Athlete Spotlight

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Chris Diomede

Athlete of the month: November
Details:

What can I say about Novembers Athlete of the Month, Chris Diomede? Chrissy D!!!!! I have known Chris for over 7 years now, and have watched him basically “grow up” here at CFI. When he first walked into Ignite in September of 2011, he was so young, (and a bit angry) looking to get into the service and follow his older brother Joe into the Marines. Things didn’t go as planned in that regard, and he went into the US Navy instead, serving our country proudly for 5 years! Leading up to that, Chris and I developed an unbreakable bond of friendship that goes beyond Coach and athlete, mentor and student. From September of 2011 through July of 2012, we trained as hard as two people could, pushing each other beyond our limits with each training session. He earned every victory, as Coach Steve and I would never give him anything just to make him feel better. Every day, Steve and I had a new challenge for this young kid to try and “toughen him up” for the military. He met EVERY challenge, learned a lot about himself, and became a  stronger, smarter and more confident young man who was more than ready for his service. He was my training partner, confidant and friend. I learned as much from him as he did from me, and I was fortunate enough to attend his graduation from the US Navy Boot camp in Seven Lakes Michigan in September of 2012. Those 5 years of service flew by, and now Chris is back at Ignite… as a man!!! I have to say, I love having him back. He brings a quiet, confident knowledge to the gym and is willing to help anyone there who wants to better themselves. I often break his chops about how quiet he is, and Coach Steve and I eff with him in his “nerd voice”, but I have to say, I am so proud of the man he has become. Confident, honorable, kind, and humble. Just a solid human being. My brudda… I salute you!! All of us salute you!! CFI, and the world is a better place with you in it!!

Congratulations! -KFJ

Athlete Spotlight
  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
    I served 5 years in the United States Navy as a U.S. Navy Hosptial Corpsman Fleet Marine Force (FMF) qualified.  My duty stations were in Coronado, CA at a medical clinic providing care to both military personnel and their families.  Following Coronado, I moved up to 1st Marine Division where I spent some time with 1st Recon Battalion before going on deployment with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion (basically tanks that float).  I am the middle child of my family and also the ‘runt’ of the litter.  I just began my first semester at PACE University in NYC to finish up my Bachelor’s in Health Science which will eventually lead to applying to Physician Assistant (PA) School in the near future.
  2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
    I was originally trying to get into the Marine Corps and after doing some physical training with the recruiter I knew I had to change something.  The results were pretty astounding after even just a short amount of time.  My cousin Anthony is friends with Coach Steve and introduced me to Ignite.
  3. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite WOD/movement?
    I can’t say I have a favorite per say, but Murph is up there.  Anything that is a grind and takes me 40 minutes or longer to complete I really enjoy.  I don’t have a least favorite currently, it all makes me better.
  4. Words to live by/favorite quote?
    “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.  A small bird will drop frozen dead from a branch without ever having felt sorry for itself” – D.H. Lawrence 

    “GET AFTER IT.”  – Jocko Willink

  5. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
    I spent almost 4 years in California and didn’t go surfing once. #regrets
  6. How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
    Crossfit made me aware of how simple it is to get in shape.  You don’t need to go to the gym for hours and hours.  You can get in shape and get crushed in less than 10 minutes every day.  Not ideal but it is the truth.  Being creative when not in a traditional crossfit setting is the biggest change I had.
  7. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?
    Strive for perfect form and technique before trying to put up big numbers.  Never stop asking the Coaches or experienced members questions, watch youtube videos of Oly lifting, do research on the science of body mechanics and basic movement patterns.  Be the best you can possibly be with each movement and if you struggle…ASK QUESTIONS!!!  Most importantly, just get in there and get after it.
  8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
    Simultaneously while vomiting, “THIS SUCKS/THIS IS AWESOME!!!”
  9. Favorite Cheat meal?
    A fat stack of chocolate chip pancakes.
  10. What motivates you during a WOD?
    A few things that are too long winded to write here.
  11. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
    Making the choice to start and then not quitting on crossfit or fitness.
  12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of? 3…2…1…GO!!
    20 minute AMRAP
    10 Double KB Front Sqt (53/35)
    10 V-Ups
    200 meter run
    -Cash Out- (optional)  Firemans carry someone your size/weight 400 meters
    
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Elaine Huddy

Athlete of the month: October
Details:

Without further ado, let us introduce the October athlete of the month…Elaine ! I had the pleasure of working with the dynamic duo, Elaine and Evan, during their elements. After just one session, I knew I had some gifted athletes to work with! Elaine had little Crossfit experience when we met but is an insanely talented yogi that absolutely benefited her overall transition to the Crossfit world. Elaine is a focused athlete, always diligent with her movements and eager to learn new skills. To see her rock strict pull-ups and develop amazing KB skills is so great to see ! Evan, watch your back. Elaine is coming for ya!!! Congrats again Elaine ! Can’t wait to see the workout you come up with!

