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January Athletes of the Month!!!

2018 is a new year and we have a couple of noteworthy athletes bringing much-needed heat to record low temperatures! Please congratulate Molly Sauder and Jordan Ito for their well-deserved accolades as Cadre exemplar in January.

Molly consistently arrives to Cadre with a knowing smile and quietly gives 110% effort. Although expending massive amounts of energy you can always make Molly smile with a fist bump or a quick one-liner about how fun all of this "fitness" really is. Nice work Molly! We're honored to have you leading the way within our commUNITY!

Jordan Ito has shown maturity and tenacity beyond his years. He is a fixture at Cadre and continually puts in the extra time required to see dividends on the field of play. It's amazing to see Jordan's confidence grow along with his body. Keep pouring on the coals young man! We're stoked that you are making all the right choices!!!


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!


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!

July Athletes of the Month

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Nik Vizmeg

Nik has been doing CrossFit for just over 3 months and has been progressing quickly in a short period of time. Nik was drawn to CrossFit because he is “used to working out with a team and being coached so CrossFit felt natural” to him. In addition to the team atmosphere, Nik loves deadlifts but he’s not nearly as fond of overhead squats.

Nik joined Cadre because he wanted to get in shape but he experienced other great benefits including helping him “concentrate a whole lot more on school and push[ing] him towards eating healthier.” With all these healthy changes, Nik is well on his way to getting into better shape!

According to Nik, his favorite thing about Cadre is “the sense of belonging. As soon as I started working out at Cadre I immediately felt like part of a family. Everyone is extremely kind and very helpful. You can truly tell the coaches care about form and preventing injury.” We’re so excited to be part of your fitness journey and we couldn’t be more proud of your dedication to getting stronger and healthier! Great work!


Monica Garcia

Monica has been CrossFitting for 4 years and has been part of the Cadre Crew for a year. Moving from California to Ohio to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Kent State was a huge change for Monica and she credits Cadre with helping her adjust to all the differences. Monica says “Cadre felt familiar, CrossFit is the same, the community was extremely welcoming, and had the same mindset as the people at my old box back home. Therefore, after I moved, I felt most comfortable being at the gym in Ohio.”

Monica chose Crossfit over other forms of exercise because it “fills the void left by competitive sports when college ended.” She also believes it makes working out fun and her favorite WODs are partner WODs! Her favorite aspect of CrossFit overall is being pushed by others and for the hour that she’s working out, “nothing else matters just working out and competing with [her]self. All the other stresses in [her] life do not exist.” When it comes to lifting, Monica’s favorite lift to work on is the snatch and if given a choice, she’d prefer to avoid deadlifts and back squats!

Since starting CrossFit, Monica has seen the most improvement in her upper body strength “from her first pull up, to her first bar muscle up, to her first ring muscle up.” For Monica CrossFit acts a stress reliever in a very busy and stressful graduate program. She says, “CrossFit helps me cope with stress in my life and I don’t think I it would be possible for me to get through grad school without it. CrossFit makes me feel accomplished and no matter what else I have to do in my day, I am ready to face it after my workout.” Monica, we are so glad you chose CrossFit Cadre as your CrossFit community in Ohio! You are an inspiration to all of us and we are so proud of all you’ve accomplished! Keep working hard and getting stronger!

May Athletes of the Month

This month we have two incredible athletes who are the epitome of hard work and heart! We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of Matt Brown and Niki Forner! Please congratulate them when you see them! FullSizeRender

If you’ve ever met Matt Brown, it was surely a memorable experience. Matt shows up to the gym with a smile on his face and a positive attitude every single time. His enthusiasm and hard work are absolutely contagious; whether he’s participating in class or lifting during open gym, you can feel his presence. Matt’s CrossFit journey began 3 years ago at CrossFit Matters in Kansas City with a “tight-knit group of 6 am’ers who made it a lot of fun to get sweaty and get stronger before sunrise.” He’s been using CrossFit as his primary form of exercise ever since.

