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It’s time for another Member of the Month Spotlight…so saying goodbye to January featuring this amazing lady…Robin Rosenquist!

It has been so awesome getting to know Robin and her husband Jeff over the past couple years that they have been a part of Cascade. They quickly became a huge part of Cascade and we are so grateful! Robin has stood out to us for so many reasons, but this lady has worked her butt off and has made some of the most amazing progress we have seen for that short of time. And not to mention she is one of the kindest and most supportive people you will find! I love that Robin is a teacher and her students would probably be SO amazed to know all that she can do outside the classroom!

We are so thankful for Robin (and Jeff!) and can’t imagine this community without them. Thank you for making Cascade a better place!

Make sure to check out her awesome video that TAustin Photographyput together!!! Congratulations Robin, we are SO proud of you!!!

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We are beyond excited to feature this total stud as November Member of the Month!!! VISHNU!!!

For those of you who know Vishnu (including all the ones who kept telling us he should be the Member of the Month) you know how awesome this guy is. Vishnu’s journey at Cascade has been a little bit shorter than other Member of the Month’s but he has been one of the standouts because of all that he has accomplished in his short amount of time.

By watching the video, you learn how CrossFit was not an instant “click”. I remember watching Kyle work in fundamentals with him and you could tell that this was definitely a push outside of his comfort zone. We all know (but can often forget) how intimidating CrossFit is when you first start especially when it doesn’t come exactly easy. But, from day one, Vishnu came in determined to grow and learn and get the most out of the workouts that he could. Quite frankly, I haven’t seen someone push themselves so much out of their comfort as Vishnu has.

And all of his hard work and determination has helped him grow so much in such a short time! And talk about someone who you want to be friends with….this guy is pure gold. He is always smiling, always cheering, and always congratulating others. He’s one of those people who you talk to and you immediately smile.

I’ll never forget how he emailed Kyle, Nick, and I one week when he was going to be out of town and he told us how much he would miss being away followed by some sweet and funny comment. He made our day and it’s so amazing seeing someone like him come so far and have this become such a passion!

Vishnu, we can’t thank you enough for being the person you are and bringing all that you are into Cascade! You make us a better gym!!

 

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Congratulations to Ali Hansen who we have selected as October’s Member of the Month! Ali has been long deserving of a little extra spotlight because this woman is one of the most consistent, driven, and determined ladies! Ali has always worked her butt off to do her absolute best in workouts and all the hard work she has put in has turned her into quite a stud!!

Ali has always been pretty dang strong but in the last several months, this lady has even made more of a transformation. She has accomplished amazing skills like kipping pull ups and bar muscle ups, but also has been PR’ing her lifts and workouts like a mad woman. It definitely shows what you can start achieving when you push yourself and set your mind to something.

Ali (who has also has perfected the skill of socializing ;-)) is such a huge part of Cascade. I really can’t imagine if she weren’t a part of the 6:30 class…it would be so different. Ali has such a kind and giving heart, is goofy, and is so welcoming to new people when they come in. All of which help make our Cascade community the amazing community we are so fortunate to have.

I love what Ali writes below about being a role model for her kids….and how much this has helped her grow as a person that extends outside the gym. Girl, we are insanely proud of you and can’t imagine this gym without you in it!

Here is what Ali had to say, take a moment and check it out!

Thank you so much for choosing me as member of the month! I am a self admitted CrossFit geek and love all things CrossFit…following the athletes on social media, competing in the Open, strategizing about my next WOD, and the Games are like Christmas to me!! But I wasn’t always so CrossFit crazy…
Before becoming a member I nannied and would drop off my kiddos at Cascade. I never knew what exactly was going on but I knew my boss was hooked (thanks Kelley Fisher 😉 ) and it seemed like a really welcoming place with great people!! So fast forward to 3 months after I had my second child and I was looking to get the most effective workout in a limited amount of time being a mom of two toddlers. I decided I’d try CrossFit and knew Cascade was where I wanted to do it. It wasn’t long before I figured out that Cascade was someplace really special!! The coaches know what they’re talking about and push you to be your best. The members at Cascade are also second to none! Everyone is down to earth, hard working, and so friendly. Totally my kind of people!!
More recently I have really honed in my eating in order to get the most out of my WODs. I have dropped 35 pounds since March, set new PRs, and mastered skills that seemed unreachable before. As a mom I sometimes feel like I am running from one thing to the next but I live for the gym because of the sense of accomplishment I get from pushing myself in the gym. If I don’t complete a single task at home but I finished a WOD that wrecked me then it was a good day!!
Like I said I am a mega geek when it comes to CrossFit and as we all know, the first rule of CrossFit is to always talk about CrossFit. But in all seriousness, my favorite thing about this sport is the way it changes lives for the better. I am healthier, stronger, more confident, and better prepared for life in general because of the things I do in the box. I am also a better role model to my kids, showing them that it’s important to take care of your body and push yourself out of your comfort zone or you’ll never know what you’re capable of. I love that CrossFit is for everyone and no matter what your fitness level we can all WOD together!!
Thank you Cascade for the honor and thank you for being the kind of place where the possibilities seem limitless as to where I can go on this fitness journey. Can’t wait to see what the next level is for me!!
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Another month, and another amazing member to spotlight at Cascade! Congratulations to Dawn Anson for being August’s Member of the Month!

