FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH-APRIL 2017

Name- Meredith Siudyla

Age- 25

Hometown- Springfield, IL

Occupation- Nanny/Student

Member Since- January 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? 

I had actually been doing one-on-ones with Zack right before my wedding in September 2015 and was slowly getting into the whole CrossFit thing. Then people started asking when I was going to join the gym and honestly I was kind of scared. I never thought I could do the things they were doing. So I gave it a go, and I have loved every minute of it

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? 

The biggest benefit I have seen since joining Rail Splitter has been my weight. Since I began at Rail Splitter I have lost over 40 pounds. It has also encouraged me to embrace a fit, healthy, more enjoyable lifestyle.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? 

Some individual goals would be to have more of an “engine” to continue to push through a grueling workout. Also, to lift all the heavy things! :)

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? 

It’s hard to pick just one of my favorite moments. But I think that the best part of this whole journey would have to be the friends I have made along the way. To walk into the same place every day and see all these people who encourage me to be better and support me in achieving my goals. Also, this place is my getaway. Rail Splitter is where I go for my “me” time.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?

The hardest part is walking through the door. All you have to do is get there and you have an army of people there to help you figure out what to do. If you feel unsure of something, all you have to do is ask. Always remember that everyone there wants to see you succeed. Don't get discouraged if you don't get something right away, trust the process, you will only get better!

 Tell us something we don’t know about you? 

I never played sports, I was more into musical theater growing up!

Favorite WOD? 

Anything with squats, those are my jam. I love the rep scheme 21-15-9! I also really love Hero WOD's!

Least Favorite WOD? 

I really dislike push-ups and the assault bike!


FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH-MARCH 2017

Name- Tonya Browning

  • Age- 40
  • Hometown- Winfield, WV
  • Occupation- Homeschool Mom
  • Member Since- November 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF?  

I came to RSCF when my former box closed. I found the WOD to be rigorous and quickly realized that RSCF was going to be a great place for me to continue my CrossFit journey.   I appreciated the hands on approach of the coaching staff as they encouraged and corrected each individual in a way that best suited his or her needs.  I also found the athletes to be eager to learn and encourage others to do the same.  

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box?  

Like most moms with young children, most of my day is filled with endless tasks and at the end of the day there is little to no sense of accomplishment.    At RSCF, I have coaches that help me set goals, make an action plan and execute it.    When I reach a new PR on a lift or learn a new skill, it provides that sense of accomplishment that is often missing.  

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?

Although I have gymnastic skills as part of my goals for 2017, my main focus is to get stronger in order to better care for an aging parent.  I will be working on weightlifting with proper technique to not only build strength but prevent injury.  

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF?  

17.2.  In the 2016 Open, pull ups were not required for scaled athletes.  When I saw this was not the case for 2017 my heart sank. As I approached the pull ups, I got one, then two, then sixteen.  I finished with 147 reps that included 32 pull ups as my coach, fellow athletes and family cheered me on.  

 

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?

 CrossFit is an investment, not only in your own health and fitness, but in the lives that you interact with each time you're at the box.  When you invest in your coaches and fellow athletes and help them achieve their goals, you begin to understand the community that is CrossFit-an amazing family that encourages and strengthens each other.    

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I earned a dance scholarship as a child and was a prima ballerina until I left ballet for show choir in high school.  Although I have put away my pointe shoes I still attend classes at Springfield Dance whenever I can. 

Favorite WOD?

I really enjoy body weight WODS that I can do with my children.  Our favorite is Bradley, a hero WOD named after a fallen soldier from Troy, IL and can be scaled to meet the needs of any athlete.

Least Favorite WOD?
16.4 and 17.4.  (55 deadlifts, 55 wall ball's, 55 calorie row, 55 hand release push ups) I'm just thankful I didn't get hit in the face with the wall ball this year.   


