Athlete Of The Month - Katie Kelly


I never thought I would say that I look forward to going to the gym, much less CrossFit, and I’ve never considered myself an athlete, much less a TNT Athlete of the Month! In fact, when I walked into TNT for my first Transformation Academy class in March of 2017, I saw people lifting barbells and thought, “nope!” I was looking for more energy to keep up with a set of twins and a four year old and stay reasonably sane at work – certainly muscles and callused hands were overkill! Fast-forward to today, and I’m high-fiving the 5 a.m. crew after busting out two dozen (albeit light) snatches, and then picking my calluses during meetings at the office (so gross, I know).

Now before I get carried away, I’ll admit that I don’t look forward to many-a-WOD, but TNT is so much more to me than just “going to the gym.” It’s the place I go to become stronger and push my limits, mentally and physically; the place I go to relieve stress; the place I go to spend time with some of my greatest friends and motivators; and the place I go to show my three daughters that health is a priority, and that strong women are fierce.

I’m so grateful to the coaches at TNT for the energy and passion they put into cultivating, motivating and growing such a diverse community of athletes and friends. I’m also grateful to my fellow TNT athletes – you all inspire and motivate me in different ways, and are nice enough to check on me when I smash my face with a wall ball multiple times in a single WOD!

Suffice to say, I got a lot more than I bargained for when I walked into TNT – callused hands and all! I’m honored to be a TNT Athlete of the Month, excited to see what I can push to accomplish next (a kipping pull-up, fingers crossed!) and blessed every day to sweat alongside TNT my friends!

Athlete of the Month November - Bree Vunesky


I started CrossFit at TNT seven years ago and it has become a part of who I am. It has become an addiction of mine and I consider it one of my main stress relievers. Crossfit has made me mentally and physically stronger, which is a must in my line of work. I have been a police officer for almost 13 years, so obviously it’s very important for me to stay healthy and strong.

I would like to thank all of the coaches for their help and giving me that push during the workouts. I truly appreciate that they have noticed my personal progression, since I have been back at it after having my second child in Nov 2016. It would be a lie if I didn’t mention that it has been a real struggle juggling two young boys, working full-time, and trying to still get my workouts in every week. But, I promised myself I would not use that as an excuse and refused to put my health and fitness on the back burner. Even though I’m not at my goal weight, I feel like I’m the strongest I’ve ever been!

I have made some great friends along the way and I truly believe TNT has the best athletes and coaches around!!


Athlete of the Month October- Molly Griffin


"I look forward to the challenging WODs, new friends and the progress that came with this commitment. I am able to do things now that I couldn't have imagined doing 10-15 years ago. I am able to run (while not very fast) several miles with a 20# weight vest, multiple rope climbs, and even those squats I was told to avoid have increased by 35# (without any injections or pain) in two years. I love that I have a lot still to work on and that I get to do this with family at TNT."

Athlete of The Month - Stephanie Odegaard


Oh my goodness thank you! I really love the CFTNT family and can't imagine my life without you all! Everything about the gym (staff, members, facility) is amazing and is a stress reliever.

I started CrossFit back in 2009 after my husband showed me a picture of a guy doubled over after having puked from doing Fran. I think he showed it to me as a joke however I wanted to see what it was all about because I was bored to death at my local globo gym. After doing some research on the internet I learned CrossFit is not about exercising until you puke, however it is constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity. I looked up my local gym (in VA at the time) and went through the on ramp program and thus started my journey with CrossFit. Since that time we have moved to several different states and I’ve been able to find a CrossFit gym each place we’ve moved but I have to say, of all the gyms I’ve been apart of, CFTNT is one of my favorites. The staff, the members, and the facility are all top notch and I could not be more grateful for the place that TNT has in my life. The coaches at TNT push you to be better than before and the members inspire you to push harder than you thought possible. Thank you for choosing me to be athlete of the month and I look forward to continually being better than yesterday.


