Athlete Spotlight

Jennifer Williams
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Jennifer Williams

Athlete of the month: August 2018
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Hometown: Blair, NE

Age: 40

Occupation: Sales and Account Management

When did you first start CrossFitting?: April of 2012. I was a marathon runner and needed some strength training to supplement

When did you first start training at CFE?: October of 2015

Favorite WOD: I don’t have a single favorite WOD, but I do love chippers. I like working through longer workouts. It is probably the endurance athlete in me from my running days.

Least Favorite WOD: EMOMs are the worst, but I love the feeling when I’m done with them. There is nothing better for you body than getting that heart rate up doing intense intervals.

Tell us about you sports and fitness background: I have always been an athlete. I grew up playing soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. In high school my main focus was varsity basketball as well as track & field. I was a miler. In college I ran on scholarship at Dana College. I did both cross country and track. I ran the marathon at Nationals in Tulsa, OK in 1998 placing 10th. I continued to run half and full marathons until I found CrossFit in 2012. Even then, it took me a few years to transition to CrossFit full-time. But here I am and I love it!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: I briefly dated a guy back in 2011 who was into CrossFit. It peaked my interest, but I didn’t seek it out until about 6 months later on my own when I decided to check out CF Omaha.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel? I honestly don’t remember what the WOD was. It was a baseline during my intro session at CFO. It was short and sweet, and it was difficult. But CrossFit will always be difficult…even when you are in shape.

Justin Isaacson
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Justin Isaacson

Athlete of the month: August 2018
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Hometown: Elkhorn, NE

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

When did you first start CrossFitting?: I started CrossFit in May of 2017 and haven’t looked back since.

When did you first start training at CFE?: May of 2017. CFE is my home.

Favorite WOD: I like sprint workouts. There’s nothing like giving 100% for 8 minutes and rolling around on the floor in pain for 20 minutes afterwards.

Least Favorite WOD: I’m not a fan of being upside down, but I’m slowly getting better.

Tell us about you sports and fitness background: I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, but wrestling was my focus. The mentality and body control I learned from wrestling has been a huge part of why I love CrossFit style workouts.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: I watched the CrossFit Games on TV a few times and thought it would be a perfect way to get back into shape.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel? My first CrossFit workout was the baseline with Justin. It took me 7 minutes or so, and afterwards it took all I had to keep my breakfast down while Justin was showing me around the gym.

Matt Bunting
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Matt Bunting

Athlete of the month: July 2018
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Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Age: 42

Occupation: Banker

When did you first start CrossFitting?: January 2012

When did you first start training at CFE?: August 2016

Favorite WOD: Murph and anything involving biceps, like deadlifts and back squats…

Least Favorite WOD: The other four letter “F” word: Fran

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I’ve always enjoyed exercise and ran cross-country and played tennis in high school. I ran several marathons in my 30s but got bored. I really enjoy the variety with CrossFit, but what keeps me coming back is the camaraderie and coaching, which are both great at CrossFit Elkhorn.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: A groupon for CrossFit I-35 in Kansas City.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel?: I don’t remember my first WOD, but got hooked quickly.

Amanda
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Amanda "Milli" Marks

Athlete of the month: July 2018
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Hometown: Austin, Tx

Age: 31

Occupation: Naval Officer

When did you first start CrossFitting?: Around 2014, the military introduced me to many of the movements in CrossFit in physical training. Then eventually, I became part of an awesome San Diego box.

When did you first start training at CFE?: December 2017

Favorite WOD: I actually enjoy WODs with burpees and squats.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with thrusters…

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Always been pretty active but the Navy has kept me swimming and running most of my career.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: The Navy/Marine Corps environment.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel?: I don’t remember exactly, but I remember feeling out of shape and weak…that is something that I knew I absolutely wanted to change and so I’ve been trying to constantly improve ever since!

Mandi Ziemer
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Mandi Ziemer

Athlete of the month: June 2018
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Hometown: Omaha

Age: 21…ok, 32

Occupation: Stylist

When did you first start CrossFitting?: About 3 years ago

When did you first start training at CFE?: October 2017

Favorite WOD: Anything with squats

Least Favorite WOD: Anything that requires great shoulder mobility

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I didn’t do many sports as a child. My parents put me in dance and gymnastics because learning to ride a bike was a challenge and they were concerned about my coordination. Haha! So, I’m not gifted in that area but I enjoy working hard and having fun, which is why I enjoy CrossFit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: Good old Tom Petekavich

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it and how did it feel?: I don’t remember, but I obviously drank the kool-aid and was hooked.

Yavor Pamukuv
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Yavor Pamukuv

Athlete of the month: June 2018
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Hometown: Burgas (Country: Bulgaria)

Age: 36

Occupation: Investment Management

When did you first start CrossFitting?: November 2017

When did you first start training at CFE?: November 2017

Favorite WOD: I have not done one that I did not like yet.

