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 06/10

SO many exciting announcements coming up!!!  Ok, actually, just 2 major announcements…but they’re both SUPER exciting!!  So check them out…

First up, our fABtastic – Core & Buns class begins this Wednesday at 5:30pm!!!  That’s right, we’re adding a fun 30 minute burn session to target those problem areas – those abs and that booty – to our roster!  Alex Bladek will be our fearless booty-ful leader and will help us chisel out some more defined abs, develop an overall stronger core, and a better butt!  This class is of course included in your membership and open to all CF and RISE members, so meet us on the turf.  Due to space, we are capping the class at 12 people.  So if you’re planning to come, sign in ASAP!  And if you love the class and there seems to be some demand, we will look into adding more class times 🙂

Second, you may be wondering what the new fridge is for over by the couches?!?  Well wonder no more, starting next Monday, June 17th, you can pick up your Fit Fresh Kitchen meals right at CFP!!!  We are so excited to be a pick up location for Fit Fresh Kitchen meal prep service!  Their food is so delicious, the best of all the meal prep services, in our opinion!  We hope that by being a pick up location we can help make life a little easier for YOU, our athletes!!  Fit Fresh Kitchen offers 25 meals with 70 customization options each week (all the macros listed out, can be low carb, gluten free, extra protein, etc) and always comes fresh, not frozen.  They can take away a little bit of the stress of meal planning, grocery shopping, prepping, etc. and keep you on track and eating healthy all week long!  We are now live on their website which means you can place an order for your meals each week (Monday – Thursday at 1pm), select CFP as your pick up location, and get your meals the following Monday!  Can’t wait to get our meals starting next week!

That’s it for all the exciting announcements, unless you forgot that CrossFit Kids starts back this week!!  Still enrolling (especially Big Kids!), so check out all the details here!  And did you hear about our 6 year anniversary pool party at the Blount’s!!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 29th and be sure to RSVP in our private FB page!  Ok, that’s really it for the announcements, I promise.

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Some barbell work to start the week out…barbell bridges and bent over row.  Then, a sprint chipper of deadlifts and running!

Tuesday – Today consists of a 30 minute alternating EMOM…biking, burpee box jump overs, chest to bar, front rack reverse lunges, and strict handstand pushups.  Sounds sweaty!

Wednesday – Bench press up first, working up throughs some percentages and finishing off with a burner set of 8.  Afterwards, 12 minutes of ring dips, push press, and burpees over the bar.  See ya triceps!

Thursday – A little hang clean + clean complex to start off, followed by 10 minutes of doubles, t2b, and power cleans.

Friday – Back squat day!  3 sets of 4 between 80 and 85%.  Then, 3 sets of biking, running and dumbbell overhead walking lunges every 8 minutes.

Saturday – Lots of burpees, rowing and ground to overhead, so grab a partner & come WOD with us!!

Sunday Oly with Becca is on!  Come lift!

RISE Look Ahead 

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

Tuesday – Strength Day!!  All the shoulders!

Wednesday – It’s an EMOM kind of day…burpees kbs, hollow holds, biking, squats, and sprints!

Thursday – Spartanish Training – 40 sec on/20 sec off

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

Saturday – Strength Day!!

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!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 05/13

Happy Mother’s Day to all our CrossFit/RISE/Fit/Lifting Mamas!!!  There’s definitely not an abundance of free time, yet you MAKE time in your day to give yourself an hour at “the bar”, to prioritize your health and fitness, so you can be a better mom and pour back into those little ones (or used to be little ones!) that rely and count on you.  Cheers to you!!

We’re 2 weeks out from Murph & Mimosas!  Join us Memorial Day to complete Hero WOD Murph as we remember the fallen and enjoy our community with some brunch.  We just placed a new summer tank order!  If you didn’t get your order in, let Brandon or Michelle know so we can get a reorder in the works.

As summer approaches and our calendars and weekends fill up with graduation parties, BBQs, and other fun plans, don’t forget to schedule in your workouts.  Remember you are in charge of your calendar and in charge of how you feel!  Don’t let the warm weather be an excuse to over indulge, skip WODs, or eat garbage.  This is a lifestyle, so keep at it!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Testing strict Diane first today!  Then, some accessory work of barbell hip bridges, banded pull apart, and L-sit holds.

Tuesday – Cardio Tuesday!  A longer metcon of running, DB work (s2oh and hang squat cleans), plus strict pull-ups and t2b!

Wednesday – Front squat day!! Working up to 90+%!  Afterwards, some rowing intervals!

Thursday – Going overhead with some split jerk singles!  Then we finish off with 8 mins of doubles, lateral burpees over the bar, and ground to overhead.

Friday – Another girl WOD!  Today we have Jackie (rowing, thrusters & pull-ups)!  We’ll close out the week with some KB Bulgarian split squats and strict hspu work.

Saturday – A fun partner chipper awaits!!  Grab a buddy and let’s get sweaty!

Sunday Oly with Becca is on in full force!  Let’s get our lift on!

RISE Look Ahead 

Monday – Never skip leg day!!  1:05 on/25 sec off

Tuesday – Strength Day!!

Wednesday – 20 min EMOM today of goblet squats, wallballs, wreck bag carries, and bike cals!

Thursday – Spartan-ish training – 40 sec on/20 sec off

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

Saturday – Strength Day!!

As always, we’ll 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. 

The Fuel Method + Small Group Coaching Collective

Ok, so by now you’ve heard about our exciting partnership with The Fuel Method in order to offer our athletes incredible nutrition coaching!  And hopefully you’ve heard about our Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective that we’re launching in just a few weeks!  I know many of you are ready to get started, and some of you may still have questions.  So here are all the details…

More on The Fuel Method…

“First, we form habits. Then, they form us.”  Your habits, thoughts and actions shape who you are.  The Fuel Method helps you become aware of your current habits and provides education and guidance on how you can improve, adapt and grow beyond them to achieve who you want to become!

Also, this is habit-based… You will also learn how to fuel your body for your goals, how to meal prep like a champ, what the deal is with current fads (like does celery juice actually cure all the things?) and so much more!

Small Group Coaching Collective

  • Mon April 8 – Sunday Jun 2 – 8 week commitment
  • 8 week individual and group nutrition coaching with Alex
  • Focus on changing and adapting old habits and adding new habits to create maintainable and sustainable long term change!
  • Private group page to share info, recipes, etc
  • Daily newsletters to provide guidance, recipes, tips, and education to learn how to fuel your body and mind to thrive!
  • Weekly Check-Ins
  • Weekly Challenges
  • Prizes!!!  Did someone say Lululemon?  What about an additional month of nutrition coaching?

If you’re on the fence or wondering if this could be for you, just think…where could you be sitting in 8 weeks if you decide to join?  At the end of this first 8 week cycle it will be June and warm weather will be here to stay.  You could be feeling more confident in your skin, in your clothes, in your bathing suit!  You could be feeling less guilt when eating your favorite foods and more equipped to tackle those summer BBQs!  You could be hitting the goals in the gym that seemed like they just weren’t going to happen despite your constant training!

Alex will be working with you 1-on-1 and using her background in counseling to help you develop a better relationship with food and establish what fueling method is best for you!  Macros, food journal, intermittent fasting, paleo, vegetarian, etc.  No two people are the same, no two bodies are alike, and no one fueling method fits all.

It’s not about giving up your favorite foods, it’s not about overhauling your diet or never eating out again.  It’s about building habits that will create lasting results.

If you’re ready to get signed up, let us know!  Alex is setting up consults this week and next with athletes that want to join!  If not now… when?

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!