Athlete of the MonthNovember

Mike Draper

Humble and hard-working

Congratulations to Mike Draper, the BSC November Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I was training with competition in mind before, and now I train to stay fit and healthy for work and dad life.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My goal was to increase the size of my sets during workouts instead of going for the quickest time. So I had mini goals for each movement that would vary. Example: I might normally do sets of 5-7 pull-ups in a workout that requires 40 throughout. And now I will rest as long as necessary to do sets of at least 10 reps.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
I enjoy the warmups as they are dynamic and always a little bit different. I really notice a difference in performance during workouts. And Coach Mike’s dad jokes are pretty spot on.
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
The moment that comes to mind was a while back when Derick taught me how to do a strict ring muscle up. I had the strength and mobility, but it wasn’t until he gave me one cue to think of when it clicked on the first try.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Derick’s humility with how dominant he is, is something I admire in a gym environment, and in life. Keep doing what you’re doing.

Athlete of the MonthOctober

Kush Pathak

A great example of how to approach training and life!

We are proud to announce Kush Pathak is our BSC Athlete of the Month for October 2020

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I have always been active with sports. I used to play a lot of racquetball and squash when we lived in Ohio. In 2012 I ran a half marathon for the first time. However, after that I fell off the wagon a little bit for 3-4 years with young kids and a busy career. When we moved to Portland in 2016 I was looking to get back into fitness. I had heard about CrossFit but always felt a little intimidated. I decided to try BSC onboarding and honestly it still felt intimidating in the beginning. People were lifting heavy weights when I was struggling to even do the movements with an empty bar. But I kept going and telling myself that I don't have to compete with others, I just have to be a little better every day. Slowly but surely the weights went up, the movements got better, new PRs were set and I was doing things that I never thought I would be able to do. Now I feel that I know what I am doing at the gym. I am still not the guy who lifts the heaviest (and never will be hahah)...but I try to just show up every day and give 100% to each workout. I really look forward to my time at BCF every day.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
I had a very simple reason and goal for joining BSC: My family. My doctor told me that my health numbers were trending in the wrong direction and unless I did something to change I'd be looking at prescriptions for the rest of my life. I could not imagine not being an active father to my young daughters. I joined BSC so that I can grow young with them and enjoy everything life has to offer. I want to be able to play golf with my girls until I reach the last hole of this journey called Life! I am happy to report that 4 years later my numbers have improved and I haven't needed any prescription. In fact last time I asked my doctor for a test they told me to chill because my numbers are fine and I don't need to get tested so regularly!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The community and the people. Everyone is so nice, so friendly and welcoming. There truly is something special about this place. When I don't come to the gym for a few days I really miss it!
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
3-4 months ago I realized that even though I am moving better and lifting heavier weights my body weight was not going down. After doing some research and talking to a couple of coaches I realized that exercise alone isn't the answer. I was not eating bad. I just wasn't eating the right things in the right potion size. I increased the protein in my diet and was more conscious about my potion sizes. In the last 3 months I have been able to lose 15 pounds with these changes.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Everyone! All of the coaches are super awesome. They all give me a hard time but I know it is because they love me :) I don't know how BCF finds all of these amazing coaches. Every time a coach has left I felt really sad to see them leave. And then the new coach comes and they are equally awesome. I love it! All the members are really nice also. I am a regular in the 5:30 pm class and it's been fun to see other people's progression through the years. I've been able to meet some really sweet people and make awesome friends. The diversity of the BSC members inspires me. There are people of all ages, races, ethnicities, fitness levels at BSC and the one thing they have in common is when they see you they smile. Such a beautiful thing to experience every day!

