Member Spotlight: Abby Zidik

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We are back with another Member Spotlight! It's time to get to know a little more about Abigail Zidik. Not only is she a Mother of two, school teacher, and high powered real estate agent, she is also a very versatile athlete. 

She is well versed in many fields from gymnastics, to high speed cycling, and CrossFit enthusiast.

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

I am originally from Indianapolis, IN, but have lived in PA for 10 years now, 5 of them in Pittsburgh.    

 

2.  What do you do for a living? 

I used to teach middle school English, but after moving to Pitt I transitioned into real estate. I also teach nursery school a few mornings a week. 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit? 

I have been doing crossfit on and off since 2013, but the 2 years I have been at St. Clair have been my most consistent. 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

Um...I took gymnastics when I was very young, but stopped when I was 14. I was 5'2" (my current height) in the 5th grade and was the biggest kid in the gym. At that time I started racing bikes - track and road - and did that until I was about 25. I also swam in high school. 

Since I stopped cycling I kind of floundered and just went to the gym and putzed around until discovering crossfit.

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5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair? 

I met Christie Hodor through work and she convinced me to give it a try. 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat? 

 Crossfit for sure. More specifically, handstand walks! DUs and burpees are good too.  

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7.  Favorite food? 

Hot wings and beer. 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

I'm almost too embarrassed to say...You've Got Mail     

 

9.  Favorite book?  

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to? 

The Offspring. I don't know why. 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you? 

By necessity, chasing my kids around. If I had my choice I'd sit at a quiet bar with some booze and a good book.

 

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12.  How has CrossFit changed you? 

I guess it's made me more confident. Certainly more confident about my physical appearance but also more confident in myself as a person. 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair? 

The welcoming community of people, the great coaches, and the child care!!!

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13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair? 

The welcoming community of people, the great coaches, and the child care!!!

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

This was really difficult and I had to outsource.  My sister said Dedicated, my colleague said No-Nonsense, and a friend said Authentic. 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

Nope.

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Member Spotlight: Dan Blevins

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We are back with another member spotlight! This is a guy who is the Father of 3 children, a loving husband , Manager at a VFW, Owner of Mission Cleaning, works out 3 times a day, and somehow manages to find the time to hold down a job with an organization called Veterans Leadership Program. Dan Blevins spends his time reaching out to homeless veterans to help find them housing, gainful employment, and even  finds them funding for gym memberships. We are very happy to be a part of his selfless work and to spend time with some of these amazing people. We asked Dan a few questions so we can all get to know him a little better.

 

 

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

  • I was born in raised in Pittsburgh. The mean streets of Dormont to be exact.

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

  • I am the development manger for Veterans Leadership Program; the biggest veterans nonprofit in PA. I am also the manager of the Dormont VFW and I own my own commercial cleaning company. I don't want to work this much, but three kids aint cheap!

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

  • I have been dabbling in crossfit since I got out of the military in 2012. I was training for the Tough Mudder and I stumbled across a video of Jim Crowel running in the woods. I decided to drop into IF and try it out, I was hooked instantly.
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4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

  • Outside of the standard child hood sports, any real athletic history began in my teenage years. I had, what some would refer to, as a shitty childhood. I didn't drink or do drugs, so I needed some escape from all of the anger. I decided to start running and it became a great release. Of course I had a lot of hatred, so the distances grew quickly and I was running 50+ miles a week. Realizing I still had more to get out, I enrolled in kickboxing and martial arts. I would spend about 12 hours weekly training to fight and still racking up the 50+ miles. This is when I realized my only real athletic talent was extreme endurance and I would excel in the military.

 

 

 

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5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

  • Originally it was the implosion of Mayview. What brought me back was a phenomenal community where everyone challenged themselves and others to be better. The top athletes weren't putting others down, so they could stay on top. Instead I saw a group of people that wanted to rise together. A training environment like that is hard to find. Also, all your equipment didn't hurt either.

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

  • It used to be running, but after multiple injuries/surgeries and tons of weight gain,running is out and crossfit is in. 

 

7.  Favorite food?  

  • Anything Mexican.

 

8.  Favorite movie?

  • We Were Soldiers - I know it seems cliche for a veteran who served in the Cavalry to say that, but it's a constant reminder of how great men can be when they least expect it. It's also a constant reminder of the brutalities of war and to be the best you can everyday, because so many young men and women have died for this country.

 

9.  Favorite book?

  • This is a hard one to answer. I earned my degree in history and have read a lot of powerful books about the greatest times in history and the darkest moments of mankind. If i had to pick one, it would be The Kite Runner. I spent 12 months in the mountains of Afghanistan, so I can relate to the horrors of the culture in that book. It also highlights how prosperous societies can be completely ruined by war never recover.

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

  • 90's hip hop. No idea why, but it works.

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

  • Getting the crap kicked out of me by my three kids.
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12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

  • Besides the physical changes and a more positive outlook on life, I have met a lot of great people in crossfit and developed lasting friendships.  

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

  • The training space, the people, Josh (obviously), and the fact that you are one of the last gyms to sell Kill Cliffs (I have a serious addiction).

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

  • I'm not sure, but whatever they are, I'm sure they aren't good.

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

  • Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
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Member Spotlight: Dana Kennedy

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We are back!! It is time to look at one of our amazing members and get to know them a little better. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting her, then you probably have felt the gorilla strength of her Roman hand shake, or had the pleasure of enjoying her great sense of humor. Dana Kennedy is as funny and sweet, as she is strong. She is is simply AWESOME.

1. Hey there!  Where are you from?

 

I've lived in Pittsburgh my whole life!  Born at Magee Women's Hospital, grew up in Upper St. Clair and still live in the South Hills area. 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

 

I'm a registered dietitian/licensed nutritionist. I've been working for Community LIFE for the past 7.5 years. It's a PACE program (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) where our mission is to keep nursing home eligible seniors living independently in their homes. I work closely with the participants, and also work with the staff as a member of our Employee Wellness committee. I obtained my Group Fitness Instructor certification about 4 years ago, and use it to lead group fitness classes for employees after work. It's been so much fun and rewarding watching them get stronger!  I also work part-time at Lifeline therapy, an outpatient  cardiopulmonary rehab facility where I educate and assess individuals who have chronic respiratory and/or cardiac issues- nutrition plays such a vital role in both. I enjoy working with these populations, but I also love doing private nutrition coaching and counseling for people who are trying to prevent these kinds of chronic conditions, lose/gain/maintain their weight, or just be healthier! 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 

5 years!  

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4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

 

I have always been athletic and loved playing sports growing up, but I was never quite good enough to make it on to any JV or varsity teams in school. I took dance early on, tennis lessons in 3rd grade (still love playing it today!); I played recreational basketball starting in 4th grade and volleyball in high school. 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

 

I started at Integrated Fitness in Bethel Park in 2012. After some management changes I ended up migrating over to CFSC with most of our crew from IF. It was pretty devastating at first but it ended up all working out beautifully. I am especially grateful for the daycare benefit here!  

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

 

Since I started Crossfit, that's mostly what I've done for exercise. It's been my favorite for so long now for so many reasons-- as challenging as it is, it goes so fast and before you know it, you're done and feeling amazing!  Movement-wise, I've been known to love thrusters and burpees (haha!); I think I just might hate them less than most people :). I love most of the olympic lifts, especially cleans and snatches; I like to try to incorporate some POWL in there too!  

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7.  Favorite food?  

 

EVERYTHING!!  This question can be broken down into so many categories for me- desserts, vegetables, comfort foods, snacks, breakfasts...my favorite dessert would have to be a warm gooey chocolate chip cookie w/ ice cream; favorite vegetable is butternut squash...and asparagus...and mushrooms...and zucchini...; favorite snack is my home-made granola with Greek yogurt and banana slices....I could go on for days w/ food!  

 

8.  Favorite movie?

 

Another toughie... again, so many categories!  

Comedy:  I love all the Christopher Guest movies (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind..); anything with the classics-  John Candy, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Chris Farley.

Horror/thriller:  The Shining

Drama/Action:  Taken 

Animated:  Monster's Inc.

Chick Flick:  As Good As It Gets, Picture Perfect, Clueless, Blue Crush

 

9.  Favorite book?

 

I have a serious case of A.D.D when it comes to books!  It takes me forever to get through them because I always start a new one before I finish another one. I'm in the middle of 2 now:  Gone Girl and It All Starts With Food. I really enjoyed Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

 

I love rap, particularly Eminem!  Also metal, 90s alternative, hip-hop, and boy band stuff too :) 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

 

Either at home or running around with my family!  I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter and 1-year old son, so we're typically at a birthday party or other family/friend social gathering on weekends. During the week if I'm home, you can typically find me in the kitchen where I spend a ton of time searching/trying different recipes and meal prepping... or chasing my kids through said kitchen. :) 

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12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

 

It's hard to truly express in words how CrossFit has changed me (but I'm going to take a stab at it :)). 

