Athlete Spotlight

March 2015 Athlete Spotlight…Lori Faurote!

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Lori started at the Praus House through a New Years Special we offered in 2014.  We offer a 3 month membership, versus a 1 month, on purpose…hoping it will help people get past the New Year resolution “bump”.  What we didn’t know about this “Lori” lady who signed up is that she would become one of our most driven, determined, dedicated athletes.  Lori went from wanting to be healthier to wanting to be stronger to wanting to master all things CrossFit over the course of her first year with us…to say the least it was inspiring to watch.  Lori also happens to be incredibly funny and is a blast to be around.  We are thrilled she is a part of the Praus family and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her…both inside and outside the box.  #neverfinished

 

 

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?

I started at Praus in January, 2014. I was Facebook friends with Praus and saw the New Year’s foundation special. Since I had been here on a free Saturday and was wanting to get into Crossfit, I thought it was a great opportunity to begin.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I like chippers. My goal is to chip away at the benchmark Lady WODs because I have yet to record any of my scores from the ones I have done. My least favorite WOD is anything that has movements that I have yet to conquer such as; HSPU or rope climbs. It is frustrating to me to not be able to do these WODs RX, however, #neverfinished#strongerthanyesterday, and I will get them soon, hopefully.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

My favorite movement would be Oly lifts partially because they are still a challenge to me and I am determined to master them!! (See above for least favorite)

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I am 34 years old; I have no kids and have never been married. I have 2 fat cats. They are my babies. I have been an X-Ray tech at Parkview Hospital for 12 years. I am an assistant track coach at Lane Middle School. I played softball in college at IPFW for 4 years and still enjoy playing on leagues during the summer. My 3 nephews and my family are my pride and joy.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Before CrossFit, I ran mini marathons for many years. I have been into strength and weightlifting ever since high school bodybuilding. I participated in spin and Les Mills classes at Max Fitness for years as well. I had a personal trainer that first introduced me to some CrossFit. It was after this that I fell in love with it.

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I knew I had a lot of exciting challenges ahead of me, and I still do!!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

My original goal was to lose weight and get back into shape. After starting, I realized that with a clean diet, the weight loss/body comes along with CrossFit pretty easily. Now, after achieving my original goals, my focus is more on strength and Olympic lifting and gymnastics movements.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Yes, Crossfit is a cult, <cough>; I mean a complete new way of life. I don’t care what anyone says, the atmosphere, supportive community and relationships gained at Praus/CrossFit are indescribable. It isn’t mind boggling to get myself to the gym every day anymore. Now, all my friends are here and we are doing what we love, together. I have more energy and am happier than I have ever been. I’m so excited to see what is yet to come.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

We make memories everyday here! I’ve never laughed as much as I do when I’m around these people! My biggest achievements so far would be getting 3rd in Scaled at the Summer Mayhem, and 2nd in Scaled at the 24 hour competition this summer and lately being in the top group of the leaderboard at Praus for the open WODs.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Stick with it. Once the initial pain wears off, and your start seeing results, it becomes an addiction that you will never regret. Drink lots of water, and eat clean food to fuel your workouts. The family atmosphere is one that you will not find anywhere else.

Something you might not know about me is?

I used to ride a Harley. I owned a Softtail NightTrain that I absolutely loved. My dad is a triplet, my nephews are twins, and my great grandmother was a twin. If I should happen to procreate, there is a good possibility for multiple births.

 

January 2015 Athlete Spotlight…Jaer and Lucy Cardenas!

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Jaer and Lucy had very different approaches when they first came to Praus.  Jear was ready to master everything the first day, while Lucy was hesitant to get started and cautious with every step.  Fast forward a year and a half and Mr and Mrs Cardenas have become two of our most dedicated driven athletes at the Praus House.  Jaer brought his soccer-based engine and over time has improved his technique to become a hard driving CrossFitter…even breaking down and buy Oly’s and wrist wraps!  Lucy, as you can see, has placed a high priority on her health, so much so that she continued WODing through her entire pregnancy…and was even seen at the box within weeks after giving birth doing accessory work to stay on track.  All that aside, these two are two of the nicest, most genuine individuals you’d ever meet.  If you haven’t had a chance to get to know them outside the realm of CrossFit, you’re missing out!  Thanks for being such an awesome part of the Praus House!