Athlete of the MonthSeptember

Sarah Holman

An example of what you can achieve with effort and consistency

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Holman is our BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Once upon a time I was a Division I All-American athlete. Like many athletes, when I was done competing I went through many types of workouts trying to find something that I enjoyed. I tried running, cycling, masters swimming, triathlons, group classes at the gym, but after years of on and off I knew I needed to find more of a community to keep me continuously motivated. It was while looking for community that I found the Fords. I actually first joined in 2012. I have been through a lot personally in the last 8 years and there have been times when I was unable to attend classes regularly including almost 2 years away after having my son. I always missed the BSC community and I have been back now for a little over a year. I love working out at BSC, and I love all the members that make each and every workout so much fun and push me to challenge myself. I am physically more confident and comfortable in my own skin when pushing myself consistently alongside all of you!
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My goals right now are to get to class consistently to improve my overall strength, fitness, and health. I like using Wodify to track my workouts try to get better over time. I enjoy both the Bulldog Burn and CrossFit workouts and have picked up many new skills over the years. Strength training was part of what I did as a competitive swimmer, but Olympic lifts, kettle bells and double-unders were all new things for me to learn. Setting goals to achieve and/or improve these skills always adds to my motivation in class. Currently my biggest goal is to get back to being able to do (at least) 1 strict Pull-Up.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The members and the coaches keep me coming back. Especially now. While everything was shut down the live Zoom workouts KEPT ME SANE! And now, in the gym is pretty much the only time I see people in person even if it’s at a distance or behind a mask.
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
In the Spring of 2019 I was having a rough time. I was the heaviest I had ever been (outside of being pregnant), I was having some minor health issues and I just didn’t feel good about myself mentally or physically. I had been trying my best to workout and improve my eating, but with an unpredictable work schedule and a toddler at home I was struggling to maintain any kind of consistency. For Mother’s Day I asked for a punch card to BSC so that I could get back to the place where I last felt good about myself physically. That was all it took. As soon as I got back into the classes with all of you I was hooked once again. I finally lost (most) of the baby weight and immediately started gaining confidence again.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
All of you! I have made so many great friends over the years, but I love that I can go to class almost any time of day and fit right in and get a fun and challenging workout. I also think that we have the best coaches around. Thanks to all the coaches for helping me improve, push myself, and figure out how to modify things when needed that will still provide an amazingly challenging workout.

Athlete of the MonthAugust

Alex Webster

A positive attitude and determination

We are proud to announce Alex Webster is the August 2020 Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Well, I’ll try to keep it brief... I grew up playing many different sports and martial arts from 1st grade through high school and I took one weightlifting class in college; then I basically sat on the couch stuffing my face for the next decade. After unsuccessful gym memberships (lack of motivation), and generally feeling heavy and unhealthy I decided to go all in and do something more to be functional and healthy. January 2018 I told myself no more excuses and I joined a box in Tigard down the street from my job that happened to have a 6 week beginners challenge course at the time. I became hooked. My employment changed to Beaverton, where I lived, and my friend Robert Ball and Sister-in-law Amy said great things about BSC so I happily joined. Currently, I feel the strongest I’ve ever been from the programming. I went from 3 days a week to 5+ days a week during my time at BSC and for some strange reason, I felt stronger and better conditioned after the zoom classes during quarantine! (Big thank you to all the coaches/staff/ and BSC for creating an environment to continue our training). Currently I feel much more confident in my abilities and want to start trying to rx more of the WODs that won’t outright kill me.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
I had many overall goals in the learning process but my main focus was to get back below 200 pounds, significantly increase my pull ups, then get TTB. I have gladly met all three. Went from 220lb. to 193lb., which helped with pull ups and completion of my first full Murph, and locking in the rhythm of TTB was awesome. My next goals are to develop more of the gymnastics skills.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
As most have stated before, the community is amazing. Not sure if I could have pushed as hard without all the positive encouragement, friendly competition, exceptional coaches, and of course, the 5:30 am crew! Also, can’t argue with the results.
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
I have two that come to mind. The first being nutrition. I thought as long as I trained hard I could consume what I wanted. When that stopped working I begrudgingly took control of my nutrition and was amazed at the results of simply tracking what went in my gullet. The other moment was when I first started, there was a coach that said to treat class like an appointment. You make time and show up for a doctors appointment, so treat class the same way, and make it an appointment for your health. That gave me the drive to show up even if I would rather hit the snooze button.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
I am absolutely inspired by all the coaches at BSC for their dedication and willingness to teach. Coach Mike for his jokes and insight to my many questions, Dawna for your kind positivity and in great movement explanations, Sasha for the fun, the concise technique corrections and motivation you give me (even though there are three Alex’s in class I just assume you are yelling at me), Jesse for being there to kick my butt if I’m slacking, Derick is awesome to learn from when I can make it to Oly class. The OG members are great to observe and learn from and the new members inspire me as well. I still remember being the newbie and receiving encouragement from the other members or even a simple hello which I try to extend to any new people coming in as well which makes this community worth coming back to. I want to give a big shout out to the 5:30 am crew for the push and shared misery we endure each day.

