Athlete of the Month – March



Danielle Baljet, 26, Rochester Hills, Registered Nurse

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? :     10/29/2013

What is your athletic background?: I’ve dabbled in a few sports over the years. Soccer, track, and tennis in middle school/high school. These days I love to golf, rollerblade, swim, and ski.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?:  This is a tricky question. I don’t love burpees or box jumps, but I like doing them because they work so many different muscles and make me feel good afterwards. Hahaha, I tried doing hurdles in track one season and I think that’s when I realized jumping and thinking at the same time wasn’t my strong suit. I also hate wall walks because I always fall over and crash to the ground at the end, which apparently isn’t the correct way to do them. I LOVE running and cleans!

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. :  Oooo, greatest personal/professional accomplishment for me these days is graduating from nursing school and passing the NCLEX, making me a licensed registered nurse! Greatest fitness accomplishment would have to be doing Murph every year after almost dying during my first Murph.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? :  Oh, absolutely! I used to go to the YMCA everyday and do my own workouts (which were almost the same everyday). CFR has made me step out of my comfort zone and do things I never would have tried at my old gym. AND the people here make me smile 🙂

What are your hobbies? :  I love camping, ice cream, hiking up mountains, cake, margaritas, playing board games, nacho cheese doritos, kitties, biking to sagebrush for margaritas and quesadillas, running, doing puzzles, and lots of other things.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? :  Anything DISNEY! Harry Potter, the Italian Job, The Shawshank Redemption, Green Street Hooligans, She’s the Man, and Fight Club.

What is one thing we don’t know about you?:  I have two sisters and they are my BEST friends!

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. :  Personal- start eating healthier now that school stress is over! Professional- I guess find a nursing job Fitness- just to keep on, keepin’ on! (maybe learn how to set real goals for myself..)

Athlete of the Month – February 2017


Patrick Bell, 37, Construction Project Manager, Rochester Hills.

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver?  03/01/2015

What is your athletic background?  I played sports from a very young age baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track. By highschool I realized I was terrible at all sports except one, football. I spent high school playing football and lifting weights, I loved it. I had a full ride to play at a very small college, much to my fathers dismay I went to Michigan State instead and took up a decade of booze, drugs, and cigarettes. This caught up to me in my early 30s physically and even more mentally. I began running, weight lifting, floor hockey, basketball about 7 years ago and soon recovered that ten years of damage. 2 years ago I tried crossfit and have been in love ever since.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?  I love power cleans. I just love the movement, it is challenging and the more I do the more I learn/realize the technique over strength. I hate front squats. I don’t mind the squats, but I was born with a rare condition called “baby wrist syndrome” also known as BWS. Front squats make my baby wrists hurt, and have also condemned me to shopping in the kids department for watches, it is embarrassing to wear a Pokemon watch when you are 37.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related.   My greatest personal accomplishment is my beautiful little girls, Vivienne and Samantha. I love being a father. Those girls give me so much love and laughter. They have me wrapped around their little fingers, and I love every moment. Professionally, I could not be any happier. I have been buidling things since I was a little kid, my first job was at a lumberyard, I designed and built my first home by 19, and now I get to manage some of the largest construction projects in the country. Construction has always been my passion. I climbed quickly, and am now mentoring multiple young engineers/managers as they develop their careers and I find it even more rewarding. A decade of unhealthy habits, the stress of climbing the corporate ladder, and raising a family brought me into a debilitating state of anxiety and depression about 7 years ago. Fitness is the outlet for me to relieve life’s stresses. (Happy Body/Happy Mind)I am mentally stronger now than I have ever been.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?   Before CFR I only had 2 friends, now I have at least 4. It has absolutely made me better, I did ok working out alone to P90 and running etc. But CFR has taken me to the next level. I travel alot for work, and it is great to be able to go to other crossfits around the country. With all honesty I have not found coaching at the level that Vince, Jeremy, and Sam bring to CFR! So appreciate it!

What are your hobbies?  I love DIY, I do everything from building furniture, to gardens, to my latest project of making my home solar powered (nerd I know). I love traveling, I go all over the US causing trouble, last summer I backpacked Europe alone for ten days, and am planning this summers european adventure. I also love guns and cars.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?  Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Stepbrothers, Dances with Wolves

What is one thing we don’t know about you?    I am a farm boy. I grew up on a farm in Metamora. I started driving tractors at 12, and fed the cows everyday. My family is all still there and I love to be in the country.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related.  My personal goals #1 is be the best father I can be. Other than that I want to visit everywhere, try everything, just constantly chase the crazy ass dreams and ideas I have. When I die, I don’t want any regrets of something I didn’t try or do. Professionally I would love to work on a suspension bridge or a mega skyscraper…those things really push the limits of engineering and construction. On a smaller scale I want to build myself a net-zero home. (A home that produces more energy than it uses). Fitness, I just want to keep improving. I would love to be Level 6 at everything. I know there is no Level 6, I just invented it.

