We are all on our own journey in the pursuit of fitness, health and life. It is not an easy journey, but it’s worth it. It requires hard work, sweat, discipline, and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. The journey is filled with challenges, obstacles, and sometimes even setbacks. And although everyone’s path is different, it is not a solo endeavor. We are in the pursuit of fitness and a better quality of life together. Playalinda CrossFit is a family, when a person is knocked down, the family responds by supporting them. Equally as important, when someone succeeds, their accomplishments are enjoyed and celebrated by everyone. To that end, every month, Playalinda CrossFit will recognize one member as the Athlete of the Month.
More than a popularity contest, having the fastest WOD times, the most pull-ups, or the heaviest deadlift, the Athlete of the Month embodies the PCF spirit. They have made strides in their individual pursuit of a higher level of fitness and quality of life. Their resiliency, positive attitude and personal development can inspire us all.
February 2015 – Bob Robertson
I know it has been a while but we have a new Athlete of the Month for February!!
Bob is an inspiration to us all with his hard work and dedication!!
Below is a little bit about Bob:
I started Playalinda CrossFit with my son in Jan.2014.
My favorite movement is probably rowing and slam balls
My least favorite is definitely turkish get up and overhead squats
I am married 50 years, we have a son and two daughters (all college grads) and six grandchildren.I have been in Florida since 1957, graduated THS in 1962 and worked at the cape 10 years before hiring on with Florida Power & Light where I worked 35 years before retiring.I now work part time for my son in residential construction and renovation. I like college football, offshore fishing,hot rods and just being outdoors
Before crossfit I rode a bike, 15 miles every day. My thoughts after my first crossfit were ok what have I gotten myself into now!!
My goal was to improve upper body strength because I knew that bike riding was primarilyhelping my legs and cardio I have improved in this,but it is a work in progress very slow progress.
Outside of the gym you just feel better each day and have a sense that you can do and achieve things that otherwise may not have been possible, and not just physical things.
The favorite part of being a crossfit member is the other athletes. The help, encouragement and support you get from the men and women is fantastic. I really love the team exercises.
I would encourage a newbie to continue on, do not give up, the gains will come in more ways than you think.
I ran an offshore charter out of port canaveral for 12 years
November 2014 – Jeff Meister
Jeff Meister has been with Playalinda CrossFit for almost a year now. I remember when Jeff cam into his first intro class. He was excited to get started, he had goals, and seemed pretty motivated. It wasn’t until a few months down the road until we all realized just how motivated Jeff was! To this date Jeff has lost a little over 100 lbs. What a great accomplishment! I will post the standard Athlete of the Month Questionnaire and answers and Jeff will give you his story. Playalinda CrossFit just wanted to take a second to recognize this great accomplishment! Now Jeff continues to work hard and also works hard to inspire others to achieve their goals!
When did you start doing CrossFit?
Got tired of the routine at the Gym so I went to the Feb 1st, 2014 intro class.
I was never really a weight lifter before Crossfit, so lifts are all new to me. If I had to pick a favorite I would say the Sumo Dead Lift High Pull. I like the fact that it focuses on a large number of muscle groups.
Least favorite lift?
Not a lift, but I still have not warmed up to Turkish Getups.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I have served the US Military in some capacity for almost 20 years. I was enlisted Air Force in my 20’s. I worked as an Engineer for the Navy and now the Army as a Civil Servant developing Training and Simulation systems for the Troops. I have been married to my beautiful Cristy for over 20 years and have a 21 year old son named Zack who is also at Playalinda Crossfit. I like to cycle (road and mountain), I like to hike/camp/kayak…anything outdoors. Most of my current hobbies are fitness related now.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
I started my fitness journey on Jan 1st, 2014. Before that, my only exercise was just walking, and I weighed 320 pounds. In January, I was walking and going to a gym and doing my own routine. In Feburary, I decided to give Crossfit a try and have not been back to the gym since.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
So many Air Squats and Wall Balls I thought I was going to die! I could not sit right on the toilet for a week. The challenge was exactly what I needed, and I signed up that day!
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
My Goals were to lose weight, gain strength and become generally healthier so I could enjoy life.
How have you achieved your goals or improved your fitness?
Todd asked me to give you all a little Bio on my journey and this question seems like the right place to put it.
In January of 2014 I decided to make a change in my life. I was 320 pounds and not very active. My peak weight was 332 pounds in 2010. I was diabetic on 3 medications and had high blood pressure on one medication. Realized I was slowly killing myself. I got off the couch and stepped up my game. I focused on walking and the gym for the first month. I also joined a Fitness Support Group called Fit For Life with a lot of local and non-local folks on the same journey. There I learned about “Clean Eating” or as I like to call it “Perimeter Grocery Store Shopping”. On Feb 1st I went to the Intro class at Playalinda Crossfit and joined that day and dropped the gym. I also bought a bike that morning across the street at the 10 Speed Drive Bike Shop and started cycling. My final big change was meeting my running partner in March. I went from walking 3 miles to running 9 miles in less than 7 months. Focusing on eating, exercising and no excuses I have been able to drop about 10 pounds average a month. I am still working towards my goals. As of today I have dropped 102 pound in weight (or 114 pounds from my peak in 2010). I have cycled as far as 50 miles, I have run 9 miles and I am stronger now than any other time in my life. I have 33 more pounds until I reach my weight goal and I have committed to running a Half Marathon in February. I have come a long way, but I have far to go.
Things I have learned along the way:
– The secret is simple. NO EXCUSES! If you mess up make up for it. Eat a bad meal, make sure the next one is better. Something mess with your exercise plans? Change your plans and do something else. It is too easy to let one excuse become a behavior and sabotage yourself.
– Food is 80%!!! You cannot out train a bad diet!
