August Athletes of the Month

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Crystal Gravius

Crystal has been part of the Cadre Crew for a little over a year and has been with us since she started her CrossFit journey. Her favorite aspect of CrossFit is the atmosphere and energy in the gym when she’s working out but she is also a big fan of the versatility because it keeps her motivated and coming back for more! Crystal loves to back squat but would rather have someone else do her burpees for her (who wouldn’t?)! Since beginning CrossFit, Crystal has been pushed to accomplish things that she never dreamed she was capable of. Cadre has made her stronger both mentally and physically and as a result her confidence has grown! Her favorite thing about Cadre is the people, especially the coaches because everyone is always so encouraging. We are so proud of all your progress Crystal! Thanks for always being such a positive influence on our community! Keep it up!

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Daniel Lopez

Daniel has been doing CrossFit for 3 years and recently moved to Ohio from California with his girlfriend, Monica! Daniel is a dedicated member of the morning Cadre Crew! Daniel was drawn to CrossFit because he “grew up playing soccer and had the pleasure of going through torturous workouts and CrossFit is so similar.” Daniel also loves that his fellow athletes are incredibly encouraging and provide him with a little healthy competition that keeps him motivated. Daniel’s favorite lift is the squat clean and he’d rather skip the back squats!

Daniel played soccer in college and when his college career ended, he found himself less active. His girlfriend, Monica introduced him to CrossFit and he started lifting weights for the first time. Daniel continues to play soccer for fun and CrossFit has helped improve his fitness level so he can continue to be competitive. Additionally, Daniel said CrossFit “has also improved all aspects of my life, from introducing me to great new friends and tiring me out so I can get some of the best sleep I could ever ask for.”

When asked what Daniel liked about Cadre he said, “Although I do love how clean the gym is, my favorite part still has to be the coaches that assist us in every class. Every coach at the gym is not only friendly and knowledgeable, but they motivate you to want to get in the gym whenever you can.”

What Daniel shared with me last displays most clearly what we are all about at Cadre: “Me and Monica moved here from California and had no family or friends to make the move easier and then we found Cadre. All the owners, coaches, and patrons made us feel like part of the family from the first moment we walked in the door and I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything else. Thank you to everyone at Cadre for everything you have done for me and Monica. You have no idea how much it means.” And that folks, is what it’s all about! Daniel we are so proud of all your hard work and we are so glad that you’ve made Cadre your home and family! Thanks for always bringing a positive attitude, smile, and max effort every single day!