Athlete of the Month – May 2016 – Julie Peterson

Wow, when Mel told me I was Athlete of the Month I was beyond flattered. BCF has a group of wonderfully talented and kind individuals all of whom have inspired me.

I’ve been involved in sports, specifically competitive swimming, since I was 12 years old. I swam in high school, college, and now on a masters swim team. I’ve recently had a very successful meet this past April and will be competing at the U.S Swimming Nationals in August. There is no doubt that CrossFit has helped me tremendously in reaching this goal.

I started CrossFit in October 2014 when I hit a plateau in my previous training program and could no longer run with my two boys in my double stroller. I researched several gyms and programs around the Beaverton area and kept coming back to CrossFit. I needed something that was going to test my limits and complement my swim training. I’ll be honest I was so nervous the first three months of CrossFit I think I sweated more on my drive to the box than I did in class. But, slowly over time, I realized that it’s not about how fast you run, or how heavy your lifts are. It’s about improving yourself and going on an amazing personal journey.

When I started at BCF I knew absolutely nothing about Oly lifts, competitions, couldn’t do a pullup, climb a rope, and many other elements. My Oly lifts are progressing and I can now do pullups and get up the rope. I thought there was no way on earth would I ever do a CrossFit competition, but my husband Fred and I competed in the Valentine’s Day Massacre and we had the best time. I’ve been bitten by the competition bug!

I was asked what Coach or person inspires me at BCF, and without sounding too corny, everyone has. Every Coach has given me great information to get me one step further in my journey. We all lead busy lives and the fact that we are all making time to better ourselves is inspiration in itself.

Thank you to the coaches, Mike, Christine and Mel. Your passion for fitness and people truly show and we are lucky to have a place like BCF.

– Julie

Athlete of the Month – April 2016 – Daniel Thompson

My goal has always been to slim down. I have always been heavy even when extremely active. I came back to Oregon last May after working the oilfield and ended up helping my parents around the property. My goals were swiftly thrown on the back burner due to that. In Pennsylvania I had gone from around 345lbs down to 325 by avid bike riding around town. From then until December I stayed stagnant and even started to gain weighing in at 328 when I started CrossFit. I quickly realized how much muscle I had lost since leaving the oilfield not to mention stamina was non-existent. Within the first week I learned that everyone here works as a team and pushes each other to greater heights. That motivated me to come back even when I was trying to make excuses not to go.I have to thank everyone I have come into contact with here at BCF. It has been pivotal to my journey. Without the support I would have quit a long time ago. I’d like to specifically thank Mike, he convinced me to start Isagenix. In the first month at CrossFit I had only lost 10lbs. Then I started the program and I am currently down an additional 40lbs since the beginning of February! I am lighter now than I was in middle school. My energy has increase dramatically and I am able to push myself even further during the workouts. I hit massive PR’s I didn’t think were possible beginning of April. Going forward I have decided it is not only about weight loss anymore but also to get to RX on the workouts.I am excited to see where this takes all of us!

– Daniel 

Athlete of the Month – March 2016 – Sarah Allgood

First and foremost, I am so honored to be nominated for Athlete of the Month!  Where do I begin?  Before joining Beaverton CrossFit I was your average globo gym member, I would get in my 30-45 minutes of cardio and occasional strength training.  I became bored of my fitness routine and needed a change that would both motivate me and give me the results I desired – enter Beaverton Crossfit.

Although I joined BCF in November 2011 I would say I didn’t become truly dedicated until June 2012.  At that point I decided to commit to training 3-4 days a week, and I immediately began to see improvement in my athletic performance.  Once I began regularly attending Olympic Lifting classes I also saw my lifts improve and I became more comfortable with these complex movements.  To say the least, I was hooked on BCF!  Of course the reason I kept coming back was because of the awesome people and the amazing coaches, seriously we have such an amazing community.

In March 2015 I had a new goal, which was to continue CrossFit through my entire pregnancy.  I still remember telling Mike once I found out I was expecting, he immediately gave me a high five, and let me know that we would make a plan to modify the workouts as needed.  All of the coaches were so helpful while I navigated this new terrain, especially the lovely Dawna.  It really shouldn’t have surprised me that my water broke mid-workout, but I knew that I was physically prepared thanks to Crossfit.  My c-section recovery was definitely easier because of Crossfit, and I couldn’t wait to get back to the gym just to move.

