March is coming in like a lion! Fierce cold, snowy weather and …school closings out the ying-yang!!!! Yes, we said ying-yang! Yet we digress. We'd like to take this opportunity to focus on our own "lion and lioness" of Cadre! If you had the privilege of meeting either of these athletes for the first time, neither would be perceived as "ferocious". Well…you'd change your tune once you saw them throw down! Emil Hayek, MD is as polite and soft-spoken as they come. This knowledgable and unassuming physician has trained intensively in the subspecialties of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He won't tell you this but we will! Emil learned his craft at two of the top ranked hospitals in the world (Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation)! Emil first joined us a little unsure of what we did. We distinctly remember his expression and demeanor after his first WOD:) He knew right then that CrossFit was for him. After trying for some time to juggle a busy schedule and CF, something had to give! That's when ...we got creative!!! Emil decided to make time for the activity he loved so much. "What did he do?" you ask. Emil took it upon himself to schedule Personal Training at lunch time. THIS is how he "got it in". No excuses here! Heck! The guy hits all the WODS we program…by himself!!!! Emil has shown marked improvement as an athlete and "doesn't feel right" if he can't get his workout in. Kudos to you Emil!!!! You deserve to be the March Athlete of the Month!!!!
If you met Elizabeth Reynolds Slater for the first time, you might see her as a teacher, loving wife or attentive mother of 3 girls. Look again! When its "3..2..1..GO" this mild-mannered athlete unleashes her "inner beast"!!! Her drive to push and get back to that bar is second to none! And if the last name sounds familiar..it's because her STUD of a husband (Jarrod Slater) was last month's AOTM. Enough about him though:) Back to the topic at hand. Elizabeth's dedication and hard work has paid off. She will tell you that she is a whole new person. To top it all off, her welcoming attitude towards new athletes espouses our community ethos of "Where fitness is FUN, commUNITY is KEY and RESULTS happen!" Congratulations on representing CrossFit Cadre in every possible aspect. Elizabeth, YOU deserve to be the March Athlete of the Month!!!