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Kaleel Mirzai

 

Kaleel Mirzai is our next Athlete of the month!  Kaleel is one of those people that is at the gym almost every day, with a smile on his face!  He works hard on improving his strength, endurance, and skills.  Kaleel has become one of the "Top Dogs" in the gym with getting his name on the board a lot!  He is also a great friend to everyone in the gym!  He is always encouraging everyone!  Kaleel is a wonderful example for our CF family!

 

Interview with Kaleel Mirzai:

 

Who are you outside of CF4E?

• I’m a husband. I’m a worker. I’m a bill payer. I’m a Crossfitter….And Sometimes a Partier!

What is your fitness background?

• I have played soccer since middle school and still enjoy playing on outdoor teams here in Augusta in my free time. Never really joined a gym before.

 

When and why did you start CrossFit?

• I started Crossfit December 2016. I wanted to try something new and my Crossfit crazy wife made me try it. I love it since then! There is no gym that will ever compare to the community here at Crossfit 4 Everyone.

 

Favorite WOD or skill?

• My favorite skills at Crossfit are heavy deadlifts & cleans. I also enjoy bar muscles and ring muscle ups.

 

Least favorite?

• My least favorite skill at Crossfit is the sled push… as I have puked several times. NO FUN!!!

 

If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

•  5RFT:

 5 ring muscle up

 10 deadlift (225lb)

 20 GHD

 30 double unders

 

Favorite cheat meal?

•  Everything I eat is a cheat… I don’t diet. At least I’m honest!

 

Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

• My most memorable moment was time spent with friends on our Crossfit camping trip. It’s like a family. I also like just coming to the gym everyday because everyone is so friendly, helpful, and enjoy the conversation.

 

Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

• I know its going to be hard for a while, but if you keep pushing yourself you will see results. There will always be new things to try and continue to challenge yourself. You can’t be good at everything…just keep trying! Don’t give up!

 

Anything else that makes you unique?

• I was born & raised in Afghanistan and came as a refuge to the United States in 2000. I come from a large family. I have six brothers & one sister.

 

Previous Athletes of the Month

  • Bryant Tatum

    BRYANT TATUM is our next Athlete of the Month!  Bryant is a great athlete with a great personality!  He always keeps us smiling with his wit and sense of humor during our torturous WODS!  Bryant shows his dedication by showing up to compete against his buddies almost everyday.  He works hard to improve his lifts and skills. Bryant has progressed significantly during his CrossFit journey!

     

    WE LOVE OUR BRYANT!!!!

     

    Interview with Bryant Tatum:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • Christian, Husband, Father, and Chief Technology Officer for Augusta University. When I live life in that order everything works out great. I have been blessed with a wonderful supportive wife and two beautiful children.

    What is your fitness background?

    • I played football and baseball in Highschool. After Highschool I took a long vacation from physical activity until my Doctor wanted to put me on high blood pressure medication. I woke up the next morning and started walking. Eventually I started running and have completed a marathon and several half-marathons.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • My Wife and I ran the Augusta University Half Marathon together in 2017 and I told her it was time to find some other form of exercise. After doing some research I decided to try CrossFit. I walked into CrossFit 4 Everyone in March of 2017 and quickly became addicted to CrossFit.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • I really like the long grueling workouts. The WODs you ask yourself how in the world are you

    going to complete all of this under the time cap.

     

    Least favorite?

    • Josh would incorporate my least favorite WOD or skill into more workouts – I will keep that

    private!! Double unders are by far the most frustrating skill.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    •  Run, Rope Climb, Box Jump - Repeat

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    •  It has to be ice cream from Bruster’s or Chocolate Chip cookies from Earth Fare. I have a major sweet tooth.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • When I started CrossFit my personal goal was to do pull ups. The day that I finally was able to RX a workout with pullups is by far the most memorable. Funniest moments are when Bruce and or Tim show up. We quickly become the boys in the back of the class that are up to no good.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • As Anna always says to me, "It's going to great!" It really is going to be great. You can't beat the feeling you get after good workout.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Leave your ego at the door and record your progress. CrossFit is very challenging and there are

    going to be things you can’t do and it is perfectly fine. When you track your lifts and times on

    your WODs you will be blown away by your progress.

  • Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson

     

    Tim Wilson is our next athlete of the month! Tim is extremely welcoming to all of the new faces at CrossFit 4 Everyone!   He tries very hard to make them feel comfortable in their new gym! Tim is a great athlete and is always trying to improve himself on his lifts and skills!

     

    Interview with Tim Wilson:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • A 46 year old self employeed father of two boys, Luke (10) and Blake (7). Married to my beautiful and intelligent wife Cori for over 12 years. And we have two Springer Spaniels, River and Brody.

     

    What is your fitness background?

    • Grew up playing baseball and soccer. Played for the varsity soccer team as a freshman in high school but after riding the bench that year I found other interests outside of sports. I've always enjoyed running.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started crossfit over 6 years ago because of and thanks to my wife. I would pick on her about her new workout routine that I had never heard of. What's a kipping pullup anyway? She convinced me to finally try it. Haven't looked back. Still remember doing a very scaled version of Donkey Kong that almost killed me during fundamentals.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Ring muscle ups.