Coach Danielle

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job)
    I went to RPI where I played tennis and graduated with a BS & MS in Management Information Systems. More importantly, I found Evan (read: was found by), my life-long workout partner and now husband of one month. Evan and I are happy fur-parents to our puppy Lira plus 2 chinchillas Lilly and Elvis. I work for BD, a med-tech company in Franklin Lakes, where I support the IT strategy for our Diabetes Care and Preanalytical Systems (blood collection) businesses.
  2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
    I spent a few years practicing hot yoga and realized I was missing the team workout structure I had in college. I tried Crossfit at a gym near my office on a recommendation from a co-worker. I was intimidated, but intrigued since it seemed like being a smaller human could actually have some advantages…unlike tennis. When buying a house moved us out to the ‘burbs, Evan found CFI and we were hooked by the energy.
  3. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
    My favorite WOD is MURPH, not because I find it easy (it’s not!), but it provides an unbelievable challenge and an opportunity to honor a hero. I am particularly tied to Lt. Murphy because he was from Long Island, a few towns over from where I grew up.Least favorite movement is push-ups.
  4. Words to live by/favorite quote?
    Discipline Equals Freedom
    It is a concept I was introduced to through the book Extreme Ownership written by two Navy Seals.
  5. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
    I played the clarinet in my high school band.
  6. How has crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
    Crossfit helped me establish a work-life balance. Before we joined I would be at the office for 12 hours every day, maybe more. Now, I make sure I am out of the door with enough time to make it to class because it’s truly somewhere I want to be.
  7. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?
    You are capable of so much more than you think you are. And being sore all the time never goes away.
  8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
    This is what I have been missing.
  9. Favorite Cheat meal?
    Raw cookie dough and white wine, although not at the same time.
  10. What motivates you during a WOD?
    Once the timer starts on a WOD I try not to overthink or get in my own head. I always make it a point to stay focused on the movement I am on, not look at where other athletes are, and not to lose count of my reps (who wants to accidently do extra push-ups?!) … a little DMX never hurts.
  11. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment?
    Attempting each Open workout Rx. I didn’t get as far as I could have if I scaled, but it was a big opportunity for me to try weights and movements I’ve never tried before.
  12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?
    3…2…1…GO!!

10 minute AMRAP
15 Sit-ups
10 Bar facing burpees
5 Power cleans

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Ilicia Sharfstein

Athlete of the month: September
Details:

Super excited to announce our September Athlete of the Month, Ilicia!  Ilicia came to Ignite with prior Crossfit experiences and a solid running background.  Aside from her speedy Hand Stand Push Ups and her overall natural athletic ability, Ilicia brings something so much more important to our community – her positive attitude.  She comes in every day with a smile and eagerness to get her sweat on!  She is one that leaves the ego at the door and truly wants to walk out of Ignite better than when she walked in.  I can remember one of the first workouts I did with Ilicia in class.  Seeing this all-star mother of two doing Ring Muscle Ups was incredibly inspiring and motivating! She may be little but she is certainly a bad ass in my book!  Ilicia, you absolutely are deserving of this recognition.  The community at Ignite believes in all that you do!

Coach Danielle


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself
    ….
    I’ve been married to Doug for 23 years. We met on the beach in Fire Island (where I just happened to be when I got the exciting news that I was chosen for Athlete of the month). We have 2 daughters, Kassidy (18) and Eden (13). You can say I’m a real local girl since I grew up in Montvale. I went to college at the University of South Florida where I studied Broadcast programming and production and later honed my writing skills in pharmaceutical advertising.
  2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite? 
    I’ve always exercised. As a kid/teen I was a cheerleader and played softball. In 9th grade I discovered aerobics and I’ve been in the gym ever since. One day while weight training at The GYM, I saw a group of people doing burpees and air squats. I thought to myself now this looks interesting. It was varied and fast-paced. I soon learned it was Cross Fit and I never looked back.
  3. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement? 
    Favorite: Annie (I love body weight movements).
    Least Favorite: Fran (I hate thrusters).
  4. Words to live by/favorite Quote? 
    Family first. I’m not happy if my family isn’t happy.
  5. Tell us something we don’t know about your
    I don’t have a backhand. What am I talking about? Well, I am ambidextrous and when I first started playing tennis I had 2 forehands. The instructor said I wouldn’t get too far in the sport playing like that. He was right. Now I just play lefty, but serve righty.
  6. How had Crossfit changed your life/lifestyle? 
    My lifestyle has always been healthy and active, but Cross Fit makes working out that much more enjoyable. I look forward to coming to the gym everyday because every day is a welcome challenge.
  7. Any advice for “Newbies”/ anyone looking to try CrossFit? 
    Start slow and focus on your form. YOU WON’T GET HURT IF YOU PERFORM THE MOVES PROPERLY!!!!
  8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first CrossFit class? 
    “Where have you been all of my life?”
  9. Favorite cheat meal? 
    Breaded chicken cutlet on a roll with mayonnaise and lettuce.
  10. What motivates you during a WOD? 
    Knowing that this is my hour so make the most of it.
  11. Proudest crossfit Accomplishment? 
    I suppose it was getting my muscle up. Not many “regular” crossfitters can do it.
  12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of? 
    3…2…1..GO!  Body-weight blaster

