October Member of the Month: Matt Pike

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Name: Matt Pike

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Age: 31

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: Astronomy, MMA, twerking, Chinese buffets (Shout out to Buffet City), DJing, updating my bio on famersonly.com

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: May 2019

Favorite WOD or movement: Leaving the premises – after a grueling workout.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I’ve been in an out of the gym for 10 years and have primarily followed the routine where every workout was arm day, and every off day was leg day. I’ve always avoided technical lifts and cardio–and the longer I strayed from it, the more I feared it.  That’s primarily what brought me to Crossfit. I needed something that would force me to face my physical shortcomings. Crossfit Thoroughbreds has delivered. I am challenged 6 days a week to get up close and personal with my greatest weaknesses. I look forward to calling them strengths.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Where before I only relied on myself and I preferred to workout alone; I now look forward to seeing my gym partners and receiving the complimentary fist bump after crushing a WOD. Crossfit may be an individual workout but it’s a team sport. The friendly competition is motivating. My greatest competitors are often my biggest fans.

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Beating Brian… Twice :)

September Member of the Month: Erica Mitchell

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Name: Erica Mitchell

Hometown: Born and raised in Palm Beach County, FL

Age: 41

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: I like to read, journal, eat, shop and travel.

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: About 1 ½ Years

Favorite WOD or movement: Hammer Swings

Tell us about your fitness journey: I was completely water-logged as a kid and grew up in the competitive swimming world.  I started training year-round at 8 years old and was a collegiate athlete.  Unfortunately, I feel into the trap of everyday life and let the importance of my health and physical shape take a back seat to employment and every-day life.  Aches, pains and injuries started happening and I decided it was time to change.  A co-worker of mine was talking about her gym and from the moment I saw and felt the community atmosphere I was hooked.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: It has changed from going to the gym to really wanting to be able to do some of the functional movements that I took for granted in my youth.

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: Loved the pregnancy WOD. It is just one of the examples of how the CrossFit Community celebrates its members.

July Member of the Month: Lauren Tirollo

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Name: Lauren Tirollo

Hometown: Bloomfield, KY

Age: 39

Hobbies / Interest outside of CrossFit: Outlander book series/show (time travel rocks!), history buff (yes, I am that one from class that read the entire history book just for fun J), anything forensics related, cooking (I have a cookbook purchasing problem), Kentucky basketball (go Cats!), hanging with my family, cat lover,  and so much more but there just isn’t enough space J

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: I joined CFTB in December 2018.

Favorite WOD or movement: I love, love, love workouts that have a short time cap that involve multiple movements that are small in reps. So 5 rounds of 3 power cleans, 3 box jumps, 3 pull-ups with a 6 minute cap. Bring it!

Tell us about your fitness journey: I was in an exercise rut and was so out of shape. My youngest at the time was 3 years old and I would get out of breath just chasing him around. I knew I had to change. I asked my husband to start looking around at gyms for me and nothing looked appealing. I had tried numerous health club chains in the past and I always quit soon after joining. Two co-workers of mine had recently joined this gym called CrossFit Fort Myers in the summer of 2012. They would not shut up about it! I continued to become more intrigued the more I heard them talk about it. I finally gave in and attended my first demo on a Saturday morning in October 2012, literally having no idea what I was getting myself into. It was the most pain I had experienced, yet I came back on Monday and I haven’t looked back. CrossFit has changed my life for the better in so many aspects! My health is better now than it was in my twenties, the friends I have gained are like family to me, and the CrossFit community itself is just incredible.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CrossFit Thoroughbreds: CFTB welcomed me with open arms when my gym closed. Even though my fitness journey did not begin with CFTB, my fitness journey since joining this family has been so incredible and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here! The coaches are all so amazing and I am so thankful for all of them. I really do think we have the best coaches around!

Favorite memory at CrossFit Thoroughbreds: There are already so many great memories I have made since joining! It would be so hard to name just one! But one memory that sticks out to me the most would have to be the day of the in-house competition. Watching Will compete and push through those WOD’s and everyone cheering for him made me realize in that moment that I knew I had made the right choice with CFTB. It was one of those moments that I will never forget.

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.

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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!

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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.