Oct 2017

Name and Age: Corey Baumgart, 25

Occupation?
Personal Trainer and Student

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Former Tripointer (classmate and teammate throughout elementary-high school), Megan K., relentlessly asked me to do it with her. After 3-4 months, despite adamantly vying not to partake, I gave it the good old college try. Although my workout partner lives in a different state now, she still holds me accountable by checkin’ in every so often—keepin’ me honest and motivated.
Thanks, AK47.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Lucky for me, I started a couple weeks before the Open (February), so around 8 months. If it weren’t for the Open WODs every Friday, I don’t think I would have had the same drive and sense of urgency to push myself or even really endeavor to “master” those idiosyncratic
movements: Double-Unders (Dubs), Toes to Bar (T2B), Handstand Push-ups (HSPU), etc.—you know, the movements special to that of a CrossFit workout and makes you want to die. Facing the Open at the gate was a huge wakeup call and was highly humbling.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit TriPoint?
As prosaic and banal as it may sound, it’s the people. The people make the experience. Anyone can just workout in the gym or go for a run on his or her own; however, it’s the camaraderie and kinship that organically develops that makes it ineffable to describe…I could have easily left when my workout buddy moved, but I decided to stay—simply because I enjoy the company of those all around me. We don’t just workout, then we’re done; we linger and mingle, even as we attend to our Switch program and work on our gains or toss a football around and shoot some hoops. Our people are pretty fantastic; they’re an eclectic group that runs the whole gamut: baby boomers to Generation XY & Z. The familial feel of TriPoint invests you into not only your successes, but celebrating those of others as well.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
My biggest accomplishments thus far would have to be the following:
– As Dane Cook says, “the friend that nobody likes,” KAREN: Completing under 10 min.
– The race against a makeshift GRACE: Squat Cleaning & Jerking my weight– 115 lbs.
– Socializing Saturday: 6 weeks in a row, I partnered with someone new in our Saturday Partner WODS. #NoCrossfitterLeftBehind (Thanks to all former and future partners!)

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Getting outside of my box and into another “box,” expanded my view of myself and reminded me to not stay complacent. CrossFit is holistic in that it is a whole-person program that encourages you to develop and grow in all aspects mentally & physically—in and out of the
gym. It is a constant, yet ever-changing: progress is what you make it. Although a workout should never define you as a person, it certainly can and does build you as a person from the bottom-up; habits are what make the person and CrossFit instills a lot of those great values:
community, goal-setting, nutrition, health, lifestyle balance, etc. At least, TriPoint acknowledges and promotes them. We celebrate losing weight, getting married, having another birthday, moving to a new place, getting a different job, going back to school, fundraising, and a myriad of other milestones small and large. Our tight-knit group positively peer pressures you to find and achieve success both in and out of the gym. We’re constantly working to improve ourselves all around. Once you’re in our Facebook Group, you’ll never want to leave—we’re hilarious.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I guess it can’t be a secret now, but my number #1 goal is to rank in the Top 5 Beyond the White Board World Leaderboard for the WOD, Cindy: 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats in 20 minutes. Look out, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet!
Auxiliary Goals:
-Deadlift 250 lbs.
-Squat Clean & Jerk 125-150 lbs.
– Butterfly/Kipping Pull-up & T2B more efficiently and string together for a longer duration.
-Row & Bike with a purpose and not be lazy about it… (I hate biking and rowing.)

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
One of my favorite aspects regarding CrossFit is how it forces you to really get in tune with your body—knowing when to push and how much and discovering where that limit or threshold for you is. CrossFit can be highly strategic in that way—understanding the nuances of what your mind & body is capable of and prudently pacing yourself during each WOD or even for the week and coming months ahead. With that being said, the biggest takeaway being, to learn to submit yourself to a break—be it breaking it up into manageable sets during a WOD to scaling back to even taking a complete rest day(s). It’s not about how fast you fly through the work out, but finishing honestly, “unscathed,” and ready for the next day/week/month/year. Longevity is paramount, so try to be smart and listen to your body. (I guess I could have just said that…)

What is your favorite CrossFit workout?
Hands down and without a doubt the Hero WOD, Murph: 1 mile run + 100 Pull-Ups, 200 Push- ups, and 300 Air Squats (20 rounds of Cindy) + 1 mile run. Definitely with the vest next time!