Athlete of the Month- FEB 2017 

Name- McKenzie Tiffin
Age-33
Hometown- Jacksonville
Occupation- Histotech
Member Since- June 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? 
I had taken almost 2yrs off from crossfit. I was scared and nervous to come in. I was afraid I would be extremely disappointed in myself. Scared that maybe I had fallen to far from where I was. I was also very afraid of hurting my back again. I'm not sure how many times I emailed Rachel, but I'm sure it was enough to make her shake her head. She reassured me she would pick apart my technique and form, and help me to check my ego to prevent another back injury. So, I finally quit talking about it and did it. After the first day I was hooked again. One hour was all it took for my mind to go right back to that place.

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? 
To start, my passion to work out, push myself, and be stronger than the day before is back. I've been competing in some form of athletics since I was 4, so if I don't have that, I feel like I don't have a part of me.

The more I workout the more I have a desire to make healthy choices in the kitchen. I am far from winning at this aspect of fitness, but I'm a work in progress and improving. 

I also played Division 1 volleyball where lifting is a huge part of your life. They had us lift for basic strength though and I was built like a brick house. Playing volleyball now feels completely different. I can jump higher, move quicker, and hit harder than I did in college. That is a great feeling! I would highly recommend crossfit here to any athlete that is looking to take their sport to the collegiate level. It would help immensely!

I've accomplished more in 9 months here than I did in years at other boxes and gyms. 

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?

I would like to be able to give more time to the gym. To dedicate more of myself to it. I'm working on finding the balance of being a great mom and spending enough time with my daughter, and giving myself enough me time.

I would like to increase my endurance. This is where I have struggled the most, and of course what I dislike the most.

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? 

Hard to pick just one. I'd say anytime I have had that a-ha moment with a skill. Kipping hand stand push-ups and muscle ups are a few examples of those. 

Every day there makes me smile. The coaches, the people...you're all my favorite moments.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?
The hardest step someone has to take is the first one through the door. Once you do that you'll find a community, a family, a home where there is no judgement. Everyone walks in each day and gives 100% of what they have. Everyone's 100% may appear different, but it's still theirs. This is not a place that is only for elite athletes with six packs and great asses(although there are those too), it's a place for anyone that wants to better themselves. You can see every shape, size, color, gender all in one place working towards a goal. All the while having a whole group of people behind them cheering them on. To see another succeed is just as exciting, if not more, than your own success. 

Tell us something we dont know about you?
Ummmm....I'm actually terrified of praying mantises. No I've never been attacked by one. Yes I know they're harmless. They still scare me. 

Favorite WOD?
I'm not sure I can pinpoint one. I'd say anything with a barbell and gymnastics stuff.

Least Favorite WOD?
Anything that includes double unders and running. It used to be rowing but I'm slowly accepting that into my life

Athlete of the Month Jan 2017

Name- Erika Thompson
Age- 36
Hometown- Springfield
Occupation- Cardiac Device Sales for Medtronic
Member Since- April 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? My husband pushed me to go. I thought it was for really intense, super-fit people. I thought I would not fit in and was nervous. I was worried about being able to consistently make class. But, I tried it and realized everyone works at their own level. I did a 7 min workout and it kicked my butt. It felt great! I met a lot of really great people. Best decision ever!

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? I am much stronger. I no longer have lower back pain. I have lost 20lbs.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? To become a better runner and build my endurance. To continue to become a better athlete all around by challenging myself every day.

 

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? I

I don't really have a moment but I have to say the people make this place my favorite place to be. I push myself harder than I ever did before (working out in my basement) because of the energy of all the other athletes working out around me.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community? I was the last person on earth to ever think I would like Crossfit. But it has changed my life! Just try it! Talk to people in the gym, they are so supportive and encouraging. You not only take your fitness to a whole new level you will meet a whole new family of people who will help drive you. It is nothing like a typical gym. You are guided by knowledgeable, highly trained, coaches that give you a whole body workout every class!

Tell us something we dont know about you? I love photography.