We love Matt’s thoughts on fitness! He loves CrossFit and truly believes that CrossFit “has most of the exercise game figured out” but he also believes “people should do whatever will consistently get them moving.” And although “there’s no perfect way to exercise, getting out and using this extremely capable machine we have called the human body should be a priority for everyone.” We couldn’t agree more and we believe CrossFit gives us the strength and stamina to make the most of the bodies we’ve been given in all aspects of our lives.

Besides doing bicep curls in the squat rack, Matt’s favorite lift is the Clean & Jerk. He’s particularly drawn to the technicality of the movement and although he says he has a lot of work do to perfect the movement, he really enjoys putting in the work to see improvements.

As far as progress is concerned, Matt started CrossFit with 3 specific goals: 1. Be healthy in both a cardiovascular and strength dimension as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. 2. Be proud of the way he has taken care of his body and mind 3. Meet people who enjoy and benefit from a healthy lifestyle and help others do the same! He continues to pursue these goals on a daily basis here at CrossFit Cadre!

Matt’s Favorite thing about Cadre is that it “fosters an environment that makes working towards goals part of the week.” But overall, his two absolute favorite things are “Coach Whitney and Ian’s morning show (they would make great radio hosts) and when Coach Lindsay turns up the jams in the evening class and we just go to WORK. It’s just a solid experience every time I walk in. It’s too much fun!”

We are so proud of your attitude, work ethic, and of the incredibly positive effect you have on the Cadre Community. We are so glad you’re part of the #CadreCrew and we look forward to witnessing your continued success and progress!


Niki is a newer member of our Cadre Crew having joined us in February and was introduced to Cadre by her sister, Nina Freeman. The two regularly attend the Cadre FIT class on Mondays and Thursdays! You’d never know that Niki is a newer member as she has made incredible progress and already moves like a pro! Niki shows up every week with a can do attitude and smile. She’s always ready to take on a new challenge and is quick to volunteer to try a new movement or exercise. Niki’s natural curiosity and willingness to work hard make her a dream to coach!

Niki really likes not knowing the workout in advance because it keeps it fresh and new which is important to her because it keeps her interested in the class. Niki says,“I’ve really fallen in love with FIT because it’s challenging for me and I’m learning a lot about how to exercise properly. I don’t feel uncomfortable or that it’s something outside my realm of capabilities, but it’s still a good workout and not a walk in the park.”

Niki loves ab mat sit-ups but despises burpees with equal fervor! But regardless of what the workout is, Niki says she always leaves sweaty and feeling like she’s accomplished something! Besides the variety of the workouts, what keeps Niki coming back is that doing FIT just makes her feel better about herself because she’s doing something good for her body. As far as progress is concerned, Niki says, “she has seen a huge improvement in my metabolism since starting FIT. I am able to maintain my weight much better.” Way to go Niki!

Niki’s favorite thing about Cadre is the people! Niki specifically mentioned, “everyone is so friendly, encouraging and helpful.” She never feels intimidated! According to Niki, she may be new to “this whole fitness thing” but she is really enjoying the process and the results! She looks forward to FIT every week because she actually likes doing it and she wants to work hard and get better every week. Niki, we are honored to be part of this journey and we love watching your continued progress! Keep up the awesome work!!

April Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our April Athletes of the Month! Once again we have a pair of extremely hard working ladies who are crushing it day in and day out! We are so proud to call Caryn Hale and Heidi Topczewski part of the Cadre Crew! image1-2


Heidi has been part of the Cadre Community since the beginning. She has seen the current RIIPT program grow and develop into what it is today. Heidi remains fiercely dedicated because she loves the variety of movements and personal challenge she experiences with each class. She also enjoys the use of non-traditional fitness equipment and the results that she gains.

If Heidi had her way, you’d see her on the battle ropes and repping out ab mat sit-ups. It’s also a safe to say if it were up to her she’d pass on wall balls and plate pushes! As an “O.G.”, Heidi has seen first hand the vast improvements she has made in endurance, stamina and energy level. Not surprisingly, Heidi keeps coming back for the people that sweat along side of her. When it’s all said and done, Heidi loves the Cadre Staff and the RIIPT “groupies!” We love you too, Heidi! We’re so proud of your hard work and accomplishments. Keep crushing it!