CrossFit has done more for my physical fitness, my mental fitness, my self-confidence, and my social and professional networks than I could ever have dreamt of. The friendships and memories that I've made through this sport are invaluable to me! CrossFit helped me to discover that it is never too late for someone to find his or her strengths and passions in life. So many people think you have to be young or already in really good shape to do this stuff-- but the truth is, it keeps you young and gets you in really, really good shape.  When I realized over half of the fun of CrossFit is mastering skills that I never thought I could do, I was hooked. Like, me?  Do a pull-up?  Never had I ever!!  I had no idea when I walked into my first CrossFit class in September of 2012 that I was (finally!) about to embark on my passion in life. I was always passionate about working out and fitness, but this was so different in the best way. I was going-on 30 years old when I started and have never looked back, nor do I plan to. Another way I feel CrossFit has changed me, is it opened my eyes to the importance of always being encouraging and supportive, and never giving up. These workouts that we do are grueling, and there is no way I would be able to get through them without the support of my friends and coaches. There's something about hearing someone cheer your name, someone staying with you by your side as you move, as you push to get through those last reps, meters, and minutes. You somehow forget how tired you are, how out of breath you are, and instantly, you're forced to keep going, to go even harder, and not give up. So yes, CrossFit has gotten me into great shape-- probably the best shape of my life. But I couldn't have gotten nearly this far without all the "Keep going!!"s.... all the "All day!!"s....all the love.  :-D

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

 

I love the people-- members, coaches, and staff alike. The encouraging atmosphere is so unique, and everyone accepts everyone, no matter what. People are always ready and willing to help each other. It's my happy place-  my home away from home :) 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

 

Positive, energetic, and strong.

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

"Yes, we are totally exposed when we are vulnerable. Yes, we are in the torture chamber that we call uncertainty. And, yes, we're taking a huge emotional risk when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable. But there's no equation where taking risks, braving uncertainty, and opening ourselves up to emotional exposure equals weakness." -Brene Brown

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Member Spotlight: Pamela Eynon

We are back with another member spotlight to celebrate one of our awesome athletes. It's hard to find a more pleasant and happier person than our very own Pamela Eynon. She shows up at 5:09am in the morning with a travel mug of coffee, a huge smile on her face, and arguably the best hair in the entire gym. She's a hard working Mother of 3 who always has a kind word to share. We thought you might want to get to know her a little better...so here we go.

 

 

1.      Hey there!  Where are you from?

Hi – I grew up in Bethel Park, Pa. and currently live in Peter’s Township.

 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

I work for a hedge fund administrator located in Upper St. Clair.

 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Almost 2 years I think.

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

Um, none. I ran 5, ½ marathons before I realized I was a terrible runner.  I started doing some traditional weight lifting (thanks to my awesome neighbor and husband for encouraging me to pick up some weights) and eventually started dabbling in some CrossFit type workouts at home.

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

I followed my brother in law to CFSC.  I started doing CrossFit in his garage and just pretty much followed him wherever he went after that.

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  (Activity/Movement/Sport)

My family has a tradition that for each of our birthdays, the others create a birthday WOD for them.  I love when we all get together -  outside on the driveway, with what feels like a bazillion kids and dogs running around us, yelling at them to stay away from the dropping weights, neighbors driving by probably thinking we are crazy...that’s my favorite!

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Donuts, ice cream, cake, chocolate. Basically anything that is sweet and bad for you.

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

I don’t really have one, but I enjoy watching anything with a happy ending.

 

 

9.  Favorite music to work out to?

I’m not picky – anything upbeat and fun.

 

 

10.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

With my husband and 3 boys. Usually, my evenings and weekends are filled with running my boys around to their different sports, music lessons and social events.

 

11.  How has CrossFit changed you?

CrossFit has made me more confident and more fit (though this is still a work in progress). Stepping out of my comfort zone is really hard for me, but something that I’m trying to do more and more.  I love setting the example for my boys on how to be strong and healthy.

 

 

12.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

I love the members and coaches.  Josh is awesome and always has something kind to say to you.  My fellow 5amer’s always keep things interesting and are a super fun and encouraging group of people.

 

13.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

I didn’t know how to answer this so I asked my friends and they said determined, positive and compassionate….so I’ll go with those.

 

14.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

I always try to be kind to others and always encourage my boys to do the same. I think this quote sums up how I feel perfectly.

 

"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
-Barbara de Angelis

 

 

 

Member Spotlight: Steve Kaufman

 

 

We're back to celebrate another one of our amazing athletes. Steve is one of those guys who is sneaky good at CrossFit. He's either in at 6am for a WOD and flying out the door right after dressed to the nines, or he's in our last class of the evening topping off his work day with one more hour of dedication. Steve finished 198th in the world this year competing in the CrossFit open masters division ages 55-59. During the Regional online qualifier he finished 162nd out of the top 200 athletes! (Yes that is 162nd in the world) A truly astonishing accomplishment but you will never here him brag or even talk about it for that matter. Steve is a hardworking humble guy and that is just a couple of reasons why he is so special. We are very happy he took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions so we could get to know him better.

 

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

 Raised in Dormont - went to Keystone Oaks High School.  Class of ’77!  Yikes!  Jenna’s Dad was actually a classmate of mine and Karen’s husband was two years behind me.  

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

 I’ve been a federal prosecutor since 1988.   Right now I’m the Chief of the Criminal Division so I supervise 35 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.  I also try to keep a few of my own cases.  My biggest case was the prosecution of 12 members and associates of the Pittsburgh La Cosa Nostra family in the early 90’s.   At this moment a lot of our efforts are going to prosecute drug dealers who are distributing various types of fentanyl, along with heroin.   But prosecution alone doesn’t work, we need more drug treatment and drug abuse prevention too.  

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?  

Five years.   The moment I walked into Integrated Fitness in March 2012, heard heavy metal blaring as everyone was doing 12.1 (7 minutes of burpees) I literally thought to myself, “This is what I've been looking for my whole life."

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

I played tennis for Keystone Oaks and Allegheny College.   I still compete in 45 and over and 55 and over tournaments.  I started CrossFit to help my tennis game, and now I’m more addicted to CrossFit than tennis!

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

 I followed my community.  People are always the most important thing.  

 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?

 Long MetCons!  I also love a long tennis match where my opponent and I are running all over the court.  Believe it or not, I still play with a guys that I competed against in high school.  

 

7.  Favorite food?

Eating clean is way harder for me than exercising.  I love brownies, cookies and all that other bad stuff.   But at least I’ve learned to eat a few vegetables over the years.  

 

8.  Favorite movie?

Pulp Fiction.   I’m a huge Tarantino fan.  And the first scene in Reservoir Dogs, where the the guys are sitting at the table in a diner, is a true classic.  

 

9.  Favorite book?

If I only had more time to read!   But I love a wide variety of books, from novels by Hardy and Dickens to non-fiction like Warrior by Theresa Larson or anything by Dan John.  

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

Hard rock/metal.  But I do like some alternative too.

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

Sleeping.   And I’m only half kidding.

 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?  

I went from liking to work out to loving to work out.  

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?  

The fact that such a broad range of people all bond through CrossFit.   Something about working hard right next to other people working hard brings everyone together.   The community here is truly special, and that’s due not just to the members but also in large part to the owners and coaches.   

 

 

14.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

I’ve learned that if you focus on the process, that is, doing a good job at every step, whether it’s an athletic competition, a trial, or whatever, good results will come.  

 

Member Spotlight: Dave Sebastian

 

 

We're back! Today we are going to showcase an individual who we found on POWL island one morning, completely lost in life, with a pair of dumbbells in his hands and the weights didn't even match. He was summoned to the dark side, still wet behind the ears with raw talent, that has since been honed into a fierce weapon of chipper smashing dominance. The only individual to finish the 4 rounds of row/run row/run of a few weeks ago with the 12 minute time cap. He comes from paper country and he loves his dog 😂😂. His name is Dave Sebastian or Seabass to us at CFSC. Cheers!

 

 

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

I'm from Locust Gap, Pa, population of maybe 1000 so I don't expect anyone to know where that is. It's about an hour North of Harrisburg.

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

I'm a land surveyor.

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I've been doing Crossfit for just over a year now.

 

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

I played baseball, football and ran track in high school. In college I played football until a shoulder injury then played lacrosse.

