JUNE ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

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JUNE ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

JUNE ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

You see them at all our events, judging as a pair, cheering on our members and doing whatever is needed of them. You hear them teasing each other during workouts but they are each others' biggest fan - and yours, too! 

Meet 

Joe Klosterman & Stephanie Sparks

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 Joe and I have always been involved in athletics, either as athletes or coaches.  We both participated in various sports in high school (football, baseball, basketball, swimming, and volleyball).  And we were both fortunate enough to play sports in college: he football and I basketball.  Once our time as athletes came to an end we both started coaching and worked to find ways to stay active.  First, we started running.  We did this for years, trying out different running programs and training for different distance races.  We still tried to lift weights but the majority of our workouts focused on cardio

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After a few years running became boring and time-consuming.  We eventually joined a Gold's Gym near our house.  We worked out regularly, but it was difficult to stay motivated.  I was lucky enough to have access to a strength and conditioning coach at my job who wanted to train me for free. It was exactly what I needed, I was being coached again.  I had someone teaching me and creating my workouts for me.  I didn't have to worry about what I was going to do the next day or week.  He also educated me on how steady state cardio impacts the body and convinced us to utilize interval training.  

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     Having moved on from that job, Joe and I were, again, in charge of our own fitness.  We joined Club Fitness and tried to continue to lift/run.  The lifting area was very limited and was usually in use.  We tried to stay on track but quickly lost motivation. 

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     Feeling very frustrated, one Sunday morning I googled gyms near our home.  UnCharted was less than 3 miles away and they were open for a few hours.  So I drove up there, walked in, and met Dorothy.  She was so excited to show me around and was so proud of her gym.  I went home and told Joe that we were going to do the Elements classes.  U.C.C.F. and Crossfit were exactly what we were looking for.  We love having the WOD's ready for us, being coached on proper technique, and working out in a fun, competitive environment.  The positive, family-like atmosphere at UnCharted is something that we always look forward to.

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    We have met so many awesome people at U.C.C.F. and give a shout-out to the 6:45pm class!  
       
- Thank you for having us as Spotlight Athletes!  

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MAY ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

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MAY ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

You know her as one of the Canadian Ladies who won the Spirit Award for her dedication to "dressing the part" during the Open. She's been hitting PR's on her lifts right and left lately (you know - you've been watching!) And she always has an encouraging word for everyone. We're pleased and proud to make her our Athlete Spotlight for the month of May. 

Meet
Megan Coker

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What an honour to have the opportunity to share a little bit about my fitness journey and the difference CrossFit has made in my life. If you don’t know me, I’m Canadian and very proud of it, so of course, I started my journey in sport playing hockey at the age of 5. I continued playing hockey for many, many years. I was also a multi-sport athlete in high school competing in basketball, volleyball, and track and field and won athlete of the year in my junior year. I continued in sport as a varsity athlete in university competing in shot put. Despite my active lifestyle and success in sport over the years, I didn’t have much confidence in who I was or what I was capable of. This led to a poor relationship with food, treating it as my comfort and confidante instead of a source of nutrition and energy to fuel me.

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Fast forward to working life where after a few years of an active job in agriculture, working out in the field most of the year and logging lots of miles on my feet as well as staying active playing softball six nights a week, I got promoted to an office job and moved from Waterloo, Ontario to St Louis in 2013.
 
Since I didn’t know anyone and had a lot of time on my hands, I decided to join a local gym and hire a personal trainer.  I had good success for the first few years and was in my best shape in years. Eventually, I hit a plateau and became bored with the exercises and wasn’t seeing any more progress on the scale because my diet still lacked consistency. Frustrated and discouraged with changes in trainers and lack of progress, I gave up on myself and succumbed to a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices for years. As you can imagine, this lifestyle caught up with me and I went from being in great shape to my heaviest weight ever. I was ashamed at how far I let myself go.

