June Member of the Month: Russell Shaw

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Name: Russell Shaw

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida

Age: 34

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: I really enjoy just being outdoors. Fishing, camping, hiking, amusement parks, water parks, traveling and exploring somewhere new, etc….

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Five Months

Favorite WOD or movement: Pretty much anything involving lifting when it says AS HEAVY AS POSSIBLE on the board. Personal favorite is power cleans.

Tell us about your fitness journey: Back in the day…… I wrestled/played football in high school and some of college and was always active. I worked jobs that contributed to keeping me fit. I was very lean in my early 20’s. Fast forward to my 30’s and I’d transformed into a guy with dad bod (maybe even worse that dad bod) who couldn’t even do a pullup. I sit most of the day at work and never do anything physically difficult during my workdays. I’ve always “worked out” and spent time in the big commercial gyms. I’d show up, wonder around aimlessly without much direction. Spent a lot of time doing bench presses and curls. I’d lose motivation and often skip months at a time.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: It’s changed significantly! In 5 months I’ve gone from feeling like I was ridiculously out of shape, to feeling like I’m stronger and more fit than I’ve been in years. I still have a lot of work to do, but the workouts push and challenge me every single day. The people I work out with motivate me to keep going. The 5am class is small but the guys there keep me wanting to come back for more. The trainer, Sue, is super patient, helpful, and very motivational. Rob is a beast who comes at every workout with such intensity that forces me to try to keep up. I know what I want to aspire towards and it’s very helpful to have others who I can share the difficulty and accomplishment of pushing through a hard workout with.

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: I’m going to share 2 – I participated in our team Crossfit Thoroughbreds in-house competition after only a month or so into doing crossfit. It was very inspirational and fun to compete with others from our box and see how fit everyone is and how we all came together as a group to participate and motivate each other.

My favorite memory in our morning WODs was the rope climb I completed the other morning. It’s been a long hard journey so far in the past 5 months. When I started I could hardly even do the laying on the ground rope pulls to standing. Last week, I fought and fought with the rope climbs and Sue gave me direction and coached me until I climbed that rope all the way to the top! Small things like this, or like being able to complete a mile run without stopping after completely exhausting myself in the gym beforehand, this is super inspirational for me and just leaves me excited for what is to come as I continue my Crossfit Journey.

May Member of the Month: Aaron Howell

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Name: Aaron Howell

Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Age: 33

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: Anything FSU, schutzhund training, shooting sports, talking about Game of Thrones, eating tacos, waiting for my wife to decide where she wants to eat.

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: I’ve been with CFTB since we moved to Fort Myers about 2 and a half years ago.

Favorite WOD or movement: Power cleans, they are the best.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I used to do the normal gym thing, thought I was doing well, then I tried CrossFit and realized I was weak and would not survive the winter.  I am big into researching everything.  If I need a new pair of socks, I will read everything there is about what the best socks are.  Once I went down the rabbit whole and realized HIIT was the best type of work out to perform, my choice was made.  It’s always tough going from ~$40 a month to ~$100+ on a gym, but once you realize the value in spending more money you can’t do anything else.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Well I have definitely increased my ability to run further distances, even though I bitch at Brian about it.  Also, ever since our move from Atlanta I feel that I have put more effort into the workouts than I used to.  I believe that is more of a function of not being in the car as much than anything else.

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: I don’t know if I have a single favorite memory at CFTB, but I always enjoy the 5 PM class and the people that attend it.  If CFTB was full of duds I definitely would have bounced a while ago, but luckily everyone that attends is cool to talk to and fun to work out with.

JoAnn Lennaman | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreda Fort Myers

December Member of the Month: JoAnn Lennaman

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JoAnn Lennaman

Hometown:  St. Louis, MO

Age: 62

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: I love to fish and boat. I enjoy cooking and landscaping. And, of course, spending time with my grandchildren.

How long have you been at CFTB:  6 years.

Favorite WOD or movements: I really enjoy bench presses and Tabata workouts.

Tell us about your fitness journey: Before moving to Florida I was an avid runner and did outdoor boot camps. When we moved to Ft Myers I couldn’t find a work out that fit. My oldest daughter did CrossFit, so I thought I would give it a try… and I was hooked.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Prior to joining CFTB, I thought I was in good shape. Since I have been at CFTB, I feel so much stronger and really like how CrossFit challenges me physically and mentally.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Doing WOD’s with my daughters when they come to visit.

