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Member Profile – Get to know Kris!

During the open, any bedhead hair-do goes!  Coach Corena and Kris pictured above shortly after mobility and before a dreaded open WOD.

It seems rather fitting that on a WOD day that is a 5km run, we are introducing our very own speed demon, Kris McKinnon…Kris has very quickly become an integral member of our gym, its community (read here he knows how to chirp) and has been a dedicated athlete making incredible gains over the last number of months.

Anyone who has laced up to run with/behind Kris knows he has the wheels to throw down a run at any given time…Kris has also worked very hard on his strength form and his numbers are shooting through the roof.

Kris is a faithful member of the sleepy 6am earlybird club and has been a regular at Tuesday and Thursday’s run club.

Please join us in a tip o’ the hat to a great addition to our CFC community and in recognition of all his hard work over the past number of months!

 

1.What do you do for a living?

I work as a Statistics Officer in the Research Directorate at Veterans Affairs Canada…this one pays the bills!!  I am also Head Coach of Womens Soccer at Holland College.

  1. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I had been interested in CrossFit for a number of years but never decided to try it.  In the fall of 2016 I was taking NCCP courses and met Bish (life changing I know…in many ways!).  We chatted about CrossFit and he suggested I give the training camp a go and decide from there.  After 5 “wonderful” sessions, I was hooked.

  1. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

My goal is to get better each day.  The progress I have made in these first few months has been great and I can not wait to keep it going.

  1. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

Biggest challenge was just making the decision to start something new, being uncomfortable.  Had to coach myself on it and being uncomfortable is where you grow as a person.  The rewards are so great.  The people, community and enjoyment of coming to the gym each and every day is awesome.

  1. Any results you would care to share?

Getting to 300# on my back squat was a huge achievement for me. I was also pretty happy with getting to 135 in push press as upper body strength has never been great.

Completing each open workout as well was tough but a lot of fun.

  1. Favorite workout or movement?

Running!!  Box jumps are a favorite as well.  Any workout that we complete has been fun to do so far and I look forward to doing them again to see my progress.

  1. Least favorite workout or movement?

OHS…like really who came up with such torture…

  1. Favorite music/song to CF to?

Anything loud!  Do not want to hear the voices in my head.

Member Profile – Get to know Cynthia!

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Our pleasure to profile CFC’s biggest cheerleader…Cynthia!

Cynthia has made massive and very impressive gains in her just over year and a half CrossFitting!  She is, hands, down one of the hardest workers there are out there.  For example, Cynthia can be found working on a movement relentlessly until she has a breakthrough!  She has persevered and conquered box jumps, wall balls and is working hard on her pull ups.

Equally impressive is Cynthia genuine enthusiasm and support for all her fellow CrossFitters.  She can be seen (and heard;) on a regular basis cheering on everyone as they finish up a WOD or attempt a max lift.

Cynthia maintains her busy CrossFit, work and family schedule and somehow manages to keep up a fairly hefty running schedule as well.  She has PR’d all of her running distances, along with many benchmark WOD and has competed in several comps during the year including the tough Blizzard Beatdown, Festivus (2nd place finish) and the Island Throwdown.

A true contributor to our CFC family and community, please join us in congratulating Cynthia on her many and several accomplishments as of late.

 

1. What do you do for a living?

I work at Invesco as a Client Adminstrative Rep II.

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I have been crossfitting for 1 1/2 years. My good friends Debbie & Adrian McMillan finally got me to try it after a year of many conversations. I saw a competition on television & thought wow I think I might like to try it. I thought that it would help with my core strength to help with my long distance running which surprise surprise it has!!

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

Oh goals:

kipping

double unders

box jumps at 20 inches

double unders

I really have a long list so I won’t list everything!

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

Biggest challenges I would say are keeping the word can’t out of my mind when I am trying to work on…. double unders lol my brain does not want to stop working

Biggest reward is feeling empowered & pushing myself to the point of WOW I just did that. Also, the many people who inspire me to work hard and make sure I am doing things safely so I don’t get hurt.