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But my journey was about to take a turn. In 2016, I met Nicole Jorgensen on a business trip in Fargo, ND and began a great friendship. It was through my friendship with Nicole that I was introduced to CrossFit. After several attempts at inviting me to a Buddy Day, I finally took her up on her offer in the spring of 2018. I missed sport and physical activity in my life and wanted to make a change as I had already put in a lot of work to get myself in an improved mental state. I was ready to take the step. I was nervous for my first workout in years because I was no longer the athlete I once was. With all these worries swirling through my head, I walked into UnCharted CrossFit and I was welcomed with smiles and people who were so excited for me to be there to be active and improve myself. During and after the workout, people were cheering for me and I received so many kind and encouraging words. I immediately knew this was the place for me.

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This last year has been absolutely amazing and truly life-changing. I struggled the first 6 months to be consistent with my attendance and make positive choices with my diet, but the people at UnCharted CrossFit didn’t give up on me when I was so ready to give up on myself yet again. Coaches and other athletes reached out to me and encouraged me to keep working on improving myself and to just have fun enjoying the constantly varied movements and workouts.

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The turning point for me was the CrossFit Open this past winter. I had heard about the community aspect of the Open but until I experienced it myself, I couldn’t fully comprehend the impact it would have on me. I’m truly appreciative of the community at UnCharted and the global CrossFit community. Each and every athlete is giving everything they have in their own journey while cheering on others to do their best. I love cheering on others as well and seeing them succeed. It has been so inspiring to me to see people believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. CrossFit has helped show me that I am strong both physically and mentally and for the first time in years, I’m loving fitness again. I’m making better food choices and love connecting with CrossFitters from all over the world on social media. I can’t wait to get back to the gym because the coaches put so much time and effort into making the workouts challenging and fun. The best part is that my husband, Tim Coker, has joined UnCharted as well so we get to spend time together while working towards a healthier lifestyle.

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I still have more to go on my journey and it will never really end, but I’m learning to give myself a break and celebrate the victories. I’ve lost 37 lbs to date and am very excited for the current nutrition challenge and continued weight loss as well as non-scale victories. I’ve been hitting some PR’s lately as well which has really helped to build my confidence and belief in myself. I love that the coaches at UnCharted invest so much into the athletes and truly care about us as people and want us to succeed in our personal goals and create so many opportunities to educate us on health overall. Wherever you are in your journey,  the coaches and community at UnCharted CrossFit will grow you, challenge you, encourage you, and celebrate you. In closing, just show up to class and the community will carry you through. I’m proud to count myself as a part of this community too. 

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APRIL ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

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APRIL ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

     “ I joined UnCharted in 2018 and it was the best decision ever! Within months of joining, I was able to finally progress on some things like pull ups, rope climbs and hand stands, just to name a few. My passion for CrossFit, working out and being healthy has really grown. I can tell you I’m definitely a lot happier with myself just seeing the improvements I’ve made.”

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MARCH SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE

MARCH SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE

“I realized that my lifestyle was unhealthy, and I needed to make a change. I finally decided that the first step towards change was joining a CrossFit gym and the rest is history!”

FEBRUARY ATHLETE SPOTLIGHTS

FEBRUARY ATHLETE SPOTLIGHTS

“We are both so honored to be UnCharted’s Spotlight Athletes for February. This is the month of love. We love each other, we love CrossFit and we love all our friends at UnCharted CrossFit.”

Masters Strength and Condition Class is Back!

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Masters Strength and Condition Class is Back!

What is Masters Strength and Conditioning?

This is a training program designed to restore / improve mobility first and applies strength and conditioning programming to improve health and fitness for individuals over the age of 50. We call these individuals Masters because we know they have mastered other skills in life now it is time to master your health!

  • Are you tired of feeling old and tired?

  • Do you have low energy?

  • Are your aches and pains forcing you to spend time on the sidelines?

  • Do you feel lost and bored in your gym?

  • Do you feel like CrossFit is not for you because everything you know about CrossFit seems too advanced, difficult and intimidating?

  • Most importantly, do you want to feel better and get the spring back in your step, but don’t know how?

Our approach to Masters Programming is Movement and Mobility first. We will teach you how to help resolve pain, overcome injuries, minimize the side effects of aging, restore your general physical capacity, re-learn movements and ultimately, regain control of your body. The great thing about CrossFit is that anyone can participate! You don’t need to be in shape to begin, our program will get you into shape! Our program is designed for persons 50 years of age and older.

