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Laura Lamando |CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Laura on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Trainers

“Congratulations Laura! I appreciate Laura’s willingness to learn and her constant interest in improving her technique. Her hard work and dedication are inspiring and she’s great to be around!”-Doug

“Laura is consistent, works hard, asks questions, and is receptive to suggestions from trainers. So great to see her improvement over the year. I am especially proud of her willingness to participate in last years Open with such a great attitude. Knowing her abilities but still working to push through perceived limitations set a great example to others around her. “- Chris

“I nominate Laura because she is constantly trying to improve. She takes the teaching cues we give her in class and puts in extra work at open gym to improve her technique. I enjoy her positive attitude in class, she helps make the 5:15 class awesome! I am impressed with how far she has come in her time with CFPC and I look forward to seeing her progress over the year!”-Kenzie

“Laura is a dedicated and persistent individual. What I enjoy most about about having Laura in a class is her constant willingness to ask questions and seek out additional assistance. She’s never afraid to speak up and ask a trainer to watch her perform a movement to make sure she is 100% on the right path. Always asking for additional efficiency tips and the best way to approach each and every workout, Laura is on a constant mission to better herself. Keep up the good work Laura!”- Ryan
“Every time I have Laura in class she attacks the workouts! She has done a great job with staying consistent and working on the mechanics of the movements. She uses her fitness to help her do things she loves outside of the gym as well which is something that I appreciate. Keep up the good work!”-Eric

From Laura

Who is Laura? What do you do for work? Where are you from?

So first off…Wow-Wheeee what an honor! I am humbled and excited at the same time! To be recognized and nominated by our world class trainers has truly made my year! Thank you so much Chris, Eric, Kenzie, Doug and Ryan for the recognition, for watching out for all of us while pushing our potential at the same time. Our gym is a magical place filled with a tight community of fun and hard work because of the energy and commitment you all have. You have each been instrumental in bringing me to a whole new level of fitness that I never thought would be possible in my later years!

Now and since you asked, a little tale about me…I hail from a big group of crazy Italian and Irish New Yorkers. On the Italian side, my grandfather was thrown on a ship at the age of 9 with his Aunt and 2 cousins to come to America from a small farming town in southern Italy. As an adult I realize how brave and fearless he was to land at Elis Island, not speaking a word of English, and figuring out how to make a life for himself in NY. I’m proud to have that determination and courage running through my veins. On the Irish side, I’m convinced they partied themselves into a life in New York. They taught me that life is a barrel of laughs and to not take it too seriously. The shining star is my life is my 4 year old nephew, Levi – he reminds me everyday that life is beautiful, which is his most frequently used word.

I was born in NYC and raised in eastern Long Island in a town called Farmingville. Growing up with 2 younger, active brothers, made me into a tomboy and young athlete. In junior high and high school I played basketball, softball, volleyball, ran track and field (my least favorite) and played field hockey through college, which was my favorite of them all. I attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh, received a degree in teaching and taught computer programming to grades 4 through high school as my first real job. Also coached HS field hockey for a few seasons, which wasn’t nearly as much fun as playing. I was constantly fined by the referees for being on the field too much during play!

After teaching, I found a career in sports and retail marketing and merchandising, which I have loved – worked for 2 Olympic Games (Atlanta and SLC), FIFA World Cup Soccer in Paris, managed events for Foot Locker which got me to Super Bowls, and NBA, MLB and NHL all-star games. After the Salt Lake Olympics, I went back to school and got a degree in photography. After graduation, I shot professionally for a few years, mostly for magazines and sport organizations. I am currently the VP of Partnerships and Client Services at Huge Brands USA, which is a national merchandise development and production company based in Salt Lake.

When did you start CrossFit?

In 2012 I was training with a Personal Trainer in Brooklyn, NY and out of nowhere one day he said to me “Man this Spealler guy in Utah is amazing” Having befriended Jill a few years prior to that I thought “Hmmm, there can’t be that many Speallers in Utah”, so I google searched ‘Spealler Crossfit Utah’. The gym’s website came up and there was a video of Jill doing pushups on one of the CFPC website pages. Then I learned about Chris’s legacy and got real curious about the sport, so I asked my trainer to teach me some crossfit movements – needless to say he tried – but when I moved out to Park City and started at our gym in May 2013, I quickly learned that what I was doing in NY was not crossfit.

