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I grew up in southern Germany in a small town in Bavaria close to the Austrian border and right in the center of an alpine valley. Pretty awesome place to live you think? It sure is, but when I was asked by my employer to help develop a new production plant in Missouri in a country I had never been to, I couldn't help myself but agree to a 6-month commitment. My main objective was to train the new hires. My side objective was to convince the beautiful lady in the purchasing department that It would be a good idea to go out with a foreigner with very little language skills and a strong accent. That's how I got to date my wonderful wife. You all know her, she's strong and fierce, just lately referred to as "The Assassin". Some just call her Allison though. She was the one who introduced me to TNT in 2015, and my life has changed a lot since.
Back in the motherland, I played soccer religiously (duh!) for 7 years but also tried my hand in boxing for about two years. When I got to the states, soccer didn't seem like an option anymore, so I joined a "Globo Gym" to watch my skinny toothpick-arms do curls in the mirror. Well, after taking the whole year of 2014 off, it was time to do something. Something better, something I hadn't done before. Also, Allison just couldn't stop talking about it.
Crossfit has been a tremendous influence on my lifestyle. Last year in July I quit smoking after 12 years when I realized that I actually have fitness goals, and it was standing in the way of me achieving them. The G3 competition in 2016 was also an eye opener. I thought I was kind of fit, but I really wasn't even close to where I wanted to be. Ever since then, I've been more aware of my physical fitness, adjusted my lifestyle, and started focusing on better nutrition. Overall, a life changing experience!
All of this wouldn't have been possible without our great coaches who like to push me to an annoyingly painful level every time they get the chance!
Thanks to all the babysitters for giving us an hour of freedom allowing us to dig deep instead of digging into diapers!
And last, special thanks to my wife for introducing me to CF and Jeff Buckner for being a great workout buddy and friend!

Harte Arbeit lohnt sich!

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I would like to start off by saying what an honor it is to be “Athlete of the Month” at CrossFit TNT for the month of August. I would like to thank my wife Melissa, coaches, members, and owners of CrossFit TNT for being the most supportive group of people that anyone can ask for.
As most of you know, I come from a tennis background, in which, I played a summer circuit, high school, and college. I was even lucky enough to play in the National Junior College National Championships my Freshman year. I spent 13 years as a tennis teaching professional and worked with people from all around the country.
My career ended in 2011, but I still had that competitive spirit in me. That summer, while I was looking for a new career, my wife and I started looking at some gyms around our area in Atlanta. We looked at a gym called Adrenaline and I was the one who liked it and stayed. I did some classes like swift that were made up of all stations. Melissa wanted me to check out the hot new thing they had which was called CrossFit. I peeked my head in that area and saw what was probably kipping or butterfly pull ups. I thought it looked crazy and just went back to my thing, even though, Melissa kept trying to get me to try CrossFit.
In 2014, we moved back to St. Louis and in 2015 we moved into our house here in New Town. A few months went by and Melissa was like, hey they have that CrossFit gym over here, we should try this out. She ended up joining around October 2015, but I was not convinced of the whole thing. I ended up meeting many of the members at the Christmas party and did like what I was hearing about the gym. Well, I did some of the Fat Burning classes with Rochelle when she offered a special package to New Town residents. Melissa signed me up for foundations and here we go!!
I joined about 3-4 weeks before the 2016 open. Of course, I signed up for the open because I was told to do burpees at the beginning of each class if we weren’t signed up. BEST THING EVER!!! It was a blast doing the open, not that I was going to Carson, but to see how well I would do. Those workouts really showed me the spirit of what this sport is about. You may not lift the most weight, you may not be the best runner, and you may not be the athlete you once were. That does not matter once you walk through those doors at CrossFit TNT. Everyone is there is to help you reach whatever goal you put up on the board. Though it is nice to compare and have the best time or the most reps for the workout that day, it is about you competing against yourself to be the best that you can be. I know that, no matter what my day is like I always look forward to being at this gym. If you really know me you know that I cannot stop talking about, posting about, or thinking about CrossFit!

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I want to start by saying thank you and this is an honor, especially when I think of all the other athletes. I have never been healthy just always thought I am not too out of shape. I played sports, joined gyms, took classes etc.... I did not eat too badly, and did go on lots of diets. I have gained and lost the same 20-25 pounds for about the last 20-25 years. I was not an enjoy the journey person. I am an end goal person.