Athlete of the Month – January 2017


Jessica Wood, 29, Special Education Teachers of Students with Autism, Royal Oak

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver?:  09/01/2015

What is your athletic background?:  Growing up I was always pretty athletic. Played soccer through middle school and high school. (was also a cheerleader, does that count?) Once I graduated high school I started running and became obsessed. Running has always been one of my favorite things to do!

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?:  Am I crazy for liking burpees..? Oh yeah, handstands… handstands are a great time. I always like the workouts that make you feel like you’re either going to literally die during the workout or where you can’t move for a few minutes afterwards. I like high intensity where I have the chance to challenge myself. I’ve been starting to really enjoy working on Olympic lifts as well. My least favorite thing on earth is that bike, kills me every time.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related:  Personally, I would have to say being a mom to my 5 year old son Bronx. I always strive to set a positive example for him on the importance of being healthy and taking care of yourself. I want him to see that even though I’m his mom, I am strong and work hard no matter what obstacles life throws our way. Professionally, I have been continuously working hard on furthering my career. Completing my Master of Arts in Special Education was a major accomplishment for myself. Having the opportunity to work with students with autism every day can be challenging but extremely rewarding at the same time. Fitness related, I have made many accomplishments that I’m proud of! I’ve ran about 15 half marathons, 2 full marathons and went through the intensity of training for a 50 mile ultra marathon (which unfortunately, I ended up not running). I like to take on challenges to push myself physically. Joining Crossfit Reviver has challenged me in ways that I never thought possible. I never imagined that I could do the things I am able to do now. It’s amazing to me how hard work and time pays off. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be able to deadlift 200 pounds or do a handstand walk for 25 feet. So many fun things!

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?:  Absolutely!! I cannot express how much CFR has changed my life. Prior to joining I was heavy and was in a very dark place. After I joined I changed my nutrition and started setting goals for myself. Not only have I lost all of my excess weight (even have little nugget muscles now) but my overall sense of well-being has improved as well. I have met some amazing people (pop,lock and squat it crew) and lifelong friends who really push me and have been so supportive. I am a million times happier and healthier than I’ve ever been before! I never realized how having an amazing community of people could have such a positive impact on my life and working out. Lots of amazing people! Yay!

What are your hobbies?:  I love to run and count that as a hobby. Being a mommy to Bronx. I enjoy reading and drinking coffee. I love reading anything history related. I enjoy reading research in autism. I have a subscription to the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis…always a good read. I absolutely love to cook and bake. If I could bake cupcakes every single day I would. Unicorns and glitter are also a hobby of mine.(of course)

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?:  Oh my, top 5 favorite movies? Let’s see Fight Club, Stupid Crazy Love, Dumbo, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Sex and The City. (although I like many many more movies)

What is one thing we don’t know about you?:  One thing…? I have a massive collection of tutus in almost every single color. You never know when life calls for a tutu. oh and I have a ton of glitter too… like sooo much glitter, A LOT.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related:  Personally, one goal I always have for myself is to always make sure I put other people before myself. Doing things for others and being a person that anyone can confide in and talk to will always be a goal for myself. I like to make people laugh and make it okay to be weird and quirky no matter what the situation. I hope to make a positive impact on at least one person before I die one day. Life is just super fun! People tend to focus so much on negative things in our world today and taking time to spread some love and goodness (and glitter) is so very important to me. Professionally, I have a lot more school in my future. I plan on going back to school next fall to work towards a second Masters in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. I plan on becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with individuals with autism. Within the next 10 years I plan on working on my Doctorate too! One day, I’d like to own a private outreach program that provides underprivileged and low-income individuals with autism and their families with advocacy services, ABA services and community help as well. There aren’t enough resources for low-income families with autism and I want to be able to provide the best services available no matter what financial circumstances a family may be in. My heart will always be in the world of autism. Fitness related goal for myself, well I want to continue to improve my overall health and push myself. With the start of a new year, I am dedicated and focused on setting short-term and long-term goals. I am excited to see where I physically take myself this next year. I love a good challenge!! Yay!