Cash-in: 400 meter run

Then: 3 rounds of

  • 50 DUs
  • 40 air squats
  • 30 push ups
  • 20 burpees
  • 10 HSPU

Cash out: 100 butterfly sit-ups

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Jason Carballo

Athlete of the month: August
Details:

So very excited to announce Jas on as our August Athlete of the Month! Jason came to Ignite a little over two years ago. The first thing I noticed about Jason during his Elements sessions was that he strives to do the best he can all the time! He can be a bit of a perfectionist but only because he truly holds himself 100% accountable. If you haven’t noticed, Jason has taken a liking to kettlebells! I love that he realized that he can use kettlebells in a workout in place of a barbell and still have just as challenging and rewarding of a workout. I love Kettlebell work myself and am looking forward to the “Carballo” WOD when it’s programmed! You have been a staple at Ignite the last two years and we wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

Coach Sandra

Athlete Spotlight

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I am married to Yasiria Hernandez for the past 7 years, we have a 6 year old daughter Isabella and a 16 year old stepson Jalen. I was born and raised in the Bronx until age 13 followed by the next 10 years in Miami. I own and operate Financial Service Centers in NYC as well as the local Allstate Insurance Agency in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

  1.  What made you decide to try CrossFit and why CrossFit Ignite?

On January 2, 2013 I started my ‘NYR’(New Year’s Resolution) and drove down to a local gym at 5:30 in the morning. I remember telling myself don’t make this just an NYR you need to work out and repeat, workout and repeat.

Things went well for the first year or so but then the monotony of big gyms along with pushy sales pitches started to turn me off.  If Coach Steve and Coach Tina looks at their email history, they will see at least 3 emails over a 2-year span asking if I could drop in. I took the leap of faith in April of 2016.

I walked in and heard Coach Jim running the class and playing his music and knew this was the place. I needed not just a good place to work out but a community.

  1.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Ha, ha, my new love is all Kettlebell movements. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate and respect Olympic lifting but the blend of strength and cardio in Kettlebell workouts by far have left me feeling the best after a workout. Least favorite are the ones I need to work on, double-under and muscle ups.

  1.  Words to live by/favorite quote?

I have too many, but I’ll leave you with this one:

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion become your reality.”- Les Brown

(reminds me of when someone says you can’t do CrossFit your 42 years old)

  1.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I have 4 unique style writing journals in my living room that I go to each morning before my family wakes up and write in them.  I just can’t decide which version I like better :

  1.  How has CrossFit changed your life/lifestyle?

First physical health.  I look back at day 1 with Coach Sandra during my elements class to where I am today. When I leave to go to CFI I tell my staff I am in my church and can’t be disturbed it has truly given me a place to clear my head.

  1.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try CrossFit?

Yes, don’t email Coach Steve for two years just commit.  Coach Danielle will introduce herself 3 times over from across the room and you will never regret joining!

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first CrossFit class?

It was combination of of… did we just do that and wow I just did that! What I learned over the past 2 years is it doesn’t get easier physically but mentally you realize you are completely capable.

  1. Favorite Cheat meal?

Now we’re talking. So the order is as follows an Old Fashioned Bourbon, a glass of Red Zinfandel with a  very large bone in Rib Eye( Remember to hydrate because you have an 8:30 am Kettlebell class with Coach Adam).

  1. What motivates you during a WOD?

So, for all those thinking about joining first thing you must realize is “no one is watching or judging you” so get that out of your head. Our workouts are intense but modified to your ability.  We are each in our own personal challenge. But every now and then I do look over and am amazed by Coach Kiley’s double-unders!

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment?

I remember deadlifting 405 lbs.( I weigh 188 lbs.) and thinking wow what an achievement. Then it dawned on me what I was really looking for at 42 years old was functional workouts at high intensity and scale when necessary. So it was that realization that checking my “machismo” in at the door and just being the best me is the best approach

  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

Kettlebell Flow for 5 Rounds

2- Single arm Russian Swings Left

2- Cleans Left

2- Single arm Russian Swings Right

2- Cleans

2- Goblet Squats then directly into…

2- Kettlebell Crush grip push-ups then jump up straight into next round.

next round do sets of 4, then 6,8, 10…enjoy

 

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Donna Hanson

Athlete of the month: July 2018
Details:

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
I have been married for 19 years and have two children a daughter who is 14 and a son who is 9. I went to college at the University of Massachusetts where I earned a BBA and worked in accounting for numerous years. I currently work as a real estate agent for Keller Williams in Woodcliff Lake and have been working in real estate for about 17 years.

