A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 09/16

We want YOU!!  To sign up for Beers and Burpees!!!  It’s this weekend and we’re one of the top gyms so far with 18 teams signed up!  Let’s make it at least 20!  There’s still time to get signed up here.  Join us for this unbelievable event with the Charlotte Fitness Community as we come together to workout, drink beer and raise money for the Dream on 3 Charity organization!

Don’t forget to order your Fit Fresh Kitchen meals each Thursday by 1pm!  Orders are delivered the following Monday right to CFP!  Their prepared meals are a saving grace in the meal prep game!!  You can’t beat the convenience of lunch already prepared, take it with you to work and done.  Or an easy peasy week night meal when you get home late from kickball, didn’t have time to get by the store yet, or have lost your zest to meal prep 😉

Brandon and I had our workup with Dr. Connor and Dr. Dalynes at Outbound Chircopractic this past week!  It was so thorough, detailed, and they really took their time!  We’re excited for our adjustments this week and plan to have the kids adjusted too!  Set up your initial consultation today!

If you missed today’s Endurance class, don’t fret, you’ll get another chance to try it out next Sunday at 12.  Becca is out of town once again so more endurance fun is in store!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Running, shoulder to overhead, t2b, and doubles against a running clock for a few sets tomorrow!

Tuesday – Back squat day!  A few sets of 5, 3, 1 as we work up in percentages.  Then, Charlie Horse – a new benchmark workout of biking, front squats, and burpee box jump overs!

Wednesday – Today we bench press!  Find a partner to share a bench with 🙂  Afterwards, 15 mins of wreck bag shoulder press, push-ups and chest to bar pull-ups.  Fun times!

Thursday – Deadlift day!  Then, 3 rounds of running, dumbbell waiter’s carry reverse lunges, and single arm devil’s presses.  Yikes!

Friday – Gymnastics day – some ring work, getting upside down, and core.  After, a gymnasty type of EMOM!

Saturday – Beers & Burpees day!!  We will still have CF & RISE classes as normal though, so have no fear if you’re not participating in B&B.

Sunday – Open gym at 11 and Endurance fun at 12pm!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – All of the things, come ready to work!  40 sec on/20 sec off

Tuesday – Strength day!!  Shoulders & Core!

Wednesday – Cardi-O and Legs!  3 mins on/1 min off

Thursday – Tabata baby!  20 sec on/10 sec off

Friday – Core/Cardio/Plyo – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Strength day!  Legs, legs, legs!

It’s a great week to have a great week!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

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.

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 07/29

Hard to believe we are wrapping up the month of July!  Next month will bring back football (ok, preseason, but still), end of summer trips, school for many, BEER next door (not sure when we can actually drink it, but they are brewing!!!), and still plenty of hot & sweaty WODs 😉

Sadly, August means we will also say See Ya Later (NOT goodbye) to two of our favorites!  Jose and Esther Aguayo are moving to Chapel Hill.  They started with us in the fall of 2013, just months after we opened, and have been with us since.  6 whole years!!  We celebrated their engagement, their marriage, and have shared lots of life with them!  This Saturday we are saying See Ya Later with an Aguayo Gymnardio Party!  Join us for a fun WOD that Jose and Esther are sure to love and then we’ll share some brunch and cheers to their next adventure.  Check our private page for more details!

We’re less than 2 months shy of the 9th Annual Beers & Burpees Charity Event!!  It’s such a fun day completing a partner WOD and drinking a few brews (if you so choose!), all while helping to grant wishes to local kiddos with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions.  They even have Brownies & Burpees for the kids!  It’s a fun day for the whole family!  Follow the link above and get signed up for one of the open heats remaining (9am, 1:40, 3 3:40, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7).

Lastly, we will be changing our Sunday Open Gym time indefinitely to 11am-12pm.  Oly will remain at 12pm each week.  Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – We begin our week going overhead with some push press.  Afterwards, a triplet of doubles, dumbbell snatches, and single arm overhead lunges for 12 minutes (oh my!).

Tuesday – Today we power clean!  Working up to a heavy 1 rep.  Then, some rowing intervals + more power cleans against a 4 minute clock.