Athlete of the MonthJuly

Karen Mount

Longevity in training

We are proud to announce Karen Mount is the July 2020 Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
When I started at BCF I was coming off of back surgery for a herniated disc. I had lost a lot of fitness during my injury, and when I came back I had to start really slow. I modified everything.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
One of my goals was to be able to snatch 100# - and I did it! Once! Which I still count as an absolute win. I also wanted to be able to do ring and bar muscle ups, and thanks to the amazing coaches, I developed those skills as well. But more importantly, after my injury, my overall goals changed. I went from wanting to Rx every workout, to thinking about and really listening to my body, and deciding what would be best for me on any given day. Longevity is now my ultimate goal in CrossFit. I want to be able to still do the workouts in 20 years, so I'll report back and let you know. :-)
What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
Honestly, what keeps me coming back is the community. I love the workouts, and I love how I feel after I workout. It's something that my body absolutely craves. But the community at BCF is so amazing and welcoming. In every workout you can hear people encouraging and supporting each other. The coaches are always helpful and patient, and I have made so many great friends!
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
Realizing that doing my best on any given day is enough. I don't have to compare myself to all the other athletes. It's so freeing!
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Oh my gosh, this is a hard question. EVERYONE inspires me. Our fantastic coaches - Dawna, Sasha, Mike, Derick, Jesse. The people who have been long time regulars. Such dedication! The newbies - it takes guts to join a community, especially if you're completely new to CF. The athletes who qualify for regionals, or the games. The athletes who will never qualify, but continue to show up and work hard. This whole community inspires me to be a better athlete myself. Thank you to Mike and Christine for creating this amazing space!

Athlete of the Month – May 2017 – Robert Ball

I am honored to be chosen as the May athlete of the month. I’ve been a member at BCF for about 3 and a half years now. Before coming to BCF, I did HIIT workouts utilizing bodyweight, suspension training, and kettlebells, which provided a solid base, but I started wanting to do something different. At the time, I was firmly in the Crossfit-haters group – I thought it was just a bunch of gym “bros” with poor form and constant injuries – so I didn’t even consider it an option. Humorously, I was also plagued with injuries due to muscle imbalances from poor form. The irony was apparently lost on me. Anyway, after doing some Crossfit-style workouts with friends, it started to grow on me and I wanted more. It offered all the variety and intensity of HIIT workouts, but included strength training and more technical movements that appealed to me. Shortly after that, I started coming to BCF, where I jumped right in.

I didn’t really have any goals when I first started. I liked the idea of competing, but I had no real idea whether I would and no plan to get there. Instead, I just kind of moved through the workouts. I was making progress, but nothing earth-shattering. The first small change in that mentality happened two years ago, when I competed in the Portland Highland Games and became more excited about competing. After that, I started focusing more on my technique, especially in the power movements that are essential in those events. However, even that small change didn’t have much effect. Over the course of 2016, I competed in four different competitions and was disappointed with my performance in all of them. It took a little bit, but I finally started making some changes. The last 6 months or so, I have cleaned up my diet, incorporated some essential oils into my routine, put even more emphasis on technique and strength, and stopped sandbagging movements I suck at (pretty much everything bodyweight-related), all of which have had a serious impact.

Everyone at the gym is an inspiration. Coming in every day is not always easy, but getting to work out with a great bunch of people makes it worth it. Even when we’re all sprawled out on the floor after a particularly tough workout!
A special thanks to all the coaches. We are privileged to have a great group of coaches that are knowledgeable and committed to being there for everyone. You guys seriously rock!

-Robert

Athlete of the Month – April 2017 – John Rogacki

First off, what an honor it is to be chosen by my favorite community as April athlete of the month! I joined Beaverton CrossFit in December 2014, just six months after my first CrossFit class. I’d tried several different boxes during that initial six months in an attempt to find the best in the area, and BCF stuck out immediately. Instead of a single metcon on a Saturday morning, we would do three. People gave me crap for checking RX in Wodify when I didn’t achieve full upright position at the top of a box jump or get deep enough in the bottom of a squat. There was never a shortage of people offering to help me with things. Everyone joked with each other during warm-ups and this amazing community became quickly apparent.