5. Any results you would care to share?

Wall balls was a really hard one for me at 5 feet tall & having to throw a ball to a 9 foot line has been a really hard one. I got a lot of help from everyone on how to do them and it helped so much.

Getting a pullup & having Steve Bishop see that I could do it; I felt like 10 feet tall.

6. Favorite workout or movement?

I love doing the short person movements lol:

burpees

situps (straight legged no butterflying around for this girl)

any kind of running

push ups

air squats

7. Least favorite workout or movement?

I would have to say overhead squats(I have a lot of work on these babies)

We have been doing more of these lately so that’s good right 🙂

8. Favorite music/song to CF to?

Anything loud with a good beat that gets me going, the coaches usually have some really great music playing so I am usually tapping a toe or doing a little bopping between sets when we are lifting. I really enjoy the free entertainment that we sometimes experience during our workouts from some of the others working out. Never a dull moment for sure

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Wow…..

I feel very fortunate to have been introduced to this sport. I love it and could not imagine not going to the gym and getting to hang out with some pretty amazing people. I have gotten stronger, faster and more comfortable in my own skin. I have had the opportunity to safely learn to push my limits as well as found a community that encourages, supports and is always teaching me as well as challenging me to be the best person that I can be. A big shout out to the amazing coaches of Crossfit Charlottetown you all have been very inspiring & always make me want to work hard to improve my skills.

Thank you

Member Profile – Get to know Ang Cassibo!

 Our gal Ang!   This gal adds an instant fun factor when she walks in the door!  Always smiling and ready to take on the challenges of the daily WOD, Ang brings a very positive attitude to the gym floor.  Behind that funny gal we all enjoy so much, is a very serious and quietly determined athlete.  Ang stuck through some significant injuries and modifications and put in her work to come out better than ever and ready to take the world on.  To celebrate this major achievement, Ang racked up not one, but two competitions in 2016, competing in Festivus and the Island Throwdown.

We can all learn something from Ang, stick to plan and do it having fun and taking the time to smile and laugh everyday!

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1.What do you do for a living?

I am a Radiation Therapist at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.

  1. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

Let’s see….. How did I get involved in Crossfit?

I have always liked working out, whether it was swimming, running or the occasional aerobics class….. Who doesn’t like a good grapevine or knee repeater?  I was always a bit of a weekend warrior and had a hard time finding that one thing that I loved, so I did what many of us do and tried everything. After the birth of my third child in 2010 I was tired, overweight and really out of shape. A friend of mine at work was in the same boat and the subject of Crossfit came up. We signed up for the fundamentals class and I was hooked.  It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  1. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

My biggest goal is to keep showing up and make myself, my health and fitness a priority.  More specifically though I would like to improve on some of the gymnastic moves which do not come naturally to me. Oh and let’s not forget DOUBLE UNDERS…….say no more.

  1. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

My biggest challenge is also one of my biggest rewards.  I have had low back issues on and off my entire life.  A couple of years into crossfit my back decided to really act up, making it very challenging to perform a lot of the movements and participate with the class as I had become accustomed. I became quite frustrated and took a bit of a break from working out. I missed crossfit and the community terribly so with help from  Corena (physiotherapy) and Dave ( chiropractor ) – and the best coaches on the planet I worked my way back – no pun intended – and feel better then ever.  I continue to be mindful of how I am moving at the gym and in all aspects of life. Functional fitness at it’s best.

 

  1. Any results you would care to share?

I wish I could say Double Unders…..hehehe but I am happy to be able to string a few pull-ups together with no band.  I also cleaned over 100lbs this year which had been a long time mental and physical block for me. Last, but not least, I competed in two competitions this year which really pushed me outside of my comfort zone.  Thanks Kelly!!!!!

  1. Favorite workout or movement?

My favourite movement would have to be most things with the barbell , except thrusters.  Give me a clean, deadlift or overhead squat but please don’t say burpee.

  1. Least favorite workout or movement?

Did you see how I did that up there in question 6? I already answered question 7.  Burpees are probably one of my least favourite things. Pair them with box jumps and voila you have Angie’s  crossfit nightmare. A lot of self talk happens when those movements are in a WOD.