Every single athlete at BCF is an inspiration, and I love the fact that we can cheer each other on to push just a bit further every day.  The 4:30 and 5:30 class are always filled with a great group of athletes and I thank you all for pushing me, especially Book Club!  In 2016 I look forward to setting some new PRs and maybe even getting a bar muscle-up :  )

– Sarah 

Athlete of the Month – February 2016 – Jonathan Bermuda

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
Before BCF, I went to the gym 5-7 days, did your typical workouts, bench press, squats, arms and some cardio. Though I worked hard, I was frustrated and didn’t understand why I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I wasn’t getting stronger, wasn’t toning up, I was still just average and didn’t feel confident to take my shirt off.

Now after a year of BCF, not only am I stronger but I’m able to do things I couldn’t do before; toes-to-bar, high volume pull-ups, rope climbs, and a heavy ass Deadlift. Lol. I’m more confident not only in the gym and with my abilities but also outside the gym with myself and my appearance. I’m closer than I’ve ever been to achieving my fitness goals. Like Mike always says you just need to come every day, practice, put in the work and it will happen.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My fitness goals have always been to get six pack abs and feel comfortable taking my shirt off. I’ve tried and failed since I was 30, I’ve always made that a goal of mine to achieve before my next birthday. Now approaching 35, in May, I have finally gotten the six pack I always wanted, and I got them before the deadline. My next fitness goals are to get muscle-ups, double-unders, and a 400lbs deadlift.

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
Motivation, confidence, support and genuine kindness/welcoming I receive from everyone. Definitely love coming and feeling the camaraderie and support from all athletes and coaches. Though the workouts are sometimes ugly they are totally worth it, and without BCF I’d never do nor attempt some of the movements.

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?
Feeling welcomed, accepted and part of a team. Along my fitness journey, being vegan, I’ve been told by trainers and other CrossFit gyms, that not only would I not gain muscle but was made to feel inferior for being vegan and that ultimately I would fail. At BCF I’ve never felt inferior nor un-welcomed and being vegan has never been an issue or an excuse towards my abilities. Quite the contrary it’s a non-issue as it should be. I’m always greeted with a smile and always feel welcomed and part of the team/community.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
There has been several “ah ha” moments but the one that stands out the most is when I saw “leg less rope climbs” immediately I laughed and told myself it was impossible. Not only was I able to do it, but I was able to do two of them in a row. I remember realizing that day, that moment, I’m stronger than I give myself credit. Also not to doubt my abilities but rather to always try no matter the outcome.

Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Most definitely, everyone inspires me both fellow athletes and the coaches. Their determination, will power and competitiveness to improve keeps me wanting to lift heavier and move faster. The coaches know and push me to lift more weight, than I think I’m able to do, I’m surprised every time that not only am I able to do the lift but that I’m stronger than I think. Without them and the athletes I’d still be at the gym lifting the same weight and wondering why I’m not stronger.

– Jonathan

Athlete of the Month – January 2016 – Molly Williams

Over 11 yrs ago I decided to make a lifestyle change and cut out soda and fast food.  Within a short period of time I lost 50lbs, felt amazing, and never wanted to look back. I knew it would take a lot of hard work but I was determined to stick with it and keep the weight off. I started working with a dear friend of mine on changing the way I ate and began personal training sessions with her at the gym to help maintain what I had achieved. With her help, I was able to keep the weight off and stay healthy, but over the years the gym became less and less appealing and I needed something new.

When I joined BCF a little over a year and a half ago, my goals were to stay in shape and again maintain what I had achieved. At that time, I hadn’t set any goals and wasn’t thinking about PR’s, Rx’ing WODs, or getting a pull-up, I was just looking for something different. I still gave each WOD my all and hit multiple PR’s during strength cycles. It wasn’t until I did my first completion this past Oct. that I had my “ah-ha” moment and I realize I had been holding back and had more in me than I knew. Since then I have pushed myself harder in many ways and set goals, achieving several of them in last few months (Rx’ing WODS, PR’d my OHS, and getting a pull up). Now to try and get those DU’s!!! I started Isagenix in November, love the results and feel this has played a major role in my performance the past few months.