     

    Least favorite?

    • Ab mat sit ups. I don't have enough cushion so showering after a lot of them is torture.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • My version of "Moore". 20 min AMRAP 1 Rope climb, 400M run, Muscle up into max number of ring dips.

    Scaled: Rope climb, 400M run, max ring dips

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Cheeseburger and Fries ATW.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • The one I can't escape. After just starting Crossfit we did a partner WOD which involved fireman carries. My wife was my partner and someone (Julie) took a picture of my wife carrying me around the parking lot. Somehow it made its way to Facebook(Julie). Five years later I still have peaple who love to bring that up.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Don't get fustrated. Technique is everything and it comes with time and practice. Do not do what I did and just shoot for higher weights and faster times without learning the right technique (put your ego aside) . Once you learn something the wrong way it is hard to unlearn. Good technique will benefit you in the long run. After 6 years I'm still working on a lot of things.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • INothing that really that makes me unique. I would like to just say how much I enjoy working and suffering with everyone at the gym. I love seeing the new faces and hate seeing those I've known move on. It's inspiring to see so many working so hard to better themselves.

     

     

  • Stephanie North

    Stephanie North

     

    Stephanie North is our next athlete of the month! Stephanie has been doing CF for 7 months .  Her son does Jiu-jitsu and kickboxing at the gym and kept spying on the CF side!  She finally came over to try it out and hasn't stopped since!  Stephaine used to be nervous about trying new skills and increased weight.  However, now she is up for any challenge!  Her weights on her lifts have improved dramatically!  She will attempt any skill that we put in front of her. She pushes her friends to join in the fun and to not let limitations hinder them from CF.

     

    Interview with Stephanie North:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I am a mom, wife, and sister.

    What is your fitness background?

    • I've only ever done weight training off and on.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started CrossFit in March. The reason I started was to lose weight and tone up. Since starting I've lost about 20lbs. Thank you everyone for your support and motivation!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Deadlifts and GHDs

     

    Least favorite?

    • I hate wall balls.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    •  Truthfully, I'm very clumsy. The perfect WOD for me would be when I don't hit myself with the bar or get trapped in the band. lol

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    •  Fully loaded nachos from Diablo's....YUM!

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • When Gwen went into labor. It was so inspiring to see her doing CrossFit all through her pregnancy. Whenever I'm struggling I tell myself...If Gwen can do it then I can too.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • As Anna always says to me, "It's going to great!" It really is going to be great. You can't beat the feeling you get after good workout.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I am the proud mom of this years Junior Light Heavyweight IKF World Champion!!!

     

  • Gwen Hardy

    Gwen Hardy

     

    Gwen Hardy is our next  Athlete of the month!  This lady has the dedication of a fierce lioness!  She has always worked very hard in the gym to improve her endurance, strength and skills.  Gwen is so dedicated to CF that she is here almost every day.  Gwen not only works hard for her, she works hard for her unborn baby girl that is due in June.  Even though her pregnancy makes her tired, she still comes to the gym!  She does the wods to the best of her and her belly's ability!  Gwen's son, John Allen, is also an amazing little CrossFitter!  He definitely got his mama's fierce competitive attitude.  The other day he got a bloody nose from a racquetball hitting him and he still wanted to do the wod after!  We love our Gwen and John Allen!!

     

    Interview with Gwen Hardy:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I’m a wife and a mom and I love my family!  We stay pretty busy at home with our little make-shift farm of a garden, chickens, and bees.  One day, we hope to have enough land (and money) to have a REAL farm complete with pigs and cows!  I work for a shingle distribution company so if you need a new roof, I can get you a good price on shingles!

    What is your fitness background?

    • The only thing I ever did consistently before crossfit was run.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started in July or August of last year and I was just bored!  I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I fell in love with crossfit and everyone at CF4E immediately!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • I like Tabata WODs and I love the kettle bell.

     

    Least favorite?

    • That would probably be a tie between thrusters and wall ball.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • Tabata row, kettle bell, push press, and air squat

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Spicy chicken sandwich meal (the original) with waffle fries, diet coke, and a ton of chick fil a sauce

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • When I first found out I was pregnant (before anyone knew) I tried to do a handstand for the first time, freaked out, and fell right on my neck.  It hurt for a week after that and I felt like a moron.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Don’t give up!  It can be frustrating in the beginning when you don’t know what you’re doing but stick with it.  It is SO worth it!

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I don’t think so, I’m pretty basic.

     

     

  • Trey Bowling

     

    Trey Bowling is our next Athlete of the month.

    CrossFit is not only about coming in and doing WODs, it is about being a member of the family.  Getting involved, promoting the community and trying to make CF4E a better place for everyone are all things Trey does.  Trey is always trying to promote health and fitness with his family.  His daughter, Aleciea, went to a CF competition with Trey. She was inspired by the female athletes so she joined CF4E.  He saw a passion for running in his daughter, Madison, so they run together.  They not only compete in races together, they rank highly in these competitions! Trey finds CF comps to participate in and drags his buddies into the sport!  That is what it is about...having fun while trying to stay young and healthy!  Trey is a awesome member of the CF4E family!  We are so thankful to have his friendship!

