My Fit Crew Story Archives

Congratulations to Tricia Bean, who had five #myfitcrewstory entries over the month of March and won the raffle prize of a three-month class pack! All of the entries we received were incredible, so we wanted to take a moment to share some of our favorite entries. The community at our gym is part of what makes it so special and we love learning more about all of our clients, new and old. Our March contest is officially over, but if you still want to share a moment at the gym or the story of how you found Fit Crew, you can always tag us in on Facebook or Instagram, e-mail us, tell us in person, or even comment on this blog.

 


Jim Racky (Via Facebook)
#MYFITCREWSTORY
My fit crew story starts back in May 2014. Couple friends of mine Troy Masterson and Tony Cerniglia were going to fit crew and kept talking about it and kept trying to get me to go. I kept making up excuses whether I was too busy at work too busy at home. But I finally gave in and went to an afternoon training one day with Tony Cerniglia. That is when I met Niels Renzenbrink. We talked for a few minutes and started the workout of the day. The very first workout was a EMOM.

What the hell is an EMOM?

10 back squats EMOM. We were supposed to do 10 back squats every minute on the minute. Neils put 15 pound weights on each end of the barbell and I’m thinking to myself this is easy, I got this, this is nothing I can do this, I could do more right?

Niels didnt know me but he still started me off slow and watched me the entire workout. I went thru this workout and Neils was there correcting me on my form several times. That being said as we all know I could not walk the next couple days so it took me another week to get back into the gym. Over the next several months I met Andrew JP, Roc, Josh, Keith and Tori. Coming into the gym I was thinking more so of not embarrassing myself. Watching some of these guys lift more weight than me watching some of the ladies who are beasts in the gym, lifting just about the same weight as me and I’m thinking I’m doing something wrong. But I soon learned that everybody in the gym encourage you from the owners to the trainers to the people you’re working out with. Nobody cared if I liftef less weight than them or did less box jumps or less pull-ups than them they all encouraged you nonetheless. I have done every workout time available from 5 AM to 4 PM. I have also done the stretching class, beach workout and bootcamps. I’ve done just about everything that the gym has to offer.

Then came a major step back, one day doing snatches I feel a pop in my right shoulder. I knew something was wrong with my shoulder I knew it was going to be bad so over the next few weeks I tried rehab with Niels. The pain did not go away. Tuned out I tore my upper bicep tendon at 100% and I tore my rotator cuff at 100%. Niels and Andrew were always there to talk to me let me know what I should be doing up until the surgery. I kept coming to the gym working on my core working on my legs and they were always there watching. I had surgery in July 2016. I returned to the gym a few weeks after the surgery and again Niels worked with me on my rehab from very minor movements and stretching up to bands and then barbells putting more weight on my on my shoulder.

If I had not been going to fit crew during the surgery with my shoulder I am sure I would not have recovered this quick.
I would not have the confidence I do now and I would not be in the good of shape as I am now. Whenever I run into an exercise or a lift that I am not sure of the trainers will always make sure my form is right. Even if it is Tori yelling at me. Or Andre telling me to lift my butt up on the elevated pull ups. Every time I walk into the gym the trainers all say hello and ask me how I’m doing. My friends that I work out with always have a smile (before the work out).

During and after the work out it’s always good work out, good job, we all push each other to the work out we all try to encourage each other to push ourselves. Fitcrew is like family to me it’s like a second family.
I have learned that Fitcrew is Law Enforcement friendly also. Niels and Andrew supported our efforts to raise money for Law Enforcement United road to hope tour.
Fitcrew has given me the confidence and drive to complete my first half marathon and full marathon.
I would say this is my Fitcrew story….
but is more than that It is my of FITCREW LIFE!


Roxanne Britt (via Instagram)
So My Fit Crew Story is due today and Im just now getting to it! When I first began working out (prior to Fit Crew) my very first trainer asked me what my goals were. “Goals? I guess I just want to eat!” Fast forward to Fit Crew. I still love to eat (I will never give up my coffee with cream or my brownie mix but I have cut back;) but my goals have definitely evolved! Climb that rope all the way to the top? Check. Learn how to lift correctly? Check. Increase my cardio endurance? Check. Wear those super cute socks? Check check and check! 😉 Do a competition? Check +! My Buddy Melissa and I got second in our division! Speaking of Buddies! Ive made some of my best friends through Fit Crew! The people and trainers are wonderful and I have never felt left out or weak even when I was the last one finished. Everyone supports each other and encourages you and you leave Fit Crew with a profound feeling of accomplishment after every workout…. Now to get a little serious. My precious mama passed away from early onset Alzheimer’s several years ago. Let me just tell you that Alzheimer’s SUCKS! I miss her. I hate that my girls don’t have her in their lives. I hate that I can’t go to her for advice and support. I hate that every indication is that Alzheimer’s has a significant hereditary component. I hate that every time I forget where I left my keys, in the darkest parts of my mind and heart, I get scared that it’s started and I’m doomed to repeat what my mom had to endure, that God help me but my amazing daughter’s may get it. I hate that my mom did not have the benefit of current research. Thankfully, I’ve learned that there are things I can do to fight off this disease and one of the biggest is exercise. So my ultimate goal? I want to set an example for and be there for my girls. I want to grow old with my husband. I want to do everything in my power to kick Alzheimer’s metaphoric a$$!!! Will working out at Fit Crew guarantee that I won’t get this horrible disease? No. But after witnessing what happened to my sweet mom and experiencing the long goodbye that is Alzheimer’s Disease, not trying is not an option. So I say thank you to my Fit Crew family! #myfitcrewstory 💪


Stefanie Masterson (Via Instagram)
My Fit Crew Story: My brother @troy_masterson was a member at Fit Crew and I heard him and my Dad talk about it and thought how fun and scary it sounded at the same time. I decided I would give crossfit a try and visited a few local crossfit gyms who wanted me to go to some type of on ramp program at hours that wouldn’t work for me. I am super busy; at the time I was a single mom with a 1 year old, a full time manager, and working on my first graduate degree, so when I found out Fit Crew had early morning (5am) classes and afternoon classes I could go to after work without an on-ramp program I was excited. I remember my first morning there I was nervous and since I’m not the most graceful I busted my shin doing tire jumps. No one made fun of me, in fact it was the opposite, so many people helped and encouraged me. The first few weeks were painful but I loved everything about it. The trainers spent a lot of time working with me on my form and encouraging me to push through the workouts. This became so much more than a workout for me. It is also my therapy, my “me” time, and the people became like a second family to me. I also never thought I’d have defined abs after having children but two years after my first child and a lot of tough mornings at Fit Crew I did. I also gained so much more patience, confidence, and happiness in my life. Being a mental health professional I know how important self-care is and the mental health benefits of a good workout. They even helped me continue my journey and modify when needed when I became pregnant with my second child, and let me just say it made labor so much easier! When I came back 4 weeks after giving birth (I really love going), they helped me modify until I slowly started getting my strength back. I still have a ways to go before I get my body and skills fully back that I lost with the second pregnancy but I can confidently say that I WILL get there and that I CAN do it. The support and community of Fit Crew is amazing, so if you have always been worried about what other people think or scared that you won’t be able to do any of the moves then this is the place for you. #MyFitCrewStory

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 ☺