Sindy Delva | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

June Member of the Month: Sindy Delva

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Sindy Delva

Hometown: Fort Myers

Age: 28

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Outside of Cross fit, I enjoy being able to travel back to the Caribbean and visit my family and enjoy Carnival season. When I’m in town , I enjoy going to dinner and a movie with friends.

How long have you been at CFTB: I joined roughly about two year ago in the summer of 2015.

Favorite WOD or movements: My favorite movements are deadlifts and WODs which include strength and conditioning training, such as “ Nancy”, and I truly enjoy “ Karen”.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB: Since joining CFTB, I’ve been more consistent with my fitness journey. The class allows us to meet friends and hold each other accountable to be at classes every day. I’ve gained lean muscle mass and I’m trying to stretch more every day.

Favorite memory at CFTB: My favorite memory at CFTB, would have to be a few months back when I PRd a rope climb. I’ve always been scared of heights and being able to conquer that fear was a great memory for me. And the best part was having my fellow classmates in the 7 o’ clock class, and the coaches, cheer me on.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Just give it a try and you won’t regret networking and meeting others as well as having a coach every day through your fitness journey.

the Carter Johnson Family | Ezekiel, Michael, Andrew | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Members of the Month May 2017

May Member of the Month: Carter Johnson Family

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The Carter Johnson Family

Ezekiel Johnson • Andrew Carter • Michael Carter


Ezekiel Johnson

Hometown: Fort Myers

Age: 13

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Running 5k’s and basketball

How long have you been at CFTB: January 2017

Favorite WOD or movements: I like WOD’s that have running. My favorite movements combine Strength, flexibility, and endurance.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB: When I started exercising, I would play basketball. Since joining CFTB I feel way more fit!

Favorite memory at CFTB: My favorite memory was when I got a PR for back squat and deadlift

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Once you sign up for CrossFit, you will see a significant increase in your ability to do things like lift and run.


Andrew Carter

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 41

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Outside of CrossFit, my life is empty….just kidding, my wife and I serve at our local church, leading a class on wed nights for stepfamilies. I enjoy real estate, renovations, and woodworking. I especially enjoy demo-day, which is my best skill. I enjoy watching our family’s sports teams together, even though we all have different favorites. Currently it’s my CAVS vs Ezekiel’s Warriors on an annual basis.

How long have you been at CFTB:

January 2017 at CFTB; I started CrossFit originally back in the summer of 2012

Favorite WOD or movements:

There are so many… but to pick one, it’s the power clean. I also really like doing Murph every year, even though it hurts.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB:

I have been able to be much more consistent since joining CFTB. I never used to stretch that much or even warm up. Every minute of the hour has a purpose. I feel better, and I look better because of it.

My favorite memory at CFTB:

It would have to be competing at my old BOX as a member of CFTB. I had never participated in a competition before, and it was such a fun and challenging experience and I was so glad to be surrounded by all my old and new friends from the CrossFit community.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit.

Just go and don’t overthink it. When I was considering trying CrossFit, I knew that I needed to do something for myself in regards to my health and fitness. I was a little nervous, but all those feelings went away the minute I got into the gym and started sweating alongside other members. The coaches are there to help, and we are lucky to have some of the best at CFTB; they enjoy seeing us make progress as much as we do. Don’t be too shy to ask questions.


Michael Carter

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Age: 13

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: sports and video games.

How long have you been at CFTB: 5 months

Favorite WOD or movement:

I really enjoy doing the deadlift movement.  My favorite moment from CrossFit is when I got my deadlift PR, and it was the first time I lifted one-hundred-twenty pounds.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB: 

Since joining Cross Fit I have gotten in much better shape, and I would highly recommend joining a CrossFit gym.

My favorite memory at CFTB:

My favorite moment from CrossFit is when I got my deadlift PR, and it was the first time I lifted one-hundred-twenty pounds.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit:

If you want to sign up for CrossFit, you have to know you can do it. No thinking that you can’t do it.

 

Matthew and Christleen Knaub | Members of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers | April 2017

April Member of the Month: Matthew and Christleen Knaub

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Matthew and Christleen Knaub

Hometown?

M: New Haven, CT
C: Cape Coral, FL

Age?

M: 31
C: 30

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit? 

