Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month: Faith Scheibe

Posted June 1, 2017

 

Congratulations to Faith for being named Athlete of the Month for June! Faith consistently puts in two-a-days with Cycling and Endurance/RivFit!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

  • I wanted to try something different – had been a member of the YMCA and it just wasn’t cutting it.  There’s a different feel at the Riv that really motivates me!

2. How has RIV Athletics helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

  • My passion is backpacking and before I got serious at the Riv, my treks were filled with struggles – mostly physical.  Since I’ve gotten into better shape, backpacking is so much more enjoyable.  I went for a solo hike a month ago – that was probably the best trip of my life!!
3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?
  • Favorite workouts:  RivFit, Endurance, & Sprint!  I know I’m improving when the 10 lbs dumbbells became too light & I needed to increase!!
4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?
  • I love that I’m constantly encouraged by the coaches – to do the best that I can, to push myself further.  It doesn’t matter that I’m not one of the many elite athletes at the Riv, they treat everyone with respect, encouragement, & enthusiastic support -even us beginners & novices!!  I have always felt welcomed!!

Athlete of the Month: Fred Scott

Posted May 1, 2017

Congratulations to the Athlete of the Month for May, Fred! He puts in so much time at the gym (and even more at the monster bar) that he got his own shake on the board!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?
  • My reason for joining the Riv was my doctor saying I needed to exercise to lower my cholesterol. Coach Mike would also tell me every day I would like this gym!
2. How has RIV Athletics helped you reach some of your fitness goals?
  • My cholesterol has lowered to normal levels without medication and I’ve lost plenty of fat and turned it into muscle.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • My favorite workouts are the Sunday Riv/WOD and the Endurance class is no joke!
4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?
  • The people– everyone from the coaches to the members are really good people who enjoy seeing each other’s success!

 

Athlete of the Month: Ali Naqvi

Posted April 4, 2017
 Congratulations to Ali for being named Athlete of the Month for April! Don’t let the shirt fool you, he loves burpees…
1. What made you decide to join the Riv?
  • I started going to a regular gym 1-2 years before joining the Riv and while I had enough motivation to go there regularly to train strength, I realized I clearly wasn’t in good shape considering mobility and cardio and I missed motivation. So, I decided to try the Riverfront and it was definitely one of the best decisions of my life.

2. How has RIV Athletics helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

  • I think the Riv has an amazing coaching staff who are always pushing me to get better. I have lost around 15 pounds since I have joined without eating healthy, which is pretty amazing.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • My favorite workout is any workout that does not have burpees :). Recently, I really liked the “12 days of Christmas” workout. My biggest improvement has been my stamina as I have been able to do multiple workouts in a day.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

  •  I really look forward to Sunday RivWod classes as they are awesome.

Athlete of the Month: Mike Turick

Posted March 2, 2017
 
Congratulations to long-time member and 5:15’er Mike Turick for being named athlete of the month for March!!
1. What made you decide to join the Riv?
  • My wife! She gave me a gift card as a birthday present in summer 2014 since I had expressed interest in CrossFit. I did a trial membership and really enjoyed the varied workouts and tight-knit community, and decided to join full time.
2. How has RIV Athletics helped you reach some of your fitness goals?
  • I didn’t establish fitness goals until I joined the Riv. The coaches are amazing and the workout programming has helped me focus on improving my core lifts. It’s really gratifying to see progress through new PR’s, or learning new gymnastics skills that I never thought I would be able to do.
3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?
  • Favorite workout – Fight Gone Bad.  Biggest improvement – first Fran time: 9:07; most recent: 4:54.
4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?
  • I have two favorite parts of the Riv – the community and the coaches. I’ve created some great friendships at the Riv all while increasing my fitness level.

Athletes of the Month: Heather and Phil Horsey

Posted February 2, 2017

 

Congratulations to Heather and Phil for being named athletes of the month for January!

**Phil has been anxiously waiting to receive the honor for a long time now, so be sure to congratulate him when you see him!**

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

  • Phil: I stopped playing rugby when my daughter was born, the Y wasn’t getting it done and I needed a new sport and challenge.
  • Heather: I decided to join the Riv because of my husband 🙂  After being reluctant, I decided to give it a try.  And of course he was right, I loved it!

2. How has RIV Athletics helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

  • Phil: What’s a fitness goal? Just trying to slow down mother time and keep some deteriorating joints from getting worse.
  • Heather: My fitness goal is to just stay active. I am able to do this because I love coming to the classes. I do not like to miss a class.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • Phil: HSPU and overhead presses. Pull-ups and mobility, despite both still being really bad.
  • Heather: I do not have a favorite workout. What I love is that every workout is different. I would have to say my push ups and rowing have improved the most, but both still need some more work 🙂

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

  • Phil: The post Friday WOD adult beverages that I will kick-start with my donation of the first keg…
  • Heather: My favorite part of the Riv is the welcoming environment!

