UnCharted Barbell's Spring Lifting Meet 2018

UnCharted Barbell's Spring Lifting Meet 2018

UnCharted Barbell will be hosting our annual spring lifting meet on April 14th. This is a USAW sanctioned lifting meet that is open to youth, junior, senior and masters division. Registration cost is non-refundable $45 for USAW members and $55 for NON-USAW members. We look forward to hosting another energetic meet with lots of PRs!
Registration is now open! 

Athlete Spotlight- March 2018

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Athlete Spotlight- March 2018

You've seen her at the 6:45 class religiously putting in extra time to work on her on pull ups; she comes to Sunday's Open Gym to work on - pull ups! But many of you know her for her time and talents volunteering at our competitions and events, whether judging athletes or selling t-shirts, photographing the event and cheering people on, just like she does in every class. We couldn't be happier that she rose to the challenge of CrossFit and chose UnCharted as her home box! 

**Meet  CHRISTINE WITT**

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I received an email today from Lynette with the subject “Happy Tuesday.” Intrigued,
I opened it as soon as I saw and was in total shock: I’ve been chosen as the athlete spotlight for March! I was smiling ear to ear and felt my face turn red from blushing. I am beyond flattered. Then the extreme dread set in; I have to write about myself. Welp, here goes nothing…

I’ll start from the very beginning. I’ve never been what you call athletic. As a young kid, I never played any sports and somehow even missed out on the obligatory playing of soccer that most everyone seems to have in their past. In high school, the closest I ever got was trying out for the cheer squad. Spoiler alert: I didn’t make the team - A squad or B squad. It wasn’t until college that I started having any interest in fitness. At first it was getting down with Billy Blanks in my basement doing some Tae Bo. Unfortunately, that wasn’t sustainable because I was just trying to lose weight and felt it was more of a chore than something I found enjoyable. Eventually I joined Gold’s Gym and I was hooked. I started going nearly every day. The only issue was that I really had no idea what I was doing. I made my way into some of the group fitness classes and I enjoyed those because they gave me some structure. I kept up this routine for many years. Then one day it was gone: the spark, the passion. I’d miss a class here and there. Then a whole week – gasp – I hadn’t done that in 5+ years. Ultimately, I let my membership lapse and the next thing I knew I had not worked out in 6 months.

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I saw an ad for a 6-week challenge. It focused on lifting and some aspects of CrossFit so my interest was piqued. After the challenge ended I began looking into CrossFit gyms around where I live. A few came up in a decent radius but one especially got my attention from their really great website – UnCharted!

I actually sat with it in my back pocket for a bit. Then one day I woke up and knew things had to change. I set up my first class and it was the night before I closed on my house. The next day when I limped into my closing, I knew I found what I had been missing. The passion for working out was back! I finished Elements and opted for the 12 classes a month. My first month, even with the few elements classes, I blew through the 12 classes and had to add on. By month two I upped my package to unlimited. I now attend classes the majority of days. There’s nothing better than ending my day at UnCharted and if I cannot attend a class I feel like something is missing.

I love UnCharted and CrossFit because it really is a fantastic community. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and when we do the workouts we are in it together, enduring it next to each other. Then there are the coaches. I cannot put into words how awesome they are. They are some of the most helpful people I’ve ever met and they really do care about you hitting your goals, your concerns, your triumphs – just about you. All of that on top the tough workouts makes it really easy to keep coming back for more each day.

Best part of all, during the bingo fun I got to be the top of the pyramid so it was like I was a cheerleader for a night. Dreams do come true! Thank you all for your support,
encouragement, friendship, and being generally awesome!

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February Spotlight Athlete

- ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT -
You've seen him at our competitions as a fierce competitor, you've seen him judging our different competitions and you've seen him at the weightlifting classes since they first started. He has also competed (first time!) in our Olympic Weightlifting Meet where he was such fun to watch. He says it all by the big grin on his face when he hits that lift  j u s t   r i g h t.
We think he's just right for UnCharted!
Meet  Chadd Salter

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Doing it for the OMF’s!!! If you don’t know what that means you’re probably still in your twenties and can get through the toughest WOD’s with relative ease. As one of the coaches once said in reference to me, you can teach an old dog new tricks, and USE YOUR LEGS!!

