April Athlete of the Month

April Athlete of the Month

Michelle Lippincott

Meet our athlete of the month for April, Michelle Lippincott!
 
You likely have seen Michelle training with Andre in the evenings, just as the group classes are wrapping up. Michelle is a dream personal training client- she’s kind, optimistic, and rarely in a bad mood. When she is having a rough day, she doesn’t allow it to slow her down or take away her smile. She is a newer face at Fit Crew, but the amount of work that she puts in at the gym speaks for itself! Michelle has Supraventricular Tachycardia, better known as SVT… This means that her heart rate can be much higher than the average person, especially during times of increased oxygen demand. Despite this, she has been smashing all of her goals and shows no sign of stopping soon. Congratulations, Michelle!

 

 

Tell us about yourself.

I am from Bradenton, FL- born and raised- I’ve never moved away. I graduated from Manatee High School (Go canes Go!) I’m married to my best friend Jedidiah and we have a 10-year-old daughter named Jade- they are both my world. I work in accounts payable at The Oaks Club in Osprey. To be honest, I have no athletic background at all. I didn’t play sports in high school, not even dance. If you ask anyone who knows me they’d agree that I’m not the most coordinated person but that seems to be changing!

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

I got started at Fit Crew back in December and Andre is the person who introduced me to the gym. He was my trainer about two years ago at another gym. Recently, we reconnected on Facebook and he told me all about Fit Crew. I was a little hesitant at first, but I knew it was time for a change and a totally new challenge so I signed up for personal training with him. I’ve been here ever since.


What has been your proudest athletic moment?

My proudest athletic moment has to be just this past March; my daughter and I completed a 5k together. We weren’t perfect and our time was a little longer than I had hoped for, but we did it together and it was awesome. I was able to help motivate her and I got to see how proud she was to have completed it.

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

I have two favorites, anything to do with legs (I love leg day) and taking the sledgehammer to the tire.
My least favorite? That’s easy, anything that has to do with the sled. We have a love-hate relationship.
 

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

Fit Crew is different for other gyms because, to me, it is home. It’s where people from all different walks of life can come together and have a common goal. They cheer each other on, push one another and are there if we fall. FitCrew gets you out of the box and challenges you in so many different ways.

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

When I am not at Fit Crew I love to read, shop, be with family and friends, and visit the beach.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know about you.
Hmmmm… I would like to be a pilot when I grow up ☺

 

 

March Athlete of the Month

March Athlete of the Month

Amy Morris

Meet our athlete of the month for March, Amy Morris!
 

Amy has been with us just over a year now but she is a well-loved member of our Fit Crew Family. Known for her bubbly personality and positive outlook, Amy always has a smile on her face at the gym, shows determination, and is supportive of everyone around her. Our gym community is made up of individuals who are supportive of one another and have a common goal of wanting more out of life. Amy is a great example of this and we are proud to call her our athlete of the month. Congratulations, Amy!


Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Jamestown, New York, a small town just below Buffalo, where most of my family still resides. I often tell people I am allergic to snow and that was the main reason I decided to move to Florida. I’m a newlywed, happily married to Richie Morris (most of you know him as the loud, funny guy… he’s my rock). Currently, I am a special education teacher at Jessie P. Miller Elementary school, where I’ve taught for eleven years. I don’t really have a lengthy athletic background, although I played soccer and danced for most of my childhood.!

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

My husband turned me on to Fit Crew. I was working out at another gym and not seeing the results I had hoped to see… hit a plateau. I have to say I was extremely nervous about coming to Fit Crew, as I knew nothing about weight lifting and was actually quite intimidated by the thought of it. My first session was very humbling, yet inspiring and I immediately felt welcome and feel in love (I remember saying A LOT of naughty words).