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

I was a member of POWL and asked Josh what this Crossfit stuff was all about one day and he let me try it for a week, obviously still haven't stopped.

 

6.  What are you currently working on in the gym?  (Strength/PR/Endurance, anything!)

Butterfly pull-ups and ring muscle ups, it's getting frustrating.

 

 

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Cheesesteaks, pizza, wings, ice cream

 

8.  Favorite movie?

I really like Rocky movies (1-4), The Town, Lord of the Rings. I don't have a particular genre.

 

9.  Favorite book?

I do my best to avoid reading

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

Probably rock while lifting heavy and rap while running or doing a miserable long workout.

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

Golfing, hunting, or hopefully just relaxing at home.

 

 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

Two years ago at Christmas I had a picture taken with my wife and when I saw what I looked like, I wasn't impressed to say the least. I weighed close to 230 pounds and I do not carry weight very well. That's when I started to seriously start working out, or so I thought. I would come to the gym and lift weights but struggled to get myself to do cardio. Crossfit forces me to do the exercises I don't really enjoy doing and having people doing them at the same time makes it more enjoyable and adds the competition to it. I now weigh 200 pounds and find coming to the gym enjoyable.

 

 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

I really like the people here, I know that's what everyone says, but everyone is always willing to go out of their way to help or offer advice. 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Hopefully nice, caring and funny? 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

Don't wait, go get it

Coach Spotlight: Phil Tharnish

We are happy to bring you the first honorary Coach's Spotlight tonight! If you don't get up in the wee hours of the morning and stumble into the 5am (10 minutes late with bedhead) or any of the other morning classes, then you might not have had the pleasure to be coached by this gentleman. You also might not know that it was his idea to feature you all in our member spotlights. He came to St Clair in July of 2014 and helped create the 5am class here and encouraged so many of you that we were worth a try. He's a dedicated Husband and Father of 3 great boys. He's a great Coach with a patient hand and a half decent playlist. He's Phil Tharnish.

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

 

I’m from a small town about an hour South of Buffalo – Gowanda, NY.  I went to College at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.  After graduation I moved to Atlanta, GA and lived there for about 16 years before landing in Pittsburgh, PA. 

 

 

2. How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 

I’ve been doing Crossfit for about 6 years.  A good friend of mine, Creighton Kelly introduced me.  I was getting my exercise by running 5 miles a day before CK had me try a WOD at this place up the street.  Since then, runs are usually capped at 400 meters. 

 

  CK and I hitting Crossfit Saigon in Vietnam

 

CK and I in a partner WOD in Atlanta, GA

 

3.  When did you start coaching CrossFit and why?

 

I was hooked on Crossfit well before I came to Pittsburgh – so much that I got my L1.  When we decided to move to here in 2012, I decided to take a hiatus from my Scientific Research career in order to ease the location transition for the kids and eventually try out coaching.  I didn’t quite know what the CF platform would be like in Pittsburgh.  I visited several different gyms.  I knew what I wanted, and more importantly, what I didn’t.  I really liked the people and the space at Integrated Fitness.  Trainers were amazing and after “sampling” various boxes in the area I settled there.  A little over a year after being a member at IF, I jumped at the chance to start coaching a few morning classes. 

 

In the summer of 2014, I found myself looking for another gym.  Again, I tried a few – liked some – disliked others, and eventually chose to become a member at CFStC.  Shortly thereafter, I started coaching again.  I care about people and want them to have a gym where they can call home and I hope they find value in that.

 

 

After a workout at IF with Jim Crowell

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

 

I played baseball and football in high school.  To be honest, I knew I was just an average nerdy athlete.  My interests were more in academia.  I chose a college with no football program since 1979… and a pretty poor baseball program.  But I love to play softball.  I used to play weekly in Atlanta and miss it.  I also enjoyed (past tense) running marathons.  It is a great way to see a city.  

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Highschool newspaper article

 

 

 

 

5.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?   (Activity/Movement/Sport)

I like to workout with people.  Any workout.  from running to lifting to playing.  I like to do it all.  except Thrusters.  No one likes Thrusters.  I really like things that combine heavy weight movement and need to be done aerobically.  Cleans and running for example.  Love that combo.

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Favorite food?  

I like grilled food.  Anything grilled.  Think, “a tailgating experience and I’m there”. Steaks to low country boils.  Fire and Meat can’t be beat.

 

7.  Favorite movie?

I’m really not a movie guy.  A friend once said “you go to the movies when you have nothing else to do, and you can always find something else to do.”  I’ve been believing that for 20 years.  So, my movie choice may be a bit dated.  One cannot go wrong with Cool Hand Luke. 

 

8.  Favorite book?

This is easy.  Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.  If you need to go to a dark space, this is it.  Another book that has stuck with me is “One Second After” by William Forstchen.  It will make you start stocking cans of food.

 

9.  Favorite music to work out to?

… cause I’m wicked ace at playing the drums, no?  (I’m not… no clue)

 

 

I can listen to anything, but prefer something Heavy.  Metallica, NWO, Ozzy.  cannot go wrong with that.  But, depending on the workout, I can always listen to Kings Of Leon for something aerobic.  Like “Back Down South”, but lets be honest, one only hears the music when they aren’t moving, right?

 

10.  When you aren’t Coaching or working out, where can we find you?

Changing diapers?  Hopefully that ends soon, haha.  I’ve got three boys and an amazing wife that works her tail off.  So, we stay pretty busy with kid sports and activities.  I love nothing more than spending time with Shena and the boys.  Its fun to get lost, finding your way through a new city or place, or just in life in general.  Shena and I have traveled a fair amount and hope to continue to do so.  I’m always looking forward to our next adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

11.  How has CrossFit changed you?

Hmmm,  This is a tough question.  I certainly have a lot more respect for all the gymnastic movements we are challenged with.  I guess, it has helped me take the stresses of everyday life in stride.  I always feel better walking out of the gym after a good workout.  

It has also made me realize the value of Crossfit.  I can get opinionated about healthcare…. the red tape that one goes through in getting a MRI on an injury vs the availability of obesity care in our country.  People are quick to complain about the cost of good food or good fitness, yet are quick to buy cheap processed stuff or spend $$ on TV, cell Phones, new vehicles but not a gym membership, then want affordable health care(even free care?).  I believe that our CF program may be the best health care. Sorry, that may be a little bit of a rant.  Might even be a precursor to me yelling at young whipper snappers to stay off my lawn, who knows.  In all reality, I wish everyone would look at fitness through eyes of preventative care.

 

12.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

Since I have started CF, I have been a member or coach at 4 places.  This is, buy far, the most member driven place I’ve seen.  If your goals align with optimization, you can have an individualized programming experience.  If you are like me and love the community feel of Crossfit, then Abby’s programming is fantastic.  I love the group setting.  I feel like, we as coaches, are always trying to make CFStC better for the members.  It seems that most decision are meant to help the vast majority of people.  

 

 

 

 

 

  15. What do you want the most for athletes to get out of one of your classes?

This is a great question.  Weather it is in a class I’m coaching or in one that I am attending, I like to see people pushed.  It’s easy to be pumped for someone that broke a barrier.  When someone gets 100# overhead for the first time….200#….300#? that is awesome to witness.  Its great to see the massive amount of weight that gets thrown around early in the mornings.  Astonishing, really.  But, I hope that at some point I can offer a bit of advice that sticks with someone.  Obviously, most of our “cue’s” are meant to aide in safety and efficiency, but when someone walks away with a bit of advice, that not only has worked, but will stick with them for future workouts and most importantly, helps them become better, thats awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

15. What 3 words would people use to describe you?  

Husband

 

 

Father

 

Friend

 

 

16. Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

I found it hard, It was hard to find, Oh well. Whatever, Nevermind.  (I think Kurt hit on something here.  I interpret this as just “keep moving”)

 

My Dad swiped/modified one from John Wayne… “You’re burning Daylight” - Its from the movie “the Cowboys”.  Might be why I’m comfortable working out at 5AM?  Dad used to “clean” the big metal chimney (that ran by my room) by hitting it with a Sledge hammer to wake my brother and I when he wanted us to wake up to split firewood.  That sound still haunts me. 

 

 

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Member Spotlight: Christie Hodor

Hey! We just wanted to stop by and tell you about one of our friends.

Hodor.

She's a hard working lady with a huge heart. She has a deep love for her family, traveling, animals, dessert, and.....Thrusters? She's a classy woman who knows when to burp. She's a bright little ray of sunshine who cares about people and how they feel. She always introduces herself to the newcomers and cheers on the last person to finish the WOD. If you're having a bad day, chances are she will pick up on that and offer you her hand. She's the type of person who would hold the door for your grandmother, even if it would make her late. She's Hodor. 

