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.

 

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