Caryn Hale has been getting “RIIPTed” since December 2015. Prior to RIIPT, Caryn did CrossFit for 8 years and was looking for something equally challenging without heavy weights. Caryn found RIIPT through her friend and business partner, Laura Ince-Dudley. They’ve been killing workouts together ever since. RIIPT turned out to be the daily challenge that Caryn was looking for.

In Caryn’s own words: “The trainers are top notch and helped me improve my movements. I love the clean building and the friendly atmosphere.” Movements she’d prefer to skip are thrusters. Give this woman core work and she’s ready to rock! Caryn has also experienced impressive results by dialing in her nutrition with Coach Joe. What keeps Caryn coming back is her continued drive to keep fitness as an integral part of her life. Cadre helps her get the most out of each and every workout. Plain and simple… she absolutely LOVES it! We are so proud of Caryn and grateful that she enjoys the spirit of RIIPT and the Cadre Community! Thank you for making Cadre a brighter place each and every morning! Keep up the great work!

March Athletes of the Month

March Athletes of the Month This month our Athletes of the Month are two incredibly strong women! These ladies kill it every day in the gym and their commitment to health and fitness is inspiring not only to the Cadre Community but also their very own families! Read on to see how these athletes are impacting those around them as they get fit!


Laura Dudley

Laura has been a member of the morning RIIPT Crew since July 2015. You can always count on seeing Laura and her daughters, Sarah and Molly, each and every morning. Their collective smiles and “get it done” attitude provide enough energy to inspire the entire gym! Laura thoroughly enjoys making RIIPT a family affair. Witnessing her daughter’s progressions and passion for fitness is more rewarding than her own. The family passion for fitness doesn’t stop there. Laura’s son Adam happens to be an exercise science major. Laura loves being able to share her workouts and amazing results with him!

Laura’s favorite aspect of RIIPT is the constantly varied workouts and the fresh approach that the coaches have. If she could choose a movement to skip, it would be banded box squats and squat pulses. Give Laura core work and she’s as happy as can be! Laura has seen some incredible results in her core strength and appearance since starting RIIPT. Creating a healthy routine and starting her day off with RIIPT has impacted Laura’s life in all aspects. She finds that she has more energy throughout her busy days as a co-owner of American Elite, a local Cheerleading and Gymnastics facility.

As a business owner, Laura was quick to share her insights as to why she loves the Cadre community. The items at the top of her list were the coach to athlete ratio, inclusiveness of all fitness levels, cleanliness, knowledgeable staff and personable athletes. We are so flattered you trust us with your fitness and excited to celebrate your continued commitment to a healthy, fit lifestyle! Thanks for always having a positive attitude and for encouraging everyone around you! You deserve to be the Cadre March Athlete of the Month!!!


Natalie Buynak

As a busy mom of little ones and a devoted athlete we couldn’t be more proud of Natalie for making health and fitness a her personal priority! She has been a member of the RIIPT Crew for a little over a year and shows no signs of slowing down.

Natalie loves RIIPT because of the challenging full body workout that is “never the same. Cadre’s welcoming and inclusive environment has been great for meeting new people and making friends. Natalie explains that the other athletes “keep me motivated to keep working my hardest.” Because of this extra push, Natalie is “feeling stronger and feeling better overall.” She really hates missing a class because she feels that the rest of her day is “just off”.

Natalie shared that Cadre has affected her life in so many ways because both she and her husband Mike, workout at Cadre. Together they have created “good eating habits “ and helped each other “stay motivated and on track with workouts.” They have also enrolled their children, Angelina, Charlie, and Lilly, in Cadre Kids. As a result, their children are “more aware of making healthy food choices and know that staying active feels good!” This is a family focused on living life to the fullest and getting fit together.

