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Athlete Of The Month - April 2019
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Nate, 26, Human Machine Interface Engineer, Auburn Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: Winter 2016? Maybe? I think?

What is your athletic background?: HIgh School and Club College sports. Hockey, Tennis, Golf, Cross-Country

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite - Deadlift, Least Favorite - Anything on the Assault Bike

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related: 410lb Deadlift @158lb body weight

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes, too many ways to count

What are your hobbies?: Workout, run, hunting/fishing, video games

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Gladiator, The Matrix, La La Land, Gran Torino, The Greatest Showman

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I played on the 2012 SVSU National Champion Dodgeball team.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related: Don't suck

Athlete Of The Month - March 2019
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SG, 26, Automotive Engineer, Troy

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: March 2017

What is your athletic background?: Pro-swimmer and ran track in middle school. Played basketball in high school. And then.. college happened! Lol.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Back squat is my favorite. Took me a while to understand the form, and I love it now. Burpees are my least favorite. I look and feel like a T-Rex doing them.

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal - Have been self-sufficient and independent since I was 21. Traveled to 100s of cities around the world. Professional - For an automotive engineer, I feel like I hit the epitome, I got to work on the Ford GT Supercar for a year, testing it on tracks. Fitness Related - Lost 55+ lbs, the strongest I have ever been. Never loved myself more.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes, in so so many ways. I lost over 55 lbs, and it isn’t just that I am healthy and look good now. It's that CFR made me fall in love with myself again. I also love making videos and films. Vince, Jeremy and Sammie have collaborated with me on many occasions to put out positive content on social media, which helped me re-discover my love for this long-lost passion.

What are your hobbies?: I love making videos and films. I enjoy travelling, playing basketball, swimming and dreaming, I am very ambitious.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Shutter Island, Never Back Down, The Holiday, Rush Hour and Pirates of the Caribbean

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I am good friends with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, we FaceTime now and then. "How I Met Your Mother", the TV show inspired me to come to the US.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal - See the world. Professional - Be a media giant and an influencer. Inspire people. Be remembered even after I am gone. Fitness related - Run a marathon, Six-pack abs.

Athlete of the Month - February 2019
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Larry Szafran, 47, Medical Sale Representative, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: December 2016

What is your athletic background?: Hockey and Baseball into high school. I started working out semi-consistently about 12 years ago. Mostly Lifetime Fitness, P90X and jogging.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: My favorite are all of the strength push and pull movements. My least favorite are high intensity cardio movements. I always come out way too hot, and exhaust myself.

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: My greatest personal accomplishment is my family of course. We're not perfect, but we love each other tons and we have a lot adventures ahead. Professionally, I'm proud of the reputation I have, nationally, as one of our best clinical minded representatives. I'm frequently asked to demonstrate my knowledge with large groups. I've also had the opportunity to represent AstraZeneca at some of the largest conferences in the world, including the American Thoracic Society's annual meeting. And, when it comes to fitness, my greatest accomplishment has been my consistent growth since joining Crossfit Reviver.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: CFR has made me better in many ways. I'm more consistent with my fitness than I've ever been. It's the accountability piece that has made the biggest difference. I schedule classes a week in advance, and the classes show up in my calendar everyday. I have to go to the gym. It's on my calendar. And, aside from being accountable to myself, I feel accountable to my coaches and my friends. CFR has gotten me into the best shape of my life. The well rounded WODs force me to do things I wouldn't do on my own. Also, working out with friends pushes me to a level of discomfort that I would normally fall short of. Lastly, from a mental standpoint, CFR is definitely one of the best hours of my day. It's a great stress reliever, and gives me energy, strength, and self esteem. I love the community. I sincerely respect and adore all of you. Thank you for being so incredibly significant in my life.

What are your hobbies?: Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hanging with friends, Trying to see all of the lighthouses in Michigan with Sarah

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: The Godfather, Wedding Crashers, About Time, Crazy Stupid Love, Goodfellas

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I was a childhood actor

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: LOL. I don't set goals. It's too damn difficult for me. That's not how my mind works. However, the other day I told Sammie and Jeremy that I want to improve my squats.