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

Jaer started CrossFitting at a friend’s gym in Texas about a month before we moved to Indiana in 2013. He saw a difference in his physique in a month and was hooked. When we moved to Indiana, Jaer looked for CrossFit gyms and found Crossfit Praus after hearing an endorsement from Kilee Fackler (thanks Kilee!). When the weather turned chilly and I didn’t want to run in the snow, Jaer persuaded me to try CrossFit. I was so sore the first few Saturdays that I was convinced I was out of shape and should join.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

Jaer: Favorite: Randy…Least favorite: Nicole

Lucy: Favorite: Karen or Cindy…Least favorite: Annie

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Jaer: Favorite: Squats…Least favorite: HSPU

Lucy: Favorite: T2B…Least favorite: Double Unders

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Jaer is a Houston native and currently works as a lab tech at Trelleborg. He is a soccer fanatic – he played for IU in college and follows La Liga (Barcelona) and the Premiere League (Manchester United).  I grew up on a farm north of Fort Wayne and am currently Editor of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. I am a bit of a news junkie and love to cycle when the weather is nice.

We met at IU and lived in Texas for eight years before moving to Fort Wayne. After six years of marriage, we welcomed our first child, Alessandra Starr on Dec. 4, 2014.  Our main hobby, or rather project, lately is the 1880 duplex in West Central we purchased last year.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Jaer: Running and soccer games

Lucy: Running, biking and swimming

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

Jaer: It hurt good.

Lucy: The coaches’ 5-year-old son can lift as much as me; I have work to do.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

Jaer: Lose weight and get cut – check and check

Lucy: Stay in shape – ended up getting in even better shape

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Other than annoying family members because we never shut-up about CrossFit? CrossFit helps us remain focused and provides us with renewed energy to get through each day. It’s also given us a social circle that we cherish. It’s a lifestyle.  We have always believed in exercising, as it gives us more energy during the day. CrossFit really made a difference for us during pregnancy as Lucy was able to continue working out despite the weight gain.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

Jaer’s first muscle-up after months of trying was a great victory.  The best memory so far, for me, was pregnant Fran. At 36 weeks pregnant we (Jaer had a 6-pound ball stuffed under his shirt) completed Fran together.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

The more you come, the less it hurts and the better you look and feel.  It is 90 percent mental.

Something you might not know about us:

Jaer – plays the alto and soprano saxophones (friends call him “G”…as in, Kenny G)
Lucy – loves Michael Jackson…like loves!

 

May Athlete Spotlight…Annie Giddens! (Oops, we missed a few months!)

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Annie came to us as a referral from a personal trainer in town.  She knew she loved working out, but on day one told me she wanted to do more.  What she had been doing wasn’t quite what she was searching for, and she also had the itch to compete.  What few of us knew at that time was that Annie had already won.  She had beaten the battle over obesity, and wasn’t looking back.  Her before and after pictures are the type where you search for a tattoo (of which she has a few, so there’s no denying), just to make sure its even the same person.  Annie is dedicated, driven and fairly bull-headed (in the best possible way), and will stop at nothing until she reaches her goals.  After which I’m sure she’ll simply set new ones.  We are blessed to have Annie at the Praus House and can’t see what the Sport of Fitness holds for her in the future!

