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.

Lars Hackl | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds in Fort Myers FL

April Member of the Month: Lars Hackl

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 Lars Hackl

Hometown:  Cologne in Germany

Age: 45

Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Mountain Biking, Boating, travelling

How long have you been at CFTB: Since October 2016

Favorite WOD or movements: Split Jerk, Push Jerk and Rope Climbing

Tell us about your fitness journey:  I was always into fitness and I went to regular gyms to stay fit but I never liked it that much. My Business partner told me about CF and I went with him to a local CrossFit gym. I liked it right away and then chose CrossFit Thoroughbreds as my home gym because they paid so much attention to my form. I am going back to Germany every summer for about 3 months and I’m joining a CF over there as well.

and I’m joining a CF over there as well.

How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? My overall fitness became much better and I was able to build up my strength. I became a much better Mountain biker as well.

Favorite memory at CFTB: No specific memory, I like my people from the 8am class and we are having a lot of fun every day.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit: Just try it, I think everyone can do it, doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. It’s not only a sport it’s a great community.

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.