Member Of The Month

November 4, 2017

November Member of the Month: Leigh Newell

I started CrossFit DownRiver last April, when I was going to a gym 3-4 times a week, doing 45 minutes to an hour on the treadmill, and not getting the results I was looking for. My nephew Jacob was home from the Navy for a month and found CFDR.  He was over one night after I got home from a workout and was talking about how great he felt since starting at CFDR and said I should try it.  I thought, “yeah right”!   Everything I knew about CrossFit was that it is for the extreme athlete, not a middle-aged, over weight woman with two bad knees.  I agreed to try it, but felt so nervous and intimidated…that is until I was introduced to Coach Joe, who completely put me at ease. The time he took with me to explain and show me what he wanted me to do and even scaled it down for me, made me feel so accomplished.  I was very sore the next day (from using muscles I forgot I had), but wanted to continue at CFDR.  I started my membership that following Monday and started my on-ramp with coach Kirk.  The patience he had working with […]
October 9, 2017

October Member of the Month: Eva Tomlinson

About 8 years ago I started hearing about CrossFit. It sounded like a program I would like, but I didn’t seriously consider it until years later, mostly because I thought I was too old. Gradually, after learning more about the sport and the concept, I felt like I just had to try it! I dropped in to CFDR one day and was shown around by Bernadine and Kirk. I was ready, the people were nice, the program was sounding even more interesting and the gym felt comfortable. I love showing up for a WOD or whatever is going on that day and getting the work out done. I love the way I feel after it’s over. I am grateful that someone else is responsible for deciding what to do and all I have to do is be there.  Finding my one rep max for the dead lift was a big step for me, empowering me and awakening a sense of self I had lost. It was a great day for me. So I guess that makes the dead lift my new favorite move! I am satisfied with my progress so far and am plan to continue to do what I […]
September 7, 2017

September Member of the Month: Emma Green

Before joining CrossFit Downriver about a year and a half ago, I was settling.  I had gotten too comfortable in my ‘normal’ – a mediocre relationship, rarely stepping foot in a gym and eating and drinking whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. From the first days of the on-ramp at CFDR, I knew this was a place that I could challenge myself and start a new, healthier ‘normal’ both physically and emotionally. I love that literally everyone at CFDR wants you to succeed and will push you to better yourself every day that you step into the gym. After a year and half, I am definitely hooked and CrossFit is the first workout that I see myself sticking with for years to come. I’m the strongest that I have ever been and wake up excited to check the WOD and see what we’ll be working on that day. My goals for the year are to do a bar muscle up, join the 300 club dead-lifting and start competing in some fun, not-too-serious competitions!
August 5, 2017

August Member of the Month: Evan Ashley

I had been curious about CrossFit since I first saw the games on ESPN.  The intensity and amount of work was intriguing and intimidating at the same time.  A good friend of mine had mentioned he has been going to CrossFit Downriver for some time now, and couldn’t stop raving about the gains he had made, as well as the great coaches.  I walked in completely unprepared one Thursday night while Helen was coaching one of her “Helendurance” classes.  After talking with Helen and Kirk, and realizing the kind of passion these two had for helping people with their fitness goals, I decided to join the BOX.  I came in the next day to start my On-ramp.  Ever since my first WOD, I have been hooked.  Every coach has been amazing.  The gains and progress I have made in such little time is a testament to the professionalism and hard work put in by both myself and the great staff at CrossFit Downriver.  I have gone from only being able to do ring row pull-ups to kipping to almost strict in the matter of only a few months (just one example).  The one on one work from the coaches goes […]
July 1, 2017

July Member of the Month: Nate Hairgrove

It was mid February, 2013 when I walked into CFDR and there was coach Nate teaching a class of misfits.  I distinctly remember seeing Juan, Mary, Roman (of course shirtless, walking on his hands just because he could)   and “Rico Suavé” (a/k/a Ben) grinding out the WOD. I thought “these people are nuts and so am I so this should be fun”!   Coach told me to come back for the on-ramp the next morning at 6am….that’s all it took. I was hooked….like order the lifter shoes, buy all the Hylete shorts, if it said Rogue on it buy it – “hooked”! It was through those first few months of meticulous training on basic movements when I realized CFDR was beyond professional. I was also now part of a family. We cheered Q on during his Open run, we raised money and gifts for families in need, we drank and partied and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had to take a small break due to work travel and life but since I’ve been back the last year it’s been great seeing more members joining the family. I don’t really have a favorite crossfit movement (other than […]
June 5, 2017