Natalie’s favorite thing about Cadre is the community. She says it best: “Everyone is welcoming and encourages you to try your hardest. It feels as though we are all there together with the same goal. It is a very motivating place to be and I always feel happier and accomplished when I leave.” Natalie is looking forward to seeing what health and fitness benefits 2016 has in store.

Natalie really summarized our ethos at Cadre when she said, “I feel that I am the healthiest I have ever been.” We couldn’t agree more and we’re so proud of all your accomplishments Natalie. You epitomize healthy living and have a profound impact on the health and wellness of your children. Congratulations on becoming Cadre’s March Athlete of the Month!!!

February Athletes of the Month

Our February AOTM are two incredibly hard working athletes, and we are so proud to have them as part of the Cadre Crew! Want to know what makes them such stand outs? Read on to learn more about Josh Grimsley & Megan Johns. FullSizeRender-2


When we congratulated Josh on being the February AOTM and started talking about his CrossFit journey, he shared the following with us: “November 2014 is my CrossFit birthdate. I was driven to CrossFit out of necessity after sustaining a back injury while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012; with three herniated discs in my lower back I became inactive for fear of reinjuring myself. In 2014 I decided to search for a lifelong path to balanced fitness and mobility, so I gave CrossFit a shot and I haven’t looked back. Since joining Cadre in July I’ve shed 27lbs and continue to set new PRs, but more than anything CrossFit has helped me recover from what looked like a lifelong injury, given me the ability to find my lost competitive spirit, and allowed me the opportunity to bond with other driven individuals. Being new to Ohio, Cadre is truly a home away from home. At the moment my favorite day in the box is on front squat day with snatches still being the bane of my existence.” Coach Katie enjoys coaching Josh because he sets such a great example for the other athletes through his hard work and his ability to be coached. He is also an incredible encouragement to the other athletes by cheering them on until the last rep is completed. Josh is a valued asset to the Cadre Community. His drive, determination, and sense of humor are an integral part of his success in CrossFit. We are so proud of your accomplishments and can’t thank you enough for your service to our Country. Congratulations, Josh and Keep up the outstanding work!



Megan has been a member of CrossFit Cadre since August 2014. She’s a devoted member of the morning crew and always shows up with a smile on her face. Megan has made incredible improvements over the last few months, most notably in her squat form. This improvement has allowed her to consistently hit new PRs with amazing technique! Megan is drawn to Crossfit specifically because of the variety movements and length of WODs. Her favorite movements include back squats, snatches, and cleans. If she never had to do another thruster or overhead squat again, she wouldn’t complain. When we talked to Megan about the progress she’s experienced she said, “I’m doing things I never thought I’d be able to do. I see pictures of myself and I still can’t believe I’m capable of this! CrossFit has helped me build so much confidence and has been such a positive part of my life.” Coach Whitney loves working with Megan because when pushed to add more weight or get a few more reps, Megan always rises to the challenge. Most recently, Megan has sought out personal training services to get even stronger! She’s so dedicated to being fit and healthy and we love that about her! Megan’s absolute favorite thing about being part of the Cadre Community is, “The coaches and family like atmosphere. Whenever I think I can’t do something, I’m always told I’m so much stronger than I think I am. It makes me feel good that people believe in me!” We all believe in you Megan and we are so very proud of all your hard work and success! Keep crushing it!


CONGRATULATIONS JOSH & MEGAN! We are so proud to coach you, WOD beside you, and watch you succeed over and over again!

January AOTM!!!

2016 is upon us and while many individuals make "resolutions"… our January Athletes of the Month LIVE them!  

Joe Ruggles

Joe Ruggles has been part of the Cadre RIIPT program since it’s inception, making him an “O.G.”! The variety of exercises, abundance of movements and fresh programming has resonated with Joe since day one. If you asked Joe what his favorite movements are they would include rowing, tire flips and sledgehammer work. Joe finds motivation to stay fit for is his 1-year-old twins, Sophie and Duke. 2015 challenged Joe in a number of ways but his work ethic and discipline at RIIPT has continually been his compass. Regular attendance of RIIPT sessions and nutrition modification has netted Joe a 25-pound weight loss in the past 6 months! Coach “Mac” thoroughly enjoys coaching Joe because “…He gives 110% every time he steps in the gym!” The Cadre community is so proud of you Joe! Your commitment and dedication to family, health and constant self-improvement earned you Cadre Athlete of the Month!!! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2016!