  1. Favorite music/song to CF to?

I really like a lot of music. Country, pop, rock, anything that really gets you out of your head during a WOD and makes you want to push harder. Wait… “Push it” yup….one of my favourites. Hehehe

  1. Anything else you would like to add?

I would just like to say a gigantic Thank-you to the coaches and gym members at Crossfit Charlottetown . You have no idea how much you mean me.  My time at the gym is not only good for my physical health but my mental health as well. It is the best therapy anyone could ask for.  No matter what mood I am in when I walk through those doors, I always leave with a smile on my face and the crap of the day left behind with my sweat angel on the floor.

Member profile – Get to know Charla Currie!

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Our friend Charla!  One of CrossFit Charlottetown’s cherished original members and one of many big personalities that make up CFC’s soul!  Charla is a early morning CrossFitter at heart and loves barbell power output workouts and mobility classes!  Charla has competed in many regional and local competitions along with the open in the past few years.  In this past open, Charla slayed a major dragon with chest to bar pullups…doing them with ease.   Charla carries a long resume of sport activity, including hockey and field hockey, both playing and coaching and spends her days getting our youth moving at Colonel Gray High School….all the while practicing what she preaches.   How refreshing is that!

Please have a read and get to know some tidbits about Charla!

 

1.What do you do for a living? I’m a high school physical educator

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?  About 5 years ago I had a crossfit coach visit my phys. ed class to go over what it was and run us through a typical class.  I also had some friends who were crossfitting and were very positive about their experience.  Shortly after that I signed up and have been crossfitting ever since.   

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?  My main crossfit goal is to be the healthiest, strongest version of me.  I grew up playing sports but never had the same motivation to push myself in the gym.  Crossfit has brought out the competitive side of exercise which has kept me at it and enjoying it through the years.

 4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?  I much prefer to workout in the am so when I can’t get there in the morning, sometimes life/work/coaching get in the way of getting to the gym in the evening.  Without question the greatest reward is the many friendships that have developed from the crossfit community.  It’s the people that keep me coming back to the gym.  There’s been many struggles, triumphs, pb’s, sweat and tears shared which make it a very rewarding and welcoming experience.    

5. Any results you would care to share?  I’ve always enjoyed running and lifting but the gymnastic components have never been my forte.  For me, this year’s open started off with a pretty positive experience getting my first chest to bar pull ups ever.  I was anticipating finishing that workout after the first round of burpees and walking lunges but to get through a number of rounds was my proud moment at the gym.

6. Favorite workout or movement?  I like the Olympics lifts – clean and jerks and snatches and I also like rowing, running and lately have a love/hate relationship with double unders.  

7. Least favorite workout or movement?  I guess my least favorite should be pull ups and toes to bar but because of my lack of mobility I think I might dread overhead even more!

8. Favorite music/song to CF to? I like cheesy, trendy pop music, there’s nothing like a good boy band to sing along to as you’re working out! 😊

Member Profile – Get to know Matthew Weckman

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Meet Matthew!  Matthew joined us In February as part of a large training camp and has been making steady and constant progress ever since!  Quiet in nature at the gym, Matthew comes in and puts the work and time in consistently and has been ringing up some significant PR’s as of late.  Its been a pleasure to Matthew join CFC and we look forward to more sweaty WODs and heavy barbells in our future!

1. What do you do for a living?
l’m a Mechanical Engineer at Aspin Kemp & Associates

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I was getting bored going to the gym on my own and doing my regular weight routine. I found it easy to lose motivation and take time off. 

I wanted to try something different that would push me outside my comfort zone so, I researched CrossFit and it looked like something that would help me build muscle and increase my cardiovascular endurance.The idea of coached classes and group workouts really appealed to me. playing football growing up, I knew the motivation that a team atmosphere could provide.I started February 1st 2016, completed the February fundamentals program and have been loving it ever since.

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?
I know the muscle strength will come, but my immediate goals are more around improving my endurance and overall fitness.