Wednesday – Tempo front squats for our strength portion!  Get ready for sore legs, because after you have some 3 rounds of wallballs and chest to bar pull-ups.  Simple, not easy!

Thursday – It’s a cardio long EMOM kind of day!  Some pull-ups (strict + kipping), burpee dumbbell box step overs, and dubs + thrusters.  Thank goodness for a minute rest built in!!

Friday – A few heavy deadlifts in our metcon today.  Working up to that DL weight, then, a 24 minute AMRAP of DL, t2b, walking farmer’s lunges, and push-ups.

Saturday – Join us for our See Ya Later ‘Aguayo Gymnardio’ WOD as we send Jose and Esther off to Chapel Hill!

Sunday – Open Gym at it’s new time – 11am-12pm.  Then Oly with Becca at noon, per usual!

RISE Look Ahead

It’s Shark Week!!!!!  Aka Burpee Week!!!

Monday – Glycolytic Interval – 45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – Aerobic Interval – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Wednesday – Strength Day!!!

Thursday – Anaerobic Interval – 35 sec on/25 sec off

Friday – Tabata day!  20 sec on/10 sec off

Saturday – Shoulder focus!  1:05 on/25 sec off

The CrossFit Games start this week!!!  Head to games.crossfit.com to check out how you can stream all the action live!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

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.

The Fuel Method Coaching Collective Winners!!!

We shared the exciting group results from our very first Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective with The Fuel Method this past week – 9 athletes, 8 weeks, and a whopping 70 inches and 50.5 pounds lost!!!  Really incredible!  Mostly because each of these athletes was already a member of our gym and participating in workouts!  They weren’t new to exercise, to CrossFit or RISE, just learning how FUEL their bodies in order to achieve better performance, to find better balance, and to achieve their aesthetic goals!

Not everyone that works with Alex and The Fuel Method is looking to lose weight.  Sometimes its more about overall health, a healthy relationship with food, and sometimes the non-scale victories are an even bigger deal!!  So be sure to read up on our winners and all their successes!

Today, we highlight our top 3 winners!!!  Without further adieu…

In FIRST PLACE – CASSIE STECK

Weight: -5 lbs
Inches: -7.5 inches
Non-scale victories reported: improved sleep, increased energy levels, increased self-confidence, improved workouts and recovery, clothes fitting better, self-monitoring portion sizes / alcohol while on vacation, decreased cravings, paying closer attention to habits and triggers, paying attention to hunger/fullness cues, friends noticing, inspiring others too!
“I have tried fad diets and would lose some weight but it was never maintainable. I went into this challenge not expecting result right away but once I started working with Alex, it all became so easy! I feel satisfied throughout my day (and I can actually eat more than what I was having before!) and still eating all my normal foods with a few tweaks to make it healthier. I work nights and my energy level has been great, I’ve noticed a huge difference after my night shifts! My sleep has improved dramatically, I wake up feeling more rested. After 5 years of Crossfit, I feel stronger in my workouts and that I’m recovering better. This is definitely something I can see myself doing long-term!!!”

SECOND PLACE – ELIZABETH PATTERSON

Weight: -10 lbs
Inches: -12 inches
Non-scale victories reported: improved energy levels and strength in the gym, decreased cravings, self-control / self-monitoring, paying closer attention to triggers and healthy/unhealthy habits, paying closer attention to hunger/fullness cues

THIRD PLACE – KIM DEJESUS

Weight: -8.5 lbs
Inches: -7.5 inches

Congratulations to our top 3 winners and to all those that participated!!  We’re excited for you to achieve all your goals, in and outside the gym, and to support you on your journey to a better relationship with food!

Our next small group nutrition coaching collective will begin Monday, July 15th.  If you’re interested in participating, be sure to let us know!  More details to come on info sessions and how to get signed up!  Here’s to fueling our bodies and enjoying this thing called LIFE!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 06/17

Have you RSVP’d to our 6 Year Anniversary Pool Party yet!?  The Blounts are so graciously hosting us at their pool, Saturday, June 29th starting at 4pm.  New Wrap Order will be there, selling some delish food, CFP will provide some beverages and dessert, and fun will be had by the whole (fit) family!  Just be sure to RSVP to our event in our private FB page.  And if you’re not part of group, let us know so we can add you!!