Kristina Kell

November Member of the Month: Kristina Kell

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Kristina Kell

Hometown:  New Port Richey, Florida

Age: 31

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Being the Mermaid Queen of Matlacha 2016. Outside of mermaid life, kayaking/boating, mini staycations, and watching my Gators beat the Seminoles in college football.

How long have you been at CFTB:  Too long to count! At least 6-7 years.

Favorite WOD or movements: Wall ball squats and Tabata WODs!

Tell us about your fitness journey: I grew up playing a lot of competitive sports: soccer, volleyball, track. After college, I’d do a lot of gym workouts and some group fitness classes like cycle. While they were sufficient to maintain a certain level of fitness, I started becoming bored doing the same routine and felt I wasn’t truly getting any stronger. I joined Crossfit shortly after starting my new job at Chico’s FAS (right down the street from each other – score!) and quickly became hooked on the attention to mobility practices, and both mentally and physically challenging workouts that finally made me feel like I was gaining strength, mobility and leanness.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? I can’t walk into a gym the same. ever. again.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Finally being able to join the CFTB Jeep club when I drove up in my new Jeep 😉.  WOD-wise, finally being able to do rope climbs and toes to bar. It took me forever to get these, so I scaled for quite some time when one day, I thought randomly that I’d just go ahead and try again – magically, they just happened!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Listen to your body and be patient with your progress. Also, start tracking your times and WOD results from the beginning – it’s super helpful to look back and see what awesome progress you made.

October Member of the Month: Braxton Rhone

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 Braxton Rhone

Hometown:  Pompano Beach, Florida. I am a 5th Generation Floridian

Age: 34

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Fishing, Camping, Hiking, Watching football, Laughing, Church and Hallmark Movies (don’t tell anyone!)

How long have you been at CFTB:  Since this past spring.

Favorite WOD or movements:Bench press, Squat, Deadlift.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I have always worked out and been sort of a gym rat. I got tired of years of doing the same thing over and over. I knew I was strong but boy was I humbled in starting at CFTB. Mrs Sue my trainer has been the most incredible coach, partner, irritant, challenger, cheerleader I could have ever had. I was the guy that walked into a gym with headphones on, used improper form and technique and adhered to the no gym friends rule. All serious all the time. I still don’t seem to have friends I now have gym family.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? I have lost over 25 pounds in just 7 months. My body looks completely different that it has in years past. I am stronger. I use the right form and technique or my trainers make me put the weight down. I listen and encourage others and I am constantly encouraged. I know that others count on me being there so I do my best to be there!

Favorite memory at CFTB: Halloween and dressing up with Rob! Getting beat in runs by Rob, Getting beat in deadlifts by Rob. Pretty much anything I can compare myself to that has Rob in it! He is good at EVERYTHING! And seeing all the 5am crew with the same scowls I have, ready to work every morning Monday – Thursday!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: I did not think I would like it or stick with it. It has changed my world. I feel great. I participate. I listen. I am challenged. This will break you and make you better. I love the new me and you will love the new you! See you at 5AM!

Jayson Carmer | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds Fort Myers

September Member of the Month: Jayson Carmer

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 Jay Carmer

Hometown:  Fenton, Michigan

Age: 39

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: I like to play golf as much as possible in my spare time. 

How long have you been at CFTB: I’ve been at CFTB for about 16 months.

Favorite WOD or movements: I like Thrusters because I feel like I get a full body workout. I like it when we do Thrusters mixed with cardio, EMOM for a WOD.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? My fitness has changed a lot, I have learned how to do several new weight lifting movements correctly. Also, a lot of the stretching and accessory work after the workouts is good. It is something I never did before coming into CFTB.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Finally learning how to do a clean correctly. And Sue’s face when I did!!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Give it a shot!

August Member of the Month: Kevin Jensen

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 Kevin Jensen

Hometown:  Topeka, Kansas

Age: 49

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Golf and fishing, though I haven’t taken much time for either lately.

How long have you been at CFTB: 18 months

Favorite WOD or movements: I don’t necessarily have any favorites. If I had to point to something, I would say high cardio, endurance type WOD’s that include rounds of running would be my favorite.