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

I started crossfitting slightly (about 5 or 6 wods) in May of last year, but then had surgery and picked back up full force August 3rd, 2013.  I had been working with a personal trainer, and had asked her to work some CrossFit into my programming, so she referred me to Praus, and this is where I’ve been since.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

Favorite:  Randy

Least Favorite:  Anything with pull ups since I can’t do them RX.  LOL.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Favorite:  Anything with a barbell

Least favorite:  Lunges of any type… even with a barbell. ;)

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a single mother of two boys that are 14, and 18.  I’ve been single for a REALLY long time.  I’ve been a nurse for about 17 years now.  I’m an RN Case Manager at Visiting Nurse providing hospice care to patient’s in their homes.  It’s a hard career, but it has it’s own rewards.  I used to be a swimmer, diver, and tennis player.  I started running a couple of years ago, but don’t have a particular love of it, it was a means to lose weight.  I haven’t really participated in any sports since college… until I found CrossFit that is.  I love to read.  I started college as a music education major so I have a passion for music of all kinds.  I also love to cook!!

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

As I mentioned previously I worked with a personal trainer who programmed strength followed by cardio sessions.  I still worked out 6 days a week, and frequently did two a days.

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

“YES!!!” (One of my favorite responses to date.  You could just tell Annie had found what she’d been looking for.)

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

First goal was to become stronger, faster, and fitter.  I’m seeing improvment in all of those areas.

I also want to lean out more.  I’m still working on that.

I unofficially had a goal to compete, and I’ve started doing that now. (Since typing this Annie won her first CrossFit competition in the scaled division at GLOC…we are extremely proud of her!)

I also want to become a coach, but my goal is to achieve pull ups before I do my level 1.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

I’ve found an incredible new group of friends, and a support system that is beyond describing!!

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

When I got my first T2B during the open workouts!!  I cheered, and I saw several people who were doing the workout, judging or cheering look my way.  They all had their own way of celebrating with me, whether it was a smile and a nod of the head as they judged their competitor, or verbally cheering me on.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Anyone can do this.  It doesn’t have to be all out, all at once.  It takes time to build, and we will always be building.  And persistence is key.  I don’t have something like pull ups yet, but I’m going to keep working until I do.  Nobody walks into a box being able to do everything. (Amen!)

Something you might not know about me is?

Eh…  I’m pretty much an open book.

 

November Athlete Spotlight…Tina Keffaber!

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Tina is quite possibly one of the most inspiring people I know.  If you have been around the box in the last few months you’d notice the grit and determination on her face to battle through every single WOD.  This isn’t extremely unique because the Praus House has lots of athletes who share that description…however, Tina is battling through post-leg/foot surgery with a cast–boot–brace along for the ride.  The first day she could get back into the box post surgery she was there, begging for a WOD she could do with her upper body…anything, she didn’t care, she just wanted to get back at it.  Tina is also one of the most generous people I know.  When she says, “Call me if you need anything at all”, she absolutely means it.  She has a tough exterior necessary to excel at work, with a heart of gold and a sense of humor that puts a smile on my face everyday.  She also happens to be an amazing baker who makes killer pumpkin bars!  God blessed us all the day Tina walked through the front door!

 

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

My first WOD was in March of 2013, I went for my birthday with Juan and Jennifer Barrientes and have been going since.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I like all WODs, honestly not sure there are any I don’t like.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

My favorite are kettlebell swings and deadlifts, I loooooooath burpees

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I am 48 years old and have worked for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department for over 9 years.  I used to play on the Fort Wayne Flash semi-professional football team.  My favorite sports are field hockey and football.  I like to read, hike, take pictures, cook, bake and do things for others.  I love animals, my favorite are wolves, with dolphins being a close second.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

30 minutes on an elliptical and machine weights

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I loved it, it challenged my ability…couldn’t wait for the next class!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

To have more mobility. I have increase my mobility a little, but have increased my strength more…which has led to me actually being able to run (which was something I was told would never happen again).

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

It has helped me do a lot more in life without all the back pain I was having before.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

I have lots of memories from the box with all of the fantastic/awesome people.  It is awesome to feel a part of a family which is exactly what I have at CrossFit Praus.  I also got my first RX WOD 11/2/2013…which ironically had running in it, it felt great!

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Never give up and never quit.  And that they joined the right box, Amanda and Shane and the other coaches are awesome.  The biggest thing…never say “can’t”

Something you might not know about me is?

