September Athlete of the Month

September Athlete of the Month

Alice Ryskamp

Meet September’s Athlete of the Month, Alice Ryskamp
 
Alice has been attending Fit Crew’s group classes since 2015 and recently began personal training with Andrew. She always has a smile on her face, has a great attitude, and is compassionate for others – especially dogs. When trainers add more weight to her bar she just laughs and gives it a try. Cardio isn’t her favorite, but still, she never quits. Rarely will you hear Alice push back or say that she can’t do something. She’s also an active member of the Fit Crew community, attending many of our events and participating in in-house competitions. Alice won the 1000m row at our rowing competition and recently PR’ed with a 300lb deadlift at our latest event, a supertotal meet. She is unafraid to give it 110% and is always setting the bar higher. We’re glad to have her with us and are so excited to see all that she will accomplish in the future.
Congratulations, Alice

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 31 years old and train guide dogs at Southeastern Guide Dogs, which I have now been doing for over 7 years. I have a 4-year-old yellow lab, McCoy, (who didn’t make the cut to be a guide dog) who I love very much! He’s silly, smart and the best.

I’m originally from Michigan and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Biology. After college I did an internship in Australia at a zoo, then interned at the Dolphin Research Center in the Keys, and finally at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. After the internship ended I decided I wanted to stay near the beach and away from the cold.
I use to play tennis and volleyball in high school and a little in college. After college, I got into running (mostly because it was free). After running for a while I started working out at different gyms and worked out with personal trainers from time to time.


How did you get started at Fit Crew?

One of my coworkers used to come to Fit Crew and told me about it after he heard I was training for a marathon. I started coming once a week and was hooked. Slowly I started coming more and more often. 

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

My proudest athletic moment has been doing a rope climb at Fit Crew. I’ve never felt that I had a lot of upper body strength, so getting to that point was a huge accomplishment. The fact that I can do more than one in a workout now still shocks me!

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift/drill?

My favorite lift is deadlifts. It’s one of the lifts I can go heaviest in, which is part of Fit Crew I really enjoy! But if it’s a workout where we lift heavy, I’m in! My least favorite is burpees, but that’s probably not uncommon.

What do you think makes Fit Crew different from other gyms that you’ve tried in the past?

I think what makes Fit Crew different from other gyms is the intensity of the workouts but also the support. When I walk in and see the workout, sometimes I think there’s no way… but then I complete it, and the feeling of accomplishment is unlike I’ve felt at any other gym. The coaches are always there pushing us and motivating us, along with the other athletes. There is a great sense of community throughout the gym, which makes it fun to workout.

What do you like to do when you’re not training at Fit Crew?

In my free time, I like to spend time with my boyfriend, friends and of course McCoy. I like going to the beach, concerts, paddle boarding and playing tennis ball with McCoy (that may be his favorite past time). I also love to travel when I can and make the trip home to see my parents and sister in Michigan.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know about you.

My birthday is July 4th. And I like to teach McCoy lots of tricks, one being to turn on the light.

 

August Athlete of the Month

August Athlete of the Month

Brett Infanti

Meet August’s Athlete of the Month, Brett Infanti
 
Brett Infanti has been with Fit Crew since 2014. In the three years since Brett joined, he has not missed a month of group classes, consistently showing up with a great attitude and ready to work. His hard work pays off, as recently he hit at 250 lb clean! Brett is intelligent, hardworking, humble, and extremely strong and we’re excited to announce him as the Athlete of the Month.
Congratulations, Brett!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 32-years old. I’ve been married 8+ years to Katie and we have one kid, AJ. He just turned 1 yesterday (8/22). I’m from Bradenton, my family moved down here from PA only a few years before I was born when my father accepted an engineering job at Tropicana.

I am a project manager / process mechanical engineer for PPT Florida, though my formal education is Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. I spend predominately all my time working for the two Florida based Tropicana plants (one in Bradenton, one in Ft. Pierce).