What’s your favorite restaurant?
-Brunch: First Watch
-Dinner: Blue Point Grille

If you were President of the U.S. for one day, what would you do?
I would be answering 13 questions, so gonna be superstitious about it and only answer 12.

What’s one thing we probably don’t know about you?
I can say the alphabet backwards. A while ago, when I was at a 5K race with my client in July, my former high school mathematics teacher told me that I’m a part of his lesson plan for teaching outliers on line graphs/scatterplots; I can say it in less than 5 seconds.

Aug 2017

Name and Age: Ken Rupp, 47

Occupation?
Compliance Consultant

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Did some research on CrossFit and decided I would give it a try.  TriPoint was the closet box to my house.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since 10/31/16.  Coming up on a year.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit TriPoint?
Has to be the trainers.  Very knowledgeable, supportive and tough.  I have learned a lot since I have started.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Since I consider myself still relatively new to CrossFit, I think for me it is consistently showing up and putting forth effort.  CrossFit is not easy and takes a toll on your body.  But so worth it.  In my mind, there is no other workout that compares.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Forced me to look at my diet.  Since starting CrossFit, I have made a conscious effort to eat healthier.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I have so many.  I just want to continue to get comfortable with all the movements and progress.  And at some point, I have to figure out the mystery of Dubs.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Early on, you just have to consistently come for 3-4 weeks.  CrossFit can be intimidating but focus on yourself.  You have to give it a chance and get through those first 3-4 weeks.  You will improve.  And always remember every workout can be scaled.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout?
At this point has to be Murph.  Never thought I would be able to finish.  Told friends (not involved in CrossFit) about the workout and they thought I was insane for even attempting.  It is such a grind and wears on you mentally.  And 52 minutes and 7 seconds later, I never felt better.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Anywhere with a nice patio.

What’s one thing we probably don’t know about you?
Married 23 years with 2 boys (ages 16 & 21).

July 2017

Name and Age: Michael Malave, 43

Occupation?
Account Representative

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
I was introduced by my fiancées Friend from work Chris Chavez.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
July 2013

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit TriPoint?
The thing I like about TriPoint is how everything comes together. The coaches, the people, the program and the comradery blend into a
healthy and knowledgeable family.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
When I thought of accomplishments I use to think of P/R’s or my time at the gym. I think my biggest accomplishment has been recognizing
how I look at myself as a CrossFitter, understanding why I am at the gym, and resolve I see in the TriPoint gym from so many different people that drives me to become better.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
I am eating healthy and have introduced that type of healthy thinking to my family.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
My future CrossFit goals I would like to get into more competitions, continue to strive to get better, and continue to stay healthy.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Getting started is hard. Take a step, take another and you find yourself moving forward to a healthier version of yourself. We will support you, coaches will guide you and you will find a CrossFit family doing it right beside you. Being scared is normal.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout?
Anything with overhead squats. Nancy and Jeremy

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Bravo’s Restaurant. Great food and it’s Jen’s and I anniversary date destination every year we have been together.

What’s one thing we probably don’t know about you?
Lived in foster care all my life. Had several families. Was rough but showed me that a true family is. Dedication, caring, patience, courage and more. Just like the TriPoint family.

May 2017

Name and Age: John Dolce, Age – 42

Occupation?
Owner of Scaffco Scaffolding

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
It is right next to my shop

How long have you been CrossFitting?
4 years

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit TriPoint?
The people and the atmosphere

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Improving my overall health and fitness

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
When I first started, I was a 250 lb power lifter that got out of breath going up steps.  CrossFit has helped me get to a healthier weight and learn how to eat better.  It completely changed my lifestyle.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Improve snatch and a ring muscle up

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Stick with it.  It’s worth it.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout?
Anything with a bear complex.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Right now? Taco Macho

What’s one thing we probably don’t know about you?
I am also an avid mountain biker and snowboarder

Apr 2017

Name and Age: Nik Wearsch; Age – 37

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
I would see people running outside while driving north on 44, and one day I just decided to stop in to see what CrossFit Tripoint was about.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Almost 2 years