Athlete of The Month – December 2016


Laura Dyszynski, 30, E-Commerce Team Lead, Creative + Content, Rochester Hills.

What is your athletic background? Soccer and track throughout middle and high school.  100% running.  Ironic, yeah?  Skipped 10 years and wound up at CrossFit.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?  Favorite: Olympic Lifting, be still my heart. Least: All things cardio (revisit above irony).  Also Inch Worms.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related.  “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” -Coco Chanel

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?  Total couch-potato to whole new lifestyle.  Didn’t know where to start, so I just did.  In the last nearly two years, I have learned countless movements, fell hard for the barbell, currently working through nutrition coaching, and am filled with a passion and drive that I had been missing for a decade.  Thankful for the support and community at CFR, without that.. Safe to say I would be sleeping through my usual early morning class.

What are your hobbies?  Re-connecting with photography as art vs. a profession.  I call this: Life After Wedding Photography.  I enjoy learning.  Borderline obsessed with several animals.  I have camped in a great many places. Lots of video games.  All things Mid-century Modern, Scandinavian, weird tattoos, and the desert.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?  Goodfellas, everything Hayao Miyazaki, Sabrina (1954), Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Great Dictator.

What is one thing we don’t know about you?  Once upon a time I played drums in a punk rock band.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related.  Personal: To hug a sloth.  Professional: To mix business and creative while maintaining happiness.   Fitness: Be in a better place physically and mentally in my thirties than my twenties.

Athletes of the Month! – October 2016


Names: Kyle and Brittney Durant

Ages: both 29

Occupations: USMC (Kyle), Teacher (Brittney), and soon-to-be PARENTS!

City: Rochester Hills


Kyle –

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver?  08/01/2014

What is your athletic background? Club soccer in high school and triathlons in college

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement? Favorite- Pull-ups Least Favorite- Burpees

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional, and fitness related: Personal- Being married for almost 7 years Professional- Being promoted to Captain Fitness- Completing and Ironman Triathlon

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? Yes, all my Olympic lifts are better and I am the strongest I have ever been.

What are your hobbies? Crossfit, Netflix, and shooting.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Just Go With It, End of Watch, and Blackhawk Down

What is one thing we don’t know about you? That I want to move to Texas after I retire

What are your goals in life?  Personal, professional, and fitness related: Personal- Have a long lasting marriage and healthy children. Professional- Deploy to war Fitness- 1,000 lbs. club


Brittney – 

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver: 08/01/2014

What is your athletic background? I grew up playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track, but come high school I stuck with volleyball and basketball as my two main sports. I came from a basketball family, so I played year round with my parents as my coaches. I also played 1 year of college basketball.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement? My favorite movements would have to be back and front squats, as well as cleans (which I am ready to start again once I have this baby!). Least favorite has to be burpees and, quite honestly, I am not one bit bummed that I have to modify them right now throughout this pregnancy.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional, and fitness related: Personally, I would say marrying my best friend, Kyle, and preparing to start our family together. I am so blessed by him and never imagined I would have married a United States Marine, but this life of ours and moving every couple years has been something that I never could have envisioned for myself. We have lived in some wonderful places (Hawaii!) and have met some wonderful people (CFR peeps!). Professionally, I would say being able to find a job in some sort of teaching capacity wherever we move. Kyle and I had discussed that my professional career would take a hit if we chose for him to stay in the USMC. As much as I would love to have my own classroom (ideal grade would be 3rd, 4th or 5th), I have had the opportunity to be a substitute teacher, a full time sub for a year in a 1st grade classroom, and working at a before/after school care program. And my greatest fitness accomplishment would probably have to have been completing MURPH (2015)…can’t wait till my modifications become less and less throughout the years to come!

Has CFR made you better?  If yes, how so? Yes! In high school, my sister and I had a zero period that was weightlifting. We were the only females and the rest of the class was basically the football team and the teacher was the football coach. We were “taught” how to do some lifts (back squats, deadlifts, cleans, press, push press), but I never felt comfortable doing them. But since joining CFR, I can say that I am so much more confident when it comes to olympic lifts because Vince and J do such a good job at explaining and training us to do them correctly. Along with the coaching, I love the atmosphere and people who are a part of the CFR family that make going to the “gym” so much more enjoyable.