2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
I had belonged to a couple different gyms before CFI. I grew tired of taking the classes which I didn’t find to be very effective and also tired of just working out on my own. I had a few friends from my town who went to Crossfit Ignite and told me they really liked it so I decided to give it a try. (I had won a gift certificate at a school function which helped as well).

3. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
I would say I like push ups, pull- ups (when there aren’t too many) and kettle bell work the most. My least favorite would have to be overhead squat and snatching but that is due to my shoulder limitations. I am also not a huge fan of wall balls- I find them exhausting!

4. Words to live by/favorite quote?
Years ago I went to a camp and there was something called color war where you were put on a team and competed against one another. At the end of the night a winner was declared and every year the chant yelled was “It just doesn’t matter”. It meant to all of us win or lose that we all gave it our best and at the end of the day it really doesn’t mean anything terrible if we lost. And to realize that most of the things that bother us really don’t matter! Whenever I get a bit anxious about something that’s not that serious I say that to myself. It really stuck with me.

5. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I have an identical twin sister who lives in the city which some people may or may not know.

6. How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
I definitely work out more now as I look forward to being there. I have learned to scale when needed though due to some injuries while still getting a great workout.

7. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?
Don’t be nervous that you can’t join because it is called CrossFit and you may have heard rumors which make you believe you can’t do it if you aren’t already in shape. There are people with all skill levels at CFI and there is a place for everyone.

8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
Some of these Olympic lifts are going to be very challenging for me but I want to learn these and do them well.

9. Favorite Cheat meal?
Pizza and French fries

10. What motivates you during a WOD?
Positive energy in the room and positive encouragement from the coaches. Upbeat music helps too!

11. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
Getting my strict muscle up

12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of? 3…2…1…GO!!
Run 800
30 pushups
25 box-jumps
30 KB swings
20 KB snatches
10 strict pull-ups
Run 800

Donna Hanson
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Kelly Beezus Hyland

Athlete of the month: June
Details:

So excited to announce Kelly as Ignite’s June Athlete of the Month!  Kelly has been at Ignite for about a year.  As you will learn reading Kelly’s story, she came to Ignite as an athlete with the desire to improve her strength after an injury.  She has crushed that goal and so many others!  Loved reading her story and her WOD at the end sounds brutal yet I find myself wanting to tackle it!! I know you will enjoy her story as much as I have!  Kelly is extremely driven, puts 100% in every workout and honestly enjoys it!  Keep up the great work Kelly!

 

Athlete Spotlight
1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
I’m married to Luke and we have Rascal the dog, star of my instagram. I went to Quinnipiac University, majoring in film and tv production. I had a track and cross country background but during my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Ireland (University College Cork) which is also when I discovered ultimate frisbee. I was working at AMC Networks for 8ish years, but I recently quit my desk job and became a full time personal trainer at Equinox in Paramus.
2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
During the summer of 2016 I destroyed my knee (ACL, MCL, medial and lateral meniscus, plus a broken knee cap) while playing on a turf field. I had surgery in July and all of my leg muscle atrophied, but I wanted to get back in playing form by the following season (April). Through a wellness program at my old job I actually tried a crossfit class once a long time ago in the city but hated it. I didn’t trust the coaches, it felt impersonal and factory-like if that makes sense. But I kept seeing all these crossfit athletes with tons of muscle, plus a few of the dominant women’s players in frisbee also did crossfit, so I figured it would be a good way to gain some leg strength back. I looked around the area, found crossfit ignite, dragged Luke along, and we immediately felt like we had found our tribe.
3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
Favorites: Front squats, Deadlifts, Power cleans, Running
Least favorites – OH Squat, Rowing
4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?
Set goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the shit out of them. Clap for your damn self. Repeat. Compete every day.
5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I used to work at Six Flags as a stunt performer! I can do fire breathing, stilt walking, fall from a building, etc.
6.  How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
In every way. Crossfit was the seed to everything else falling into place. I quit my job of making people watch tv to making people feel and move better. I’m stronger than I ever thought possible. And most of my clothes don’t fit anymore (in a good way).
7.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?
All the typical things everyone else says are said for a reason: leave your ego at the door, listen to your body, don’t rush, put the work in to build a strong foundation, enjoy the challenge. Everyone was a beginner at some point.
“I think there are two keys to success. One is to show up. The other one is to keep going. Most people don’t keep going.” – Dan John
8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
That Kung Fu Jim guy is nuts.
9. Favorite Cheat meal?
I eat lots of garbage food, especially after a tournament.
10. What motivates you during a WOD?
My two long time goals of winning club nationals and getting a spot on the USA National Team. I like getting mentally tougher to be at ease in a fatigued state. That feeling of being exhausted but knowing that I can keep running harder than someone who hasn’t put the same work in that I have. I love when I can look at the person I’m guarding during a game and they have their hands on their knees and I know I’m going to win the match up. They can see the look of “you can’t out work me” and always sense that confidence.
11. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
Not really an exact moment, but in the last couple months I feel like I’ve made some bigger improvements and everything is starting to click into place. Being able to RX every Open workout was a good feeling. Kipping pull ups are finally coming together. Double unders are sometimes there, mostly not. I’m not really good at giving myself credit, once I hit a goal I’m already focused/obsessed on the next one and I have a laundry list of things I want to get better at.
12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!
100M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
200M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135

