Athlete of the month: March 2019
Name: Brendan Schenk
DOB: November 27
Occupation: Sr. Software Manager, Digital Technology (Holland America Group)
CrossFitting Since: December 2016
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Taking part in my first CrossFit Open (2017) and the motivating atmosphere from my fellow athletes. I still remember that experience so vividly and I had butterflies in my stomach leading up to 17.1 – it was like I was back in school getting ready for a competition or something. Even though I had been going to a regular gym doing “bro stuff” (as Eve would say) prior to joining Crossfit, the Crossfit open was one of my most humbling experiences. It challenged me in so many ways – from realizing what my weaknesses were, to shifting my mindset and remaining focused, in order to get the workout done.
Favorite WOD: Anything that has toe-to-bars, push ups, or pull ups!
Favorite Lift: Push Press or anything to do with shoulders.
Least Favorite WOD: Open WOD18.4. I underestimated the number of handstand push-ups I could do RX after completing 21 deadlifts.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: It would definitely be the moment that I got my first ring muscle-up. There was something that Nadia said to
me one day while practicing transitions that just clicked. Without realizing her and Eric were watching, I gave it a whirl, and bam – I did
it! It was a pretty exciting moment.
Why You Do CrossFit: CrossFit has changed my life in so many positive ways. I do it for the people, the community, and enjoy surrounding myself with like-minded individuals who choose to live a healthy, athletic lifestyle.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Definitely a Smoke Shack Burger from Shake Shack. And…. I cannot not mention my weakness for “Biltong” (think
beef jerky, but 1000 times better and from South Africa), Siete Tortilla chips (Fuego flavor) and dip.
CrossFit Secret: Listening to the advice from the coaches. There are endless nuggets that I have got from each one of their coaching
sessions that have allowed me to improve my workouts / strengthen up my weaknesses.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Take long naps, and try to find ways to become a billionaire.
What Can’t You Live Without: My family – Jeff, Monty, Candi, Vanessa, and rest of my family back in South Africa.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Having visited all 7 continents, over 70 countries, and 280 different cities, I still love Vegas and Hawaii. I am
sure that will soon change once we visit Bora Bora! 🙂
Athlete of the month: January 2019
Name: Cianna Miller
DOB: January 27
Occupation: University of Washington (UW Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology)
CrossFitting Since: January 2011
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first CrossFit comp…I had no idea what I got myself in to. It was terrifying and exciting all at the same time.
Favorite WOD: Anything with cleans, deadlifts, or burpees
Favorite Lift: Cleans
Least Favorite WOD: Jackie…had to do it in a comp and was far from thrilled to do it.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: I had the opportunity to participate on a team at Regionals in 2013. It sure has come a long way in the last 5 years, but glad I was a part of it. Oh…and meeting Rich Froning at the CrossFit Games that same year!
Why You Do CrossFit: For the community…the people I have met over the years are amazing! You can do CrossFit workouts on your own and just about anywhere, but being surrounded by incredible people is what keeps me coming back. I am especially lucky for those I have met at CrossFit Belltown.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Tortellini! Well just about anything pasta, but tortellini is by far my favorite.
CrossFit Secret: Don’t take it (or yourself) too seriously! Have fun with it!
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Explore Seattle with my pup Henry. Poor little guy gets hauled all over the place, but he’s a trooper!
What Can’t You Live Without: Coffee of course. Working out is a close 2nd. Even a few days off from the gym and I’m already going crazy.
Athlete of the month: December
Athlete of the month: February
Name: Chris Newling
DOB: October 5th, 1982
Occupation: United States Coast Guard
CrossFitting Since: 2015
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: The painful realization that I couldn’t do a front squat.
Favorite WOD: Murph
Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerk
Least Favorite WOD: Pukie Brewster
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Competing in my first team competition at the Battle At The Ball Park in July of 2017.
Why You Do CrossFit: I lost touch with my fitness during my late 20’s. I had become uninterested in the same old fitness routines I’d explored in my past. When I first tried CrossFit, it brought back a lot of my competitive spirit. I never thought I’d feel that way again, especially not in my 30’s. I’ve noticed more fitness results in the last year training at CFBT than at any other point in my life.
The thing I probably enjoy the most is how I’ve never experienced boredom. I enthusiastically look forward to each day of training and learning from all of the amazing coaches on staff.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Hot Cheetos
CrossFit Secret: Show up early, warm up, work on mobility, listen to the coach.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Recently, my kids have gotten me into water painting. I find it to be very therapeutic after a long demanding week.
What Can’t You Live Without: My children CJ and Cayden.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Boise, Idaho
Athlete of the month: January
Name: Nick Rhode
DOB: March 30, 1988
Occupation: Sales Engineer
CrossFitting Since: October 2013
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Thinking kipping pull-ups were fake pull-ups, then falling off the pull-up bar flat on my back mid-kip during my second week of CrossFit.
Favorite WOD: Linda… A CrossFit workout with bench press??
Favorite Lift: Deadlift… as the Planet Fitness gym rat says, “I lift things up and put them down”.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with pistols… because I can’t do them.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: My first ring muscle-up. Most movements are very progressive but with the muscle-up I definitely remember my first one. They still may not be the most graceful, but hey, its a MUSCLE-up.
Why You Do CrossFit: I started CrossFit because when I would move to new cities I wouldn’t have a workout partner and I missed having competition in my life (sales quotas and fastest grocery cart pusher in the grocery store not included). CrossFit makes working out fun. I have made great friends and I feel good.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Donuts and chocolate chip cookies.
