Monica
 

Mother-Wife-Daughter. Crossfitting yogi. List maker extraordinaire. Caller of St. Anthony to help find these lists. Loves kimchee, ice cream, coffee, squats, and pushing the edge. Optimist-Environmentalist-Purist.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (in process)
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • 1st Degree Blackbelt Kyukido

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Bill
 

New dad, sports junkie, clean freak, passion for weather/storm chasing, anything but country music, Sunday nights on HBO, and reading before bedtime.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified
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Jim
 

Father, prone to not reading directions, skilled improviser, food explorer, outdoor enthusiast....and super funny. 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • 1st Degree Blackbelt Kyukido

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Sharon
 

 

Mom, business owner, designer, music enthusiast, Pearl Jam aficionado, action item tackler.

 
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified
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Freddy
 

Husband, father and professional smart ass, spending time with family, pushing myself to the edge (on a daily basis lol), music, sports, cars, scifi, and fishing with the G man.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

   

Luanne
 

Mother, Virginia Beach native with a green thumb, horror movie fanatic, hungry for seafood, lover of beach vacations and reggae music.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified


   

Brian
 

Father, Chicago Cubs/Notre Dame football enthusiast, loves to fish in South West Florida and snow ski out West!

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Monica
 

My CrossFit journey started when I walked into CrossFit Roselle with a healthy dose of uncertainty and was totally intimidated but in awe of what I saw. I had gotten my black belt in kyukido, ran the Chicago marathon, done a few sprint triathlons, done ‘most’ of P90X, but was still looking for something more challenging. Each thing alone was either intense or built a sense of community for me, however, none of those things for me had both – until I started CrossFit.

The community of CrossFitters is what sets it apart from other things for me. There’s something special when a group of people get together, challenge themselves and each other to work hard and push through temporary pain, leave it all out there, and come back the next day for more. CrossFit is as much a mental test as it is a physical one. It also is an outlet for my competitive spirit. I was fortunate to be able to qualify for and compete in the 2012 CrossFit North Central regionals. It was an experience that was both wonderful and wonderfully terrible at the same time. Given another opportunity, I would do it all again, and hope to be able to compete a few more times. Through the journey, I was able to grow stronger both physically and mentally.

I am also currently in a teacher training program for yoga. A special interest in yoga that I have is helping the athlete. Athlete’s bodies are pushed harder than many others. We all have tightness in our bodies from all the sitting and driving that we do, as well as the recreation that we pursue. Part of what I believe helps me in CrossFit is the flexibility, breath control, and mindfulness that I have gained through yoga.

One big myth I want to dispel is that lifting (heavy) weights as a woman will make you big. Those two and a half pound dumbbells aren’t going to cut it. I can show you article after article that will say that, but you probably won’t believe me until you see your own results. The bottom line is simple: come in every day, do the work, rest, and eat clean. You’ll start to focus more on the things you can do with your body, instead of necessarily what it looks like. Which, oh- by the way- will look start to look amazing.

So here I am: mom of THREE fantastic kids (currently ages 8, 6, and 8 months), lifting heavier things than I ever thought I could, fitter than when I was in my teens and twenties. It’s probably a cliched CrossFit story, but it is true. Welcome to the Enclave-can’t wait to journey together!

Favorite Quotes: “A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure” - Anonymous and “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great” – Jimmy Dugan

Favorite Cheat Food: GIANT bowl of noodles, followed by a GIANT bowl of ice cream.

Advice for Newbies: Have faith in yourself – you are much stronger than you think you are. Just do.

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Bill

I was going to the gym 6 days a week and had the same routine: back/biceps, chest/triceps, and shoulder/legs (conveniently skipping legs most of the time!). I’d do some running on the treadmill or hit the Stairmaster for my “cardio” and throw in some crunches for my abs. I’d spend up to a couple hours per day in the gym, and looked somewhat fit, but wasn’t really in shape. Not only was I not making any progress, I was bored out of my mind! Sound familiar?

That’s when I decided to stop by CrossFit Roselle and see what this “CrossFit” thing was all about. After struggling to keep up with the warm-up, and scaling every movement we did, I was very humbled. But, not only was I made to feel welcome, everyone there was encouraging, supportive, and made sure I came back the next day. I had been involved in competitive sports my entire life, so the camaraderie, community, and accountability were what I was missing. After a few months of workouts at CrossFit Roselle paired with some great coaching and nutritional advice, I was amazed at the results. I was stronger, leaner, and increased my endurance to levels I did not think were attainable. In addition, I forged some great friendships that will last forever. The recipe was simple: I went to the gym on a regular basis and cleaned up my diet, everything else seemed to fall in place. I was full of energy throughout the day, slept great each night, and overall I felt fantastic!