Athletes of the Month - January 2019
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Don McLaughlin, 42, Teacher, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: 2 years ago.

What is your athletic background?: Lot's of running

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite: Clean's Lease Favorite: Rest

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: Married Michelle Slater Professional: I have taught 4 different AP Classes Fitness: All American Track and Field at The University of Michigan

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes, stronger, more balanced and most importantly preventing injuries.

What are your hobbies?: Running, Hiking, Biking, Camping, Skiing.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: City of God, Das Boot, Good Will Hunting, The Right Stuff, Dazed and Confused

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I Wrestled in middle school, 80lb and under weight class. Lost every single match.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Stay injury free and keep getting stronger.


Michelle Slater, 42, Elementary School Teacher, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: 2 years ago

What is your athletic background?: I ran track from 4th grade till I graduated from the University of Michigan. I was on the track and cross-country team at U of M. In high school I was on the volleyball team. I also love to downhill ski.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite: burpees and pull ups Least Favorite: 30 sec. rest

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Fitness:Earning All American status in Cross Country in college. Our team also won 3 Big Ten Track and Field Championships together. Personal: Creating a loving family that enjoys laughing and going on adventures together.Professional:Creating meaningful relationships and making learning fun for children, especially boys.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes, it brings a nice balance to our lives and we have met many funny and kind people. It's a great way to start a day!

What are your hobbies?: Running, listening to mystery books, skiing, hiking, traveling, camping and any outdoor activity.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Fight Club, Thor Ragnarok, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Trainspotting

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I enjoy inappropriate stand up comedy.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: To serve others while continuing to learn and grow in all aspects of life along the way.

Athlete of the Month - December 2018
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Eric Gallup, 54, CEO of TechDek and Lagpull Industries, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: 2 years ago

What is your athletic background?: Sports when I was much younger.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite is rolling on the foam roller. Least favorite is anything with burpees.

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: My personal accomplishment is my wonderful family. Professional is seeing a product of mine make it on to store shelves. Getting to see my ideas turn into patented products. Fitness related is participating in MURPH with a great group of people.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Absolutely. It's a great way to relieve stress, and a great way to connect and make new friends. Keith G.,I have know since I was 4 and Big John since 1st grade.

What are your hobbies?: Walking our dogs, fishing, snow skiing, reading, and restoring my '69 AMX.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Forest Gump, Step Brothers, Deadpool, Dodgeball, and John Wick

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: My middle name is Manley!

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal goal is seeing my kids happy and healthy. Professional is to someday have my company acquired. And personal is to try to be healthy like Big John.



Athlete Of The Month - November 2018
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Keith Griffin, 54, Natural Stone Restoration Contractor, Romeo

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: 8/16

What is your athletic background?: High school sports, cycling

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite would be all the strength workouts, least favorite would be burpees

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal would be happily married for 26 years and 3 grown children all actively pursuing their careers and not one of them living in my basement....yet

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes definitely. A year into CrossFit, I developed a muscle injury in my neck from my job and in my recovery and easing back into CrossFit I improved my posture and feel better than ever in my everyday activities

What are your hobbies?: Cycling, skiing, traveling, CrossFit, anything outdoors

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: All the Rocky movies, Elf, Sicario, American Sniper, The Internship

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: Just ask me and I’ll tell you.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal would be to continue my close relationship with my family and friends. Professional would be to continue to grow my workforce so I could concentrate more on sales and improving restoration techniques. Fitness goals would be to continue to improve on the Olympic lifts and maybe place in the top 10 of my age group in a off road cycling race.

Athlete of the Month - October 2018
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Sarah Wright, 60, Social Worker, Rochester

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: Feb 2016

What is your athletic background?: My athletic background? Well that depends on your definition. Never played sports myself but did cheer on my brother who player in high school and my sister who was a cheer leader. When my husband was at Florida State we did pick up running and I was running 20 miles a week. But that is the extent of it.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: My favorite is anything wall ball. My least s tied: the inch worm and the spider man stretch if that is even the name of it. Not a fan.