Least Favorite WOD: I have not done one that I did not like yet.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Growing up I swam a lot, played basketball in my teens, and then moved on to martial arts and boxing.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: A colleague recommended CFE specifically; the intensity of it reminds me of tough boxing workouts I enjoyed a lot. I also want to learn Olympic lifts, gymnastic movements, and how to correctly do other exercises… CrossFit offers all that and more.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel?: I think it was something with wall balls. My lower back blew up and I had to lay down with my feet up…very weak core and being significantly overweight did it.

Terra Bos
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Terra Bos

Athlete of the month: May 2018
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Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Age: 41

Occupation: Wife/Mother

When did you first start CrossFitting?: New You Challenge in Jan 2017

When did you first start training at CFE?: Jan 2017

Favorite WOD: Karen, anything with wall ball or deadlifts

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with snatches or burpees

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I played a little volleyball in High School.  Then, in college my focus switched to running and doing whatever it took to pass the fitness test for the Air Force.  While on active duty, I pretty much just ran.  I did not love running, but I did it anyway.  When I separated from the Air Force, I was so excited to not have to run anymore.  I hired a trainer for a bit and did some Zumba until I finally found Crossfit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?:  I heard about it through some friends whose husbands were doing Crossfit.  I always thought Crossfit was too advanced for me.  Then I saw the New You Challenge on Facebook and decided to check it out.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it and how did it feel?: I think my first WOD was the New You benchmark workout, with rowing, push ups, abmat sit-ups, air squats, and burpees.  I remember thinking I should have pushed myself harder.  I’m still trying to get better at being comfortable with being uncomfortable in a workout.

Rick Setlak
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Rick Setlak

Athlete of the month: May 2018
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Hometown: Omaha, NE

Age: 36

Occupation: Senior Manager of HR Information Systems at TD Ameritrade

When did you first start CrossFitting?: January 2016

When did you first start training at CFE?: January 2016

Favorite WOD: Cindy

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with snatches

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I grew up loving basketball and playing in YMCA leagues, but I wasn’t in shape and my parents never encouraged me to do any sports/fitness. It wasn’t until after I graduated college that a couple friends and I joined 24 Hour Fitness to lift weights. That was January 2005. I dropped 45 lbs and 6 inches off my waist in the first 6 months, and was hooked ever since. I don’t know that I truthfully had ever ran a mile before, but in 2009 I started racing. I’ve done two marathons, several half-marathons, and countless other races.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: My neighbor and former CFE member Shane Cohn kept bugging me about trying it out. I was training for my second marathon at the time and told him after I ran it I’d give CrossFit a try. He remembered…so I finally came to CFE!

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it and how did it feel?: It was deadlifts coupled with box jumps. On I think a 2:30 clock, increased weight with decreasing reps. It honestly wasn’t that bad because they had me scale the weight as a starter and those exercises are ones I always did on my own. However, I don’t remember the workout specifically, but either my 3rd or 4th workout included snatches, and I vowed never to do a snatch again. That didn’t last.

Julia Rehm
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Julia Rehm

Athlete of the month: April 2018
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Hometown: Dunlap, IA

Age: 23

Occupation: Hair Stylist

When did you first start CrossFitting?: October 2015

When did you first start training at CFE?: October 2015

Favorite WOD: Murph–It’s a hard one but it has special meaning tome because I had a friend who was a Navy SEAL and he was KIA in 2011.

Least Favorite WOD: The track workout for Fitness World Series in 2017

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I grew up being very active! Starting running 2 mile fun runs and 10Ks when I was 12. I was also on the swim team my junior and senior year of high school.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: My brother-in-law does CrossFit and after seeing him do it, I wanted to do it too! I was working at Scheels and Stacy Everson came in to buy shoes and told me to try out CFE! I drank the KoolAid and the rest is history.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?: The baseline. Walking into the gym that day I thought I was pretty fit. After the baseline, I did not feel fit at all and I think a part of me died. But I knew I wanted more of this crazy stuff! I have not looked back! CrossFit and the CFE Community mean so much to me!

Max Kaeter
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Max Kaeter

Athlete of the month: April 2018
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Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Age: 31

Occupation: 3D Print Technician/Artist

When did you first start CrossFitting?: May 2017

When did you first start training at CFE?: May 2017

Favorite WOD: Anything with rope climbs

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Competitive swimmer in high school and college

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: Probably watching the CrossFit Games on tv

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?: No idea what it was but I remember not being able to keep up with everyone and possibly running to the bathroom to throw up.

Jenni Suhr
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Jenni Suhr

Athlete of the month: March 2018
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Hometown: Omaha, NE

Age: 44

Occupation: IT manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?: 4 Years ago when Trevor was at LifeTime Fitness

When did you first start training at CFE?: From day one!!

Favorite WOD: Anything that lets me throw some weight around – Cleans are my favorite.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves a Box Jump.  Why are they  so scary?!?!

