Another month gone by brings me the pleasure of announcing our May Athlete of the Month. This month we recognize the progress, hard work, and (most importantly) the great attitude of Gary A. Since coming to CrossFit Gallant, Gary has done everything we have asked and then some. He pushes himself daily but knows his limits and keeps his ego in check. With that mindset it's no wonder he has seen steady growth training with us. Of course he's gotten stronger and more comfortable with a barbell, but he is also on the cusp of crushing body weight/gymnastic movements....specifically hand stand push ups and pull ups. Gary's positive attitude day in and day out is infectious and we are lucky to have him as part of our community.more
The Athlete of the Month for April is one we have had our eye on for a while. She has been quietly in the background for a long time. But don't let her calm, cool, and collected demeanor fool you, she is dedicated, strong, and competitive. She's got a great sense of humor is always positive. Please join me in congratulating Amanda K as athlete of the month. She has a long list of accomplishments in her relatively short CrossFit career. Her athletic background has given her a slight advantage in gymnastics movements, but her willingness to get comfortable being uncomfortable has led her to make leaps and bounds in progress with the barbell. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that she competed in her first CrossFit Open this year and is always part of our community events. Be sure to give her a high five when you see her.more
Eric has been an awesome addition to our community since day one. Eric is a large framed, strong guy, with a shaved head and could easily come across as intimidating. Rest assured that's just part of his charm. Anyone that has spent any time with Eric will vouch he is a riot and all bark with no bite, and we love that about him. He is always in a jovial mood and he keeps everyone around him on their toes. As an athlete, Eric has made tremendous strides since joining Gallant. We have made great progress on his "curl and jerks" and he is very close to HSPU. We want to thank Eric for his commitment to and support of our box. We also acknowledge and respect that he understands the broader scope of the CrossFit community. He maintains a great relationship with the box he started with back home and when he travels for work he drops in at other boxes. Congratulations Eric on this well deserved Athlete of the Month recognition.more
Athlete of the Month is Kristyn P. She has come a long way in the year she has been with Gallant and it only seems fit we recognize her for her accomplishments. Kristyn is a delight to have in class, she motivates everyone around her and is very coachable. Body weight movements are her jam and barbell stuff isn't her favorite...but she continues to push herself to get outside of her comfort zone. We are excited to see how Kristyn does in the Open this year. Light weight, body weight, and cardio capacity based WODs typical in the Open are in her favor. Kristyn we are prod of how far you have come and can't wait to see how for you go!more
Bryan has only been with the Gallant community for a few months but we are happy to award him the honor of our first athlete of the month for calendar year 2017. Bryan routinely displays a positive attitude and outstanding work ethic in class. Furthermore, he has taken the time to address and fine tune his nutrition, clearly recognizing the direct correlation between diet and performance/progress. We have been happy to provide him with guidance in this aspect of his fitness. Lastly, Bryan has been so positively influenced by what we are doing at Gallant that he has become an outspoken ambassador for CrossFit. We are happy to hear that he convinced his sister to start with a box near her and can't wait to hear about her progress!more
I can't believe we are already closing out 2016. It's December and time again to recognize one of our athletes. December 2016 Athlete of the Month is Cindy M. It was an easy decision to elect Cindy as our Athlete of the Month. She has been coming into the box consistently for a long time and always has a great attitude, She is someone that truly epitomizes the glass is half full philosophy. Cindy has come a long way in her training and continues to learn and improve daily, I can't wait to see what she will accomplish moving forward. Not to mention, she has been hitting PRs left and right lately. This chick....I can't say enough about her.more
Jean Carlo P.
