March Members of the Month: Dan & Allyson Banks

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Allyson Banks 

Hometown:  Pittsburgh

Age: 32

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit:  Running, our corgi Ybor, Going to the beach/boat days, and I’m usually always planning a vacation. Also, I’m pretty sure if department store bargain shopping were a sport, I would be an elite competitor.

How long have you been at CFTB: Originally started in 2010 during our first stint in SWFL. We moved to Washington DC from 2014-2017 but rejoined the week we returned. It was so nice seeing so many familiar faces and meeting everyone that had joined while we were gone.

Favorite WOD or movements: Double Unders

Tell us about your fitness journey:  When I started crossfit late 2009, I was 24, 10 lbs “lighter”, running 20-30 miles a week, but the definition of skinny fat. I was never a runner, always had been an athlete in high school, but starting training for random races because I didn’t know what else to do. Dan introduced me to Crossfit while we were dating in Alabama and has been a part of our lives ever since.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Before we left for DC, I thought I was in the best shape I could be for me, with Thoroughbreds help. Even though we were crossfitting in DC, I let the “things are just harder in your 30s” mindset set in, and I wasn’t pushing myself to my maximum potential. I took some major steps backwards specifically strength wise. Since we have been back at CFTB, I have been training harder, regained control of my diet, and feel better than I did in my 20s. I’m excited to keep pushing myself to get back the strength I once had and see what new PRs I can set.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Friday night group workouts were always my favorite. Unfortunately with my work schedule now they aren’t possible for me, but it’s the moments after the workouts that give CFTB the character that it has.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: I mean, do you really want to do bicep curls, by yourself, in some big gym where no one talks to each other? It is not motivating and simply boring. I once read if you want results (in anything), get a coach. You get a coach AND a community with crossfit. Time flies, you will meet new friends, have fun, and within no time you will look back in awe of your progress and accomplishments.

Dan Banks

Hometown:  Atlanta, GA

Age: 41

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: I used to play a lot of rugby for the most part I have retired.

How long have you been at CFTB: Since November this 2nd time around, 4 yrs previously before moving to DC

Favorite WOD or movements: I like rowing and deadlifts. Thrusters are my sworn enemy.

Tell us about your fitness journey: Played basketball and rugby growing up I have Crossfitted with generally lower levels of commitment and intensity for 8-9 years. Lately I have been trying to be more diligent and particularly in the last 5 months I have really focused on cleaning up my diet and it has made all the difference in terms of energy level and improvement. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring in terms of fitness and strength gains.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Brian and the rest of the CFTB team have always been knowledgeable and helpful, I just didn’t always listen. With a renewed commitment to attendance and cleaning up my diet I am seeing a lot of positive changes. Wish I would’ve started sooner.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Betting Darrian Barnett I could beat his deadlift and pulling #555 (a long time ago when I was bigger and stronger).

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Crossfit is awesome but it isn’t magic; the rewards it provides are directly proportional to your level of commitment and consistency.

February Member of the Month: Virginia Guzman

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Virginia Guzman

Hometown: Puerto Rico

Age:67

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit:  Cross Fit is my hobby, besides that I enjoy spending time with family. I’ve been blessed with 6 kids, 12 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

How long have you been at CFTB: 2 Years.

Favorite WOD or movements: I haven’t met one I didn’t like.

Tell us about your fitness journey: This is my first gym experience.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Better mobility, balance, and I don’t get fatigued as often.

Favorite memory at CFTB: My favorite memory is how welcomed I felt from day one. Coach Sue took me under her wing and instructed me step by step. Thank you for your patience with me!

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Don’t be intimidated take it day by day. You can do this!

January Member of the Month: Donovan Parisi

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Donovan Parisi

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Age: 27

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit:  Kayaking, fishing, guitar/piano. I tend to jump around from hobbies as I find things that interest me. I am also a voracious reader and always have a good book recommendation for those that are in need.

How long have you been at CFTB: 6 months I believe.

Favorite WOD or movements: Pull Ups, Bench Press, rowing.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I came into CrossFit thinking I had a relatively good foundation to build upon and that I had many opportunities ahead to grow and learn more about the fundamentals of fitness. What I found was that CrossFit is not something that can be prepared for any way other than doing CrossFit, and since then I have felt stronger, healthier, and more fit in many aspects of daily life beyond simply the gym.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? My conditioning and form have made tremendous bounds which improves my ability to perform the WODS and make improvements on my strength for core lifts.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Definitely getting the opportunity to participate in the Open workouts. The group atmosphere of pushing each other to try our best is what keeps me coming back.

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

Don’t ever wait to join because you think you’re not fit enough or strong enough because there is always a scaled version to try and every workout will challenge you to push yourself and provide a sense of gratification with each and every new goal achieved.

Ben Eastburn | Member of the Month | December | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers FL

December Member of the Month: Ben Eastburn

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Ben Eastburn

Hometown: Kokomo, IN

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit:  Cycling, spending time with family.

