Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Mathew Nolan

Career: Student

Years Doing CrossFit: 7

Mathew is pretty awesome, time everyone knows it!

How Did You Get Started?
I started CrossFit when the kids classes were formed at CFSTC
Favorite & Least Favorite movement and why?
My favorite movement is the back squat because it makes me feel strong, and my least favorite movement is thrusters, because I feel like my height is a disadvantage for me and because of me being a pitcher I have the limit the amount I go over head.
What’s your favorite memory at CrossFit St. Charles?
My favorite memory is when Matthew Kirkland and I faced off at the Festivus games in the mystery wod at the very end of that day.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower of choice would be the ability to control the weather so I would be able to control when it rains so I never would have to worry about a baseball rain out.
Favorite cheat meal, go!
My favorite cheat meal is a 5 meat supreme dierbergs frozen pizza. It’s the best.
You’re a multi-sport athlete, can you tell us what you play, positions, and how CrossFit helps?
I play baseball and football. In football I’m a outside linebacker and in baseball I’m a pitcher/third baseman. I believe that the overall fitness of CrossFit helps me with both of my sports and the positions I play for both of them
What is a goal you have for yourself in 2019?
My CrossFit goal for 2019 is to deadlift 425lbs and back squat 350lbs. My personal goal is to have a 4.0 GPA.
Whats the Mathew Motto?
My motto is “All Gas No Brakes!!”. It originated from one of my football coaches at CBC. During halftime at the 2018 State Football Championship, he said this because our spirit wasn’t the best during halftime after our opponent scored at the last second of the half to make it a one score game. My coach said “all Gas No Brakes.” Multiple times and we went to win state 45-21

Kristen Is Athlete Of The Month!


Lets have a big shout out for Kristen Wood! She is the the first Athlete of the Month in 2019! She’s as good as they come, get to know her below!

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us?
I started in September 2017. I got interested in CrossFit after watching the games documentaries on Netflix. After having 2 kids and feeling like I got put back together like a Picaso, I needed something different and thought this would be the change I needed.
 
2. Favorite & Least Favorite movement and why? 
I love anything with a barbell. I love getting new PRs on movements, its so fun. Burpees are my nemesis.
3. What’s your favorite memory at CrossFit St. Charles? 
I actually have pretty serious social anxiety. I am so shy its hard for me to put myself out there and try new things and meet new people. So every time I come to the gym and accomplish those things its my new favorite memory.
(❤️ We love this so much)
 
4. Tell us a little about the day in the life of Kristen? 
I get up way too early for my liking, get ready for the work, take a kid to school and get to work, save the world (not really I work in a bank doing AML 🙂 ), leave work and get kids or start dinner, clean up, help my oldest with reading or math homework, get the kids ready for bed, and if its a good day I get to come work out.
 
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 
Probably being in more than one place at a time. Then maybe I could get everything done I want to.
 
6. Favorite cheat meal, go! 
 
Pizza, all day er-ry day!
7. If you were to write a book, what would it be called? 
The Many Disasters of an Amateur Baker
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
This is so tough. Definitely Europe. Probably London or Paris. I have spent a lot of time reading about British and French history so to see the places I have read and studied would be amazing
 
9. Whats the Kristen Motto? 
I wish I could say it is something super motivating but I dont really have a motto. Right now I have been saying “That sounds like a you problem, not a me problem” a lot.

Lacey is Athlete of the Month!


Let’s hear it for Lacey Ebert! She won Athlete of the Month! Lacey is one of the best people you I’ll ever meet, get to know her below!

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us?
 I started in February 2017. The year before I worked hard to lose over 100lbsall I did was cardio and didn’t have any muscle. One of my coworkers suggested I try Crossfit (Thanks Rob). A few weeks after that I was at a Christmas Party with Stephanie Smith, we talked about CFSTC and the rest is history.
 
2. Favorite & Least Favorite movement and why? 
I really like dumbbell snatches. I travel a lot for work and can do those at most hotel gyms. Least favorites, I have a few, and it’s because they are hard for me…like overhead squats, box jumps and thrusters but if I had to pick just one it would be burpees.
 
3. What’s your favorite memory at CrossFit St. Charles? 

I ate it on a box jump and ever since then I have had a really hard time doing them. Kim had me try the 20” “soft” box and I did it. I was a little excited! I still am a wimp when it comes to them and hopefully one day I’ll be able to overcome my mental roadblock.

4. Tell us a little about the day in the life of Lacey? 
If it’s a good day I make it to a 5am spin or CF class. When I get home, I get me and 3 of my 4 kids up ready to leave the house by 7:30. Then it’s off to work. I usually make it home by 6. We eat dinner, do homework, play, give the kids baths/showers and get them to bed around 8:30. By this time I have heard “Hey Mom” at least 100 times. I need to be in bed by 9 if I have any chance of making it to the gym on time the next morning. (Tuesday is the hardest day of the week with both Dance for Haley and Crossfit for Luke)
 
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 
Healing. Selfishly I’d love to be able to work out and not ever hurt…but wouldn’t also be cool to make your kids, family and friends feel better?!
6. Favorite cheat meal, go! 
A meal that includes Mashed Potatoes (no skins). I only eat them on Thanksgiving and at Christmas…next year I may have them instead of birthday cake!
 