I lifted weights and played sports during high school, which kept me in decent shape in my younger days. During my wilder 20’s, the sports fell to the side, but I’d still hit the gym for weight-lifting sessions. I would mountain bike, ski and surf on the weekends for a cardio fix. It was when my partner got pregnant four years ago that things began to change. All of a sudden I wasn’t able to get away for entire weekends to do those outdoor activities, and for the first time in my life I developed the dreaded love handles. A buddy of mine heard my grumblings and invited me with him to give CrossFit a try. Since joining BCF, I’ve worked up to training 4-5 days in a row, with one day off for active rest or yoga. I’m now 38 years old and consider myself to be in the best shape of my life. I feel full of energy and ready to take on anything that comes my way. The buddy that encouraged me to try CrossFit now probably regrets that decision when I beat him in something.

I always aim to be faster than my previous benchmark time and lift more than my previous max limit, assuming that I’m not risking injury with bad form. I still regularly one-up myself, which demonstrates that I have not yet achieved my maximum physical potential. My main driving goal is to achieve my maximum potential, where I have optimized my body and mind. The mental part is something that I’m excited to push further in the years ahead. I also love trying to beat all of you in whatever we’re competing at! From Dawna’s patience, Rich’s keen understanding of body mechanics, Drew’s constant encouragement, Dan’s technical tips to Mike’s walk of the walk (never just talk), the coaching at BCF has been extraordinary during the past 2.5 year journey, and I credit my progress to this. I always get a boost when they’re yelling at us during the heat of the WOD.

I’m inspired by the older folks that we train with, and particularly by Kirby. That dude busts his butt every day giving it his all. I hope that I can be somewhere close to the competitive level he is at in a couple of decades from now… or even now, as he just smoked me on a metcon earlier today.

Thanks again for this honor. The BCF community is one of the most enriching parts of my life, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to train and goof around with each of you.

Athlete of the Month – March 2017 – Tim Larkin

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?

I’ve been doing CF type workouts on my own sporadically for the past 5 years. I would use the CF main page wods or just make up my own workouts. Since finishing my college swimming career, it was tough staying motivated working out by myself. I joined Beaverton Crossfit because I needed something more than just working out on my own. My sister and her husband started doing Crossfit together over the summer, my boss encouraged me to work out more consistently, and my wife Paige was the one who suggested BCF.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?

Goals? Generally to get fitter and stronger…be able to do multiple pullup reps, lift heavier weights, do a muscle up. I think my ultimate goal is to be comfortable enough to “pop my shirt off” during a workout. I’m nowhere near that point yet, but I’m closer than I’ve ever been. I know that losing my flubber is more nutrition than fitness, but I definitely feel better about myself when I look in the mirror now. I know I’m in better shape.
Those are my big goals, but I keep making more little ones every day. When I started, it was to always do at least the Women’s Rx, now it’s to always do more than whatever the Women’s Rx is. Eventually I hope to be able to everything Men’s Rx. It always feels like an accomplishment when I can click that button!

I love being on a schedule, seeing the same people every day, having a coach again to help me hold myself accountable

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?

I love the variety of CrossFit, but I also really appreciate the consistent strength pieces that are addressed week to week in the programming.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?

I don’t know if I’ve had any big “ah hah” moments, just little ones at the end of workouts where I’ve thought, “that sucked, but I love this”. I also had a great time at the Christmas party drinking and gambling, and thought, these are my people.

I am a swim coach, I’ve become a better coach since I started with BCF. Being the athlete, interacting with the coaches has opened my eyes and helped my interaction with the swimmers I coach. I am constantly using the lessons I learn from class in the pool and especially in dryland. There are some really good teachers at BCF.

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?

It sounds cliche, but I’ve been inspired by everyone I’ve come into contact with at BCF. Its been fun starting as an outsider looking in, seeing everyone’s dedication to their own fitness. I was immediately inspired and intimidated. All the coaches have helped me in some way, and they are all really cool people that I enjoy interacting with. I love being recognized for a good effort or being given a technical correction. As far as the other members… Dave and Lisa are a bright spot in the 8:45am (now 9:00) class. Their friendliness and positivity is comforting every day. I love seeing all the couples that CrossFit together (coaches and members). Nat is a MetCon maniac, he is SUPERFIT and I am always trying to stay with him. I remember during one of the snow days, someone’s dad (the Gooding’s?) drove around in his truck to pick up whoever wanted to go and bring them to class. There is a real family and community vibe that I really enjoy. Every class has a different feel to it, but they all feel like family. My life is better since I started with BCF. Thank you.

