All the coaches agree that Desirae is amazing — She consistently shows up (to the earliest class of the day!), smiles, and has fun. Watching her progress has been SO exciting (50lb deadlift PR, anyone???) Desirae also shows up to all the events, always looking fabulous, and in general makes everything more awesome than it would have been without her. Thanks for being part of the fam, Desirae. 🙂
Besides being a really impressive athlete, Josh is a really impressive human being in general. If you’ve ever worked out with him, you know how encouraging he is. He loves seeing others succeed as much as succeeding himself. Thanks, Josh, for helping us all be everyday better!!
You may have seen us brag about Virginia on the Facebook page, but she is the perfect example of patience and persistence paying off. Because she perfects her form before adding weight, she’s been able to increase her strength and speed consistently over the last year while staying injury-free. She’s also incredibly encouraging and such a wonderful part of this community.
You know what they say: “Couples that WOD together stay together.” Okay, they don’t say that, but working out with your spouse is fun! In the words of their coaches, Ken and Brittni “are very consistent and they respect their bodies and their limits.” These are some of the most important qualities when it comes to lifelong fitness! Rockstars.
(Left) Steph’s photo for her Athlete of the Month poster at CFRE in December 2014 (She has been inspiring us since the very beginning!); (Right) running in from a hill climb in January 2016
I have struggled with my weight, and more importantly, with body image, for over a decade now. There is a huge component of emotional eating that contributes to my struggle, and I’m sure many people can relate to that. At the beginning of 2015 I was at a point where I wanted to work on accepting myself for who I was, extra pounds and all, accept that I was just going to be a heavier girl. There are those who can work their curves, and I wanted to figure out their secret. These days the media is starting to encourage girls to feel beautiful as they are, and I believe it’s an important message. The problem was that it didn’t sit right for me personally, and it took a while to figure out why.
Natalie and Fran are two of RE’s most consistent attendants — such a testament to having an accountability buddy! It’s so fun to watch them check goal after goal off their list. It’s also fun to watch them load weight onto a bar with confidence. You should definitely take the chance to chat with these lovely ladies, get to know their incredible stories, and be inspired by their hard work and persistence. Thanks, Fran and Natalie, for being part of the RE family!
If you’ve ever watched Caleb crush a WOD, it’s probably shocking to hear that one short year ago, a few burpees made him nauseous. He’s the perfect testimony that consistency and hard work equal amazing progress. He’s also a perfect testimony to the power of community. Thanks for being part of the CFRE family, Caleb!
Caleb (left) with Team Rugged Elite at the 2015 Elysian Games.
Where to begin? I tried CrossFit for the first time a little over 4 months ago. Before I found CrossFit, I played sports in high school, did a couple years of Brazilian jui jitsu, and was most recently doing “total body conditioning” gym classes (high reps, light weight). I thought I was so strong, HA! CrossFit kicked my ass.
Writing about my experience with CrossFit has been tough for me for many reasons, mostly because my life has truly changed since starting CrossFit and joining the Rugged Elite community, and that is a hard thing to put into words.
Five years into my gym membership I was seeing fewer and fewer meaningful benefits (no weight loss, no fitness improvements) for the time I was putting in. Plus, it was deadly dull. My CrossFitting husband regularly tried to talk me into joining him. I put him off saying that CrossFit was too hard, and that I could not risk an injury. I felt the most important thing was for me to be able to maintain my consistent schedule, and I feared CrossFit would put me out of commission. At my weight, that was not something I could afford.