7. If you were to write a book, what would it be called? 

It’s Hard but You Can Do It

8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I have so many places I want to go…but if I could leave today I’d be on a plane to Hawaii. I love it there. I’m also not adventurous when it comes to food and Hawaii has all the “normal” things I like to eat.
 
9. Whats the Lacey Motto? 
Take time to work on yourself. You’ll never be as good as everyone around you needs you to be if you don’t take care of yourself!

Mark is Athlete of the Month!


Let’s hear it for Mark Brennan! He takes home November’s Athlete of the Month! 

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
I got started about 6 months ago. When I decided that Crossfit was the way I wanted to get in shape I just looked up Crossfit gyms in the area and went with the closest one to my house. Which I think was pretty lucky because I doubt I would have liked everybody as much as I do at a different gym.
2. Favorite/ Least Favorite Workout and why? 
Wallballs!! My skinny legs still need some work LOL
3. Best part about working out with 7:00pm crew? 
Love 7pm!! And not just because it’s the only time I can get it in. It’s nice to blow off some steam after work. I look foward to workin out with my friends all day!
 
4. Tell us a little about the day in the life of Mark? 
A typical day starts at 5:30am. At work by 7am. Turn broke cars into happy cars untill 6:00pm. Then hopefully make it to Crossfit on time. Then home. Shower, dinner, crash repeat.
 
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 
Time travle. I would go back and get that $1.5 billion lotto ticket!! Then use the money to become Iron Man lol.
 
6. Favorite cheat meal, go! 
Jack in da Box tacos!! Those disgusting, delicious, greasy things filled with god knows what make me happy!
 
7. If you were to write a book, what would it be called? 
Proper vehicle maintenance for dummies lol
 
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
If I had to pick one place I would love to get back to Peru. The people there are so kind and the weather is beautiful. I had the time of my life there. It’s where I plan to retire some day.
 
9. Whats the Mark Motto? 
Nothing is impossible. The word it’s self says I’m possible.
Way to be Mark! CrossFit St. Charles is better with you a part of us! 

Let’s Hear It For Tiffany! She’s Athelte of the Month!


Let’s hear it for Tiffany Nevil! She’s is Athlete of the Month! Get to know this awesome human below!
1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
Jessie Schoenrock started a “Get Fit” class in September of 2017 and invited me, Bannon and Deb Wiggins to do it together. We all signed up and loved everything about Crossfit (I mean after we died a little) so we joined the gym after our class was over!
2. Favorite/ Least Favorite Workout and why? 
I love slam ball, bear crawls, front and back squats and deadlifts because they make me feel strong! I hate running, the assault bike and snatches because they show me my weaknesses. My brain struggles with the snatch so much! I’ve asked for flashcards…..
3. Best part about working out with 9:00 am crew? 
I have mad respect for my ladies. They are so strong and driven. When I watch them, I am in awe of their strength and determination. I love the example they are to their friends and kids about a healthy body image. I love that we can laugh, have fun and play around; the way we encourage and celebrate each other’s victories! I also have mad respect for Coach Chris; he calls us to our best selves every time and encourages us not to sell ourselves short.
4. Tell us a little about a day in the life of Tiffany? 
I work part time a few days a week, I do a lot of volunteer work for my church, I write and I try to manage my three kids social, academic and sports calendars all while being married to a red-headed viking. I have a ridiculous love for my dog Luna and I spend a lot of time taking adorable pictures of her and playing with her. #lovelylunarose
5. What is your spirit animal and why? 
A butterfly! I love to be outdoors, I believe deeply in transformative experiences and I would love to fly.
6. Favorite cheat meal, go! 
Ben, there’s levels of cheat meals. Like a little cheat would be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Next level would be like beer and pizza/cheeseburger. But the ultimate cheat? That’s like chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy and fried okra, some fresh bread and butter and then chocolate cake
7. If you were to write a book, what would it be called? 
 I actually have chapters of a book written! I might call it “Upside-Down Ordinary”
 
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
The Loire Valley in France and also Grasse, France. Because the LRV is where all the royalty used to have their “summer” castles/chateaus so they could beat the heat of the city. There are super famous works of art in those castles and the gardens/grounds and scenery is supposed to be spectacular. Each castle has it’s own super ornate church! Also Grasse is in the French Riviera and is where all the major perfumeries grow the flowers they use to manufacture their perfumes. I want to walk through fields of endless flowers! (See? Butterfly)
9. Whats the Tiffany Motto?
I’ve been challenging myself to “be curious” lately rather than afraid of failure. It’s helped me have more of a growth mindset and encouraged me to try things I’d ordinarily shy away from/make excuses for not doing! We think we know everything in this life and I think we miss out on a lot because we aren’t willing to be curious!