What has kept me coming back to BCF, and one of my favorite parts of being a BCF member, is the environment in which everyone is willing to help one another out and treat everyone as family. You always walk in the box to a smile, a “hey how are you” or you may walk in at the wrong time to a Dirty 6:30 conversation!!  Also, the endless amount of help and time the coaches will spend with you on a movement or skill, without any hesitation, to help you master it. Though many people at the box inspire me, I would have to say the ones that inspire me the most are the 6:30 gang and the coaches. I love that we can have fun, add in our dirty comments, and have the rap music blaring, but still give it our all when the clock starts, encouraging each other before during and after each WOD.

I am beyond grateful to be the Athlete of the Month knowing how many other great athletes there are at the box. Without the encouraging support of my BCF family I would not be where I am today in the CrossFit sport!

-Molly 

Athlete of the Month – December 2015 – Matthew Zola

I came to BCF a little over a year and a half ago in what I thought was the worst shape of my life (that’s not saying much considering I was only 14). I remember doing onboarding with Marcus and getting dizzy during a five minute kettlebell and rowing workout – boy it’s crazy how far I’ve come since then! Over the next year I was in the Teen Barbell class, working with all of the coaches at BCF at that time, including Marcus, Christian, Shay and then finally Drew and Chad. All of them were amazing coaches, but once I started working with Chad, I can’t tell you how fast my strength started improving. I remember finally hitting a 200 pound deadlift in December of 2014, yet a mere 10 months later I managed to increase by 100 pounds and hit a 300 pound deadlift!In August of this year, as the Teen Barbell class finished up for the summer, I decided to start coming to the regular CrossFit classes, and I have not looked back since. It has been a huge mental boost knowing that I can keep up with the adult class, especially considering how un-athletic I had been as a child. From two days a week and begging my grandma to drive me to the gym to my current four days a week, I have learned to maximize the time I have in the gym and give everything my best effort. Thank you to all of the coaches at BCF (Mike, Christine, Chad, Dawna, Sasha, Drew and Rich) for all of your support throughout my training.  BCF is truly the best place in Portland to reach your fitness goals and have fun while doing it!

-Matt

Athlete of the Month – November 2015 – Deb Reser

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
Wow, what a surprise to be picked as November’s athlete. Every member puts in so much effort and dedication that I am truly honored.
In my pre-BCF life I had always done some form of exercise. I was your basic gym rat. Ran on the treadmill, tried to look like I knew what I was doing on the weight machines, not free weight…had no clue what to do with them! Dived into training for one Portland marathon (ya gotta do it once), a number of 1/2 marathons, PDX to Coast, Cycle Oregon. I did pretty much anything that would keep me moving.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
When I started at BCF 5.5 years ago I believe I wrote on the form “Fit At Fifty”. I was really looking for a quick fix to speed up my weight loss. After my first workout, 100 thrusters with a bar, my goal changed. I wanted to be able to sit again so I knew I had to come back and do more and keep moving. I have NEVER regretted that decision. Now my life long goal is to “Be Fit Every Day Forever”.

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
Everything and Everybody. I love the challenge of trying to keep up with the 60 and younger crowd. I adore all the coaches (Mike, Christine, Dawna, Chad, Drew). Sorry Sasha, I haven’t meet you yet, but I hear your fantastic! The box is my safe place, my stress reliever, my daily social hour. Any day at work turns into a great day at the box.

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?
The athlete’s, the coaches. Every part put together that makes it feel like family. The friendships that have developed and are cherished. The desire to push and encourage everyone at all levels. The feeling of success when done.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
The day I stepped into the old box, looked at everyone having fun while working out and committing to making BCF my new gym. Oh, and being able to do handstand push ups!!! I love them.

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Every athlete with the dedication and determination. All the coaches for the excellent skill set they bring and the expertise they share. And of course, my partner in crime at the 4:30 class, Karol Anderson! Such an amazing woman. And she’s been rocking it with PR’s!