Favorite WOD? Anything that is not snatches and overhead squats

Least Favorite WOD? Snatches and OHS

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER 

 WOD for Barb Night 

WOD for Barb Night 

Name- Barb Krueger
Age- 44
Hometown- springfield
Occupation- Guard at the Courthouse
Member Since- oct 2015

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? My 5:30 pm class was mostly all my old Bent Steel peeps from Fit Club, and the atmosphere was awesome and since i knew everyone in the class ;)

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? New Pr's! I squat better than i ever have- yet i still have a long way to go. Form is very important here instead of writing scores on the board (in other gyms), newbies/ beginners are a wlcome sight.. i LOVE the atmosphere here- its my extended family.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? In 2017 i would love to master a DU and a kipping pullup.

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? Strict presses, push presses and i LOVE LOVE LOVE any workout w/the kettles!!!!

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community? If you are wanting to get into shape and the self discipline of treadmill isnt getting it done.... join crossfit! The community/team feeling is really what makes all of us come back today day after day! You will love it, especially if you were ever in group sports in your youth! It is what you have been missing in workouts!

This box is definetly a family feeling group! We support everyone's accomplishments no matter how big or small, fire ball Fridays, the push to test yourself, and each other in a friendly supportive way which is why this is a great community! Pushing for PR's but proper forrm aned safety first.... this box supporter me during my cancer treatments and have been very patient w/me on my 1/2 wod ability trying to get back to being my old self..... i am a very lucky lady to belong to such a great place..... very humbled and blessed am i ;)

Tell us something we dont know about you?

Grew up a farm kid, live on a farm west side of town, love the outdoors, love group outings,

Favorite WOD? Anything w/dead lifts, push presses an Kettles!!!

Least eFavorite WOD? Anything w/burpees!

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- OCTOBER

Age- 42

Hometown- Chicago (Northwest Suburbs)

Occupation- Administrative Assistant

Member Since- March, 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF?

Omg! I’ll never forget. I couldn’t do a single squat, lunge, bear crawl, or box jump. What the hell was that?? I remember watching in awe as Coach Flynn literally flew up onto a 30” box, I was flabbergasted. When it came our turn to do them, he kindly went and found me about a 3” box for me to jump on. Coach Flynn was the teacher along with Coach Jackie. They were SOOOO patient and encouraging. Without their continuous words to “keep going,” “just move,” “do what you can,” and “we all start somewhere,” I don’t know if I would’ve continued. I had never done sports or trained in my whole life. The most I’d done is Zumba or Yoga (so not anywhere close to CrossFit). One of my coaches later told me that the first night I “walked through the warm up” and that I “had it in my mind that I had limited ability in myself because of my age and exposure.” He said he thought I would not be back after that first night!

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box?

A few? How about a hundred? Where to begin; It has absolutely transformed my life, my mental stability, cognitive thinking, health, goals, commitment levels, priorities, dedication, etc. Let’s see, I am diabetic, my A1C was 8.3 when I started at Rail Splitter, it’s now 5.5 and my doctor and dietitian are completely blown away. I’m considered “Diet & exercise Controlled Diabetes” I don’t take any medication. My resting heart rate used to be 90-95, it’s now 60-65. I used to have high blood pressure, not anymore. I never in my whole life really learned how to eat healthy in a way that isn’t a “diet.” Coach Sonny and Coach Rachel have been instrumental in helping me completely transform the way I eat and Coach Jackie taught me how to look at food as fuel instead of a hobby ☺. I complained all the time, my mental thinking was killing my progress and I have totally learned not to “voice” anything negative because it truly impedes my ability. I’m even learning to control my facial expressions. CrossFit also teaches you to be independent, it was really hard not to look at all the seasoned athletes, I’d constantly compare them to how unseasoned I was. But I’ve really learned that I cannot do that. Since joining Rail Splitter my physical body has changed immensely. My posture is better, I’ve learned to lift my chest up so that I can breathe easier and fuller.  I’m 5’10” and have always squatted poorly, I also have a bulged disc, but Rail Splitter has taught me how to properly squat, bend, lift, everything! They’re super amazing on proper form! I’ll never forget my first day of class with Coach Zack. He was scary, strict and extremely knowledgeable. He was hard but he was patient and so focused on our form and technique. I couldn’t be more grateful to him for that because now, my back rarely hurts anymore, and I have learned how to utilize my body parts properly so that I feel so much stronger and can do so much.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?

