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!

 

Amy Martin | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

August Member of the Month: Amy Martin

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This month we honor a member who has inspired us with her consistency and positivity. Amy is a regular in the morning classes and truly embodies the sense of community that we believe in here at CrossFit Thoroughbreds. She is always there to support and cheer for those around her and this month we want to take the opportunity to cheer for her. Thank you Amy for being such an amazing member of the Thoroughbreds family!

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Amy Martin

Hometown? Ochopee, Fl

Age? 40

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Healthier lifestyle, time with my family, outdoors activities, motorcycles and tattoos.

How long have you been at CFTB?

Since July 2015.

Favorite WOD or movements?

\My favorite movement is Deadlifts!!!

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I have always struggled with my weight as an adult. I began a few years ago where I lost 35 pounds on my own and was doing at home workouts. It just didn’t seem enough and I plateaued. I became interested in CrossFit after I worked Thunderdome in 2015. My former PA I worked with was a member of CFTB and after one Saturday session with Coach Brian, I became hooked.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

I started in July 2015 and have never lifted a weight in my life. And now a year later, at age 40 with 4 kids, I am down a total of 48 pounds with proper nutrition from Visalus, the intense workouts from CFTB, and with the support from my amazing coaches and CFTB family, I am stronger and feel better than I did in my 20s. It has been a total life changer.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

When I did my very first PR on deadlifts with Coach Jeremy.

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

Just do it!!! There will be bad days and amazing days. Always show up and give it your all. The only one holding you back, is you!!!

 

Taylor Gutschow | Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

July Member of the Month: Taylor Gutschow

Member of the Month Badge | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

This month’s member of the month is someone who has inspired us all with his quiet dedication. From #manbunmonday through #thighdayfriday you can always count on Taylor to show up and put in hard work. His effort has not only led to some very impressive improvements in his fitness, but has also made Taylor an indispensable part of the 4PM class and the Thoroughbreds Family as a whole. He’s always supportive of his fellow Thoroughbreds and has volunteered his time to help with CrossFit events both inside and outside of our box. If you haven’t had the chance to get to know Taylor yet, take this month as your opportunity to do so – you’ll be glad you did!

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Taylor Gutschow

Hometown? Petersburg, Michigan

Age? 25

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

I enjoy reading, writing, and tennis. Does eating Chipotle count as a hobby?

How long have you been at CFTB?

I have been at CFTB for a little over a year.

Favorite WOD or movements?

I like running and double-unders! I would say my favorite WOD is Murph… not because I’m a glutton for punishment, but because I worked really hard this year to be able to do it with a weight vest and now I can’t do a single pull-up or push-up anymore without it seeming “easy” in comparison.

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I started out last year with the goal to eat healthier and become more active. I started running two to three a week in January and then gradually increased to running four to five times a week. Then some friends of mine told me about CFTB and how I would like it there and should give it a try. The first few weeks felt brutal, and I thought I was going to die, but then somehow I didn’t die and I could feel myself getting stronger and now I couldn’t imagine myself NOT doing Crossfit.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

A lot of the changes have been physical, but the most significant changes I feel have been mental. Before Crossfit, I had never set foot inside a gym. I started out very timid around heavy weights, and I just couldn’t seem to push through my fatigue very well. I gave up on myself a lot. Now I am mindful about my attitude and strive to push myself just a liiiiittle more each day.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

My favorite memory happened maybe three to four months after I joined CFTB. We were doing a WOD with a 45 minute cap, and there was a lot of rowing, biking, and running involved at the end. I thought for sure there was no way I could do the rowing unbroken. I was too tired. But I pushed myself and talked myself through it, and then all of a sudden I was done rowing and I hadn’t stopped! I was super excited because I had never rowed that far without stopping before. Then it was onto the biking. My legs felt wobbly, but I jumped on and set a steady pace. Partway through, my mind started telling me that I had done so well on the rowing that surely I deserved a little break on the bike. But I ignored that voice of defeat and talked myself through it just like I did with the rowing, and then all of a sudden the biking was done and again I hadn’t stopped! Now it was time for the running and my legs were dead weights, but if I didn’t rest for the rowing and the biking, I certainly wasn’t going to rest for the running. I powered through it and finished the WOD with time to spare, and I always remember that day as the first time I achieved what my mind told me was impossible.

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

I think a lot of people are intimidated by what they’ve heard about CrossFit. I know I certainly was. I wasn’t strong, I wasn’t very fit, I had never even been to a gym before. Only the crazy strong people (or just the crazy people!) went to CrossFit. I was going to be out of my league there. But my friends were insistent that I would like the environment and the coaches, and they assured me that the only person I should be competing against was myself. In the end, I listened to them and came to CFTB… and I fell in love. Not right away, of course. It was hard work, and there were times that I wanted to give up and stay home. But I always found myself back at CFTB the next day ready for more. You get out of it what you put into it. The coaches here are great and genuinely care about you, and it’s that sense of community that keeps me coming back. Well… that and the results!

 

Adrienne Fox McDowell | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers | Member of the Month!

June Member of the Month: Adrienne Fox McDowell

Member of the Month Badge | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

This month marks one year at CrossFit Thoroughbreds for Adrienne and we couldn’t be happier to have her as a part of our community! Adrienne is a dedicated athlete and constant inspiration to those around her. She is very passionate, not just about her own progress, but about supporting those around her in their health and fitness goals. If you’re a member at CrossFit Thoroughbreds and don’t already know Adrienne, take this opportunity to say hello – you’ll be glad you did!

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Adrienne Fox McDowell

Hometown? Staten Island, NY

Age? 44

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit?

Hanging out with my husband Martin and shopping with my daughters Amy and Amanda. I am also interested in helping others, very servant driven.

How long have you been at CFTB?

I celebrate my one year anniversary on June 6th.

Favorite WOD or movements?

Definitely deadlifts and bench press!

Tell us about your fitness journey?

I always battled my weight, went on Weight Watchers the first time at 12 years of age and have been a lifetime member since. Four years ago, I found ViSalus and the Challenge and my life was forever changed. It’s the only thing that’s worked for me and that’s kept the weight off and helped me build muscle. One of my 90-Day challenges last summer was to try CrossFit… I bought a Groupon in May and started in June: I came 5x a week all summer long and became totally addicted to it.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB?

I am definitely stronger, and much more confident in myself. I’ve gained 4lbs of muscle and I am looking to lean out even more in the coming year.

Favorite memory at CFTB?

I have a couple, but one that stands out is my first deadlift PR of 200lbs. Another one is finally getting to the top of the rope two weeks ago… fighting that fear of heights and watching my friends achieve new PR’s themselves.

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

Like Nike says… JUST DO IT!!! CrossFit gives you a great sense of personal accomplishment and it’s a lot of fun and totally challenges you!