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Bar Muscle Ups

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Getting into the gym consistently 5 days per week (and on occasion 6 days if I don’t have anything going on Saturday morning)

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Like most people, I spend more time working than focusing on my health.  I knew I had to do something different with my life because I just didn’t feel good physically, that’s why I decided to stop in one day.  I didn’t realize that crossfitting is more than just exercise; it conditions your mind to tackle many aspects of life due to the intensity of the workouts.  The workouts have helped transform my body, but the group of people at CrossFit Tripoint have expanded upon my commitment of feeling healthy.  For over a year, I didn’t take crossfitting seriously (read: only going 2-3 days per week); I ignored how important my actions outside of the gym impacted my ability to push my body and mind in the gym.  The people at CrossFit Tripoint have shown me ways to support my crossfitting goals through mobility exercises, proper nutrition and supplemental needs.  After finishing each and every workout, you realize your body can withstand the activity, but focusing on the process, not the results is the most important aspect (compliments to Coach EZ).

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I think about this a lot.  I want to be able to do all workouts RX (or RX+) and keep pace with someone 10 years younger.  Realistically, I want to finish within a minute or two of someone 10 years younger.  Specifically, I want to complete Ring Muscle Ups.  Lastly, I want to beat Matt Danis in a mile run.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Find someone that is slightly more in shape than you and workout next to them every time.  You will get in better shape; then workout next to someone else that is a little more ahead of you.  Continue this pattern.  If you don’t know how to do a movement, practice every day for a few minutes.  Start with lighter weights during the workouts, then build up to the RX weights.  Get mentally prepared before each workout, then envision yourself progressing through them and where you will need to tell yourself that you will finish. Mobility is more important than strength, so stretch outside of the gym as much as possible.   Finally, remember everyone around you is pushing for your success and we all started at the same place you find yourself today; if you dedicate yourself to crossfitting, you can’t imagine how much better you’ll feel in a year.

Mar 2017

Name and Age: Hanna Hunt, 16

Occupation: Student

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Volleyball conditioning

How long have you been CrossFitting?
June of 2015 so almost 2 years

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
During 17.5 I RX’d my first Open workout.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
My biggest accomplishment is the overall strength I have gained to help me accomplish the goals that I set for myself.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
CrossFit Tripoint has changed my life by helping me push myself to achieve things that I didn’t think were possible. I have never felt better and healthier.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Get my first rope climb!

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Don’t compare what you can do to what others can do, everyone is different. Stay focused on yourself!

Feb 2017

Name and Age: Mike Urban, 35

Occupation: General Manager, Classic Volkswagen

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Jason Muraco recommended me to try it out as part of a Groupon special

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since July 2016 (7 months)

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Rx’ing a WOD with Toes to bars in it.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Being able to look at the WOD the night before and being excited instead of terrified.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
I have lost 24lbs and counting so that is nice. Also the sense of accomplishing so much before 7am (shout out to 6amer’s) sets a great tone for the rest of my day.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Figuring out the great puzzle that is Dubs….

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Showing up every day is a big part of it, but also putting in a great effort each time is how you can see results. Also don’t get discouraged by the workouts (no matter how tough they look), look at them as stepping stones towards your goal

Jan 2017

Name and Age: Lisa Gregory, 22

OccupationTitle 1 Reading Teacher at Austinburg Elementary, but I also work at the All American Autowash in Chesterland on Sundays- Come visit!

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
My mom is a beast and got me drinking the kool-aid.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I was introduced to CrossFit during my last year and a half of college, but could only come every once in a while. I started consistently coming 4-6 days a week about 7-8 months ago.

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
In the last month my biggest accomplishment was to improve my dead lift PR from 225 to 305

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
It’s hard to choose because the last month is when I’ve been noticing the most progress in my strength and technique, but kipping pull-ups were something I thought I’d never pick up on and this month I finally figured them out! Along with toes-to- bar.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
CrossFit TriPoint has become a second home, and the coaches and members are like family to me. I may not know everything about their lives, and they might not know everything about mine, but I know that I’m always welcomed, nicknamed, teased, and treated like family when I walk in that door. They push me and encourage me and put up with me and I’m so proud to be a part of it all!

What are your future CrossFit goals?
One day, hopefully soon, I am going to get over my mental issue with snatches and put some freaking weight over my head. I’m also (very pitifully) working towards trying to handstand walk, which is amusing but just not happening!

