"From running on end to failing on the elliptical I kept telling my wife that I wasn’t interested in CrossFit when I can run and workout at home. One day during the CrossFit Open last year she dragged me to CrossFit Poise and that’s where it all changed and I haven’t looked back since. NOW I get excited to challenge myself while supporting and encouraging others. I don’t let age be a barrier to working hard and achieving personal fitness goals. The quit-working-so-hard demon is a challenge I constantly meet at the box. I stare it straight on and fight the urge to stop. What doesn’t kill me will make me stronger. The word “can’t” is a big no no at our gym. Most days I walk away from CrossFit on a fitness high. Since starting CrossFit I definitely feel physically and mentally better. I started CrossFit in April 2011, in an effort to slow down being overtaken by fatigue, weight, and diet. The biggest surprise with CrossFit has been the new friendships and support network. We support, encourage, and share in each others accomplishments and hard work. CrossFit will improve your life in so many ways!" Stats:
Age: 56, 37 years on the police force
Back Squat: 245lbs
Power Clean: 165lbs
DAVE C. AFFILIATE: CrossFit Select
Dave (DCkilla as he is known at CFS) is without question one of CFS` most `famous` masters. Dave trains 5 days a week with a ``I`m ready to take on the world`` attitude. He is often overheard coming up with crazy workouts (most often involving running and sit ups) but he is also willing to take on the daily WOD (as long as it doesn`t involve thrusters or burpees!)`. Although his wife Gabe, who he`s been married to for 35 years, hasn`t joined CrossFit yet, he does get to work out with is son Eric, also a CrossFitter, and his daughter Andrea who recently joined CFS. When asked, DC will tell you that what he enjoys most about CrossFit, is the community and the sense of family that he feels towards other CFS members. STATS:
DOB: July 17th, 1954
Started CrossFit October 2009 - First WOD: 25 tire flips for time
Fran : 6:58
Deadlift: 330 lbs
Power Clean: 155 lbs
500 m row : 1:46
5 K run: 28 minutes
Warrier Dash: 39 minutes
``What I truly love about CrossFit Select is the sense of family. There is something about working as hard as you can with a group of dedicated people. You have a bond, a common commitment to a better way of living.`` -D. Condron
Kelly P. Affiliate: Element CrossFit
Kelly started CrossFit March 2010 because after years and years at different gyms she was bored. In Kelly’s words, “I hated waking up thinking that I was going to do an hour of step class or an hour of bootcamp only to come away feeling like I hadn’t pushed myself hard enough.” After Kelly’s first WOD, she was immediately addicted to CrossFit. She began to set goals…her first goal: do ONE pull up… one pull up and she would be happy. As fellow CrossFitters, we know that getting that first pull up is only the beginning. Kelly quickly progressed to stringing together 5 pull ups and after 5 months she got rid of the bands. Now she looks forward to doing any WOD with pull ups...bring on Angie and Cindy! Kelly is known for getting the girls together to do a crazy WOD (nicknamed 'Team Hangover WODs') on Sunday morning after a night of partying. Kelly and her fellow Team Hangover members are looking forward to the Tough Mudder in August. The CrossFit Select Masters Competition is Kelly’s first individual competition and she is very excited about the opportunity to compete. Watch out ladies…Kelly is in the house! STATS:
DOB: November 30, 1968… 43 years old, mom of 3
Most memorable WODs is FGB hungover… 254
Mark G. Affiliate: CrossFit Oshawa
Mark is a former Provincial and National Weightlifting Champion and record holder and is the Olympic Weightlifting coach at CrossFit Oshawa.
A former physics teacher and now guidance counsellor at high school, he finds time three afternoons, after school, to run a Fitness Club where students learn weight training, as well as some powerlifting and CrossFit WODs. He plans on retiring this June after 39 years in the field and he is hoping to convince his wife to do the same.
First WOD: Isabel: 5:34
Back squat: 345 lbs
Clean and jerk: 225 lbs
Snatches: 165 lbs
500m row: 1:50
Deadlift: “I don't really deadlift, but I recall doing 315 for a few reps. I prefer to save my back for cleans.”
