana- DONE: 50ft handstand walk; and
WORKING ON: muscle up
Steph- Just got her first kipping pull ups this week and working towards d/u
Ty- Accomplished muscle ups and is working on proper barbell movement. Tracey- Working on pull ups (I want to get one so bad!!)

6. Favorite food or meal?
Deana- loves TAQUERIA DEL SOL hot chicken taco
Stephanie’s favorite foods is anything sweet
Tracey- pizza and Mexican all day every day!
Ty- cereal

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Deana- No clue what surprises people. But happy to announce the CINCO DE MAYO party I am having this May. All invited. Pool party my place. BYOB.
Ty- 100% diva
Steph- played college basketball and soccer
Tracey I’m a bomb ass cook!

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit?
Deana- You can always do more than you think you can…
Tracey- Best advice I’ve gotten is leave your ego at the door.
Steph- Scaling isn’t failure
Ty- it’s just CrossFit

Sarah

For March let’s introduce Sarah! She’s a bit newer to our community and we are so glad she has stuck around.

Sarah is a phenomenal athlete and always a pleasure to have in class! Describing Sarah as just “coachable” would be an understatement for her willingness to learn and improve. She meets every workout head on (and with a smile), and on more than one occasion I’ve seen her even give our coaches a run for their money – not to mention she’ll walk down just about anyone on a running workout. Sarah is a rockstar!
-Jeremiah Brewster

Let me tell you about Sarah! Shes a silent warrior, in that she comes into class everyday ready to take on whatever challenge is presented to her, without any fuss or self doubt, she slays her workouts, giving 100%. Her work ethic is something to be admired! She’s incredibly friendly to her fellow athletes and coaches and she will always show you her smile after a workout, no matter how grueling it was. She’s an absolute winner in my book and a pleasure to have around.
-James Moore

Sarah has been so much fun to watch grow and develop over the past 7-8 months or so. She is constantly striving to improve. Willing to put in the work where others aren’t. Her smile and attitude is infectious…in an industry that allows you to get lost or sidetracked at times as to why we do this, Sarah helps bring me back to the roots of Crossfit. Move better, be better, feel better… I hope that the gym means as much to her as she has meant to us.
-Kelly Levens

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at Crossfit RX? I’m new to CrossFit and have been at CrossFit RX since August 2017

2. Why Crossfit? I love the combination of movements that CrossFit emphasizes and that it combines weightlifting with gymnastics and various other movements. The high intensity of the workouts and the emphasis on functional fitness is important to me. CrossFit makes me feel strong. Crossfit provides a mental and physical challenge. I find the CrossFit athletes inspiring and the coaches at CrossFit RX are supportive and encouraging.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? I have a cookie business as a side hustle. I bake and decorate cookies for weddings and birthdays.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? My favorite movement is swinging from the bar;I love kipping swings and knees to bar. This movement is fun and makes me feel like I’m playing on the jungle gym. My least favorite movement is the front squat, I’m working on improving my mobility to accomplish this movement.

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you are currently chasing. I love CrossFit because it’s a series of small accomplishments that add up over time. Last week I added a plate to make my box jump higher and I was so happy! It’s the best feeling in the world. I’m moving like I never thought I would be able to. I can squat and jump; these are movements that couldn’t do before CrossFit. I have two prominent goals that I think I’ve let every coach know about: a pull up and a handstand.

6. Favorite food or meal? I love falafel wraps.

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I grew up in Florida and I love to fish.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? Coach Guy set me up for success when I was doing my training sessions with him. He gave me three pieces of advice that have resonated with me and I think of often when I’m working out. Number one : it doesn’t get easier; you just get better. Number two: stay in your lane; don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Number three: it’s easy to find an excuse; don’t find one.

Kellum Welton

Our Athlete of the Month for February.. Kellum Welton

“Kellum is the kind of guy you genuinely enjoy being around. He always comes in smiling; he’s down for whatever, he’s super open to guidance and coaching and he works hard. Most importantly though, he’s not afraid to make fun of himself and can take the constant jabbing that often occurs at 6am. You can often catch him hanging around after WODs doing 1 million DUs and something with a KB. Just because…” – Coach Erinn

“Kellum is one of our tried and true 6am’ers. As I’m driving up almost every day I’ll pass him on his daily mile run before class. Kellum does all of the programmed work, core and finishers included, and then extra work on top of that. Also he drives a good ways to be here which speaks to the quality of the culture we have at RX of which he is a large part. We need more Kellum’s.” – Coach Guy

1. How long have you been doing Crossfit? And how long have you been at
Crossfit RX?
Crossfit RX is my one and only. I started November 2016, so about 15 months.

2. Why Crossfit? I had been going to the regular ole gym and lifting weights
on week day evenings for years. I was looking for a new way to start my day and wanted to start working out in the mornings, but needed a change to get me there. Ive always done my own thing working out and was not looking for group training or anything that involved a class structure, especially early in the morning. However, this has been the greatest gift crossfit has given me. I love the 6am crew and look forward to seeing them every morning.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of the gym? I lived in Denver,
CO for two years and grew to love anything that involves the mountains. Skiing is my biggest passion. It’s one of the few things Ive found where I can scare myself and remain under some control. Also hiking with our dogs, yoga, cycling, and cooking.

4. Favorite and least favorite movements? One of my favorites is everyone’s
least favorite; the assault bike. I actually have one at home now. My other favorite is power cleans. I thoroughly enjoy the feeling and speed of catching the barbell on your shoulders once you’ve flipped your elbows underneath. Least favorite is rope climbs. I’m always bleeding afterwards.

5. Name one thing you’ve accomplished in Crossfit, and name one goal you
are currently chasing.
When I first started crossfit I couldn’t do a single double under and it really bothered me. So I started working on them weekly, which turned into daily. Now they’re one of my favorites. It’s tough to name just one goal I’m chasing so I’ll name a few: butterfly pull-ups, bar muscle ups, clean 275, 60 cals in 1 minute assault bike.

6. Favorite food or meal? I have two tied for first: rack of ribs and hibachi.

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I’m pretty ocd, but many probably already know that. I’m also scared of cold water.

8. Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten in Crossfit? This is coach Guy inspired by way of Jocko Willink’s book, Discipline Equals Freedom on how to deal with setbacks, failures, delays, defeats, or other disasters. From big to small. When things are going bad there’s always going to be some good that will come from it, but only if you focus on that good. It’s your choice to either focus on the good or bad of all situations. When things are going bad don’t get bummed out or frustrated. Just look at the issue and say, Good. For example: Broke your ankle/leg? Good. Needed to work on balance and mobility for a couple months. Unexpected problem comes up? Good. We have an opportunity to find a solution. Etc.