Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Kate Cherry

Mentally and Physically Stronger

Congratulations to Kate Cherry, the February 2024 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Well I joined BSC with no experience in the gym. I was prediabetic and had quite a bit of body aches and pains and I was motivated to change that. I didn't grow up with fitness or sports so everything was new to me. I had never lifted a barbell in my life. My little experience with fitness was in a yoga studio a few times a week. Now I try to make fitness part of my everyday life. I prioritize fitness so I can actually be successful with my goals. I'm always trying to schedule workouts in between my super busy days as a single mom.
What were your goals when you started, and have you achieved any of them?
My only goal when I started at BSC was to not be prediabetic anymore. I committed to going three times a week and changing my eating habits and within three months I was no longer prediabetic! Then I increased my goals of getting to the gym 4-5 times a week and I realized my body aches and pains got less and less. Now my goals are to continue to get stronger and healthier each day. After recently battling breast cancer and having multiple surgeries and radiation I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. I know it will take time to get my strength back but I'm looking forward to what I can do at BSC in 2024.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
It's fun. It's hard. But when I finish a workout there's a great feeling of accomplishment. The people I get to workout with are so encouraging. The coaches have taught me so much.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
CrossFit has helped me realize I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I was also training for the anniversary competition. I focused on training instead of the multitude of tests and biopsies. I kept telling myself if I could do a CrossFit workout then I could certainly get thru whatever was going on with me health wise.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Everyone is inspiring. I love all the coaches. They each bring such a unique energy to class. Derek especially has taught me so much about form and body mechanics.

Athlete of the MonthJanuary

Ted Hobbs

Pushing Hard and Finding Balance

Congratulations to Ted Hobbs, the January 2024 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
My fitness routine involved running, yoga, and volleyball. The running part became more challenging due to nagging injuries that just seemed to persist, so I needed to switch things up. I also seemed to be getting older, so a more balanced approach to fitness was necessary to prevent injuries and to keep me standing up straight.
What were your goals when you started, and have you achieved any of them?
While I didn’t have any specific goals (I’m more of a process person), I like learning new movements (everything was new) and pushing myself hard. I sucked at everything when I started and I still suck, but now I suck a little bit less.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
I like the variety of the workouts. I like the stripped down, somewhat grungy gym atmosphere – it’s as it should be (I don’t feel comfortable with all the upscale BS at the MAC). I like the thoughtful scaling options for those of us not at “Rx” level. I’ve found a good fit with the build and burn classes. The occasional “good job” or smile-and-nod while running go a long way in motivating me through a “chipper.”
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
Sometime last June/July I noticed that I don’t have any knee or shoulder issues anymore. I think the workouts have balanced me out a lot and stabilized my joints so that I can play in volleyball tournaments without tweaking something or go trail running with friends without dying on the hills. BSC has also been a great learning experience – I’ve never done anything like this and it’s good to try new things.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
I think everyone there has inspired me at some point. The women are especially fierce!

Athlete of the MonthDecember

Michelle Eldridge

Finding Strength & Community

Congratulations to Michelle Eldridge, the December 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Before BSC, I mostly did workout classes at Nike and would lift here and there. I enjoyed those classes but was always curious to see what this whole CrossFit thing was all about. Two years later, I'm so glad that I joined, and I feel stronger than I ever have.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
When I first joined, my goal was simply to get stronger and while I have achieved that general goal, there's always more to go and more goals to set!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The people for sure! Having a community of incredible athletes and just all-around good people by my side makes all of those hard workouts so much more enjoyable.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
I think my "ah ha" moment was when I got my first rope climb. It was something I had never done before, and it took some practice and time to get there. I still have several more skills to work on and I look forward to having more of those moments.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Oh man, so many people do. Do I have to name all of them? I feel like there are several in every class and it's truly every person who shows up and stays committed to doing the work to get better. Special shoutouts to all the coaches, the BCF Beauties, and The Breakfast Club!

Athlete of the MonthNovember

Greg Paine

Consistency and Hard Work Pay Off

Congratulations to Greg Paine, the November 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I had trained for my first (and last) Ironman 70.3 the Spring prior to starting up at BSC in Fall of 2022. I wasn’t doing too much weight training at the time and really wanted to get back into CrossFit for the mixture of strength and conditioning. As for my current fitness journey, I am currently trying to get into BSC at least 5 days a week when not traveling trying to improve my overall strength and condition so I can feel good and enjoy the weekends either playing golf, Aussie rules footy, or mountain biking.
What were your goals when you started, and have you achieved any of them?
I am not sure I had any specific goals other than committing to showing up to class daily and to increase overall strength and learn new CrossFit skills.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
I keep coming back to BSC because classes are fun, challenging and filled with good people!
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
I would say an “ah ha” moment can continue to happen whether that’s getting a PR or nailing a new skill for the first time. Can’t beat that!
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Honestly, seeing the same crew come in at 5:30am daily is pretty impressive. Showing up and working hard no matter what!