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Start light and learn the progressions, techniques, and proper form. Don’t let your ego get ahead of itself! You might be capable of lifting 20 more pounds, but if you can’t do it with good form, it doesn’t really count and your body isn’t learning the correct movement patterns. When Alex got this through my head and I took some weight off and practiced my technique, I started to really see progress! Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself; we’re all weird and everyone just accepts it and has fun with it!

Dec 2016

Name and Age: Tom Arriza, 45

OccupationDetective Sergeant, Euclid Police Department Narcotics Unit.

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Mike Janson harassed me for over a year until I joined.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started crossfit in May of 2016

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
In the last month my biggest accomplishment was to improve my dead lift PR from 225 to 305

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Overall, my biggest accomplishment at crossfit has been to make exercise a habit that I actually enjoy.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Since starting at Crossfit Tripoint, thanks to the encouragement and coaching of Eric, Alex and others, I have lost over 25 pounds and greatly improved my overall physical fitness.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
My goals are to continue to improve my overall health and fitness and avoid injury.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
My advice to someone new to crossfit is to keep showing up.  Don’t worry about all of the classes ahead, just worry about being at the next one.  Once you’re at the class, don’t focus on all of the exercises ahead, just the next one you have to do.  Take it one day at a time and one movement at a time.

Sept 2016

Name and Age: Lori Smith, 41

Occupation: Wife and Mother

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Coach Oz’s wife Kelly is a friend of mine!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
a little more than 2 years

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
5 strict pull-ups in a row! I could do 1-2 when I started and have been stuck at 3-4 forever.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
My biggest accomplishment, perhaps just constant progress. The excitement at getting just a bit better at something or a new pr on a lift. I did get a bar muscle up during the open last winter, that was awesome!

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
As someone who has devoted her life to serving her family, it’s nice to have something that is mine! Something that I do just for me. It has also given me the chance to meet many new friends, to be a part of something outside of my house and family.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I’d love to get my clean and jerk to 150# and definitely have my mind set on those elusive muscle ups.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Focus on learning technique and becoming confident in the movements before you worry about adding more weight. Good form first and foremost!

Aug 2016

Name and Age: Katy Nagaj – 39

Occupation: Teacher

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Dana Virgo brought me as her guest.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
A little over 2 years

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Any time I improve a past score or time in a WOD, I feel accomplished.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Being able to c&j my body weight. I only did it once but I was so excited!

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
In general, CrossFit has taught me the importance of incorporating some heavy lifting into my very cardio-based workout routines. I appreciate being pushed out of my comfort zone and into attempting lifts that I wouldn’t do on my own. I think our box is full of supportive coaches who motivate and challenge us, as well as athletes who really want to help each other succeed. TriPoint is a supportive, friendly community, and I’m thankful to be a part of it!

What are your future CrossFit goals?
To be able to string more than a few t2b together, and stop avoiding heavy lifting days!

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
It took me a year to get dubs and a year-and-a half to get pull-ups…DON’T QUIT even when it’s super frustrating. Oh, and NEVER miss a cardio WOD!!

July 2016

Name and Age: Bik Chakraborty, 38

Occupation: Scientific equipment sales

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
My neighbor (Nik Wearsch) told me about it and how great a workout you get in an hour/day.  Decided to check it out.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
~1 year

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Doing that 21 rep set of 95lb thrusters unbroken when we did Fran a while back.  I remember doing that workout when I first started and I dropped the bar several times on that first set of thrusters.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
That I have stuck with it for about a year now and haven’t given up.  The people you workout with are a huge factor in this and what makes CrossFit a lot different than other workouts regimens I have done by myself.  If you miss a few days someone at the gym will call you out.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
I feel much stronger than I ever have vs. the way I used to workout.  I spent most of my time in the gym after college just doing upper body lifting and 30 minutes on a treadmill and doing very little core strength exercises or lower body work.  CrossFit has made a huge difference in my leg and core strength.  You feel it every day when you are doing just day-to-day things like lifting up your kids, doing yard work, etc.  I really like the concept of functional movements and making yourself prepared and stronger for day-to-day activities by working on these at the gym.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I lose weight and get faster at running and burpees.  Beat OZ in a 6am WOD.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Stick with it and don’t worry about not being the fastest/strongest person in the gym.  Just push yourself every time you come in and you will eventually get stronger and faster.