What are your hobbies? Is hanging out with my dog, Teddy, a hobby? If so, then he is a hobby of mine. I love to read and I will read anything from Harry Potter to Girl on the Train to Game of Thrones to Redeeming Love. Scrapbooking, but not traditional scrapbooking. It’s called Project Life. Look it up! I used to use physical photos/pretty cards, but now I am using the app to get our photos/memories into albums. If you can’t tell, I am passionate about pictures and memories and preserving them in albums. DISNEY! I ask Kyle, “When can we go to Disney?”, AT LEAST 2-3 times a month. He just shakes his head at me. Disney is SO magical and I pray we get stationed in San Diego one day so we can get an annual pass. And my all time favorite hobby is probably having a lazy day just sitting on the couch with Kyle and watching Netflix…we’ll see how many of those days we get after baby girl comes!

What are you Top 5 favorite movies? I’m gonna be a rebel and put movies AND shows. Movies: Just Go With It (This Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston movie is always on the table for Kyle and I when we are deciding what to watch), Love Actually, Harry Potter Series, and any Disney movie. TV Shows: Dexter and How I Met Your Mother

What is one thing we don’t know about you? Two things about my parents: My dad was my high school social studies teacher (freshman and sophomore year) and I was his TA (junior and senior year) because he’s awesome and really was the “cool” teacher. He was also my head varsity basketball coach and my mom was his assistant. My sophomore year I was a starter with my sister (who was a senior) and my parents led us to the State Championships where we won 4th. Even though we didn’t win 1st, that is one of my most favorite and cherished moments with my family.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional, and fitness related: My personal goals in life are to keep growing in my faith and relationship with the Lord, be the best wife, mom, and friend…someone people will remember for being loving, kind, generous, and serving. Professionally, I hope to bring my teaching skills into the home as I stay home with our future children. And one day I hope to either get back into the classroom when we finish having kids and they are all school-aged or I hope to work within the USMC in a civilian capacity, like a FRO (Family Readiness Officer). A FRO is hired as a part of a company and they deal with all the issues/concerns of the families of the servicemember. My fitness goals are to continue to get back into the shape I was in prior to getting pregnant, if not better! I want to continue to do CrossFit and lifting heavy!

Athlete of the Month – September 2016


Name, Age, Occupation, City: Subhash Goswami, 31. Software Integration Engineer, Rochester Hills.

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 10/01/2016

What is your athletic background? Played cricket in high school, participated in soccer practices during summer vacations. Walked in 2.5 feet of snow and braving “feels like 24F” gusts of wind while studying at Michigan Tech (It’s a UP thing)
What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? I am inclined to give equal justice to sit ups and back squats. I love them both. Least fav would be burpees. Heck, I am still not able to figure out the breathing rhythm while doing them. I wanted to practice them and coincidentally August became the month to nail them.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. Personally, I was able to take care of my body and reduce the negative effects caused due to smoking and alcohol. I became more outgoing, improving relations with near and far off members of my family. I was able to survive the weather shock of seeing ice cubes only in freezer (back in India) as compared with the snow (In Houghton, MI) and culture shock seeing people drink water with ice in winter ( I am still yet to understand the logic). Professionally, I switched jobs and got the job which I had dreamed of as my next goal in line benchmarking the dream route. I have realized that being fit does not have to be inside the gym only and it can be branched to different aspects of life.
Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? I was able to get my life in order and arrange my priorities. Starting with the food intake, amount and quality of sleep, listening to motivating speeches/music, keeping cool all the time. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Since I have joined CFR I have tried to wake up at 4:50 am everyday and start my day. This has tremendously helped me to schedule the rest of the day and hit gym early if possible. I travelled to India last April and changed 11 flights in a span of 7 days which was a miracle for me without falling sick. All of this was result of good body conditioning practice. About the group of people I meet everyday, I cannot be more thankful for their company. The positive vibes this box gives me is no less than a addiction. Starting from day one every coach has been supportive, patient and observant. This has saved a lot of people many hospital visits. I was totally brainwashed with the negative publicity about CrossFitters before joining CFR. The simple gesture of saying hello while walking in makes this a special place for me. The constant remainder of “devil lies in the details” is an everyday experience no matter how simple the workout presents itself.
What are your hobbies? Fishing, bowling, watching good movies … I would love to fish all day long if given the option.
What are your Top 5 favorite movies? Pulp Friction, LOTR, Bourne series, Men of Honor, The Great Dictator
What is one thing we don’t know about you? Switched jobs about 3 months ago and travel to Dearborn every single day. 60 miles in total on I-75 takes its toll on me. But I am still managing my time juggling between family, gym and professional life. Also I have a earthworm nest in my house (approx 600) which i use to recycle the green waste generated from my kitchen. I am a big fan of recycling and compost preparation.
What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. This is a very open ended question so i would like to divide them. Professionally, I want to be in such a position where I can go back to my hometown for work where money will not be compromised much. Maintaining good relations with family and friends are top priority. In terms of health, I would like to continue my present schedule of paleo intake along with regular workout. Need to build more muscle mass going forward. Also need to complete my first Murph next year.