So, when I hit the weight that was too high I exercised more and diet. Never enjoyed it but that was ok because once I hit the weight I wanted, I could stop all of this stuff. End goal achieved yea. When I stopped into Cross Fit TNT it was to add weight lifting to help prevent osteoporosis, and didn't really expect anything more.
I still have a lot of hard work to go but I feel healthy and strong. My first interaction with Rochelle started me on a positive change, then I meet the coaches and all of the other athletes. What a group of people! So, encouraging and the whole mind set of TNT. Just enjoy today, do you best today, push yourself today. I now understand the enjoy the journey mind set. I did PT with Bre and it was a really great experience to work individually. She also helped with a really healthy eating menu.
I do enjoy the workouts and eating healthy now. All of the coaches and athletes make TNT an awesome community. One of the greatest interactions with the coaches, is they all have a way of looking you in the eye, smiling, and saying you can do it.

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Wow! I can honestly say I never expected this.

It took me a really long time to even start ‘thinking’ about considering CrossFit. But I’m so happy I did!

I knew Rochelle and Jeff and a few others from TNT but that was only because Jeff was already a member for about three years. Jordy and Elly would babysit and I would swing by to pick them up and text them when I was out front. I didn't want to go in. I had all the excuses to why I didn’t want to join- CrossFit is intimidating, it’s competitive, I don't want to lift weights, I don't like to sweat, I don't have time ...even though I saw Jeff's results and how much he loved it.

I was never athletic, I didn’t lift weights and didn't go to a gym. I may have joined a few times but never really "worked out” or pushed myself.

Finally, one year ago I made the decision to try the Transformation Academy. I thought "its six weeks if I don't like it I won't go back". I had gotten to a point that I had to do something for myself and lose the weight I had put on over the past five years. I was out of shape, exhausted, hated to shop and didn’t like to be in pictures.

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When I left class my face was beet red and I felt like I may die. I think my family was a little worried I may drop right there too! I lost weight and inches and that was enough for me to keep going back! I changed the way I ate too. Cold turkey and hardcore! No more fast food, cut out soda and all the junk food. I started to really look forward to the classes.

I can honestly say that the TA was the best way to get started. Oscar made a huge impact on all of us in that class. If it wasn’t for the encouragement and the push to do more when I didn't think I could, I wouldn't have stuck with it.

I feel like I have come a long way in a short amount of time. I know now how wrong I was about my impression of CrossFit. It is not a competition on who is doing more weight or more reps. It is about pushing yourself to be better and striving to be healthier. I am doing things now that I didn’t think I would, or could ever do. Friends and family ask me all the time “who are you?!” because I am not the same person I was before. I truly enjoy CF, eating healthy and running……….running!?! I did a couple 5ks, Go St. Louis Relay Marathon (6 mi leg) and now I’m registered for the MO Cowbell half marathon. This is not the same Doreen!

TNT is the best because of the coaches! All of you are encouraging, supportive and sincerely interested in everyone doing their personal best. Thank you to each of you for making me feel comfortable walking in the door at a time that was an all-time low. Who knew….exercise really does make things better!

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I walked into CrossFit TNT in the summer of 2015, about five months after moving to the area. I’m actually surprised that it took me that long to come into the gym. I have a long and spectacular history of signing-up for things and then completely fizzling out by week 3. The thing that I am really good at, that I really love, is starting the journey. That incandescent window where you can imagine your amazing new life and wardrobe, but before you have to tackle the hard work involved in creating sustained change. The problem is that despite signing-up for everything, I didn’t stick to anything.

When I walked into CrossFit TNT, I was at an all-time low. I weighed more than I ever had and was exhausted all the time. I had two ...

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Prior to CrossFit, I was your stereotypical weightlifter. Isolated movements in front of mirrors with slow controlled repetitions. Working my upper body significantly more often than my lower body, thinking that logical groupings (i.echest/tri’s, back/bi’s, etc.) was the answer. My goals were to lift heavy weight and get “ripped”. I will admit to having a level of arrogance around working out, thinking because I’ve done it so long, I know what I’m doing. As a resident of New Town, my gym was in my basement and I had everything I needed.