     

    Interview with Trey Bowling:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I’m a Christian, Husband, Father, and Chemical Salesman...In that order!!

    What is your fitness background?

    •  Prior to finding CF4E, I played organized sports since I was 5 years old. Football, baseball, basketball, golf, wrestling, running, and cycling.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • About 2 years ago when my wife told me I was getting a little heavy. It ticked me off!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Rowing.

     

    Least favorite?

    • Thrusters!!

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • It would involve rowing, Box Jumps, and Deadlifts

    Maybe ...

    100 Cal row

    50 Box Jumps

    25 Dead lifts 225/185

    For time

     

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Pizza

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • The last competition we did in Aiken. We had a large group and it was a really cool scene.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • It gets easier...not a lot but easier!

    DOn’t quIt..DO IT!

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I raced Mountain Bikes all over the Southeast for Saturn (car company) for years. My specialty was 24 hour solo races and 100 Mile races. I gave it up when Madison was born because I didn’t want to miss anything with my kids.

     

     

  • Mary Beth Peperall

     

    Mary Beth is our next Athlete of the month!  She has been CrossFitting with us for years! (Since we were CF North Augusta!)  Mary Beth is a very competitive lady!  She works hard on improving  her lifts and skills each day!  She is always checking that leaderboard and challenging her friends!  Mary Beth is very motivating to her peers in the gym!  We love our MB!

     

    Interview with Mary Beth Peperall:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I am a wife and mom of 3. I used to be a high school math teacher, but am taking some time off. I may be retired...

    What is your fitness background?

    •   I wasn’t super athletic growing up, but always loved trying different sports. I was a cheerleader, rower, and soccer player. Rowing is my all time favorite of the three and I wish I’d done it for longer.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started CrossFit Fall 2008 with my then boyfriend. We found this awesome place called CrossFit North Augusta with a young couple by the name of Joshua and Julie. We instantly fell in love with J and J and the workouts! I had never heard of CrossFit, but David thought I’d enjoy it. I was scared of every movement at first but have gotten over most of that fear!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Rowing, double unders and wall ball

     

    Least favorite?

    • Overhead squat and snatch

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • I love Annie, maybe add in a calorie row along with it:)

     

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • I’m a sucker for sweets! I also love a really well crafted meal that I don’t cook!

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • Getting my first rope climb, getting my first box jump and my first hand stand push up. I also cross fitted through all three pregnancies which is something I’m proud of.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • The best thing about CrossFit is the community and feeling strong. I feel like a lot of people think CrossFit is overwhelming but it’s really fun and you should give it a try!

     

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I love to play the piano!

     

     

  • Will Kilgore

     

     

    Will Kilgore is our next ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!!  We are all so thankful to have him as a part of our CF family!!  He works hard during all the WODs!  Will always stays extra to work on his "goats."  Will is a great athlete and is extremely competitive in the WODs!  He is an excellent motivator for his peers.  Will takes time to get to know people and encourage them with their workouts.  Above all, Will is just a super nice, caring, friendly person that kicks butt on the WODs!

     

    Interview with Will Kilgore:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I have been a healthcare administrator for the Army for the last 12 or so years. While in years past I did some cooler things I am now relegated to an office where I use "data" and "spreadsheets" to ask other people to work harder and make enough money to cover their salary and mine. It's really a great gig I would highly recommend it.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  I grew up playing soccer and doing outdoorsy stuff like backpacking and camping. In the Army we mostly focus on push-ups, sit-ups, and running and don’t always have time for weight lifting. I have done a couple of half marathons and a bunch of Army Ten-Milers, which is probably my ideal race distance. I still enjoy running longer distances, backpacking, snowboarding, and rock climbing (indoor gym style).

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started in San Antonio, TX in the summer of 2016. I would have considered myself a fairly decent distance runner but I was looking to put on more muscle. I know, I know, you’re wondering how I could possibly fit any more muscle onto this frame, but you should never stop trying to improve.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Murph. It is in my wheelhouse.

     

    Least favorite?

    • Overhead squat or snatch. Mostly because my 1RM is the same as a small child's and I have the shoulder flexibility of someone in a straitjacket.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • Murph is pretty great. A perfect WOD would involve no more than 95lbs, because that just sounds heavy, and would be high intensity, but not like “Fight Gone Bad” intensity. Oh and I would finish first.

     

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Chick-fil-A, #2 with pepper jack cheese, waffle fries, and a Sprite. Great… now I’m hungry.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • My most memorable moment at CF4E was that time Gwen almost ran me over in the parking lot during a sprint workout. People always say they thought they were going to die during a workout but I legitimately thought I was going to die. I immediately went home and hugged my plants (girlfriend was out of town).

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Just walk in the door. I sat out in the parking lot my first day of Crossfit wondering if I really needed to start this week. If you’re reading this (I don’t blame you if you’ve stopped) you’ve passed that hurdle so keep going. It gets better and you get stronger.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • My first duty station was in Germany so I got a chance to travel all over Europe. I've been to 33 countries and want to keep going! I also hate flying, so that's awkward.

     

  • Casey Collins

     

    Casey Collins is a very dedicated CrossFit Athlete!