Athlete of the Month: Stephanie Chavers

Posted January 2, 2017

Congratulations to Stephanie for being named Athlete of the Month for December!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

  • I was looking for a way to get back in shape, but I found myself at gyms and not being motivated to do it on my own. I wanted to go somewhere where there were classes and people to interact with. My first trial class, although shy, already felt like I could be a part of the community. I signed up as soon as the class was over, and haven’t turned back.
2. How has the Riv helped you reach some of your fitness goals?
  • The Riv holds me accountable. When I miss a day, I know it and they know it. Because I am not just one of many. That has made me work much harder than I ever have, and I can see it in my body. I have always wanted Angela Basset in What’s Love Got to Do with It arms…. I’m getting there… I’ve done so many things I never thought that I could do. It’s not just the fitness, it’s the confidence that comes with it.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • My favorite workout….Hmmmm…It had to be one of the Ladder Partner WODs, those are my favorites. I love Partner WODs in general. Fridays are my favorite. I think my endurance has improved the most. The first few weeks of my workouts, I didn’t finish… and now I’m excelling and it gives me a new energy because I know that I can finish. I know I can do it.
4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?
  • The people. Most gyms have coaches, but not my coaches. This community is the best. They are fun and encouraging. It’s not just about the workout, but they get to know who you are.

Athlete of the Month: Megan Williams-Stewart

Posted December 1, 2016
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Congratulations to Megan for being named Athlete of the Month for November!
1. What made you decide to join the Riv?
  • All of my life I was a competitive figure skater. Once I retired due to a labral tear in my hip, I needed something “outside the box” to push me to get into shape again. One of my skating friends (an original member of the Riv) kept telling me to join. So in 2014, I finally stepped outside of my comfort zone and joined. At first, I was VERY intimated by everyone there and what they could do but I eventually got over it and have never looked back.

2. How has CrossFit Riverfront helped you reach some of your fitness goals?
  • Not only has the Riv helped me reach fitness goals but it’s opened my eyes to having fitness goals in general. The dedication/commitment on my part, the motivational group environment, and instruction and inspiration from the coaches has allowed to me to get stronger, faster, sharper, and more motivated each day. This has lead to consistent and progressive results, and constantly drives me to push myself further each and every workout.
3. What has been your favorite workout?
  • I can’t name a specific WOD that has been my favorite but in general, I have enjoyed learning and developing new skills that I never thought I was capable of achieving. 
4. What have you improved on most?
  • My endurance and upper body strength! That was definitely my weakest when I started and has improved the most.
5. What is your favorite part of the Riv? 
  • Other than Kirsten’s dance moves… I would have to say my favorite thing about the Riv is the community environment, the positivity of all of the coaches and partner WODs on Fridays!

Athletes of the Month: Tori and Meghan Grimm

Posted November 1, 2016

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For October, we have two Athletes of the Month: Tori and Meghan Grimm!! The sisters can’t be separated, so they both get it for the month!

Tori

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?
  • I’ve always wanted to join a CrossFit gym, but was too intimidated to join myself, so when I moved back to Delaware after school I decided to drag my sister into joining the Riv with me so it would be less intimidating.
2. How has CrossFit Riverfront helped you reach some of your fitness goals?
  • CrossFit Riverfront has helped me reach the goals of being mentally and physically stronger. I’ve learned to push myself harder in order to get those extra reps I wasn’t able to complete before and despite the pain and soreness to just keep going because it’s all worth it in the end.
3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?
  • My favorite workout is endurance class with Coach Mike and the one move I hate, but love to see him put on the board is burpee box jumps because they never fail to exhaust me. Mike’s classes are always the most difficult to get through, but I love the challenge.
  • I’ve improved most on rowing and I’m still not even good at it, but I was probably hands down the worst rower going into the Riv every day. I thank Coach Mike for teasing me and including rowing in several workouts just so I could practice and get better at it.
4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?
  • My favorite part of the Riv is the community and competition. It’s a completely non-judgmental place that makes you feel confident in working out but also pushes you to go harder than you did last workout. I love competing with my sister and the friends I’ve made at the Riv because it makes us better every day.

Meghan

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

  • My sister, Tori, encouraged me to join the Riv. She had just graduated from school and I had just moved back from VA. I needed something different with my workouts and joining the Riv was just what I was looking for.