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: As a kid I played basketball, swimming and was on the track team (shot put and discus).  Later in life I enjoyed running and riding bikes. Since meeting my husband Greg I have done many 5k runs, 4 half marathons, and a hand full of triathlons.  Every year we try and do at least 1 week long bike ride across some state, Our favorite is Ride the Rockies.   Then I found CROSSFIT!!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?:  Greg and I were plodding  along on a treadmill, after a long winter of drinking and partying trying to get back in shape. When up walks this baby-faced trainer, stands on the treadmill between Greg and I asks “What are you doing?” and the rest is history.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?: I don’t remember exactly what the WOD  was, but I am sure it involved running some hill multiple times then lifting some weird object over my head in 90 degree weather.

Greg Suhr
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Greg Suhr

Athlete of the month: March 2018
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Hometown: Bloomfield, NE

Age: 64

Occupation:  Accountant/Business owner

When did you first start CrossFitting?: Officially started with Trevor at Lifetime, then CFE.  Did the 2014 open at CFE.

When did you first start training at CFE?: When Trevor and Justin opened – March 2014

Favorite WOD: Anything with weights.  Cleans, snatch, deadlifts, front/back squats, wall balls, double-unders

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with gymnastics.  Toe-to-bars, chest-to-bars, rings, pull-ups

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I’ve been riding a bicycle my whole life.  Riding became daily when I started  delivering the Omaha World-Herald in my small home town  at the age of 9 and continued until I turned 16.  I had an hour in the morning to deliver the papers before school started.  So I had to go as fast as I could to make it to school on time.  In high school I lettered in football, basketball, and track.  After college, I played and coached competitive volleyball 3 nights a week during the winter, and played softball 3 nights a week in the summer.   But I always used the bike for fitness.  Each year I would sign up for a weekly bike ride.  Over the years, I’ve ridden organized rides in Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.  Next came  running, and I spent a few years doing several marathons.  Then I taught myself how to swim so I could do triathlons.  My major accomplishment was crossing the finish line at Ironman Wisconsin in September 2004,  the summer I turned 50.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?:  Jenni and I had just returned from a week’s vacation where we drank way too many Margaritas, and ate way too much food.  We decided we needed to work some of that off, so we went to work out at Lifetime.  Trevor approached us one day, when we were on the treadmill knowing we couldn’t run away, and asked if we wanted to join his Bootcamp class.  We responded with the well-known answer …  “that looks too hard, we could never do it”.  But we signed up.  Later, Trevor asked if we wanted to join his Alpha class (Olympic/Crossfit lifting).  We responded with the well-known answer …  “that looks too hard, we could never do it”.  But we signed up.  After a couple of years, Trevor started the workouts in the park.  We signed up.  Then he opened up CFE.  And we signed up.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?: It’s probably not the first one, but I remember doing wall balls for the first time.  We had way too many to do, and the time limit was way too short.  Didn’t make the time limit at first.  We did it again a few months later, and I finished it with only 2 seconds to spare.  You don’t forget those moments when you can measure and see the improvements.

Nick Woodard
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Nick Woodard

Athlete of the month: February 2018
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Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Age: 29

Occupation: Owner of Dotzler Siding, LLC & VP Operations of Absolute Roofing, LLC

When did you first start CrossFitting?: October 2016

When did you first start training at CFE?: October 2016

Favorite WOD: DT (Anything with a barbell, moderate weight, moderate reps)

Least Favorite WOD: Fran (Only because Trevor made me dry heave on the last set and yelled at me to keep going, and I did)

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I played sports in high school and college. I lifted competitively in college, went to Collegiate Nationals in 2008. Then I literally hadn’t done anything since I graduated.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: Paul Cain convinced me to come to CFE and sign up for a year. I was anti-crossfit before coming to CFE. He actually paid for the first couple months in the first year, pending I actually stay committed. I did and never turned back. I can never thank him enough.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel?: The first week I was at CFE, I felt like I was going to puke every day. (I actually did a few times). With my weightlifting background, I thought I could come in here and be a super hero. Well, that first couple weeks, I felt like I was hit by a semi-truck. I loved it though.

 

 

Annie Sideris
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Annie Sideris

Athlete of the month: February 2018
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Hometown: Omaha

Age: 25

Occupation: Advisor Success Advocate at Orion – Northstar Financial

When did you first start CrossFitting?: A little over 3 years ago.

When did you first start training at CFE?: I started when CFE first opened!

Favorite WOD: Anything with bar muscle ups or double unders.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with thrusters or running.

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I was a gymnast for about 8 years and had to quit because of a fractured growth plate in my wrist.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: My cousin owns her own CF gym in Norway and after seeing how much she loved it, I had to try it.

Take us back to your first WOD…what was it and how did it feel?: I remember it was sled pushes, box jumps and overhead lunges. I don’t remember the exact workout, but I do remember after a few rounds I got to the point where my legs were so tired I couldn’t even jump anymore.

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