Athlete of the Month

May Athlete of the Month

 
NAME: Kristy Organ
 
HOMETOWN: Suffield, CT
 
AGE: 38
 
OCCUPATION: I work in the office at Poquonock Elementary in Windsor, CT
 
INTERESTING FACT: I am a total numbers geek.
 
FAVORITE LIFT: Back Squat
 
FAVORITE WOD: Murph
 
LEAST FAVORITE WOD:  I don’t have one yet. I could do without the Assault Bike.
 
HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? A few of my friends are members and had been talking about it for a while. I finally decided to give it a try.
 
HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: I love spending time with my two boys, Ryan (8) and Drew (10).
 
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF?  First and foremost are the people. The sense of community and acceptance is amazing. I love having my boys there while I workout. It’s important for them to see their mom work hard and get stronger each week. They are always there to cheer me on if I get tired and need a little motivation to get through the workout. I also enjoy challenging myself each day and proving that little voice that says I can’t do something, wrong.
 
GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS:  I think it’s important to work on my form and understanding my limits.  I will continue to work on the movements while increasing weight and speed in increments. I would also like to start competing at a scaled level if possible.
 
ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: It took me about a year to finally walk into LWCF. I was so nervous and convinced I wouldn’t be able to do the workout.  Then something crazy happened, I did it!  The coach will modify all workouts to what you are capable of. All the coaches and members are very supportive and will be there to help and guide you before you even have a chance to ask. I can’t say it’s for everyone. You will need to work hard and you will push your body to places that you didn’t know you could, but that’s the greatest reward. I am completely amazed by how strong I am and for an extra bonus your body will transform quickly.  Everyday is a different workout and at the start of class the coach will go over each component of that workout with everyone regardless of if it’s your first class or you’ve been going for years.  In my short 4 months at LWCF I have already made lifelong friends, I have a purpose for me everyday and I am a better mom and wife because of it.  Do yourself a favor and give it a chance. It is life changing.
 
 
WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: I try to go to the 4pm. The boys love going and have made their own little crew of friends during that time.

April Athlete of the Month

NAME: Amanda Schiessl

HOMETOWN: Windsor Locks, CT

AGE: 25

OCCUPATION: Interprofessional Student Coordinator for CHC, Inc.
 
INTERESTING FACT: I was on Nickelodean’s Slime Time Live. I carried worms in my mouth!
 
FAVORITE LIFT: Deadlift
 
FAVORITE WOD: Anything with rowing or assault bike
 
LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Everything with burpees
 
HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? I told Coach Chris Musco that I’d never do CrossFit! A couple months later, he encouraged me to try out the three free classes promotion (I couldn’t argue against a three free classes promotion!) and I was hooked after the first free class. It’s been a fun, rewarding and fulfilling year and a half at Land Warrior!
 
HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Reading, hiking, cooking and spending time with family
 
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? Being a part of the Land Warrior Family has brought endless positivity to every aspect of my life- from the way the workouts make me feel to the remarkable people!
 
GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: Hand stand hold and pull-up
 
ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: It may seem intimating in the beginning but I found focusing on the way finishing a WOD made me feel strong physically and mentally helped me conquer that feeling.
 
WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: 6:30pm

March Athlete of the Month

NAME: Nancy LeMay

HOMETOWN: Windsor Locks

AGE: 57

OCCUPATION: Data Analyst, Travelers Insurance

INTERESTING FACT: Having been obese my whole life, and approaching the mid-life crisis of turning 50, I finally decided to get my health under control. 7 1/2 years later, I’ve shed 220 lbs., 5 separate medications for heart arrhythmias, participated in 2 Crossfit Open’s and a couple of competitions!

FAVORITE LIFT: Deadlift

FAVORITE WOD: Anything Chipper style

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Anything with Thrusters in it.

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? Once I started getting my health under control , I began personal training with Coach Jason about 5 years ago. Eventually, he encouraged me to try it. I wasn’t real thrilled about it in the beginning, but I trusted him and his advice. In retrospect, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Various types of Volunteer work. I actually find it relaxing to do activities like that.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? The philosophy of Crossfit, This Community in particular, the Coaches, and the awesome athletes that I see every time I’m there!

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: Double unders and pull ups.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Be patient, stay positive. Don’t worry about you are doing in relation to everyone else in class, just work hard. It’s an amazing experience, and the rewards are priceless.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: 6:30 PM

February Athlete of the Month

NAME: Jason Werenski

HOMETOWN: Suffield

AGE: 17

OCCUPATION: Senior in high school

INTERESTING FACT: I’m attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall and my favorite school subject is calculus.

FAVORITE LIFT: Power Clean

FAVORITE WOD: Badger

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Anything with the assault bike

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? My dad was doing crossfit and recommended that I do it during the summer so I could get stronger. I joined the week that school ended and only stopped during soccer season.

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Outside of crossfit, I play a lot of soccer. Usually I will either play at the high school on my own or at a practice for my club team.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? The people and the diversity of exercises bring me back. The class I go to is for high school-aged athletes and I enjoy working out with them. The coaches are supportive and also have a good sense of humor. Lastly, every day’s workout is different which allows me to improve all my movements.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: I want to gain 10 to 15 pounds by summer’s end while maintaining and improving my ability and speed.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Bring a friend! I’m sure you will make friends in the classes you attend whether it’s a coach or a member, but bringing a friend always adds a little comfort in the first few days.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: The 2:45 class for high school students and occasionally the 4:00 class.