Jean Carlo P., ie J.C. has earned the honor of our November 2016 athlete of the month. He has only been a member of our community for a short time but he is a long time CrossFitter. His dedication to training and level of involvement in our community activities is unparalleled. He is in the box most days of the week, stays late to work on weaknesses, and attends most social outings. During WODs it's normal to witness him hit the next level. Not necessarily the next level of performance, but more importantly the next level of commitment. He pushes himself, as hard as he can most of the time. That's easier said than done. We could all learn something from JC, attack your weaknesses, go hard every day, and make friends. Conversely, ....JC take a rest day every once and a while!more
Another month gone by in the blink of an eye and thus another opportunity to recognize the achievements of one of our athletes. Please congratulate athlete Mandi P as she has earned the title of Gallant Athlete of the Month. Mandi has been a members of the box for a long time and is one of or biggest supporters. She believes in what we are doing and is a great advocate for our community. Day in and day out she maintains a positive and respectful attitude, ie she tries hard, respects herself, her peer athletes, and Coaches. She takes coaching cues and critiques well and implements changes to better her performance. As if that wasn't enough... she has a few milestones worth mentioning. Pull ups...check, double unders...check, and (recently) handstand push ups...check! We are very lucky to have Mandi as part of our community. .more
Rob C. is our newest addition to the Athlete of the Month Club! Rob came to us about 6 months ago in search of a new box to call home. He dropped by one afternoon looking for basic info about our box and was convinced on the spot to participate in the WOD. It actually took very little convincing. (Side note, just so happens it was the Open WOD 16.2) He fit in with the community immediately and has been coming back 4-5 days a week ever since. We are so very happy that he has chosen our box to be his new CrossFit family. He pushes himself daily and recently competed in his first ever CrossFit competition. He has said on more than one occasion that CrossFit has led him to do and try things he previously thought impossible. That's what this is all about! Congratulate Rob when you see him.more
I am very happy to announce Jessica C. as our August 2016 Athlete of the Month. She found our community through her best friend and was a staple in our Saturday Community WOD for a while before deciding to jump in with both feet, and we can not be happier that she decided to do so. Jess has been a huge advocate for our box since day one and we are extremely thankful for her support. She has learned a lot since joining, accomplished even more, and most importantly maintained her positive outlook. Jes will be competing in her first CrossFit competition this month and we are can't wait to watch her represent Gallant.
She had a very recent FB post that sums thing up nicely about her positive influence in our community. Hope you don't mind Jes.
This month we would like to acknowledge the effort and dedication of Sam W. Sam has been a CrossFitter for the past few years and moved to the area last spring. We are very happy that Sam found our box and chose our community as his new CrossFit family. When Sam is in the box he is always encouraging to other athletes, always positive, and is a self aware athlete who knows when to scale but is still always pushing his limits/comfort zone. Sam is also our newly self appointed event czar. He is so interested in contributing to our community that he has volunteered to be our box extracurricular event coordinator. Meaning, he will be our point of contact for all things related to fitness events, ie fun runs, Spartan races, Ragnar runs, biking, hiking, kickball, volleyball, etc.more
For June 2016, we recognize the hard work and dedication of Merry D. Unofficial box grandma (Goppi as my kids call her)! As the oldest athlete at Gallant she continually inspires other athletes to push their conceived limits. She has had injuries and set backs, but keeps showing up for more. After 4 years of CrossFit, she recently committed to WODing 4 times a week, and just this month she completed full Murph! Merry defies conventional thinking regarding aging and is getting comfortable being uncomfortable. How many 64 year olds do you know can back squat 135#, deadlift 180#, and still rock out solid hand stand holds? So proud of you mom! We know you will keep inspiring us kids.more
I am particularly excited to announce our May athlete of the month. This guy shows up regularly, puts in the work, and has been a great advocate for our community. Since starting at Gallant he has gotten stronger, faster, and has improved his skills. He got his first muscle up (plus some) in his first ever CrossFit Open. On the other hand, ask him about double unders. His commitment to technique and appropriate scaling is something we all could learn from. This guy has zero ego and is more concerned with where he wants to be than where he is right now. Next time you see Vince P. in the box, tell him congrats for earning the May athlete of the month honor. Vincenzo, we can't wait to see where you take your fitness!