Athlete of the MonthOctober

Kelsey Lind

Continuously Striving for Improvement

Congratulations to Kelsey Lind, the October 2023 Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I was very active in sports throughout my life. However, during COVID I had to take some time off from all fitness to recover from a surgery; essentially starting over! After almost two years of consistency, I am excited and proud of the progress I have made.
What were your goals when you started, and have you achieved any of them?
My goals are always shifting. When I first started, my main goal was to reestablish my foundations (e.g., pull-up, push-ups, 1mile time). Now, my goals revolve around increasing strength in all of the lifts. I spent a lot of time learning/refining my technique and it has finally been paying off!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
Easy answer: the community! The people in 5:30p and 11:30a classes, BCF Beauties, and the Dad jokes make it easy to keep coming back.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
It's hard to beat the feeling when Double Unders finally clicks or the first strict pull-up. :) The next "ah ha!" moment is always around the corner. It is great having a community of people to share in the wins!
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
There are many people that inspire/motivate me at the gym! They encourage me to add more weight on the bar or Rx the workout. There are so many fit people at the gym so there is always someone I try to keep up with during the WOD.

Athlete of the MonthSeptember

Adonica Altringer

Shifting Goals

Congratulations to Adonica Altringer, the September 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I have done CrossFit for quite some time, but before BSC, I had recently had my first baby and was working out in my garage. I wanted to be back in a gym environment and push myself more!
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
When I started at BSC I had a few different goals: 1. To get out of the house - I work from home primarily. 2. Push myself in my workouts 3. Get back some of the skills I had prior to baby (bar muscle up, HSPU, pull ups, etc). I'd say I've achieved these and have created new goals since!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The programming and the people. BSC is such a welcoming place to be.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
My latest ah-ha moment has been working out more for longevity and less intensity. I can scale some things on certain days and still have a great workout. This latest mindset has helped me to get in the gym 5x most weeks without being burnt out mentally or physically.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
So many people - Fred and the whole Peterson clan for their consistency, Elly for working out her entire pregnancy, Greg for pushing it on every single workout, and Sasha - she's typically the first one I see bright and early each morning, and I'm always greeted with a smile/ask on how I'm doing.

Athlete of the MonthMay

Brad Beier

Stronger and Learning New Skills

Congratulations to Brad Beier, the May 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

 

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I've been active all of my life (soccer, running, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, etc.) and enjoy the activity more when it can be shared with others. Prior to Covid I had a group fitness schedule at Nike that I really enjoyed. During Covid it was hard to keep my intensity and motivation using Zoom and an iPad. So before joining in the Summer of '21 I was in a slump.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My cardio has always been decent, but I never consistently lifted heavy weights. Zoom workouts felt like a chore and I missed my fitness group. Fiona (my partner) had previous CrossFit experience so it was a common activity we could do together. The most important aspect is enjoying the workout and once that goal is achieved, I can layer in specific objectives. This year is getting muscle ups! Much of my motivation is tied to staying healthy. When I retire I want to be in good enough shape to do all the things!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
Mike Ford's Dad jokes, Joey's lunch updates, Derrick's ever worsening finger and the 11:30 peeps! And because I enjoy the classes I get a lot out of them. I'm stronger than I have ever been and learning skills which will allow me to thrive in the Zombie Apocalypse
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
I love the feeling of learning new skills. At BSC it was a kipping handstand pushup. Mike D saw me practicing prior to a WOD and said to think of sitting in a chair while upside down. That made it click for me. I'm hoping for many more moments just like that!
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
There is always at least one person I try to pace with during a workout. It helps fuel my competitive side even if they don't know they are 1 burpee ahead of me but I'm closing the gap. The person changes from workout to workout and I can't call anyone out at risk they move faster :)