 My journey to CrossFit took a while. Before I joined UnCharted I had always been into fitness, well - lifting weights. My ideal workout was several heavy sets of bench, dead lifts and squats and not having to wait for someone to finish doing curls in the squat rack. Although I lifted heavy, I also ate that way too. As I made it over the hill and into my 40’s, I knew I couldn’t continue to just lift heavy and not include any type of metabolic conditioning. Left on my own, I would’ve just done another heavy set and run to my car in the parking lot… if it was raining (that’s conditioning right?)

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     I researched CrossFit and of course came across a lot of negative reviews regarding injuries and the need for a good orthopedic surgeon, and then there were the funny looking pull ups, but I still wanted to try it. I also wanted to learn the Olympic lifts which apparently you have to use your legs for??

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I eventually joined UnCharted and after completing the Elements classes I was ready to go. I remember some of my first workouts having to be reeled in by the coaches. I was excited, we’re going to dead lift! I’ll just put 315 lbs on the bar, let's go! Oh wait, we’re going to do 15 rounds of 68 reps in addition to jumping on a box and those funny looking pull ups. OK - maybe not.   

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Two years in now and I definitely have no regrets, (except maybe the days when burpees are programmed.) In the short time I’ve been at UnCharted I’ve done a solo competition, my first one and took 3rd place, a team competition and then took a huge step and competed in an Olympic lifting meet. In addition to competing I can definitely tell a change in my overall fitness. I’m much leaner, faster and more conditioned than I was before I came to UnCharted.

Aside from the crazy workouts, I quickly found that UnCharted is more than just a gym. It’s a community. From the beginning I was welcomed in and everyone has been and continues to be very supportive, not just during workouts but outside of the gym. I also enjoy the friendly competitiveness. In addition to being supportive, everyone has been inspiring. I can say that almost every member has inspired me in one way or another, whether it’s watching someone suffering beside you and going all out, someone’s lifting technique or your buddy going for a PR - there is inspiration in all the things that you notice that make you want to give it your all.

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January Spotlight Athlete

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT~

This athlete started "from scratch" with CrossFit and has never looked back. His hard work, consistency and commitment is inspiring to all. A little story: one Sunday, Patti pulls up to the gym right at 10:00 for Open Gym. She finds him practicing his double-unders in the parking lot - no wasted time for him!
This dedication is what earned him the first Athlete Spotlight of 2018. 

**Meet  Stuart  McNeil**
 

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 Wow!  First off, thank you Lynette and coaches for selecting me.  It is a great honer and made me smile to be selected as this month’s Spotlight Athlete. 

Myself, I've always have had a passion for sports and fitness.  As a kid I played soccer and baseball.  High school played football and swimming.  After College, as I'm sure most you know from all my running shirts, I got into running.  Also got into volleyball.   Got pretty good at Triathlons.  Placed pretty high in a few of the local triathlons, finished top 10 in the general population for the Chicago Triathlon.  I can kind of get obsessive with the activities I do.  For a couple of years it was running, another couple years it was doing triathlons. Prior to last year, I had about five years that I spent intermittently rehabbing houses,  which doing with a full time job eats up a lot of time.  So this year has been a good change of pace getting back into fitness and trying to soak up CrossFit. 

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So my CrossFit journey started a year ago.  I realized that running and lifting a few weights at Golds gym I wasn't really growing much.  I was looking for a new challenge in my life, so I bucked up the extra dough and came to UnCharted. The people and the community were all very welcoming. My goals were really just self improvement and to learn all the movements. The classes and the coaches have all been very educational.  Staying before and after classes working on whatever skill, there has always been someone to help give advice.  And it was always rewarding to finally get that first muscle up, figuring out double-unders or hitting a new PR on a lift.  Every week there is something new I learn or figure out that makes things click easier.   

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 I can't say enough about the coaches and the people here at UnCharted.  Classes are fun and engaging.  It's competitive but not overly so.  Everyone has a good attitude.  I've made some good friends who continue to inspire me.  CrossFit also supplements the other activities I do.  In my volleyball doubles I feel better conditioned, more mobile and more explosive in my jumps and movements.  In running I feel better conditioned to sprint out that last bit of a race. 