What keeps you going at CFPC?

So many things but mainly: the great community of people that motivate me every day, the life long friends I have made, that I can deadlift and clean a 50lb bag of cat litter onto my shoulder and carry it to a register, and squat while reading product labels on the bottom shelf in the grocery store for minutes on end, while everyone else in the store is bending from their hips!

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with crossfit?

For the first 6 months my struggle was adjusting to the altitude and learning to regulate my breathing, especially while running. My biggest overall struggle then improvement has been mobility. Since I’ve started with massages with Gerritt and learned what it takes to keep my body mobile, lose and limber, I feel that my movements and technique have been better.

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

Double Unders, Deadlifts, Pull-ups and hang power cleans

What is your favorite benchmark workout?

I actually have 3 – Annie, the hero WOD DT and Fight Gone Bad

If you could have a super power what would it be?

I would like the power to change hindsight into foresight – I believe this would save the human race from many bad decisions.

Terry and Aimee Preston | CrossFitters of the Month

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Congrats Terry and Aimee on being our next CrossFitters of the Month

From the Trainers:

“Proud of the Preston family as our CrossFitters of the month. I enjoy working with all of them and their dedication to healthy family living is inspiring. Keep it up!”-Doug

“I Love having Terry and Aimee in class. They both come in ready to attack a workout and use the time almost as a date for the two of them. They work hard and enjoy their hour here. I appreciate their dedication to technique and listening to their body when scaling may be needed. Lastly TP and Aimee set a great example for their three kiddos, two of which we have the pleasure of training. The boys work hard and want to get technique down (as well as get gainzzzz!) Great job Preston family! Keep it up.” -Kenzie

“It is awesome that Aimee continues use her amazing athletic background to crush the workouts and Terry continues to strive for the mediocrity that most former basketball players try to achieve….haha!. On a more serious note they are both great to have in the gym and are a lot of fun to be around. It is great that they have made fitness a family affair and they do an amazing job of leading by example for their kids.” -Eric

“The Preston family is awesome! From the dedication they show from parents to kids they are well deserving for CrossFit couple of the month. So cool to see their commitment to a healthy lifestyle have such a positive effect on their kids. Plus, I can pawn my Reebok gear off on them since no one else is my size.” -Chris

“Congrats to the Preston’s on being this months CrossFitters of the month. Amy and Terry are great and it’s always fun seeing them in the gym. They are very hard working in and out of the gym and it definitely shows even during the toughest of WODs. They’ve always made great improvements and have achieved incredible feats in the gym. I always love seeing them partner up on every partner WOD as husband and wife ready to take down and couple who oppose them! Of course it’s all in good fun! Even their young ones are on the rise in the gym so watch out for those younger Preston’s and the next generation. Keep up the great work guys! ” -Ryan

From the Prestons:

Who is Terry & Aimee?

We are proud parents of three (Chase 15, Alivia 12, Miles 10). Both transplants to Utah (locals now I guess after 24 yrs), we met at the University of Utah in 1992 both members of the University’s athletics department, Aimee competed on the UofU gymnastics team and Terry the U’s basketball team. Married 18 years we love living in Park City enjoying as a family all that our spectatcular community has to offer.

What do you both do for work?

Aimee is the Executive Director of the Youth Sports Alliance based in Park City, Utah. The Alliance supports winter sports activities for youth in Summit and Wasatch counties, promoting good sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles through participation, education and competition.

Terry is Area Vice President Cardiac Sales for St. Jude Medical and works throughout the Intermountain West.

Where are you from?

Aimee: Scottsdale Arizona;
Terry: Mequon, WI

When did you start CrossFit?

Terry began CF in late 2010,
Aimee early 2011

What keeps you going at CFPC?

CF has been a tremendous community to be a part of providing great coaching, high intensity work, in an atmosphere of very impressive individuals and a collective community. We have used CF as dedicated time together as a couple, it has provided us an outlet to achieve together and keep our sanity during stressful, busy schedules. Invaluable!