According to Amanda, I’m just a big teddy bear.

 

September Athlete Spotlight…Misty Wallin!!!

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We first met Misty through a mutual friend, but at the time she was an avid runner and wanted to stick with that…little did she know she would change her mind less than a year later!!  Misty came in in great shape, but not CrossFit shape as is the case with all of us!  She pushed through every WOD, scaling when necessary and was very smart about her training.  She knew was she was capable of and “chipped” away at developing her “CrossFit shape”, then it got really fun to coach her!!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given her the stare down when she reached for a weight that was too light…then exchanged it for a heavier version and never looked back.  Misty is not only a great asset to the Praus House, but our community as a whole…Fort Wayne is lucky to have the Wallin family!

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

May of 2013 is when I started. A friend introduced me to Shane and Amanda (about a year ago), my hubby was going out of town for 10 weeks, so I had to have somewhere I could go that had child care. Time is also a HUGE thing for me, so I couldn’t spend HOURS in the gym. So, why not try CrossFit Praus??

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

Fight Gone Bad is my favorite…so far…I don’t have a least favorite. To me it is just what needs to be done today.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Running if you consider it a “movement” and least favorite movement is snatch, because I just can’t get it right!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I am married, four kids, work 2 jobs and home school my kids. We just bought a “farm” a couple years ago and there is always a project to be done. I love animals and being able to have my kids out of a subdivision. I enjoy organizing the Defenders Dash; a little passion of mine. It combines things that are important to me…running (fitness), honoring our men and women who serve our country and community daily & bringing people together!

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Running: some would say an “insane” amount of miles…but …. :)

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I was hooked. I knew I needed to do it for a long time, working out the logistics was my problem.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

Biggest goal was to lose weight and fit in my skinny clothes again… I have not lost all the weight, but I am wearing my clothes again (most of them).  But I know part of not losing all the weight I want is because I am building muscle.  Since joining CrossFit I have changed how I set goals. It’s more about completing a specific movement (double unders, hand stand pushups , etc.) hitting a new one rep max, or RXing another WOD. I didn’t know what any of that was before I started CrossFit.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Definitely, I push myself beyond my limits more. It has given me more confidence in different areas of life and I have a ton more stamina when doing “chores” around the farm.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

Loved the Saturday we did the Hope for Cures WOD. What an inspiring day. CrossFitting with our community for a great cause. What could be better?

 

July’s Athlete Spotlight…Andrea Roth!

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We have had the pleasure of knowing Andrea longer than her CrossFit days, in fact I can remember apologizing on multiple occasions for too much CrossFit talk around a bonfire or kitchen island…then the day came where she said, “Ok, I’ll try it!”  I was thrilled!!  But, it wasn’t until the past few months than Andrea really shifted from an occasional CrossFitter, to someone determined to be better and stronger than yesterday’s version of herself.  She walks in the box, often late cause her husband never seems to be able to pull himself away in time for her to get to class, quietly…ready to work.  Her desire to CrossFit threw her entire pregnancy should be a testament to us all about what it means to prioritize our health and the health of those we love (even in utero).  Andrea challenges herself everyday, somedays even shrugging off my idea of a “pregnancy modification”.  Joe and Andrea will be welcoming sweet baby boy Roth into this world tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited for them!  No doubt he’ll be a future CrossFitter!  We are thrilled to have you both at Praus, and blessed to call you friends.

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who got you started?

I started CrossFit about a year ago, but really got into it once I joined at Praus! The community at Praus is just amazing! I like the “team” atmosphere during the workouts….everyone is pushing one another to do their best.

As for who/what got me started with CrossFit…..that’s an easy one….my husband Joe Roth!!  I joke that I really didn’t have a choice! J  He was so consumed with it that it made me curious what all the hype was about.  I was intimidated at first with the movements, but once I got over that fear and was introduced to the community at Praus I was obsessed as well!!!

 

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

Favorite: Fran

Least Favorite: Anything with burpees

 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Thrusters would be my favorite!

