CFHY Athlete of the Month May: Dave Coursey

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for May is Dave Coursey!  Dave is a loyal member of the 5:30am crew, with occasional appearances in the evening.  Dave always shows up ready to work hard and throw down- no matter the workout or time of day.  He brings a positive, friendly attitude to the gym and he’s always welcoming to all. Throughout his time at CrossFit Hyannis Dave has taken the time to move well and learn how to do things properly.  He understands that it is a process- and isn’t afraid to put in the work to get better. Whether it’s watching YouTube videos to better understand different movements, asking questions and implementing feedback from coaches, or soaking in experiences daily- Dave is always learning and putting in work to get better.  Keep up the great work Dave!

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CFHY April Athlete of the Month: Erin MacDonald!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for April is Greyson MacDonald.  Just kidding- it’s his inspiring mother Erin MacDonald! Erin is coming up on one year of being a member of CrossFit Hyannis- and her daily daily presence and persistence have no doubt had a positive impact on our community.  Erin worked out daily throughout her pregnancy, recognizing that taking care of her own health was important for both the health of her baby and also her own mental and physical health. She always prioritizes moving well and keeping the big picture in mind- never compromising so that she can continue to see progress, gains, and results.  After having a healthy baby boy, Greyson, she was soon back at the gym and getting back to her daily routine, but now with her little guy in tow. Again, Erin committed to coming back the right way- being patient, yet persistent and consistent, in her return. Whether it’s pregnancy, injury, or just taking time off- many people try to rush back to their previous level- but Erin has been extremely smart about understanding how to ease back into it.  That being said, it’s truly amazing her level of strength and fitness so soon after giving birth. The most impressive thing about Erin is her level of commitment and consistency. No doubt it is not easy to bring a newborn to the gym everyday, but Erin has committed to making the gym part of their daily routine- and we’re glad that she has. She somehow manages to get in a workout while still feeding, changing, taking care of, and keeping her baby smiling all at the same time.  Having Erin and Greyson (and later in the day Grey’s dad Matt) at the gym is a great reminder to all of us how important it is to make health and fitness a priority for one’s family. Congrats Erin and keep up the great work!IMG_3029 2

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CFHY Athlete of the Month March 2019: Angie Zambelis!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for March is Angie Zambelis!  Angie is a loyal member of the 10:00am class- and she comes in every day with a smile and amazing attitude, no matter what else she has going on in her life.  Angie works incredibly hard as a leader in the Cape Cod restaurant industry- but she doesn’t let her ridiculously long hours or crazy schedule stop her from attending class at CrossFit Hyannis almost every day.  She knows that taking care of herself allows her to better take care of others- which she does daily.

Angie can usually be found working out in the back room- and at first you might think she’s hiding back there, but upon further inspection it’s clear that she just doesn’t want to intimidate anyone with her strength, power, and grace.  No matter the workout, Angie always comes ready to throw down and put her best effort forth. Not only that, she always does it in style- with outfits that are always on point.

It’s not always easy to juggle everything that life throws our way- and yet Angie seemingly does it with ease.  She is an extremely loving and devoted mother, business woman, wife, and overall badass. She manages to do all of these things with a smile on her face while simultaneously making everyone around her feel welcome and supported.  Thank you Angie for being part the CrossFit Hyannis community and bringing your amazing energy to the gym each day!

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CFHY Athlete of the Month January: Tim Lewis

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for January is Tim Lewis.  Tim is only the second athlete to be a two-time CFHY Athlete of the Month, having also received this prestigious honor exactly four years ago in January of 2015.  Four years ago in his Athlete of the Month description Tim was described as “an incredibly strong athlete who shows up, works hard, and focuses on moving well.  Tim never backs down from a challenge, and isn’t afraid to work at the edges of his comfort zone.”  Not surprisingly those attributes remain true today.

Tim has been a committed member of CrossFit Hyannis for many years.  On every fitness/health journey it’s natural to have times where you are more committed- perhaps you have a specific goal so you dial in your nutrition, hit the gym more regularly, etc.  and times when you perhaps are just “getting by”- showing up and eating decent but not laser focused towards a specific goal.  THIS IS OK and normal- at different times in life our focuses can shift to different areas.  What’s important is that whether we are in a more “dialed in” time or a “getting by” phase of our fitness- we still make time to take care of ourselves- move, sweat, and respect our bodies.

Over the last few months Tim as recommitted and upped his game at the gym- regularly attending both boot camp and regular classes and putting in work to improve.  And all his hard work shows- he has been crushing workouts, hitting PRs in benchmarks, and just generally showing up and standing out.

For many years Tim has been an important part of our community- always showing up ready to throw down and bring great intensity and energy to the gym.  Keep it up Tim!

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CFHY December Athlete of the Month- Denise McDowell!!!

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for December 2018 is Denise McDowell.  Over the last several months Denise has been one of the most committed members of CrossFit Hyannis- not only showing up daily and working hard throughout the class but also putting in extra time running each day post-workout.  From the moment she sets foot in the gym she is getting after it- using her time to work towards her goals.

Since starting at CrossFit Hyannis she has made HUGE improvements- getting stronger, faster, fitter and healthier each day.  As always, the hallmark to this type of improvement is consistency- which Denise has mastered.  She shows up, works hard, and always has a positive attitude.  She is supportive to those around her and her presence in the gym is always uplifting.

Denise is a perfect example of what we love about our CrossFit Hyannis members- hard working, great attitude, supportive, and relentless.  We love having Denise at CFHY and look forward to her continued progress- keep it up!

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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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