June 2016

Name and Age: Mike Rondeau

Occupation: Maintenance Supervisor, Perry Nuclear Power Plant

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
After I transitioned from 27yrs in the Navy, I moved up to Northeast Ohio to start a new job at the plant.  My good friends Ben and Michelle Huck encouraged me to try out CrossFit.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Started my first onramp class with Eric in June of 2014 and never looked back

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
While I increased in most weights since starting, I took a different approach towards what I was doing with my diet and focusing on form instead of trying to “muscle” everything I touched.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Watching weight from years of bad habits fall off the scale, being able to lift more weight than before.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Before my new position here at the plant my previous occupation and deployments didn’t always allow for the greatest of eating habits nor a facility to really conduct anything but some stationary biking/elliptical and some various weights. Being able to come to the box 4-5 days a week, receive excellent coaching and positive motivation has helped me and my family achieve goals we were in search of for a long time, CFTP provided that for us and allowed us to compete in a friendly environment with the good people from CFTP.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Lose more weight and maybe compete in some old guy competitions

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Give it a try more than the onramp session, stick with it after the aching goes away… it works

May 2016

Name and Age: Jen Ferron, 38

Occupation: RN

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
I had a few friends always telling me about Crossfit.  Then CrossFit Tripoint  popped up on my Facebook feed. I saw people I knew were woding there and decided to give it a whirl. Been hooked since my first WOD.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
A little over 2 years

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
RXing Murph!!!!

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
I’ve become a stronger momma my kids can look up to.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
I have met some amazing people that have become like a second family to my kids and myself. I’ve also become so much more self confident because of Crossfit.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
I want to continue to develop my skills and get stronger.  Oh, and get better at dubs and pull-ups!!!

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
To all the new people I say don’t give up. And always remember that being here makes you so much stronger emotionally, mentally, and physically!!! It’s a great place to be with a wonderful community of people surrounding you!!!

April 2016

Name: Sam Reinsel

Occupation: STERIS Service Coordinator

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Volunteered to tag along with Jen Woolley and Mike Malave on Memorial Day 2015 and joined on June 3 rd

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Coming up on a year!

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Dead lifting 325# on April 14th.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Stepping out of my comfort zone and continuing to push forward when I felt I couldn’t.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Other than physical appearance, my confidence has skyrocketed. I have found a second Family, love the Community we have and feel a part of something life changing.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Run a six minute mile, Deadlift 400#, complete The Stampede in July and master Turkish Get Ups (that one is for EZ).

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
Try it…you might like it! No matter how intimidating it looks, it’s not THAT bad. Everyone is incredible, will work with you and keep you from hurting yourself. You progress at your own speed, the encouragement is amazing and you just may like the way you look a year later!!!

March 2016

Name and age: Kerry Sitarski, 36

Occupation: Stay At Home mom mostly, super part time retail worker

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Brandy Koratich-Detling told me to come try it out, I was looking for something more than running.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Six almost seven months

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
Participating in the Open at our gym and competing one on one Friday night.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
There are so many, but I think what sticks out the most is facing one of my biggest fears in front of our whole gym; solo competition. I’ve played in big games back in high school, but with a team. If you were off, someone else could pick up your slack. I, like many others I’m sure, like to win. I’m competitive and I’m my best and worst enemy too. I faced all that head on with the encouragement of the coaches, gym friends and hubby.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
It has taken me places mentally and physically that I never thought I’d get to, especially since I’m getting older. I’ve never lifted before, except for a leg press and bench press. The sense of satisfaction after completing every workout is unduplicated; you’re exhausted but feel so alive too. I’m truly a better person because of it.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
Pull-ups and double-unders. I did my first WOD last Saturday without scaling the pull-ups; all of them weren’t perfect, but it felt good to finally do them because I’ve never been able to before.

