Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month: Christian Harvey

Posted April 4, 2016

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Congratulations to Christian for being the Athlete of the Month for March. Christian is one of the strongest guys in the box, even though he doesn’t like to show it off. We’ll get him competing soon…

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

I joined the Riv because I thought it was best box around. I looked around and no other box was offering what the Riv offered. The Riv offers a variety of classes while still maintaining the CrossFit environment.

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

When I started at the Riv I just wanted to get active again & stay active. The Riv has helped me do that plus so much more. I’m at the box 4 days a week so the Riv has definitely kept me active.

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

My favorite workout doesn’t have a name and we’ve actually only done it once. But it was when we snatched until we failed. Then we used that same snatch weight and started doing cleans. Once the cleans got too heavy we moved onto deadlifts until we failed. I love all the strength related workouts.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

My favorite part of the Riv is the community. Coming to gym with friends is probably the main reason I’m still here today. The way everyone supports & encourages each other is amazing. You won’t find that many in gyms.

Athlete of the Month: Tola Magbagbeola

Posted April 4, 2016

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Congratulations to Tola for being named one of the Athletes of the Month for March!! Hopefully this will up her much needed social media presence…

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

I saw a demo at the school where I work. I walked in with a cupcake and left with some intrigue but doubt. I was in a rut and didn’t feel like going to my old gym but I missed lifting weights. After a RivFit trial, I decided to join.

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

Originally, I just wanted to lose weight for the summer. Then I decided that I wanted to FINALLY reach a specific goal permanently – my “Instagram Body.” I have already lost more than I expected at this point and I have yet to become bored. I have learned a lot of technique and realized that even though I have never played a sport, I can be an athlete in my own way.

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

I love anything with deadlifts or power/hang cleans. I have greatly improved on my snatch (the struggle was real with the PVC in the beginning).

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

Everyone respects your progress and effort, even on your worst days – it truly is a culture. I love the coaches, because they are genuine when it comes to the support and encouragement they offer. I also love that there are giant garage doors.

Athlete of the Month: Cheyenne Ji

Posted March 4, 2016

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Congratulations to Cheyenne Ji for being our second Athlete of the Month for February!! Cheyenne has been at The Riv for almost two years now and is no doubt one of the most dedicated!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

I really wanted to improve my overall health. I knew I was unhealthy because I ate horrible and was always tired. There are a lot of illnesses that run on both sides of my family and I knew being healthy by eating right and exercising was something I needed to do. At the time, my old co-worker was a coach at the Riv and told me about CrossFit. I was a little intimidated and didn’t join at that time. However, with living right across the street, it was just too convenient to not at least try.

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

When I first joined the Riv almost two years ago, my only goal was to get healthier and in better shape. I feel like I’ve way surpassed that goal and am now focusing on performance. The programming and class variety helps a lot with improving skills, endurance, strength, etc. but the coaches are the ones that have helped me the most. They push me to get out of my comfort zone and to try new things all the time.

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

I can’t say I have a favorite workout since we’ve done so many but I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my strength and endurance. I love looking back to where I started and where I am today. Just to put things in perspective, I had never done a squat prior to joining the Riv. I also could barely run a mile without almost dying. In April, I will be running a 10 mile race and a half marathon and also competing in my first CrossFit competition, things I wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing prior to joining the Riv.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

I love the community at the Riv! Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging when I first joined and I can still say that’s true today. It really makes a huge difference and one of the major contributing factors of why I enjoy working out every day. It’s great to see familiar faces but also to meet new people.

Athlete of the Month: Andre Kerr

Posted March 4, 2016

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Andre is one of the hardest working members, consistently doing two-a-days in RivFit. He is a huge motivation for us as Coaches and we are proud of where he has come since joining the Riv!!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

Curiosity. I drove by many times and never went to check it out. Then one day I was on living social and came across the trial. So I decided to check it out. Walked in to grab some info, the staff was cool during the greeting. I then saw some members working out and in my head I’m saying this place is no joke. The first set of classes beat me up a bit, which left me aching in places I forgot about. Those pains brought the most pleasure though because I knew I was doing something and I wanted more.

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

My goal was to just lose some weight, get back into the fitness lifestyle, and to be great. I was able to lose quite a bit of weight, run longer, and do exercises I was unable to do before joining. The intensity of everyone in the box drives me to go hard everyday and to be better than I did the previous week.

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

My favorite workout would probably be burpees (sad to say). It’s a full body exercise that can destroy even the strongest athlete. My endurance is most improved. Imagine walking up a flight of step and being out of breath once reaching the top. Now I have no problem doing that and more. Being able to keep up with others was big thing for me when first starting.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

I have many favorite parts. Doing a different set of workouts each class, exercising your full body, the intensity of the box, and the music to name a few. My most favorite part its the push I receive from the coaches when I feel like I have nothing left to give. 14 minutes and 26secs into a 15 min AMRAP with someone saying “give me 10 more burpees, you can do it” and when you do, they want 2 more lol. It helps!!!!

Athlete of the Month: Michael Menago

Posted January 15, 2016

Our second Athlete of the Month for January is Michael Menago!! Mike puts in hours (and hours!) of work at the box and has grown tremendously as an athlete. Big things to come, congratulations Mike!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

I initially joined the Riv to help get in shape for a career in law enforcement. A friend had me try CrossFit for the first time at another box but when I saw everything the Riv had to offer I decided to sign up here instead.

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

I’ve come a long way since joining. I’ve lost about 40lbs and hit numerous milestones in my lifts, endurance and above all mobility which has always been a weak point of mine. I find myself constantly pushing the boundaries of my fitness goals as they improve. What started as a means to simply get in better shape has evolved into so much more. Most of which can be contributed to the Competitors Programming, I highly suggest it to anyone interested!

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

My favorite workout will always be Murph. Not only is it a great physical challenge but a mental one as well. And it’s in memory of a true bad ass, Lt. Michael Murphy. As corny as it sounds I’ve seen so many improvements since starting I wouldn’t be able to pick just one.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

The community. From the coaches to the members I’d be hard pressed to find a more supportive and friendly community anywhere else.Mike

Athlete of the Month: Laura Mood

Posted January 15, 2016

Big congratulations to Laura Mood for being selected as Athlete of the Month for January!! Proud to call you a Rivermonster!

1. What made you decide to join the Riv?

I was jealous of my husband (Mike). Mike joined in the Riv in July of 2013. After 10 months of rolling my eyes and listening to “the Riv this and the Riv that” and hearing about all these new “friends” he had made, I finally joined.

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

CrossFit is the only thing I have ever done for fitness (outside of Volleyball) that I have stuck to faithfully for a long period of time. I will bitch and complain how awful a WOD is going to be, how bad it was and say that I’m never doing it again, but know walking out the door I’ll be back at 5:15 a.m. the next day. I joined to lose weight. I no longer weigh myself. I feel healthy and strong and that makes me feel more confident than being a size smaller.

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

I enjoy anything with the barbell- none of the gymnastics/skills crap! I would say I’ve improved the most in the gymnastics/skills movements but I still have a LONG way to go.

4. What is your favorite part of the Riv?

Hands down – the Community. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would form so many new friendships at a gym. Sometimes it shocks me how some coaches and my fellow athletes have more confidence in my capabilities than I have in myself. It’s something I have never experienced before, even playing collegiate volleyball.

I picked this picture because it was at my lowest point in CrossFit- I had just torn my ACL. I thought I was done. Little did I know it was just the beginning…. Even with my banged up body I still had a smile on my face…. Amazing.