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February 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Chris Miller:


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 Tell us about yourself:

I’m a construction manager at Union Pacific.  During the week I’m usually on a plane to some exciting location in the Upper Midwest, this does allow me to collect lots of travel points and I do have a good amount of free drink tickets.

When I’m not at work I like to spend time with family and friends, travel (heading to Mexico in 2 weeks), any type of food or alcohol tasting, new restaurants, woodworking, concerts, sports, and I have an old car collecting dust in the garage that needs everything.

 What made you try CrossFit?

I got into fitness after a motorcycle wreck when I was 21, I did the standard gym routine thing, over the past few years I was getting bored with the routine.  I had seen some of the CrossFit games a couple of years back and they had peeked my interest, so last April I gave it a try and am glad I did.

 

Favorite move:

Deadlifts & squats have been good recently

Least Favorite move:

Overhead squats and burpee box jump overs kind of blow too

Best experience at Leverage:

I’ve liked them all, the weekend workouts are always great.  I missed the open last year so I’m looking forward to it this year.

Future Goals:

Handstand push-ups, Double Unders, Muscle ups and learn to kip!!  Those strict pull-ups get old.

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

Take it slow, listen to your body, and ask questions.  Dave is a great coach, so listen to what he has to say.

January 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Candy Jett:


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Tell us about yourself:

I am married with 4 children; I have been married for over 22 years. I have two sons ages 21 and 15 and two daughters ages 19 and 17. Aside from being a full time mom I work part time at our family business with my husband. My two oldest children attend college outside of Illinois, Mizzou and Iowa State. My two youngest keep us most busy lately as high school varsity athletes participating in Girls Volleyball and Boys Football. We love to take family vacations together, this year we are considering Aruba or Costa Rica.

 

What made you try CrossFit?

I wanted to try CrossFit so I could find something fun but also with a demanding commitment that I could enjoy with my hubby. Also so I could try to burn some cellulite off these legs!

Favorite move:

I have a few, Front Squats, Back Squats and any kettle bell moves!

Least Favorite move:

I have a few of those too! Snatches and overhead squats, oh and anything to do with running…

Best experience at Leverage:

The people, for sure. The true hidden bonus to Leverage is the members. I find each and every one of them motivational, inspirational, and simply incredible.

Future Goals:

For gym goals I would like to be able to do pull-ups, Crossfit style, and to be able to rope climb. My goals personally are to someday organize and manage a non-profit organization focused on giving young girls an exercise outlet. I see too many cases of young girls with low self-esteem issues afraid to walk into fitness centers that need guidance. I achieved and maintain my certification in group fitness training with this as my sole purpose and I am hopeful to fulfill this dream someday. I remember being that girl a long time ago and I would love to make a difference.

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

Stay with it, it gets easier. Compete only with yourself, no one at leverage is judging you, they are there for you!!! Love and support flow through this box!

 

Dave is the best coach ever, Leverage is a game changer. We started this journey 7 months ago, uncertain, unsure and probably a bit unprepared. Now Leverage is a part of our life and family too. The blend of a grueling WOD’s with the tenderness that allows you to come even when you have no clue how you’ll do or what to expect is what I love.

2015 Holiday Hours

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Thursday Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
| 6:00am | 7:00am | 8:00am | 9:00am |
Open Gym 10:00am – 12:00pm.

11:00am Leverage Pride Kids Class

12:00pm Noon Express Class
NO AFTERNOON CLASSES

Friday Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

CLOSED

Saturday Dec. 26th
| 8:00am | 9:30am |
Open Gym 10:30am – 12:00pm.

11:00am Leverage Pride Kids Class


 

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Thursday Dec. 31 (New Years Eve)
| 6:00am | 7:00am | 9:00am |
Open Gym 10:00am – 12:00pm.

11:00am Leverage Pride Kids Class

12:00pm Noon Express Class
| 4:15pm | 

Friday Jan. 1 (New Years Day)
| 10:00am | 11:00am | 12:00pm | 
Saturday Jan. 2
| 8:00am | 9:30am |
Open Gym 10:30am – 12:00pm.

11:00am Leverage Pride Kids Class

December 2015 Member of the Month

Meet Brian Kemp:


 

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Meet Brian Kemp, our December Member of the Month

 Tell us about yourself:

I have been married to my beautiful wife Angie for a little over 2 years. This coming March, we are expecting our first son. I love playing soccer and have done so for many years. I work at ALE Solutions (temporary housing company) with a few members of the box.

What made you try CrossFit?

Sarah and Shari would NOT LEAVE ME ALONE!!! Sarah had been hounding me for months to come in and give it a try. I had seen some of the CrossFit Games on TV before and had a few friends that have done it. I looked at it and thought I would actually die if I had tried it. In July/August 2014, I came in with Albert during the first “fundamentals” class and was impressed that I was still alive and could do it. I still remember my first WOD outside of “fundamentals”. It was 5 rounds for time of 200m run, 10 Bar Over Burpees, 5 Hang Power Snatch. [Read More…]

November 2015 Member of the Month

Meet Graig Neville


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Tell us about yourself:

Per my Chinese zodiac I’m a water dog. I’m loyal and tend to slobber on my pillow, so maybe there’s something to that stuff. It also says I’d make a good spy. I’m quiet and unassuming; I’m a civil engineer by profession and can design a road, sewer or reconfigure a river. In my secret life I’m a thrill seeker. I race cars, teach martial arts, and practice CrossFit. So maybe I would make a good spy!  I also like comics and play with toy soldiers, but that doesn’t sound as cool.

What made you try CrossFit?

After I started teaching Aikido I wasn’t getting the cardio and conditioning I wanted. I tried the local cheap gym, but it was too easy to overdo it and hobble around sore for 3 days afterwards. So I searched for a box after researching CrossFit online. Amazingly, I walked into Leverage during their open house. Coach Dave was like wtf, how did you even know we were here? It’s our first day. The Internet works fast I guess, or it was fate. I have lots of stories like that. Connection to the universe and all that exotic martial arts stuff.  I haven’t missed a beat since then and have been a regular morning zombie. [Read More…]

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