Hank Sarzynski | April Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds in Fort Myers

April Member of the Month:

Member of the Month Badge | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

Our Thoroughbreds Member of the Month award, like anything of value, is an honor that requires hard work, consistency, and a positive attitude. Hank Sarzynski has demonstrated all of these qualities in abundance.

Hank has been a member of the Thoroughbreds family for a little over a year now and has impressed us all with his strength and dedication. He’s a natural athlete and can change from an easygoing workout partner to a fierce competitor when it’s game time. We are lucky to have Hank among our members and hope to be a part of his fitness journey for many years to come!

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Hank Sarzynski

Hometown? Eustis, FL

Age? 45

Hobbies or interests outside of Cross Fit? I enjoy working with my son in Cub Scouts and watching him grow into a young man.  I received a four wheeler for this past Christmas.  My son and I ride it on the weekends and enjoy the outdoors. We recently put up a 60 foot zip line in the backyard, lots of fun.

How long have you been at CFTB? Since March 2015

Favorite WOD or movements? Squats, Bike, and Rowing

Tell us about your fitness journey? As a kid I played football, baseball, basketball, and track & field.  I was always playing a sport or outside practicing for an event.  I was always fit and in shape.  I started lifting weights when I was 13 years old, my dad was a high school coach, so I had access to the gym 24/7.  I really did well in lifting competitions and I always liked having a goal to obtain.  I also, started to run triathlon’s and really enjoyed participating in the off seasons to keep me in shape.  After high school and college, I coached high school football for a few years and enjoyed working with the athletes.  I worked in retail management for around 10 years after that and my diet began to become poor food choices and less and less exercise.  I had always been between 180 and 195 lbs.  When I got into my thirties I started to gain weight and when I was 36 we had our son Kaz.  My son is now 9 and last year he told me, “Dad you are fat” ouch, but I know he did it out of love.  He is the reason I came to Cross Fit Thoroughbreds and also, James White, who I work with and is a great guy.  Since I have started it has been a blast and I look forward to my workout everyday, well some more than others, but I know what we do is to help us get in better shape and to be able to better perform the different movements. The reason I always loved team sports was because of the relationships and the members all working for the same goal.  I definitely feel that here at Cross Fit Thoroughbreds with the members and the coaches are excellent.

How has your fitness changed since joining CFTB? I have lost around 55 lbs since joining and my body structure has definitely changed.  I feel great everyday and my energy level has improved.  I don’t like missing a workout, because it makes me feel I cheated myself for the day.

Favorite memory at CFTB? Thoroughbreds Throwdown was by far my favorite memory.  Even when I split my lip wide open on the thrusters during the competition and taking 4 days to recover from the competition.  Thank you to Mike, Brittany, and Crystal for taking the old guy on their team.

Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying Cross Fit? Realize you can only accomplish success when you are willing to fail first.  We all have to start somewhere and it is about the journey not the finish line.  The journey is worth stopping and seeing the sites and experiences.  If you come to this gym you will be successful if you listen to Brian and the other great coaches who care about your success.

Melissa Cruz | March Member of the Month | CrossFit Thoroughbreds in Fort Myers

March Member of the Month:

Member of the Month Badge | CrossFit Thoroughbreds | Fort Myers

It’s a bittersweet celebration this month as we honor a valued member of the Thoroughbreds’ family and at the same time prepare to wish her well in the next phase of her life. Melissa Cruz has been a member of CrossFit Thoroughbreds for a mere eight months, but in this time she has made incredible progress in her fitness, formed fantastic new friendships, and even gone from a volunteer at a CrossFit competition to a competitor.  She has inspired us with her dedication to hard work and brightened our days with her ever-present smile…not to mention the fact that her hair is AMAZING!

As Melissa prepares to leave Fort Myers to study abroad and continue her journey of personal growth, we would like to say thank your for all of the positivity you have brought to the gym. Wherever life may take you, you will always be a Thoroughbred!


Member of the Month: Melissa Cruz

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 22

Hobbies/interests outside of Crossfit: I have an incredible passion for creative writing as I do for cultural dances and poetic performances. When I have spare time, I try to serve the community and keep my mind fresh by reading!

How long have you been at CrossFit Thoroughbreds? Since August 2015

Favorite wod or movements? Box Jumps & Dead lifts

Tell us about your fitness journey? Growing up, fitness was never the easiest thing for me as I was the chubby kid with an intense appetite. I leaned on food on my best moments and at my worst because it was the only thing that kept me emotionally stable. When I was 15, I became so focused on the ideal body image that I started a “starvation diet”. I ate very minimal and exercised about 6 hours a day to the point where I lost 30lbs in a month and a half. I was so consumed with looking amazing that in turn it made me feel extremely lonely and exhausted! At this exact age, I was diagnosed with restricted anorexia nervosa. After many health scares in my life, I started channeling my personal weaknesses to writing and meeting new people on a daily basis. I am a firm believer that internal and external love manifests growth! Without a healthy mind, there is no healthy heart; without a healthy heart, there is no healthy life! How has your fitness changed since joining cftb? I am amazed as to how differently I look at fitness since joining CFTB! Exercising no longer feels like an obligation but a normal part of my daily schedule. CFTB has taught me many things from building patience to putting my well-being first and making my health a priority.

Favorite memory at  CFTB? From speaking with Brian about curly hair care products to creating long lasting relationships with people in different age groups, every moment at CFTB has been incredibly significant! I am extremely grateful for the constant encouragement coming from the coaches & the members and all the laughs I’ve had in the process.

Any advice for new members? “You cannot see the wind, but you can see how the trees react to it.” Although you may not see or feel immediate progress, believe that it is possible and you will achieve whatever you set your mind to. Do not think about the person you envision, BE the person you envision! & lastly, Shed light on your soul and all things positive will follow!