– Surround yourself with people with similar goals who support you (Playalinda Crossfit). It is a hard path on your own.
– If you fall down 6 times then you get up 7. Never give up on your goals.
– And always remember to do something for yourself today that your future self will thank you for.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
I am able to enjoy life more. I am stronger, faster, and I have more endurance. I can see my feet now, too! I have met some great people and new friends through Crossfit and my other fitness activities. I have accomplished things that I never thought were possible. My entire mindset has changed and I like where I am at and where I am going.
What is your favorite part about being an athlete at Playalinda CrossFit?
Hands down my favorite part is the people and the community. The folks at Playalinda Crossfit have created a great community here. Ok and I like the fact I can burn over 500 calories and get a great workout done in less than an hour and see more progress than 2 hours at the gym.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Playalinda CrossFit?
Just do it. Your future self will thank you for it.
Something you might not know about me is?
I am a Second Degree Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo Karate.
October 2014 – John Edginton
When did you start doing CrossFit? My wife and I started CrossFit in November of 2013
Favorite Lift? I can’t say that I have a favorite. I find them all challenging. Usually people tend to like the lifts that they are good at. I don’t think I’m good at any of them. I have had the most progress with kettle bells.
Least favorite lift? Much like above they all highlight that I never spent much time with free weights so anything that involves a barbell…
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I am 56 years old, married and I have two grown children(from a previous marrage). They both live in Louisiana. I work as pharmaceutical sale rep. for a company that manufactures insulin. I was raised outside of New York, and attended the University of Connecticut. I spent 24 years living in and around New Orleans. I played soccer in High School. I played Rugby in college and for a few years afterwards. I can sometimes be talked into walking back on a pitch again but that is limited to the knee injury I suffered in 1984. I currently play softball in a church league. I like to fish and duck hunt. I also enjoy photograpy, and recently my wife and I got back into scuba diving.
What were you doing before CrossFit? I cycled quite a lot. I rode in 2 century rides(100mi) and 3 metric centuries(62mi) since moving to Florida in 2005. I have not ridden much at all since crossfit started. I also used to go to Bootcamp classes and spin classes at Parrish Health and Fitness prior to joining PCF.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? I thought “Wow, that was intense and just the kind of challenge I am looking for.”
What’s more is that my wife was the one that said “let’s try it”
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? My goal was to continue to challenge myself to maintain and improve my fitness level. I also saw a chance to gain strengh through weight lifting, something I have never really done befor.
How have you achieved your goals or improved your fitness? I can do more pull-ups than ever before. Lately, I have seen documented improvement in lift capacity. Over the last few weeks I have been able to say I have completed an Rx for the first time. It may not seem ambitious but I’m working on consistantly hitting the womans Rx which would be an accomplishment for me at
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? I find that I am sore at work a fair amount.
What is your favorite part about being an athlete at Playalinda CrossFit? I like the new friends we have met. I also feel stronger and more fit. Of course. until I’m in middle of the next WOD.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Playalinda CrossFit? Go slow. DO NOT JUDGE YOURSELF ON THE OTHERS YOU SEE AROUND YOU. It is ok and probably good to use others as inspiration but the only person you are compeating with is the person you used to be before joining CrossFit.
Something you might not know about me is? I can juggle.
September 2014 – Tammy Stampley
When did you start doing Cross Fit? APRIL 8, 2014
Favorite Lift? POWER SNATCH
Least favorite lift? FRONT SQUAT
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I’VE BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED TO MY HUSBAND TOMMY FOR 28 YEARS, WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN, THOMAS, ZACH, AND SAMANTHA. I HAVE TWO DAUGHTER IN LAW’S ASHLEY, AND CLARA AND ONE BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER AVA, WITH ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY. I LOVE TO READ, FISH, SHOP AND GOING ON VACATIONS. I MANAGE A FOUR PHYSICIAN OFFICE WITH 15 STAFF MEMBERS.
What were you doing before CrossFit? OCCASIONALLY WENT TO THE LOCAL GYM
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? OMG! I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN DO THIS.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? TO GET IN BETTER SHAPE AND TO LOOSE WEIGHT.
How have you achieved your goals or improved your fitness? I’M STILL WORKING ON MY GOALS; I HAVE LOST 25LBS AND DROPPED 4 CLOTHES SIZES SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? I’M AM A MUCH HEALTHIER EATER AND NOW I HAVE THE WILL POWER NOT TO EAT BAD FOOD. I FEEL A LOT HEALTHIER AND HAVE MORE ENERGY SINCE STARTING CORSSFIT.
What is your favorite part about being an athlete at Playalinda CrossFit? THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF COACH ALEX AND TODD PUSHING ME AND CHEERING ME ON WHEN I WANT TO GIVE UP DURING A WORKOUT. ALSO THE SUPPORT OF THE OTHER ATHLETES TELLING ME TO KEEP GOING, YOU CAN DO IT, AND I’M DOING A GREAT JOB. NO WAY IN A MILLION YEARS WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT I WOULD BE DOING CROSSFIT. HOWEVER WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY HUSBAND, COACHES AND OTHER ATHLETES THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD BE WHERE I’M AM TODAY AS A CROSSFIT ATHLETE. I HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BUT WITH THE GREAT SUPPORT I GET FROM MY CROSSFIT FAMILY I WILL REACH MY GOAL.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Playalinda CrossFit? STAY WITH IT, STICK IT OUT, ITS HARD WORK, HOWEVER WITH THE GREAT SUPPORT YOU GET FROM PLAYALINDA CROSSFIT COACHES AND ATHLETES YOU CAN DO IT. I’M LIVING PROOF THAT ANYONE CAN DO IT.
Something you might not know about me is? I HATE TO RUN, BUT I’M AM ABLE TO RUN THE 400M WITHOUT STOPPING TO WALK.