August 2019 Athlete of the Month – Linda Pagano!!

Meet our August 2019 Athlete of the Month…Linda!!

Linda joined RISE back in June of 2017.  Two years later, now in her early 50s, and she’s the fittest she’s ever been!  Linda is totally goals!!  She is certainly getting better with age and it shows!  She has been so consistent over the past 2 years and it’s paying off, for sure.  You can always find Linda out on the weekends going for bike rides, yoga at local breweries, or volunteering for her favorite organizations!

She comes in each day with a can do, ready to go attitude!  And she can definitely crush some burpees!  Linda, we are so proud of you!!!  Keep up all the great work, the best is yet to come!

Read more about Linda below…

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I’m originally from Upstate NY, and have been in Charlotte for 20 years. I am 100% Italian and love to eat, Mexican and sushi are probably my favorite. Some of my hobbies are Carolina Panthers Football, live music, volunteering and now…. coming to RISE, lol.

2. What do you hope to achieve through RISE?  When I first joined RISE over 2 years ago, I was getting ready to go to Aruba for my 50th B-day and like everyone else…was looking to lose a few pounds. Since then, I have lost close to 20 lbs. and am probably in the best shape I have ever been in. Now it’s all about maintaining the level of fitness that RISE has helped me achieve over these past couple years.

3. What is your favorite RISE exercise?  That is hard to say…..I pretty much like them all, even the dreaded burpees!! DB snatch, wall balls and kettle ball swings are probably my top 3.

4. What RISE exercise do you least like?  If I have to pick a least favorite exercise, I guess it would be the Ski Erg–seems boring to me compared to everything else.

5. What would you tell someone considering trying RISE?  I would tell them to give it a shot. When I started, I figured I would stop coming after my 3 month trial period was over and my Aruba trip was complete. Now, it’s second nature for me to make sure I get a workout in almost every day. The variety of programming is one of the things I like best about RISE. I never get bored, always something different every class. I am not one of those that can do it on my own and the trainers at RISE have been great motivators. They are one of the other things that I like best about RISE. They are always attentive to ensure proper technique, offer good options to modify when needed, and are all around awesome people. A great, friendly atmosphere is an added benefit at CrossFit Pineville/RISE too!!

July 2019 Athlete of the Month – Mark Houston

Meet our July 2019 Athlete of the Month – Mark Houston!!

Mark joined CFP just 6 months ago after he moved here from Florida!  He regularly attends our evening classes after work and is making huge strides in all areas of his fitness, health and wellness!  Mark grew up playing baseball, but since graduating was looking for something to give him that competitive edge.  He has definitely found it at CrossFit!  Mark is regularly putting up PR’s, getting stronger, and even completed his first competition recently!

Mark also knew that his nutrition wasn’t exactly on point.  He started working with The Fuel Method at the beginning of June and is down 15 lbs in just 8 week’s time, his body composition is changing, and he feels amazing in and out the gym!

We’re so excited for you Mark!!!  Keep up the great work, we know the best is yet to come!  Read more about Mark below…

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I’m a Florida native and just moved to Charlotte in the past 8 months. Growing up I was always playing baseball from the time I was two years old until I graduated high school. Ever since then I’ve been itching to find a new sport to be passionate about. I found CrossFit about 6 months ago and I’ve drank the cool-aid. CrossFit is changing my life in the best possible way.

2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  I hope to achieve a new level of fitness that I never thought was possible for myself.

3. What is your favorite CrossFit exercise?  My favorite CrossFit exercise at this time has to be T2B. This is something I’ve achieved recently and am eager to do any WOD that incorporates it.

4. What CrossFit exercise do you least like?  Least favorite is definitely burpees. I think I can speak for a lot of people on this one.