With this 6 week program, your overall fitness will improve and you’ll see it translate to your daily life through increased stamina, balance, strength, endurance, coordination and agility. Your children and grandchildren won’t be able to keep up with you!

Bring your spouse, friends and family to try our program and we will help you to feel stronger, faster, and happier than you are right now.

INFORMATION

DATES: January 21 -February 27th

*6 Weeks of class (12 classes total)  with an optional make up day on Saturday, February 29th

CLASS TIMES:  Monday/Thursday  @ 5:15 - 6:15 pm

Ages: 50 - 75 years young 

Price: $165

"UnCharted Masters - a group of athletes who refuse to give up their health and fitness to age."

DEADLINE to register is Monday, January 20th

 Contact Patti at patti@unchartedcrossfit.com for more information on the program and to get signed up today!

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JANUARY ATHLETE SPOTLIGTH

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JANUARY ATHLETE SPOTLIGTH

“Find somebody who recognizes the hard work you put in and will hold you accountable on the days that you have all the excuses not to go. Mine is obviously is my wife Adrienne. I got her into CrossFit here at UnCharted, and now I've created a monster. “

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DECEMBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

DECEMBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

December Athlete Spotlight 

Everyone - and we mean EVERYONE - knows this lovely lady because of her engaging personality, her cheerfulness, her camaraderie, her leadership, her wardrobe and her bad-ass attitude and spunk! She has always - and we mean ALWAYS - been there for the UnCharted Community (she was our very first Pioneer member) and we know she always will be. She is the heart and soul, spirit and strength of UnCharted and we're so proud she closes out 2018 as our Athlete Spotlight!

MEET DOROTHY SCROGGINS

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Thank you, UnCharted CrossFit Coaches, for naming me as December’s Spotlight Athlete. It is truly an honor. Five years ago, I took my first elements class and I was hooked. Bonus … the class was taught by Coach Lynette. I played sports in high school and a season in college but like most of us, it all stopped once I started adulting. I would start and stop an exercise routine over and over, from Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” to Half Marathons to Spinning. I even paid hundreds of dollars for a Personal Trainer. Although I had some success nothing kept my interest, so I would stop and pack the pounds right back on.

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In 2013 I was dating a guy who was training for a Tough Mudder and of course my first question was, “What is a Tough Mudder?” After seeing a video, my second question was, “How do you train for something like that?” He said, “I CrossFit” (the only thing of worth I got from that loser.) Back to the internet I went, and it was like the clouds parted and a ray of sunshine beamed down on me - I found the world of CrossFit.

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   Five years later, I’m two Tough Mudders in and CrossFit Is Life. I’m down 4 dress sizes and healthier than I have ever been. I have gained so much more than those pounds I lost. I have come to love my 47 year-old body, thick thighs and all. I love all the amazing things it can do from handstands against the wall to thrusters to body weight back squats and deadlifts. I went from coverups on the beach to bikinis while paddle boarding. I now have irreplaceable knowledge about food and how it effects my mind and body.

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CrossFit has given me so much, but the best part of this journey is the second family I have gained! It’s all of YOU who truly keep me coming back. Life got a little rocky and somedays the only thing I was able to accomplish was feeding Jameson and getting to CrossFit. We share sweat, blood and tears …. sometimes literally. You are my CrossFit Family and unlike family by blood, we choose each other. I love you guys and all the love I give is a direct reflection of the love you give me.  

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To Sam: Thank you for the awesome words in your Spotlight Athlete letter, but it's time for you to recognize your worth to the UCCF Family. You make CrossFit FUN! You are encouraging and bring life to every class. Know that you are a strong part of why UnCharted CrossFit is special. 

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Copy of NOVEMBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

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Copy of NOVEMBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

You'll see this athlete in the lifting area, then the CrossFit area, then the lifting area again and then probably on a bike.
Perhaps you work out with him on Sundays at Open Gym.
You'll see him judging at one of our competitions and changing plates at our recent Fall Lifting Meet.
He does it all, always with an enthusiasm
that is so darn contagious! 

