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Aaron Rose

Aaron Rose

For February, we are excited to get the chance to spotlight Aaron Rose as Member of the Month! Ever since joining Cascade around 1 year ago, it really has been such a pleasure to get to know Aaron and workout along side him. In my opinion, he really embodies the perfect CrossFitter…he’s consistent, he works on his weaknesses, he mobilizes and warms up every class, he is kind and friendly to everyone, he’s not too prideful to take a step back and listen to critique, he is humble, respectful, listens and is eager to learn, he doesn’t take himself too seriously…he is just one awesome guy!

If you’ve worked out with Aaron, you also know what an awesome athlete this guy is. One thing that impresses me so much about Aaron is how strong this guy has gotten. The other week he hang cleaned for a set of four (I believe) 245#. That’s so impressive! And the strength doesn’t just stop at hang cleans, it’s in all movements. It’s definitely a result of all his hard work, form and technique work, and consistency.

Aaron is just one more member who represents why this gym means the world to us. Getting to go into the gym and see Aaron and other members alike, truly enriches our lives beyond what we could have imagined. We are just so grateful that Aaron has found a home here, and thankful for his friendship and making this gym a truly better place!

Check out Aaron’s story…congrats Aaron!!

My Crossfit story started at 24 hour fitness about 3 years ago. I was strictly following the BroScience workout program… which is: everyday you do chest, bi’s & tris. About once a month, if and only if you feel great, if the gym isn’t too crowded, you perfectly timed your NO Xplode and an epic song comes on… you do legs.  Well the stars aligned and that day came… so I did squats. I think I am athletic but I didn’t play high school sports. Never took weightlifting.  I suspected my form wasn’t great but I watched several YouTube videos plus I would occasionally watch others in the gym, so I threw on as much weight as I could and went to work. Before long, I had tons of knee pain and was in a physical therapist’s office with patella tendonitis.  The doctor told me that squatting deep was dangerous. I asked if I should squat to or below 90 degrees and he told me not to even squat below 75 degrees. I was skeptical of his recommendations and I knew some crossfitters – and I knew that they squatted below parallel all the time – so I thought I would give it a shot.

Lightning round biography: I started at Crossfit Devotion, then moved to Snoqualmie Ridge and joined Snoridge Crossfit, and now I have been at Cascade for about a year. I eat about half Paleo and half Fatburger, Papa Johns, Panera & Starbs. My goal is usually four workouts a week. I graduated from UW in 2004 then joined the Air Force.  I have been an Air Traffic Controller at SeaTac for the last 6 years. I have a gorgeous, sweet wife, two boys (10 & 13) and a baby girl (hopefully!) on the way in September. Oh and I have had pretty much zero knee pain since I started Crossfit 3 years ago.

Physically, there are two main reasons why I am a member at Cascade:

  1. Programming: allowing each coach to rotate weeks and develop their own program creates a seemingly unlimited amount of variation from day to day and week to week.  Each hits the main movements and all are ridiculously intense but one week could lean towards cardio a little more, next week is heavy on Oly lifting, next focuses more on gymnastic movements… resulting in a much greater variety of workouts than you could possibly program on your own.
  1. Structured mobility, everyday, no exceptions. When I first started Crossfit I couldn’t overhead squat the bar. And the only reason I could overhead squat the pvc pipe was because it was basically weightless. My hips and shoulders were so tight that when I overhead squatted my arms were pretty much parallel to the ground.  A few weeks ago I overhead squatted 195 lbs.  For me it wasn’t really the weight that is the issue, it was an inability to get my body in the right position for the movement.  As my mobility improved, the weights would go up. Cascade is one of the few gyms I have been to that has structured, group mobility and it’s been a huge help for me.

More important than any of this though are the people at Cascade.  It starts with Nick, Kyle & Tenny (the owners)… I haven’t met a more inspiring trio.  They are freakishly athletic yet remarkably humble, supportive and encouraging.  You’ll never hear about their PRs, where they rank in the CF Open (despite ranking amongst some of the best in the world) or any other self-endearing stat. They are uncompromisingly positive and encourage every member of Cascade to be their best.

The coaches bring more of the same.  Tessa, Marshall, Miller, Cody, Paul and Caitlyn.  All are incredibly impressive athletes with PhDs in Crossfit, but they have a desire to teach and can explain these complex movements in a patient and inspiring way for all of us beginners.  Their programs are challenging enough for athletes who compete on a monthly basis but fundamental enough for someone who has no fitness experience and just walked in the door. They adjust weights and movements and are able to make sure every member at Cascade: A) Gets a great workout and B) Leaves feeling better than when they walked in.