My least favorite movement is more of a love hate relationship with snatches….I think I will like them once I can wrap my mind around the “jump down” movement. J

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have been married to my wonderful husband Joe for about 4 years now.  We have little girl Annabelle who is 1 ½ and a little boy who is due to arrive at the end of July. I enjoy wakeboarding, wakesurfing, pretty much anything on the water!  I work at Automation Engineering as the Office/HR Manager.  One of the perks to my position is that I am tasked with heading up our wellness program which allows me to encourage others to lead healthy lifestyles (i.e. try out CrossFit).

 

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Bootcamps, yoga, and stadium workouts with friends.

 

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I was intimidated after the first workout!  However, I soon realized people were not there to judge my time or how much weight I was lifting but to encourage and push me to my limits.  The community and encouragement from others is what got me hooked.

 

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

My current goal was to continue CrossFitting through my entire pregnancy and, after completing Fran today…the day before I go to the hospital, I made!!  Most people do not realize that you CAN continue a workout routine while pregnant. Pregnancy does not make you fragile; if you worked out before you got pregnant you CAN continue to workout throughout your pregnancy! My advice to those concerned about CrossFitting while pregnant is to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, you are the best judge of what your limits are.

 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

YES!  Inside the gym CrossFit teaches you to push yourself to break through your preconceived limits….this has translated outside of the gym for me as well.

 

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

I Rx’d my first WOD while pregnant…I was pretty pumped about that :)

 

What advice would you give to someone just joining CrossFit Praus?

Do not be intimidated by the movements or the white board. Everything can be modified and scaled to fit your own fitness level.  Most of all HAVE FUN!

 

Something you might not know about me is?

Can’t think of anything for this one…..I am pretty much an open book :)

 

DSC07437June Athlete Spotlight…none other than Rachel Dirig!

Like Rachel mentions below, we were lucky enough to meet her because her friend won a contest we ran at a Health Fair…at the time we didn’t know how blessed we were to have her (and her family) walk through our doors.  Rachel started CrossFit with looseness in her form and a lack of kinesthetic awareness…but those “aspects” of her approach to training would quickly find their way out the door.  After being with us 5 months her form, function, dedication and determination are the most notable “aspects” of her approach.  She is a pleasure to coach, and an extremely selfless person…working at least 3 shifts a week in our childcare room…now that’s dedication ;)  Thanks for being a part of the Praus Family!

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

I started CrossFitting in February.  A friend of mine won a month’s free membership to Praus in a contest.  She is a personal trainer and belongs to a few other gyms so she offered it to me.  We had been considering getting a membership to the Y, but I thought I would try this CrossFit thing out for a month first since it was free.  I’m so glad I did!

 

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I think I have two favorites so far.  Kelly and Murph.  I really can’t say what my least favorite WOD is.  The Lumberjack 20 is not one that I’m excited to do again anytime soon though J.

 

 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

This is easy.  I love box jumps and kettle bell swings.  Overhead squats are by far my least favorite.  I am so terrible at them.  I make myself do 20 at home with dumbells before I can go to bed every night.  I call it my daily cash out and hope someday this leads me to not hate them so much!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I somehow lucked out and married the most incredible person I have ever met (also my high school crush), Justin.  We have two amazing and spunky daughters.  Layla is four and Cordelia is one.  Right now my girls are my full time job and I love spending my days with them.  I am a licensed school counselor and plan to go back to counseling when my girls are in school.

 

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

I have tried lots of different things.  I have quite a collection of workout DVD’s!  In the past, I would start a new program or type of exercise and stick with it for a few weeks and then quit or try something else.

 

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I loved it!  I was hooked from day one.  I remember being extremely intimidated at first because I had no idea what CrossFit was, I was never an athlete, and I never really lifted weights, but I knew that I would work through that stuff because I absolutely loved the workouts, the coaching, and the sense of community.

 

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

When I started, I was just looking to lose the remainder of the baby weight I was carrying.  I achieved that pretty quickly after joining Praus.  My goals are completely different now and have nothing to do with how much I weigh.  Feeling strong is one of the greatest feelings!