Anyhow it's been a satisfying year for me.  Just hope I can inspire and give back the encouragement others have given me.

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December Athlete Spotlight

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT ~  

 You notice her lifting on the platforms, you work out next to her during a class, you partner with her for a WOD and you see her volunteering her time and talents around the gym. She's been at UCCF since almost the beginning, first just lifting and now as a CrossFitter, lifter and even a competitor in CF. We appreciate that she's
committed, dedicated and focused  ALL. THE. TIME.

*  ASHLEY DUNKER *          

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Hello friends!

When Lynette texted me saying I was chosen for Spotlight Athlete this month I was very excited. It is neat to know that other people notice your dedication; it definitely put a smile on my face. The only downfall was that I have to write about myself, which I am not the best at, but I will give it a shot….

 Growing up I tried many sports, like soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and cheer leading. I was pretty active for the most part. The one sport I focused on the most was soccer, and I ended up playing until I was about 17. Then I continued staying active by working out at Club Fitness doing cardio and lifting some weights. 

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When I started attending Lindenwood University, I heard there was a weightlifting team so I decided to check it out. Little did I know it was Olympic Lifting, and when I watched the team lift I was a little intimidated, to say the least. I didn’t even know what a snatch was but I was up for something different.  I decided to give it a try and liked it a lot. After a year at Lindenwood I decided to change my major to nursing so I transferred to UMSL, which meant I needed to find another place to Olympic lift. That is when I contacted Lynette who I had met at Lindenwood. I started lifting at UnCharted CrossFit a little over two years ago, and after about six months I finally decided to give CrossFit a try, too (with the encouragement of many of the members and coaches!) It has been one of the best decisions I have made.

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 I love how I get to still lift, but other movements are included in the workouts as well. There is nothing more rewarding than getting stronger and hitting new PR’s! My workouts are also a time to clear my mind from everything else and it does just that. Best of all, UnCharted is like a second home; I love how everyone is so friendly and supportive. I get to work out with some of the best people who have the same love for fitness as I do! Keep up the good work everyone. On top of all that our coaches are awesome and they are always helping us in any way they can. I love being apart of the UnCharted CrossFit family! Cheers to new PR’s! 

November Athlete Spotlight

 ~Athlete Spotlight~

You know this athlete by his wide smile, his jovial attitude
and his winning spirit. We're just so GLAD he found us online! He has been an amazing inspiration for so many of our members because he's always saying to us all,
"You can do it! God bless you - come ON!" 
**John Waddell**

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Hello to all my CrossFitters. Love you all.

I have always been very active. I am the oldest of three children (I have a brother and sister.) I grew up in Colorado as a military brat. One of the things that has always been a constant in my life is physical fitness. From an early age, my mother and father had my brother and I involved in swim lessons, playing baseball, basketball, karate, Judo, wrestling and track and field. 

My parents believed that "an idle mind is the devil's workshop" so as a result my brother, sister and I stayed physically active. By the time I got to high school, I focused on two sports: track and field along with football. I attended college on an athletic scholarship playing football and running track for four years. Those were some great days.

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Upon graduating from college, it was hard to stay active. In college there was a routine that I had adhered to and it was easy to stay fit and trim. Now with a wonderful wife (Abna) and a lovely daughter (Anna) it was difficult to stay fit. Just finding the time to exercise became a chore in and of itself. I had every piece of fitness equipment known to man but they sat collecting dust. As a matter of fact, when I joined CrossFit, I had two gym memberships: one at Club Fitness and one at Golds gym. My typical workout consisted of the following: bench pressing and then jumping on an elliptical trainer for 30-45 minutes.

I was so discouraged because I was picking up weight in spite of my exercise routine. I called my brother and asked what he was doing to stay fit. He told me about this program called CrossFit. He said that this was the most challenging fitness program that he ever attempted. Coming from my brother, that is really saying something, because my brother played football in college and was an avid marathon runner. So when he said it was the most challenging thing he had ever done, I was intrigued. 