Athlete of the Month – October 2015 – Louie Labonte

Louie

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
First, I am really humbled to be chosen this month’s athlete – there are so many great athletes here at BCF, so thank you! Before I started with BCF, I was doing old-school weight training four times per week (you know, chest, back and shoulders one day, followed by arms and legs the next) and cardio two to three times per week, but I wasn’t seeing any results and I was getting bored.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My main goal was to become more physically fit. I definitely have achieved that, and I continue to see improvements today. Now I’m working to improve on some of the more difficult movements, at least for me, like overhead squats, HSPUs and DUs, and to get stronger overall. My ultimate goal is to be able to do all workouts Rx which, for now, doesn’t happen too often.

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
Mike’s playlist keeps me coming back! Who doesn’t like to work out to a little AC/DC and Van Halen? But seriously, the other athletes and our great coaches are what keep me coming back. Without their help and support, I wouldn’t have achieved what I have achieved so far. And, honestly, at almost 54 years old, I feel better than I have in my whole life – that’s definitely worth coming back for more!

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?
The sense of family is my favorite part of being a member at BCF. I think the encouragement from the other members and coaches has really helped me on my path to better fitness.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
I would say my “ah ha” moment was about a month after I started with BCF. The changes I saw in my body, mostly fat loss, were amazing to me since I’d only been at BCF for a short period of time – especially after years of the weight training and cardio regimen that yielded little results.

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Everyone at BCF inspires me – some people are coming off of an injury or an illness, others have busy lives with active children (I remember those days), but they keep showing up and working hard – it inspires me every day. Thanks to Mike, Chad, Dawna, Drew and Sasha for all of the help with my lifting techniques, with a special thanks to Chad for his tireless help with my overhead squats on Thursday mornings. Who hasn’t been in a class with me and heard Mike say, “a little deeper on those squats, Louie”! I think I’m starting to get there…

 

Mike’s thoughts on Louie…

Louie ….what can you say about the man, the myth, the legend?

Louie started at BCF in July of 2014 and has seen nothing but GAINZ ever since. You can pick Louie out pretty easy as he is always smiling and is a super nice guy.

Some things you may not know about Louie….he’s a big hockey fan, one of my favorite sports. (favorite team is Chicago Blackhawks) He is very funny, his wife Penny and daughter Lindsay also train at BCF. He’s very consistent with his training….hence…GAINZ!!

Louie hits it hard each and every time he’s in the box and this is what it takes to improve. Louie continues to strive to be better and get stronger, fitter and faster.

Some gains Louie has made ….50# add to deadlift , 40-50# add to back squat , 20#+ add to shoulder press. Not bad at all. Moving forward and getting better every day.

Louie is always fun to have in class and i look forward to his morning wit each day. Be sure to say Hi to him and congrats on being Athlete of the Month.

-Mike

Athlete of the Month – September 2015 – Chantell Fukumae

Chantell 

I started BCF towards the latter end of November 2014. Through constant periods of transitioning moving from Hawaii to Oregon, then to California and back to Oregon again; I knew it was time to establish myself in all regards which consisted of my career and health goals. I also wanted to find a place where I could meet like-minded people who were striving for balance and a better sense of self.

As a result, almost one year later, I feel that I have achieved all that I sought out to and more. I found a second home in BCF with my usual “Get Dirty with Team 6:30” class, as well as, other peers from other classes. There is no sense of divide among the varying caliber of the athletes that walk in the doors of BCF, just a sense of mutual understanding that we are all there for one thing… to be better than we were the day before.

Thanks to BCF I have found a place of solace that despite all other happenings in my life, for one hour, it’s ‘me’ time. If you were to ask who inspires me, it would be the dirty 6:30 crew and favored coach, Dawna Graham. Sometimes when I drag my feet to get to class, it’s knowing that I get to spend time with that crazy, no-filtered and highly motivated (sarcasm) group of people. And with that, I couldn’t be happier. Thank you BCF.

Dawna’s thoughts on Chantell…
Congratulations to Chantell on being BCF’s Athlete of the Month for September. Chantell is a regular at the 6:30pm class but is known to make an appearance at 5:30am as well.