 

1.    Hey there!  Where are you from?

  Canonsburg, PA

 

2.   What do you do for a living?

 I am a junior mortgage loan officer at Victorian Finance and I am also the part-time owner of Muddy Paws of Pittsburgh, LLC, which is a pet sitting and dog walking company.

 

3.    How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 A glorious 3 years

4.   Tell us about your athletic history…

 None, zip. Zero. I was on the dance team in high school (Canonettes!) and ran a few half marathons and spin classes before starting CrossFit.  In reality, I am the most unathletic “athletic” person I know.

 

5.   What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

My sister invited me to try CrossFit with her at Canonsburg CrossFit (thank goodness she talked me into it!!) We tried a few different boxes after Canonsburg closed down but once Josh and some of the other members swooned us, we fell in love with St. Clair

 

6. What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

 Running, burpees, thrusters, chippers, squats

7.  Favorite food?

 I am a sweets girl for sure and enjoy any dessert. Pasta. Also, the EAT N PARK salad bar!!!

 

8.  Favorite movie? 

Almost Famous, Happy Gilmore, Forest Gump, Inglorious Basterds, Taken, Under the Tuscan Sun, Pretty Woman, and Home Alone

 

9.  Favorite book? 

 The Book of Awesome by  Neil Pasricha

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

  Marilyn Manson (anything kind of angry…)

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

I’m always on the go and never really “sitting” at home much. I try to hang out with my family and nieces and nephews when I have a free night. I enjoy partaking in events in the city. Or, I’m with my boyfriend planning our next getaway together! I spend a lot of time with my infamous boxer, Parker, too.

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

It has definitely taught me to be more willing to try new things regardless of how out of my comfort zone it is. I look back on the day when I was hesitant to try CrossFit and originally said “heck no, no way.” What if I never said yes?  CrossFit has made me much happier both mentally and physically.  Now, when I’m hesitant about trying something, I use CrossFit as an example of how it opened a whole new window of opportunities that even led to competitions, new friends, a new job …so much!

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

Obviously the PEOPLE. We all come from different walks of life and personalities but come together with the bond of loving to challenge ourselves with these functional movements every day. Once I finish that final rep it is such a sense of accomplishment, that is enhanced even more by being around people you love! I can complain, cry, vent, laugh and celebrate with these people and feel comfortable doing it because they have already seen me at my worst. 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Hard-working, energetic, unconventional

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

"You have to live spherically - in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm - and things will come your way." -Federico Fellini

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." E. M. Forster

"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet." Bob Marley

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Gobbler Classic CrossFit Competition, Nov. 12th!

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On November 12th CFSC will be hosting a  same sex partner CrossFit Competition. Prizes for top 3 teams both male and female will be gift cards to CrossFit related retailers. Amounts of which will be announced when we get closer to the day of the competition. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

We are located inside of St Clair Fitness which was once a racquetball facility that has been converted into a CrossFit box, Sports Performance School, Boxing Gym, Free Weight Training, Group Fitness, Cycling, and Personal Training Facility like no other gym. Come check us out, throw your hat in the ring, and enjoy a day filled full of fun and fitness.

The competition will be a same sex partner event that will utilize many different forms of fitness, through a series of heats, to determine who the fittest two men and women are that day. Workouts will be announced no later than one week prior to the event. Sign in and registration is at 7am. Once you have purchased a ticket please email your t-shirt style (mens/women) and size to josh@stclairfitness.com with the subject line Gobbler t-shirt. The deadline for t-shirt orders is October 30th.

1st Annual St Clair Strong Man Competition

This is a powerlifting meet for fun, bragging rights, and ultimately to benefit veterans through Team RWB, who's mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Register here  http://www.eventbrite.com/o/st-clair-fitness-11137569036

Where- St Clair Fitness 1341 McLaughlin Run Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15241

When- Saturday November 19th, at 8:00 AM (weigh in's at 7:00 AM)

Weight Classes:

Male- 165lbs and below, 166-200lbs, 200lbs and above

Female- 132lbs and below, 133-165lbs, 166lbs and above

Age category- None

Lifts: Bench Press, Back Squat, Deadlift, and Power Clean

Rules- "raw" which means the only gear allowed will be wrist wraps, knee sleeves and weight belts.

Bench Press- "Pause" meaning you must pause with the weight at your chest until the judge signals you that is is ok to start the press, press ends with elbows locked out for rep to count. Feet must stay in contact with the ground, butt and shoulder blades must be in contact with the bench at all times.

Back Squat- Flat shoes. Your hip must go below your knee joint (below 90 degrees) and then stand upright with knees locked out for rep to count.

Deadlift- Flat shoes. Socks that come to your knees to avoid getting blood and skin on the bar. Sumo or traditional stance allowed. Must stand upright with knees locked, hips and shoulders (back) in line for the rep to count.

Power Clean- Barbell must start from the ground with feet positioned underneath barbell (barbell crossing over your toes) The barbell must travel unimpeded from ground to shoulder with the barbell coming to rest on your anterior deltoids and clavicle bones. Must be standing upright with knees locked out, shoulders and hips in line for the rep to count.

How it works- Athletes will tell the judge their "first attempt weight" for each lift at the time of weigh in. This will help keep the event organized and running with as little delays as possible. The athletes will be grouped into "flights/heats" usually 6 per flight. The flights go through their lifts, go to the scoring table to register that lift, and the amount of their next attempt. Each athlete will be given only 3 attempts per lift to reach their one rep max. Highest weight counts.

Winners- Each individual lift will have a winner for each weight class and gender. The total of all lifts will be combined to give them their overall score. The female and male athlete with the highest total will be named "St Clair's Strongest Woman" and "St Clair's Strongest Man"

Member Spotlight: Troy Crawford

Hey Everyone! It's that time of the month again where we take a closer look at one of the members of our community. This time we take a seat with one of our more quiet folks and find out exactly who he is. You can usually catch Troy at the 9:30 AM class throwing obscene amounts of weight around and then over in POWL afterwards, keeping things tight. Troy is one of the nicest guys in the gym and he would be happy if the next time you see him, you walk up and say hello.

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from

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2.  What do you do for a living?

-Producer/Mix engineer at 96.1 kiss FM

- Licensed  Funeral Director at Slater Funeral Homes (FamilyOwned)

-After I  graduated from Berklee college of music, I moved out to Los Angeles CA, whereI worked as a music composer / music supervisor with the daytime abc soap"One Life To Live". After awhile I moved back to Pittsburgh and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where I got a degree in embalming /funeral directing where I now successfully running the family business.

 

 

 

'3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I've been doing crossfit now about a year and a half.

 

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

I played baseball, basketball, and golf.

 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

I've been a member there for a long time, then when CrossFit started I watched it and really thought it was fun, interesting, and a challenge.

 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

Running and working out in the gym

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Steak, and Italian

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

Talented Mr Ripley 

 

9.  Favorite book?

Really don't read many books I, guess I read so many scripts over the years when I was doing the soap thing with adding music it made up for all the books.

 

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

Anything high energy and any instrumental club mix type.

 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

Out and about or spending time with family and friends.

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

It made me more strong and confident in my workouts it also made me see a lot of new ways to improve your workout

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

I, love the people evedryone is so nice and friendly I,enjoy the variety of workouts and I like all the coaches

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Fun, good listener, helpful

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

Keep pushing forward

Member Spotlight: Beth Huzjak

Hello Everyone!! We're back and we have a good one for ya. She is part of a very small, yet elite group of athletes, who frequent the 8:30am hour. She's all class and she works her butt off in the gym, whether it's gymnastics, a long endurance grind, OLY lifts, or going HAM on the assault bike. We are very happy to shine a bright light on a great person. Her name is Elizabeth Huzjak and we think she's awesome! She was dragged in here by a friend 2 years ago and we haven't been able to scare her away yet (even with Tonya Harding lurking in the shadows). 

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

I grew up in southeastern Michigan in a suburb of Detroit. After graduating from Michigan State University I moved to Chicago. I lived there for 17 years (got married there and had my 4 girls there).  But we moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2013 and now it has quickly become home for us. 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

I am a part time marketing research analyst. I work from home for a company in Chicago. But primarily I'm a stay at home mom. 

 

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3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I have been doing crossfit for about a year and a half. I started at CFSC after my youngest child was in school all day and I could fit a regular fitness routine into my schedule again.  

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

I was a gymnast and a cheerleader in high school and played travel softball. I have run lots of 5ks and half marathons and one full marathon.  