5. What would you tell someone considering trying CrossFit?  I would tell them to just jump in and go for it. When I was considering CrossFit I was super intimidated by it and had thought about participating for over a year. When I finally had the courage to go, I realized that it is built for everyone, regardless of your fitness level. Also, there’s nothing like the bond you create with your fellow CrossFitters. We come from different backgrounds and interests, but CrossFit brings you together as a family.

June 2019 Athlete of the Month – Rahul Rathan

Meet Rahul, our June 2019 Athlete of the Month!

Rahul has been a member of RISE Charlotte for 6 1/2 months now and he is quite literally in the process of changing his life!  Rahul has had diabetes and taken insulin for several years now, but he was ready to make a change!  He joined and hasn’t looked back.  In just 6 months time, he’s down several pounds, inches, and pant sizes and has consistently lowered his blood sugars!!  He is working to get off insulin and has made great strides to do so!

Rahul, you are setting an amazing example for your family, your kids, and everyone who meets you!  You show us what is possible with some hard work and discipline!  Congratulations on all you’ve achieved so far and keep up the great work!  The best is yet to come!

Read a little more about Rahul below.

Rahul’s Athlete Profile

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I was an athlete during my school and college days, but that was 15 years ago. Since then I tried to get into a routine workout program but couldn’t get much success. But thankfully, I found it with RISE.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through RISE?  I want to get my blood sugars under control and lower my BMI.
  3. What is your favorite RISE exercise?  I like the 1:05 min intervals because you get a full 25 seconds to chill out right after. I have a love-hate relationship with burpees.
  4. What RISE exercise do you least like?  Skipping rope
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying RISE?  The best part of RISE is that you are in and out in 45 minutes and easy to scale to make the workouts easier or harder for any level.

April 2019 Athlete of the Month – David Perkins!!!

Meet our April 2019 Athlete of the Month – Dave Perkins!!!

Dave has been a member of CFP & RISE for almost 15 months now!  He is a busy husband and proud dad of twin girls now in college.  Dave has come so far in his time with us.  He first joined wanting to get healthier and in better shape, and I would say he has definitely accomplished both!  He has shed some body fat, added lean muscle, and keeps improving month after month on those lifts and metcons!

Dave trains smart and has made sure to check his ego at the door.  He’s focused on form and has continued to get stronger, most recently PRing his snatch at our Battle of the Ages competition!  Dave has an encouraging word every time you see him and never leaves without a few fist bumps after the WOD.  We’re so thankful to have you as part of our community at CFP, Dave!

Keep up the great work, the best is yet to come!  Read more about Dave below…

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  Raised in a military family so moved around a bit but grew up primarily in FL – proud to say there are no “Florida Man” stories about me.  In May, my wife and I celebrate our 25th anniversary; we are the proud parents of twin girls who currently attend Furman University.  Love to laugh and watch sports – my favorites are the Florida Gators, Miami Dolphins and the USA in any, and all, international competitions.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  In 2020, I will turn 50 so I’m hoping CF will help me develop the physical foundation to actively enjoy the later years of my life.  After a year, I’ve already seen improvements with my physique, knees and back.  I’m now able to play golf without needing a day to recover from knee and back soreness and have started an annual surf trip with friends down in FL (I can’t guarantee there may not be future “Florida Man” stories resulting from these trips).
  3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  The Power Clean but I really enjoy the creativity of the holiday-themed metcons – I especially enjoyed the 12-days of Christmas and the recent Easter-themed metcon with my CFP class.
  4. What CF exercise do you least like?  The Burpee, especially the burpee over bar.  It’s crazy that I have no problems with the 24-inch box overs but get so tired “jumping” over a 6-inch bar after doing a burpee; I say “jump” but it’s more like a skip…ugh.
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP?  Honestly, I don’t think I can fully articulate what this box means to me.  It’s so much more than just a gym; I know this is a cliché but it truly feels like family.  The coaches are personable, super attentive, offer suggestions to improve technique and provide scaling options to help members dealing with ailments or who can’t complete the workouts as prescribed.  The coaches and members are so welcoming to new members and are full of encouragement – everyone truly wants to see you succeed in achieving your personal goals.  I can’t tell you how many workouts I’ve been proud to complete but know that I wouldn’t have gotten through it without hearing a word of encouragement from someone when I was at the brink.  As if this type of environment wasn’t enough, a brewery will soon be opening right next door; looking forward to some future post-workout “cooldowns” there.