June Member of the Month: Kris Boik

In March 2013, as Kris’ daughter, Melissa, was about to return to Minnesota from a spring break visit home, Kris mentioned that she would like to get healthy and would like to get into shape. She asked Melissa to watch her do a squat. Horrified by what she saw, Melissa said, “I know a guy!”  She told her Mom to call CrossFit DownRiver in the morning, which she did, and went to see Kirk for her first workout.  After having the common first day reaction of crying, and asking “what the hell am I doing here,” Kris returned the next day. She promised herself and Melissa she would stick it out at least until Melissa returned home for the summer.  4+ years later, she’s still going strong.  Although Kris claims she hates having people watch her when she’s the last to finish a workout, she was absolutely amazed by the 50 or so people cheering her in from Murph this year, and grateful to the guys who ran in with her.  Kris likes CrossFit workouts that have rowing, dead lifts, and back squats in them.  Her favorite part about being a part of the CrossFit DownRiver family is the […]
May 1, 2017

May Member of the Month: Adam McFarland

I started at CFDR almost a year ago. I had recently ended a very toxic relationship that at one time I was fooled into thinking it would be my last relationship. I was lied to, cheated on and basically felt like I wasn’t good enough.  I decided it was time for a change.  My good friend Kellers (Kelli F) finally got me to step in to see what this whole “CrossFit cult” was about.  My first day I could not do one pushup, and thought “wtf did I get myself into”.  Overtime though I have grown into not only learning the weightlifting movements, pushups/strict pullups, and even have started working up to some of the more complex gymnastic exercises. I have even lost twenty five lbs. and have lowered my blood pressure from 130ish down to 110 over 73 on my last physical. Why come to CFDR?  I’ll be dead honest: I’m an average guy that wants an over the top workout three to four days a week. Most days you’ll catch me at the 6 AM class, where you will find the infamous Coach Helen Taylor. She will be your best friend, and also your worst enemy in the […]
April 14, 2017

April Member of the Month: Christin Kelty

Christin has been doing CrossFit at CFDR for over a year with her husband Michael. They are currently expecting their first child in May. Being pregnant didn’t stop her from doing her CrossFit workouts. You can find Christin putting in the work at the 9:00 a.m. class and getting her extra credit in on the weekends working on form and technique with her hubby Mike.   She’s a perfect example of maintaining her fitness level while pregnant, all the while taking the necessary steps to keep both her and baby Kelty safe.
March 27, 2017
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March Member of the Month: Will Knowles

I started at CrossFit DownRiver in June of 2015 to improve my fitness level and gain confidence.  I love that CrossFit offers a variety of exercises, adds social aspects to the workouts, and that fellow members (athletes) help motivate each other.  Since joining I have lost 25 lbs of body weight, while increasing all baseline strength measurements!  My short term goals are double- unders, strict pull-ups and to be able to bench press my body weight.  My long terms goals are to snatch body weight, compete in RX competitions, and Isabel RX in under 3 minutes.
February 27, 2017
Roxann Shaw

February Member of the Month: Roxann Shaw

When I walked into CFDR  in January of 2016, I wasn’t intimidated doing the CrossFit workouts, having done CrossFit for three years; the thought of doing them wasn’t frightening. What was, however, was getting settled into a new box, with new coaches, new people, a new set of eyes and a complete set of strangers. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to share my goals with Kirk because I was giving this box a trial run, kind of a workout interview! Here I am, one year later, (Kirk, you’re hired) in regular attendance and was able to achieve the goals I had set for myself last year.  I knew when I began my 2016 goal of body transformation; I had to learn proper nutrition. Not just for fat loss/weight loss but how to properly fuel and nourish my body. CrossFit Downriver membership bonus is Coach Helen! Her passion for proper nutrition for all ages, all types of athletes and stages of transformation is astounding!  I know I will not be the girl able to lift heavy weights, but I appreciate being pushed to challenge myself to do more than I could last month, 6 months ago and do it safely. I […]
January 27, 2017
Becca Zwolenski

January Member of the Month: Becca Zwolenski

Reflecting on her CrossFit career thus far, Becca gave us the following tid-bit on her adventures at CrossFit Downriver: Having been a member for just over a year now, I look back at some of the more entertaining bits and pieces and can only say that there was no better decision in the past 12 months than to have joined CFDR.  From my first experience in walking through their doors and seeing Mary’s quads (and anyone who knew Mary and her amazing quads can understand how intimidating that would be to a newcomer), to my first post-onramp WOD – that being the “12 Days of Christmas” (I still shed sad, tiny tears over having survived that one), finally feeling that first little muscle finally pop up (though I still can’t seem to locate my six pack abs or amazing quads….baby steps, I suppose), and all the amazing friendships forged over the year, it has been a fun little rowdy ride. And while I still struggle daily with learning to fight back the urge to vomit when someone so much as whispers “It’s Deadlift Day!”, there are countless aspects of CrossFit I have learned to love (did someone say brutal chipper?!). […]