2. How has CrossFit Riverfront helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

  • CrossFit Riverfront has helped me become stronger. I was never able to do push-ups before Riv, now I can. I want to continue to improve on doing more reps without going to my knees.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • My favorite workout is endurance class with Coach Mike. I love that coach Mike intertwines cardio and strength in the workouts. I find it challenging and exhausting. I have improved on my box jumps despite getting injured a week ago. I went from a 20 to 24. Coach Mike would like to see me get to 30 (not so sure about that anymore). Also, my running time has improved!

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

  • My favorite part of the Riv is the feeling of being a part of a community and my new friends.

Athlete of the Month: Amy Nerlinger

Posted October 3, 2016

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Congratulations to Amy for being chosen as the Athlete of the Month for September! Amy often WOD’s multiple times a day and is always present for events and competitions. Definitely well deserved!

 

1.       What made you decide to join the Riv?

I had recently moved back to Wilmington from graduate school and I no longer had many close friends living in the area.  I wanted to join a community where I could meet new people with whom I shared similar interests.  Being an athlete most of my life, I also wanted to find a hobby that would support a healthy and active lifestyle.  I’ve had many past teammates who fell in love with CrossFit as a means of supporting their competitive, yet social, personalities, so I decided to give it a try.  Specifically regarding CrossFit Riverfront, I heard great things about the programming and community, so after researching the wide range of class types and class times that could work with my varying work schedule, I decided to sign-up!

2.       How has CrossFit Riverfront helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

A few years ago, I began focusing on distance running as a means of stress-relief and immersing myself in the outdoors.  It soon also became a primary motivator in my life – wanting to get faster every time I went out for a run.  Succeeding here helped me focus more on work, school, and some other factors in my life.  Last year I felt I plateaued on my half marathon pace.  I signed up for another half marathon earlier this year, hoping to PR.  Going into the race, I was nervous I hadn’t trained enough… I had “only” been taking the RivFit and CrossFit classes at the gym.  I ended up finishing the race with a new PR by 11 minutes.  I was super surprised, yet super proud of myself.  This just confirmed the overall fitness training I receive at the Riv and how the programming here can help you reach many goals other than just lifting weights! 

3.       What has been your favorite workout?  What have you improved on most?

My favorite workouts are the Endurance WODs and the Turf WODs.  These classes remind me most of the soccer and basketball practices I took part in most of my life. 

My primary area of improvement has definitely been my upper body strength.  I’ve always played sports that require mostly lower body and core strength, so tackling arm and shoulder strength has been tough.  Slowly but surely I’m continuing to improve the upper body technique and strength involved in many movements! 

4.       What is your favorite part of the Riv?  

My favorite part of the Riv is two-fold.  First, the community of members and coaches creates an environment that’s conducive to healthy competition, knowledgeable training, and positive support no matter your skill level.  I’ve learned how strong I can be and I’m motivated to push myself each day.  Second, the Riv supports a “work hard, play hard” lifestyle.  Each member works hard by pushing themselves to their limit each day, but we have so much fun doing it.  The events held by the Riv also help us remember it’s not just about work, but it’s also about gaining the confidence and happiness to enjoy the rest of our lives.

Athlete of the Month: Noel Smith

Posted September 1, 2016

NoelCongratulations to one of the hardest working guys at the Riv, Noel Smith, for being Athlete of the Month for August!!
1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

  • I decided to join the Riv after months of unhappiness with my appearance. A friend from King of Prussia told me about CrossFit and sent me some links on what it was about & what to expect. I reached out to Justine & she told me to come in & give it a shot, I’ve been LOVE ever since!

2. How has CrossFit Riverfront helped you reach some of your fitness goals?

  • For me, CrossFit Riverfront has given me the motivation to get up & get after it, the workouts are tough, some easier than others but the fact that all the coaches are willing to help out & give you advice on form or even cheer you on when you’re ready to give up, you definitely don’t get that anywhere else! Not to mention the awesome people that have offered advice & gave me the extra motivation to push to finish a round.

3. What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved on most?

  • My favorite workout has to be anything that Coach Mike thinks of for his endurance classes. Running isn’t my strong point but the fact that he makes it challenging & fun at the same time keeps me coming back for more!

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

  • My favorite part of the Riv hands down is the community atmosphere that you feel as soon as you walk through those doors. I was very intimidated when I walked in 2 months ago, but the second I saw how quick everyone was to take me by the hand & help me through those first few workouts, I could see why the the Riv was so popular. The Riv for me is my escape. It’s truly a judgement free zone!