They say you always have to watch out for the quiet ones and Chantell certainly fits into that category. She was already a member when I started coaching at BCF so I don’t have the “I remember when she started” stories, but what I do remember about Chantell was she usually set up her equipment in the back corner, sometimes even outside, never intentionally drawing attention to herself. But it’s hard not to notice when someone is working hard, perfecting her form, and getting stronger, faster, and more efficient every month. The last strength cycle Chantell hit PRs on all of her lifts – deadlift, front squat, and bench press. It’s not even the fact that she had so many PRs that impressed me, but that she just quietly went about her business during the training cycle, showing up consistently, working hard, asking a question here and there, taking coaching, and then come test days – killing it. She is such a powerful rower as well. I watched her splits on the last two capacity tests and was blown away at how much power her small frame could generate. Chantell has been working towards her strict pull-ups and now has a few. Her determination is contagious and makes everyone around her want to better themselves. Chantell – We love your smile, your sunny disposition and strong work ethic. Thanks for being part of the BCF community. And thank you for bringing a sense of calm to that crazy 6:30 class. 😉

-Dawna

 

Athletes of the Month – August 2015 – Lisa and Dave

Lisa

I am a massage therapist. I stopped working a little over two years ago because of a repetitive elbow injury to both of my elbows. As a result I gained 20 lbs., and was in poor shape. I worked out a couple of times a week, but I needed more. We joined CF in November of 2014.

Since starting CF I have lost 10 lbs, but my skinny clothes are fitting again. I am very pleasantly surprised how my body has changed shape. But more importantly is how much better I feel. I struggle with Fibromyalgia, and although I have to drag my self to the Box many days, working out has really improved my overall symptoms. I have a lot more energy, and I am in the best shape of my life. When I first started I couldn’t even do a burpie or lunge my own body weight. Not to mention my inability to run 200 meters. Now I usually do the whole work out. Yes I scale my weight and sometimes my run, but I have achieved several of the first goals I set for myself.

The coaches and people are what keep me coming back. Everyone is always so encouraging and supportive. I have a long way to go to achieve all my goals, but with all the support I receive, I believe I can achieve things I would never have tried before.

This 60 year old Young lady is going to be Feisty in her “Old” age. Largely because of BCF.

Dave

When I first came to BCF in Oct 2014 I thought I was in fairly decent shape. I had retired in Aug. 2012 after 44 years working on the waterfront as a longshoreman. I was walking a couple of miles every day, but after my first on-boarding class I knew I had a LONG way to go!
 
My goal then and now is to continue to improve and get better everyday.
 
Probably the thing that’s most important to me about BCF is the friendliness and support of the other members and trainers. No matter how much or how little I’m able to do in a workout people are encouraging me to do my best.
 
Maybe my favorite part of being a member of BCF is to be able to say I’m the only 65 > year old there.
 
My “Ah Ha” came when I realized that me and everyone else were only competing against ourselves. As long as I’m doing my best I’m a winner.
 
Everyday that I come into BCF, everyone I see–members and trainers alike–inspire me to continue!
Dave Mosher and Lisa Romary of the 8:45am class.

One year as of this September? Is that it? After this short period of time Dave and Lisa have become mainstays in the 8:45am class, regularly attending 4-5 classes a week, and always showing up with a smile and enthusiasm to get a sweat going. These are the kind of people we as a community are lucky to have. Even when injured  you won’t hear a peep of complaint from either of these athletes, just a question of what movement can be used to scale or replace anything they may not be able to do that particular day. From day one both have been very receptive to coaching and are always eager to learn, a great recipe for success!!

Dave is one of the most skilled handymen I have ever met and with Lisa’s guidance his projects only become more elaborate and complicated, haha. Lisa is a very talented massage therapist who is always willing to give you a tip on how to loosen up if you’re feeling stiff. In addition to being great all around people Dave and Lisa are also big Oregon State University Beaver fans, which only solidifies their kindness, loyalty, and work ethic, I think we can all agree on that.

If you have yet to meet Dave and Lisa be sure to clear time in your schedule to make it to an 8:45am class sometime. These two are also very active at our social events, having a great time at last year’s holiday casino night and regularly attending our barbecue events. You will see them rolling up in a beautiful, purple, Pontiac GTO, most likely listening to a little Jimi Hendrix. Congratulations to the Beaverton CrossFit couple on being named athletes of the month, it is well deserved!!

– Chad-Robert Judy