From the first day Dawn came to Cascade, I have always been so inspired by Dawn. She always had such an awareness of what she could handle and approached workouts so smartly. I can’t tell you how hard it is to help people learn finding a perfect balance between pushing yourself but -above all else- being smart and listening to your body! I don’t get to see Dawn workout very much, but when I do, or when I see what she does on the board, I’m always so proud to see her doing what she is doing at 57. She approaches workouts with passion and intensity and (I know) is always pushing herself to be better each and every time.

I have also had the opportunity to get to know Dawn a little better and I have learned even more how hard-working she is in all aspects of her life. There are never excuses and always just doing her best in everything.

I’m so glad you gave Cascade a chance, Dawn, because we are SO proud of you and beyond grateful to have you as part of this family! Thank you for inspiring me and for inspiring so many others!!

From Dawn:

I want to say I’m honored to be member of the month!

I had been going to another crossfit for about 5 years.  I really liked the trainer and how she would push me but never past the point of being hurt.  When that crossfit closed I was scared I wouldn’t find another trainer like her that would understand that I’m not in it for the competition, I’m in it to better myself. She told me about Cascade Crossfit.  When I went online & saw how many people went to the crossfit games and how good they were, I had made up my mind that I wouldn’t fit in.

She brought me to Cascade to “give it a try”.  I knew after the first time I had found my new home.  

The first day was in the old building & we walked in and the trainer, Tessa came over and was so welcoming.  She was great with watching what I could do and making sure I did everything correctly.

I love how all the trainers keep pushing you but also help you modify if needed.  I still continue to do things I didn’t think I would ever be able to do, especially when I started crossfit ~6 years ago I was overweight, out of shape and had just turned 51.  

Cascade has amazing athletes and the one thing I love about it is they encourage everyone to be the best they can be.  I have always been self-conscious about my abilities and not wanting to get in the way of the athletes.  At Cascade I can go to any class and feel like I fit in and I always feel the support of the trainers and other class members and never feel like anyone is judging me.

Every morning I look forward to going in & seeing what is in store for the day (no, I don’t look ahead of time), if I did I would talk myself out of going).  I like that the trainers go over the workout and all the movements, that reminder helps me.

Thanks to all the trainers and crossfitters you make me feel like I’m part of the family and welcome.  Keep up the great work!!

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This Member of the Month is more of a personal one for me since I have had the pleasure of working with Paul as one of my personal clients and really getting to know him better along his journey. Paul is so incredibly deserving and I am so proud to call him June’s Member of the Month!

I feel like Paul has been a member at Cascade forever….it’s been a long time!! Like Paul talks about in his video, he had a pretty awesome transformation before he even came into Cascade and it’s always been so awesome watching him push himself to do his best each and every day.

One of the main things to me that stands out about Paul is that he literally never has an excuse. The reality for all of us is that we are busier than ever and it’s certainly no different for Paul. Between being a single, working dad, fitting time to workout takes making a commitment. For the longest time, he has always been one of the most consistent members at Cascade which alone is such an achievement! In January, Paul made a commitment to learn about nutrition and join our nutrition program. Again, this is another thing most can find an excuse why it won’t work and from Day 1, he worked his butt off. Over several weeks, Paul had completely changed the way he was eating….meal prepping, crock-potting, packing lunches to work, and being conscious of so many things he hadn’t been conscious about before. It took a while for him to figure out how to structure his days so he finally could dial his numbers in, but eventually, he freaking NAILED it and has been nailing it ever since. One of my favorite check ins from Paul was hearing how he brought fish and vegetables to work and warmed it in the microwave, and all his office peeps were like “what the heck is that?!”.

Like Paul says, he has lost 20 pounds since January and changing up his diet. Never once was it easy and he has certainly put the hard work in to reap the rewards. We still are working towards even more goals and I know he will crush it because he is so determined. To reflect on all the challenges he has worked through truly makes me so proud. He does it all with a smile on his face and humor. Another one of my favorite things Paul said was “the struggle is real, Tenny!”. Yes, the struggle IS real!! But, he freaking is doing it! Ugh, I just think it’s so awesome!!!

Another thing to note is how Paul just completed his first 1/2 Marathon June 18th! I remember mentioning it to him (half joking because I could barely take myself seriously for doing it) and little did I know, he was all in. He has told me how he never had intended running a half marathon in his life, but he committed to it and did it. And he did pretty awesome for his first half! Not many people would do this without being a runner, and just another reason to show how awesome this dude is.

Paul- you are one incredible person and have worked so hard to be where you are! I can’t wait to continue to help you reach your goals and see all the things you will continue to accomplish! I don’t know how much longer we will have Paul at Cascade (as he mentioned he may be moving in the future) and when that day comes Cascade will definitely not be the same without him!