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. 

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 03/25

What a good looking crew!  Thanks to all those who came out for our Friday Night Lights Open celebration!!  19.5 was killer and you all crushed it!!!  Now back to our regularly scheduled programming (thank goodness 😉 )

In case you missed it, we are super excited to announce our partnership with Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method!!  CFP and RISE were looking for a way to offer our athletes proper nutrition coaching and felt we were coming up short.  Enter Alex!  She uses her background of sport psychology and counseling to effectively coach her clients on changing eating habits for the better and help them create lasting change in order to fuel themselves for health, wellness, and life!

We’re kicking off our partnership with The Fuel Method by launching a Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective!  Our Collective starts Monday, April 8th and will run for 8 weeks.  Alex will be working with this small group providing intensive nutrition coaching!  She’ll only be taking on 10 clients for this Collective, so if you’re looking to make a change, tired of not seeing the results you’ve been wanting in the gym, or struggling with what and how to eat…this is for you!!!  And yes, there will be some fun perks and prizes involved!  More details to come tomorrow!

And finally, we’re 3 weeks away from Battle of the Ages!!!  We are looking for our last 2 judges!  If you are available to help out, sign up here ASAP!  It’s going to be an EPIC day, we cannot wait!!!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!  Who’s looking for a gold star today?  We’re getting heavy!  Then, a little chipper of cardio and barbell, fun times!

Tuesday – Starting off with some push press today, working up to a heavy single.  After, an AMRAP of some strict hspu, strict pull-ups and some pistols.  All the shoulders!

Wednesday – Today we snatch!  Working up to a 1 rep max for the day, then using 75-80% of today’s 1 rep for an alternating EMOM of rowing and snatches!

Thursday – Some gymnastic accessory work up first, then a scary looking couplet of running and devil’s press!

Friday – Overhead squats today!!  Then, grab some dumbbells for overhead lunges and front squats!

Saturday – Partner WODs are back!!  Grab a friend and come get sweaty 🙂

Sunday Oly with Becca at noon!  Be there!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Shoulders & Cardio – 45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – All of the things 😉 – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Wednesday – Strength Day!!  Shoulder focus!

Thursday – Tabata!  20 sec on/10 sec off – alllll the rounds!

Friday – Legs & Core!  45 sec on/15 sec off!

Saturday – Glycolytic interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Calling it now, it’s going to be an awesome week!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

Announcing : CFP/RISE Partnership with The Fuel Method

At CrossFit Pineville and RISE Charlotte, we strive to offer the very best service!  We specialize in group fitness, offer programs for all ages and fitness levels, and two different training programs: CrossFit methodology as well as high intensity interval training.  We aim to please each individual athlete and offer add on programming, individual program design, and personal training.  We offer specialty classes and skill classes.  We also have a Physical Therapist in house, Dr. Amy Bullock of Fortress Physical Therapy, to offer support for your musculoskeletal system and help you train smart and pain free.

The area we truly have felt we are lacking : Nutrition.  Our coaches have a great knowledge of nutrition, however none specialize in this area, nor have extensive training in it.  We can discuss the topic with our athletes, make recommendations on small changes they can make in regards to food choices and habits, recommend supplements, etc.  However, we haven’t been able to provide the one on one nutrition coaching that many athletes are looking for and need.

Enter Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method.

Brandon and Michelle actually met Alex a few years ago through Brandon’s best friend, Paul.  Paul has a CrossFit gym in Michigan where (small world!) Alex would train when visiting home.  After circumstances changed, Alex and her fiance Hannes became members of CrossFit Pineville last year and thus began a conversation of how we can better serve you, our members!

A little more about Alex and The Fuel Method : Alex has her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in sport and health psychology.  She has completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification and is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.  Alex grew up an athlete, but once she stopped playing organized sports, unhealthy habits started to emerge and the weight started to creep on.  At the end of her senior year of college, she decided to make a change not only for her health, but her self-confidence as well.  She started taking control of her fitness and diet again.  It took years for her to discover something that was not restrictive and could be maintained long-term.