Athlete of the Month – August 2016

Name, Age, Occupation, City: Kelly Stratton, 29 (I made a decision a few years back, to repeat 29 over and over and kelly_Strattonover….) Automotive Purchasing/Buyer, Rochester Hills

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 09/26/2012
What is your athletic background? Miscellaneous sports as a kid: gymnastics, riding (horses), t-ball (I was a phenomenal pitcher!), In college: randomly decided to try out for the women’s crew team at Michigan State (GO GREEN!) and made it! Adult-life: Snowboarding, Running, Yoga, CrossFit
What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? 

Everything BUT burpees and box jumps, (specifically any of the gymnastics movements) Burpees win as “least favorite” movement.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related.

Personal: Still in training (but, hubby and I have been laughing together for 12 years now, with 2 dogs and a house — all feats I’m very proud of!)

Professional: Recent promotion at work (it’s an incredibly hectic job that I actually enjoy a lot – mostly)

Fitness: Training/Running a marathon and some halves, Being a part of the women’s crew team at MSU (still amazes me), CrossFit (I love seeing what I can do)
Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? Yes! I don’t fit into the cookie-cutter what a woman SHOULD look like – and that does not affect me like it used to. I am now more interested in what I can DO, and what I will accomplish next! That is rather empowering.

What are your hobbies? Being entertained by my dogs (no seriously, they are ridiculous!), snowboarding, traveling, CrossFit, Disney (Disney magic is a real thing, I didn’t believe it until I went for the first time a few years ago!)

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? Um… how does one pick only 5 movies, that’s like only having 1 favorite color! I’m a mega-nerd, so I will go with some of my favorite series (in no specific order): Star Wars (with the exception of eps 1, 2 & 3… those were meh), Star Trek, Marvel Comic Universe, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, X-Men. (see how i made 5 movies into a LOT more) I also love a good comedy, but who doesn’t?! 😀

What is one thing we don’t know about you? My husband jokes that I’m indestructible since the only broken bone I’ve ever been treated for was my elbow (which even the CT scan couldn’t conclusively diagnose). This includes when I was hit by a car while crossing the street in 2005 (two weeks before Ryan and I moved up to Michigan — Good timing has rarely been a strong-suit of mine :P).

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. To be happy, healthy, employed, content and to stay true to myself. Oh yeah, and to laugh my butt off on the journey! 😀


Athlete of the Month – July 2016

IMG_6412Name, Age, Occupation, City: Lindsey Kotulski, 25, Human Resources Representative, Rochester Hills

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 06/01/2014

What is your athletic background? Growing up I played basketball, softball and volleyball. When I got to high school, I stuck with volleyball. I was on varsity for 3 years and I played on a national travel team. I also played for two years in college.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? To be honest, as I get better at certain movements I like them more. I used to hate burpees, they aren’t so bad now. Same with rowing; I have a new found love for rowing. My ultimate favorite right now are pull-ups, especially since I got my kips down. My least favorite is the airdyne, it will be the death of me.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. Personal would be graduating college with high honors, Magna Cum Laude. I was NEVER a school person but once I found a profession that I really liked, school was easy. I also did this working full time and going to school full time. Professional would be working at a company that I love. I am young in my career but I can honestly say that I see myself working for my company for a really long time. I have been promoted once in the three years I have been there and I just want to keep doing my best and climbing that ladder. Fitness related would be playing college volleyball and also playing in the Junior Olympics back when I played on my national travel team. It was honestly the coolest experience getting to play against some of the best volleyball players in the world.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? No, CFR has not made me better….Said No one EVER! Of course it has!

It has been life changing. CFR has been the only thing I have been remotely interested in since I stopped playing volleyball. It has pushed me physically and mentally. It helps that the coaches are amazing along with the other CRF members. I have gained some pretty amazing friends.