Wondering what age category Mark will be in? Whatever category, he will give fellow competitors a run for their money. Kevin Bowles, owner of CFO, is always impressed with Mark’s abilities noting that Mark is inspiring and absolutely ‘legit’. Mark can string together 30 pull-ups in a row and can knock off handstand push-ups. Mark’s thoughts on Limitless: “I hope there aren’t too many WODS and I really dislike running. I'm nervous already - but I guess that is good!” - Mark G.
VALERIE T. AFFILIATE: Element CrossFit
"When I was growing up, all my friends played baseball. I tried out every year but I was never good enough to get on a team."
When Valerie joined Element, Rachel (owner/trainer) asked Valerie what she wanted to get out of CrossFit. Valerie said, "I just don’t want to be decrepit when I got old!". Valerie could just hear her good friend, Cec, say “Val, you’re already old!”. One of the things Valerie loves about CrossFit is that it’s for everyone…young or old. Through CrossFit, Valerie has found a new appreciation of her body..everything from the sore shoulders, the bruised knees, the calloused hands - to her, they are all signs of a CrossFitter. Valerie admits that while she may never do a pull-up without a band, or a handstand push-up, she doesn't mind getting down and dirty for a burpee. Well Valerie, with your strength and determination, we know that you will get that pull up and hand stand push up...and you will always be a part of the CrossFit team!
"CrossFit isn’t for everyone, you have to be willing to try hard every time to do the best you can. No one’s too old for that! You’re best is always good enough at CrossFit but only if it is your best." -Valerie T.
Glenn B. Affiliate: CrossFit Select
Growing up, Glenn’s main sports were badminton, fast pitch softball and basketball. In Glenn’s words he is “good at anything requiring skill and strategy” He started CrossFit in February 2007. His first WOD: 15 push ups, 15 deads @ 135 lb, 10 rounds. DNF (failed at 7). Since that first WOD, Glenn has gone on to compete in the CrossFit Select Games and Pizza Helen (a crazy fun competition held at CrossFit Select where athletes eat one 8” slice of pizza, run 400m -slice must be finished before start of run-, 21 kettle bell swings, 12 pull ups, 3 rounds). Glenn is the type of athlete that never gives up and is always pushing himself to be the best. He is a master at double unders…no doubt due to tips from our good friend Gordana!
DOB: April 10/66
Pizza Helen: 14:40
Clean & Jerk: 225
“CrossFit is about 3 things for me: Hard Work, Strong Body, Good Friends.” –Glenn B.
Lisa C. Affiliate: CrossFit Poise
"I've never been an athlete, I was always last to get picked in gym class. I just believed that was who I was meant to be. In November of 2010 I was introduced to CrossFit by a close friend. OK...I was nagged to death for months until I finally agreed to go check it out. I felt so out of place walking in the door but was quickly welcomed and was made to feel as comfortable as possible. I have experienced an incredible shift in how I feel about fitness, sports, food and myself along this journey. I'm out there giving it my all and making huge improvements all the time. I can't even imagine my life without CrossFit and my new family." STATS:
Age 44, Realtor
Back squat #180
Beverley W. Affiliate: CrossFit Crux
"I am a former smoker (quit 10 years ago) and couch potato who did NOTHING close to athletic until I turned 40. I had to lose weight, that much was evident, but getting fit was even more important. I lost 36 pounds going to a gym and eating right, but I didn't feel "fit". My friend Rhonda kept encouraging me to go to CrossFit (she was HUGE into it and since has become a CF1 coach) and I finally relented and went. After that workout (I chewed a piece of my own lung for two days after that), I did not go back until 8 months later, when I finally decided that despite being 44, I could do it! I have been a member of CrossFit Crux in Stouffville since October of 2011. I am addicted!! Though I have yet to conquer double unders fully and kipping pull ups, I have set those as my 2012 goals. Entering the Crossfit Masters Limitless comp is WAY out of my comfort zone. I am not competitive at all, and if I hadn't joined CrossFit I would not have known the feeling of "competing" with myself. This is the first competition for me since joining CrossFit, and I am nervous as hell, excited and wondering what I have got myself into."