Lori Shockey

Lori Shockey joined the Cadre RIIPT family in October 2014. During her athletic development Lori has strengthened her mind, body and relationships with fellow athletes. Aside from the unique community at Cadre, Lori enjoys the challenge of working her abdominal muscles. Her diligence has rewarded her with vast improvement in her core strength. One unexpected side effect of RIIPT has been increased energy levels throughout the day. The perks of fitness keep Lori coming back for more! Lori’s dedication to RIIPT is even more impressive when one considers that she is a super busy Mom! Given all of this, Lori still continually makes her fitness a top priority! Lori’s upbeat personality, positive attitude and willingness to push hard make her an asset to the Cadre Community! Thank you for trusting us with your fitness Lori! Congratulations on earning the moniker of January Athlete of the Month! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2016!

December Athletes of the Month!!!

Shelley Hudak December Athlete of the Month Shelley Hudak

Shelley has been CrossFitting for almost 4 years and a Cadre athlete for over a year! Shelley's drive, positive attitude and encouragement of fellow athletes makes her an integral part our community! Shelley's favorite attribute of CrossFit is how it makes her "feel like a kid again!" Shelley's husband and two children are so proud of her accomplishments! Her son Matthew especially enjoys discussing the day's WOD. Shelley's passion for CrossFit is fueled by her desire to get the absolute most out of life. The Cadre Community is so proud of your positive attitude, radiant smile and dedication to excellence. Way to represent Shelley!

James Clark

December Athlete of the Month!!!!!

James is an athlete that many of us aspire to be. His dedication and drive are evident in everything he does at Cadre. Consistency, and dedication to proper technique has paid HUGE dividends for James! Work on Olympic lifts (outside of his daily WODs) and additional requested programming has pushed James light years ahead! His discipline with nutrition has also attributed to his success! James, you are a testament to what hard work and dedication can accomplish! Cadre is a stronger community because of you. Keep up the great work!!



September Athletes of the Month!!!!

Nick is the kind of athlete that has inspired us since he sauntered through our doors in 2014. His blinding passion to improve and progress is evident all the way down to his boots. Yes! We said boots. Nick is training up for the physical rigors of THE United Stated Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) beginning Sept. 22nd. Nick has steadily gained strength and stamina (again… all while wearing combat boots). We are blessed to have him as an athlete and part of our commUNITY! Thank you in advance for your dedication and selfless service to our country!!!! Congratulations on earning September Athlete of the Month!!!!  

September AOTM Nick Holvey

Michelle has quietly dialed up beast mode in…stealth mode! Her approach to “putting in work” is as subtle as the day is long. Michelle’s drastic results speak for themselves! Our collective jaws drop when witnessing her radical transformation. Keep pushing yourself Michelle! Your results speak louder than any words ever could! Congratulations on earning September Athlete of the Month!!!!

September AOTM Michelle Zarges

August Athletes Of The Month!!!

Hard to believe that it is already August! What better time to heat things up with our newest Athletes of the Month?  Bruce Baker is what you would call a "grinder". Slowly, methodically and with great determination the guy gets it done! Over the years Bruce has worked through injuries, nutritional challenges and scaling options to reach his fitness goals. Bruce is an example of what persistence can do for athletes willing to buckle up for the long haul! A veteran, patriot and ambassador to fitness; Bruce has rightfully earned the moniker Athlete of the Month!!! Nice work Bruce!!!!!

Bruce Baker August AOTM!!!!