300M Run

10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
400M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
300M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
200M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
100M Run
10 Box Jumps
5 Pull Ups
10 Deadlifts @ 135
Member name:

Inger Kruegle

Athlete of the month: May
Details:

So Happy to present May’s Athlete of the Month…Inger Kruegle!  Inger has been with Ignite for quite some time now.  She always has a smile on her face and is ready, willing and able to tackle any WOD that is programmed!  I admire Inger’s enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle!  Keep up the great work Inger!

 

Athlete Spotlight

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I am married to Eric, my rock! We have three children, Emma, Maja and Lukas. The girls are both married, Emma living in Finland and Maja in Sweden. Lukas is going to Northeastern University in Boston. I have worked my home based business for 25 years,  helping people rewrite their health stories. It became a passion after moving to the US, and getting sick constantly for my two first years here, after having lived a healthy normal life in Finland.

2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?

My neighbor Darci had a Groupon to Crossfit Engelwood, and she asked me to join her. I was never a gym person but I thought I’d give this a try since it really did seem different. I was hooked after the first class. Unfortunately Engelwood was way to far to work for me. For the fun of it I googled to see if there was any box close to us. I almost couldn’t believe it because Crossfit Ignite was 5min away, the rest is history!

3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Don’t have a favorite, wall balls one of my least favorite.

4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I am a  dairy farmers daughter, my parents did real farmers walks.

6.  How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?

In everyday life it has taken away back and hip pain. I am so much stronger, I know I probably wouldn’t have been able to get my certificate for open water scuba diving if I hadn’t done crossfit. Looking forward to a future of hiking, skiing and all kinds of adventures with grandchildren.

7.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?

It’s not as scary as it seems. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Crossfit Ignite coaches are knowledgeable and will help you find your way. Love the community, it’s just a really fun place to work out.  Starting my day at Crossfit Ignite makes my day a better day.

8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?

Boy that was intense, but fun!

9. Favorite Cheat meal?

I don’t have a cheat meal, eating healthy has always been my thing. Especially after moving here and realizing how broken the food system in the USA is. There was other factors as well, but food was a big part in making me sick.

10. What motivates you during a WOD?

Just being with a group of  supporting people working out. Also seeing my own progress.

11. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?

My 170 lb deadlift. Just because I never would have imagined that I could do that.

12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

5 rounds  400m run  10 American kettlebell swings

13. In what ways do you think Crossfit has helped you prepare for becoming a     Grandmother ( the grandest mother superior)?
Keeping my muscles strong so I can go in to my 60, 70, 80, 90 skiing with my grandchildren and maybe even with great grandchildren 🙂
Inger Kruegle
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Richard Marsh

Athlete of the month: April
Details:
It is with great pleasure and an honor to write about Rick.  Rick is one of the most determined and dedicated individuals to their personal health and well being I have ever met.  He was determined to prove his doctors wrong and took matters into his own hands.  He changed his diet, started out with kettlebell class then joined the Ignite Family fully for classes.  His health indicators all improved because of the hard work and dedication he put forth.
Rick is just as determined now as ever to tackle once difficult movements for him, eh double unders for one.  His desire to always improve is motivating to all those that workout alongside him.  Its great to have Rick in class to coach or workout with but its even better to have him as a friend and role model.
Coach Adam

Athlete Spotlight

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job): I am married with two kids, Madison 10 and Tyler 8. You have probably seen them around the gym, if not participating then either on top of the boxes or in the cubby hole in the locker room. (LOL) I went to St. Thomas Aquinas College (class of 93) on a basketball scholarship. After college I had several small jobs while waiting to get hired as a police officer. I finally became a Tuxedo Police Officer in 2000 and transferred to the Village of Suffern Police in 2004. I was a DARE Officer for nine years as well as our department’s instructor teaching everything from TASER to Use of Force and Firearms. In 2009 I had the opportunity to join the Rockland County SWAT team. Over the past nine years I have held the positions of Breacher, Explosive breacher, Breaching Team Leader and now the Teams Leader. I became Sergeant back in 2015 and as March 2017 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant.