Through her school studies, working with mentors, and studying the field, she developed The Fuel Method.  Using The Fuel Method, Alex aims to assist others in navigating through the excess of information so they can achieve and maintain their goals!  The Fuel Method is a habit-based approach to health and nutrition, tailored to the individual, counseling you to a healthy relationship with food.  The Fuel Method takes all aspects of YOU into account – from your lifestyle to your food preferences to your body type, it all plays a role in achieving your goals.  The Fuel Method provides one-on-one accountability and guidance, goal setting, newsletters loaded with recipes, resources and tips, progress metrics (like measurements and weekly check-ins) and access to an ‘Active Members’ Facebook group.  After working with Alex and The Fuel Method, you will walk away with the tools, skills and knowledge to fuel your body and mind, for life!

We are so excited to partner with Alex and looking forward to all she will bring to the table!  If you are interested in a consult with Alex, don’t hesitate, contact her ASAP!  We are working with Alex to plan a nutrition challenge open to any CFP or RISE athletes starting in just a few weeks!  Details are being finalized now, so stay tuned for more info!!!

Welcome Alex and The Fuel Method to CFP and RISE!!

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.

It’s Open Season!!!

The 2019 CrossFit Games Open Season is here!!!  Join us this year for the CFP Open Team Challenge as we participate in 5 weeks of fun, community, anticipation, adrenaline, pain, PRs, new bests, did I mention fun!?

Wondering what the Open is?  In short, it’s one way to earn a ticket to the CrossFit Games!  Although most of us probably aren’t Games bound, it’s still fun to participate and compete each year.  CrossFit will release a workout each week starting Thursday, Feb. 21.  You have until Monday to complete the workout (either RX or Scaled) and submit your score.  You can officially sign up at games.crossfit.com.

The top in the world get invited to the Games.  You can see how you stack up against them, those in your state, your profession, yourself in years past, others in the gym, your age division, etc.  And this year, we’ll be competing as Teams to earn your names hung on a banner as the 2019 CFP Open Team Champions along with bragging rights around the gym for a whole year!!  Here are all the details…

CFP Open Team Challenge

  • Buy a CFP 2019 Open T-shirt to be on a team!  (Sign ups will be at the gym tomorrow and the order will be placed 2/11!)
  • Team Captains (some of your coaches!) will draft players of everyone that signs up (we will make sure teams have a mix of all fitness levels and abilities!).
  • Each week, each person can earn 4 potential points for their team:
    1 for completing the WOD
    1 for doing it RX
    1 for checkin/posting a picture on social media
    1 for a PR or first… like first pull-up or muscle up, etc
  • At the end of the week, the teams will be ranked 1 to however many teams we have like a competition (first place gets 1 pt, second gets 2 etc…)
  • After the five weeks, the team with the lowest number of points wins an Open Banner with all their names to hang in the gym for a year!!!
  • We will run the Open WODs on Saturday’s except for the final week, Friday, March 22nd, when we will hold Friday Night Lights!!  Stay tuned for more details to come.
  • If you need to complete the Open WOD other than Saturday’s, just let us know.  We’ll make sure you get it done!

So join us for some fun and a little friendly competition!!  We can’t wait!

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.

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 01/14

Congrats to all our girls who competed at The Granite Games Throwdown yesterday!!  You left it all on the floor and represented CFP well!  That’s all we ever ask 🙂

Mark your calendar for an evening of Yoga + Brews with Middle James Brewing on Friday, Feb. 8th!  Resident yogi Sarah Carley will lead us through some yoga that night starting at 6pm, followed by brews from new neighbors Middle James Brewing.  They’re getting closer to an open date and we can’t wait!!  Be sure to RSVP in our FB event page!

Don’t forget to sign up for Dr. Amy’s “Boulder Shoulders Seminar” on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11am!  This seminar is for the athlete who may be experiencing nagging shoulder pain/aches or difficulty with overhead activity within their workouts. This is for in-house athletes only.  Spots are filling up and will be capped at 15. $30 – If interested, contact Dr. Amy ASAP to get signed up via text (304-374-7228) or email (Amy@fortressphysicaltherapy.com)!