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NAME: Jenna Salters

HOMETOWN:Suffield, CT

AGE:15

OCCUPATION:School

INTERESTING FACT: I love my job of working on a dairy farm!

FAVORITE LIFT:Clean

FAVORITE WOD:Murph

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Fran with the assault bike

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? My dad started going and told me about it. It took me a while to come, but after the first class i loved it.

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT:Other hobbies…? The gym is life

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? All the people and coaches, and knowing that each day you just get better and better.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: My goal is to do my best in the open and just have fun

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Just walk through the doors, it isn’t as scary as it seems

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND? Night classes normally 4 or 5:15

December Athlete of the Month

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NAME: Maria Puetz

HOMETOWN: Norwich

AGE: 25

OCCUPATION: CTANG

INTERESTING FACT: I can eat a Jim Dandy by myself in one sitting

FAVORITE LIFT: Snatch

FAVORITE WOD: Any WOD which include burpees

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Twin Peaks

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? Coworkers

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Professional Student

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? The community, I love the feeling of accomplishing a WOD that I find intimidating, creating new PRs.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS:
Consistency, I would like to complete a pull-up/ring dip w/o a scale.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Leave your ego behind, instead use that energy to inspire and encourage others. If you have to chose between inspiration and intimidation always chose inspiration.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?:
430 pm

November Athlete of the Month

NAME: George Fields

HOMETOWN: Suffield

AGE: 51

OCCUPATION: Owner of Suffield Hardware

INTERESTING FACT: Love to camp outside in the wilderness, spring, summer, fall and winter.

FAVORITE LIFT: Dead lift

FAVORITE WOD: Chipper

LEAST FAVORITE WOD:

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? Wanted to find a way to get healthy

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Wood working

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? The drive to improve in all aspects of the sport.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: To get double unders and pull ups.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Take your time and listen to your coaches.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: 8:30 am and 6:30 pm.

October Athlete of the Month

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NAME: Elizabeth Accorsi

HOMETOWN: East Windsor

AGE: 33

OCCUPATION: nurse

INTERESTING FACT: I love board and card games.

FAVORITE LIFT:Power Cleans😍

FAVORITE WOD: Grace

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Kelly

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? I was talked into trying a free week over 3 years ago and was hooked after the first workout.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? The coaches, the athletes, the challenge.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: Get stronger, faster and stay positive.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Just keep coming every day and you will amaze yourself.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: 5am

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September Athlete of the Month

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NAME: Kevin Charland
HOMETOWN: West Suffield

AGE:45

OCCUPATION: Clinical Specialist for Neurosurgical Navigation

INTERESTING FACT: I worked 3 jobs, 80-100 hours/week and had my daughter while going to college. I skipped most of my classes so I could work and showed up to take my tests. I graduated with the best clinical scores in my class.

FAVORITE LIFT: Front and Back Squats

FAVORITE WOD:Angie

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: The last one that I missed the time cap on. I start clean the next class and know that I will beat my score the next time around.

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? I have a 6 year old son and I want to be as physically active with him as I was with my 25 year old daughter and 23 year old son when they were his age. I want to be able to keep up with him even through his high school years. Since starting crossfit at 45 years old, I feel that I am in the best cardiovascular shape that I have been in since high school.

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: I love sports. I play volleyball, street hockey, softball and vintage baseball. I coach little league baseball, soccer and street hockey.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? Mostly the coaches and the bonds that have been built with them and the other athletes. I’ve never heard a single discouraging word spoken about any athlete there. Everyone supports one another and encourages each other to push hard and complete the work out. It’s unlike any gym I’ve ever worked out at. I’m also very proud to be apart of a group of people who work hard to give back to their community.

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: master double unders, muscle ups on both the bar and rings and complete Murph in under 50 minutes.

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Don’t be intimidated! The coaches are awesome. They will modify any work out to fit your ability. You have no idea how capable you are until you give it a try. The feelings of accomplishment you will have after completing a work out will make you want to come back again and again. You will sweat and push yourself to your limits but you will see unbelievable results in a short amount of time.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: I don’t have a normal work schedule so I show up to which ever class I can make. Sundays are my favorite.

August Athlete of the Month

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NAME: Adam Sledge

HOMETOWN: Bristol CT

AGE: 31

OCCUPATION: Emergency Manager, CT Air National Guard

INTERESTING FACT: I have a ridiculous memory of obscure movie quotes and useless information

FAVORITE LIFT: Power Clean

FAVORITE WOD: The Filthy Fifty

LEAST FAVORITE WOD: Karen

HOW DID YOU START CROSSFIT? Some coworkers wanted to start going to land warrior and I decided to join them, best decision I’ve made in a long time

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT: Arm wrestling, football, hiking

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO LWCF? Definitely the people and the coaches, I’ve met some amazing people at this gym and made some good friends. It doesn’t matter if its your first day or if you’ve been going for years everyone support’s and pushes each other

GOAL FOR THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS: Compete in the warrior games and complete Murph

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT: Your going be sore, your going get blisters but don’t give up crossfit can really change your life it did for me.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU NORMALLY ATTEND?: 5AM or 6AM