I want to be able to do all of the body weight exercises without struggle: Muscle Ups, Hand Stand Push Ups, and multiple Chest to Bars without stopping.

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?
I find the biggest challenge at Crossfit is trying to push through my muscle exhaustion during the WODs. It’s a challenge to turn off that voice telling you to rest when your heart is beating out of your chest.

The most rewarding part, for me, is finishing the WOD’s everyday.

There are no shortcuts. Coming in after a long day at work and seeing a heavy weight lifting routine and a WOD on the whiteboard that looks ridiculous and  knowing that I’m not going home until it’s all done – that completion is extremely rewarding.

5. Any results you would care to share?
Last week I completed my 5RM dead-lift of 300#’s before that my 1RM dead-lift was 295#’s. This showed me clear improvement in my leg strength.

My 200# clean and Jerk felt pretty great too!

6. Favorite workout or movement?
Squats are something I struggled with before CrossFit. I really feel my leg muscles thanking me following a good squat day, and my wife seems to like the results they’re giving me as well 😉

7. Least favorite workout or movement?
Burpees! Nobody like burpees, but the reason I like CrossFit is because it forces me do my LEAST favorite movements  – it’s a love/hate relationship.
8.  Favorite music to crossfit to?
Up tempo Rap and Hip Hop has always fired me up, but I’m not picky.

9. Anything you would like to add?
I believe the biggest change for me going for a regular gym routine to Crossfit was the constant encouragement that you receive from both the coaches and the other members of the club.  It’s a great environment for success and I look forward to continuing on!

Member Profile – Get to know Jenn!

 

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Jenn has made tremendous progress during her time at CFC, showing some true grit and determination.  Didn’t seem right to post a picture without her sidekick, bestie and most excellent motivator and training partner, Crystal!  Their journey and commitment to fitness and each other is truly something to be admired and has made all the difference in getting through some tough training days together.

Today we get to know Jenn a tad better.  There is a competitor emerging within her and it has been super fun to watch!  The plunge into the 2016 open, Festivus and upcoming 782 competition…..We think she is just getting started.

Jenn is pretty modest about her accomplishments.  She is a true pleasure to have in the gym.  She is a big supporter of other athletes, especially Crystal…in a fun, friendly, gonna-kick-your-ass attitude kinda way!

Please join in on congratulating Jenn for all the awesomeness she brings each day!

1.What do you do for a living?

I am a Registered Nurse and the Director of Care at Andrews of Stratford.

2.How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

Last summer I had been enjoying our Chef’s cooking way too much and needed to break that habit and get active again. I had been doing a bit of dieting that spring as well and I wasn’t feeling as strong as I normally did. Over the years I have been in and out of gyms and fitness classes, never really sticking to one thing long-term and I wasn’t interested in going back to anything else I had already tried. I had seen information posted about the upcoming September training camp and thought I’d give it a try seeing as it was something different and seemingly more intense than anything I had ever done in the past. I now know why I didn’t follow through with other training programs on a long-term basis – the community of CFC and the intensity of the weight training and cardio is something that I’ve absolutely loved and this is officially the longest, most consistent training that I’ve ever done and I’m loving every achy minute!

3.What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

My most challenging goal is going to be chest to bar pullups and toes to bar; I look forward to gradually moving out of the scaled movements where possible. I’m also looking forward to doing more competitions with the goal of making it to that podium!

4 Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

The rewards are many: Hitting PRs, building endurance, beating Crystal haha The best one though is seeing new muscles – I know they’ve always been there so it’s awesome to finally meet!

I can’t pinpoint one main challenge at the moment….wait, I take that back – pushups! But really, I find every class challenging so it’s a long list as well!

5.Any results you would care to share?

I’m pleased with my PRs and aim to hit one each month. When I started back in the fall deadlifts were included in one particular workout and I think we were working at about 60% of 1RM and some of the gals were using 150# and I was in awe and thinking how the hell can that be possible! I’m pleased to say my deadlift is now also in that same weight range And I’m also especially happy with my 5k run time for the April challenge.

6.Favorite workout or movement?