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5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

Shout out to Hallie Lundon here! She convinced me to try crossfit with her and the rest is history. 

 

6.  What are you currently working on in the gym?  

Those elusive DUs!!!! Why can I string together 10 one day and barely be able to do even one the next??? And of course snatches. And overall strength. And endurance. Oh, the list goes on and on. 

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Italian and Mexican. And I have a major sweet tooth. 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

I don't have a particular favorite, but any 1980s John Hughes movie will hook me in. And - random fact - I was an extra in the movie The Last of the Mohicans. 

 

9.  Favorite book?

I don't often get the chance, but I love to read. Some favorites are: The Fault in Our Stars, This is Where I Leave You, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, All the Light We Can Not See, Gone Girl, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Help, Pillars of the Earth and The Girl on the Train

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

Really anything with a good beat works for me. But my playlist includes Eminem, NeonTrees, OneRepublic, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Imagine Dragons, Jay Z, Nelly, Green Day, Usher and Train.  Random, I know. 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

On the sideline of one of my kids soccer, basketball or lacrosse games. Or driving a carpool to one of their practices. Or in my laundry room, of course. 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

I've met a lot of great people since joining the gym. Being new to Pittsburgh when I started, I really appreciated this network. And I like having class as part of my routine. It's a great feeling of accomplishment. Plus I'm so much stronger than I used to be.  

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

Definitely the members, the coaches and the camaraderie. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging. I love seeing everybody's different strengths and areas of improvement. There are days when I feel awesome at the end of the WOD and days when I want to quit. But it's the people that always brings me back. 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Conscientious, reliable and kind (I hope)

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always."

Member Spotlight: Jenna Caputo

Hello everyone and happy holiday weekend!!!! We are back from our little break with another celebration of a special person here at CFSC. She started in POWL and Dabbled in group fitness. We saw her potential for great things in the CrossFit program and luckily she accepted and has never looked back. She's the girl who always has a smile on her face, tons of weight on the bar, and dancing during the strength portion of the class. Her name is Jenna and she was one of the very first members of CFSC. So before we WOD with Warriors or Murph out on Monday, let's take a second and get to know Ms. Caputo better than we already do.

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

 

I grew up in Greentree, PA so not too far from where I live now in Bridgeville. I went to college in Cleveland, OH, and spent a few years in Shadyside, OH. I found my way back to the Burgh about 2 and a half years ago.

 

 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

 

I am a chemical engineer. I do manufacturing support for a company that makes polymer foams. 

 

 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 

2 years this April

 

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

 

I played softball from 6 years old until I was 16. I also played volleyball in middle school and high school. Then in college, I switched it up and joined an Indian fusion dance team. I think can still bhangra a little ;-)

 

 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

 

Back in Shadyside, OH, I was really in to plain old weightlifting (POWL) as we like to call it, and into running and spinning. When I moved to back to Pittsburgh, Crossfit St. Clair didn't exist...it was still just St. Clair Fitness. My boyfriend, Bret, was a POWLer at St. Clair Fitness (and still is!) So I joined the gym and did lifting and running and some group fitness classes. A few months later, Crossfit St. Clair was born. And a few months after that, Josh Mac finally convinced me to give it a shot. After my free trial class, I bought a 10 class punch card. By my 4th class, I had signed up for a membership, and I've been hooked ever since!!

 

It's been wonderful to watch the gym grow from a handful of members to the big crew we've got today!!

 

 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  (Activity/Movement/Sport)

 

I love classic lifts like bench press, back squats, and deadlifts! But gymnastics movements have definitely grown on me since I've been getting some special help mastering those from our 5 star coaches!

 

 

 

7.  Favorite food? 

 

This is so hard because I love food in general. I think I have to go with fruit though, especially strawberries! But I can also put away some serious amounts of chips & salsa, chicken fingers, and cookies.

 

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

 

I'm not a big movie watcher (Just ask Kevin K. and Mike P. - I get a grand total of 0 of their movie references :-( ). But some of the movies I like the most are The Sandlot, Anastasia, The Lion King, and the 1995 version of Romeo and Juliet.

 

 

 

9.  Favorite book?

 

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevski

 

 

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

 

2000s hip hop. Also EDM - there's a good beat, but I can kind of zone out to it. But I can work out to anything as long as it's not too slow.

 

 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

 

At a wedding!!!

 

Lol between 2015 and 2016, my boyfriend and I will have gone to 14 weddings, so every time someone asks what my plans are, I'm going to a wedding/bachelorette party/shower that day.

 

But in all seriousness, I like hanging out with my boyfriend, my friends - including my wonderful CFSC buds,  and my family. I love being outside, going out for good food and drinks, and dancing, just to name a few! So at those weddings, you'll find me on the dance floor!

 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

 

Crossfit has enhanced my life in so many ways. I've met so many amazing people, and made great friends that I love to be with at the gym, and in the rest of my life.

 

It has also made me much stronger, more flexible, and in overall better shape - I can do things I never even thought of doing before - like handstand pushups and clean and jerks! I feel so much healthier and more confident at the gym and in the rest of my life.  I am also more willing to take on new challenges, physical or otherwise, because I have a much better appreciation for what my body and mind are capable of!

 

 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

 

"I just like hanging out with you guys!" I once wrote that on the wall under "Why are you here?" Andy teases me about that, but it's true. I look forward to coming to the gym everyday because I get to see my friends! Everyone is so fun and nice and encouraging - you guys are my 2nd family!

 

But of course, I cannot forget our fabulous coaches and programming. I have grown so much as an athlete in the past few years, and it's thanks to our coaches! Each one of them is amazing in their own different way, and they all care about the gym members so much, and take the time to work with you to help you get better. You guys are the best. Thank you for all that you do!!

 

 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

 

Well this could really go either way depending on who you ask! But let's go with: caring, efficient, honeybadger

 

 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

 

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" - Dr. Suess

 

And also, for my bff Kerri, "Bite off more than you can chew. Then chew it." - Anonymous, found in "The Wisdom of Pandas"

Member Spotlight: Bill Best

Happy Friday Ladies and Gentlemen. We are back with another Member Spotlight and this one focuses on a guy you probably don't know a whole lot about. He is a proud veteran, loving husband, gun enthusiast, and cat lover? He keeps to himself and is known to toss a good bit of weight around and no we are not talking about Cole Trickle. This week we take a look at Billy Best and find out exactly what makes him tick and what he likes to do besides bench press houses. 

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

 

West Mifflin, PA

 

 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

 

I work for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner Forensic Lab (The Crime Lab).  There I am a Firearms and Toolmarks examiner.  Im also part of the Crime Scene Investigations unit of the lab.  Basically I match casings and bullets back to guns and also go to crime scenes and process the scene.  CSI Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 

About 3 years now

 

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

 

In my youth I played soccer and also did competitive downhill ski racing.  In high school I played football (RB, DB) and was a sprinter on the track team (100m, 200m, 4x100m, and 4x400m).  I continued to stay active throughout college with traditional weightlifting.

 

 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

 

CrossFit St. Clair is the 3rd box I have been a member of.  The previous 2 both underwent a change in ownership/management/coaching that I did not feel was in my best interest as an athlete.  I was familiar with many of the faces of St. Clair so it was an easy transition.

 

 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat? 

 

Crossfit duh.  Im a fan of a heavy fast paced sprint type workout.  Diane is one of my favorite benchmark wods.

 

 

 

7.  Favorite food?  

 

Triangles covered with cheese aka pizza.  Worked at a pizza store all through high school and college.

 

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

 

Ill have to throw a few out there.  Days of Thunder, Batman The Dark Night Rises, and Stand by Me

 

 

 

9.  Favorite book?

 

Do sports, guns, and car magazines count?

 

 

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

 

Have to go with some hard rock like Seether, Three Days Grace, Linkin Park or some dirty rap like Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Jeezey.

 

 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

 

I spend a good bit of time at home with my loving wife Emily and cat Kimber.  I also like to spend time in the woods hunting, at the gun range throwing some lead down range and at the car race tracks.

 

 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

 

Prior to CrossFit my idea of fitness was to get as big and as strong as possible.  I didn't watch what I ate or slept like I should.  My first CrossFit workout, Murph, really opened my eyes as to how out of shape I really was.  To start, I have shed about 20 pounds since starting CrossFit.  My diet and sleep patterns are also vastly improved.  I also pay attention to mobility and listening to what my body is telling me.  I also feel like it has improved my planning skills.  Many wods have the best results when you go in with a plan.  I think that transitions well into life.  You are presented with a task and coming up with a good plan helps complete that task.  I have also met so many great people through CrossFit and am proud to call them my friends.  This past year has been a rough one starting with the passing of my father.  My family and CrossFit family have been key in getting though these rough times.