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Improvements: Strength gains, diet improvements (80/20 Paleo adoption), Mental clarity post workout!


Terry: All things flexibility, plateauing, taking rest days.
Aimee: Plowing through even when you shouldn’t. Trying to listen to my aging body and rest, lay off when needed.

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

TP- deadlifts, muscle-ups (bar or ring), run, OHS, HSPU
Aimee: Handstand pushups, uphill run, power snatch, toes to bar.

What is your favorite benchmark workout?

TP- Tie between Diane and Helen,
Aimee: Fran or Nancy

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Terry: Time travel
Aimee: moving objects with my mind

Brad Nickell | CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Brad on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Trainers

“Pumped for Brad to be awarded CrossFitter of the month! Brad’s attitude is always positive and on point. He, along with many great others, make the early morning classes very enjoyable and contributes to a great early morning community. Besides the humor at 5 in the morning makes you forget how early you had to wake up and starts your day of right haha! Glad to see Brad always pushing hard in his own personal gains, cheering on his friends, and creating fun and friendly community events outside of the gym walls. Keep it up B-Rad, can only go up from here!” Ryan

“I would never have picked Brad for CrossFitter of the month after he posted pictures of my calves on the facebook page as well as some of the other calf bashing he has done! Haha, just kidding. I actually appreciate the humor and the joking from Brad, especially at 5:15 am. He has made huge gains in his overall fitness since joining the gym that is due to his consistency, hard work, and working on the technique of the movements. It is awesome that he has found some pretty cool ways to use his fitness outside of the gym as well. Congrats Brad! Keep up the good work” Eric

“Great to see Brad up as CrossFitter of the month! I have seen some great gains in his body composition and performance over the years. Always willing to work hard and makes an effort to put in the time to do things right. Love the community aspect he works to bring to the gym as well. Congrats Brad!” Chris

“I nominate Brad for CrossFitter of the month because he brings such a great attitude to every workout (Especially at 5:15am) and makes a conscious effort to work on technique. Its really cool when he has a chance to come to class on the weekend and brings his son Hale to watch, he sets a great example! Way to be consistent Brad and happy to have you at CFPC!” Kenzie

“Excited for Brad to be CrossFitter of the month! Every time I see his smiling face at 5:15 am, he’s ready to rock. He has a great attitude and works hard during every class, all while working hard to maintain his technique. He’s great to be around and I’m glad to call him CrossFitter of the month!” Doug

From Brad

My wife is Janelle and our three kids: Hale (9), Kalynn (6), and John (5). I was raised in Iowa and lived in Colorado for 10 years before moving to PC. We have lived here for five years and love it.

I’m an avid mountain biker and love experiencing the outdoors with my kids.

For work I do business development for large electric power equipment. Simply put, I sell the all the stuff that moves electricity around the country.

My CF story is about my current job. I met Pete Jones at CF. One day we were chatting about what we did for work and realized that we were both involved in the electric energy, albeit very different aspects of it. At the time he was looking for someone to lead an aspect of his company. After a few weeks of discussion I decided to make the leap. Interestingly, I probably see Pete more at CF than I do at the office.

When did you start Crossfit?

March 2012 – I had been doing a “boot camp” workout program and was introduced to Crossfit by a neighbor and coworker. He gave me Chris’ number and said I should call him. Unbeknown to me was anything about Chris, the Crossfit Games, or that I was starting CF right in the middle of the Open. Needless to say it made for an interesting onboarding experience.

What keeps you going at CFPC?

The comradery of the 5:15 group, the challenge, and the training. After three years and I’m still being challenged by every movement and the trainers have been right there to help “correct” me.

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with Crossfit?

Biggest improvement is definitely my overall fitness gauged by the ability to just keep going and doing whatever it is. It’s amazing how CF has changed my mountain biking. My biggest struggle is with doubleunders. After three years I really still can’t do them…at all.

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

Wall balls, HSPUs, and rowing.

What is your favorite benchmark workout?


If you could have a super power what would it be?