MEET KERRY FRIEDEL

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I grew up overweight and was never athletically inclined. I briefly tried football in high school but couldn't make it work. Then, when I moved on to college, I didn't even have P.E. classes for basic exercise, and I made no effort to exercise on my own. By my second semester of college in April 2005, I weighed nearly 250 pounds. 
 
Seeing that number on the scale was enough to push me to start thinking about fitness. I cut everything I was eating by about a third and started running - at first for only 6 minutes at a time. Gradually, I worked up to running 25 minutes straight, 5 times per week. By December, I weighed 187 pounds. 

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I decided I loved running and I ran for years to try to stay in shape. But I didn't weight train - it was all running and dieting. It was great that I lost weight, but I also lost a lot of muscle in the process. Eventually this became apparent on the scale when I reached a low of about 170 pounds (I am 6'3"). 
 
When I turned 30, I signed up at Gold's Gym and worked with a personal trainer who specialized in power lifting, doing this 2-3 times per week. It was expensive but I needed the one-on-one attention. I wasn't comfortable with barbell work at all, and it immediately became evident that my biggest weakness by far was squatting. Even air squats were a major challenge, and it took several weeks before I could squat an empty bar. My other lifts were weak, but closer to "normal" - and though I had never deadlifted before, the movement seemed to be naturally suited to me. I started eating to bulk up, backed off cardio and lifted hard for a year and a half. I gained 30 pounds in body weight and maxed at a 250 bench, 270 squat (low bar) and 425 deadlift in October 2017. For the first time in my life I felt strong. 

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At this point, my squats had plateaued and I wanted to bring some cardio back into my workouts. My brother-in-law had been urging me to try CrossFit for about two years. I was reluctant - I had heard about some of the exercises and thought they were far beyond what I would ever be able to realistically do. And some of the moves sounded downright crazy. But I finally decided to give it a go anyway. After doing an on-ramp program with Josh Kinder, I signed up at UnCharted. 
 
To be totally honest, I figured I would try it for a month or two and probably go back to what I was doing before. But after feeling the intensity of my first few WODs and experiencing the community, I realized this was exactly what I needed. The workouts were revealing weaknesses I didn't know I had, and the people pushed me far harder than I was willing to push myself on my own. My mindset changed, and I started practicing exercises I couldn't yet do, like double-unders and kipping pull-ups. Once I realized I was making progress, I was sold. 
 
For me, CrossFit has been about finding balance after years of being too focused on cardio or lifting alone. It's challenged me to come out of my shell and push my boundaries. It's meant that I'm part of a community that pushes and supports each other. 

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But the best part by far is when 5:30 weightlifting people yell across the room to troll the CrossFit class and tell them “you're not going fast enough.” Trolling is the best. 
 
Thank you for choosing me as the Athlete Spotlight for November!

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OCTOBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

OCTOBER ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

      I am definitely surprised and grateful to be named this month’s Spotlight Athlete. This section is always one of my favorite parts of the newsletter because it highlights what I enjoy most about Uncharted, and that is getting to see the progress of my fellow gym mates and their accomplishments. 

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I never did any sports or worked out in high school because I never had any time between work and all of my classes. Thanks to a fast metabolism, this pattern carried over and lasted through most of college as well. Near the end of college, I started working out with a friend at a Planet Fitness where we lifted weights without any real plan, but it was nice because we held each other accountable. 

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        After college I ended up getting a desk job and moving a few cities over so I stopped going to the gym because I had no one to go with and push me. Now that I was at a desk all the time and my metabolism was slowing down I started to gain weight. I had looked into CrossFit multiple times but I always made an excuse that I didn’t have the time or the money to go.

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     In 2016 my wife and I moved to St. Charles because I relocated for work. We were away from all our friends and family and I still wasn’t doing anything exercise-wise. Finally, in March 2017, I signed up for the Elements class at Uncharted. That first class was a real wake up call for how out of shape I was. I remember it was the Baseline workout; 500 m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups and 10 pull ups. I don’t think I made it halfway through the sit ups before I walked out of the building trying not to puke. I decided to sign up for the rest of elements because I wanted to get into shape but I stayed because of the awesome community. I liked the positive energy of everyone and how they cheered me on when I was in last and wanted to quit - and I do my best to pass that attitude on when other new people joined. My favorite part of being at Uncharted and doing CrossFit is pushing myself farther than I thought I could go and watching others do the same.