What are your hobbies? Anything to do with being outside, doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. In the summer I love being on the water, riding jet skis, laying out, bonfires and being up north with my family, visiting my niece and 3 nephews in Traverse City. I try to get up there as often as I can. I love to take them to the parks, beaches, go for walks. They definitely keep me busy. In the winter I love to ride snowmobiles.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? If I was me in another person’s body and not in the profession I am in, I would have a sleeve of tattoos. I LOVE them. Plus I don’t think I am cool enough to pull off a sleeve, but I am so envious of people who can!

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? To be honest I am not a big movie person. But the all time favorite movie is Hocus Pocus. 🙂

What are your goals in life? My personal goal would be to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be. Treat others as you want to be treated, be positive and live life to the fullest. To grow and learn as much as I can and one day get married and have a family. My professional goals are to keep climbing the corporate ladder. I would love to be a manager or even director of HR one day. Fitness goals are to keep getting stronger physically and mentally,and just keep pushing myself at the gym. To live healthier life style overall.

June 2016

shannon_smithName, Age, Occupation, City: Shannon Smith, 29, Regional Sales Manager, Royal Oak

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 01/14/2013

What is your athletic background? JV Basketball, Multi-sport intramurals

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? Favorite: Burpees / Least favorite: Snatches

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. 

Personal: Taking a chance to move to the greater Detroit area from Chicago in 2012 for my career. I have been able to build a great life with good friendships and a serious relationship. My girlfriend does not hesitate to remind me that before we met I was just a bachelor in Chicago hanging out with former fraternity brothers every weekend….so I am obviously much better off now, right?

Professional: Leading my sales team to the highest grossing revenue in the midwest during the past two years. Fitness related: In my first ever 8k in 2012, I beat my goal by over two minutes. In my first Murph in 2014, I beat my goal by actually finishing.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? 

Absolutely- I have developed a level of core strength that I never had previously when lifting weights at the gym. It has challenged me to strengthen my lower body and build a level of endurance I did not have before. It also keeps me motivated to train when it would be easy to lose focus.

What are your hobbies? 

Huge sports fan, terrible golfer, beer league softball pitcher and karaoke extraordinaire

What is one thing we don’t know about you? 

I graduated from Ohio State and was on the student run news channel (Buckeye TV) as a sports anchor for a year.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? 

Good Will Hunting, The Dark Knight, Stepbrothers, All the President’s Men, and Two for the Money (guilty pleasure)

What are your goals in life? 

Personal: Besides the standard adult checklist, find an organization that shares some commons beliefs as a way to donate time. Professional: Make Vice President in the next three years. Fitness: To develop regular/sustainable diet/exercise goals.

May 2016

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Name, Age, Occupation, City: Jeanne Ward, 44, Retired Doctor of Audiology/at-home mom, Rochester Hills 

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 11/01/2015

What is your athletic background? Competitive runner in high school, placed 4th and 6th in Class A state finals for 400m and 2 mile relay. Other than that, not much athletic background. I stopped enjoying running sometime around mid college career. Once I left the career world, I vowed to get back in shape as I had gained 20 lbs over the years.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? Favorite: rowing. Least favorite: burpees of course!

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. 

Personal and professional tie together….completing Doctor Degree in Audiology and starting my own private practice shortly after graduating. Personally, since I battle some low self esteem issues, this was something I had to accomplish literally every day-tell myself I was smart enough to succeed. Which I did. Grew one of the most successful audiology private clinics in our area. As for fitness, I guess at this point it is that I have been consistent in my workouts for almost 3 years and am so much more confident as a result.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? Definitely! I have learned a tremendous amount about weight lifting and proper form. I have gained a lot of strength. When I first started at Lifetime, I could not even struggle through one push up! Today I can do sets of 10 strict before wanting to cry.

What are your hobbies? I am dog crazy. Like it is pathological. I just started volunteering at the Detroit Animal Rescue and will be a volunteer for Teacher’s Pet, a non-profit that teaches at-risk youth how to train shelter dogs. Much like the prison dog program. I have 2 boxer dogs and love to take long leisurely walks with them. I enjoy reading and horseback riding. And of course exercising.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I was able to retire at the ripe age of 41.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? Hmmmmm….Shawshank Redemption. I know there are plenty more that I loved but my memory sucks and is failing me now…

What are your goals in life? Personal: to raise a healthy daughter-healthy emotionally, spiritually and physically. Professional: to not have to work for money again  Fitness: keep my health a priority and keep gaining in confidence and strength.