 

  1. 2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite? In December of 2015 I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I had been working midnights for almost two years, getting 3-4 hours of sleep and eating like crap. A close friend told me about Crossfit Ignite. I didn’t know anything about Crossfit so I started to watch YouTube videos and read about it. I, like most people felt that Crossfit was for those who were already in shape. I know “a SWAT guy” not in shape? YUP!! I was 35lbs heavier and starting to doubt my position on the team. So, I took the advice and started Kettle Bell classes with Coach Adam (If you don’t know if I’m talking to you, assume I am) (It’s a kettlebell thing). After about two months of KB and watching the classes come in and seeing what it was about I got the nerve to sign up for elements.

 

  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement? Favorite movement is defiantly the split jerk. Least favorite, well where do I start… I think its between the burpee and the double under and that’s only because double unders kicks my butt. But not for long.

 

  1. Words to live by/favorite quote? Never quit!! It’s simple once you begin embrace the challenges, pains or difficulties and kick their butts when they rear their heads, just don’t quit.

 

  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you? I would like to tell you that I like to run Spartan races but after the Citi Field push its pretty obvious. Actually, not a lot of people know spartan has this thing called a perfect delta. It requires 9 challenges to complete and is pretty brutal. I have completed four of the nine and am going to try to complete the rest.

 

6.How had Crossfit changed your life/lifestyle? As I said before I am a Type II Diabetic. Doctors prescribed medicine which totally did not agree with my body. I had a 7.4 A1C, my triglycerides were off the chart and I was 35 pounds overweight. My A1C is now 5.2 (pre-diabetic) and all blood work is in range. All done through diet and exercise not medicine.

 

  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try Crossfit? For the person looking to try. DO IT!! Don’t wait. This is not a traditional gym especially Crossfit Ignite. The community is so supportive. For the Newbie don’t over train. Listen to your body. If you hurt there is a reason, stretch, don’t worry about the white board learn the proper movements and the weights will follow.

 

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first Crossfit class? Holy Crap!! What did I get myself into? A very memorable moment was after one of my first WODs as I was gasping for air Sandra came over to me and told me I probably shouldn’t lick the floor! Nasty I know but at the time I didn’t care I needed air badly.

 

  1. Favorite Cheat meal? Spaghetti and meatballs

 

  1. What motivates you during a WOD? Just being there in the moment. Learning the movements seeing the more experience athletes crushing the work out and seeing the new members giving it there all. Crossfit brings out the best in people.

 

  1. 11. Proudest Crossfit accomplishment? I recently went and became a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. That was an amazing experience.

 

  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of? 3…2…1…GO!!

My WOD would be a chipper for time. It would be made up of all my most hated exercises.

50 Thrusters 75/45

50 pullups

50 Box Jumps 30/24

50 Double Unders

50 Burpees

800-meter run

Member name:

Eric Stobezki A.K.A. Stubbs

Athlete of the month: March
Details:

What can I say about our athlete of the month for March?

I can say unequivocally, that I’m so proud to be writing this about Eric Stobezki aka Big Stubbs!!!

Eric is truly an inspirational story of a dedicated lifestyle change. As you can read in his story, he never worked out in his life! Then, he finds Crossfit Ignite and begins his awesome journey!  This is exactly what Ignite is about…inspiring people to be the best version of themselves.

From the first day, watching this man come in and just work hard, struggle, try again, triumph, and challenge himself, has been an amazing thing to watch from both a Coach’s and athletes perspective. Eric always has something positive to say and is usually packing his big smile. In fact, I would say he is one of the more positive minded individuals I have ever had the pleasure of being around. He is eager. He is selfless. He is successful. Most of all, he gets it. He is first and foremost, HAVING FUN!! Isn’t that why we all do this?

Looking forward to seeing more of your PR’s and success Brudda!!!

