November Athlete of the Month

November Athlete of the Month

Lon Whitner

Meet our athlete of the month for November, Lon Whitner.
 

There are no barriers or prerequisites to becoming a Fit Crew athlete. Fit Crew is truly for everybody, and we mean every body. We encourage all individuals to get up and find a way to move, and Lon is a great example of someone with a can do attitude who doesn’t limit themselves. Lon has been Niels’ client for over 10 years and has been loyal and supportive of Fit Crews growth from the beginning. We love seeing him in the gym, as he is an example of what a dedication to fitness can do for anti-aging- and he is truly one of the original Fit Crew athletes. We’re so happy to have you, Lon.

 


Lon’s Background

Lon was born in Queens, NYC, and lived there until his teenage years, when he moved to Richland, Washington. There, he attended high school, and started playing basketball competitively. After high school he attended the University of Washington, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in business, played basketball at the collegiate level for one year, and participated in a fraternity. Upon graduation, he joined the military. Once he completed three months of basic training and five and a half years in the reserves, he settled down in Marin County of the San Fransisco Bay area. Here, he joined Merrill Lynch, met his wife, and had two boys. When the boys were reaching their teenage years it became apparent that they were athletic and quite good at tennis. Lon had just retired, so he and his wife decided to go on an adventure- moving the family cross country so the boys could train with Nick Bollettieri and attend school at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. One of the boys went on to play tennis for University of Miami while the other played tennis for NYU, and Lon decided to stay in the local area.

Why Fit Crew?

Lon was a Fit Crew client before the business actually existed. Over 10 years ago Niels and Lon’s wife met while she was training with personal trainers in the local area. She insisted that Niels and Lon meet. Lon has been Niels’ client ever since, originally training with him at Lifestyle Fitness and then following him over to Fit Crew when Niels left to start his own business. When asked what he thought made Fit Crew different than other gyms Lon said, “Those two guys…”. Niels is the reason he is at Fit Crew, and in large part, the reason why he has stayed in the Bradenton area.

Lon’s Proudest Athletic Moment

While Lon was never a superstar athlete, he was always talented enough to play on a team- both at the collegiate level and in high school. While Lon enjoyed playing at the University of Washington, he said that his proudest moment was actually in high school when his team went to the state tournament and came in fourth, which was the best in the school’s history.

On his favorite and least favorite part of training. 

Lon practiced yoga his entire life. He started when he lived in San Fransisco, and said that yoga has “been his savior”. He still practices yoga everyday, but not as a full routine; nowadays he likes to switch it up. While there may be certain aspects of training that he doesn’t enjoy, Lon trains for a purpose and embraces the things that may be difficult. When asked about his least favorite thing in the gym, Lon said  “Theres really no answer to least favorite. When Niels challenges you for the day there’s a purpose, and that’s to get a part of your body worked. I come here three times a week so it’s always a big ‘ugh’, but I’m getting stronger and stronger… I don’t complain though, because I know what the purpose is.”

Outside of Fit Crew

Lon’s family is now scattered from California to Argentina. Currently, his wife practices the tango in Argentina- Lon and his wife started out tangoing together; while Lon appreciates tango music, he doesn’t enjoy it to the level that she does. For fun, Lon likes to go hiking, but only when the humidity is low and temperatures are 70 degrees or lower. Lon expressed that topographically, Florida isn’t his favorite state, as he is used to the mountains, hills, and dryer climate in California. This time of year, however, is much more enjoyable for him. He plans to do some hiking and bicycling with his son in the Florida parks soon.

Lon’s Fun Fact

When asked about one of his hobbies that people may not know already Lon said “I like gardening, and unfortunately live in a condo association so my gardening has narrowed down to potted plants. I really like Bogen Vita because they are really hearty… The point being, since that’s outside, I don’t do a heck of a lot of it in Florida. I did do a lot of gardening when I lived in California!”

Josh Williams- October Athlete of the Month

Josh Williams- October Athlete of the Month

Josh Williams

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Meet our athlete of the month for October, Josh Williams.
 