M: SPORTS. I’m an avid sportsman. When I’m not sportin’ on court I go from shootin’ home runs to shootin’ pictures. Photography has always been one of my passions and I wish I had more time lately to do it. I also love hiking, Florida isn’t known for it’s hills but if they had some I’d climb them.

C: Lip syncing, rap battling, and training to be on Wheel of Fortune one day.

How long have you been at CFTB?

M: 4 years
C: 1 year

Favorite WOD or movements? 

M: Running and sledgehammer swings
C: Not running. I enjoy back squats and deadlifts because I always get excited when I am able to lift more than I ever thought I could.

Tell us about your fitness journey?

M: As a child I had very bad asthma, I was in and out of the hospital and on countless medications. Having exercise be one of the biggest triggers for my asthma paired with the side effects of almost all my medications being weight gain I was at a disadvantage. My entire childhood I was overweight, by the time I was 18 I was nearly 240lbs. I made a decision to change everything. Starting with my diet, and Incorporating biking I managed to drop down 80lbs in a little over year. Biking turned into jogging, jogging lead me to cross training, and that lead me to CrossFit. CrossFit has a mixture of everything: weights, biking, running, it’s a one stop shop for exercise.

C: It wasn’t until our third date that Matt even mentioned he did CrossFit. I thought it was a rule that people who did CrossFit told everyone within 30 seconds of meeting. Matt never pushed it on me, he always welcomed me to join him, but I would always blame work as my reason for not having time to go. Finally after my event season was over, I decided to give it a whirl. My first day included running and deadlifts, I remember thinking “Omg, there’s no way I can run that far and there’s no way I can lift that.” Spoiler alert: I ran and I lifted. I remember feeling so empowered that I was able to defy my own expectations that I knew I had to come back and see what day 2 had in store for me.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

M: My goal was always to maintain a baseline of fitness, fitness adjacent if you will. When I first started I was 155lbs and only did cardio. CrossFit doesn’t reward those who specialize and that became obvious, most of workouts I had to do less than the scaled weight. So I made a decision to try and find a balance between strength and cardio, I’m still finding it today, but I’m super happy with how far I’ve come.

C: When I first started CFTB, I would dread coming certain days because I knew I would struggle, now I welcome those days as growth opportunities. I remember the very last workout before our wedding was a deadlift test day, I knew there was no way I could do more than my previous PR, but there was Matt, Brian, and Mitch telling me to try a little more, and then a little more. Next thing I know, I’m deadlifting what Matt weighs. I felt so strong and unstoppable. Old me would have never pushed myself, new me is always looking for areas to grow. I would not be this person without CFTB.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

M: I’ve had so many fantastic memories at thoroughbreds. I’ve seen it grow and change so much in the 4 years I’ve been there. My favorite memory is easy though, it’s the first time I convinced my now wife to come with me. The only thing that could make something that’s been such a big part of my life for years better was sharing it with her. I love getting to help her and watch her grow and struggle with the same things that I did (and everyone does for that matter). It’s turned something I love into something we love, and that’s by far my favorite memory.

C: BRB, crying from how adorable Matt is. In my year at CFTB I’ve had many great memories. My favorite memories are any time there’s a partner workout and Matt and I are able to do the workout together. I think both of us are afraid of letting the other down so we push ourselves to do our best. I always leave those workouts feeling so accomplished and proud that I was able to do a partner workout with my favorite person. Honorable mention for favorite memory is anytime a Jay Z song comes on mid-workout because Matt loves singing along #shaboy.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

M: I think CrossFit has inherent stigma that it’s hardcore and extreme and for the “elite athlete” and that can be very intimidating to newcomers. A lot of people do take CrossFit very seriously and that’s great, I however am one of the least serious people you’ll ever meet. Throughout my time at thoroughbreds I’ve gotten better at things, then worse, then better again…but the one thing that’s been consistent is how much fun I have doing it. I love going to CrossFit Thoroughbreds and that’s been my one constant. My advice would be to remember to have fun, you don’t need to be an elite athlete, be competitive, or have a reason period to enjoy CrossFit.

