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September 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Mike O’Brien a.k.a. “OB”:


OB1 Tell us about yourself:

I’m the VP of Client Services at a marketing company in Oakbrook Terrace. My wife (Amanda) and I have been married for 15 years and have 2 kids (Keegan and Kate). We stay pretty busy trying to keep up with daily life. In recent years we’ve tried to cram in as much fun/travel/adventure as we are able. I like vacations, music, the ocean, eating burritos and I can sweat more than most are capable of.

 

 

 

What made you try CrossFit?

I worked with Reebok as a client for several years. One day I was there in Boston for a meeting and my client suggested that we work out instead of eat lunch. Soon I was surrounded by gladiators and super heroes. Weights were flying everywhere, people were yelling at me and the song Party Rock by LMFAO blasted from the speakers. About 20 mins later I came to… got out of the sweat puddle I left on the floor and went back to my meeting. Within a year, I was signed up doing as many classes a week I could possibly do here back home.

Favorite move:

Cleans. Not cleaning… cleans.

Least Favorite move:

Thrusters. They fill me with rage.

Best experience at Leverage:

Working out together with Keegan during the CrossFit Open during Friday Night Lights this year was easily one of my favorite experiences so far at Leverage. CFL did an amazing job organizing the event – and it was great to suffer through those workouts together. Hearing him cheer me on when I didn’t think I could do any more kept me going and seeing him set PR after PR and crush it every single week made me a proud dad.

Future Goals:

I have so many. Someday I’ll get that muscle up and master a handstand walk. Right now I’m focused on getting my endurance up so I can get through some of those longer metcons.

If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie, what would it be?

Don’t let the nerves stop you from coming in for a workout. I’ve been doing it for years and some days still freak me out. CrossFit works… trust the process, be patient, work hard and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be capable of. Always blame Mario, pick up after yourself, and if you see something that got left behind it’s probably mine.

Dave and Sarah do an amazing job with CrossFit Leverage, and the community is like no other. I felt welcome the moment I walked in and have had a blast ever since. Don’t believe everything you hear… I’m not a cheater, I’m just bad at counting.

August 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Jim Jett:


Jim Jett
 Tell us about yourself:

I own a local business in West Chicago that produces precision parts for industries such as dental, medical, HVAC, and armament. We have over 75 employees operating 3 shifts 24/7. My family is my first priority, always has been, always will be. I am the proud father of 4 young adults 21, 20, 17, and 15.  I have been married to my very best friend for nearly 23 years. When I am not at CrossFit I am enjoying my time at home relaxing by the pool! I also enjoy playing poker, shooting firearms, and distance running. My favorite non work/non CrossFit activity is travel. Work, family vacation, and travel volleyball with my daughter takes me to so many places. In the last 12 months I have been to a minimum of 12 states and to the Caribbean island of Bonaire. We are planning a two week trip to Europe next summer, love to travel!!!

 

 What made you try CrossFit?

My wife encouraged me to try CrossFit. I know that she originally joined only to help me find a rigid schedule that would suit my work out needs and something we could do together. I liked the concept but knew very little about it. I will turn 52 this month and needed a jump start to stay in shape, this was perfect.

Favorite move:

Wow, so many now, never thought I would say that …Power cleans, back squats, and deadlifts, not necessarily in that order.

Least Favorite move:

Snatches, any kind, power, kettle bell, doesn’t matter…(but I can’t get put on the Butt Hurt Board for this right?)

Best experience at Leverage:

I don’t have a defining moment or day or event. My best experience at Leverage is the friendship the surrounds me every time I pull in to the parking lot or attend a class or even think about signing up. I am immediately fulfilled with good feelings and can’t wait to go and get completely physically exhausted with so many outstanding people that weren’t in my life only 15 months ago. If you knew me pre-CossFit you would know that is a huge statement, I generally don’t play well with others!

