November CFHY Athlete of the Month: Kevin Giardino

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for November is Kevin Giardino.  Although Kevin is relatively new to CFHY he has already showed a huge level of dedication and commitment to bettering himself and putting in the necessary work to do so.  Since day one Kevin has seen the value in learning the proper form and technique to  execute movements correctly- he doesn’t rush the process and knows that it takes time to develop the strength and skill needed to excel.

Kevin isn’t afraid to ask questions and is extremely coachable.  Just because something is hard does not deter Kevin from putting in the time and effort needed to get better.  He realizes it is a process and puts in the necessary work to improve.

Part of Kevin’s quick progress has been his ability to set reasonable goals and put in the necessary work needed to reach them.  In CrossFit there are so many things to work on it can be hard to identify where to put your time and energy- but through proper goal setting he has been able to work at and practice what he desires to get better at.  He has shown great improvement in double unders and Olympic lifting, and has been pursing his goal of an improved “Fran” time be tirelessly working on his pull ups and thrusters.

Kevin is new on his CrossFit journey but he will undoubtedly continue to improve as he embrace the process with consistency and great energy.  Keep it up Kevin!

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CFHY October Athlete of the Month: Casey Rapalje!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for October is Casey Rapalje!  Casey is a consistent and positive presence at CrossFit Hyannis, often accompanied by her son Colton.  She acts as an example to him (and the rest of us) about the importance of making time to take care of yourself and your own health and fitness even when life is busy.

Casey can often be found working out outside in the Yard, usually with Colton by her side either throwing down or just doing his own thing.  She pushes hard and appropriately challenges herself every time she’s at the gym.  Casey always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude- and those are contagious to those around her.  Over the years both Casey’s brother Brett and sister Allie have joined us for the summer at CrossFit Hyannis- and it’s awesome to see their family committed to taking care of themselves and having fun training together.  It’s clear that both her siblings and her son look to her as a role model, and she is giving them a great example of how to be a positive and inspiring person in the world.  She is an incredibly strong woman and we are grateful to have her at CrossFit Hyannis.

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CFHY July 2018 Athlete of the Month: Joe Barry!

The Athlete of the Month for July is Joe Barry.  Joe is a determined guy who always shows up ready to throw down and give his best effort.  He pushes himself and isn’t afraid to get out of his comfort zone.

Joe is a thoughtful, driven guy who sets goals and isn’t afraid to put in the necessary work to move towards them.  Many people are afraid to set lofty goals because they may not know the outcome and if their work will pay off- but Joe isn’t afraid to put lay it out there and do the work.

Joe also brings a great attitude to the gym- always working with a smile and throwing jokes around.  He works hard, but doesn’t take himself or the process too seriously.

Joe is also training for the Falmouth Road Race and raising money for the Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund- if you would like to make a donation to support him in this endeavor you can do so here: https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1179009&supId=436524919

Good luck to Joe and keep up the great work!

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CFHY Athlete of the Month June 2018- Terry Downey

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for June is Terry Downey.  Terry is just the best, and that’s why she’s athlete of the month.  To back up that claim- below are some of the wonderful attributes of Terry.

Terry is a 5:30am’er and always comes in with a smile on her face, ready to throw down and enjoy the workout with a smile.  On many days she leaves the gym then proceeds to ride her bike to work (and you know if you ride it THERE then at the end of the day you actually have to ride it BACK home too!).  She recently has been hitting 100 mile weeks on her bike through her commute.  All that would be well and good, but Terry also uses her fitness and positive demeanor outside of the gym to help serve her clients as a PT and her work with various organizations.  She works extensively with the Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers helping adaptive athletes pursue sport and physical activity.  She coaches sled hockey teams, is a critical member of the “Sport and Spirit” weekend put together by Spaulding Adaptive Sports, and gives her time to various other endeavors that help people enjoy the world of sport and play.

Terry is a great reminder that as much fun as CrossFit is, for most of us it is ultimately a tool that allows us to do other physical activities outside of the gym and use our fitness to help and inspire others.  Sometimes people can get lost in being bummed about not hitting a PR, RX’ing a workout, etc.- but in the grande scheme of things we need to remember to be grateful to have bodies that are capable of so much and use what we have to serve others.

ALSO- Terry is an incredibly gifted photographer and has used her talent to capture some pretty epic photos of our members here at CrossFit Hyannis.  Most of the photos that you see on our website (at least the good ones) can be credited to Terry.  So THANK YOU Terry- for the photos, for your selflessness and spirit, and for all you do to make CrossFit Hyannis and the world a better place.

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CFHY May Athlete of the Month: Abby Dudley!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for May is Abby Dudley!!!  Abby is one of the most supportive athletes at the gym- always bringing her positive energy and team spirit to whatever class she’s in.  Not to mention- she’s strong and works her butt off!

In all of the hundreds (if not thousands) of interactions I’ve had with and witnessed Abby have- not once has there been one that is negative.  That includes both how she interacts with others- always supporting people and cheering for them mid-workout, but also her general demeanor during classes and workouts.  She cheers for others, claps, says “you got it” to those around her- and genuinely shows support for everyone in the gym.  Her smile and positive energy are contagious, and make CrossFit Hyannis a better place to be.

In addition to bringing her great attitude to the gym, Abby also brings her A-game.  She works incredibly hard and never backs down from a challenge.  She battles to chip away at gymnastics movements, and stares heavy weights down and shows them who’s boss (she is).  She doesn’t get thrown off by what people around her are doing- she knows that we’re all on our own journey and she just attacks her workout every day.