Tell us about your fitness journey: My fitness journey is spotty at best. Over the years I would start something, basically get bored and quit. Or I would get frustrated because I really didn’t know what to do on my own. CrossFit makes it easy, show up and do what you are told to do. It works really well for me.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? When I began CrossFit I had tendonitis in my elbows. I would wear compression sleeves on my elbows. I also sprained a knee (stupid accident) only a few months after beginning CrossFit which left me with a nasty case of arthritis in my knee as a result. But I continued to train as hard as I could. My tendonitis is absolutely a thing of the past. It had bothered me for at least ten years. As far as the arthritis in my knees is concerned, I have kept training and have become so much stronger and flexible in my lower half that the arthritis is virtually a thing of the past. The only time I am bothered by  is with exceptionally high rep workouts, otherwise no problems. Short answer, my fitness has changed immeasurably.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Running a sub-7 minute mile (6:49 to be exact) in March of this year. It had been nearly 30 years since I could do that

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: I am a firm believer in Crossfit. I truly believe anyone can do it. Don’t worry about what others around you are doing. There are some incredibly fit young people in here who most of us cannot keep up with. Do what you can do, listen to your own body and mind, show up as often as you can, listen to the coaches(they sincerely care and are very knowledgeable), work hard and you will see results.

Yvonne Acosta | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbredsa | Fort Myers

July Member of the Month: Yvonne Acosta

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 Yvonne Acosta

Hometown:  Puerto Rico

Age: 40

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Outdoor activities with family and friends, yoga and reading.

How long have you been at CFTB: 9 months

Favorite WOD or movements: Back or Front Squats

Tell us about your fitness journey: When I was at school I used to play soccer and track. After having children I did not have enough time available to play sports, but I always tried to do some kind of physical activity. I was going to a traditional gym classes, but I used to get bored so I wasn’t consistent.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Since I joined CFTB I have increased my strength and confidence. Cross Fit has not only helped me physically but mentally as well. I do not get bored and working on improving movements keeps me motivated.

Favorite memory at CFTB: When I finally achieved  my goal of climbing the rope.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Just try it. Do not be intimidated for how intense it seems. No matter the age, gender or fitness level, there are always modifications for the movements and the coaches will be there to help. Compete with who you were yestarday and not with others members, everyone is different. Look at the WOD before going to class to get familiar with it.

Jennie DeCicco

June Member of the Month: Jenny DeCicco

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 Jenny DeCicco

Hometown:  Fort Myers, FL

Age: 32

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Pool, being on the water, reading

How long have you been at CFTB: About a year and a half

Favorite WOD or movements: Pull Ups and Rope Climbs

Tell us about your fitness journey: I grew up swimming competitively, swam through high school and then college. After college I started working out on my own, which basically turned into running on my own. Then Kyle signed me with CFTB!

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? I have gained back a lot of the strength I had when I was an athlete and lost when I went to just running all the time. I feel better and stronger now than I had in a long time.

Favorite memory at CFTB: There are lots of good memories. I love team WODs and also competing though! So, maybe the best would be participating in my first 2 competitions, one with hubby and one with the girls!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit:Just jump in and try it out! You will be welcomed with open arms and your coaches will make sure you do what is safe and right for you.

Georgia Davros | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds

May Member of the Month: Georgia Davros

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 Georgia Davros

Hometown:  Broward County, Florida

Age: 32

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Fishing, Eating, Cooking, anything beach related

How long have you been at CFTB: Almost 2 years

Favorite WOD or movements: Rope climbs, back squats, and the cardio based WODs. I actually like snatches too, they’re fun to perform

Tell us about your fitness journey: My friend (shout out to Sindy Delva 😊) invited me to thoroughbreds for a while before I decided to join. I didn’t exercise for years prior to joining and that’s why I was hesitant to go right into crossfit. I had this preconceived notion of what it was and thought I could never do it, but I fell in love from day one. It’s challenging in a satisfying way and I feel healthier now in my 30s than I ever felt. I still have a lot of work to do on my form for most of the movements but I feel more comfortable with them each time. Put it like this, I have never regretted going to class but I regret every time I don’t go! I’m hooked!

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Simply stated, I’m more motivated to stay fit. My friends and coaches help motivate me to come consistently and stay on the right path with my fitness goals.

Favorite memory at CFTB: So many good memories in the 7:15 class 😉. Two things I remember doing for the first time that took me some guts to work up to and that’s when I completed a rope climb and my first box jump. It was a great feeling. I still get excited when I see them on the weekly board.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Just do it! Don’t let your preconceived ideas of what crossfit is stop you from trying it. It’s okay if you can’t do the prescribed workout, I’ve been here for almost 2 years and I still typically don’t. Our coaches are incredible and they will help you achieve your goals at your level. Don’t let intimidation stop you from achieving great feats in your fitness.