  • To keep going 5x/week
  • To keep eating right
  • Trust my coaches
  • Pull-up, pistol & hate burpees less ☺

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? A lot of it is mental, like how I’ve learned to handle pain, or learned not to complain because it only impedes progress, or how what being committed really means.  But, something more tangible….it’s a cross between completing my first month of attending 5x/week and doing my first double unders. If you want some incentive, go to the competitions! They’re so motivating, I loved D-Town Throwdown.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?

You’ve heard it said before that “if I can do it, anyone can do it.” But you gotta understand, I just came from being an inpatient at the hospital, hadn’t eaten for one month, and was absolutely in the worst and weakest physical condition I have EVER been in my whole life. I didn’t know how to break my chain of unhealthiness yet desperately wanted to. All the “new” aches and pains I was immediately getting from CrossFit were SO intimidating… I didn’t want to feel like this every day. My pain tolerance on a scale of 1-10 was zero. Seriously. My coaches will be the first to tell you how much I complained and expressed how “I can’t do this.” But with statements from them like, “get out of your head, Marla” and “you’re gonna be fine, just keep moving.” I even complained on the Rail Splitter Family page on Facebook quite frequently! Fortunately the Rail Splitter members/community is SO freakin’ encouraging and I had SO many people give me words of encouragement like “one day you’re going to love it” and “I struggled too, just don’t’ quit.”  I honestly didn’t believe them…..but they were right! I’m telling you CROSSFIT IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

Tell us something we don't know about you?

I used to be a model (one of those skinny ones that had no muscle definition). Prior to coming to Rail Splitter I used to think they looked so much better than these CrossFit women with all their muscle….so not true! I’m totally converted…strong women with muscle (men too!) look way better than skinny nothingness!

Favorite WOD?

The last minute of any WOD

Least Favorite WOD?

The first minute of any WOD ☺

 


female athlete of the month- september 

Name: Maureen Faller/Zerkle, most people call me Mo
Age: 29, I will turn 30 at the end of October. Yikes!
Hometown: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado but family is from Springfield, Illinois.
Occupation: Trust Officer/Corporate Attorney. I work for Prairie State Bank & Trust managing their Trust Department and in house counsel.
Member Since: August 2015. December will celebrate three years of doing Crossfit in Springfield.

Tell us about your first day at RSCF?
I came to the first open gym wod day. I was excited to see how happy Zack was coaching, the new equipment and clean space. After walking around and talking to everyone I was excited to start working out in an environment that offers Olymipic Lifting and Crossfit.

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box?
My friendships with people have grown. I believe we all encourage each other in the gym and outside the gym. People genuinely care what is going on with my life when I walk into the gym at 6am. 

Thanks to the coaching staff I have continued to get stronger and faster.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?
Last year I set the goals by my 30th Birthday, which is October 28, 2016, I wanted to snatch 100lbs, have a ring muscle up and would compete in D-Town. I am signed up for D Town and will be competing with my fellow Rail Splitter friends next weekend “Merica Pie”. I hope at that competition I will get a 103lb snatch and maybe a bar muscle. I continue to show up every day and put in the work so hopefully one day I will get that muscle up.

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF?
I really enjoyed the open! It was a lot of fun to compete with each other and support each other.  It was a great atmosphere every Friday morning to wake up and see everyone come in and throw down. I enjoyed competing with Missy in Capital Takedown and Ice Breather, watching my partner hit PRs on the competition stage was AWESOME! We have both come a long way in the last three years and I am excited to continue to grow with her in the sport. 

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?

Everything is scalable. Do not expect to be great right out of the gate, check the ego. Perfect the basics and move on from there. The hardest part for me is to be patient. Let the programming, extra time and effort work. If you show up and try your best every time you’re in the gym then you will get better.