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I went to the internet and called the very first CrossFit location that popped up. I spoke to Patti who was so warm and friendly and who immediately got me set up for my Elements classes. I found the Elements classes to be challenging and fun. For my very first CF class, Ryan was my teacher. I quickly found out that I was really our of shape. When I first began taking classes I didn't know which was worse, the stretching, the warm up or the actual workouts. It was really tough. In high school and college I had lifted a lot of weights, but I was never taught the proper way to lift weights. All that changed when I joined UnCharted. You're taught the proper techniques of lifting weights and the benefits its offers to your body when the exercise is done properly. 

Our coaches are terrific: Patti, Lynette, Ryan and Jo. They have several things in common. Our coaches are thoughtful, caring, loving, encouraging and subject-matter experts. This November will be my second anniversary here at UnCharted. When I first started, I couldn't do anything - I could barely squat 75 pounds. My wrists and hands used to really ache when attempting front squats and doing a bar muscle up was something I thought happened in fairy tales. But the more I worked out, the stronger I became and I learned to do certain movements, such as my elusive bar muscle ups. Yes - one day I came into the gym and BAM! I nailed it! No one was more surprised than myself, but it was because I came in and worked hard at it all. 

But what I like best about CrossFit is the camaraderie that we share with each other. Everyone is so encouraging and supportive.

I just can't say enough about CrossFit and my UnCharted friends. 

I thank God for each and every one of you who is a part of this UnCharted family. 

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October Spotlight Athlete

 

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT~

Usually you see Sarah working out at the 5:oo am class - or the 9;15 - and on Saturdays - and at Open Gym. Sarah takes her workouts seriously but is one of those people who makes you enjoy working out with her. She's here helping at our competitions and parties, bringing her great family, Peyton, Adam and Jacob, to join in. We are proud that she is our October Athlete Spotlight! 

- Meet Sarah Jackson -

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HI Friends!
 
I will admit, when Lynette said the coaches wanted me to be Athlete of the Month, my initial response was a huge smile but, "oh hell no, I don’t want to talk about myself."  Then, I talked to my UCCF buddies and they coaxed me into it.  CrossFit is so good for so many reasons, pushing me to do things I wouldn’t ever dream of is definitely one of them. 
 
My love for CrossFit developed in a round-a-bout way… 
 
I always played sports growing up.  I played soccer year round, softball, volleyball.  I was an average athlete who loved being on a team, but preferred to be out of the spotlight.  As an adult I started to struggle with my weight.  In my early twenties, I worked out a lot teaching water aerobics and taking step classes, sometimes two a day. I even ran two miles a day for a while (hush it).  I had a group of friends who also taught classes, so gym time was socialization.  Mid- twenties I had Adam, my oldest, and I struggled even more with my weight.  I tried weight loss pills, personal training, weight loss challenges, every diet known to mankind; all different types of exercise too – Zumba, spinning, group exercise, Pilates, step, couch to 5K’s (yeah, seriously).  None of these things ever lasted long or really interested me.  I’ve been thin and I’ve been pretty heavy, but I’ve never felt strong.  Anyway, fast-forward a few babies later, and I finish grad school around 230 lbs.  How did I get there?  Working nights, no regular exercise, not making myself a priority, always on/off dieting, unhappy – so many factors.                        

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In 2014, I started a new job and started to work on my diet. I joined a fitness weight loss group at the YMCA and met some great people.  I made some drastic life changes that year and vowed to make my happiness & health a priority.  I stuck with it and lost about 40 lbs. that year.  It was slow, but rewarding.  I started doing yoga every day for about 2 years, some Sean T videos at night and basically lived without carbs.  I lost another 25 lbs. I was happier, my confidence was better, but I missed being in a group setting to work out.  I met someone at work that was a CrossFitter and raved about it.  I thought he was crazy.  Like cult crazy.  But I was intrigued, so I read a few articles, talked to a few people and convinced my bestie to try it with me.
 
We signed up for an elements class and started the day after Christmas, 2015, at another CF affiliate.  I was hooked after a week.  I had never lifted weights before and had this new awe at what bodies could do. We stayed there a few months and started looking at different boxes.  We have known Jackie Seabaugh for years, and she told Brandy about UnCharted.  We looked at the website, took a tour, met Patti and Karl, and quickly signed up.                        

