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Carise Martindale February 2016 MOTM

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4=""][/video] Beyond proud of Carise Martindale and so happy to have her as our February Member of the Month!

Carise has been coming for 5 years (umm…has it really been that long Carise?! Time FLIES!!). It’s hard for me to remember that far back as my memory is not the best! BUT, what I do remember is who Carise has always been. She has always been the most genuinely kind person you could ever meet. I could probably ask her to clean the bathroom and she would say, “Oh my gosh, honey, of course! Just show me what I do!” Seriously. She would.

She’s also been one of the most determined women to get after in it. I watch her in class and she treats every time as a learning opportunity. Many of us (especially after so many years) can get complacent, lose interest when the coach is explaining the workout or movements, and not pay attention. I can tell she is always taking it in learning as much as she can each and every time. She’s respectful, helpful, and the biggest cheerleader for all the others in class.

Now, one of the other things I love about Carise, is that grunt! :-) When I played tennis, I always grunted and Kyle totally made fun of me for it. Sometimes, you can tell Carise is really dialing it up when you hear some grunts slip out. It secretly makes me smile (and I’m sure a lot of others) so much because I KNOW how hard she is working. She gives it her all every freaking time.

To see how far she has come is so inspiring. I know I said I don’t remember much, but I do remember her as being quite thin, which reminded me a lot of myself. Look at her transformation…strong and beautiful! In my opinion, what she represents is hard freaking work, passion, and such a beautiful strong mama!

So proud of you Carise. You are one incredible and inspiring person!!!

Here’s from her!

I feel extremely honored to be chosen as Cascade’s Member of the Month for February! My journey here began back in 2011. I was introduced to crossfit by my brother-in-law. He had quickly fallen in love with the sport, so much that he had partnered up with another couple to start his own gym. As many of you know, this is Nick Martindale and Tenny and Kyle Jacobson and the gym was our very own, Cascade CrossFit.

When I first went to try cross-fit, I was intimidated. I had never in my life been a fit person. To add to my apprehension, I had 6 months prior given birth to my second child, making me the sole caregiver for two kids under two and a half. From the beginning everyone was so encouraging. They told me to start out nice and easy. In the beginning, I was just getting the movements down with light weight. I was always last to finish but everyone cheered for me more than they did the members who finished first. The positive energy and encouragement in the place was palpable.

Throughout my 20’s I had tried to get into a fitness routine. It almost always looks like this: get motivated, join a gym, stick with it for a month or so and then loose interest and motivation. With cross-fit it was very different; all I had to do was get to the gym. The other members and the trainers would get me through to the rest. It wasn’t long before I was craving my time at Cascade. I felt amazing physically. I could see physical results within the first few months. I felt happier and more positive than I ever had. Plus, I had joined a community of people all focused on living better.

Within 6 months I was hooked. Movements started to click. I could kip my pull-ups and was lifting more weight. With the encouragement of coaches and other seasoned members I was starting to be able to RX some work-outs.

One of the biggest draws for me was that I could bring my kids to the gym. Isaac and Audrey have grown up at Cascade. It makes me so happy to know they know how important physical health is for an optimal life. In seeing Tudor, they both ask me when they get to start working out.

Another gift I have received from Cascade, beside a sense of accomplishment and physical fitness is the friendships I have developed. After I stopped working a lost most social and personal daily interaction with adults. At Cascade, not only did I get back adult interaction, I met a group of amazing friends. I have made friendships that I cherish. Some of my favorite ladies in the whole world, I met right here at Cascade. We all meet-up regularly outside the gym now for ladies night out, kiddie functions and just to laugh our booties off. I love you girls!

All and all Cascade CrossFit has given me many gifts. Most importantly it has given me back confidence and a passion for something I can call my own. I consider Cascade not just the gym I go to, but an extension of my life and family. It has changed my life so much for the better.

Brian Levesque

Brian Levesque | Cascade CrossFit photo credit: Armaggeddon Games Brian Levesque | Cascade CrossFit (photo courtesy of the Armageddon Games)


September's Member of the Month!!! Brian Levesque! Here's another member that it is no question why we have selected him to be member of the month. Brian is obviously a stud and when he started, he certainly was pretty fit. He is one of those people who is just a natural athlete, but has also put in a ton of hard work to get to where he is at. You give him a couple cues...he gets a muscle up. Another couple cues...he is double-undering. Although that can be super annoying to the rest of us where it takes us forever to learn a skill, it's certainly inspiring that he accomplishes what he puts his mind to so quickly.

Brian has built some crazy strength as well and it was awesome to watch him compete in his first CrossFit competition, the Armageddon Games (photo above) with his partner, Tanner. They finished 11th, I believe, out of 30 super competitive teams, which is freaking awesome. And, of course, Brian is about as nice a guy as they get. He always is listening and always accepting of constructive criticism, which is really unique. We are so grateful to have both him and his wife, Julie, as members at Cascade, as well as their daughter Faith! Check out his story below!

Well I first want to say a big thank you to everyone on the coaching staff and I feel honored to be the September member of the month. I truly believe that Cascade has the best coaches I’ve ever worked with. Their knowledge of how to do lifts properly and the encouragement through a workout is what has kept me wanting to push harder and be better every time I walk in.

I’ll start off why I started crossfit. I was in the military for 8 years and when I got out, I missed that feeling of accomplishing a challenging run or exercising together as a group and pushing each other harder past a limit we thought possible. I was going to the gym and doing hot yoga but I was getting tired of the same routines and needed a challenge. I started looking online at boot camps and came across a groupon for a crossfit place in N. Seattle for just a couple weeks. I didn’t really get that welcoming feeling and wasn’t receiving enough instruction so I started to do some research to look for a new box. I remember my first day walking into Cascade around lunchtime and seeing Martindale building a bobsled out of the box jumps with a few of the other coaches playing around. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after doing my first WOD I knew that I had found my new home.

I had started right around when the open workouts began in 2014 and after watching everyone come out and give it their all during Friday Night Lights, it made me want to strive to be the best I can be and maybe even reach competition level one day. I was determined to continuously work on my weaknesses and about a year and a half later, I feel ready to do my first competition and it’s all thanks to Tanner for encouraging me to do it with him. I have reached goals that I never thought were possible and have never felt better. I know I haven’t mastered every skill and technique and might not ever, but this is why I love crossfit. There’s always room for improvement.

It really is like a second family and I feel like a kid at a playground every time I workout. Everyone is so friendly and I don’t have to worry about finding child care so my wife and I can work out together. We are all happy to be a part of the Cascade community (including Faith). My wife and I currently live in Seattle and started to look for a new box but nothing could compare to Cascade so we decided to stick out the long drive until we move back to the east side. You all make it worth the drive!