Josh has been with Fit Crew for over four years and is an extremely dedicated client; just this year he has been in the gym almost 200 times!  He is consistent, humble, and determined- making him a silent force to be reckoned with. He often puts up top numbers in class and recently he won the 1000m row at our in house rowing competition (whats his secret? it must be the shoes). We’re so happy to have Josh as part of our crew, and love his dedication and positive attitude. Congrats, Josh!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a native born and raised in Manatee county. I grew up on Terra Ceia and currently live in Palmetto Point. I’m the assistant superintendent at a private golf club in Sarasota. My wife, Jill, and I have been married for 11 years and have two daughters, Georgia (4) and Asa (2). It’s hard to say at this point if they are keeping me young or killing me but I’m head over heels for all my girls. 

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

I was introduced to Neils and Andrew by the former owner of Electra before they began having classes there. They convinced me to try one of the classes which I reluctantly did, mostly because Neils said there would be bench press involved. He left out the part about sweating profusely, seeing stars and having a heart attack. By the grace of God I survived those first few classes and was hooked. 

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-01-44-45I grew up playing baseball and football from about the time I could walk. Ball was life, pretty much from then on, until I destroyed my shoulders consecutive years in high school. I think God was trying to get my attention. As I look back there were proud moments from the field, but I think my proudest moments have come from Fit Crew; The first time I jumped on “Big Ben” and didn’t break my leg, finally mastering double unders and bar muscle ups, and really just being able to do actual workouts without dying. 

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift?

Well I’ve always been a sucker for the bench press, but really I’ve learned to love just about any work out that involves a bar and throwing weight around. Least favorite movement is for sure the hip thruster!!

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 than other gyms is the people. Everyone is there to get better, and no matter where you are on your fitness journey you can get your butt kicked and get closer to your personal goals everyday. There is a sense of community and mutual respect among all the athletes. 

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

Outside the gym these days it’s just kids kids kids, they’re always there. However, if the stars and moon ever align and I have some free time I love to hunt and fish and watch football. 

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

I have in recent years become somewhat of a wood working hobbyist/enthusiast.  I’m not great at it, but I love to build tables and stuff like that. Sawdust going everywhere, loud equipment, maybe I’ll lose a finger on the table saw, maybe not. I don’t know it gets me going.

September Athlete of the Month

September Athlete of the Month

Tina Vining

Meet Tina, our Athlete of the Month for September. Tina has been with us since April, 2012 and is one of our most dedicated clients. She comes to class six days a week and is an extremely hard worker with a great positive attitude. She’s honest in her workouts and is always improving and achieving new things. Tina is also well known and liked for her warmth and generosity. She’s kind to everyone she meets and often brings in toys for Gym. Congrats Tina, we’re so excited to feature you this month and love having you at Fit Crew.

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Tell us about yourself.

Originally from Columbus OH, but I’ve called Bradenton my home for the last 37 years. My husband and I are the proud parents of two boys, Ryan and Adam and are adjusting to life as empty nesters. I was a freelance court reporter until I decided to pursue a more demanding career as “domestic specialist” (full time mom)

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

The bootcamp class I was attending at the BCC got cancelled and my friend Meredith Turner invited me to her bootcamp.

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

Surviving the first month at Fit Crew! They would make us run the palmetto bridge and Neils and Andrew would be waiting at the finish line with a stop watch😜

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

I love too many things to pick just one especially if it involves legs and cardio BUT I definitely can pinpoint my least fav — MAN MAKERS.

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

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-18-42-20Everyday is an adventure and there is always something unique and challenging on the board. Fit Crew gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you gain the confidence to accomplish things that you never thought possible. (Just to name a few: fireman carry your workout partner, climb a rope without your legs, rope pulled a pick up truck ) Oh and I love the feeling that we are just one big family at Fit Crew and of course we have the best mascot ever–Gym😍

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

I enjoy shopping, yoga, paddle boarding, water skiing, traveling, cooking, volunteering and currently I’m a Guardian ad Litem for twin 4 year old boys. I love spending time with my family, friends and of course my four legged children, Nicki and Titan.

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

I was an aerobics instructor in the late 80’s. So glad we don’t wear leg warmers anymore! Haha