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It was tough at first, 5 am was a little intimidating and we were the only females.  Have you seen the boys that work out at 5 am?  I loved that I was making progress and feeling stronger and liked the coaches and programming.  I made friends - those 5 am peeps are amazing!  I was now being held accountable to show up, making plans, & working harder than I ever had.  My focus started to shift from wanting to “just be thin”, to wanting to be healthy and stronger.

CrossFit pushes my boundaries and expectations for myself.  It pushes me to try new things, to be OK to fail, to set goals.  I hated being cheered for in the beginning; it was too much attention on me.  Now, I’m OK with it.  When I started CF, I said I would never, ever do a competition.  I competed in Festivus in April this year with my UCCF friends there cheering me on.  I was scared to death to be upside down or hold weight over my head.  I can do handstands now, and feel pretty good throwing some weight up.  I can now dead lift my body weight, which was a huge goal & achievement for me. We all know how I feel about running, but 95% of the time I don’t WOD pick.  That’s huge. I have a healthier relationship with my body.  Esther has coached me at lifts, body image and nutrition.  I have learned more about myself and nutrition than I ever imagined with her support.
                               

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Having the community, fitness and a lot of fun is why I love CrossFit the most.  I love being with my UCCF fam.  I still get nervous before most WODs, which is something the coaches get, so when they push me to do more, now I say OK (usually).  The coaches are so supportive and are excellent at making the WOD work for me, whether it needs to be modified for a random pain or tightness or because it’s a skill that I don’t yet have in my repertoire.  Esther, Lynette and Jo are great examples for my daughter and I, that girls can be strong.  Ryan has infinite body positioning knowledge.  My days are always better when I get to 5 am.  I love the community, the jokes, the support, the feeling of accomplishment after a PR or a particularly hard WOD.  And the people at UCCF!  I have the most amazing, big-hearted, fun loving friends here.   Clearly, I am now in the cult. 

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September Athlete Spotlight

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT~

We like to think of Will as a steady, focused and humble athlete - with a wicked sense of humor! We love his FB posts because he always has something good to say about everyone (even when he uses his humor on us). He's always there to help out in competitions and pretty much everything we do and we thank him for that. We're proud to select Will as our Athlete Spotlight!  
- Meet Will Linenweber -

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First and foremost, I’d like to say I am both flattered and humbled that the UCCF coaches gave this honor to me. Coming off the heels of Caylin E and other Spotlight Athletes is not an easy task. I think of myself as someone just trying to keep up with the pack, not a Spotlight Athlete.
 
A little over two years ago I met Lynette when we were both in a wedding and we were paired up together.  I was heavier and was a member of the typical “globo” gym. I lifted weights with no real purpose and did variations of cardio with little or no results.  Rewinding to 10 years ago, I was an amateur boxer in the best shape of my life (187lbs at 10.3% body fat).  I quit boxing due to chronic headaches and neck pain.  Over the years the weight started to come on and going to the gym became a chore and not a passion.  A few months after I met Lynette she opened UCCF and we had a few shared friends who were original members.  Those same friends would preach to me that CF is actually safe and they got strength and body changing results. I didn’t want to hear any of that and I resisted because what I was doing was fine (right!!!!).  When I finished completing my second degree in May of 2015, I reluctantly gave it a try because I knew my health and weight was getting out of control and I needed something different.

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Both Karl and Lynette did my Elements class and their attitude, experience and sincerity of wanting to help had me hooked to give it a run.  My first six months was a humbling experience. I was super scaled+ on many if not all WODS. I was consistently on the bottom rung of the whiteboard, but I was challenging myself and I knew I was getting more out of this than any workout I did at my previous traditional gym. I started with the minimum eight classes a month and in less than a year I upgraded to twelve and then Unlimited.  I cancelled all other gym memberships. It was then I really noticed change and then I began challenging myself to individual goals. 
 