Follow along with Coach Brandon, Ann Marie, and Coach Sarah (team) as they all compete in WODapalooza this weekend!!  Be sure to wish them luck, and if we know of any way to stream their workouts, we will be sure to share and keep you updated as best we can!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!  Bring your belt, it’s going to get heavy 😉  Then, a little date with a WOD like Mary (strict hspu, pistols, and pull-ups if you haven’t met her yet!)!

Tuesday – Working some push jerk today, working up to a heavy single!  Afterwards, 12 minutes of doubles, push press, and burpees, oh my!

Wednesday – Working against an 8 minute clock, you have a few sets of bike or row (your choice!), db squats, db lunges, and running!  Go fast and enjoy the rest!

Thursday – Deadlift day!  Then, it’s time to introduce you to devil’s press paired with some box jumps and t2b!

Friday – A little bench press session to start your weekend!  Then 3 sets of rowing, renegade rows, and pistols.

Saturday – Never have there been a more CrossFit-y Partner WOD Saturday.  Come on out and get your sweat on with some classic CrossFit movements!

Sunday Oly with Becca is the place to be each Sunday!!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Strength Day!!  And benchmark retest time….7 mins of heaven burpees 🙂

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

Wednesday – Core focus – Tabata!  20 sec on/10 sec off

Thursday – Functional Fitness – 3 mins on/1 min off

Friday – Spartanish – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Boulder Shoulders and Dat Booty – Strength Day!!

We’re pumped for the week ahead!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

Nutrition Challenge Winners & December Check-In Contest!!

Huge congrats to our Nutrition Challenge Winners!!!  These 3 winners stayed committed the whole 8 weeks, checked in weekly with their coach, and made strides to shed fat, get stronger, and learn how to properly fuel their bodies!

1st Place – Todd McDaniel!  Todd, you’ve won a 1-on-1 gymnastics coaching session with Pamela Gagnon & a gift card to Whole Foods!  We’ll be in touch about getting you your prizes!

2nd Place – Jackie & Jason Cansler!  Congrats guys, your next date night is on us with a gift card to a Whole Foods Salude! Cooking Class!  Plus, you’ve each won a pair of Bear Komplex Grips!  We’ll be in touch about your prizes 🙂


Alright, with the hustle and bustle of the season, we want to keep you focused on your goals!  And that means keeping you in the gym!  We’re excited to announce our December Check-In Contest!!

The Deets:

  • The Check-In Contest begins today, December 4th and runs until Tuesday, January 1st.
  • Check in at CFP or RISE on FB and/or Instagram whenever you come to workout!
  • Post a picture or video pertaining to your workout, the gym, your workout buddy, etc.
  • Use the hashtag #cfpholidayhustle18 or #riseholidayhustle18 so we can search and tally your posts! (Instastories doesn’t count since we cannot see them beyond 24 hours.)
  • Then, in January we will compile the most check-ins and draw a winner!
  • The prize – a $100 Gift Card to your favorite restaurant!!!

Pretty simple, stay consistent in your workouts over the next month, check-in on social media whenever you’re at the box, win prizes!!  What’s not to love!?

Alright, check-ins officially count starting today, 3…2…1…GO!

Shop Small Saturday 2018!

Happy Thanksgiving athletes!!  Have started your Holiday shopping this season?!  This Saturday is Shop Small Saturday and we would love for you to consider shopping small with CrossFit Pineville & RISE Charlotte this year!!

We are offering OVER a 15% off discount for a 1 year paid in full membership to CrossFit Pineville or RISE Charlotte for 2019!!!  Make your health a priority this next year & give this gift to yourself!  Or better yet, share this gift with friends and family, it’s good for any new members as well, and working out with friends is always more fun!

You have until December 15th to lock this deal in before it’s too late!!  For a RISE member this is a savings of $200, for the average CrossFit member, it’s a savings of $300, and a $500 savings for a couples membership!  You’re getting almost 2 full months FREE!!

**This offer is good for current or new members for unlimited memberships. The discount will be applied to our current rates. First 5 to pay receive the discounted rate.**

Cheers to your health & wellness in 2019!!!