March Athlete of the Month – Emily Parker

It may be April 2nd, but we still owe a huge congrats to our March Athlete of the Month, Emily Parker!!!

Emily has been a member of CrossFit Pineville for just over a year, but she’s been doing CrossFit for much longer, about 6 years actually!  She and her husband Joe joined the gym once they moved to Charlotte and we love having them at CFP!!  They like to switch it up between the early AM and the evening classes, so tell Emily congrats next time you see her 🙂

You would think after 6 years of CrossFit, your progress would slow, but Emily proves that wrong!  Just this year in the Open, Emily got her first bar muscle ups and her first strict handstand push-ups!!!  The whole gym erupted in cheers for her first bar muscle up, it was a really cool moment!  Emily has become a regular in CrossFit competitions (as seen above) and continues to get stronger and more fit with each passing month.

Excited for you Emily, keep up the awesome work!  The best is yet to come!!

Emily’s Athlete Profile

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  My husband Joe and I started at CFP in January 2018 after moving to Charlotte. I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 6 years. We have two dogs; Layla a Mutt and Quincy a Pekapoo. I’m a User Experience Designer at RedVentures. 
2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  I do CrossFit for general health and fitness. I’ve always been active in something – cheerleading growing up, then group fitness in college. CrossFit is the only activity that has kept me physically and mentally challenged. 
3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  Snatch
4. What CF exercise do you least like?  Running
5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP?  Give it a chance! I was intimidated by CrossFit before I started, but it’s the most welcoming gym environment I’ve ever been a part of. The coaches of CFP will ensure that you’re safe, modifying the right exercises and challenged. The community is always there to cheer you on and encourage you. 

February 2019 Athlete of the Month : Sherine Hathout

Meet our February 2019 Athlete of the Month – Sherine Hathout!!

Sherine just celebrated her one year anniversary at our gym back in January!  She’s a busy mom of two and was looking for a little more guidance in her workouts.  As long as she’s in the country, you can almost guarantee Sherine will be coming in for her mid-morning workout!  She does a little of both CrossFit and RISE, but lately has found her stride in our RISE HIIT classes.  She is always up for a challenge and strives to work the whole interval, giving it all she’s got.

Sherine, that hard work is paying off!  Keep it up, the best is yet to come!  Read a little more about Sherine below…

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I am an architect who is now a stay at home mom. I’ve lived on every continent except for Australia and I love to travel.

2. What do you hope to achieve through RISE? I love fast pace and challenging workouts. RISE is all of that and more! I want to build muscle, improve my fitness and endurance and I’d also like to look good too:)

3. What is your favorite exercise? If I have to pick just one I would have to say….BURPEES!

4. What exercise do you least like? Any run over 400m

5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP/RISE? DO IT! I have never had as much fun working out. The coaches are the BEST! I truly love coming in every day, and I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people that encourage and motivate each other. I feel more energetic, stronger and overall the best I’ve ever felt.

January 2019 Athlete of the Month – Evelyn Karras

Meet our January 2019 Athlete of the Month…Evelyn Karras!!

Evelyn is coming up on her 18 month anniversary with us at CrossFit Pineville!!  She joined us back in August of 2017 and has been a regular at the 7pm class since.  Evelyn always walks in with a smile and gives the WOD her best effort that day.  That hard work is paying off with all kinds of gold stars on the whiteboard!!  Woohoo!