C: Before joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds I thought CrossFit was absolutely terrifying. I assumed it was all one big competition and there was no way I could ever measure up. After joining, I quickly learned that CFTB isn’t about competing with others, it’s about pushing your own limits and becoming stronger each day. I am so thankful for Matt and everyone at CFTB for welcoming me and pushing me to be my best self. There are days (heck, there are times mid-workout) where I want to quit and give up, but everyone at CFTB is so encouraging that I feel as if there’s nothing I can’t achieve. If you are new to CrossFit and think it’s terrifying, I get it, I’ve so been there, but I promise after one day at CFTB you will fall in love with the incredible support system and be surprised that you are able to do more much more than you ever thought you could.

 

Kaleigh Brownell | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers FL

March Member of the Month: Kaleigh Brownell

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Kaleigh Brownell

Hometown? Millbrook, NY

Age? 27

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit? Ice Hockey

How long have you been at CFTB?  2 Years

Favorite WOD or movements? Snatch

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I was always an athlete growing up, so I rarely had to go to a gym. I played field and ice hockey in college, which is where I was introduced to some free weight movements. Once college ended, I figured I had to stay in shape somehow and I joined Planet Fitness. I liked it, but I hated trying to figure out what to do every day. I wanted to try Crossfit because it seemed like I would enjoy the structure and planned workouts.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

I can actually see muscle tone in my arms and back, which is hard to do on your own when you don’t know what you’re doing!

Favorite memory at CFTB?

Holiday WODS! – It’s hard to pick just one memory. I love the family I’ve made through CFTB.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

If you don’t enjoy planning your gym routine, Crossfit is the way to go. Plus, it’s only an hour class! I love just showing up and having a plan for the workout laid out for me. As a bonus, there are coaches who know what they’re talking about in regards to form and movements.

 

Ryan Morrison | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

February Member of the Month: Ryan Morrison

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Ryan Morrison

Hometown? Northern Kentucky, AKA Cincinnati, Ohio

Age? 24 years old, I think

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Where I spend the rest of the little amount of time of the day when I am not at the gym is in the kitchen. I absolutely love cooking and trying new recipes as well as going to the grocery store. Although I wasn’t always a chef at heart, since I started Crossfit, I started to look at other aspects of my life that I needed to improve to become healthier – not to mention that cooking and eating have a way of bringing people together, especially if someone else is doing the cooking!

How long have you been at CFTB?

I joined in 2015 while I was doing an internship in Ft. Myers. I went home to Cincy last April, graduated from UC, studied for and passed my Registered Dietitian exam in June, and rejoined CFTB when I accepted and started a job at Lee Memorial Hospital in August and moved down here permanently (don’t show this to my mom – she wouldn’t want me to use that word!).

Favorite WOD or movements?

My favorite workouts are those that last more than twenty to thirty minutes. Why? Because those workouts test mental toughness as much as physical ability. It is tough keeping track of what round you are on when you are winded and you have to count past the number 5. My favorite movement is definitely a burpee because it is an efficient exercise to build up your cardio and it is simple. Fall down, get back up.

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I heard about Crossfit probably 5 years ago through a friend. I had no idea what I signed up for when I first joined. As I got into it, I thought it was the toughest thing imaginable. I lifted weights a little bit prior to Crossfit, but not that seriously. After giving Crossfit a try for a month, I quit and thought it was not for me. Fast forward two years to January 2014. As a new year’s resolution, I decided I needed something in my life to focus on other than school and partying on weekends. I started to search for workout programs and Crossfit popped up. Starting out, YouTube was my coach and my program was work on whatever was not sore from the day before. Since I was working at my own pace and no one to compete with, I had no pressure what so ever. It was perfect! So I just stuck with it and over time, somehow, I got better just by competing with myself. I still have those workout diaries from when I first started and it is amazing what I thought was difficult compared to what I am able to do now.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

Ever since joining CFTB full time at the end of last summer, my love for Crossfit has grown. Not only was having first class coaches and an air conditioned Crossfit gym in Florida a huge plus, but all the awesome people I met from being a member. It is a true family atmosphere. I think that is what makes CFTB a special place for me. Without my mom convincing me when I first came down here for school to check out one more Crossfit gym before making a decision, I would not have found CFTB and most likely would not have ended up applying for a job and moving down here permanently – CFTB means that much to me. However, I get some strange looks when I say I moved to Florida because I found a gym I liked. Well it’s not the gym. Gyms can be found all across the country. It is the friends that I met and the family atmosphere at CFTB that really make the difference.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