 

 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

 

I love the flexibility that St. Clair offers.  Many boxes I have been too are pretty strict and don't have many options.  The coaches and facility are very accommodating to the needs and goals of all of the members.

 

 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

 

Dependable, Dedicated, Protective

 

 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

Make the most of every day.  Don't look back and wish you would have done things differently.  Speak your mind. 

Member Spotlight: Jo Dermitt

Hello there friends it's that time of the week again!! Happy Friday, we hope you got off early and have babysitters lined up for the night because today is a very special occasion. Not only is it time to party, it's also time to celebrate another one of our standout specimens. She loves Pitt, her dog, dancing, drinking, her devilishly handsome husband Ron Bon Dermitt, and....oh yeah, CrossFit. She's a hard working lady who works just as hard in the gym and she has been a member since it was just one racquetball court (that's only 800 sq ft!) her name is Jo Dermitt and we'll let her take it from here....

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

Canonsburg. Born and raised.

 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

I'm a pharmacist by degree but I'm a pharmaceutical sales rep

 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2 and a half years

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history

…Athletic history? I don't know if I have that per se. I danced in high school (THE Canonettes). I've always tried to stay physically fit. I've been on my gym game all of my adult life. I've had stages of step aerobics, kick boxing, spinning, Pilates, and personal training. Most recently prior to CrossFit I was running. I've ran three full marathons and many many halves. I may have one more full in me.....we'll see.

 

 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

Well, you know the story-my Crossfit gym closed. I tried out a few boxes in the area. CFSC was pretty new and Josh won my heart! Being a part of the growth of this box from pretty early on has been so awesome. 

 

 

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

Can I say it here? Well let's just say.....good lovin'.

 

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Wings and fries with all the crap, mac n' cheese and donuts with multicolored sprinkles.

 

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

Hangover 1 and 2, Gladiator, and Remember the Titans

 

 

 

9.  Favorite book?

The Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha

 

 

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to? Upbeat, dance party mixes...

Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur.....

 

 

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

1) Being social and having draanks with people I love. 2)  Watching The Game Show Network with my Mom. 3) Napping with my pug

 

 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

Oh man. Where do I begin? It humbled me for sure. I thought I was well rounded athletically. Then I came to find I was inflexible, I had horrible lifting technique, I had no upper body strength, and I will never be as fast or as resilient as these beautiful young ladies ever again. They are better at working out. I gracefully concede. I've become stronger and more of a risk taker- both in and out of the gym. I've learned to run my own race. I push through things that are sooo hard and I don't worry about what Wodify says as a result.

 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

My gosh do I love these people. No doubt. I can be whoever I need to be when I walk in that door. My guard is down, I'm done pretending in here. Yet, these people will push me, support me, and love me all the same. It gets painful and raw at times but we get through it together. We do competitions to make each other proud. We tackle life as a group. I love us!

 

 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Expressive, Passionate, Driven

 

 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"

 

"A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong she is until she's in hot water."

Both - Eleanor Roosevelt

Member Spotlight: Wade Roth

Hey Everyone it's Friday!!! And it's time to shine a bright light on an awesome guy. He's a soft spoken man with a razor sharp wit. He always asks the right questions about programming, which gets Abby excited so she can completely nerd out in explanation of her madness. You can probably catch him in the back corner doing his own warm up with TRX bands or scaling the side of a cliff. His name is Wade Roth and he has been an absolute joy to have in the gym. Before you run outside to get a sunburn tonight, take a second and get to know a little bit about my boy Wade.

1.  Hey there!  Where are you from?

 

 

Since high school I’ve been in the South Hills except for a couple of years when I lived in Chicago. Before that we moved around quite a bit. We spent most of our time in Sharon PA, Austintown OH and Erie PA. I lived in Lancaster PA during the summer of 1979 which was right after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant meltdown scare. That was pretty interesting.

 

 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

 

I do commercial software development for FTI Technology. Basically, our software helps customers go through millions of e-mails and other documents to find the ones that are relevant for the particular matter at hand. That could be an internal investigation, government investigation (IRS, SEC, DOJ, etc.), product liability lawsuit (e.g., drug company being sued), among others.

 

If you have experience with C#, JavaScript, AWS, Docker containers, open source relational databases or no SQL databases, let me know. We are growing our office in Pittsburgh!

 

 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 

It’s been a little over a year and a half.

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

 

There is not much to say about it. I tried several sports in high school and I sucked at all of them.

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

 

The box I originally joined went through some ownership changes and I didn’t feel the direction they were going in was conducive for my growth as an athlete (and I use that term loosely). Several others visited CrossFit St. Clair so I thought I would give it a try too.

 

6.  What’s your favorite way to sweat? 

 

I love rock climbing. I haven’t done it much since our daughter was born. It beat me up physically and now after several years of concerted effort I’m finally feeling like I’m getting back to normal, well, normal for me at least.

As far as CrossFit goes, there’s nothing like a 20+ minute chipper. I also like hero workouts (the ones that don’t have heavy barbells).

 

7.  Favorite food?  

 

I’m more of an “eat to live” person so I keep things pretty simple. PB&J is definitely in the top part of the list. If I have to pick something, it would have to be a breakfast food. Right now, I’m thinking Eggs Benedict.

 

8.  Favorite movie?

 

I love comedies. I have a soft spot for movies that are filmed in Pittsburgh too… as long as they make the city look as awesome as it truly is. I don’t think I could pick an absolute favorite though… Stripes, Caddyshack, Wedding Crashers, Happy Gilmore, There’s Something About Mary, A Fish Called Wanda, Fletch… the list could go on and on.

 

9.  Favorite book?

 

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is probably my favorite book. Being pretty sentimental, I’m still very fond of The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It was the first novel that I read.

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to?

 

Heavy rock for sure. Adam just edged out Phil for the best playlist. Judas Priest’s Breaking the Law put him over the top.

 

When I run races I have a pretty eclectic mix of rock and pop. I don’t love all the songs on that particular playlist but they all have some sort of meaning. Some songs remind me of Jackie or Julie, another family member or a good friend, maybe a movie or I just like some of them.

 

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

 

 

I’m at home with my family trying to figure out what to do with the http://pittsburghisawesome.org domain name that I registered a little while ago. I take photographs too. I’m much better on that side of the camera. Oh yeah, and now that Spring has sprung, I guess I could be mowing the lawn.

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

 

I’m certainly in the best physical shape of my life. I’m not a gifted athlete (again, I use that term loosely when referring to myself) but I’m intrigued by how far I can push myself.

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

 

The community. A bunch of us crashed your party and the community took us in. Everyone was incredibly nice and supportive. Except for Andy when he told me that my cleans sucked and I should just do them like “him.” I he pointed to Mike Whitehead who was busting out a strong set and didn’t tell me that he’s was one of the best Oly guys at CFSC. I could only stand there and think, “yeah, right… just like that.” J

 

I love that we have several coaches. Having different perspectives has helped me a lot since I’ve joined.

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you?

 

Introverted, genuine and focused.

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

“Life’s a garden, dig it?” – Joe Dirt

Member Spotlight: Jessica Quinn

It’s that time of the week again. If you don’t know what we’re talking about you should probably crawl back underneath that rock, get a few more years of sleep, shave your head and then come back to the party. Buckle up Baby, put the kids to bed, unplug your electric blanket, take off your knee sleeves, and get the pole out of the crawl space because it’s time for another Membo Spotlo!!! She is an interesting creature as you are about to find out , she loves movies, sucks at sports, but is awesome at life. She never misses a movie quote or Seinfeld reference, keeps her boyfriend tucked safely away in another state, and knows a lot about shark week. Her name is Jess Quinn and you’ll never see her without a smile on her face. AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

1. Where are you from?

Born and raised in Steubenville, OH. Many people in Pittsburgh might know it as the Burb of the Burgh lol. 

 

2.  What do you do for a living?

I work full time as a Registered Dietitian for a company that focuses on keeping the elderly living in the community for as long as possible. I also work part time at Chelsea Collective, which is an all-women’s fitness boutique at Ross Park Mall. 

 

3.  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I have been doing CrossFit for about 2 and half years. 

 

 

4.  Tell us about your athletic history…

Not very much to tell…In elementary school I played soccer, more or less just tried to avoid the ball so I wouldn’t have to run around as much! I then played basketball for about 3 years in middle school (if you would like to know how good I was, I can tell you that I scored maybe once during the whole 3 years…and it was in the other teams basket). After that stint I decided to throw in the towel with athletics and focus more on baton twirling; I’ve been twirling since the 6th grade and was a majorette in high school. 