Keep up the awesome work Evelyn, the best is yet to come!!  Read more about Evelyn below…

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I was born and raised in Charlotte, very rare these days, but I am Greek!! Both of my parents immigrated from Greece, which means I have quite a large family. I grew up playing sports, soccer in particular, but those days are long behind me now. I even stayed local for college and went to UNCC and received my bachelor’s degree in foreign languages (Spanish). I joined CFP about a year and a half ago just after turning 30 and feel the strongest I’ve ever felt.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  I hope to be at my healthiest, improve my physical performance, and to simply be a strong female athlete. I’ve always worked out, but CrossFit showed me otherwise and I never looked back. Strong is beautiful!!
  3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  Favorite would be cleans.
  4. What CF exercise do you least like?  Least favorite would be anything gymnastics as this is where I struggle the most.
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP?  I would tell them to just jump in because you will surprise yourself. It’s not as scary as it looks and the coaches really do take the time to know everyone and their abilities.

October 2017 Athlete of the Month – George Wright!

Meet our October 2017 Athlete of the Month, George!!

IMG_1867

George joined our awesome community about 4 months ago and we are so glad he did!  George comes into RISE every day with a smile on his face (even when there’s burpees!) ready to work!  He’s been on a weight loss and overall health journey for a while and was ready to step up his workout game!  He is consistent week in and week out and it is paying off!!

Screen-Shot-2017-10-16-at-10.32.28-AM Screen-Shot-2017-10-16-at-10.34.13-AM

George is a busy working husband & father of two, but he’s made the commitment to put his health on the front burner and has made it a priority!  He is putting in the work and is consistently losing weight & inches, while increasing his lean muscle mass.  Plus, being able to do awesome things like handstands & high box jumps!!  George is here almost every night and weekend, and you can find him stretching on the turf after most classes.  Be sure to tell him congrats next time you see him 🙂

Screen-Shot-2017-10-16-at-10.32.08-AM

George, we are so glad to have you apart of our community!  Keep up the awesome work, the best is yet to come!  Read more about George below…

George’s Athlete Profile

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences. The only appropriate way I could describe myself would be through a MySpace quiz:

• Single or taken? Married with 2 awesome boys!

• Are you a morning or night person? Morning!

• Do you prefer sweet or salty foods? Sweet foods are my nemesis.

• Ninjas or pirates? Um, pirates I guess.

• What was your favorite childhood program? Saved By The Bell. (Side note: It’s amazing how much better TV Themes songs were back in the day. Do people even try anymore?)

• You’re given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on? Myself. I’m really greedy.

• Do you have any hobbies? Going to the Panthers & Hornets games, video games, selfies, Instagram stalking

• Do you have a celebrity crush? Ellie Goulding <3

• Name one thing you miss about being a kid? Not having to pay bills

• List 3 of your best personality traits: Funny, good listener, optimistic

• List 3 of your worst personality traits: Moody, whiny, lazy

All right, please put me in your Top 8!

2. What do you hope to achieve through RISE Charlotte? When I first started coming, I just “wanted to lose weight.” But now I want to try and become the best version of myself. Hanging out and working out with such a great group of people really makes you push yourself.

3. What is your favorite exercise? Handstand holds! I love these because this is something I never thought I would be able to do.

4. What exercise do you least like? To no one’s surprise… Running! (Wall balls are a close second. Just saying.)

5. What would you tell someone considering trying RISE or CrossFit Pineville? Since high school, I have always been the person who went to the gym alone and just sort of did my own thing. Since coming here, I’ve made way more progress than I could have ever imagined. I’ve tried doing things that I never would’ve done on my own (like handstands and high box jumps), plus working out with a group is a blast. I know from experience how intimidating it can be to walk into a gym where you can’t hide under your headphones, but everyone here is so great and I was totally welcomed into this wonderful community!

September 2017 Athlete of the Month – Nikki Kirsch

Meet our September 2017 Athlete of the Month – Nikki Kirsch!!