Abby shows up every day ready to do her best- knowing that all those little gains add up over time.  If you’ve ever been in a class with Abby she’s probably cheered you on when you felt like you couldn’t keep going- and for that, and a million other reasons, we’re so lucky to have Abby at CrossFit Hyannis.  Thanks Abby!

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CFHY April Athlete of the Month- Margaret Clancy

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for April 2018 is Margaret Clancy.  Margaret has only been with us for a few months but has already made insane improvements in her strength, skills, and overall conditioning.

Clearly we knew Margaret would be tough and able to handle whatever was thrown at her, due to surviving as Katie Clancy’s daughter her entire life- but she has exceeded all expectations that we could have even put on her out of the gate.  First of all, she dove right in to the 5:30am class and quickly became a staple member- not afraid to get into the banter and show those guys what she’s got.

The strength gains that Margaret has made over the last several months have been extremely impressive- and she’s done it through a consistent and steady approach.  Once getting comfortable with the movements, she just steadily continues to appropriately push herself and get out of her comfort zone a little more each day.  In addition to getting stronger with the bar, she has made immense improvements on gymnastics skill movements- recently achieving her first unassisted pull-ups.

One might imagine it could be tough to walk into a gym in which your mom is a staple member and find your own place- but Margaret has quickly done just that.  It’s kind of like, “Katie who?”  (KIDDING).  In all sincerity, it is truly amazing to see two generations of such strong, driven women each morning throwing down, pushing themselves, and supporting each other.  For those looking for examples of how to raise and be strong yet supportive women- just show up at 5:30am and watch the Clancy women throw down.

Keep up the great work Margaret, and everyone else better watch out- she’s coming for ya.

 

Margaret Pull Up

CFHY March Athlete of the Month- Jennie Swedlund Macallister!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for March is Jennie Swedlund Macallister.  Jennie is an incredibly consistent member- always arriving with a positive attitude and ready to work hard.  She always supports those around her, while putting her own best effort forth in workouts, strength, and skill work.

Jennie is a natural when it comes to gymnastics movements- quickly picking them up and then putting in the necessary work to refine her technique. She often makes things looks effortless- no doubt she would make her gymnast daughter proud.  She can also be found regularly staying after class to hone her skills and develop new ones- knowing that it’s only through consistency and practice that we get better.

Jennie also doesn’t shy away from the movements that challenge her more, and consistently builds on her strength numbers with dedication and effort.  She commits each day to doing her best and it shows.

She does all of this with a smile on her face and a positive energy that it is infectious.  Keep it up Jennie!

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CFHY February Athlete of the Month: Eduardo Netto

For the first time in CrossFit Hyannis history, we have a repeat recipient of the prestigious Athlete of the Month- Eduardo Netto.  Eduardo first received Athlete of the Month four years ago in January 2014 and has been showing up consistently since then putting in work, having fun, and being a staple of our community.

Even though Eduardo says after every workout “I’m never doing this again” he continues to show up each day ready to throw down and have fun while doing it.  He is supportive to those around him and never holds back in workouts.  He attended more sessions at CFHY than any other male in 2017, and his presence in the evening classes is a staple of nights at the gym.  If he’s not there for some reason, it’s just not the same.

Eduardo not only wins the award for matching his socks to his shirt and shorts, but he also has some of the largest pythons at the gym- here’s hoping to bicep curls and tricep extensions in the Open.  Even though he probably wants to be known as a tough guy, Eduardo is secretly one of the most supportive, encouraging, and positive members we have at CrossFIt Hyannis- don’t let the mustache fool you.  We are so incredibly lucky to have Eduardo at CrossFit Hyannis, and it wouldn’t be the same without him.

Eduardo USA

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CFHY January Athlete of the Month: Jen Crimaldi

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for January 2018 is Jen Crimaldi. Jen is one of our most committed members, and her dedication to her health and fitness is admirable. She is a staple at the 4:30pm class, always coming to throw down even after long days of teaching.

Jen shows up every day ready to work hard and do her best- no matter the workout or how her day went. Despite a minor physical setback this past month she still showed commitment to her health and fitness by coming to the gym consistently and doing what she could with her full effort and energy. She understands the value of consistent effort over time and not making excuses.

Jen has been on her health and fitness journey for a long time, and her discipline over the years has helped her to always keep moving in the right direction. She isn’t complacent- she’s always working to improve with her lifts, enhance her workouts, and in her dedication to nutrition.

Jen is a great example of the importance of showing up, working hard, and committing the process- keep it up Jen!

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CFHY December Athlete of the Month: Tina Lilly

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for December is Tina Lilly.  Tina is an absolute powerhouse, and her consistency and dedication at the gym has led her to some tremendous improvements lately.

Tina has quietly been showing up and working hard during class- often “hiding” in the back room (as if we can’t see her back there crushing it).  She always pushes hard in workouts, and challenges herself with appropriate weights.  It’s easy to get stuck in a rut- always using the same weight or scaling a movement in the same way that it ceases to be appropriately challenging.  There can be a fine line between over and under scaling something- and the reality is that the sweet spot comes when you can push just out of your comfort zone into something that is challenging for you but still allows you to keep an appropriate amount of intensity during the workout.  Tina typically does a great job finding that exact spot- not allowing herself to get too comfortable when she realizes that she has “leveled up” in a lift or skill based movement.  This is how progress happens.

Tina has also put in time outside of classes to work on her weaknesses and things that she would like to get better at, and because of this recently was able to string multiple pull-ups together.  Sometimes in CrossFit it can be easy to lose sight of how really incredibly strong and impressive the feats we see every day are- and stringing together multiple pull ups truly is impressive!  It doesn’t come easy, and it’s only through consistent work and practice that developing new skills and getting stronger happens- and Tina is a great example of how when you show up and commit to the process of growth and work positive things happen.

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