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

 

 

August Athlete of the Month

Leah Purvis

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Leah has been with Fit Crew for four and a half years now, and she is certainly a familiar face in the gym. She always works hard and brings a great energy to the group classes as well as to her personal training sessions with Andrew. Recently, Leah competed for the first time in over three years at Fit Nation Thunderdome; she not only hit a PR on a clean complex there, but also finished third in the intermediate division, earning her a spot on the podium. Congrats Leah, we’re so lucky to have you as a part of Fit Crew!

 

Tell us about yourself.

Goodness…with my propensity to be a bit wordy…I’ll try to keep this brief…I am from Little Rock, Arkansas, having moved there from Hot Springs, Arkansas, at the age of four…and my parents still live in the very same house! Wondering where my southern accent is? Well, my southern drawl does not come out unless I am either extremely tired or extremely aggravated…then one-syllable words become two or three! It will likely be no surprise to folks that know me that I am the baby of the family. I have a sister, Sally, who is 13 months older, and a brother, Mac, who is three years older. My husband, Don, and I have been married for 14 years and have two children of the golden retriever variety…Marley (9) and Scooter (5). Currently, I am the chief credit officer for Greystone Servicing Corporation, Inc., a company I was fortunate enough to have been invited to join in 2003. Greystone is a multifamily Lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA, and I sit on the credit committee that ultimately makes the decision as to whether or not we will make a loan on a property. Growing up, I would say I was the least “sporty” of the three children, not hitting a growth spurt until my freshman year in high school (shot up from 5’4” to 5’8”). What little athleticism I did have came from my father (sorry mom)…he played football for Air Force Academy and is simply one of those people who can pick up any sport and excel. But, I did get involved with gymnastics in early elementary days…surprising given my complete lack of mobility, sticking with that until I decided to play volleyball in junior high, following in my sister’s footsteps. My primary position was as setter. We played together throughout high school, at Mount St. Mary Academy, and in college, at Rhodes College, the latter being where I met Don during two-a-days for football and volleyball. I definitely came home after meeting him for the first time telling my roommate that I had met the man I was going to marry. And the rest, as they say, is history. I married the love of my life about two years after I graduated college, and God has blessed us with many opportunities sprinkled with trials and tribulations that have led to such an adventurous life that I would not want to experience with anyone else (Long Beach, MS, to Memphis, TN, to Ellenton, FL, back to Memphis, TN, and finally to Anna Maria Island (with a period of “commuting” for two years to Newport Beach, CA)…Don is amazing at packing us up for a move!

How did you get started at Fit Crew?

My husband, Don, and I had been living on Anna Maria Island for a little over two years and had just started getting involved with the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult sports (honest to goodness, we were trying to find folks closer to our age as living on Anna Maria Island, we were having a bit harder of a time doing that). While we were waiting to start a basketball game one night, we were talking with a few of our friends who mentioned that they had heard of this new gym (well, new to them) in downtown Bradenton that was providing CrossFit-like training, and they were planning to go to the 9 am class the next day. I had been looking for something different than just the regular gym / working out on my own (which means not working out a lot), so I just decided I would go with them. That was in April of 2012, and, other than a few extended work absences, my husband and I have been regulars at Fit Crew ever since.

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

image2A couple, not because I just have so many, but because they have come at completely different stages in my life. First, winning the state volleyball tournament when I was a junior in high school. The second has to be finishing on the podium at FN Thunderdome 2016, a CrossFit competition in Ft. Myers, Florida. I plan to have more as I continue my journey in CrossFit…I’m hoping that my next proud athletic moment will be qualifying for the CrossFit Games in the Masters division, then placing!

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift?

My two favorites are dead lift and split jerks. I have to say that my least favorites are, well, I have two…Snatch and Overhead Squat. Depending on the day, there may be more on the least favorite list, but those two seem to consistently make the list at the top spots.

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

First and foremost…the people. I know that everybody at every gym likely says the same thing, but I truly mean it. Not just the knowledgeable and approachable coaching staff but the community as a whole. Beyond getting in physically better condition, Don and I have forged some long-lasting and close friendships that would have otherwise never been found had we not joined Fit Crew. Beyond the community, I have yet to find a place with such variety in the workouts and a place where I am 100 percent comfortable setting goals that I believe are beyond what I think my physical and mental limits are, failing them, fixing, them, achieving them, and then setting higher goals. And loving every minute of it (except those days when maybe I cry a little during the workout. Thank the Lord I can mask that with sweat most of the time; Andrew doesn’t even respond to that anymore…or throw a barbell or kick the wall…but if you don’t have days like that, you aren’t trying hard enough in my opinion!).

image1Currently, I am in training ultimately to qualify for CrossFit Games in the Masters division (thankfully I have about three years to go to be eligible). If a person has ever competed for anything throughout the course of his or her life, I would venture to say that he or she still has that inner desire to compete. I know that I still do, and that, coupled with needing an outlet from the stresses of work, led me to start talking to Andrew about competing in local CrossFit competitions at the beginning of 2016. He did not skip a beat nor cast any doubt nor reference any sort of issue getting me on his calendar for training four days a week, whereas so many other gyms we have joined barely remember your name, much less want to help you specifically. He jumped right in with both feet, developing short-term and long-term training and nutrition programs specifically for me, working through injuries (Niels is a God-send for my aging self), deficiencies, and travel schedules. My first competition on this journey was FN Thunderdome 2016 where surprisingly (at least to me), I managed to get on the podium, placing third in the Intermediate division. We are circling our next competition for sometime this fall, kicking it up a notch, to compete in the Rx division. And while I do tend to lose sleep in the weeks leading up to the competitions, once one is concluded, I cannot wait to get back in the gym to start working on the next one.

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

“Yachting”. Don and I own a small Boston Whaler that is just big enough for us and our two pups to run around Anna Maria Island, find sand bars for playing and just puttering about.

Love to read anything and absolutely love college football (GEAUX TIGERS!!!).

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

I can do the Kid ‘N Play.

I’ll take chips / anything salty any day over sweets…especially Cheetos Cheese Puffs!