Athlete of the Month – January 2017 – Jackson and Tyler

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?

Jackson: Before I started CrossFit, my way of working out was through basketball practices 2 or 3 times a week. Now I’m sticking to CrossFit and trying to go 3-4 times a week. I definitely feel like I’m gaining more from CrossFit than I was from basketball.

Tyler: Before I joined Beaverton CrossFit, I was a competitive gymnast for five years next door at OGA.  We trained 20 hours per week year around so I was used to working hard in the gym. My parents are members at BCF and when I decided to stop competing in gymnastics they told me that playing video games could not be my sport of choice.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?

Jackson: What I wanted from CrossFit was to get me stronger in general and also increase my endurance which have both been improving.

Tyler: When I first started CrossFit I didn’t have any specific goals.  But I quickly learned that it was a good place to keep up on some of my gymnastics skills and I wanted to make sure that I would continue getting stronger.

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?

Jackson: My favorite thing about BCF is that it’s just fun! There’s not very many gyms where you have a lot of fun and still feel like you got a really good workout in. I always want to keep improving which is another reason why I keep coming back.

Tyler: I keep coming back to BCF because I have a lot of fun, especially when I hit a PR on a lift.

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?

Jackson: The best part about BCF is once you start consistently going to the same class, you really get to know the people along with the teachers.

Tyler: My favorite part of being a member of BCF is being able to go to the teen classes during school breaks and in the summer to work out with my friends and meet new people.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?

Jackson: Getting to be the Athlete of the Month!

Tyler: A real “ah ha” moment for me was realizing when I miss too many days I lose a lot of strength so it is important for me to be here consistently.

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?

Jackson: Everyone I’ve ever met at BCF is super nice, no matter if you’re completely new at CrossFit like I was or have been doing it for years. So I would say that everyone here inspires me.

Tyler: One person that inspires me at the gym is Drew because he pushes himself and he pushes me to do better than I think I can. It is an honor to be nominated as Athlete of the Month because there are so many impressive athletes at BCF that deserve to be nominated.

Athlete of the Month – November 2016 – Katelin Turner

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
When I joined BCF, I had just moved to Portland, and had taken a few months off from CrossFit. Lucky for me, Drew was a coach at my old gym in Eugene so I had an easy decision to come check out BCF. Before I moved here, I had been doing CrossFit for a couple of years and was really looking forward to getting back to it. In the year that I’ve been at BCF, I have grown so much! I have gotten stronger, faster and overall more fit than I could have ever imagined.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
Originally, I tried out CrossFit as a way to lose weight. What I didn’t know is the amount of strength I had in me! Once I was a few months in, my goals started shifting dramatically. I’ve definitely lost weight, especially the past couple of months, but I now try to focus more on performance based goals. Currently, I’m working on nailing my pull-ups- it’s been a struggle but I’m so close!

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
First and foremost the coaches. I’ve learned so much from each and every one of the coaches and I feel like I’ve gotten to know almost all of our coaches well enough that I can trust them and know when to ask for help or advice or anything. I feel so lucky to have had coaching from such quality people!

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?
The community! I usually go to the 6:45pm class so I definitely have a different view of the ‘community’ aspect but honestly, I feel like I could show up to any class and have a couple of friends. Everyone has been so open to new faces and super supportive! I love being able to have so much fun while training.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
Since I started CrossFit almost three years ago, I’ve definitely had a few “ah ha” moments. I remember the first time I went for a 1 rep max deadlift and I was blown away by how much I was able to lift! I think that was my first major “wow I can really do this” moment. More recently, I’ve been working with the coaches at Working Against Gravity to help improve my nutrition and that has helped me in more ways than I can even express. I’ve become more focused on my goals and feel better about myself than I have in years!

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
As cheesy as it may sound, I’m inspired by everyone at the gym every day. I love CrossFit because people from all walks of life are able to come in and train together and learn from one another. If I had to pick a few people, (I can’t narrow it down to just one) I want to give a shout-out to Colleen, Kindra and Kayt. The three of them train so hard each and every day and it’s incredible to watch. I can only hope that I’ll be half the athlete they are one day!

– Katelin