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.

 

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!