Laura Kunz has truly embraced fitness as a lifestyle. Her transition into a true "fire breather" is the entire reason we LOVE coaching! Laura began her journey with us a bit…unsure of herself and her abilities. As time has passed, Laura's self confidence and strength has grown exponentially! We're proud to have Laura as a Cadre athlete and excited to see what she does next! Congratulations Laura!!!! You deserve to be August Athlete of the Month!!!!

August AOTM!!!!

July Athletes Of The Month!!!

We can't believe it is already July! Hero week is well under way and we are anticipating a banner 4th of July with our final gut check of "Murph" this Satruday. The small, limited "suck" that we experience during these WODS is but a taste of what many sacrifice and toil through on a daily basis. We are SO proud of our athletes for stepping up to the plate and taking these on!!! Nice JOB!!!! Without further adieu, we give you our July AOTM!

Bassim Hamdan joined the "Cadre Crew" in September of 2014. His quiet demeanor and focused approach immediately popped up on our radar. Bassim continued to attack difficult movements and exhausting WODS with a fortitude second to none. Regardless of the task, Bassim took it on with fervor! Fast forward to today. Bassim is at Cadre at all hours of the day and many times twice a day. He consistently works on his weaknesses and Oly lifts. His hard work has transformed his body and he has grown as a community member and athlete. We are blessed to have individuals like Bassim on our team! Great job Bassim!!!! You deserve to be July's AOTM!!!!

Bassim Hamdan July AOTM!!!

Lynn Villa is about as quiet as they come. A veteran athlete from 2013, Lynn continues to come in and grind through our most difficult WODS! Lynn's focus on proper technique and willingness to listen to cues has immensely improved her game! It's always fun for the coaches to catch her off guard and get that wry smile or unfettered laughter. Lynn is a true ambassador for Cadre and the community we hold so dearly. Thank you for trusting us with your fitness Lynn! You deserve to be July's AOTM!!!!!!

Lynn Villa July AOTM!!!

May AOTM!!!

May brings us warmer weather the long-awaited Athletes of the Month (AOTM). Let’s get to it then…  

From day one, Branka Lakanovic has quietly and patiently put in the work to get to where she’s at today. Without fail, Branka continually comes in early or stays late to “drill down” on her weaknesses. She welcomes other athletes and encourages them to push. If you catch her at the right time you may even witness one of her infectious smiles! Keep working hard and adding value to our community Branka! You deserve to be the May AOTM!!!!


Branka Lakanovic May AOTM!!!

Ryan “Frog” Dixon is another quiet warrior putting in MAJOR work at Cadre. We’ve been encouraged with what we have seen so far. Ryan exemplifies community and it was never so apparent than during the Reebok CrossFit Open. Ryan came in just to encourage athletes through those grueling workouts. Thanks for the push Ryan; we needed it! Congratulations on earning May AOTM!!!

Ryan "Frog" Dixon  May AOTM!!!!!

No Foolin….April AOTM!!!!

When we say April is here we mean it! No Tom foolery here! It's all about serious results, fun and shared sufferance:) Without further ado, we welcome the warmer weather AND our April Athletes of the Month!!!  

Clay Sackett is a quiet, focused and a funny guy :) We remember the day that he walked through our door. Initially unsure of what he was about to get himself into, Clay immediately realized the benefits CrossFit could provide him. Call it sibling rivalry, if you will. Clay joined our ranks shortly after watching his brother (former AOTM) Jeremy, make huge gains and loose inches. Always intently focused on his form and mechanics, Clay continually pursues excellence. Clay is a great example of someone who quietly gets it done, adds value to our community and leads by example! Congratulations Clay!!!! You deserve to be April AOTM!!!!!!


April AOTM Clay Sackett

April AOTM Clay Sackett

Melissa Kennedy A.K.A. "Missy" is the quintessential transformation that we LOVE to see blossom! We can remember when Missy would come in, quietly observe her husband John, and say "there is no way I could ever do that!" Well guess what? It wasn't long before she was trying entry-level exercise, giving some of us who know her best the "stink eye". Needless to say, she stuck with it and kept coming back. She bridged over into regular CrossFit classes and the rest is history in the making! Missy continues to lose inches and gain confidence. It's fun to see her slowly "slay dragons" like her first box hop or putting heavy weight overhead. We couldn't be more pleased to have you as one of the Cadre! Congratulations Missy!!! You deserve to be April AOTM!!!!!!

