May 2017 Athlete of the Month – Charles Kennedy

Meet Charles Kennedy, our May 2017 Athlete of the Month!!


Charles has been attending CrossFit Pineville for about 2 1/2 years now!!  He started during a partnership we had with a local baseball training facility for some weightlifting and conditioning training.  Once that ended, Charles didn’t want to stop coming!!  He and his mom, Margaret, helped us form our Performance Lab classes!  Twice a week we train a group of young teen boys who are homeschooled.  They get to learn and engrain proper lifting technique with a fun group of peers, as well as increase physical competence in the 10 domains of physical fitness, including power, speed & agility.

Charles brings 100% effort each and every time he walks through the door!  He doesn’t let anything hold him back from performing to the best of his ability each and every day!  He is a leader in the group and encourages others to try their best and to give their best effort.

Recently, Charles has been coming to some regular RISE and CrossFit classes when he is unable to make the PL classes.  He has taken on new challenges of movements we don’t do as much in our PL classes (like snatches and handstand work) and gives everything a shot!

Charles, we are certain you will go far in life in whatever you choose to do!  We look forward to helping you grow and get stronger over these next several years as a teen athlete!  Keep up the good work, the best is yet to come!

Read more about Charles below.  And if you know a teen who would like to be apart of our Performance Lab classes, email us at ASAP!  Our summer classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am.

Charles’ Athlete Profile

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences. I really enjoy being outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and hiking are some of my favorite activities. I homeschool so it makes it easier to do these things. Along with that I love playing sports and watching sports on TV like football and Baseball. I play baseball for two teams right now, the Carolina Royals and South Charlotte’s 13u Babe Ruth team. I mostly pitch and play first base. I thank God for the gifts of my health and strength. I believe I need to take care of those gifts and work hard to maintain what he’s given me.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit? In 2009 I had a stroke and was paralyzed on the entire left side of my body. Over the years I have been able to regain most of that strength. Through CF I not only hope to get fit, but also to build strength in my still very weak left leg. CF has provided a great way to become stronger mentally and physically and I am trying to take advantage of this opportunity.
  3. What is your favorite CF exercise? My favorite CF exercise is probably rowing. I have a rowing erg at home and I get a lot of practice time in.
  4. What CF exercise do you least like? I don’t like to do any type of squatting, therefore wall balls are at the top of the “don’t like” list.
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP or CrossFit in general? I have some friends who want to try CF. I always tell them to try it, because you can go every day of the week to the gym or you can go only two days a week to CF and still feel like your getting in shape and doing something good for your body.