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        I am really thankful for the friends and people I have met over the past year and a half and I look forward to continuing working out with all of you. 

New Program at UnCharted CrossFit

New Program at UnCharted CrossFit

Good Morning!

We are starting some new and exiting classes here at UnCharted CrossFit. Coaches Lynette and Patti have both earned their CF Kids certification as well as their CF Masters certification. With the knowledge they have gained from these certifications, we want to help our younger and older generations alike to live healthier lives through fitness. These coaches as well as our entire team at UnCharted are passionate about improving health for every person of every age.

UnCharted will be starting two new programs in a couple weeks, Masters and Kids.

Here is a little bit about each of the programs.

CrossFit Kids

The whole essence of CrossFit is play, so this is a natural fit for kids. CrossFit Kids is meant to be BIG fun for all ages. Broad - inclusive - general fun. Fun means we provide an active alternative to sedentary pursuits, which means less childhood obesity and all-around better health for our children. Further, the needs of second graders and high-school varsity wrestlers differ by degree and not kind. This program is scaleable for any age or experience level and accounts for the different maturity levels one can find in a class full of kids.

Through games, warm ups and WODs, we will teach movement, balance, coordination, strength, agility, speed - all the things kids use daily. We will pair fitness with fun - essential in promoting a lifetime of fitness. (And then they can say they “CrossFit” just like their parents do!)

This is a 6 week course that will go through the basics. We will build from there as participation allows.

INFORMATION 

DATES: October 9-November 13th

6 Weeks of classes with an optional make up day on Tuesday, Nov. 20th

  • You can also use this to get in a 7th week!

  • Added fee will apply for extra day ($10 & $14)

AGE GROUPS & PRICING

CrossFit “Explorers”

AGES: 4 - 7

CLASS TIME: Tuesday @ 5-5:30 pm

PRICE: $60

CrossFit “Pioneers”

AGES: 8-13

CLASS TIME: Tuesday  @ 5:30-6:15 pm

PRICE: $ 85

PLEASE NOTE: we will need a minimum of 5 kids per class.

“CrossFit Kids is not simply a scaled down version of CrossFit, it is entirely and absolutely CrossFit geared towards kids and their specific developmental needs.” --  Jeff & Mikki Martin - Founders, CrossFit Kids

Masters 

This is a training program designed to restore / improve mobility first and applies strength and conditioning programming to improve health and fitness.

  • Are you tired of feeling old and tired?

  • Do you have low energy?

  • Are your aches and pains forcing you to spend time on the sidelines?

  • Do you feel lost and bored in your gym?

  • Do you feel like CrossFit is not for you because everything you know about CrossFit seems too advanced, difficult and intimidating?

  • Most importantly, do you want to feel better and get the spring back in your step, but don’t know how?

Our approach to Masters Programming is Movement and Mobility first. We will teach you how to help resolve pain, overcome injuries, minimize the side effects of aging, restore your general physical capacity, re-learn movements and ultimately, regain control of your body. The great thing about CrossFit is that anyone can participate! You don’t need to be in shape to begin, our program will get you into shape! Our program is designed for persons 60 years of age and older.

With this 6 week program, your overall fitness will improve and you’ll see it translate to your daily life through increased stamina, balance, strength, endurance, coordination and agility. Your children and grandchildren won’t be able to keep up with you!

Bring your spouse, friends and family to try our program and we will help you to feel stronger, faster, and happier than you are right now.

INFORMATION

DATES: October 9-November 13th

*6 Weeks of class (12 classes total)  with an optional make up day on Tuesday, November 20th

CLASS TIMES:  Tuesday/Thursday  @ 7:15 - 8:00 am

Ages: 60 - 75 years young 

Price: $165

** If you bring a buddy (2 or more people) the price goes down to $150 / per person

"UnCharted Masters - a group of athletes who refuse to give up their health and fitness to age."

DEADLINE to register is Thursday, October 4th

 Contact Lynette at Lynette@unchartedcrossfit.com for more information on these programs and to get signed up today!