April AOTM Melissa Kennedy

April ATOM Melissa Kennedy

March AOTM!!!!!

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!!!!

Emil Hayek, MD 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'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!!!

Elizabeth Reynolds Slater March Athlete of the Month!!!

February Athletes of the Month!!!

Besides the unusual challenge of spelling February, it can be a brutal month to get through! Cold, unforgiving and at times ruthless; this "month of romance" has a cruel sense of humor !!! Don't despair, we have something that will warm the cockles to your heart…AOTM!!! Jarrod Slater is the consummate definition of a quiet professional. His Wife Elizabeth will tell you that this guy thumbed his nose at exercise before coming to Cadre 8 months ago! Jarrod has changed those antiquated views AND his physique! This guy quietly goes after it on every level. His hunger for efficiency and improvement is unparalleled!  We all know that Jarrod means business when he walks through the door:) Although focused, Jarrod has never let his drive divert him from welcoming new athletes or encouraging others. Thanks for believing in yourself and the outstanding community at Cadre. Congratulations Jarrod! You definitely deserve the title Athlete of the Month!!!

February AOTM  Jarrod Slater!!!!



Bethany Ferry is a ball of energy wrapped in inertia! We're so pleased that she decided to join the Cadre Community last May. Since that fateful day, Bethany has completely blown the doors off of her "former self". Bethany selflessly donates time and energy to causes like Anne's Army. She took at least 1000 pictures at that event alone! She manages to put in extra time at open gym and faces down her weaknesses. Whether it is early in the morning or if she is tired, you'll never be the wiser. Her infectious smile coupled with her wry sense of humor punctuates her fantastic personality. Thank you for modeling habits of an outstanding person and a driven athlete! Congratulations on earning Athlete of the Month!!!

February AOTM  Bethany Ferry!!!

January AOTM!!!

Here we go again…culling two remarkable athletes out of a host of viable candidates. Tough choices but good problem to have:) Two athletes that grabbed our attention this month are as follows: Tracy Zdanowicz Nagaj (The "T" is silent…just kidding) is our January Female AOTM!!!! The last name may sound familiar as her over-achieving husband Dan was October 2014 AOTM. Talk about a great blood line! Tracy first came to us last July a little unsure of what she was getting herself into. Already in good shape, Tracy was curious to see what had transformed Dan. After her first workout, Tracy was in! Over the last 5 months Tracy has quietly increased her intensity and work capacity.  She has an infectious smile and is the first to encourage others to better themselves. Her results (back and shoulders yo!) speak for themselves! Congratulations Tracy! You've earned AOTM status!!!!

January AOTM Tracy Zdanowicz Nagaj

January AOTM Tracy Zdanowicz Nagaj


Rick Kellar joined our ranks in June of 2014. Rick came to us keenly aware of CrossFit and was serious about taking his functional fitness to the next level. Slowly, methodically and with "front sight focus" Rick put in the work. Still unsatisfied with the speed of his transformation, Rick decided to up the ante and take on the LuRong Paleo Challenge. All we can say is WOW! Rick "leaned out" and experienced what massive changes occur with small adjustments in nutrition. Rick continues to be a spokesperson for CrossFit, Cadre and our tight knit community. Rick actively recruits his co-workers to join him. Keep it up Rick!!! You're an amazing example of putting words to action! Congratulations!!!

January AOTM Rick Kellar

January AOTM Rick Kellar

December Athletes Of The Month!!!

Last month of 2014!!! We couldn't think of a better way to close such an outstanding year! This month, we single out two athletes who have shown grit, determination and the tenacity to make the right choices... even if they aren't easy. Shari Jeffers has been with CrossFit Cadre since our doors opened in March of 2012. She has worked through chronic injuries, range of motion issues and the occasional "tweak" one can get from pushing hard. Shari has proven her will to work and adaptability time and again. She engenders what we look for in an athlete that wants to improve! Little known fact... Shari is generous with some pretty amazing paleo recipes as well:) Hit her up for one. You won't be sorry. Great work Shari and congratulations on earning December AOTM!!!!