My two favorite CFTB memories were competing with Wynter at the Valentine’s Day Massacre where we took third, and then with Brian at the Reindeer games where we took first.  It is something about competing on a team with your coaches that really brings the best out of you. I do not know if it is because you don’t want them to correct your form in front of a crowd of people or you know they will make the program harder if you don’t place. Either way, I liked the results and had a ton of fun.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

If you are someone like me who wanted to become a heathier individual by becoming physically active while being trained by some well-educated coaches that are able to scale workouts for people from all fitness backgrounds, and in the process want to be part of an awesome community and make some amazing friends along the way, join CFTB. I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Heidi Deming | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers FL

January Member of the Month: Heidi Deming

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Heidi Deming

Hometown? Germantown, WI

Age? 39 eeekk 🙂

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Running, Golf, Cooking and Reading

How long have you been at CFTB?

Since June, 2015

Favorite WOD or movements?

Deadlift and Back Squat

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I struggled with fitness my whole life. I wasn’t into athletics much in high school and college. I started running with a group of friends about 3 years ago. Though I enjoy running, I found myself not very challenged and bored with the same exercise. I started CFTB on a Groupon on the advice of a friend.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

When I started, I couldn’t even do a single push-up! I struggled with every single movement and often skipped days that had my least favorite movements (snatches, thrusters and rope climbs 🙁 ). Since then I’ve become more confident and challenge myself to attend those days!

Favorite memory at CFTB?

My last PR Deadlift with my cheering squad, Meagan and Adrienne! I love my 6am crowd, always cheering each other on:).

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

Never be intimidated!

 

Meghan Correy

December Member of the Month: Meghan Correy

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Meghan Correy

Hometown? Rehoboth, Massachusetts

Age? 28

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Tacos, movies, and reading.

How long have you been at CFTB?

Almost 2 years now!

Favorite WOD or movements?

Linda

Tell us about your fitness journey?

Well, I’m about the least motivated person out there and I was getting really sick of going to a regular gym and having to plan out what I was going to be doing that day. I would just end up doing the same things over and over and I got extremely bored with it. A few of my co-workers kept trying to get me to try CrossFit and, being my stubborn self, I didn’t want to listen to them. But finally I gave in and went to CFTB and here I am!

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

Goodness, I think it has changed so much! I may not see the results that I want every single day, but looking back in my fitness journal from when I started, I just see how much I’ve grown and changed. It’s funny to me to look back and see what I thought was heavy from last year to this year. I love re-doing wod’s from months back just to see how much has changed since then.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

A memory that will stick with me forever will be when I completed my first competition with Amanda! But I would have to say that memories occur all the time at CFTB. From meeting new people, to making new friends, and to hitting PR’s!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

I always hear people say how intimidated they are by CrossFit and it upsets me! I think everyone should try it at least once because I think it may surprise you! You’ll definitely come to love it. I know that it has changed things for me, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, so I think everyone can learn something from CrossFit!

 

Members of the Month: Omar Mora & Milyran Hernández

November Member of the Month: Omar Mora & Milyran Hernández

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Omar Mora

Hometown? San Juan, Puerto Rico

Age? 38

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Spending time with the kids and family, cooking

How long have you been at CFTB?

4 months

Favorite WOD or movements?

HSPU, Deadlift, Running

Tell us about your fitness journey?

Was an athlete, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, gym, track and field 20 years ago.

 

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

Better endurance, more strength.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

First day when I almost pass out in the floor.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

It is really hard and tough, but it is amazing.


Milyran Hernández

Hometown? San Juan, Puerto Rico

Age? 36

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Shopping, spending time with the family

How long have you been at CFTB?

4 months

Favorite WOD or movements?

Deadlifts, Snatches

 

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

Developing endurance and strength for the first time in my life. 

Favorite memory at CFTB?

Every time I end the WOD on time.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

Best decision ever made.

 

Christena Ellender | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds, Fort Myers

October Member of the Month: Christena Ellender

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Christena Ellender

Hometown? Moses Lake, Washington State

Age? 29

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Spending time with friends and family, Baking, Reading, Running and Traveling

How long have you been at CFTB?

1 year and 3 months

Favorite WOD or movements?