Cascade Crossfit is more than a gym.  It is a place to see friends.  It’s therapy, anger management, stress relief. Take your mind off life for an hour. Show up, be humbled, then pick yourself up off the floor and go accomplish something. I am thankful to be a member of Cascade and look forward to getting better tomorrow.

Every month it is tough to choose a Member of the Month. Throughout the last 4 ½ years (omg!) there have been so many amazing members and it’s crazy when we pick a member of the month and realize how long they’ve actually been coming! That’s how we feel with April’s Member of the Month…Ben! Cannot believe it’s already been a year and a half! I still remember when both him and his wife, Danielle, had just started.

We feel very honored to have both Ben and Danielle as a part of this community. Even though they are both extremely hard workers in their professional and almost always traveling, both of them work hard to fit fitness into their lives! Ben has been such a wonderful example of “no excuses”. It’s always fun to catch up with him on Saturdays, hear about where he’s been the last week and about all the hotel WOD’s he fits in since he has to miss most the week. When he is in town, he’s always adding something to the workout. Whether it’s practicing double unders, pull ups, or the several strength exercises, he’s always going the extra mile to accomplish his goals. And it’s been so awesome to see him achieve those goals, which is all impart to his hard work and dedication.

As with all other Members of the Month, it’s also Ben’s amazing attitude that makes us want to spotlight him that much more. He’s always offering a helping hand and always has a smile on his face! Before I even was able enough to start putting my bar away yesterday, he already had it half broken down…then continued to put it away AND spray it down for me (which it definitely needed!). And he does that for so many others. I honestly believe that helping others is one of the greatest gifts you can do in life, and to see him be so encouraging and so helpful day in and day out, Ben truly makes not only this community, but the world a better place! 🙂 Although…he may hang around Kyle a little too much, since I have noticed sometimes their hair resembles each other(the peacock feathers in the back). 😉

Ben- couldn’t be more proud of the hard work you put in all the time to achieve all that you have! And we couldn’t be more grateful to have both you and Danielle as a part of this family. You both bring such a wonderful spirit to this gym!!

Here’s Ben’s story!

Hi all…

When I found out I was chosen as the member of the month I was quite shocked – clearly this is not an ability based selection!  I discovered CrossFit about 16 months ago when after grad school I realized I had added 38 pounds to my frame tipping the scales at 230lbs. (See the picture on the Great Wall…  Not sure what was worse.  The belly or the bag I was carrying).   I’m a pretty normal 38 year old guy who has a desk job and lots of excuses to not to work out but CCF has cancelled them out and when I’m on the road it is a lot of burpees and air squats but I always look forward to getting back and hitting the gym.

I’ll never forget finishing fundamentals with my wife Danielle and how challenging the simple work-out was and the smiling look on Kyle’s face after the short AMRAP had torn me apart…   This was nothing compared to the first full work-out I attended – the Filthy 50 – which crushed me physically and required significant modification to simply finish. While I thought about not going back I stuck it out. As the weeks went on I was shocked at way the training improved how I felt physically and mentally.  It transformed my goal-setting priorities to include things outside of work – my own health and well-being. I owe this to Cascade CrossFit. While I continue to chip away at my CrossFit goals I find it really cool to be part of something where more respect is given for working on your weaknesses than showcasing strengths. I’ve lost 35 pounds but more importantly, I have built some great connections with the people at the gym that keep me coming back every day I’m in town.  Admittedly, I’m completely hooked. We built a garage gym at home as back up when the work schedule gets in the way of making it to the gym but it is not the same as being in the mix at the gym.

The culture and people at Cascade CrossFit, in my opinion, make the experience so remarkable. I travel pretty consistently for work and have visited 30+ boxes around North America. I find that it is not the equipment, facility or the costs but the community that make the difference. The combination of Coaches and the members makes for an incredible experience. My work schedule varies which means I have had the benefit of attending a range of afternoon classes from 3:30 on during the week plus the weekend classes. Each class, no matter the time, is filled with really awesome and genuine people. There is something really cool and motivating about being around people in the gym who are there for all different reasons, working hard, and encouraging each other to do their best. You truly get what you put into your workouts and Cascade makes it really easy to give it all you have.  I’m not hard to find in the gym as I’m the guy with Whip marks on his legs working on double-unders, with hat head and yellow shoes…

Whatever brought you to Cascade I really hope you find what you are looking for and you find the experience as rewarding as I have.