Coach KFJ


Athlete Spotlight

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
    My name is Eric, aka Stubbs.  I am blessed to be happily married to my wife, Miriam, and have 3 kids; Shlomo-12, Shayna-8, Leah- 4. I went to Florida International University, Rutgers, and Kean for my Undergraduate and College of Staten Island for Graduate School, where I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  I currently work for Towne Nursing, a company that provides home health care services throughout NJ to adults and Geriatric patients in the comfort of their own home.
  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
    This is interesting. My wife is a health coach and has lost 100 lbs. After seeing her success and being obese, MY ENTIRE LIFE, I needed to do something already. A friend of mine mentioned Crossfit to me and how exciting and motivating it was… it peaked my interest. At that point I was ALL IN. I started first getting into a ROUTINE of working out at least 3x/week, eating healthy, and drinking lots and lots of water.  Crossfit Ignite is not local for me but I only heard amazing things about the coaches there and was motivated to join. I will NEVER look back!!!!
  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
    Favorite movement: power/squat cleans.
    Favorite WOD’s are “Christine” as well as the “Crossfit Baseline” WOD. It is a baseline for me to see and monitor my progress .
    Least favorite movement…….BURPEES!!!!
  1. Words to live by/favorite quote?
    “A long life is not good enough, but a good life is long enough.”“Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why they call it ‘the present’.”
  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
    I have my Doctorate in Physical therapy. I have treated patients with Neurological disease and orthopedic issues in the adult and geriatric population. I also flew a plane and it was the most inspirational experience.
  1. How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
    Since being here for a little over 4 years, I have lost 55 lbs. and maintained a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthier, drinking lots of water (I can even hear Coach Steve remind us to have that gallon of water every day). I have a ton more physical energy than ever before. Crossfit has been the perfect partner with the healthy lifestyle that I have adopted.
  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?
    Firstly, you should be so proud that you have shown up!!!! Get to know all the athletes and coaches because they will help you on your journey and motivate you when you need it most. You should be prepared but enjoy yourself. You should communicate well with your coaches because they will listen and help you in every way. I am walking proof of that. An athlete should log every single workout, lift,  etc… so that they can see progress and use it for motivation. Because once you get that PR, there is no greater feeling and enthusiasm you will have to continue on your goals.
  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
    I was super motivated to have FINALLY taken a huge leap into my health journey. I was so impressed how each Coach and other athletes really cared about me and my success on this health journey. Yes I was sore, but I felt rejuvenated and excited to continue.
  1. Favorite Cheat meal?
    Mac and Cheese, chocolate chip molten explosion cake,  and maybe one day, Chicken Parm. LOL
  1. What motivates you during a WOD?
    My music and my continuous goal of completing the WOD everyday.
  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
    Besides all the PR’s and completing the workouts at the crossfit open…….. When I first joined, I have never worked out in my life. I couldn’t even do one push up. NO JOKE. There was one warmup that consisted of 3 rounds of 250m row and then max reps of pushups. I was terrified since it was only 1 year being at crossfit. Not only did I complete the row in record time, I completed a total of 44 push ups chest to floor. Freakin awesome!!!!!
  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!
    “Stubbs” For time!!!
    5- power clean 165/115
    10 pushups
    15 cal row
    20 pull ups
    15 cal row
    10 pushups
    5 power cleans 165/115

Member name:

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA

Athlete of the month: February
Details:

What can one say about Karla that we already don’t know. Compassionate, warrior-spirit, infectious smile and personality, confident, Strong yet gentle I can go on and on. Karla inspires me on a daily basis.  Her story is inspiring and the mental strength she has to keep moving forward is just humbling to watch. To be so young and have such confidence and  humility are qualities not many people have. Karla poses both. It is our honor to present to you the February Athlete Spotlight – Karla Corona.

Coach Steve

Questions With Karla:  

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I’m was born and raised in Mexico. I came to the U.S. 6 years ago. I’ve always been a little adventurous, so after graduating college I decided it was time for me to pack my bags and move somewhere else. My goal was to stay here only a year, improve my English, and then go back, but I ended up changing my mind and decided to stay. I currently work as a nanny and I’m also a full-time student.

  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?

I tried CrossFit because a friend of mine invited me to take a class with her. We looked up online Crossfit gyms near us and we found CFI. I did not know what I was getting myself into but knew that it was going to be intense. I ended up loving the class and my friend never did it again.

  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Favorite: Snatch, Clean, and Thruster, in that order

Least favorite: Pull-ups and T2B

  1. Words to live by/favorite quote

“I’m beautiful, I’m smart, I’m capable, I’m worthy”

I believe in affirmations, so this is something I tell myself every day and I also have it written on my mirror, so I can see it first thing in the morning. I believe that words are extremely powerful, they either build your confidence up or they tear it apart.  It took me a very long time to be comfortable in my own skin and I refuse to let myself feel less than what I am.

  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I want to become a nurse. Currently, I’m taking the prerequisites and next year I will start my nursing program.

  1. How had CrossFit changed your life/lifestyle?

It has made me tougher and has helped me to embrace who I really am. I remember always putting myself down for not having a specific body type, but now I get shocked by what my body is capable of doing and honestly, I love it!!

  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?

Focus on you and your own improvement. I know it is difficult to see everyone else moving heavy weights, but it is essential that you master the technique first if you want to avoid injuries. Also, have fun! SERIOUSLY! Enjoy what you’re doing, even if you can’t breathe lol

I call CFI my happy place because even if it’s only for an hour, I can forget about anything that’s happening in my life.

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?

Well honestly mid-workout I thought I was going to die lol but I just couldn’t see myself going back to a “global gym”. I was hooked since the very first time. I loved how friendly and helpful everyone was.

  1. Favorite Cheat meal?

Tacos, almost all Mexican food, burgers, and chocolate cake

  1. What motivates you during a WOD?

Proving myself that I’m capable of doing more than I think it’s what motivates me the most, but the coaches and other athletes motivate me to keep moving and to keep improving every day.

  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?

