WOD'S

Feb
02
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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Jul
06
Athlete Of The Month- Jackie Powell

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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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Jun
01
Athlete of the Month - Doreen Buckner

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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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May
01
Athlete Of The Month- Melissa Palmer

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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 am...