     

    She is very consistent at getting up and being at most 5:30am WODs! (This is why a lot of you might not know her!). She is always pushing and motivating others.

    Casey strives for good technique on her lifts and skills.

    She helps out at the gym when she can. Casey always has a great attitude! We really appreciate this kind hearted, lovely person!

     

     

    Interview with Casey Collins:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • Mom of two kids, Brendan 12 and Lily 8

    Has worked for Urban Outfitters for 9 years and I'm a supervisor for Quality Assurance and Customer Resolutions.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  Tried the standard gyms, body pump, and just got bored very quickly.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started Cross in 2013. There was a Groupon for another gym. Tried it for 30 days and was hooked since. I love that it constantly changes and works your whole body. It pushes me to do more and not give up.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • Deadlifts, Power Cleans, and GHD/Back Extensions

     

    Least favorite?

    • Burpees and snatches (even though I'm good with over head movements)

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • 21-15-12-9-6-3

    Slightly heavy deadlift

    GHD

    Toes-to-bar

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Brewster's Ice Cream

    Waffle bowl with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup

    Twix/kit Kat bars

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • Completing a 33" box jumps

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Work on form first and don't feel pressured to go heavier until you've got the form down.

    Don't give up or compare yourself to others. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I was born and raised in Alaska. My hometown was North Pole, AK.

    While growing up I lived where there was no electricity or running water and in the middle of nowhere. Had to haul water in order to take baths (heating it up on a wood stove). We had a dog sled team of about 15 dogs. Since there was no TV we listened to stories on the radio.

     

  • Jeff Giardina

     

    Jeff Giardina is our next Athlete of the Month!!! Jeff has come so far with his CF career! He does the daily WODs and then A LOT more! Jeff spends hours of extra time working on his weaknesses! Abs of steel is the goal with all the GHD variations he does daily! He also is always adding more to the WODs by either doing endurance or competition or both. Jeff calls that getting "All the letters!!" Jeff is a great motivator in the gym! He is always pushing the other athletes to do more and push harder. We love Jeff';s sense of humor! You just never know what is going to get us all rolling!

     

     

    Interview with Jeff Giardina:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I’m pretty much a nomadic corporate communications professional. I’ve done consulting or project communications management for Capital One, State Farm and Archer Daniels

    Midland before Westinghouse brought me to Georgia.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  I played football and basketball in high school, and soccer and basketball in rec leagues as an adult. But since last summer, it’s been pretty much 100% CrossFit for me. Oh… and there were a few years in my mid-20s that I didn’t do anything fitness-wise (see photo).

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    •  November 2015. A friend at work had started going to the local box and convinced me to try it out.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • I like Fight Gone Bad for a named wod, clean and jerk for a lift, and GHDs and double-unders for “skills.”

     

    Least favorite?

    • Sotts press. It should be abolished.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • 10 rounds: 5 clean and jerk (135 lbs.), 10 box

    jumps (30”), 15 GHDs

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Pancakes/Waffles

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • Doing open gym with Julie Guzman on July

    17, 2017. She let me take her out on our first date after.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    •  Be patient and don’t push yourself past

    your limits. Even people that are really strong and good at CrossFit weren’t at some point.If you push yourself too hard, you'll end up injured and we'll miss seeing you around.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • I'm a triplet (see photo).

  • Cori Wilson

     

    Cori Wilson IS OUR NEXT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!!  Cori is a very dedicated person.  Whether it is to her family, work, or her workouts, she is dedicated!  Cori has been with us for ____ many years (How many???)  She worked out through her pregnancy with Blake, her youngest son.  She is always at the gym Monday through Friday. For Cori to miss a day, there must be something drastic going on!  Cori always works on her "goats" in her spare time at the gym.  She is focused on being a better lifter and wodder throughout her CF career.  Cori is also a great motivator to others around her.  When she sees someone struggling, she is there.  When she sees someone that needs help, she is there.  Cori and her Tim are very helpful at the gym every time we move or need help!  We really appreciate Cori being Cori!!!

     

    Interview with Cori Wilson:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • A wife, a mom to 2 boys, and a PA in surgery.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  I played volleyball in high school… does that count? I’ve done spin classes, pilates, boot camps, etc off/on over the years just when I needed to get some weight off but then I found CF4E…!

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    •  I started over 7 years ago! I had just finished a 6 wk boot camp at AnyTime Fitness and wanted to continue but I knew I needed the guidance of a trainer. Someone said “there’s this thing called CrossFit and there might be a box in Augusta…” so I checked online and the gym was only a mile from my work! So I gave it a try and I just kept going back… I think I enjoyed Julie’s friendship and the community more than the WODs in the beginning!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    •  Overhead squats and pull-ups! Pull-ups always remind me how far I’ve come – I started on the orange band!

     

    Least favorite?

    • Front squats for sure!

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • Anything that would allow me to beat Tim AND Mary Beth in the same day… that would be awesome! Lol. Love you both!!