I love the overhead movements, especially push jerks. Box jumps and wall balls are alright too.

7.Least favorite workout or movement?

Um, right now that would be running! I think my ultimate hate is for burpees.

8.Favorite music/song to CF to?

Anything upbeat and really loud!

9.Anything else you would like to add?

I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all of the coaches and the athletes for making CFC such a welcoming and fun place to train!

Member Profile – Get to know Adrian McMillan!

 

 

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Well, well…what to say about this guy….Adrian is an incredible hard worker and is one of the strongest folks I have ever seen move a barbell.  Stubborn and very modest by nature, Adrian chips away and has transformed over the course of less than two years doing CrossFit.  I dare say, as he celebrated the big four-oh (40!!) last weekend, he might just be in the best shape of his life.  He and Debbie both are an integral part of the CFC community and bring so much positivity and energy to the gym every time they show up.  They are consistent with their nutrition and workouts and can be counted on day in and day out.  Emma has also carved a part of each of our hearts out as she sits and plays while mom and dad bust out a WOD or three.  What a happy, healthy environment they are exposing this lucky little girl to!

Now we can’t be all sunshine and roses here…Adrian loves a good chirp, both giving and receiving (read Bish here)….MOBILITY…need I say more?!  He is working hard on getting there, but why would one learn to be fast under a clean when you could just reverse curl it?  I watched a month ago Adrian PR his clean, stand it up to reset for the jerk…missed the jerk, caught it in the rack, composed himself and proceeded to PRESS it overhead to a lock out position…..did I mention STRONG…dude is strong all day long….Breaking massage therapists hands about town.  It is rumored that Adrians massage therapist has resorted to a hammer and chisel and is making great in roads:)

Adrian has caught the competition bug, having competed in numerous regional CrossFit events over the past year or more.   He just completed the Conquest Row’d Royalty on line competition and finished a very respectable 64th out of 277 guys who finished the competition in his division.  He is self motivated having found this competition on his own and gutting it out with a little help from his CFC friends! http://conquest2.sweatworks.net/events/56845162e48b26893fa96686/questbox

Get to know Adrian! …..

  1. What do you do for a living?

I’m a part of the Senior Management team at Charlottetown Metal Products and my role is a blend between Production Manager and Project management pending on the day.

  1. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

About 2 years ago after trying to become a home gym warrior for years and seen people I knew from high school posting about something called “CrossFit” on Facebook. At the time caught my attention as I was in a bit of a rut in life and needed something to try outside of my basement. I did the typical thing and googled what it was, watched YouTube videos on it and said to myself “looks easy” thinking I was still the high school jock that I once was(so wrong). April 2014 I persuaded my better half to sign up and try out at least the fundamentals course.

I guess we decided to stay

  1. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

Some of my goals in CrossFit to quote an elder gym member are “lift more, suck less” and ideally to improve my overall fitness.

  1. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

Biggest challenges for me besides the obvious “MOBILTY” are staying motivated and focused   I sometimes struggle with the little things that are needed to improve and seem to require target to aim for in order to push myself.

The most rewarding thing that I have encountered don’t really have any numbers beside it, it’s more the community and the support that one receives every time ones steps foot in the gym. Even if you are having a shitty day there is always someone there that can make you smile or laugh and too me that’s what keeps a person coming back.

  1. Any results you would care to share?

Results for me would be an overall improvement and feeling like I’m not just showing up I’m able to compete at local events, I’ve even been told once that my squat was to low . Imagine that. (editors note…that was my words and wasn’t that the squat was too low, like ass on the grass no need to go that low Adrian, it was all about a butt wink issue I’m happy to say has faded away;)  Can’t be having anyone think the coach was drunk that day.

  1. Favorite workout or movement?

Heavy Barbell movements and any benchmark workouts, rowing maybe somewhere on that list

  1. Least favorite workout or movement?

Any body weight ninja stuff

  1. Favorite music/song to CF to?

Definitely not Country, it just needs to be loud because the voices in my head tend to take over every once in awhile

  1. Anything else you would like to add?

CrossFit and the community that we are a part of have change my life in so many ways. I am healthier, happier and able to spend time with friends and family while being able to act like a kid again, what can anyone else ask for.