What I found at UCCF was not just group exercise classes but a sense of belonging to something good with tangible results. Not since organized team sports I have experienced this level of bonding and motivation. This is what keeps me going, not just for me but not wanting to let anyone down because members and coaches want everyone to succeed and do their best.  The most rewarding part of my journey was not only accomplishing something but when others take note and see your hard work and dedication, whether it was hitting your first rope climb or smashing a lift.  I recall when a certain elite senior member started taking notice of my gains and work and gave praise. It was then I knew I had to keep the pedal down and not let up. I have never looked back.  I sometimes look around in class and see newer faces and I make sure to give them that extra shout of encouragement even if I’m dying myself in my corner. Maybe that one lift or rep may be their “moment” for them to break out.

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I have made many friends here and even had the pleasure to be teammates with some of you in competitions.  I have found my passion once again and I am enjoying this more than ever.  I owe this all to the members and coaches, and without your support my journey would not be whole or even complete. I look forward to seeing everyone at the “Bar” and witnessing your gains.
 
Thank you Lynette / Jo / Ryan / Esther / Patti / Karl for all that you do and did for me.
 
“Confidence builds success. Success builds confidence”
~Mike Tyson

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August Athlete Spotlight

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT~
 
Build a pegboard and she’ the first one up – without stopping; she
throws a baby shower for a fellow UCCF athlete and brings her
famous Cajun Mac & Cheese; struggle with toes-to-bar and she’s right there cheering you on:
As one of our coaches said when voting on this month’s Athlete Spotlight, 
“I vote for Caylin because her dedication, positive attitude and no-excuse mentality that has made her a given for this month.” 
** Meet Caylin Emery **

(and we’re all rooting for you, Caylin, as you are SOOOO close
to your 200 lb back squat!) 

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First of all, wow! I was not expecting this, and I won’t lie - my face lit up when I received the email stating that I had been voted Spotlight Athlete of the Month. I’ve always been pretty athletic. I’ve played every (important) sport a girl could play. I am very much the type of person who goes above and beyond, especially when you tell me I can’t do something, from shooting guns to putting weight over my head. This year especially has been a year for change and improvement for me both inside and outside of the gym. So let’s start from the beginning…

      I started my CrossFit journey back in 2011 when I joined Premier Fitness. Granted, Premier wasn’t “a real CrossFit gym” but it laid the foundation for my love of the sport/lifestyle. That hole-in-the-wall gym led to friendships, heartbreak and the realization that I have a butt "most women would die for" as stated in one of the Premier Fitness newsletters. Not tooting my own horn but…(insert semi horn here). P.S. It’s purely genetic.

     When I left Premier, I never thought I would find a gym where the members felt like family. AND THAT’S WHEN I MET LYNETTE. I decided to give CrossFit TNT a shot and went through the process of testing out of Elements. After talking with Lynette for the 50 minutes or so while I tested out, I didn’t sign up for a class that she wasn’t coaching for the first two months. It was an instant friendship from day one.

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Then there was Ryan, always stuck with the 1 pm class that I typically took since I was working nights at the time. Imagine the scene from Step Brothers, when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly run through their list of favorite things ... “Did we just become best friends?! YEP!”  Need I say more?

TNT provided me with a newfound love of CrossFit that I had thought I lost when I left Premier. They sharpened my skills and helped me become an RX athlete. DISCLAIMER: You can’t become a great athlete without great friends. Where do I start?! Esther, Turtle (formally known as Rob Tarro), Dorothy, Barb, and Angie (sorry if I missed people, sucks to suck.) I met all these wonderful people who eventually all ended up at……….

UNCHARTED!!!!

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Now here’s where we get to the good stuff! This year especially has been a year for change and improvement for me both inside and outside of the gym. I set my mind to becoming healthier and stronger. I pushed myself, I hit PRs, I created my own successes, I set goals and stuck to them. I can’t thank Lynette and Ryan enough for pushing me through WODs and not letting me “turtle”. Thanks for being my friends these past 3-4 years and lifting me up when life kicks me in the teeth. And Esther! Thank you for all your criticisms and quirkiness. I can honestly say that my snatch wouldn’t be great without you.  ;)  Jo, I know deep down you love me and I’d like to thank you for taking all the garbage I dish your way. UnCharted is my second family, and I can’t express my appreciation and love enough to all its members. Thank you for all the cheers, high fives, butt slaps, hugs and tears, ripped hands, bruises, rope burns, sweat angels, friendships both old and new - the list goes on and on. Stay golden.