 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Absolutely!  CrossFit is all about digging deep and pushing yourself to be better than you were yesterday.  It’s pretty obvious that you can apply that concept to all areas of your life as well.  I’ve really started to challenge myself to be a better wife, mother, and community member.  I used to settle for “good enough,” and that has completely changed.

 

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

So many!  My favorite one has to be from Murph.  I had never run a mile in less than 10:30 and as I ran through the door after my first mile in Murph, the clock said 8:32.  I couldn’t believe it!  The Endurance classes are really paying off.  To date, I have only RX’d one WOD and the feeling of getting that first RX was pretty awesome too.  Now, back to chasing the next one!

 

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Give yourself credit for small gains and victories, but push yourself really hard.  Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on one thing I’m bad at and requires a lot of effort for me to improve (pull ups for example), and one thing I feel I can easily improve upon (running for example).  Also, ask for help if you need it!  Everyone wants to see you succeed and is happy to help.

 

Something you might not know about me is?

I love acting, singing and dancing.  My favorite roles are ones where I get to use an accent.  I’m hoping to get back on stage in the near future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC03097Meet Rob(ert) Warstler…May Athlete Spotlight at CrossFit Praus!

Rob and Angela started with us back in the garage to squeeze in their foundations sessions prior to our official launch.  They were very committed even though they had to drive to the other side of town and freeze their fingers off in our non-heated garage box.  That same dedication shines through 6 months later.  Rob is one of those guys who sets his mind to something and doesn’t quit until he achieves it.  Time is often spent getting frustrated with double unders, trying to launch himself on the wall and always improving his lifting technique.  Speaking of technique, Rob’s is impeccable!  Not only can he back squat 355#, but he can do so at full depth every rep.  He is an excellent example of what it takes to constantly be better than yesterday’s version of you!

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?  

I first dabbled on my own about 5 years ago and loved it, but without coaching I didn’t experience the full benefit. Then little over a year ago Anthony Shefferly, a certified instructor, began offering classes to his co-workers; I was hooked once under his instruction.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I haven’t done too many of the benchmark WOD’s yet, but out of those I have done, my favorite would have to be “Karen”. I look forward to doing the “Lumberjack 20”, maybe that will be my new favorite. My least favorite would have to be “DT”. I really didn’t mind it so much at first, until I smashed my face with the bar on one of the push jerks.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Favorite movement…I cannot choose just one, I love deadlifts and back squats equally. Renegade rows would definitely be my least favorite.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I have been married to Angela for 12 years, we have two children. Brady, age 4, and Grace, 1. I have been a Fort Wayne police officer for 8 years. Outside of work, and family, I love to play softball and deer hunt. I have been a long-suffering Cubs fan as far back as I can remember. Next year! I have competed in a couple of half marathons and Tough Mudders.  CrossFit has definitely helped me maintain my endurance without having to log as many miles.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

I ran consistently and followed a traditional weight lifting routine, with forays into P90X and Insanity. After Crossfitting for a few months last summer, the facility we were using was no longer available and I had to go back to a traditional gym where I could not match the same intensity workout on my own in that environment. My results suffered.

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I don’t remember my specific thoughts, but after being under an instructor I knew this was how I wanted to pursue being fit.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?

My goals when starting CrossFit were to gain strength and endurance, while dropping a few pounds. Since joining CrossFit Praus my back squat has improved from 295# to 355#. My deadlift has increased from 365# to 415#. (those are HOLY COW! numbers for those who don’t have a reference point…(added by Amanda))

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

I feel stronger and more equipped to handle my work responsibilities.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone in the community environment we have. It has been neat watching CrossFit Praus grow by leaps and bounds since we were first there on opening day. My future goals are to deadlift 500# and to back squat 400#.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Don’t sacrifice quality to be first on the whiteboard. (AMEN!  (again, from Amanda))

Something you might not know about me is?

I have lost over 70# and maintained that loss for the last 5 years.

