Athlete of the Month: Guy Wellman

Posted August 2, 2017

What made you decide to join the RIV?

My wife had been doing the WODs for almost a year before I joined. I was committed to my swimming and various lifting and cardio programs, but after watching one of the in-house competitions, I knew I was missing out on something new and challenging…and I wanted in.

How has the RIV helped you achieve some of your fitness goals?

The RIV has helped me primarily become more confident with working harder at my weaknesses and accepting that it takes time to achieve my goals. However, once I’ve achieved my PR, time to make new ones.

What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved the most?

My favorite workout was from a STRONGMAN class:

50 power cleans @body weight

50 cal row

40 back squats @body weight

40 cal row

30 power cleans @body weight

30 cal assault bike

20 front squats @body weight

20 cal assault bike

10 power cleans @body weight

10 burpees over the bar

Thank goodness it was a partner WOD.

I’ve improved most with my lifting. I still have a lot to achieve, but as my technique improves, the weight is slowly going up.

What is your favorite part of the RIV?

My favorite part of the RIV is watching my fellow athletes go all in with the WODs. It doesn’t matter how old, young, fast, slow, strong, or new you are to the RIV. We’re all doing the WODs together and cheering each other on through the pain, sweat, and satisfaction when it’s all over. Then on to get a shake made by the multi-talented Gabby.

Athlete of the Month: Sarah Bozeman

Posted July 3, 2017

What made you decide to join the RIV?

I joined the RIV because I felt like working out on my own wasn’t producing any results.  I would get bored quickly and not push myself as much as I could.  I was looking for a group atmosphere that wouldn’t allow me to quit.  I definitely found all of that and more at the RIV.

How has the RIV helped you achieve some of your fitness goals?

I am certain that within the past several months, I have become stronger and fitter than I have been in a long time.  These workouts kill me and I love it.  Slowly I am starting to see muscles that I haven’t seen since I swam in college.  I honestly thought that there was no other sport or workout that could be as challenging as swimming but I have found it in CrossFit.

What has been your favorite workout? What have you improved the most?

Unfortunately, with work I cannot make it to RivEndurance very often but I wish I could because that class is awesome.  That class crushes me and in my mind there’s no reason to be at the gym if you are going to go easy and not work for it.  I also love burpees.  I think my biggest improvement has been getting better at each workout.  When I first started I felt slow and weak, now I feel like I’m so much better from where I started.

What is your favorite part of the RIV?

In no particular order I absolutely love the entire staff, the team atmosphere, and the competition.  The RIV has really become my happy place.  As long as I make it to the RIV every day I feel happy and accomplished.  The coaches are such wonderful people and I know the RIV would not be what it is without them.

Week of 6/19/17

Posted June 19, 2017


4 Rounds (each movement)- :30 on/:15 off

1. Alternating DB Shoulder Press
2. Tricep Dips
3. Tricep Extensions (with bar)


Bench Press: 5 sets x 5 reps *heavy*

Bent Over Reverse Grip Row (with bar): 5 sets x 5 reps *heavy*

Bent Over Dumbbell Flys: 3 sets x 10 reps


Eccentric Pull-ups (5 second hold at the top, 5 second descent): 5 sets x 5 reps

Ring L-Sit Hold: 5 sets of :30 on/:60 off

a. Straight leg, toes pointed
b. Knees to waist height

Week of 6/12/17

Posted June 12, 2017


500 Meter Row (sprint): 4 rounds

Rest 1 minute after each 500 M


Ring Dips (scale with box): 4 sets x 10 reps

Banded Tricep Extensions: 3 sets x 20 reps

Skull Crushers (Dumbbells): 4 sets x 10 reps


Hammer Curls (Dumbbells): 4 sets x 10 reps

Straight Bar Curls (Barbell): 4 sets x 12 reps

Heavy Farmer’s Holds (Dumbbells): :45 on/:15 off x 5 rounds

Week of 6/5/17

Posted June 4, 2017


Single Leg Deadlifts (DB’s): 4 sets x 10 reps

Good Mornings (w/ barbell): 4 sets x 12 reps

Calf Raises (DB’s): 3 sets x 20 reps


Strict Leg Raises: 4 sets x 10 reps (no swing, go to where you can be consistent– hip, elbows, or full range of motion)

Russian Twists (Slam Ball): 3 sets x 30 reps

Weighted V-ups (Slam Ball): 4 sets x 12 reps


Chin-ups: 4 sets x 10 reps

Hammer Curls (DB’s): 4 sets x 8 reps (heavy reps)

Chest Flys (DB’s): 4 sets x 12 reps

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!!

Week of 5/29/17

Posted May 26, 2017


Weighted V-ups: 4 sets x 10 reps
Russian Twists w/ Plate: 4 sets x 30 reps
L- Sit Hold: 4 sets of :30 on/:30 off


Ring/Box Dips: 4 sets x 12 reps
Tricep DB Extension: 4 sets x 14 reps
Ring Rows: Tabata: 8 rounds- :20 on/:10 off


EMOTM x 15
Minute 1- :45 Squat hold
Minute 2- :45 Plank hold
Minute 3- 14 Box Jumps

Battle at the Board- Ronald McDonald House of Delaware

Posted May 23, 2017

We are so excited to announce our charity of choice this year will be the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware! In 1991, they opened up to provide families with a safe, comfortable, affordable place to stay while their children received treatment at nearby hospitals. In the 26 years since opening, they have expanded services to include relaxing Family Rooms in 3 Delaware hospitals, a meal program that utilizes volunteer groups to prepare dinner 365 days/year, shuttle services for errands and recreation, and a ton of passes to local establishments for families to enjoy their time here as much as possible given the circumstances.

The House’s proximity to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children keeps the 50 guest rooms occupied at high rates with families from across the United States and around the world.

· Shortest stay: 1 night

· Longest stay: 2+ years

· Families served in 2016: 2,103

· Operating cost: $72 per room per night

· Average family contribution: $4.28 per night

This is why donations and fundraisers are so important for us to be able to keep families close to their loved ones in the hospital! To donate, please see the front desk!