The results are in!!  We will be announcing our Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective winner this week!  In about 8 weeks time, the 9 participants who worked with The Fuel Method collectively lost almost 70 inches and 50.5 pounds!!!  What!?!?  This is SO amazing because these were all members of our gym.  They already had the exercise part down, they come in consistently and get their workouts done.  But now, they took charge of their nutrition, were fueling their bodies, and the successes followed.  We can’t wait to highlight our winner, the runners up, and all the successes and takeaways that had nothing to do with the scale!!  So stay tuned!

We will be launching our next Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective in 4 short weeks, on Monday July 15th!!!  More details to come, including dates for info sessions, and steps to get signed up with Alex and The Fuel Method.

If you ordered meals with Fit Fresh Kitchen last week, they are ready for pickup starting first thing tomorrow morning!  Remember, you can order every Monday-Thursday at 1pm for pickup the following Monday.  Make your life/meal planning/meal prep a little easier and grab a few meals for sure!!  Your taste buds will be very pleased!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Snatches are the name of the game!  Some snatch lift off + hang snatch work up first.  Then a 10 minute AMRAP of rowing (rx+ biking) and, you guessed it, more snatches!

Tuesday – Some accessory work up first of single leg RDLs and snow angels.  Afterwards, 12 minutes of bar muscle ups, single arm dumbbell hang power cleans, and goblet reverse lunges!

Wednesday – Conditioning day….some interval work of running, wallballs, pull-ups & burpee box jump overs.

Thursday – Shoulder press for our strength training.  Then, some intervals of biking, push-ups, and rowing!

Friday – Clean and jerks!  Working up to a heavy rep for the day.  After, a few more clean and jerks…about 30 squat clean and jerks…for time!

Saturday – Partner WOD Saturday in full effect!  Come get sweaty!

Sunday Oly with Becca at noon!  Be there!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Feel the burn!  45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – Strength day!!

Wednesday – EMOM Wednesday!!  Rowing, skiiing, and sprinting!

Thursday – Strength day!!

Friday – Functional Fitness Friday – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Spartan-ish training – 1:30 on/20 sec off

As always, we’ll see you at the box!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 05/27

What a crew!!  Almost 70 people showed up and out this Memorial Day to take part of the Hero WOD Murph with us!  Y’all spent your morning on your day off enduring a tough workout in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy and in the memory of all of the fallen.  Such an honor to workout along side of you, to enjoy the freedoms earned by those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to sweat it out together as we remember!!  Thanks to everyone who came out today!!!

It’s a short week thanks to our 3 day Memorial Day Weekend.  And it looks like the 90 degree weather is here to stay, so stay hydrated people!  Stay tuned this week for announcements about our Summer CrossFit Kids classes, our 6 Year Anniversary Party, and the results of our Nutrition Coaching Collective!!

Here’s your look ahead…

Tuesday – Shoulder Press today!  Working through some percentages up to doubles.  Afterwards, a 20 min AMRAP of devil’s presses, strict hspu, and burpees with some built in rest after each round!

Wednesday – Lace up the tennis shoes…3 rounds of an 800m run, dumbbell clusters, and t2b…oh my!

Thursday – Barbell bridge work and some banded accessory work to start out.  Then, 10 mins of double unders + dumbbell snatches & overhead lunges.

Friday – Working overhead…tall jerks, push jerks and split jerks.  After, some intervals of dumbbell box stepovers, strict hspu, HR push-ups and strict pull-ups.

Saturday – A fun partner WOD awaits…let’s just say wear your long socks and be ready for some rope climbs!

Sunday Oly with Becca is on!  Come lift!

RISE Look Ahead

Tuesday – Strength Day!!  A little Murph recovery for you!

Wednesday – Aerobic Interval – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Thursday – Glycolytic Interval – 40 sec on/20 sec off

Friday – Glycolytic Interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Strength Day!!

See you at the box!

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.