 

 

5.  What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

I was a transfer after my other box closed, like many people at our gym, but it couldn’t have worked out any better! 

 

6.  What are you currently working on in the gym?  

  Currently I am just working on getting back into the swing of things. I had taken a lot of time off after an injury and am finally feeling back to normal! I’m not planning on hitting any PR’s any time soon, just focusing on getting my strength and endurance back. I’m also training to run my second half marathon.

 

7.  Favorite food?  

Hands down Mexican food would be my all-time favorite, but honestly I really have zero food dislikes. I enjoy food so much I’ve made a career out of it! I am definitely an inner fat kid at heart, and I have a huge sweet tooth (although I don’t always satisfy it☹)

 

 

8.  Favorite movie?

Big move buff, and I like a wide variety of films. Rocky is a definite favorite (except Rocky 5, I don’t even acknowledge that that movie exists), Star Wars, Bridesmaids, Wedding Crashers, The Departed, anything Disney (Lion King and Mulan are my favs…and Mulan is the best Disney princess although she isn’t a princess but never gets recognized…she saved China for goodness sake!), Labyrinth, 13 going on 30, Crazy Stupid Love, Indiana Jones series, Princess Bride, 16 Candles, anything with Tom Hardy, The Rock, Denzel Washington, or Christian Bale…I could go on and on…however I don’t particularly enjoy scary movies, I’m a big baby. 

 

 

9.  Favorite book?

Does Goosebumps count?? Lol…I hate this question, I feel I should have some really intriguing answer that makes me sound very studious and interesting…but the truth is I hate reading! Lol…my reading history consists of Goosebumps and Harry Potter books (and once those got crazy thick I just waited for the movies to come out) and any required readings from high school to college. I do enjoy reading nutrition articles and I actually am currently reading Mindy Kalings book “Why not Me?”, but that pretty much sums that up!  

 

 

10.  Favorite music to work out to? Anything loud enough that can mask the sound of my heavy breathing during a WOD; I enjoy rock music during a WOD, or even throw in some 90’s boy bands and I would be happy. While running, I listen to upbeat songs, rap, pop, and ultimately Rocky IV sound track.

11.  When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

That’s hard to answer because I work… a lot! But on the off chance I have some down time you might find me binge watching a show on Hulu or Netflix, hanging out with friends and family, traveling to North Carolina where my boyfriend lives, or indulging in one of my favorite past times…napping lol 

 

12.  How has CrossFit changed you?

CrossFit has changed me in so many ways, mentally and physically. It has not only made me physically stronger, but mentally stronger and more determined. In high school and college I only worked out to lose weight or be “skinny”, and that was probably what initially drew me to CrossFit, but I continue to do CrossFit because it is so much more than that. I have never been more confident in my life, than I am with doing CrossFit. There is just something about being able to lift heavy weight over your head that makes you think you can do anything! Very thankful for fellow CrossFit St. Clair member Dana Kennedy for forcing me to take my first basics class lol. 

 

13.  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

The people and the programming! Everyone at St. Clair was so welcoming when I first started there and they truly are amazing people! I have made some very good friends through CrossFit and enjoy meeting more people as St. Clair continues to grow. Also the programming is on point! Although I’m out of shape right now after taking time off, I am still in better shape than I was 5 years ago, or ever, and that is a direct result of the programming at CrossFit St. Clair!

 

 

 

 

14.  What 3 words would people use to describe you? 

Not to veer from the question, but for those of you who don’t know me, know that I have the complete series of Seinfeld memorized by heart. Therefore, I would have to say adjective #1 to describe me would be breathtaking. (If you don’t get that Seinfeld reference, just ask me!)

But in all seriousness, I would say 3 words people might use to describe me would be independent, caring, and funny.

 

 

15.  Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person” -Audrey Hepburn

I love to laugh…plain and simple!

Member Spotlight: Holly Packy

Hey Everyone!! We’re back to celebrate another stellar human who also happens to be a member of our family. She’s that quiet blonde lady who worked herself "back" from back surgery these past two years ,and is now smashing WOD’s and is rumored to be part of an elusive pack of primates that workout at an unGodly hour. If you guessed Holly Packy then you are correct! We are so blessed to have such a genuinely nice person as a member of our family. She works her butt off in the gym, at work, and is also a dedicated wife and mother of a beautiful family. Without further to do’s and what not, here is a little bit about Holly that you may have not already known…


 Where are you from?

 Pittsburgh.  Originally greenfield.  Went to Allderdice High School.  Now I live in Mt. Lebanon with my husband, 24 year old son Jordan and 18 year old daughter Brooke.  

 

What do you do for a living?

 Anything involving numbers. But really, I just  recently started billing in the Pittsburgh and Philly offices of the law firm of Clark Hill. 

 

 How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4 years

 Tell us about your athletic history…

I have none.  At  age 38, I started working with a personal trainer  by the name of Joe Maiers and got excited about fitness.  I did kickboxing with him for 3 years and in that time ran my first marathon a few half marathons and many other races. I only started CrossFit because that trainer left and I needed to find something new. He inspired me towards fitness and I am forever grateful.  

 

What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair? 

Our gym at Integrated Fitness closed and we needed a new home.  Somehow along the way, it became just that, our new home. 

 

 What’s your favorite way to sweat? 


Running.  And all things Crossfit

Favorite food?    

Peanut butter, peanut butter and more peanut butter.  Oh and filet! 

 

Favorite movie?

On Golden Pond.  I wrote my first high school newspaper review after I saw it. Damn I'm old! 

 

Favorite book?

Beautiful Boy

 

Favorite music to work out to?

Three Days  Grace, Breaking Benjamin mostly heavy stuff

 

When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

Taking care of my family.  

How has CrossFit changed you?  

I've gained so much more confidence in myself and my abilities than I ever thought possible.  

 

What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?  

The people.  Especially the 5 am people.  

What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Kind, outgoing maybe sometimes a bit weird. LOL! 

 

Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?  

Find peace and happiness in yourself.  I've realized that so much more over the past few years. If you can't find it there, you won't find it anywhere else.  

Member Spotlight: Aaron Spang

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- This post is sponsored by Rogue although all the opinions of the athlete are his own.*

*Just kidding.  We love you Spang.

 

Aaron is the guy that comes up to you and gives you a firm handshake the first time he sees you.  He's the guy that will help you hustle through round 4 right when you get to the thrusters and want to walk out the door.  He's the guy that's not afraid to do something silly or self-deprecating to make you laugh.  And he is part of the amazing Team Spang - he and Jeri are the reason the #fitrelationshipgoals hashtag even exists.  He might joke around, he might spray his water bottle all over you mid-workout, and he may show up to a WOD in jorts, but he is also one of the most genuinely caring and inspiring people we've ever met.  We are so lucky that he joined the community at CFSC and we will always toast to Aaron Spang.  Thank you for doing this for us, Aaron - we love you, man!

Hey there!  Where are you from?

Born and raised in West Mifflin (near to Kennywood). Currently live with my wife Jeri and  2 girls in Jefferson Hills. 

 

What do you do for a living?          

I'm a Region Director for a specialist group with VWR International, a distribution company that sells consumables, reagents, and equipment to medical research labs and biotech companies. 

 

How long have you been doing CrossFit?                

For about a year and a half in total. 

 

Tell us about your athletic history…                 

I played soccer my whole life up through and including college. I coached competitive soccer before my girls were born and still help coach my 8 year old daughter's soccer team. I also played lacrosse in high school and club lacrosse in college. I've always been a sports fan and grew up playing everything I could, either organized or just pick up games.

 

What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?               

Jeri, my wife, was actually the 1st in our family to jump into CrossFit, and the only reason I started was because she bought me a GroupOn for Integrated Fitness for my birthday. Of course I couldn't waste the money, so I had to go.  I started CrossFit at IF and was there for 6 months before the Bethel location closed. I took a few months off for a recurring shoulder injury that required some therapy. I started coming on the weekends to St. Clair after watching Andy compete in the 2014 Holiday Hammer and speaking with him about it. Josh was awesome in working with me on a weekend basis as I wasn't sure if I could do the drive every day. Ultimately I was hooked, and wanted to be with the group that I started with at IF. So I signed on full time. Added bonus was that I also met some tremendous new people at St. Clair, too! You can usually find me at 5am classes, which is actually disturbing to write as that seems (and is) SO EARLY. 

What’s your favorite way to sweat?  (Activity/Movement/Sport)              

Overhead Squats? HELL NO! (I'm terrible)             

Snatches? See abov            

Actually I love Power Cleans, Squat Cleans, and shoulder work. And squatting. Love Squatting. 