Shari Jeffers  December AOTM

Shari Jeffers December AOTM

Nate Stull quietly came to us with "that look" in his eyes and "fire in his belly". We knew right then that he was in 100%. Nate enjoyed the work and "the push" so much that he started coming in twice a day! Not completely satisfied with his results, Nate began to ask questions about nutrition and investigate the possibilities on his own. As advice poured in, Nate processed it and decided to give the paleo lifestyle a try. After initiating the nutritional regimen, he rapidly began to see changes. To "kick things up a notch" Nick decided to participate in the recent 8 week LuRong Paleo Challenge. Boy did THAT make a difference! Although Nate is quiet and focused he is always willing to help other athletes. Nice job Nate!!! "The proof is definitely in the pudding!"

Nate Stull December AOTM

Nate Stull  December AOTM


November AOTM!!!

November is here, the leaves are falling and so are the pounds and PR's! As you are well aware, your diligence pays off with increases in strength and skill. YOU continuously test your mettle and grind through discomfort to finish your workouts. This inspiring environment is what makes choosing JUST two Athletes of the Month so difficult!  

Jessica McClintock-Berardinelli has been a staple and plank member of the 0500 class for quite some time. Jessica made the choice to try something outside of her comfort zone and…knocked it out of the park! Jess isn't what you'd call a "morning person". All the more impressive to see this AOTM dedicate and commit to the task at hand! We've continuously seen her strike up conversations with new athletes, cheer them on and do her best to make them feel welcome. Jessica continues to impress us with her laser-like focus, push to improve and continued PR's!!! Congratulations on representing our community as a November Athlete of the Month!!!!


Jessica McClintock-Berardinelli

Chip McClintock (no relation to Jess) tried out his first CrossFit session in May of this year. Once he had a taste of the "Kool Aid"…he was in! It didn't take long for the coaches to see that Chip attacks every WOD with all he has! Chip's raw strength and athletic background shine through each and every session. Chip has shown great character in working through some tweaks and old injury patterns that some of us "Silverbacks" acquire over time. He has never let any of the speed bumps become road blocks. Chip has an infectious smile and a will of iron. He would literally give you the shirt off of his back! Congrats on being November Athlete of the Month!!!! 

Chip McClintock

October AOTM!!!!!

Well, it's official! Pumpkin season is upon us and the leaves are changing color. Nights are becoming brisk and the long sleeves are coming out. We can't think of a better way to warm things up than showcasing two of our model athletes!!! Let's do this! Grace Dworakowski or "Grace under pressure" is an excellent example of what hard work, persistence  and dedication brings to bear. Quiet and unassuming, Grace came to Cadre as and accomplished a runner. At first, Grace wasn't sure what to expect and wondered "how is CrossFit going to help my running?" After a few months Grace began to comment on her increased endurance and strength. Her running became more efficient and she knocked precious time off of her previous personal records. Grace quietly puts in work and makes it look effortless. As coaches we can catch her flashing a smile during the toughest of WODs. Her no-nonsense approach and quiet support of her fellow athletes makes Grace an easy pick for October Athlete of the Month! 

Grace Dworakowski Grace Dworakowski

Dan Nagaj is a transformation and a half!!! This guy is another quiet workhorse that "just gets it done!" Dan joined the Cadre Crew a little over a year ago and what a difference he has made!! Dan always asks how he can improve and is willing to put in the extra work to do so. Dan's physical appearance mirrors his focus and fitness lifestyle change. Quiet and upbeat, Dan is the first to encourage others still working through "the suck" of a WOD. Dan is also a great example to his family! As a matter of fact, the entire Nagaj family are now Cadre athletes!!!! Way to represent Dan!!! Congratulations on being selected as October Athlete of the Month!

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