The day I was able to do Double Unders. I used to get so annoyed by this movement and I would never practice, but one day I decided that even if I got frustrated, I was going to keep practicing. I started doing single, double, single until I was able to link them together.

  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

For Time:

15 Clean & Jerk (135/95)

30 Double Unders

12 Snatch (135/95)

30 Double Unders

9 Thrusters (135/95)

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA
Member name:

Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

Athlete of the month: January
Details:

We are so excited to announce our first ever Athlete Spotlight … Joe LaBarbera! Joe has been a member at Ignite for a little over 5 years. My very first memory of Joe was coaching him in a WOD that involved jump roping. You may think Joe acquired his nick name because of his stellar single unders that he now has, quite opposite. I will never forget the first time I saw him attempt to jump rope…let’s just say he resembled a fish out of water! From that time forward he has been known as Jumprope Joe! For those of you that don’t know Joe, he is one of the MOST genuine people I have ever known. He took a chance on Crossfit wanting to make changes in his life. He is consistent with his workouts and his main goal is to get the best out of his workout every time he is in class. Jumprope Joe it’s truly an honor to have you at Ignite as one of our athletes and as January’s Athlete Spotlight! – Coach Sandra 

11 Questions with Joe:

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):  I have been married since before the turn of the century (July 1999) and my wife (Michele) and I have two son’s Joseph ( 17 ) and Anthony (15).  For over 15 years have worked for KPMG in Montvale as an Associate Director in the Finance and Accounting group.  I went to IONA College for my MBA and my undergrad at Pace University.

2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?  I was reading and seeing a lot on TV about CrossFitAlthough, I did not do any exercise or physical activity for over 10 years I knew that the fitness club route wasn’t for me.When I belonged to fitness clubs if I had to wait to use a machine or other gym equipment I treated it as a signal from god that my workout was done for the day 🙂 I searched online for CrossFits in the area and since CrossFit Ignite is close to work I decided to give it a try and have no regrets about it!

3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?  When it comes to strength (weights) my favorite lift is the Back Squat because it is not a complicated movement.  Power Snatch is my least favorite because it is complicated for me and I can’t seem to get the shrug.  

4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?  Man Plans, God Laughs.  I say this because even basic plans get derailed.  A simple example, I would plan to go to CrossFit three times a week and on Sunday would look at my calendar and say I will go Tuesday, Thursdayand Saturday.  Inevitably something would come up at work or home on those days and I was lucky if I made it to CrossFit one day that week.  However, I could have probably made it in the other days because something on my calendar wound up not occurring that day or I was cherry picking because I wasn’t a fan of that day’s WOD.  I decided to just keep gym clothes and my sneakers always in my car and go to the gym any day I can go even if I am not a fan of the WOD that day.  I probably average four days or more a week going with this strategy. 

5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?  My children inspire me and if it wasn’t for me seeing them accomplish all the amazing things they accomplished I would have never stepped outside my comfort zone and joined CrossFit.  To keep it brief and not go on and on, Joseph earned his Black Belt in Kung Fu when he was nine years old and Anthony has undergone several open-heart surgeries because his right side of his heart never developed.  Doctors told us not to expect much from him academically and physically.  However, in little league he hit an out of the park home run and always makes the honor roll at school.

6.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?  My advice for anyone looking to try CrossFit or newbies is don’t be intimidated.  Everyone has their weaknesses and do not try to be the athlete you aren’t.  Have the best work out for you and do not compare your times or scores to other’s.  Fortunately, CrossFit Ignite has amazing coaches and they will make sure you are comfortable with the movements and can quickly assess the individual and are realistic about each individual’s capabilities.  If they know you can give more they will get that out of you to get you the best workout.

7. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?  I was surprised at how interactive it was and not only was the coach helpful and knowledgeable the members there that day were also very helpful and encouraging during the workoutYou knew the people there were committed to getting a good workout and not just going to a gym to say I went to the gym today.  Over five years later I still feel the same way and that is in good part to the culture that Steve and Tina fostered and the talented and caring coaches who share their same values (Sandra, Adam, Kung Fu Jim, Danielle, Kiley, Stevie T).

8. Favorite Cheat meal? Wine, Pepperoni Pizza, Calzone, Oreo Cookies, Chocolate Ice Cream..

9. What motivates you during a WOD?  The people around me motivate me.  The coaches motivate me with their encouragement and the athletes around me motivate me because I am always amazed at either their speed or the amount of weight they can lift and still have good form

10. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment?  My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is going to have to be the Civilian Military Combine (Spartan type race), because I always wanted to do something like this but never thought I would have the stamina to get through it.   

11. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

STRENGTH: BACK SQUAT

• 70%x3,
• 75%x3,
• 80%x3,
• 85%x3,
• 75%x3

Percentages based off of most recent heaviest set of 3

MET-CON:

AMRAP in 20 Minutes:

  • 400M Run
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 10 Toes to Bar

 

Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

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