I ran cross country and the 1-mile / 2-mile in track & field in high school. I lifted weights (did Powerlifting), but since I ran so much, never really put any weight on / increased strength. I switched to mainly weight training at the main gym at UF during my time in college and put on some good weight, as well as strength, by the time I graduated. Thereafter, I struggled to maintain consistency with exercise and weight training. It’s been a struggle to keep it a part of my daily life for the past decade.

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

I was exercising at LA Fitness off and on before I was invited to Crew by my boss, Bruce Bottorff. He kept after me for over two years to join him, but I was never up to the challenge to try the crazy work outs he was always describing. Eventually, he won 10 free classes at a charity auction and immediately offered them to me to use. I was finally mentally ready to try Crew, so I decided to utilize the 10 classes. It took about 2 classes before I was hooked.  

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

Prior to recently, I’d have to say running a 5K in just under 19-minutes. That’s about 3 – 6-minute miles continuously run. This was, of course, back in high school when I was much younger and thinner. If you see me run now, you’d realize how much of an incredible feat this is for me.

Recently, I’d say doing a full squat clean at 250# is my best accomplishment.

 

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift/drill?

I cannot stand rope climbs. The mixture of being afraid of heights and the tiny rope cuts in my hands just does not make my day.

My favorite movement is the squat clean. It’s a great combination of strength and explosive movement – and considering all my strength is in my lower half, it suits me perfectly.

What do you think makes Fit Crew different from other gyms that you’ve tried in the past?

There’s a massive difference between being physically fit and Fit Crew fit. No other gym compares. I’m stronger with better stamina than I’ve ever been in my life, and it’s not a close race.

What do you like to do when you’re not training at Fit Crew?

Like most, I work a lot. But, when I’m able to balance my life’s demands, I love being home with my family. It appears every day my son is learning to do something new, and Katie and I enjoy sharing those moments with him and each other. I used to golf for fun prior to our son’s birth, but I am still struggling a year later to add that back into my life.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know about you.

I was valedictorian for my high school graduating class!

July Athlete of the Month

July Athlete of the Month

Jeffrey Gonzalez

Meet our Athlete of the Month for July, Jeffrey Gonzalez
 
Jeffrey Gonzalez has been a long time client at the gym and his dedication shows. Two years ago he competed in the Havoc games and finished 2nd, he consistently comes for group classes at least 3 times a week (even after moving from Bradenton to Sarasota), and outside of the gym he continues to live a fit and healthy lifestyle by playing soccer. Jeffrey never cuts corners and genuinely enjoys training. Everyone in the gym knows him for how fast he can finish a workout- he jokes that all that energy comes from drinking Cuban coffee. Recently, Jeffrey has been sharing his love for Fit Crew with his friends and family; we’ve been excited to welcome both his Mom and girlfriend to our gym over the last few months.
Congratulations, Jeffrey!

Tell us about yourself.

My family and I are originally from Venezuela, but I moved to Bradenton about 9 years ago. I work in hotel management, which I went to school at USF Sarasota for. Growing up I swam, played tennis, did karate, and played soccer.

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

I was going to a normal gym before, however, I found myself getting bored and I was not seeing much improvement. I heard someone talking about cross training and “Crossfit style” workouts. I wanted to give it a try, so I went to Fit Crew and loved it.



What has been your proudest athletic moment?

My proudest athletic moment was getting in 2nd place at the Havoc Crossfit Games 2015.

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift/drill?

My favorite movement is basically anything with the bar such as power cleans or push presses, especially as AMRAPs. I don’t think that I have least favorite movement.

What do you think makes Fit Crew different from other gyms that you’ve tried in the past?

Fit Crew is different than other gyms because they keep you moving the whole hour. At a normal gym they just have a bunch of machines and it’s easy to get bored, since there’s no one there to push or motivate you to be stronger.

What do you like to do when you’re not training at Fit Crew?

When I’m not training at Fit Crew I like to go to the beach, go running, go to the movies, play soccer and spend time with my family.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know about you.

I have a dual citizenship from Spain.