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Athlete of the Month - September 2019
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Mario Barraco, 56, President, Farmington Hills

Occupation: President... Electro-matic Integrated EM is a High Tech Electrical Distributor located in Farmington Hills Mi-Largest Siemens Automation distributor in NA. - 240 employees -Celebrating 50 years in business

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: February 2017

What is your athletic background?: Lettered in 3 sports at Lanse Cruese North High - Football, Basketball and Baseball - Attempted to play college baseball freshman year at Northwood University- Close to 40 years ago and 40 pounds ago!

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite - Back Squats Least Favorite- Burpee's

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal-Being Married 31 years to wife Anne, getting 2 children Jared and Alyssa thru university where they are self reliant and with jobs, Professional-Working my way up to President of Electro-matic, Fitness related-staying committed with Crossfit

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: I feel much better both physically and mentally.- CFR has forced me to be better organized, thus eliminating a lot of unneccesarry stresses.

What are your hobbies?: Golf and Reading

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Godfather, Stripes, Shawshank Redemption, Forest Gump and Bohemian Rhapsody

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I have a house in Naples FL and I'm partners of 2 Jets pizza's - 1 in Bonita Springs, FL and 1 in North Fort Meyers, FL

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: Stay Healthy-Work on Nutrition - Professional: To create enough assets in the next 5 years that will generate enough income so I can retire on my terms. Fitness: To Continuously Improve with Cross Fit

Athlete of the Month- August 2019
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Mike Wissa, 33, Web Developer, Rochester

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: March 2017

What is your athletic background?: Soccer player in high school and I continue to play with a work team

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite - Burpees! (or like 10 of them...) Least - Front Squat

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: I am a self-taught web developer, I was a project manager and decided I wanted to change to a more technical role so I spent my free time learning how to write code and now I work for the same as a developer! Fitness - I've completed two tough mudders without training for them specifically at all, just by coming to the gym and working out with the awesome people there :)

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Absolutely! It's helped me be more disciplined in my life, and it also taught me the importance of proper recovery when I'm not at the gym

What are your hobbies?: World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, I'm a massive nerd and I just built my second computer to help me properly own all the noobs

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Anything Marvel is like all of my top 25...

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: That I secretly lip sync every song I like when it comes on (even during workouts most days...)

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Fitness - Murph RX, Professional - continue to push my self in my career and never stop learning how to be a better programmer.

Athlete of the Month - July 2019
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Sally Rutledge, 58, attorney, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: December 2016

What is your athletic background?: High school cheerleading and dance team; running; various exercise programs

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite: Rowing; Least Favorite: Riding the assault bike!!!

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: Being married to Joe for almost 24 years and raising our wonderful daughter Grace; Professional: Passing the Bar exam the first time; and Fitness: Chicago Marathon 1995

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Absolutely! CFR has made me stronger and healthier than I have ever been.

What are your hobbies?: Time with family and friends; travel; scrapbooking; and shopping.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Sound of Music, Pretty Woman, Top Gun, Devil Wears Prada, and The Notebook

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I'm a twin!

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal - To help our daughter Grace get through senior year of high school and get into the college of her choice; Professional - Figure out what I want to do in retirement; Fitness - keep getting stronger

Athlete Of The Month - June 2019
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David Salkowski, 49, CPA, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: December 2016

What is your athletic background?: Played 12 years of organized baseball, various types of exercise programs over the years

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Fav - T2B or any core exercise, any type of chest movement. Least Fav - BEAR CRAWLS, BEAR CRAWLS, BEAR CRAWLS!

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Never giving in or giving up, even when it would have been the easy thing to do - in my personal life, professional career and in the gym!

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Several ways. In the gym - strength. I don't feel like I was that out of shape prior to joining, but CFR has helped me develop strength in every area. In my personal life - I have met some of my very best friends in the gym. That's the reason why CFR is better than other gyms - the people.

What are your hobbies?: Golf, poker (or any card game), biking and not doing bear crawls. Love being with my family as much as possible.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: August Rush, The Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, Grosse Pointe Blank, This is Where I Leave You

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I was the singer in a punk rock band in college - played shows around town (including St. Andrews Hall).

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Just to be the best person I know how to be. Wherever that takes me, it will take me.

Athlete of the Month - May 2019
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Val Feliciano, 29, Seating Engineer, Rochester Hills

When did you start at CrossFit Reviver?: February 2017

What is your athletic background?: I played volleyball in middle school, soccer and softball in high school, yoga and running up until I joined Reviver.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD/movement?: Favorite movement: definitely double unders :). Least favorite movement: bear crawls (I can’t even!)

What is your great accomplishment? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: moving 3,000 miles away from home (Puerto Rico) to pursue my professional goals. Professional: being able to see all the hard work I put in for over 2 years as the first 2019 RAM 1500 came down the assembly line. Fitness: obviously joining Reviver, but also I’m incredibly proud of running (and finishing!) my first half marathon in 2016 (Detroit Free Press)

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: ABSOLUTELY!! 110% Reviver has helped me gain confidence in myself, confidence I never thought I would feel. I’ve definitely learned to listen to my body as I become more in tune with it. One of the greatest things CrossFit ReviveR has given me has been an amazing support system, almost an extended family that I get to hang out with, joke around and yes, workout with every day. Saving the best for last I’ve met my best friends at the gym, a fierce group of strong, smart, beautiful women. We lift each other up, encourage one another and are always there for each other. Joining ReviveR saved my life when I was going through incredibly rough times. I am forever grateful.

What are your hobbies?: Traveling, reading, cooking, cake decorating and shopping for things I really don’t need on Amazon (thanks Amazon Prime!)

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Frances Ha, Pretty in Pink, 13 Going on 30, and The Princess Diaries.

What is one thing we don’t know about you?: I’m a twin! My twin sister lives in Puerto Rico and is a lawyer.

What are your goals in life? Personal, Professional, and Fitness related:: Personal: I want to have a family of my own one day. Professional: I want to keep learning and growing so that I can help lead others. Fitness related: I really, really, really want to be able to do a strict pull-up (at least one!)

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.