Tell us something we dont know about you?
When I was a little kid I wanted to play the electric guitar. Instead my parents signed me up for piano lessons. 

Favorite WOD?
Probably anything gymnasty! I enjoy Diane with handstand pushups and deadlifts. The 12 days of Christmas WOD, I enjoy chippers that have short rep schemes and several movements. Who couldn’t love having a beer in the middle of a wod. :::Cheers:::

Least Favorite WOD?
Anything with wallballs, rowing, thrusters or heavy squats!! I am getting better with all of these movements but it is a total mental game for me during these wods. 

 


FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- JULY

Name- AUDRA

Age-  32

Hometown-  BRIDGEPORT, IL

Occupation-]  CLERICAL

Member Since-  FOUNDING MEMBER(AUG.1ST,2015)

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? That first class was exciting and terrifying. RSCF was a new animal and very different from what I used too. Zach was focused and excited. There was a tremendous amount of energy in that room and it hasn’t faded. I found out that the wall at my previous box used for wall balls was incredibly wrong. It was a very humbling experience not being able to hit the line with a 10lb ball.

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? Friendships that are more like family. Amazing coaches with programs that work that translates to a stronger version of myself. I’m not nearly as timid as I was when I started. Now when something new or something that we haven’t done in a while comes up, rather than hanging back  and telling myself I probably can’t do it, I try it. It’s a lot of fun seeing just how far you can come in a year, which makes me excited for the year to come.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?  Strict pull-ups, 100lb snatch, be better

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? Thursday night OPEN announcements – that was a blast and I can’t wait to do it again. Everyone coming in on Friday and killing those WODs.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?  Do it. You won’t regret it and you’ll probably even have fun.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  my eye balls have been outside of head, so there’s that.

Favorite WOD?  Death by Thrusters ( don’t judge, I had fun)

Least Favorite WOD?  I don’t have one…


FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- May

Age- 33
Hometown- Taylorville, Il
Occupation- Nurse Anesthetist
Member Since- October 2015

 

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? I had been doing crossfit for a little over a year when I had joined at RSCF. I had recently moved up to Springfield and was looking for a new place to call home. I dropped in to try out the place and that was it….I was a member. I was worried how I would fit in with a new crossfit family, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly that worry quickly went away.

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? Since joining RSCF I have seen major improvement in my lifting technique. I have also been able to meet some new and amazing friends.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? Shortly after joining RSCF, my husband and I learned we were expecting our first child. Since then, I have had to learn to adjust to what my body can and can not do. Modifying and scaling movements I used to be able to do has been difficult for me, but I have many goals in my future for after our little one arrives. I would like to see many PR's in my future and I would like to get my first muscle up!!

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? I would say one of my favorite moments would have been when I PR'd Karen while being 28 weeks pregnant!! Helped me prove that I can continue to push myself even when expecting!!

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community? DO IT!!! Come in, sign up and don't look back. Crossfit is something that many people love to make fun of or tell you that you have joined a cult, but who cares! Joining crossfit over a year ago has allowed me to meet some amazing people and get into great shape! I was intimidated like everyone else the first day I went to class. I looked around and saw people of all ages, sizes and physical fitness levels killing the WOD in his/her own way. The coaches can modify any movement so that you are able to complete the workout and get a killer workout!! Trust me being the seen of modification these days :-) Crossfit is known for supporting one another and TRUST ME when I say at the end of a workout, having your class cheering you on to finish and not stop is the best motivation you can ask for!!

Tell us something we dont know about you? I still love to run long distance and have completed two half marathons. One day I would like to complete a full marathon.

Favorite WOD? I would say any long chipper WOD or Running WOD's. Oh and believe it or not….any workout with burpees.

Least Favorite WOD? Anything with thrusters or the assault bike (torture device as I like to call it :)

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- APRIL

Name-Jessica Raabe

Age- 33

Hometown-Franklin, Illinois

Occupation- Small business owner of "Major League Lawns"

Member since- January 2016

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? I was very anxious, my nerves were shot, and I was intimidated to walk through the door, but luckily I had Julie and Kelly by my side keeping me at ease. I of course felt like a goof because I didn't know the movements at all but I gave it my best shot and had a great time. It was awesome to see how hard people were pushing themselves in the wod, I knew then I needed to join!