 

Join me in congratulating this now Masters CrossFitter in his accomplishments to date.  Heaven help the guys if there is a max curl and press event!

Member profile! Get to know Jillian Beagan

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Our pleasure to introduce Jill!   A fun and competitive personality who has made tremendous gains and who has really come out of her shell as of late;)  Jill was an integral force in forming the 2015 marathon relay team and resorted to the calling out technique to get folks to sign up!  Jill has been pushing herself outside that comfort bubble and working technique, form and mobility and is achieving great results, including putting herself out there in her first competition…The Island Throwdown.

1.What do you do for a living?

I am a Correctional Officer at the Provincial Correctional Center

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I have had some friends that were doing it for a while and they finally convinced me to try it out. In February, I will be Crossfitting for a year. One of the best decisions I have made 🙂

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

One of my main goals is to be able to do a push up of any kind. I would love to eventually be able to do a handstand push up as well. Though, I will have to admit that I do find it really intimidating to even kick myself up into a handstand against the wall lol. I am working on it!! It’s all about baby steps!!!

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

One of the biggest challenges I have is with myself. I found that I really had to leave my ego at the door. Your mind will tell you to quit long before your body will, so it is all about pushing through. Crossfit has really push me to my limits and I have done things that I have never thought that I could do. That is what I find so rewarding. I find with Crossfit, you are always seeing results. It might not be everyday but you find something that you are struggling with and you keep working at it. the results may be big or small but at least they are always there!! The Crossfit Community is probably the biggest reward. I find everyone so welcoming and encouraging.

5. Any results you would care to share?

As I said, I find that I see results all the time. From lifting weights, to running and just overall feeling healthy and strong. For me, one of my greatest moments was putting over 100lbs over my head. To me, that is some heavy weight and I found it empowering and I was really proud of myself. I also did my first competition at the end of November and coming into the gym, I said that I didn’t want to compete but I am so happy that I did. What a high!!

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6. Favorite workout or movement?

Any workout that involves running I love!! I also really enjoy doing push jerks and deadlifts because it makes me feel strong ( cheesy i know 🙂 ). However, my all time favourite workout was that we did was the Deck of Cards. Any workout that I can just shut my brain off and go, I like. And since we did that workout with a partner, we were able to have some fun and push each other.

7. Least favorite workout or movement?

My least favourite workout is probably Fran but that is because I can’t do a pull up (YET!!) ad let’s face it, no one really likes thrusters either. Oh, and burpees. Especially birthday burpees!! No one wants to do a whack of burpees after and WOD.

8. Favorite music/song to CF to?

I think that I might be the only one that likes listening to country while I workout 🙂

But, as long as the music is loud and has a good beat, I can workout to just about anything.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

I am so happy that I finally joined!! The coaches at CFC are fantastic and are really supportive. I can’t stress that enough!! As I mentioned, the community is really great too. It’s so refreshing to go into a place and feel that everyone wants you to succeed to your best and you want the same for everyone else!!

Member Profile – Get to know Mike Rae!!

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Ahhhh, the mystery man of Mike Rae! An incredible driven and competitive individual. Mike leaves nothing on the floor and takes himself to the limit almost every time the 3-2-1-GO! is said. Mike has been an incredible display of focus and determination for our gym and might be the overall winner of the mystery man title!

Lover of animals, good wine, good workout highs and forging his own trails through the woods…not a lover or adopter of IT, in fact someone might have to print and snail mail this article to him. Loving husband, police officer and proud dog owner, get to know a bit of Mike below:

(Author side note: I had the pleasure of partnering with Mike at the Spring Fling back in May. He was an incredible partner who pushed me on those damn burpees to the limit. I should have heeded the warning in training when he suggested “we should try to go hard enough to throw up today”….that just might be Mike Rae in a nutshell!)

1.What do you do for a living?