That was almost two years ago and now I’m looking forward to sharing this lifestyle with everyone who walks through the door at CrossFit Enclave!

Favorite Quotes: “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi and “You can have excuses or results…NOT BOTH!”-Unknown

Favorite Cheat Food: Pizza, pasta, bread…this list could go on for a while! However, I only cheat once or twice a week

Advice for Newbies: Come to the gym on a regular basis and work hard. Eat clean and get adequate sleep every night.Stay the course and you will be amazed at what you can, and will, accomplish You’ll also make some great friends along the way! And always remember everybody was a “newbie” at some point, so we can all relate and are here to help.

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Jim
 

I have always been active in sports and have participated in just about everything. Around 2 years ago my wife and I started CrossFit and quickly realized that we had found the answer to our fitness needs. With three young children we don’t have a lot of time to spare and with CrossFit we are able to achieve better results in half the time we used to spend in your typical gym. In addition to the incredible physical results we have experienced since starting CrossFit, we have made great friendships as well. We are a community that shares in each other’s victories and work as a team to improve upon our weaknesses. The strong sense of camaraderie between CrossFit members is similar to my experiences playing organized football and during my 6 years in the Military. We are family and we succeed together.

I still like to participate in endurance activities but I spend less time pounding the pavement or countless hours cycling by using CrossFit as my foundation for stamina. I try to train five days a week and make adjustments when needed to stay injury free. Now that I am in my 40′s I can’t afford injuries, which is why safety and scaling to one’s ability is a priority for me. I consider it an honor to be able to participate in someones else’s progress and their evolution towards their fitness goals because I believe that carries over into all other areas in life.

Favorite Quotes: “Busy people are happy people” - Anonymous and “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars” – Kahlil Gibran

Favorite Cheat Food: Lots of Tacos!

Advice for Newbies: Do not be intimidated by anything, we are here to help you one step at a time.

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Sharon
 

When I walked through the doors of CrossFit Enclave on December 1, 2012 I had no clue that my life was about to change. I had spent years searching for a way to make exercise a part of my life—I kept starting and stopping. I tried personal trainers (3 different ones, to be exact), and group classes, working out on my own, and running in 5Ks. I’d do something for a few months then it would get boring and I’d trail off. I always liked how I felt after exercising but wasn’t motivated to find the time to work it into my schedule on a consistent basis. Then I found CrossFit.

That first day (like everyone), I was intimidated walking in the door…but I was also blown away by a petite blonde girl throwing around a barbell and weights like it was nothing. I loved the loud music, the fact that the workout was different than anything I’d done before, and that the people I met were so open and friendly. I knew this was going to be different than anything else I tried. Just about everything was awkward for me at first—some of the moves felt so strange. But I showed up, worked at it, and one day it all clicked.

CrossFit has taught me what I’m really made of. I’ve learned I’m capable of more than I ever thought. I want to spread that feeling to others, which is why I became certified as an adult and kids trainer. With physical education being reduced or all together cut in many schools, I want to be part of a place that helps children develop a lifelong love of fitness.

What I love most about CrossFit:

  • The people–the bonds formed when you suffer through a workout together are amazing. We really are a family here at Enclave and all support one another.
  • The constantly varied workouts–each day is totally different and you don’t know what it is until that day. This keeps things interesting and keeps your body out of a rut.
  • The fact that the workouts are all about functional movements—deadlifts are akin to picking up a heavy bag of dog food off the ground, squats translate to being able to easily get out of a chair when you’re 80, and burpees are just getting yourself off the ground. If you CrossFit, you’ll be self-sufficient for a very long time.
  • The workouts are scalable to everyone—every age and every shape can CrossFit. My dad is in his 60s, suffers from Parkinson's and he CrossFits. It’s a rare occasion that everyone does the exact same version of a workout.

Favorite Quotes: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Favorite Cheat Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Advice for Newbies: Go at your own pace and have fun. Work to improve yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing—everyone is at a completely different place in their fitness journey. Don’t be shy about asking for help.

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