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • There’s no need for cheat meals with Stronger U! A few months back, I decided to do an experiment just to see what role nutrition plays for me so I joined Stronger U (i.e. hired a nutrition coach). THE best

    thing I’ve done since starting CF. My only regret is not doing it sooner! On vacation, I always search for a good Thai restaurant… yummm…

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    •  Doing CF pregnant… yikes!! My belly was always in the way!!

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Get an app or write it down on paper – either way, write down ALL your lifts and benchmark WODs! My records not only help me to remember how far I’ve come but also push me to PR.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    •  I love this box more than y’all will ever know! Each of you show up and work your butt off each week – it’s so inspiring!

     

     

  • Robert Collier

     

    Robert Collier is our next Athlete of the Month!!  Robert is a very special person with a very strong work ethic and heart of gold!  Robert is the man that is always encouraging and helping others inside and out of the gym.  You can always count on Robert to be there when you need him with words of wisdom or a shoulder to lean on.  He is also always there to help the gym out with improvements and ideas.  Robert always works as hard as he can on the WODS by pacing himself and pushing to improve his skills as he nurses injuries.  Have you ever heard him complain about anything? Us either!  We are blessed beyond belief to have this guy, everyone's Buddy, in our family!

     

    Interview with Robert Collier:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • My priorities are: 1a God, 1b Family, and 1c others. Everything else is a 2 or more, and falls in line after #1. At work I have the awesome honor of serving our nation's Veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  Phyllis and I have both enjoyed sports and fitness since before we met (in high school!). Not working out regularly has never been a consideration. It is our normal.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • Around 7 1/2 years ago a friend from Raleigh told me about it on several occasions. He was incredibly excited about Crossfit. He couldn't tell me enough! Phyllis started looking into it, and signed ME up! She watched for only a short while, then had to do it also! Crossfit is, by far, the best fitness regimen we have ever been involved in, and we have tried literally EVERYTHING.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • That's just it. It is no one thing. It is not bodybuilding. Is is not just running. It is not just agility, flexibility, or endurance. It's the whole package. Total body physical fitness. Fitness for life. I should also say my favorite thing is everyone else. What an awesome group! You inspire me to look forward so much to the next WOD, to keep striving, working, and improving!

     

    Least favorite?

    • That's just it, again! There is no least favorite. I never "cherry pick" a WOD. If there is something I'm not good at (and I have plenty of goats!), it gives me another goal to work toward. I'll never forget the first muscle up! I made a lap around the gym, high-fiving everyone! There is always a goal, something to improve on, get better at, stronger at, PR, etc.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • 100 pull-ups

    100 push-ups

    100 sit-ups

    50 wall balls

    10 rope climbs

    Let's roll with that!

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Pizza! Hot. Cold. Stale. Moldy. Whatever. I never met a pizza pie I didn't like!

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • I love the competitions. Whether participating or just watching, it is incredible fun to travel with friends, and to do a competition! If you haven't tried it, you have missed out on a LOT of fun! Just being there is so inspiring, to see such great athletes, giving their all.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Enjoy the journey. ANYONE can do Crossfit. I had been going to a "globo gym" for a number of years prior to CF, and thought I was in reasonable shape, but bored out of my mind. I was in for a VERY rude awakening. It took a good while to finish my first WOD "Rx". Just keep coming, and you will not believe the results. I love the rear view, looking back to see what my prior time was on a named WOD, for instance. I had to use bands for pull-ups when we started. I was amazed when we did a WOD that included 180 pull-ups one day. It was a challenge, but finishing all 180...now that's a blast! Crossfit is the bomb!

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Well, I'm a carpenter. I suppose that's a bit unique. But, aside from usual pursuits, I consider myself an outdoorsman. Anything outdoors, with friends...count me in. Backpacking, hunting, fishing, water-skiing, golf...anything that puts me outside, in God's great creation, and sharing those times with others...now that's a good day. One reason I like Crossfit so much is it helps me enjoy these things so much more. I'll be trekking the Rocky Mountains in October with a backpack and a rifle, hoping to hook up with the majestic "wapiti" (or elk). Crossfit will allow me to truly enjoy the experience!

     

     

  • Devon Hawkins

     

    Devon Hawkins is our next Athlete of the month.

    Devon is an incredible person!  She has an incredible work ethic inside and outside the gym!  She is at the gym most days unless the hospital has her hidden!  When she comes into the gym she is cheerful and ready to throw down.  She works very hard to improve her "goats" with extra work. Devon is a very competitive girl that likes to look at the board and see what challenge awaits her in the wod.  After she is done, she is always cheering on her friends!  We love having Devon in our family!!

     

    Interview with Devon Hawkins:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • Outside of crossfit…. I am a General Surgery resident and I am in the Army. Born in Germany, raised in VIRGINIA. First of my name. I have a brother, a stepbrother, a stepmom and step dad, two awesome parents, and an amazing boyfriend who all my favorite humans.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  I did gymnastics from age 5-18. I stopped just shy of level 8. To my knowledge I still hold a high school record for balance beam. I also played soccer in high school. I played every position from center mid fielder to sweeper. In college, I got into running. My college town (University of Virginia- Go Hoos!) was a big running community. It was basically peer pressure. My roommate got me into running at age 20. I have completed three half marathons, the Army 10 miler, multiple 5Ks, and most significantly right before moving to Augusta I ran a full marathon 26.2 miles in 3:51:05.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I came across Crossfit serendipitously. I began in 2013 when I moved to Augusta for residency. Prior to crossfit I used to run, but when I moved to Augusta I realized there are limited running options (ie no sidewalks!). I came to crossfit because Colin Brown invited me to check it out. And the rest is history. Other workouts are too boring for me now. Crossfit has easily become my favorite activity.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • MURPH. Seriously, I’m one of the crazies. Other than that OBSTACLE DAY. Any day when we are

    doing obstacles is usually my favorite.