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? Most noticeably I feel more confident and out going. I have learned to become comfortable when I am uncomfortable and I feel like a stronger person in general.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? To keep improving, to perfect the movements to the best of my ability starting with keeping the bar closer to my body and getting under it rather than flinging it out in front of me, and learn how to get into a rhythm when doing kipping pull-ups and toes to bar.

Favorite moment so far at RSCF? Rxing 16.5! Kim was my partner I wanted to do it Rx but was worried it would take to long and Kim said verbatim "I know you can do this but it's up to you...do you want to do this Rx or do you want to do this fast? Either way ill cheer you on until the end no matter how long it takes." She did exactly that, talked me through the whole wod with so much excitement and enthusiasm that others came over to cheer me on at the end. It was to cool for words to explain!

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community? What are you waiting for? You will constantly be surrounded by positive people who want to better themselves as well as others, who genuinely seem to care about one another. This will be the best decision you've ever made.

Tell us something we don't know about you? 4 years ago I boarded a plane headed for MCRD Parris Island, SC. I had one goal in mind at the time...I was going to do everything in my power to be the honor grad, I wanted to be the best in my platoon, and get that eagle, globe, and anchor! Then 12 days into recruit training during pugil sticks I f#%&*d up, I fractured my ankle in two places, was put in a cast, and sent to frp. Every morning the same saying "Good morning ladies, today is not a training day...." it was so very discouraging day after day, month after month when all I wanted was to train. If they would have let me train in that cast lord knows I would of. Then came the day I got the cast removed and I was told I would not run for a year which meant I wouldn't return to another platoon or train for 12 months all while staying on the island and being treated as a training recruit. My heart just couldn't handle that so I made the decision to come home, which in turn made me feel like the biggest failure in the world. All of the excitement, spunk, goals, and confidence I had going into training had disappeared. I let that failure eat me alive for the last four years. I beat myself up for so long and felt such a void; I never thought it could be filled. Then Julie and Kelly, the two best friends a girl can ask for, invited me to class and for the first time in four years I feel ALIVE. I feel like I actually belong somewhere, that this phenomenal community of strangers at RSCF has taken me in without any judgments. This magical box has surpassed any expectations that I had of crossfit and I just want to thank all of you for being so supportive, kind, encouraging, and generous.) 

Favorite WOD? Any WOD that is a Hero WOD! Those people gave the ultimate sacrifice. It lights a fire in my soul to finish and complete what they no longer can and to give my maximum amount of effort and then some more!! Ohhhh and WODs that include running.

Least Favorite WOD? Any that have to do with the assault bike. I feel assaulted after one calorie that thing is Lucifer in disguise!

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- MARCH


Name: Anna Grindy

Age: 26

Hometown: Decatur, IL

Occupation: Medical student

Member since: The day after St. Patrick's Day 2015

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? I was surprised and impressed at the number of people who had come from other gyms to join Rail Splitter.  I was definitely scoping out the competition. ;) I know Audra, Julie, Erica, and Kim were there, and they were very friendly and excited to be a part of the new gym. Zack was uncharacteristically chipper; the atmosphere was lively and every one who was there was working extra hard. 

What are some benefits you have seen since joining our box and amazing community? As an athlete, I work more on my weaknesses than I ever have before because there is the space, support, and resources to do so.  As a coach, I have learned how to work with different types of athletes and tailor my approach to their learning styles. As a person, I have made some wonderful friends who support me and push me and give me rides home when I've had too much tequila. As a puppy mom, I have seen Dottie's social skills blossom and her fetch skills improve dramatically. 

Favorite moment so far at RSCF? When I got my first muscle up .. oh wait ... But seriously, there are a ton of memorable moments: the first time I actually taught someone how to snatch probably tops the list followed closely by when I PRed 14.5/16.5 by 3:18. 