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

My proudest athletic moment is not the number of goals I’ve scored or pounds lifted, but a new found feeling of self-confidence and determination. The trainers at Fit Crew were primarily responsible for this, turning my “I can’t do THAT” moments into “you WILL do that” moments and encouraging me the whole way through. I can honestly say that when I was approached with this recognition, I was sure they had the wrong “Amy,” as there are way more “athletic” people in the gym than me. However, I come to realize that the term “athletic” encompasses way more than just the physical abilities. Determination, effort, time, self-motivation, willingness to try new things, and humility are a few qualities that come to mind. Each day is about making a better version of yourself. I am honestly very humbled by this recognition.

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

Burpees and rope climbs…. Ugh. Seriously, every time I see the ropes down I want to run back to my car and leave!.

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

Fit Crew is by far a unique gym to be a part of! No one can deny that Fit Crew has the best set of trainers! They are talented trainers who pay attention, truly care, are knowledgeable, and continually learn new ways to push you. To me, Fit Crew also equals family. Walking in each time, I love being greeted with a smile by trainers and fellow Fit Crew members, who truly care about what is going on in my life or how I am feeling after yesterday’s workout. It doesn’t matter what class you’re attending, it seems like everyone always has your best interest in mind. It is like a built in support system. There is also something to be said for surrounding yourself with others that have similar goals in mind (or maybe we are all just a little crazy)! I also love how each workout is completely different and more challenging than the last. It makes walking in exciting, because you never know what to expect! Lastly, Fit Crew is a gym where goals are accomplished and results are seen. With a staff that cares, that has similar goals, and is so knowledgeable about the way the body works, Fit Crew will forever be my gym! Fit Crew is one of a kind!

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

When I am not at Fit Crew I love to read, shop, be with family and friends, and visit the beach.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know about you.
Hmmmm… I would like to be a pilot when I grow up ☺

February Athlete of the Month

February Athlete of the Month

Todd McClure

Meet our athlete of the month for February, Todd McClure!
 
Todd, aka Tomato Todd, is one of Fit Crew’s most memorable athletes. You may know him as the class clown- he wakes up the 5 AM group each morning with dance moves and endless jokes. While the early morning class gets to enjoy Todd’s moves, the rest of us enjoy the boxes of tomatoes that he brings to the gym from the farm.
Todd joined us when Fit Crew was located in a barebones warehouse and stayed with us while we grew into the extensive facility that we call home today. He is extremely consistent in attending classes and always makes an effort to represent the gym wherever he goes- from Bradenton all the way to Mount Kilimanjaro. His athletic background, dedication, and light-hearted nature make him an ideal AOTM candidate. Congratulations, Todd!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Todd Lambert McClure and I am 30 years old. I’ve been married to my wife Sally Heckethorn McClure for 7 1/2 years and we have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter named Charlotte and an 18-month old son named Grady.

I was born and raised here in Bradenton, FL and grew up making the rounds through all of the obligatory kids sports leagues and summer camps.  I have always been a morning person and I credit my father with that. We used to wake up early on Saturday’s and before church on Sundays to ride our bikes to GT Bray for batting practice, hit the tennis courts for an hour or so, or even go kneeboarding in Warners Bayou behind the old family wave runner. I graduated from Bradenton Christian School in 2004 and went to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. There, I received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and met my beautiful wife Sally. I actually started out pre-dental (don’t ask me why) but failed freshman chemistry! I took that as a pretty good sign I needed to change directions. After graduation, I came back home to live and work with my family in the tomato business.

My great-great-grandfather was a rancher and farmer from Palmetto, FL and started the company back in the early 1900s. I proudly represent the 5th generation of our family to help run the company. Eight years ago I started out on a tractor learning the ropes.  Those were much simpler times. In some respects, I wish I could go back to sitting on the tractor all day. My current day to day hands on role encompasses a broad spectrum of activities including tomato production management, farm labor issues, field policy/compliance, human resources and food safety. We all pretty much do whatever we have to do in order to get the job done and keep moving forward!