Future Goals:

Double Unders, yep most certainly, Double Unders.  Additionally, I have some other fitness goals but none associated with weight lifting PR’s. I learned early to set my goals on form and to enjoy the journey!

If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie, what would it be?

Stay with it! Embrace the culture Dave and Sarah and all the Leverage family has created. No matter how uncertain you are of the exercise just show up! No one is judging you, in fact it’s the opposite, they are all so eager to help and encourage you it’s almost hard to believe.

Crossfire Leverage has changed my life. Dave, thank you for being such an awesome person. I am physically and emotionally in the best shape of the past 20 years and eager to take it further. Only thing that upsets me these days is missing a WOD!

July 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Eric Griffin:


Griff

 

 Tell us about yourself:

I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Christie, for twelve years.  Our son Logan is 6.  I’ve been teaching for 15 years this fall with the last ten in second grade.  I enjoy bicycling, comic books, and table top gaming–especially Heroclix.

 

 

 

 What made you try CrossFit?

It’s been the next step in a healing process for me.  I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks for a long time.    It got to the point where I couldn’t go to work and withdrew from my friends.  Doctor appointments gave me panic attacks.  I couldn’t find enjoyment in anything, and it was hurting my family.  I hit bottom and finally got the help I needed in an outpatient day program.

Through the program I learned a lot including “It’s a lot easier to change yourself than other people.”  I’m learning to think differently and do something that scares me every day.  I’ve joined different social groups and decided that I needed to tackle my physical health. After all the wonderful things Christie said, I knew at Crossfit Leverage I could work on my mind and body.

Favorite move:

Dave Fecht says that when I see back squats on Wodify, I’m giddy like a schoolgirl.  Truer words have not been spoken.

Least Favorite move:

burpees–nuff said

Best experience at Leverage:

The Dave Schaefers experience.  He finds anyone new and makes them feel welcome and wanted.  He chose me to be his partner in a team wod’s early on.   He did like 20 burpees to my one.  Dave convinced me to try Friday Night Lights and made sure he was there when I competed.

Future Goals:

I want to get better at burpees and improve my physical health by losing weight and lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol.

If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie, what would it be?

Here at Leverage everyone wants everyone to do well.  We stay and cheer for the last one to finish.  We are inspired by everyone here.  From the person who lifts the most or finishes fastest to the person who is last or lifts the least.  We find inspiration in your struggle, not just your achievement.

To those of you who may have depression and anxiety, you are not alone.  There are many of us.  It gets better.  Be open.  Ask for help.  You can’t be brave without being scared first.  Why do we fall?  So we can pick ourselves back up.

To all our CFL athletes, thank you.  The world is a better place because of people like you.

April 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Mike Burrell:


 Tell us about yourself:

I spent most of my work career in employee benefits administration at Hewitt Associates and Fidelity, but I am currently the Senior HRIS Analyst for Cabot Microelectronics Corporation in Aurora. I have worked for CMC since May of 2013.

I went to Illinois State University and have a B.S. in mathematics education. Also, I earned my MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2010.

My wife’s name is Tamara and we have two daughters: Kayla and Jenna. The kids attend Four Winds Waldorf School in Warrenville, which is a wonderful pre-K through 8th grade school if any of you are looking for an alternative to your child’s current school.  We live in Batavia and have two adopted cats (Rosie and Dusty). [Read More…]

March 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Christie Griffin:


 Christie Tell us about yourself:

I’m an Instructional Support Coach (teacher) at Norton Creek Elementary in West Chicago in the St. Charles school district. When I’m not CrossFitting or at work I’m with my family.

 What made you try CrossFit?

Amanda O’Brien (Mike’s wife) told me that it was a perfect fit for me after I tried to convince myself that I was a distance runner and got Plantar Fasciitis. After the first “trial” session, I was hooked!

 Favorite move:

Split jerk out of the rack.

Least Favorite move:

(I don’t think I’m allowed to say pull-ups anymore!) Double unders and push-ups [Read More…]

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