Athlete of the MonthApril

Melissa Crest

Training and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand

Congratulations to Melissa Crest, the BSC April 2023 Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Before COVID I was really into rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering. Unfortunately, those activities pretty much came to an end due to the nature of being around people and in remote areas. I got fairly out of shape and was looking for something fun and challenging when my friends invited me to BSC. I really didn’t have any idea what the workouts would be like, and I had never lifted weights before, so it was a lot at first, but I really liked it. I am getting better at all of the movements and am able to lift a lot more weight now. I am also more conditioned and flexible than I have ever been in my life.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My general goal when I started BSC was to get in shape so I could get back to climbing rocks and mountains again. My ultimate goal and motivation of everything I have been doing over the last year at BSC and about six months before was to be able to climb strong and fast. I hated always being in the slow group or not being able to join teams because of my pace. I also wanted to do something fun and challenging on a regular basis and not have to rely on another person (like a climbing partner) in order to workout. I did the nutrition coaching program and was finally able to reach my goal weight and maintain a healthy BMI. I have been able to hike significantly faster and more easily, especially in the last few months while training for a climb. In February I climbed Pico de Orizaba (18,500’) and was in the fastest group (fast is relative- 5 miles total, 4500’ elevation in a mere 17 hours) for the first time ever. I consider that a major goal that I achieved.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
Every workout feels hard in one way or another, but I feel so empowered as soon as I get done with it. I keep coming back because I see my progress, the workouts are more fun as I improve, and I really like the group atmosphere. I can be kinda quiet and shy, but I really look forward to seeing lots of people in the 5:30, 11:30 and afternoon classes.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
Before BSC, I thought that to climb a rope you had to have significant upper body strength, so I just figured it was something I could never do and didn’t ever think about it. Then I came to BSC and saw those ropes. The first time Sasha showed me what to do, I realized that it is pretty much all in the legs and feet. I sent that rope on my very first try and it might be my favorite part of a workout. It is the closest thing to rock climbing that I have found in the gym and I love getting to the top and hitting that beam every single time!
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
So many people inspire me! There are lots of people I could name, but it would be a long list. The experienced members inspire me because I see their strength and endurance and I know I can be like that someday. The younger members because they seem so strong and brave to come in before or after school and do a challenging workout with a ton of adults. The new members because they are trying something new and willing to be vulnerable, ask for help, be bad at lots of things, and still come back. The trainers because they can see the details in the movements and give helpful feedback, know how to both challenge and support, and make the workout fun and entertaining.

Athlete of the MonthMarch

Lisa Raboin

One Workout Away from a Better Attitude!

Congratulations to Lisa Raboin, the March 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
When I joined, I was looking to get stronger to keep doing the other sports I enjoy most, mainly jumping horses and playing tennis.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My goal was to keep my strength, quickness and balance on a horse as I wasn’t riding as often. By going regularly to Beaverton Strength Training and CrossFit I am assured of my confidence and balance on horseback.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
I tell myself I am only one workout away from a better attitude! My job is stressful, I equate it to swimming with the sharks, so after I finish a workout, I always walk away with this feeling of accomplishment that I finished, this feeling that I can endure a little more tomorrow.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
It is always refreshing to me that if I can show up for an hour that everything else is done for me! The warmup, the workout, the music, the skill sets, the cool down, it’s all thought out by professionals so I don’t have to worry about muscle imbalance, injury, building and getting stronger, it’s all planned out for me. I just need to show up and the rest falls into place.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
I have been an athlete all my life and enjoy all sorts of sports. I have also done some modeling, back in the day. I am inspired by all of the strong women who define what it looks like to be a healthy athlete. Sasha was excellent onboarding me. I had not done a morning workout for years, yet I did it for Sasha because I wanted to get started! Mike always keeps it real, new and current. I appreciate that. Joey’s clinics have sharpened my skills and Derick keeps the atmosphere low stress with his island attitude.

Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Sam Crane

Feeling Better Both Physically and Mentally!

Congratulations to Sam Crane, the February 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Prior to training with BSC I was exercising most days of the week which consisted mostly of weightlifting and a minimal amount of cardio. I have always been active and loved to exercise but I was getting very bored, mostly going through the motions without much inspiration. I didn't have the motivation anymore to push myself to a limit that was necessary to improve. I had considered CrossFit type gyms and regimens multiple times in the past but I felt like it was mostly for younger stronger people. I happened to meet several of my patients who, although much younger than I was, convinced me that there was a place for everyone. That was BSC. Now, I am having a ton of fun even when the workouts are very hard. I am feeling much both physically and mentally then I have in a long time.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My goal was to get inspiration again, have fun and make positive gains again in fitness. BSC has made fitness and hard exercise fun again. It is inspirational and motivational every day. I'm getting stronger but even more important that my overall physical fitness is greatly improved. Even areas that were injury prone in the past are now much more resilient due to more balanced strength and improved flexibility.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The culture of BSC and my results keep me coming back. It is truly a place where every level of athlete can excel together. The mix of trainers helps keep it interesting as well.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
My "ah ha" moment was actually the very first week. I thought I was in decent shape for a 46 yo guy but I was getting my butt kicked and realized why my boring exercise routine was not working well. But seeing the performance of such a diverse group of athletes was proof positive.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Honestly all my trainers and fellow members inspire me. If I had to choose a favorite member it would be Kim from the Burn class. She is always extremely positive and motivating for all her classmates. She is an impressive athlete and makes the gym an extremely welcome and positive place. I'm proud to be part of this gym and appreciate everyone's positive feedback.