 

Congratulations to Audrey Andersen…our April Athlete Spotlight recipient!

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Audrey started with us the very first day we officially opened at 4106 Merchant Road.  She came in nervous, but excited to see what CrossFit was all about.  We did our benchmark workout that day and if memory serves she was exhausted but hooked from that very first WOD.  In fact, she came back 3 more times that week and hasn’t looked back since.  The mother of 4 awesome kids, Audrey first started with the goal of losing baby weight…but if you watch her in action today it is very obvious she has much bigger goals than that now!  With several RX’d WODs under her belt, she has that spark in her eye every time she walks into the box.  It is that kind of attitude of constant improvement that made her an easy choice for Athlete Spotlight.  Her “can do” attitude is contagious, as well as that smile she gets when she’s just concurred another skill…or throws up a huge Strict Press 1RM on her first attempt!  We are so thankful the Andersen family calls the Praus House home…even little Josiah loves to “go to Praus House…workout!”

When did you start CrossFitting?  Who/what got you started?

Started on January 7, 2013 (the day Praus opened). A few people saw some of the games on tv and thought of me, so I started checking it out years ago. Just finally made the decision to do it this year.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I don’t know…I love and hate them all!

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

I LOVE deadlifts but I’m definitely still working on the snatch, that’s probably my least favorite.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I’m married to the most amazing person I know, mother to the best kids in the world, and I love to be active and creative.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Lifting the potato chips to my lips and chewing. ;)

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I somehow got hit by a train and didn’t know it.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals?

I wanted to loose the baby belly. I’ve come a long way but still have some tummy to loose. I’m excited to see where I am in another 3 months. I’ve been working on my weights and have come so far since the beginning, I’m thrilled thus far!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Absolutely. I feel so much stronger, not just physically, but overall as a woman. I am able to look at things in a more positive light. I know I’m an overcomer of obstacles in and out of the box.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

A favorite memory would be when Amanda added up my weight on my first strict press. The look on her face made me feel like I was on top of the world! HA! It was so encouraging.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Have fun! I love that it’s a judgment free zone, everyone works at their own pace and it’s the best community you’ll ever have. Praus is awesome!

Something you might not know about me is?

Since I was in 5th grade I’ve wanted to build an orphanage in Africa. One day we’ll get there, and it’ll be awesome.

 

 

Congratulations to James Ryland…our March Athlete Spotlight recipient!

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James started with us back in the garage through the encouragement of his wife, who had already developed a love for CrossFit.  He was a little reluctant at first, battled a painful lower back, and got frustrated with the complexity of some of the lifts.  (though he could hammer out wall ball shots and box jumps like it was his job!)  Watching him just a few short months later, James’ technique is improving with every class, as is his intensity and love for the Sport of Fitness.  He is a pleasure to coach and always has a positive attitude…James we are thrilled that you have decided to call CrossFit Praus home and can’t wait to see what the future holds; both inside and outside the box!

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?

End of November 2012. My wife, Tracy, convinced me to try it. She had been going and felt fantastic. I wanted to get in better shape
but I never enjoyed going to a conventional gym.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?

I haven’t done all the benchmark workouts. So far, even though she kicks my tail, I really like Fran.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Thrusters for both!

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

Tracy and I have two daughters, Brady and Adrian. I’m in sales and a real estate broker.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?

Run occasionally at home and play soccer.

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?

I had never been that whipped after a workout before.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?

My goal when I joined was to simply get in better shape. I feel great and have noticed changes in just a few months. I finally learned to do a kipping pull up. I feel good about that.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Yes, I feel motivated to do better in all aspects of my life.

Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?

All those times when the person finishing last, myself included, is getting cheered on by those who are already done. The members here are great and everyone helps each other.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Praus?

Don’t feel like you have to use the prescribed weight. Just work on learning the movements.

 

Congratulations on your hard work and accomplishments…and for making The Praus House a great place to be!

If you happen to notice someone making notable progress, pushing extra hard, exemplifying strength under control or any other characteristics which stand out to you feel free to nominate them!!