WOD'S

May
01
Athlete of the Month - Monica Balestreri

temp-post-image When I heard from Ro that I had been selected as Athlete of the month, I thought "She MUST have the wrong number!" Haha.
Back in 2016, I had been going through a difficult time dealing with my second miscarriage in just over a year. I was making all sorts of bad choices, sitting around feeling sorry for myself and just basically hating everything. I knew that I had to do something extreme to pull myself out of my downward spiral. That's when I decided to try Crossfit. I had been athletic in the past, swim team in high school and
training for a sprint triathlon in my early 30s, but it had felt like a million years since I had gotten off the couch. Could I survive?
I started off at another Box. There I was always the sweatiest, the last one to finish the WOD, and sometimes there were tears on the drive home but it had given me something positive to focus on. I was too tired and sore to be thinking or doing anything else that's for sure. I was enjoying Crossfit but I still didn't feel like that Box was the right place for me. That's when my then coworker Joe convinced me to come to TNT.
I immediately felt like TNT was home. The staff and members were welcoming, inclusive and so supportive. That was a year ago this month and I can't imagine my life without TNT. I am stronger both physically and mentally and I feel better than ever! I am finally eating pretty healthy (most of the time) thanks to Oscar's challenge last fall. My husband and I spend most of our Sunday's food prepping for the week. And I'm so excited to finally have a benchmark to compare to in June.
I think back to how I couldn't even do a lunge when I first started and it seems like so long ago. So much has changed since then, all for the better! I credit Crossfit for saving me from myself. I spend most of my time now gently nudging (okay maybe harassing) my non-Crossfit friends to join because I want them to feel just as good as I do. I still have a long way to go but I know with the amazing TNT coaches and supportive athletes pushing me forward that I will get there.
Well I guess some things haven't changed - I'm still usually the most sweaty in class! LOL

Apr
04
Athlete of The Month - Dan Dial

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All I can really say is that I'm so thankful to be a part of such an active and supportive Crossfit community at TNT. There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't be where I am today in my CF journey if it weren't for the coaches and fellow athletes at our box. I'm honored that I was even considered to be Athlete of the Month after just a year of training. Every day I come in with the mindset of getting a little better and accomplishing something I couldn't the day before. There is always someone to celebrate those accomplishments with at TNT!

From my intro classes with Linda all the way to finishing my first Open, I've felt like I belonged to a part of one of the best Crossfit facilities in the country. I've done drop ins at several different facilities and I can say ours is hands down the best I've been to. From the cleanliness and space provided to the educated and disciplined coaches, TNT has set itself apart from the competition and all the credit goes to Ro and the trainers for putting the time, effort, and elbow grease into making it a truly special experience for the athletes.


In the past month I've seen a lot of my personal goals start to fall in quick succession. That first year was all about the learning process and building my body into competitive condition. Now I'm hitting new movements like strict pull ups, consecutive DU's, rope climbs, etc. every time I come to class. It's a thrilling experience to see your hard work pay off. I've recently started coming in earlier to work on technique on different movements and doing some extra conditioning. My goal for the rest of the year is to be able to be able to do at least one rep of every “Crossfit movement” like bar muscle ups, hand stand walk, etc.


Also, I wanted to say if we haven't met yet, feel free to come up and introduce yourself. I am usually in the 4 PM class so there are a lot of members I haven't gotten to know. I really enjoy the “family” aspect of our box and I'd like to get to know more of you. Finally, thanks to Kyle, Oscar, and Ro for pushing me along over the last year. The initial 5-6 months was very tough for me as I was in the worse shape of my life, but hopefully I don't require as much prodding anymore!


Mar
01
Athlete Of The Month - Cynthia Gieseke

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I was a “drop in” athlete for about 6 years before I FINALLY committed by joining the Transformation Academy, led by Oscar. I loved the classes and the competition, but was not comfortable with the movements or what names like “Thruster”, “Snatch” or “Clean” actually meant! After the 5 weeks devoted to Transformation Academy, I decided to continue and signed up for my CrossFit TNT membership. A few of the women in my class signed up with me. We made a pact to go together to support each other. That was in July of 2016. I think I am the only one from that class that continued the membership and is still active today!

I have learned SO much from the coaches in my almost 2 years being committed to CrossFit! I have participated in 2 Lurong challenges and finally figured out meal prep and healthy eating habits. During the last challenge, I saw some incredible results and am now even more committed to CrossFit and my health. I am now participating in my first CrossFit Open and LOVE the competition! It is fierce, but at the same time, I am amazed at all the support from ALL the athletes and coaches.

In about 6 weeks I will be turning 49! (I know – old, right?) I feel like I am in better health than I was at 30, and am committed to improving every day. My new year’s resolution was to RX every workout that I am CAPABLE of doing. Still working on my double unders, rope climbs, pull ups and muscle ups, but with the hard work and dedication I am investing, I hope to reach those goals by the end of this year.

I want to send a HUGE thank you to the Coaches at CrossFit for this honor! And another shout out to all the athletes, and now friends, that have pushed me to be the best I can be! I LOVE being a part of the CrossFit Family! And lastly, LET’S GO NIGHT FLIGHT! We got this Open Challenge in the Bag!!!