**Addendum. UPDATE, June 2016. Vince is on the cusp of dominating double unders. He can routinely hit 30 or more in a row.more
This month's highlighted athlete has been a loyal CrossFit Gallant member for over 2 years. With this longevity it's no surprise that she has experienced ups and downs in her pursuit of fitness. We are recognizing her this month because in these highs and lows she chose to push through. She has become a very smart and self aware athlete. She has chosen to analyze her results in the box and address her short comings from all angles. She seeks help with skills, nutrition, supplements, etc. In doing so she has made tremendous gains and broken through numerous plateaus. This is all evident by her performance in this year's Open. Not to mention, she is dedicated to our community. If there is Gallant event, it's almost guaranteed she will be there (dragging her family along). Everyone please congratulate Jenn H. as our newest 2016 Athlete of the Month, she has more than earned it!more
March Athlete of the month Jeremy T. (J.T. as we know him) has been with us for a little over a year. In that short time, he has seen gains in his strength, stamina, and skills. This is undoubtedly the result of dedication and coach-ability. He trains at least 4 days a week and is always asking questions to expand his knowledge base. He recognized a need to improve his Oly lifts and sought out accessory programming to compliment his regular training. That's what it means to find your weaknesses and attack them. JT has immersed himself in the CrossFit methodology and we can't wait to see where it will take him.more
February's Athlete of the Month is Katie P. With her positive attitude, Katie immediately fit right in to our community. She's got a killer competitive attitude while still remaining humble, and encouraging to everyone she trains with. Katie takes coaching cues well and never makes excuses. We look forward to seeing her continue to improve at Crossfit Gallant.more
Ron W. is CrossFit Gallant's first athlete of the month for 2016. Since day one in the box Ron has given 100%. He listens, works hard, and generally has a great attitude. Ron pushes himself hard every day and has come a long way as an athlete. Ron's dedication and involvement in our community is what has made him stand out. Since he joined CrossFit Gallant, he has attended every competition our athletes have participated in, he has been a part of our brew mile crew, attended our 2nd anniversary party, and even submitted an ornament in the tree decorating contest. Side note, we are pretty sure he has opened a Pinterest account after discovering his crafting abilities. All joking aside, we are lucky to have Ron in our community.more
Our December Athlete of the Month is one of our newer athletes, Natalia S. Natalia joined our community in early August and has been quietly and quickly improving in all areas of fitness. She attends most days of the week and is not only getting stronger and faster, but has already achieved some very specific goals. Natalia has a desire to serve others and push limits, and she plans on joining the military in the near future. Before doing so, she knew she needed to address her health and fitness prior to enlistment. Through hard work and adjustments to her nutrition, she not only reached, but surpassed her goals in her first two months with us. Thus, she is one step closer to leaving our community. We will hate to see her go, but applaud her decision to serve her country. We are happy and humbled Natalia chose Crossfit Gallant to help her get where she wants to be.more
This month we are very happy to recognize the hard work of fellow New Yorker Reggie G. Reggie came to CrossFit Gallant over a year ago and was admittedly stuck in a rut with his work out routine, though he still considered himself a "pretty fit guy". Since day one he has given 100% in every WOD, he's discovered and worked on weaknesses, and it's safe to say that through his CrossFit journey Reggie has changed his definition of fitness. He is committed to CrossFit whether he's in town or not, while traveling he makes time to drop in at other boxes or squeeze in a hotel WOD. We are very proud of how far he has come, and are looking forward to how far he will go.more
Our October Athlete of the Month is Bre. Her positive attitude, constant singing, and ridiculous dancing can't help but wake us up during the 5:30 a.m. class each day. She continues to attack her weaknesses and has found a comfort level with being uncomfortable. This determination has allowed her to hit multiple PRs in the last two months. Most importantly, Bre trusts in the programming and her coaches. She's receptive to coaching cues and is dedicated to improving/learning. Be sure and congratulate her when you see her.more
Zach has come a long way athletically since joining our crossfit community several months ago. He continues to PR on lifts, his skills are getting better and most importantly, he has embraced the community aspect of our box. His is always positive and he routinely supports fellow athletes. Keep up the good work Zach! We look forward to seeing how far you can go in your crossfit career.more
There's no denying that Melanie has made amazing progress with us over the past year. Not only does she continue to crush WODs, she brings her positive attitude each and every day. She has gotten stronger and faster all while sporting an infectious smile. Mel, we're lucky to have you as a member of our community, and CONGRATS!more
July's athlete of the month has flown under the radar for a while. Scott G. quietly and consistently works on his weaknesses every week. By pushing himself outside of his comfort zone, he is starting to find himself on top of the whiteboard on a regular basis. Keep up the good work Scott!more
This month's Athlete of the Month has been quietly WODing with a bun in the oven. Amanda F. only recently made the news public that she's expecting. Amanda comes in each week, knowing that our coaches can modify her workouts as needed. Her commitment to fitness and healthy living, for her and baby, are the reason she's earned the title of May Athlete of the Month.more