     

    Least favorite?

    • ROWING. I am pretty sure everyone knows that lol

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • Something combing pull ups, bar muscle ups, handstand push ups and box jumps, maybe some

    squats with a little running to round it all out.

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Anything involving Chocolate and peanut butter.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • Uhmmmmm. This is a hard one. I think any time I have gotten a skill that I have been working on for a long time (ahem ring muscle ups) is always a good memory… I think that one time Kelsey and I let Vince make a compellation of crossfit skills video was a lot of fun and hilarious to make (you had to be there). Recently I was trying to be a show-off with my ring MUs and I fell flat on my face… on video. All are awesome memories.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Everyone starts somewhere! Its okay if you aren’t the best in the gym when you start out, you will be one day! And even if you aren’t it doesn’t matter. I just try to remember what all the yoga instructors say—sometimes its about the journey. Be proud of what your body can accomplish on that day and the rest will come.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Hmmm… I got nothing. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a barbell, asking it for a PR.

     

     

  • John Croy

     

    John Croy is our next Athlete of the month. John has been a dedicated member of ours for ___ years.  He is an amazing athlete!  The improvement that John has had over the years is tremendous!  John is one of those people that works extremely hard and never gives up.  He pushes through any obstacle given to him in the WODs. John does extra work on his lifting and improving his "goats."  John loves the competition in the gym so much that he competes in events as well.

     

    John is also a great friend to everyone in the gym!  He motivates people to push themselves.  When he finishes a WOD he rolls over and cheers on his peers!  He likes to hang out and get to know people after his daily sweat fest. John has always been there for CF4E!  He is there when we need him.  We appreciate our friend!

     

    Interview with John Croy:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I’m from South Georgia, a chemical engineer, and a business student at Augusta University.  I’m active on campus in the Graduate Student Government Association and the MBA Student Association.  I love to learn and am very curious, so I also enjoy reading, watching documentaries, and otherwise exposing myself to a variety of ideas and experiences that I think could expand my thinking.

    What is your fitness background?

    • Contrary to what many think, I’ve actually never run track or cross country.  I played soccer and baseball only as a kid.  I rode my bicycle for fun and for transportation as an adolescent, but not really to stay fit.  Compared to how I am today, I would say I was very sedentary in my younger days.  I weighed as much as 180 lbs. when I was 15 years old (and not a bit of it was muscle); now I’m 165 lbs. and much stronger.  I didn’t start to get into fitness until I was in high school.  I was tired of being a chubby kid and eating garbage foods that many of us were brought up on.  I started by lifting weights, running, and riding my bicycle.  I slowly began to educate myself about diet and nutrition, and my interest in fitness grew from there.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • My sister told me about CrossFit not long after I had moved to Augusta (in 2010), and, after trying out the only 2 CF gyms in Augusta at the time, I was hooked and joined CrossFit Downtown Augusta (now CF4E).  It’s much more fun and engaging than my old routine.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    •  I actually love burpees.  I also like muscle ups, C2B pull-ups, GHDs, and running.  I like Murph.  I think I just love any workout where I get that really gassed feeling like after a really strenuous metcon – probably the result of all those endorphins and whatever else is released in the body.

     

    Least favorite?

    • HSPUs, pistols, and deadlifts.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • 100 double-unders, 100 burpees, 100 GHDs, 100 push-ups, 100 air squats, 100 m run.  ß Joshua, I dare you to program this.

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • Something very meaty – like a rack of ribs or smoked Boston butt – with some dressin’ - then a dessert of vanilla ice cream, with ungodly amounts of chocolate fudge, peanut-butter cups, and chocolate candy-bar types of toppings - and maybe some carrot cake.  I like carrot cake a lot.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • When I won the Phyllis Gone Bad competition on June 21, 2014 – 1st place, Rx Male.  I’m looking at it right now as I type this – the award certificate is still stuck in the frame on the wall that holds my college degree, totally blocking from view my Georgia Tech degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering…because CrossFit accomplishments are way more BA.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    •  Just show up.  If you do that, the rest will take care of itself.  And if they have issues showing up / issues with commitment, I would say learn how to motivate yourself.  Create a compelling vision of yourself - something to strive for - and make that image as real and compelling as possible in your mind – do that regularly, and you will find yourself gravitating towards that person you wish to become.  Also beware of the effects of language on your perception and feelings.  John Croy never HAS to go workout.  I GET to workout.  Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.  Diet is an aid in becoming a better, more fulfilled person; sugar is a “poison,” and I surely feel like hell the day after I eat all that ice cream – that’s why I rarely eat cheat meals – because I DON’T WANT TO.  I tell myself that sugar is “poison,” and I back-up that perception with thoughts of how crappy I feel trying to do the WOD the next day.  Then I think of eating clean and how sharp my body and mind are when I do that and how good it feels.  So be sure you are purposeful in your language and the thoughts that you dwell on, because they will make or break you.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Well, I don’t know about unique, but if you can’t tell, I like to think a lot.  I’m maybe a bit of an overanalyzer, but I also like to really think about the big picture, and I like to think about big, “out-of-the-box” ideas.  I’m fascinated with society and the world we have created, and I often wonder what are the best next steps for human thought and societal values.  I’m also passionate about renewable energy and environmental preservation; I feel that ecology should continue to grow as a core value in society, because the way we currently operate does not adequately account for the fact that we are all connected to each other and to our natural environment, nor does it reflect the finite nature of our natural resources.  And I think we owe it to future generations (and to the creator, depending on your beliefs) to act prudently and to make the best of the opportunity we’ve all been given by being here.  Find me on facebook or in the gym for more crazy talk on these issues.