Nikki

Nikki has been a member of CFP since January and she has been killing the fitness game!!  She’s had big goals from the start and hasn’t let anything stand in her way!  Not only has she gotten stronger, PRing lifts every week, but in a short 9 months, Nikki has lost 20lbs and two pant sizes!!!  She participated in our nutrition challenge last spring and through the use of intermittent fasting/nutritional cleansing, meal replacement shakes and counting macros, she’s maintained her weight loss while adding on lean muscle mass!

Nikki1
Celebrating fitting back in a size Small Scrubs!!

Nikki is a rockstar single mama to 3 awesome kiddos as well as a nurse anesthetist, often working 10+ hour days.  So to say she’s busy is an understatement!  But she makes no excuses and is generally in the gym 4-5x a week getting after those goals.  She can generally be found at the 9am class on her days off, smiling & sweating.  On Saturday WODs she’s not above bribery to get her kids to stay in the kid room so mama can get a workout, and that is one reason we love you Nikki! 😉

Nikki, you are an example to us all, showing your kids that health & fitness is important and making it a priority in your life.  We have no doubt that 40 will have never looked or felt so good!  We’re so glad that you’re apart of our amazing CFP community!  Keep up the great work, the best is yet to come!

Nikki’s Athlete Profile

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I’m a Christian, Mom, and CRNA.  I go to church at Forest Hill and lead a women’s life group there.  I’m a single Mom to three children that most of you have seen around the box, and stay super busy with them.  I have my Master’s of Nursing in Anesthesia and work as a CRNA at CMC Main/Levine.  In non medical terms, I put kiddos to sleep for surgeries and procedures.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  I turn 40 next year and have some bucket list trips planned.  (Havasu and Kilimanjaro) I knew I couldn’t do those in the shape I was in, and decided CFP was a good place to get in shape!  The kids room and family friendly atmosphere were just what I needed to get healthy and be able to do these trips.
  3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  Anything barbell.  Back squats, front squats, squat cleans. #allthesquats
  4. What CF exercise to you like least?  Wallballs.  Yuck!
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP or CrossFit in general?  You do NOT need to get in shape to start coming. Show up, the coaches will teach you all the modifications, and it will be fine!  And you won’t find a more supportive group of people to cheer you on!

August 2017 Athlete of the Month – Sarah Carley

Meet our August 2017 RISE Athlete of the Month – Sarah Carley!

pic1

Sarah has been attending our Strength and Conditioning Interval Training Program, RISE Charlotte, for over a year now!  Her husband Dan is also a member of CFP and RISE and they are both staples of our early AM classes, although that may be changing come this fall as they welcome a baby boy!!

Sarah makes no excuses and has been consistent since day 1!  Coming in with a love of yoga and great stability and mobility, she has made tremendous progress, increasing her strength and endurance!  Everyone continues to be inspired by Sarah’s dedication as she walks in every morning with her growing baby belly.  It’s hard to make up an excuse as to why you can’t workout or should slow down when Sarah is working out next you 😉

We’re proud to have you as a member at RISE, Sarah!  Keep up the great work!  We have no doubt, the best is yet to come!

Sarah’s Athlete Profile

1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I’m a psychologist, newly registered yoga teacher, mom to two fur children, and have one two-legged child coming in October. I joined RISE a little over a year ago after my husband spent over 6 months trying to talk me into coming in.  I grew up playing sports, but college and grad school seriously affected my health habits and I was looking for a new way to enjoy working out again.  After visiting RISE I was hooked, and have made some great friends along the way.

2. What do you hope to achieve through RISE Charlotte?  I hope to continue working to improve my physical performance, experience new obstacles, and get back to my pre-pregnancy body 🙂

3. What is your favorite exercise?  Anything ABS!

4. What exercise do you least like?  Heavy Ropes

5. What would you tell someone considering trying RISE or CrossFit Pineville?  Entering a CrossFit gym can be scary and intimidating, but, within the RISE community in this specific box I have made new friends, tried new things, and experienced physical changes that have been amazing.