Grace is my favorite benchmark.

But the best part of the workout? 6:10am sitting on the floor with the 5am crew drinking some of Phil's freshly brewed coffee.

 

Favorite food? 

Love Food!!! Love it! Jeri and I are restaurant people, and Pittsburgh has such an awesome restaurant scene right now. Cure is my favorite restaurant. Loved Morcilla as well. And anything that Big Burrito does (Eleven, Casbah, Umi, Soba, Mad Mex) is on point. I probably eat Chipotle at least once a week. I haven't met a food I didn't really like, and I've been fortunate to be able to try so many different types. I always tell my girls that they should try things once, just once, and then decide only then if they do or don't like it. It works...sometimes. I also tell them about the time that I tried cow brains while on vacation, because you never know if they taste good! (they didn't by the way). 

Favorite movie?

I have a number that I really enjoy. Grew up watching Star Wars, and seeing the 7th episode with my daughters was pretty damn cool for me. I love Inception, Shawshank, Green Mile, Gladiator, and Braveheart, Huge fan of the Halloween series of horror movies. The Dark Knight is still one of my favorite movies I've seen at the theater. But I'm also a fan of B movies. Mystery Science Theater 3000 was hilarious. Student Bodies, Flash Gordon, and comedies like Step Brothers, Three Amigos, and Joe Dirt all have a special place in my heart.

 

Favorite book?

So hard as it is to believe, I actually do read. Not as often as Jeri, but I do. I love Stephen King stories. I've read most of them (I really liked Desperation), both novels and short stories. Jeri gives me recommendations that she thinks I'll like as she knows me best, and that's resulted in me reading some awesome books by Junot Diaz as well as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 

 

Favorite music to work out to?

Huge fan of harder metal/rock/thrash/electronic beats. Most people have heard my iPod playing, which includes Rammstein, Ministry, Metallica, NIN, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Deftones among others. Harder and faster music seems to be what I prefer. And while I love Frank Sinatra, it's not my cup of tea in the gym.

 

When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

I travel a good bit for work, so there's a good chance I'm in another city. But otherwise I'm with Jeri and my girls most of the time. I love spending time with them whether we're out together or just hanging at our house. I have a tremendous group of friends from all facets of life that I appreciate hanging with. I have a great group of guys from college that I'm still in touch with regularly. And the people from the gym have become a 2nd family to me as I've spent a ton of time with them outside and inside of the gym.

I'm also blessed that I really love being with my family (sisters, parents, in-laws) and that they all live close. While we don't see each other as much as we'd like with our kids' activities and all, we do see and speak with each other often. Sunday dinners are something that I value with my family, just sitting and catching up. 

 

How has CrossFit changed you?         

First off it gave me one of the greatest lessons in humility that I could ever ask for. I'll never forget my on ramp class (it was really 1 on 1 with Kylie @ IF) and the 1st WOD she gave me, which had ring rows, push ups, and air squats. Being a former athlete I thought I'd be able to jump right in and hit it without an issue. WRONG! Also, the 1st time I came to class admittedly I remember working out next to some others thinking I was in better shape than they were. WRONG! They say that when you start CrossFit, you should check your ego at the door. I learned that one quickly, and try to remember that every time I step foot in the gym.

It's also exposed me to so many positive people, which of course leaks into my personal and professional life as well. Everyone that comes into class seems to do so to be better than they were the day before. And while we have some friendly competitive banter, we all truly do support each other in our individual journeys. Most people know that I love nothing more than to get in someone's face, yell directly at them, and get them to do 1 more rep than they thought they could. That's something special that I get out of it, whether it's during the Open or during a regular 5am class. I appreciate the people I get to interact with at St. Clair in every way. And the fact that I get to do it every day is a privilege for me that I don't take for granted. 

 

What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

I love the workouts themselves as they are challenging but fun. They push me in ways that I don't push myself. As I said, I've gotten to know some tremendous people during my short time there. The coaches are not only phenomenal and motivating, they have become very good friends to me. I value their knowledge, their commitment to the community, and their friendship. 

I love the 5 am crew that I work out with. These goofy people get up at a ridiculous hour, roll into the gym, and leave making themselves just a little bit better than when they came in. I'm inspired by them, and motivated by them all the time. 

One of the greatest things though is that I get to share St. Clair with Jeri. While we don't work out nearly as much together, the fact that we go to the same place, do the same workouts, and can talk about it daily has strengthened our marriage in so many ways. She provided me with inspiration that I'll never be able to repay her with, and she motivates me daily to be a better person, a better father, and a better husband. Maybe we could have had that at another gym, but it seems to really fit in with the culture and community at St. Clair. 

 

What 3 words would people use to describe you?

Can you judge (me)?


Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?            

My mother said this to me early in my life, and repeated it every time I left the house...she always looked me in the face and said to me "Use the good sense that God gave you." It's always stuck with me, and made me think of things before doing them. It's something I find myself repeating now to my girls. 

Member Spotlight: Jackie McCarthy

Hey Everyone!  Happy Friday - we are back with another member spotlight featuring a lady who has launched a thousand Wodify pics and a hashtag in her honor.  Yep, you got it - the one and only Jackie McCarthy!  Before #fontanaing was a thing, Jackie was practicing her Oly lifts, running half marathons for charities (check out Team RWB - a lot of us love working with this amazing group), and being a huge part of what makes CFSC not just a box, but a community.  She's always inviting friends to hang out, grab some food (or drinks!), and check out concerts.  She and Dave just recently tied the knot and had an amazing honeymoon - so next time you see her, ask her about it and try to hide your jealousy in your snow boots and winter jacket!  We are so grateful for everything Jackie does and how hard she works - girl doesn't stop and keeps getting better!  Without further ado, let's get to know more about the lovely Jackie McCarthy ...

 Hey there!  Where are you from?

- Born in Washington DC but grew up in Waynesburg, PA

 What do you do for a living?

-I'm a Research Accountant at UPMC

 

  How long have you been doing CrossFit?

-It will be exactly 3 years on February 26th---I will remember this day forever!

 

 Tell us about your athletic history…

-I played softball and volleyball most of my life until college which is when I began running. I've ran various races such as multiple half marathons and even one full marathon. The full marathon was one of my greatest accomplishments. As I was in need for a change and bored with my workout routine I tried CrossFit and have been hooked ever since.

 

 

 

 What brought you to CrossFit St. Clair?

-Like many people at the gym, our old gym closed and most of us stuck together to move onto CFSC. Although it was bittersweet I am very grateful for the change to bring me here and the new friends I've made. 

 

 What’s your favorite way to sweat?  

-Long endurance based workouts, I love me a good 20+ min AMRAP

 

Favorite food?  

-spaghetti and/or seafood

 

 Favorite movie & book?

-I love action related military movies/books so one of  my favorites would have to be Lone Survivor

 

 Favorite music to work out to?

-Coach Adam's playlist especially The National Anthem and Frank Sinatra haha but honestly I can listen to anything that's upbeat and keeps me moving.  I really like the 90s and the 00s songs/playlists. Andy's pm class music is good for this.

 

 When you aren’t working or working out, where can we find you?

 -Well when my husband(still weird to say) Dave McCarthy isn't at the gym which doesn't leave much time for me (haha) I am spending time with him, family and friends.  Dave and I also love to cook/eat so you can find us in the kitchen trying new recipes or out trying new restaurants. 

 

 

 

 How has CrossFit changed you?

-First off, I'm in the best shape of my life.  CrossFit has changed my body and health for the better and I couldn't be happier with my progress.  Second, it has improved me mentally; my mind is stronger and I'm more confident than ever before. It has taken my body beyond limits I never thought were possible or would have tried before CrossFit.  Lastly, it helps me with stress which in return makes me happier.  CrossFit has become my favorite stress reliever. 

  What do you love most about CrossFit St. Clair?

-Coaches, people, and programming. Every coach at this gym cares about each individual and will help you reach your goals no matter what they may be. They are always available to talk about your goals and to help improve your technique. The people are the reason that I keep coming back.  I've made lifelong friends through CFSC whom I consider my second family.  Lastly, the OPEX programming is top of the line. I have never been in better shape and still improving daily even after 3 years of CrossFit. 

 

 What 3 words would people use to describe you?

-Emotional (I could cry on command), loving & dependable

 

 Any mantra, favorite quote, or words to live by?

 

-"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't. And believe that everything happens for a reason, if you get a chance-take it; if it changes your life-let it.  Nobody said that it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."

                       -"Don't let your thoughts run away with you."