Constable with the Charlottetown Police Department

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I started CrossFitting back in 2008 with Mike C on our own. I heard about CrossFit through the ERT (Emergency Response Team) with work. I used to repeat workouts trying to better our times over and over again, but may have steered away from the more complex movements.

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

I would like to do the 2016 Open in the Rx category. Also looking to do a few more competitions as life allows. Looking forward to competing in the Island Throwdown next month.

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

Getting to the gym and coming to town is the toughest part. Working shiftwork makes it tough to keep a regular schedule and I really don’t like coming to town on my off days.

Compared to doing CrossFit on my own, being in a gym/community setting exposes me to more. More movements I may otherwise neglect, I get to watch other’s form and technique, get to hear from various coaches and see how people tackle workouts.

5. Any results you would care to share?

I finally got some overhead squats!
I was able to compete in a few regional competitions, including Festivus as an individual, Spring Fling in a partner comp and in the World Police Games as part of a team. I also feel stronger out running.

6. Favorite workout or movement?

Helen! My favorite things are running, kettlebell swings and pullups, so Helen fits that to a tee!

7. Least favorite workout or movement?

Rowing and heavy Olympic lifts.

8. Favorite music/song to CF to?

usually a bit heavier and louder than is on at the gym;)

9. Anything else you would like to add?

well, I think I am a man of very few words, so I will leave it at that!

Member Profile – Get to know Jenn Nangreaves

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It’s our pleasure to have you get to know Jenn a little better.  Quiet and very determined, Jenn has been a pleasure to have in class and is a very hard worker.  Admitidely intimidated at first, Jenn stuck to her own game plan and has made huge improvements in her capacity and particularly in her form.  She is a regular subscriber to squat therapy and it is showing!  Jenn recently ran a personal best 5k and has been crushing the many running WODs that have frequented the white board as of late.  Jenn is fabulous role model for the many kids she teaches and volunteer coaches.  We are very glad to have her as part of our CFC family!

1. What do you do for a living?

I am a teacher and I am currently teaching Jr. Kindergarten at Campus Kids at UPEI.

2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I got involved with Crossfit while I was coaching basketball this past season and my fellow coach, Steve Gamester, kept going on about it, how awesome it was, and how I’d like it.  He must have sent me 3 or 4 invites to different training camps before I was brave enough to sign up for one.  I completed my training camp at the end of April and am in my third month of CrossFitting! 

3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?

My main Crossfit goal is to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and get stronger doing it! Other goals would be to improve my push-ups and to keep pushing myself on ring rows so that some day I can do a pull up! Another goal I have is to do “Murph” next July with my uncle for his 50th birthday! 

4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?

My biggest challenge going to the gym was physically getting out of my car and walking in the door. I had some serious butterflies happening. I still get intimidated sometimes, but I just remind myself that I’m trying to better myself, my time and my weights, and not trying to keep up with others working around me because they have their own challenges and goals for themselves on any given day.  The rewards for walking in the door are that I have gotten stronger already!  I took the advice and wrote down some numbers from when I just started and already I have seen a difference.  I also feel so proud when I leave after a tough WOD. I often look at the board and think “yea, that’s not happening” and when I finish it, it’s the best feeling!! 

5. Favorite workout or movement?

I like doing the strength components, clean & jerks and back squats and trying to add weight each time.  

My favorite workout was Deck of Cards actually, I just remember thinking it was IMPOSSIBLE (and crazy) for two people to do that.  I loved the atmosphere of it and just not even being able to think about what you were doing next, just getting down and doing it because your partner was. 

6. Least favorite workout or movement?

I struggle with push-ups, and not a fan of mountain climbers.  I also don’t overly enjoy thrusters.  


7. Favorite music/song to CF to?

Anything loud works for me! 

8. Anything else you would like to add?

I know that when I was first creeping Crossfit Charlottetown, I read lots about the community and I thought, yea yea that’s great, but its just SO true! It made coming to my first few WODs a lot easier, and still helps now! The support is amazing and I really feel like part of a team when everyone is picking away at a WOD together. 

I also need to say something about the coaches, I’m pretty sure that Charlottetown won the coach lottery with you all! Thank you SOO much!! 

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