     

     

  • Megan Brumbelow

     

    Megan Brumbelow is our next Athlete of the month.

    We choose Megan for so many reasons!  First of all, she is such a hard working lady inside and outside of the gym!  She is always trying to improve her lifts, technique and endurance outside of the WODs.  Megan is at the gym 5-7 times a week. After every WOD, she goes and runs at least a mile for her "cool down".   Her hard work and dedication has changed her physique dramatically.  Now Megan is RXing most WODs and a force to be reckoned with on the board.  Megan competed in her 1st competition in December and won her division with less than a weeks notice!  She has become such a beast that her fiance', Kaleel, finally was convinced that this CF thing was worth committing to!  On top of Megan's hard work, she is such a motivator at the gym!  She used to be one of the quiet ones, that just took it all in.  Megan is now the lady to motivate you through the workouts! Now she cheers everyone on as she is WODding. What an amazing transformation in a year!

     

    Interview with Megan Brumbelow:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • Outside of CF4E, I am a ER Nurse at Doctors Hospital. I love what I do each and every day helping others. I'm getting married May 6, 2017 to the best man around... Kaleel! And I have the sweetest little dog Pixie whom I am quite attached too. In my free time, I enjoy doing things like biking, swimming, and scrapbooking. I like to be outdoors and I absolutely love to travel and see new places! I have even been to Uganda twice with my church on mission trips and would love to go back again someday.

    What is your fitness background?

    •  Prior to joining Crossfit, I did almost 3 years of kickboxing and absolutely loved it! However, I'm addicted to Crossfit now :)

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • I started Crossfit on December 15, 2015 a little over a year ago when I moved from Iowa to Augusta, GA. Wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but had heard about Crossfit and how hard it can be. So decided to just sign up and give it a try as I enjoy a challenge!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • My most favorite skills of Crossfit is hard to pick... but I love overhead squats, GHD, and obstacle days!

     

    Least favorite?

    • My least favorite Crossfit skill is most likely to be the split jerk. Its just an awkward movement to me that I need to work on.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • For Time: Run 1 mile, 50 OH Squats, 100 GHD, 50 Wall Ball, 50 Box Jump! Oh and for Endurance Run an additional 1 mile :)

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • My most favorite cheat meal would consist of pepperoni pizza and Reese's ice cream for dessert! I have a bit of a sweet tooth!

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • My most memorable moment at CF4E was winning my first ever competition this past December. All my time and hard work at the gym really paid off. I enjoyed the community and watching others compete and cheer them on as well.

    What advice would you give to someone starting CrossFit?

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • For someone just starting Crossfit, I would encourage them to NEVER GIVE UP! So many people get discouraged right away when they can't do a WOD or certain technique but with time and effort you can do it! There will be difficult WOD's no doubt but continuously set your goals. Achieve them and set more. You will be amazed at what your body can do when you put your mind to it!  But start slow and have fun in what you do! Enjoy the community of CF4E!!!

     

     

  • Chip Fisher

     

    Chip Fisher is our next Athlete of the month.

    We choose Chip to represent the CF4E family for many reasons!  Chip’s love for the sport of CF is inspiring! Chip is completely focused on becoming healthier. He is dedicated to improving his skills and technique by always being at the gym, asking questions, researching on the internet, and taking Oly classes. He also strictly eats Paleo, which has made a huge difference for him.  Chip is a friendly, helpful motivator  to everyone in the gym.  We appreciate and love our friend, Chip Fisher!

     

    Interview with Chip Fisher:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • Apart from CF4E my time is typically split between my job, my church, and my home.

     

    At work I am an Electrical Engineer at a Department of Energy National Laboratory. There I get to design, play with, and use, all kinds of fascinating instrumentation and equipment. I love science and learning about the world we live in so my job suits me well.

     

    I am a Christian and am fortunate to have a church (First Presbyterian) where I have formed many close friendships over the years. I meet regularly with a group of close friends where we actually open the Bible and read it for answers to all the big questions of life. That statement itself typically draws out all kinds of questions, more than can be addressed here, but I love to talk about, think through, and wrestle with these things.