Feb
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Jan
02
January's Athlete Of The Month- Sammi Burkart

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As weird as it is to say, I started Crossfit because of my Dad. About two years ago, my Dad found Crossfit TNT, after my sister/cousins sparked his interest in the sport Crossfit. Liking the facility and community, he talked to me about giving it a try. At first I was against the idea, thinking that it wasn't for me. But He insisted, getting me in contact with Courtney for foundations. Listening to him, I finished foundations over the next couple weeks, with group class to follow. The feeling I had when I left that first group class, a mixture of nervous excitement to do it again and regret of the soreness I would soon be feeling, was something I wanted to feel again.

I have seen my progress grow these past two years, not only in my impro...


Dec
01
Athlete of the Month - Mark Griffin

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First off, thank you for the honor. It will be two years this January that I choose to get away from the failed, inconsistent attempts at the regular gym that I started Crossfit and I love it! I enjoy the sense of community and the teamwork and motivation from the other athletes. I have had the opportunity to travel and drop-in to dozens of other gyms around the midwest and I believe that TNT has the best facility, coaches, and members I have seen! Thanks.


Nov
01
Athlete of the Month - Kate Davis

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I do not, nor have I ever, considered myself an athletic person. When we were newly married, Michael tried to be my personal trainer and motivator. He has always been passionate about fitness and was sure he could teach me. He quickly learned that he could not hold both the title of husband and trainer! Thankfully he chose husband and left me alone to enjoy my couch time! Two years ago, in a last-ditch effort, he goaded me into trying CrossFit as part of his birthday present. I was sore for a week. I very hesitantly signed up for a punch card knowing that it very well may take me the whole year to use those 10 visits. But during that time something changed, much to my surprise, I actually began to enjoy working out.
Over the last two years, I have accomplished things I never thought possible. My favorite achievement has been running. Track was my family’s sport but I didn’t make it past 7th grade because my knees hurt and no matter how long I practiced I always felt like I couldn’t breathe. I have always wished I could be that person that enjoys running but for the longest time running has been synonymous with torture. I signed up for the Runner’s High class last summer and it was a game changer. I learned the correct way to run and how to better control my breathing. Now I look forward to running in class and have even gone on a few mile runs at home, for fun!
There is something special about CrossFit TNT. The coaches, the friendly faces, and the never-ending encouragement have allowed me to simply be me and work on bettering myself. CrossFit has changed my perspective on fitness. It isn’t about being the fastest or the strongest or the fittest. It’s about me. It’s about doing more than I did yesterday; it’s about struggling through a WOD but not giving up; it’s about becoming the best version of myself and having fun doing it.
I am truly grateful to Michael for pushing me to join CrossFit TNT. Thank you to the coaches for taking the time to invest in me and helping me improve. And thank you to all the other athletes for always pushing me and not letting me give up.

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Oct
01
Athlete Of The Month - Lisa Goellner

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Athlete of the Month…still in shock trying to process that. Often times, I feel honored just to be considered an athlete, so this is a bit beyond comprehension. Growing up, I chose dance over sports. It was a true passion in my life and luckily, kept me in shape at the same time. However, once I went off to college my activity level dropped as the food and booze consumption went up. The ‘freshman 15’ was more like the ‘freshman 30’ for me. Thus began my journey with regular exercise for the sole purpose of taking care of my body. I lost the 30 pounds and was officially hooked.
Over the years I’ve tried virtually every workout imaginable – running, Tae Bo, step aerobics, Insanity, Body Pump, boot camp classes, Zumba, various pieces of gym equipment – the elliptical, stair climber, treadmill. I was working out often and I had to keep it interesting.
My journey with Crossfit TNT started with a phone call to Rochelle in March of 2016. My third child was 9 months old and as an avid ‘pretty good exerciser’ most of my life I was bored and looking for a new challenge. Anxious to get started, I did separate sessions with Oscar and Rochelle and officially jumped feet first into this new world of Crossfit I had only previously read about.
My first day in a group class, we were practicing handstands and forward rolls. I immediately wondered what in the hell I had gotten myself into, and why on Earth this was a skill I needed to master. I’m just here to workout…what do I care about doing a handstand?! But it was different, it was interesting, it was challenging, the people were nice, and the coaches obviously knew their stuff. And though I was a fish out of water, I kept coming back again and again.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way I genuinely fell in love with Crossfit. And, I fell in love with Crossfit TNT. It’s a combination of the friendly people, the electric atmosphere, the stellar programming, the positive energy, the sense of community and the addicting workouts. Forcing yourself to keep going when you think maybe you can’t and cheering for your friends when they think maybe they can’t.
I’m in the midst of the chaos of life, as a mother to three young children (7, 5 and 2), trying to make time for myself and find a little room to explore some of my own passions. Taking an hour every day to hang with my people and push my body to do things I didn’t know it could, has been life-changing. I am officially drinking the Kool-aid, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A shout out to the whole 5:00 am crew - those people mean more to me than I can accurately express, and I wouldn’t want to start my day any other way - and all of the knowledgeable, kind, kick-ass coaches at TNT…I wouldn’t have a clue what I was doing without you.
And those handstands? They’re coming along... I still don’t know why I need to know how to do them, but I know that I love pushing myself to try. Because I can. Because I am strong. Because I’m worth it. Because I can do hard things. And, because life is way too short to not feel amazing. Taking care of my body and regularly pushing outside my comfort zone are gifts I won’t soon take for granted.
And in the meantime… Look at what happened there??? I’m an athlete. ☺

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Sep
01
Athlete Of The Month - Sebastian Kaiser

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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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Aug
01
Athlete Of The Month - Steven Palmer

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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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