How long have you been at CFTB: About 1-1/2 Years.

Favorite WOD or movements: Pull-ups, Bench Press.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? Improved endurance, overall stronger and trimmer.

Favorite memory at CFTB: One of my shoes kept falling off during a WOD while pushing a plate 50ft. I ended up getting ticked off and throwing my shoe across the room and running in my socks.

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

Not to be intimidated by the workouts or lifting. Get out there and break a sweat, set goals, and support your fellow CrossFitters!

Patti Sages | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers, FL

November Member of the Month: Patti Sages

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Patti Sages

Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Age: 32

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Golf, traveling (cruises especially), going to the beach.

How long have you been at CFTB: Just over a year.

Favorite WOD or movements: I love bench pressing, dead lifts, and surprisingly one of my least favorite movements initially is now a favorite – back squats.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I was a competitive swimmer from age 6-18. Once I stopped swimming I fell out of the fitness scene for a while. I had gym memberships and enjoyed spin classes but would eventually get bored and stop going. I have never been one to be able to work out well alone with my own routine. I need to surround myself with other people to motivate me. A lot of people at my job had been talking about Cross Fit last year so I decided to try it.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? I cannot believe the changes in my fitness with Cross Fit in just one year. I love having a group of people with similar goals and pushing each other to reach them. It very much reminds me of when I was swimming. Cross Fit has really helped build my strength and I feel more energetic. It has also built my confidence with fitness. I do not have natural ability when it comes to athletics and I surprise myself often with what I have been able to achieve. I like the variety of workouts, which has helped me become consistent with a workout schedule.

Favorite memory at CFTB:  I don’t have one specific favorite memory- anytime I hit a PR on a lift.

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

I highly recommend Cross Fit to anyone interested. Before I decided to try Cross Fit I thought it was only for elite athletes and it made me reluctant to join. I was also nervous that I might injure myself with certain movements having previously had back surgery. Cross Fit can be scaled to people of all levels and previous injuries so every person has a challenging, rewarding, and safe workout.

For new members, some things that have been helpful to me with starting Cross Fit are keeping a journal to track my workouts and amount of weight lifted so I can see the progress I have made. I also had the hardest time remembering certain lifts prior to the workouts. Watching videos on youtube to get an idea of the movements before going to classes so I knew what to expect was helpful. Cross Fit has been a work in progress for me. It has taken me a lot of time to get used to the movements and be able to start lifting more weight- be patient and don’t get frustrated if you have an off day.

Jean Etcheverry | Member of the Month CrossFit Thoroughbreds Fort Myres FL

October Member of the Month: Jean Etcheverry

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Jean Etcheverry

Hometown: I was born in Hartford, Conn. but grew up in Miami, FL

Age: 38

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: I was part of the Naples Hammerhead (Rugby Team), but school has had me pretty tied up for the last two years.

How long have you been at CFTB: I originally joined back in 2010 and was at CFTB for about three years but I recently returned about four or five months ago.

Favorite WOD or movements: I enjoy anything that I am not good at.

Tell us about your fitness journey: I have been involved with sports since I was a young boy: started playing Jai-alai (8 years old); then basketball (11-14 years old); then football (14-21 years old) and finally, rugby (22-35 years old).

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? My fitness since I joined CFTB has improved dramatically, I still have a long way to go, but feel like a completely different person. I mean that in a good way.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Working out without power after Hurricane Irma.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Don’t think twice about it, it is hard at first but does not get any easier and that is the part you will begin to enjoy most.

Jermy Diez | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds in Fort Myers, FL

August Member of the Month: Jeremy Diez

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Jeremy Diez

 Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Age: 35

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Fishing

How long have you been at CFTB: A year and some change.

Favorite WOD or movements: Anything with rowing, like Jackie. Also, Fran and Murph are some of my favorite WOD’s.

Tell us about your fitness journey: It all started about 2 years ago… I was going to the local “globo gym” and was in search for something that would push me, so I tried a CrossFit Box in St. Pete and it did exactly that, pushed me. My first class was tough; I actually threw up after. But I came back the next day and have been hooked ever since.

Favorite memory at CFTB: Meeting the Scuba Squad and friends.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Do not doubt yourself, just come in and say hello, it will change your life.

Linda Fuss | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers FL

July Member of the Month: Linda Fuss

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Linda Fuss

Hometown: I was born in Madison, WI and have been a Fort Myers resident for 6 years.

Age: 67

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: I am an avid knitter and I also enjoy reading.

How long have you been at CFTB: 7 years.

Favorite WOD or movements: Deadlifts and high intensity quick workouts.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB: When I first started CF I had no mobility in my left hip because I needed a hip replacement. I finally had the surgery 2 years ago and I really believe that my recovery went so quickly because of our coaches at Thoroughbreds.

Favorite memory at CFTB: I love the fact that we have great members who always cheer you on, no matter your ability.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: People should not be intimidated by CrossFit. I know I was, but you quickly learn that everyone is there for one thing and that is to lead a long and healthy life.

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.