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: My great accomplishment was meeting and marrying the love of my life for 24 years until he became ill and is now in Heaven with Jesus. Along with that is our children, Am y and Ben and it now includes Jessica, Landon and Sadie. Professional: Studying and retesting to get my social work license after Luther died. I passed the first time. Fitness: I did Murph this past June. That was the best.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes. This summer has been tough to stay on track but now we are into fall and it feels good to return to being focused. My biggest fear with joining was that I wouldn't be able to do the movements. That was before I learned about modifications. I feel like I still learn more each time I am there, including today.

What are your hobbies?: I love to sit out on my swing with my Jesus music blaring. I have a very peaceful patio. But my biggest joy is Landon and Sadie, well and Amy, Ben and Jessica too.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Hope Floats-my kids are rolling their eyes right now----It's Complicated and any Hallmark movie

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I wrote a book.  'No Liver No shoes'   Its the story of our family's journey when my husband was diagnosed with cancer to the end...which was just a beginning, really. 

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: To watch my grand kids grow up and to be there for my family. I need to be healthy to have that be a very long term goal. I am pursing that. Professorial: 8 months ago I took a GIANT leap of faith to leave a very toxic and stressful job and now work part time with people who work as a team and care about each other. I want to help continue that course. Fitness: My mind knows what I need to do to become stronger, healthier, lose weight but my body seems to be fighting it. So I have taken steps to help myself head in the right direction. Fear stands in my way some days: Look what I will be giving up...Look what I will miss ...I'm not strong enough...There is a song called 'Fear...It is a liar'' So my goal is to recognize the lies I tell myself and focus on the joy that will come with what is gained in this process. One day at a time. One minute at a time.

Athlete of the Month, September 2018
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Denise C, 54, Attorney specializing in workers' compensation, Rochester Hills

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? :February 2016

What is your athletic background?: I was very involved in the high impact aerobics craze in the Vic Tanny/Bally days. (Yes, I wore those crazy outfits like Olivia Newton-John - don’t judge!) Then I took 15 years off and did nothing using work and the kids as excuses. (Don’t make that mistake ladies!)

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?: I love the workouts where you keep moving from one exercise to another for a specific period of time. My least favorite is assault bike, of course!

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. :Being a successful working mother.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? : No doubt. I am stronger and happier now that I have returned to exercise. Being inactive is a waste of life.

What are your hobbies? : Exercise, reading and eating good food.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? : Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and any Disney film.

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I make great peanut butter cookies!

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. :  My goal is to continue to be active in all phases of my life, which included my kids’ lives as much as they will allow.

Athlete of the Month, August 2018
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Bridget Vis, 27, Technical Content Developer, Troy

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver?: 2016

What is your athletic background?: I played soccer and tennis in high school; then running.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite: anything cardio Least: bench press

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related: One of them is being able to share the amazing stories from the Tandana Foundation on the organization's blog

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Yes, I feel stronger and more capable. The community support also has been great for my overall wellbeing.

What are your hobbies?: Reading, shopping, traveling, walking my dog and cooking all-things gluten-free and vegan.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Slumdog Millionaire, Rush Hour, The Book Thief, Mamma Mia and Bend it Like Beckham.

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I'm a foster mom to an orangutan in Borneo, Indonesia. 

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related: Move into my new house; keep learning new things; write a book; help others; and never stop laughing and appreciating the little things in life.

Athlete of the Month, June 2018
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Joe Pia, 55, Tax Attorney/CPA, Rochester Hills

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? :    08/15/2016

What is your athletic background?:    Football, Wrestling,Track, and Crossfit would have been if Nikki Mac would have told me about it 5-years ago.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?:    Favorite WOD / movement: None. Least Favorite WOD / movement: All. I am humbled by all of the Hero workouts.

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

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? :    The CFR Coaches, April, Carson, Laura "in the" D, Paul, Seth, Shawn, and all of the other CFR Members have taught me Newton's Three Laws of Motion.

What are your hobbies? :    Watch Tom D. needlepoint and bring Starbucks to "The Reviver".

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? :    Easy Rider (Peter Fonda, 1969), Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996) (see Sue, I do golf), Waterboy (1998), and Rocky (1-5)

What is one thing we don’t know about you?:    I'm taller than I appear.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. :    Live Stoically