CrossFit Secret: Make the workout seem easier in your head and it will be easier, ie. a round of 30 is only sets of 10,8,7,5
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Ski, hike, or just anything with my Wife Christine
What Can’t You Live Without: Cars and Motorcycles.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Madeira.
Athlete of the month: December
Name: Paul Bohme
DOB: January, 1973
CrossFitting Since: October 2016
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Don’t remember exactly when, but the realization of the power of people shouting (encouragement!) at you was a bit of a revelation. That can make the difference between powering through a challenging lift or WOD and bailing.
Favorite WOD: Cindy. Grinds through things that are weaknesses with a little of something I’m not so bad at..
Favorite Lift: Shoulder press. Sucks the hardest and hits me where I’m weakest.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with wall balls. Or double-unders.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Lots of them, none gigantic but all adding up. The satisfaction of setting a goal for reps and then hitting it. Hearing Max — the Master of Chatter — talking people through the end of tough workouts one rep at a time. Being encouraged by seeing people that can *crank* this shit out – tells me I can squeeze one more in.
Why You Do CrossFit: Excercise in general: I’d rather not look like someone that’s worked on computers since late childhood (And I like the view from the tops of mountains).
CrossFit specifically: Variety of activities and the people that do it. The mindset is one of competition against standards and yourself, rather than just comparing yourself to others. While I certainly don’t post as high of scores as most, mine get better over time and that’s what I want to see.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Bread. By the loaf.
CrossFit Secret: Dunno yet, when I find out I’ll… Well, it wouldn’t be a secret then, would it? 😉
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Hiking with a heavy pack and video games.
What Can’t You Live Without: Air.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Taiwan （我正在學習講中文。）
Athlete of the month: November
Occupation: Commercial real estate attorney
CrossFitting Since: May 2016
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Fran and the Fran cough
Favorite WOD: Cindy… seems so simple: low rep count and only bodyweight exercises. But those 20 minutes always kick my ass.
Favorite Lift: Overhead squats. Such a humbling lift — it’s amazing how adding just a few pounds to the bar can make such a difference.
Least Favorite WOD: Angie. 100 pull-ups… JUST TO START?! My hands never forgive me.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: 17.1. Going into my first Open workout, I was pretty nervous about doing it in front of a crowd and having someone judge my every move. But I had a great time; Max (the judge) and the cheering crowd really pushed me to go all out.Can’t wait for the next Open.
Why You Do CrossFit: 18 months in and I still go home exhausted and sore after every workout. No other workout routine has ever done that for me.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Burgers, burgers & more burgers. Red Mill, Uneeda, Lorettas, Dicks, even a good old fashioned Big Mac.
CrossFit Secret: It’s pretty obvious but worth repeating. Listen to the coaches. Countless times they’ve suggested a tweak in a movement and it has resulted in immediate returns. Most recently in figuring out how to more consistently string together toes to bar.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Eat. I probably have so many “cheat meals” I can’t really call it cheating anymore.
What Can’t You Live Without: A good scotch and hike, which are often combined.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I’ve traveled a lot of places, but Barcelona is hands down my favorite.
Athlete of the month: September 2017
Name: Geoffrey Charles Adleman
DOB: March 11th, 1983
Occupation: VP Operations at Sansaire, Official Owner of the Green Bay Packers
CrossFitting Since: January 2016
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: The day after a very intense WOD. Almost every muscle group was tight, sore, or on strike. I was intrigued at the efficiency of it all. I worked out for less than an hour and felt like it was at least ten times that. I was intrigued and from that moment forward, hooked.
Favorite WOD: JT, I really like WODs where you work out with your own body weight and this one is 21-15-9 of handstand push-ups, ring dips, and push-ups. It was also the very first “Hero WOD” and was named in honor of Petty Officer First Class Jeff Taylor. Go Navy.
Favorite Lift: Push Press. I love me some shoulder lifts; enough said.
Least Favorite WOD: Probably Annie and I have never even done it. However, I am really good at whipping my shins, back of neck, and sometimes the side of my face while attempting double unders. Until I can beat my course record of ~16 in a row, this will probably remain my least favorite WOD.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Just after my entrance exam for CFBT when Eric told me I couldn’t workout at Belltown. He said some other things too, like “wow, I have never seen that before” and “you just combined like three different movements, and badly” and “there are plenty of other gyms out there.” I think failing like that at something I thought I had a grasp on really lit a fire in me. I immediately harbored a deeper respect for the quality of the movements and the science behind the form, which were key principles for being a member at CFBT. It has completely changed the way I look at working out.
Favorite Cheat Meal: McDonald’s 10-piece nugget meal with a coke to drink and a cheeseburger for dessert.
CrossFit Secret: There is a gap between our mental and physical limits. We want to stop or give-up often long before our physical limit, catering to our mental limit. You must recognize that gap, become acquainted with it, get to know it, and then shorten it. That gap represents unclaimed potential you have for whatever WOD or movement you are tackling.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: I am actually a runner. A 2-hour jaunt on some path or trail is my church. So, I take advantage of longer runs on non-CrossFit days.
What Can’t You Live Without: Beer and Legos. I got into homebrewing 5 years back and have over 30 years of Lego building experience. Put the two together and I am walking on sunshine. They are both stress relivers and without them I would surely drift off into cold dark space.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Any place with a nice beach where you can easily get a margarita on the rocks with extra salt on the rim.
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