I’d like to feel comfortable enough to compete in a local completion too; by learning the skills listed above, I think that will help tremendously.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters? 
Learn the basics so you know how to do everything properly. There will be things that will feel awkward because you’ve never done the movements before, but keep watching the coaches, other athletes and keep trying them. If you get frustrated, shake it off, ask questions and keep trying. There’s that saying, “nothing worth doing is easy”, couldn’t be more true. Step out of your comfort zone and be coachable. We have a great staff and awesome gym family that will show you the ropes. No matter how tough something is for you, imagine how amazing you will feel once you can do what you never thought possible.

February 2016

Name and age: Michael Boerner, 38

Occupation: REALTOR, Residential Remodeling & New Home General Contractor

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
At a New Year’s Eve party, Michael Malave and I were talking about CrossFit, our resolutions, and getting healthier in general. I mentioned Sherri and I had a terrible experience at another CrossFit box and were not sure if we would ever try CrossFit again. Malave could not say enough positive things about CrossFit TriPoint, Alex, Scott, and Eric.

A few months later and a failed attempt at working out at the Y, Malave convinced Sherri and me to check out CFTP. I went home and did a little research, and discovered one of the coaches was Scott Marut, whom I had worked with in the past. I called Scott and asked him about CrossFit TriPoint and the initial steps Sherri and I could take to check out the box.

So, we started the “On Ramp” course with Eric Andrews, which eased our anxiety about working out at another CrossFit gym. Eric explained how CFTP approaches each athlete at their own skill level, not as a CrossFit Games veteran. After meeting so many great people, Sherri and I realized CFTP was the box we wanted to change our lives in.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I have been CrossFitting for 8 months.

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
My biggest accomplishment this past month is mentally breaking through the barrier of getting into a hand stand push up position. I cannot do an actual hand stand push up, but before, I struggled with just getting up onto the wall. I am still working at it, but it is getting easier! It seems like such a simple task, but it shows you how critical the mental game is in everything we do in life.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
My biggest accomplishment in CrossFit this year is realizing I am making the right choice to live a healthier life. Even though I do not have the fastest times or the heaviest lifts, I continue to dedicate time for myself to become stronger, mentally and physically.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
CFTP has changed my life in only positive ways. Sherri and I have a sense of belonging, community, and friendship. The athletes of CFTP motivate each other, and never look down at someone’s skill level. They are always there to give you a little extra motivation. CFTP has welcomed us into their family and given us the strength to keep fighting and pursuing our goals.

What are your future CrossFit goals?
My future CrossFit goals are to learn healthy food choices, improve my level of fitness, and always give max effort to everything I do. I want incorporate healthy eating with the dedication and hard work I give to the box.

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters? 
The advice I would give a new CrossFitter is, never think you are alone. Everyone in that box had to start somewhere and at some point they thought they could not do something. Remove the negativity and doubt. Think about what you can do to improve every day.

 

January 2016

Name and age: Jennifer Griffith, 48 yrs. young

Occupation: Home Health Physical Therapy Asst.

How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
-Corina Sparks. She was a co-worker and I watched how CrossFit changed her whole aspect of the way she approached life and wanted in on it!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
-My 1 yr. anniversary is April 2016.

In the past month, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit TriPoint?
-PR my deadlift 2x’s.

Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
-I cont. to walk through the box door almost every day and I am able to take on my fears and insecurities head on. The fact that I have not quit is huge! And I am not saying I never wanted to quit because there have been plenty of times I asked myself “What the hell do you think you are doing?” I don’t think I will ever NOT be a little bit nervous when I step foot in the box.

How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
-I am both physically and mentally a stronger person. I have accomplished things that I never thought I would even try! I still have a loooong way to go but am looking forward to the journey. My self esteem/confidence has improved (some) and I am starting to become more comfortable in my ever changing body which I have NEVER been before! The best part of this whole new life is I have become a part of a family that is the most supportive, encouraging and uplifting group of people!

What are your future CrossFit goals?
-Stop with the self-doubt (a lot of this), stop taking the easy road when 2 options are presented and push myself to be a little bit better in some way each workout. And get a flippin’ PULL UP!!!!!

What advice do you have for new CrossFitters? 
-If you are nervous, there are 5 other athletes feeling the same way. If you are exhausted, so is half the class. Point is… You are never alone at Crossfit. There is always someone there who feels the same way. And there are always people there to help you get over your hurdles and achieve your goals. Crossfit will help you be the best you can be!