My favorite WODS are cardio intense ones and front or back squats (with weight though NO AIR SQUATS)

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I started playing sports at a very young age. It is probably easier to list the ones I haven’t played than to list all the ones I have. I was naturally pretty great at every one I tried. But after moving to Florida in 2002 the competitive sports were no longer any fun and I decided to throw in the towel. Since then running would be the only form of exercise I did until joining CFTB.
It took a lot of convincing by Steve, but I finally decided that it was time to jump back into working out and Cross Fit is what he had convinced me into. At first I only slightly liked it, I had always been naturally great at anything athletic growing up and found myself struggling with almost everything especially the air squat (still am). I had even thought about quitting quite a few times. Until Rhabdo.

I hated sucking…. So much so that I pushed my body too hard and woke up one day to arms the size of legs and spent a weeks’ “vacation” in the hospital.

Since walking away from Rhabdo, something changed for me mentally. I learned to listen to my body, and what it needed rather than pushing it to do what I wanted and expected of it. I changed my nutrition, added supplementation, TONS of water and started back at Cross Fit under the very watchful, careful, yet encouraging eye of Coach Brian. It felt like it took forever. I basically had to start from scratch again, but one day my body and brain were on the same wavelength and the progress came so much quicker than I had expected. I have made huge PRs and have LOVED Cross Fit ever since.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

CFTB has changed the way I look at fitness. It has given me more respect for my body and the amazing things it can do. Being a part of a community like CFTB has made me stronger mentally as well as physically and there is no way I am going to quit.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

Ahh, I can only choose 1? Every moment at CFTB has been incredibly significant, but my favorite memory would have to be my first Cross Fit competition last month. I had been itching to do one since I had started at CFTB and it was everything I expected and more and I am looking forward to the next one!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

It’s hard. There will be times where you will want to quit. Heck there will even be huge obstacles or health issues you may have to overcome, but stick in there, and keep your head up.
Because in the end it is worth it. I am beyond happy that I didn’t quit. Trust me every tiny bit of frustration, pain, sweat, and tears are worth what the community and sport of Cross Fit does for your mind, body and spirit.

I wasn’t like all the others who tasted the Kool-Aid and loved it right away but trust me, with time, patience and determination the Kool-Aid grows on you and MAN is it good!!!

 

Mark Shannon | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

September Member of the Month: Mark Shannon

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Mark Shannon

Hometown? Born Upper Darby, PA. Grew up mostly in Florida, between living in Orlando, Miami & then Ft. Myers

Age? 37 (Feel like late 50s)

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Almost every outdoor sport, motorcycles, video games and time with my Son!

How long have you been at CFTB?

I think about a Year (Brian or Mandy will have to check the computer)

Favorite WOD or movements?

WOD – Anything without Wall Balls! Movement – Ball Slams and Pull Ups (Soon to be muscle ups when my shoulder is better…lol @Brian)!

Tell us about your fitness journey?

Always lifted weights since I was started in College after High school along with many outdoor sports such as Soccer, Surfing, & Mountain biking. After entering in the military I found a new level of fitness that made me learn to enjoy running more than anything and realize I needed to do more than just lift weights. Not only to be in better shape, but at the time, to be able to care for the soldier to my left or my right should the time ever come. Training has always been part of that journey and it never stopped even when deployed overseas. I still remember running around the FOB (Forward Operating Base) in Shorts and t-shirt while having an M-4 around my back. After returning home and leaving the service I returned to school and had a rough start back in civilian life. I let myself get quite out of shape until I couldn’t take it anymore so I returned to the gym and began doing boot camp workouts at a Local Gym until Mike Lombard introduced me to the Thoroughbred Family! After that I was hooked and haven’t looked back since. I think what Obed, Mandy, Brian, Wynter and the rest of the team there have is something special and you can tell the second you walk in the door. Which is why the people and especially the trainers at Thoroughbred’s keep me coming back day in and day out.

Thanks to all of the team and members for always pushing to help me get better in everything!

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

Since I joined CFTB I actually look forward to my night at the gym almost as if I’m going out to play and that has translated to better physical strength and motivation I never had before. Excited to see how far things will go!

Favorite memory at CFTB?

Kicking Brian & Obed’s Ass at 3 legged race! HA! Chris & I have the title…..for now!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit?

CFTB is by far the most welcoming BOX I’ve ever had the privilege to train at and Crossfit is only as intimidating as you let it become! Anyone can do this!