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

My wife and I were preparing for a trek to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the summer of 2012. Earlier that spring, Brent and Robin VanEerden invited us to try Fit Crew. Sally went first one morning and told me how they all grabbed PVC pipes and went out back in this dirty and dark auto parts warehouse to start stretching. She said it was scary but exhilarating. I went the next day and distinctly remember feeling that same apprehensiveness and exhilaration. I had not lifted weights in a few years at that point and was mainly running for exercise. I could not do many of the movements including regular pull-ups. It was both humbling and inspiring.

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

I got really into endurance sports in college. A friend and I once rowed indoors on the ergometers for 3 hours straight! We rowed almost 40,000 meters in one sitting. Running, rowing, long-distance solo day hikes, long runs, it all excited me.

Of course, there’s only so much excitement one can get from a rowing machine so that summer I bought a road bike and stayed at school to take a statistics course. I would go to class every morning and ride my bike every afternoon. That’s spring we started the Furman Cycling Team and within a couple years (and with the help of a few freshman phenoms) we took a four-man team, of which I was a part of, and won the collegiate national team time trial in Fort Collins, Colorado. Individual members of that team are now racing as professionals on UCI tour teams. It was a great experience for me to be a part of.

Since marrying Sally we have been on some great expeditions together. We have climbed Mount Rainier (14,410′) in Washington state and Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341′) in Tanzania. Most recently I summited Aconcagua (22,841′) in Argentina. These strenuous climbs push your body to the limit and Fit Crews mental and physical conditioning has played a key role in our preparations for these trips.

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

There are a few movements that I am just flat out unable to perform. Heavy squat snatches, pistols, and triple unders are all currently on the blacklist. I’m also vehemently opposed to anything over 30 reps. I just seem to lose interest. That being said, the variability of the workouts at Fit Crew help strengthen your body and mind as well. Being open to completing whatever is on the board helps a person push through and persevere, even if they don’t care to. Sometimes it’s simply an exercise in mind-over-matter. My favorite movements are nae-nae’s, dougie’s, whips, stanky legs and anytime I get to ju-ju on that beat. And the bench press.

 

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

For me personally, Fit Crew feels like equal parts sickness and antidote. Choosing to work out and suffer at 5 AM (sometimes 6 AM) for four days a week could seem like a mental imbalance to many people. More often than not I find myself getting through lunchtime on any given day and starting to get excited about the next days workout. That is the sickness element. Fit Crew is also the cure for what ails me.  The rest of my days are usually stressful and completely unpredictable. Fit Crew is predictable. It’s a constant. It’s an energizing environment that helps me focus and make it through a work week. Fit Crew is made up of individuals (a lot of whom are some of my closest of friends) who are there because they want to be. They are all driven by any number of reasons but it is easy to find common ground over something with every single person in training. That 5 AM class gets me up early to get a workout in without sacrificing time with the family. By the time Sunday afternoon roll around I find myself itching to get into the gym and get the week started.

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

I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family. Running around or swinging in the backyard is one of our favorite things. We also enjoy going boating as a family and finding all of the waterfront restaurant spots. I’ve also just recently gotten the kids fishing a little bit. It’s fun to see the excitement that the kids have for being in and around the water. Everyone in this area is fortunate to live where other people dream of vacationing. Also, my wife and I both grew up tent camping and will soon try to get the kids up to the Smoky Mountains for some camping and hiking along the Appalachian Trail.

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

I love listening to audiobooks. Theology, apologetics, Historical biographies, self-help, business management, political strategy, you name it! I don’t make much time for reading during the day so I listen to audiobooks and ESPN Radio (especially Dan Le Batard and Stugotz) while driving between farms.
I also am a licensed real estate agent and use it sparingly when the opportunity presents itself.
And finally, I’m scared to admit that I’ve never done The Murph! In the 5 years that I’ve been coming to Fit Crew, I’ve never been present for this workout. By mentioning this I am fully aware that I have jinxed myself and will be targeted by Niels and Andrew to complete The Murph in the very near future. Bring it on!