Enter Rochelle and Jeff Thayer and this thing they called CrossFit, circa 2008. Back then Jeff and Rochelle made “Rehab Saturday” free to anyone that wanted to try CrossFit. My wife at the time had a knack for finding things to punish the human body when it came to fitness and somehow convinced me to try it. After my first time, I walked away ego bruised, not in nearly as good of shape as I thought, and I told myself I was never going back…yet for some reason I did.

The cycle of wanting to die after working out, followed by outward statements of quitting, and then finding myself right back in the gym with the other cross fitters the following week continued for years after that, and I couldn’t figure out why. In the end, I think it fits with being athlete of the month.

Despite having been an official member of the gym since 2011 and even worked out with TNT prior to that, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the fastest, and I’m certainly not the most consistent or dedicated athlete. So, I had to ask, why choose me as athlete of the month? The answer I got reaffirmed the very reason I keep coming back… I was told, ‘you always help with events if the gym is hosting something, you cheer on other athletes and celebrate their success, and really support what CrossFit is all about’.

I am honored to have been selected as athlete of the month. I love doing all of the things stated, when I asked “why me”, and truly believe CrossFit is something special. I’ve seen the gym grow from something very small with a very big vision into one of the region’s finest CrossFit boxes, with a superb dynamic of coaching staff and programming. I’ve learned more about myself and fitness with CrossFit than I have in any other sport or activity I’ve participated in. And most importantly, I’ve made friendships that I cherish to the core and wouldn’t trade anything in the world for. Crossfit is more than just your own personal goals. It is working together in a community to help push each other to greatness, celebrating with one another when we cross the finish line, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thank you to the coaches for this incredible honor and for everything you do.

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Let me start by saying thank you for choosing me as Athlete of the month, it is an extreme honor and a personal achievement that I am very proud of. I’m still a little shocked that I was chosen with so many great athletes at TNT. With that being said there is only one reason I was selected. The incredible coaches. Kyle constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone, Oscar answering all of my 1000 questions, Rochelle making sure my form is perfect and not allowing me to cheat, Bre always keeping me motivated, the list goes on and on. Without your help and guidance, I would probably be at home sitting on my couch letting life pass me by.
I have always been an active person whether I was playing sports, riding motorcycles, going to the gym, camping, fishing, or just generally always being outside. But when I got out of the Navy in 2012 I could just tell something was missing, I was lacking that drive and energy I once had that kept me going. I was putting on weight and started to notice I wasn’t able to do the things I used to be able to do. So after many failed attempts at getting in back shape on my own, I decided to call the ”Crossfit place” down the street. I was hooked immediately after my first foundations class, even though Rochelle killed me in that class and I could barely do a pull-up. I knew that I had found what I needed and that Crossfit was the answer I had been looking for. The community and camaraderie at TNT was unbelievable. I felt like I was really a part of something amazing from the very beginning.
The changes I saw from Crossfit were immediate, my clothes started to fall off of me, I had more energy throughout the day, I felt better at work, I didn’t get tired doing daily tasks, and the WODs were starting to get a little easier. The workouts still challenge me in every way and I still have days that I leave TNT frustrated with how I did on a WOD. But now instead of being down on myself, I think about how I’m going to attack the next workout and kill it. Thank you again for selecting me for Athlete of the month, and bringing me into this incredible community. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me in Crossfit. Here’s to meeting many goals and smashing PRs in 2017.

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It's a real honor to be CrossFit TNT Athletes of the Month! We have always been active people. Whether we were running, cycling, hiking, golfing, or pretty much anything else you can do outside we were happy!

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Athlete of the Month, this is such an honor! As I think about writing my story I have to give credit where credit is due and that's to the team of coaches. Without their expertise, dedication and belief in me I might still be driving by the gym thinking it is too hard!

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It is an honor to be chosen as athlete of the month and what a great way for me to end 2016. I moved to New Town in July of 2014 and I noticed TNT right away. I heard of Crossfit but I didn’t know much about it. On my way into work at 5AM I would see the lights on and all the cars in the parking lot. I remember thinking, “There must be something really good going on in there for people to be up this early.”

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