William is Athlete of the Month!


Lets hear it for William Bunge, he is Athlete of the Month!!!

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
Google search. Creep’d the Facebook and Insta, saw the 2017 crossfit open pictures and thought looked like a fun group and should check it out.
2. Favorite/ Least Favorite Workout and why? 
Lynne because who doesn’t like to bench press. Least favorite is cliche but anything with thrusters has me about waving the white flag.
3. Best part about working out with CFSTC crew? 
I have experienced the craziness of the morning crew, being the only guy with Chris and the girls, and the evening classes. Everyone is very welcoming and always bound to get a few laughs even if the workout isn’t fun.
4. For those who don’t know yet can you tell us a little bit about your career and why you love it?
I’m a chiropractor that focuses on manual therapy, dry needling, and rehab in addition to adjustments. I love what I do because you get to help people get back to doing what they love or continuing to do what they love.
Check him out!
http://www.trossspine.com/
5. What is your spirit anaimal and why? 
Shark, I love being around water and swam competitive for 18 years. The first team I swam on were the sharks and my college mascot was the sharks. Plus they have a whole week dedicated to them.
6. Favorite cheat meal, go! 
I can crush some Oreos or Raising Cane’s!
7. If you were to write a book, what would it be called? 
Failing to Success. I always feel like you learn more from failures and people are too scared to fail when its completely normal. That’s how you learn and grow.
 
 
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Sweden in the summer, my roommate from undergrad is from Sweden and tells me I have to come visit and summer is the best time.
9. Whats the William Motto? 
If your dream ain’t bigger than you, then there’s a problem with your dream.
You’re one of a kind!!  
Thank you again for being awesome! 

Congratulations Shelby! She’s Athlete of the Month!


Lets hear it for Shelby Ragusky, She is Athlete of the Month!!! 

Get to know this stud! 

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
I joined last year in July and went to a class with Debi Pickler and I have been addicted to CF ever since.
2. Favorite/ Least Favorite Workout and why? 
My favorite workout is cindy because I love all of those movements in a fast pase workout, least favorite is anything with snatching because I’m a runner and it’s hard for me to put all the movements together, but nothing I cant work on.
3. Best part about working out with morning crew? 
Best part about working out with the morning crew is they are so fun and crazy all the time and push you and encourage you to do your best and I just love the atmosphere.
4. What genre of music would you be? 
Country music
5. What is the one super power you would want to have most and why? 
my super power would be flying because I hate driving and i have really bad road rage so then i wouldn’t have to drive.
6. You have some races coming up! What are you competing in and how is training going? Has CF helped? 
I am competing in the cowbell full marathon in October, training is going great I run a lot on the katy trail and crossfit has helped a lot with my insurance and my breathing when I’m running!
7. What’s your phone wallpaper right now?
my screen shot on my phone is a quote and it says “you are brave than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagine”.  
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I would go to Hawaii because I want to go sky diving there!
9. Whats the Shelby Motto? 
my motto is never give up even if it’s really hard! just get up and go do it!
You’re one of a kind Shelby Ragusky!!  
Thank you again for being awesome! 

Macey is Athlete of the Month!!!


How about a huge CFSTC congrats to Macey Wienstroer, shes Athlete of the Month!!! Whoop! Macey always shows up ready to out the work and to have a good time! Get to know her better below! 

1. When & How Did You Get Started With Us? 
I googled the nearest crossfit gym and found you all around the end of October 2017.
2. Favorite/ Least Favorite Workout and why? 
Favorite workouts in the olympic lifting classes because they lack a lot of cardio and I can focus on some skill work.
Least favorite long running workouts.
3. Best part about working out with evening crew? 
The evening crew is really fun and make the environment such a positive one. Hard workouts don’t seem so bad around your friends.
4. What genre of music would you be? 
Hipster/Pop
5. What is the one super power you would want to have most and why? 
Flying- You can travel anywhere without traffic and its free.
6. You recently went on a pretty cool trip. Can you tell us where it was and why you went? 
In May I went on a mission/cultural trip to Winneba, Ghana. This is located on the west coast of Africa. I went on this trip to learn about other cultures and to also take a chance to travel. I ended getting to know some really great people. I also got to spend to time in the school teaching and playing with the students. Overall this was such an awesome experience, that I plan to go back to see all those great people again. 
7. What’s your phone wallpaper right now? (Screenshot!) 
 
8.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I would love to go back to Ghana but if I got the opportunity to go somewhere else I’d love to check out Australia next!
9. Whats the Macey Motto? 
Just keep moving it will be over soon!
or non workout motto happy vibes
Stay awesome Macey! CFSTC is greater having you be apart of us!