P.S.  And Brian, how awesome is this!? I didn’t even have to run for Spotlight Athlete - people just like me!

(mic drop)

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July Athlete Spotlight

~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

This month's Athlete came to UCCF prepared to learn all she could about CrossFit and has done so, coming regularly to the 09:15 classes, working really hard at everything she does, and ALWAYS smiling as she does it! We have seen great strides in her accomplishments and want you to meet firsthand, 

**Suzi Plymale**
 

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Growing up I had parents who would be the type who bought a treadmill but would use it for like one week and then it would collect dust in the basement. I was never taught the importance of eating healthy or working out.  My idea of fruit and veggies was from a can (oh my!)  When I was in college, I had a close friend who was a softball player who took me to the gym for the first time.  I really started loving it, especially when I was dropping weight and noticing a change.  Once I had our twin daughters, that all changed. The gym was put on hold.  The first year they were born was my survival year and there was no way I could find the energy or time to work out.  After that first year I wanted to start working out again, but I just felt with the twins it was too difficult for me to get out and I just wasn't comfortable yet putting them in a gym nursery with people I didn't know watching them.  So, I would buy those wonderful workout videos from the infomercials (I am such a sucker when it comes to infomercials.)  Yeah, they got me moving, but it wasn't really showing results.  I remember really wanting to be able to go to the gym, but feeling trapped like I just couldn't figure out how to do it with kids.  As my kids were growing older, this was not the example I was wanting them to see.  I didn't want them to have the same experience as I did thinking that working out and eating healthy wasn't important. 

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Once the twins were seven, I had a friend ask if I was interested in coming to her work out place all the way in Wentzville (we live in St. Charles.)  It was a tiny place, but my kids were old enough to sit on the side and hang out while I worked out.  I absolutely loved this idea: that finally after seven years I could work out again.  But the drive to Wentzville was way too far, and so I decided it was time to go out on my own and find a place that was close to home.  That's when I found this special find - UnCharted!

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When I walked in the first time I was so nervous, but Lynette did a one-on-one class with me and was so amazing.  She took my fears away quickly.  This was a big step for me to do this without anyone, as in the past I always had a friend I could go  work out with.  Also, I was so happy that they (UnCharted) were cool with my twins sitting on the side and doing homework while I could work out.  I love that they can watch me and see that this is important.  They are always disgusted with how sweaty I am after a workout, and I love it!  I'm not the fastest and can't lift that much, but at UnCharted that's ok.  I love that everyone is so encouraging even when I'm the last at finishing a workout.  Sometimes it's just so difficult for me to learn how to do the correct form on a movement, but I love that the trainers are so patient with me and help to correct it in a nice way so I don't hurt myself.

 I remember hearing in the past a neighbor talk about CrossFit, and I always thought I couldn't do that.  But now that I do it, I know that anyone can do it!  It pushes me to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.  I love that everyday is something new.  It's so nice for me to have that one hour in the day for me to check out of everything else and focus on me.  I always leave feeling like "I can't believe I did that" and can't wait to tell my husband, "You'll never believe what I did today!"  I always feel like I can breathe a little better and I get the best sleep on the days I do CrossFit.  This fall will be my one year anniversary at UnCharted.  What a life changer this has been to find UnCharted.  It has motivated me to be healthy and now my kids are into working out and eating right, too.  Thank you UnCharted! 

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THANK YOU!

We just couldn't have had a better day at our first ever competition - the BackLot Bout - here at UnCharted!

Our volunteers were stellar, from set up people to equipment movers, from merchandise sellers to cleaners - all of you stepped up and made the day for us!

Our judges were amazing, counting and scoring and working with the athletes to safely complete their WODs, but still allowing that great sense of camaraderie and fun that a competition entails.

The athletes were such fun to watch, lifting, jumping, pushing, throwing, climbing and doing whatever it took to get their scores. And the first teams finished were there encouraging the last teams to "get it done."

The weather held out, we got done early and we all had a great time. We just can't wait to do it all over again in 2017! 

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