Athlete Of The Month - Matt Clark


I feel honored that I was selected me for the Athlete of the Month. Thank you to all of the coaches who consistently correct my form and recommend accessory work. The coaches and the other athletes at TNT make it easy to want to come to the gym. We have a good community.
However, it didn't start easily for me. I fell into the excuse trap years ago. I started coming to TNT in 2013 for a couple of months and then quit. In 2016 after watching the Crossfit Games on TV, I knew I needed to give it another try. I was out of shape and relatively negative on the idea of getting healthy again. I told myself that I would give it 90 days. The first month was mentally challenging, but I found myself starting to look forward to coming. Now, I can't imagine not doing it. In all seriousness, it's fun to be able to mow the yard and still have the energy to be a dad.
I am probably like most people. I have a family with kids and a job that keep me busy. I travel often, and I could probably come up with a myriad of excuses that justify "I'm-too-busy." Frankly, if you're busy, Crossfit is perhaps the most natural fitness option to fit into hectic schedule-- show up, and an hour later, you're done.
At a Crossfit gym, we are all of different backgrounds and stages of life. There's a scalable fitness option for every ability (google it). Try it. It's fun.

Athlete of The Month - Mike Burkart

temp-post-imageWOW! Like most other Athlete's of the Month, I was very surprised to be selected and extremely honored. I never knew what Crossfit was until about six years ago when Sarah started Crossfit in Columbia. It took her and my nieces' about two years to convince me to try it. Needless to say, my only regret is all those years I spent in a global gym and not doing Crossfit. It was a huge waste of time, I've had more fitness gains in the last 3 years (minus 6 months hiatus for knee surgery) then I did all the years at the global gym. From my very first free foundations class, with that "damn" chipper that Courtney put me through, I new I had found my place. I'll always remember my very first WOD, doesn't everyone.

Ever since a knee injury in the Army, I have had issues with my knees which got worse of over the years as I gained quite a bit of weight because I couldn't work out, didn't really know how to work out and didn't really understand nutrition. Eventually, I was going to have to have my knees replaced and I wanted to be in the best shape I could before surgery. After my introduction to Crossfit, I knew Crossfit would be my way back to better health and the pre-hab I needed to be able to come back strong from having both knees replaced. Last year, after six months of surgery and PT, I was finally able to get back to the people and community who would really help me get back into shape, Rochelle, Oscar and the whole coaching staff at Crossfit-TNT.
I really enjoy Crossfit and want to thank the Crossfit-TNT community, especially the 6 am Dawn Patrol and my Crossfit family (Renee, Matt, Sammi, Sarah) for their support and encouragement over these last three years. After experiencing being a Master's athlete, I NEVER want to go back to just being.
See you all in class,

Athlete Of The Month - Steven Trikenskas


First and foremost, I'm greatful to be named Athlete of the Month. When Oscar let me know I was selected, I was a definite surprise. Mentally I joked, "I must have finally wore everyone down."

The according to the shreaded WOD book I still bring to class, I started at TNT back in April of 2013. I had recently completed a Physical Fitness Test for work and while passing, I was not 100% happy with my results. It was time to find something to fix that. Working out "at the gym" wasn't really cutting it. For years, I passed by TNT but didn't look that close into. At the time my knowledge of Crossfit was, "It's crazy, they flip tires and stuff." Curiosity got the best of me and I stopped in on day. A few weeks later, signed up for Foundations. There I learned Crossfit is so much more than "flipping tires" (but it still can be crazy...) Over the years Crossfit has provided me the overall fitness In was looking for and every class is a challenge. I never thought I would voluntarily wake up at 6am to workout (or even do some of the things we do that early.)

I guess persistance pays off. Thanks to Rochelle, Oscar and all the coaches you are and have been great and super knowledgeable. Also, a big thanks to those at TNT I've had class with for the motivation to keep up in both individual classes and Crossfit as a whole.

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

Athlete of The Month - Dan Dial


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!

Athlete Of The Month - Cynthia Gieseke


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!!!