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community? This experience is what you make of it.  Use coaches as resources and be coachable.If you put in the work and the effort, you will be surprised by what you can accomplish.  However, don't let your accomplishments or limitations define who you are - the most important thing is to have fun! 

Tell us something we don't know about you? I am the only person named Anna Grindy in the US. 

Favorite WOD? Grindy (duh) -- it's a real thing, though; I didn't make it up.

Least favorite WOD? 16.5

Female athlete of the month- February

Name- Alison Rhodes

Age- 32

Hometown- Petersburg, IL

Occupation- Currently on sabbatical from medical home practice transformation

Member Since- October 2015

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? Yay! The gang’s all here!

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? None. Crossfit sucks and it never stops sucking, it just sucks less, and you learn to embrace the suck.  Well, I have met some pretty fantastic people to embrace the suck with, so there’s that.

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself? Figure out any and all movements requiring me going near a rig and of course world peace

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF? Any of the non-traditional WODs: 12 Days of Christmas, Open, partner WODs.  They always bring out the fun and community aspect of Rail Splitter.

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?

  • What do you have to lose?
  • Zack is not as scary as he seems and when he tells you he doesn’t like anything you’re doing (or any comments of that nature) it means he cares.
  • Yes, Catlin does wear women’s hair accessories and no he is not a cross dresser  
  • Be patient, be consistent

Tell us something we don’t know about you? In eighth grade, I received 1st place for a painting in an art show

Favorite WOD? 12 Days of Christmas, it is usually a horrible workout paired with a fun atmosphere, day 12 is my favorite.

Least Favorite WOD? Any WODs involving the rig, assault bike, running, double unders, rowing, wall balls, thrusters, push-ups, dips, lunges, box jumps so basically all of them .

 

Female Athlete of the Month- January

Name- Amy Wiese

Age- 31

Hometown- Sherman

Occupation- Nurse

Member Since- August 2015

Tell us about your first day at RSCF? My first day at RSCF was a Saturday, so it was a partner WOD. I remember being nervous, anxious, intimidated, etc.  There were so many things about which I was clueless, and I hated feeling like I was lost.  However, the atmosphere was so different than I had imagined it being. Everyone was super encouraging and willing to help.  It is unexplainable the sense of community and camaraderie that takes place behind those doors.  After that Saturday, I decided to come back for more.  The first few weeks were rough.  I don’t think I was able to move without groaning, and I was sure I would never remember all of the different movements.  I am now 6 months in, and I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to take the leap!

What are a few benefits you have seen since joining our Box? Like with many other workout routines, my strength, endurance, mood, and energy have all improved.  But I have gained so much more than that.  I have met some pretty great people.  I have taken in an insane amount of information in a short amount of time.  It is also awesome to always have someone there to motivate you to give it your all.  Even when you’re the last one to finish a WOD, you never finish alone; others are there cheering you on till the end!

What are some individual goals you have set in place for yourself?  I am determined to get double-unders.  I would also really like to get better at pull-ups and eventually be able to do toes to bar.

Favorite Moment so far at RSCF?  My favorite moment so far was witnessing the support all of the RSCF members provided at the IceBreather Classic.  It was the first competition I had ever been to, and I was amazed at how many members came out to cheer on those competing.  It was a pretty awesome site to see!

Words of advice for someone interested in joining our box and amazing community?  Go for it!  While it can be somewhat intimidating for a newbie on the outside looking in, it is totally worth it.  There is always help, motivation, support, etc.  I am not exactly an extrovert, and I always felt welcomed.  It is a decision you won't regret! 

Tell us something we don't know about you?  I was voted “most studious” of my senior class, which might help explain why I have 4 degrees.  Maybe someday I’ll decide what I want to be when I grow up!

Favorite WOD?  I'm going to have to go with the 12 days of CrossFit WOD on Christmas Eve.  It wasn't easy, but it was a ton of fun.  

Least Favorite WOD?  Anything involving running or sprinting!