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July 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Eric Griffin:



 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…]

February 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Chris Miller:

Chris Miller
 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. [Read More…]

January 2016 Member of the Month

Meet Candy Jett:

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! [Read More…]

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