     

    I own a house which has a yard just big enough to suck up any remaining free time I have. Keeping it up is enjoyable but also a ton of work.

    What is your fitness background?

    • I don’t really have a fitness background, at least nothing organized. I have however always loved anything outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing and would prefer time in the mountains to anywhere else.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • It was late March 2014 when I showed up for my first fundamentals class (I still have the email I received asking for info), with my first actual shortly thereafter. The reason I came is a semi-long story but the short version is I had been studying about nutrition and health, particularly looking at Paleo/Primal ideas and diets. While studying all this I would often see comments about people going to their “box” and doing Crossfit. After then looking into Crossfit a bit, and getting an enthusiastic endorsement from friends (Mary Beth and David Perpall) I decided to give it a try. And here we are!

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • I always enjoy the Obstacle Course workouts since they are a varied mix of (usually) fun things. I also like rope climbs and handstand pushups, mostly because I’ve gotten to where I can actually do them somewhat decently.

     

    Least favorite?

    • At the moment, it is muscle ups, both bar and ring, simply because I am still struggling to do them. I hope to conquer them both in the not too distant future, at which point my least favorite will probably default to GHD’s.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • That’s a tough one to answer. There are workouts and skills that I enjoy, but then there are the workouts and skills that I know I need to improve on. For fun I would probably put together an obstacle day type of WOD with Farmer’s carries, Atlas stones, sledge hammers and sled pushes!

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • A New York style pizza (fired in a brick oven) and strong IPA to go along with it. I don’t cheat very often however.

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • Two things come to mind. One was my introduction to an overhead squat back when I first started. I could barely complete one squat with only the 45# bar. I had obviously not used those core muscle groups. Kinda humbling when everyone (so it seemed) around me was knocking them out like it was nothing. I wondered if I was cut out for this stuff … but stuck with it.

     

      The other was my very first competition. This one was to support Phyllis (and Robert) going to the Games and I only signed up after hearing some disappointment expressed about the low number of people who had signed up. I had no clue what I was doing, or getting into, but did want to help send the Colliers to Carson. I think I came in dead last but it was still fun. My poor judge (Meagan Collier) probably spent most of the time doing eye-rolls and face palms!

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • Have fun first of all, and then be willing to learn and improve. You're not going to keep doing something you don't enjoy so approach each new workout as an adventure. When I first started most every workout was new to me and I just accepted that I wasn’t going to be good at anything at first. But I have improved, and I trust I will keep improving.

     

     A second thing is to not be that concerned about “Rx’ing” or even making the time cap. You are your own reference point, so keep up with your workouts and strive to progress from there. If you stick with it, you will improve, and eventually Rx, and make the time cap.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Prior to Crossfit my main activity/sport was hang gliding. I have flown a hang glider for over 20 years but that has decreased significantly since starting Crossfit. I still instinctively look to the sky when the weather and winds turn favorable.

     

     

  • Tracey Perdue

     

    Tracey Perdue is our Athlete of the month.

     

    Interview with Tracey Perdue:

     

    Who are you outside of CF4E?

    • I am a wife and a local artist, born and raised here in Augusta, GA. I love cheesy sci-fi movies, wine nights with girlfriends, and dancing!

    What is your fitness background?

    •  My parents started me in sports at a very early age, and I have always remained active. In high school, I was on the varsity soccer, swim, track, and cross-country teams. After college, I completed my first Triathlon, and I look forward to doing more distance races.

     

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    • My dear friend, Kayla (Kimbrell) Almon was at CF4E. We were training for the triathlon I mentioned, and she encouraged me to try CrossFit. My first WOD was August 2012 with Julie, and I immediately fell in love with it and the people.

     

    Favorite WOD or skill?

    • I love any workout with GHD’s. I used to have an epic GHD ponytail before I donated my hair. #iwhipmyhairbackandforth

     

    Least favorite?

    • I’m not a fan of anything with Thrusters/wall balls. Fran is not my friend.

     

    If you could create a perfect WOD, what would it be?

    • 4RFT 5 Heavy squat cleans, 15 GHD’s, 25 kettlebell swings, and run 400m. In my head this sounds like my perfect WOD, but once I get out there doing it, I might change my mind!

     

    Favorite cheat meal?

    • PIZZA, Tacos, mac n cheese, and margaritas!

     

    Most memorable or funniest memory at CF4E?

    • After a few months of being at CF4E, I decided to do a competition. Even though I was in the Scaled division, I was way in over my head. During the last 2 minutes of the last workout, I had a huge group of friends from CF4E that gathered around me and cheered me on to the very end. It was a proud moment to finish one of the hardest competitions I’ve ever done surrounded by friends.

     

    Advise for someone starting CrossFit?

    • The hardest part isn’t the WOD, it’s making time for it. Be intentional about coming consistently throughout the week, and don’t avoid the WODs that make you uncomfortable. Those are probably the skills you need to work on the most.

     

    Anything else that makes you unique?

    • Trey and I love to travel! We are slowly, but surely picking off our top destinations around the world.

     

    I love the LORD, and would love for anyone to come to church with us! Let me know if you ever want to join us at First Presbyterian downtown.

     

     

 

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