The ability to heal

Three interesting things I’ve learned at CF

* I am still amazed at how we all have movements that we excel at and others that we can’t seem to master

* Small improvements in technique yield great gains to your PRs

* Satisfaction is achieved by deriving pleasure from self-imposed suffering

Kris Dougherty | CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Kris on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Trainers

“When Kris first came to CFPC I honestly didn’t know if she was going to stick with it or not…..not because the workouts were too hard or anything but because she came from an endurance background and I think she was probably a bit skeptical and hesitant at first. I am really glad she chose to stick around! She has been consistent, works hard and is just a ton of fun to be around. I appreciate that she doesn’t complain and she just puts forth a good effort all the time. Keep up the great work Kris”- Eric

“Good to see Kris still loving it and continuing to work hard after all the years she’s been with us. She’s always dedicated to showing up and getting her workout in, but the best part is she is always smiling and having a good time. No matter how crazy the workout is she’s always there cracking jokes and bringing in the humor at the right time. Always count her in to be there with her 5:30 peeps and cheering one another on until the end! Nice work Kris! “- Ryan

“Kris is the quiet and dedicated one in the gym. A true runner that has taken on CrossFit for a well rounded base. It’s been great to see her improvements over the years and a pleasure to have her in class. Always listening and working hard. “- Chris

“Kris was one of the first people I met at CrossFit Park City! She set the example of consistency, determination and hard work. She has been a role model for me since! I appreciate having her in class as she brings a fun & positive attitude to the 5:30pm classes. Way to go Kris!” -Kenzie

From Kris:

First of all let me start by thanking Chris, Doug, Eric, Kenzie, and Ryan for this! I’m humbled that you guys would nominate me, Thank-you!

I was born in St. Augustine, Florida. My Dad’s job moved us to Salt Lake City when I was 8. I moved back and forth from SLC to Florida a few times and ended up settling in Salt Lake. I went to Judge Memorial High School, followed by the University of Utah where I majored in Computer Science. After college, I got married, lived in DC, Pensacola Florida, Yuma Arizona, Shreveport Louisiana, and returned to the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, Park City, Utah. I share my life with my wonderful and amazing son, Fisher, and our furry canine, Henry.

For the past 7 years I’ve worked for a company in Park City called Lifestyle Electronics. I program and create graphics for user interfaces (iPad’s, in-wall touchscreens, iPhone’s) for Smart Home control. I control things like house audio & video, theaters, lighting, blinds, HVAC, hot-tubs, driveway heaters, garage doors, cameras, door locks, security, safe rooms, wine rooms, etc. Anything you can think of really.

When did you start Crossfit?

I started Crossfit PC when it was across the parking lot in the old location. I believe it’s been almost 6 years ago! Back when Sarah Spealler was my son’s first grade teacher and Eric O’Connor was his P.E. coach. I was reluctant to try Crossfit, I had never lifted weights and I was afraid I would injure myself or end up looking like a professional body builder. Ridiculous right! I’m happy to report that I’ve never been injured thanks to the incredible coaching we have here at Crossfit PC. I know our safety is their number one priority and I’m so thankful for that. As far as looking like a professional body builder… Yeah right, I wish! I’d just like to RX a workout!

What keeps me going at Crossfit?

The community, the coaches, the variety, the FUN! I love to trail run, hike, mountain bike, ski, surf, you name it, if its outdoors I want to do it or try it. Bottom line, Crossfit allows me to do all these things without ending up on a stretcher at the end of the weekend! The Crossfit PC community is amazing too. I love the energy of the afternoon classes, everyone is so nice, supportive, and funny! It’s a place I look forward to going after a long day at work.

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with Crossfit?

Biggest struggle, overhead squats and push-ups. Biggest improvements, everything, but to be specific I guess I’d say cleans and rope climbs.

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

How about some trail running, mixed in with some deadlifts, pull-ups, and rope climbs!

What is your favorite benchmark workout?

Angie! I still have to do the push-ups on my knees though, they kill me!

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Healing. But if I can’t have that one I’d take mind control, that could get interesting J

Mikelle and Riley | CrossFitters of the Month

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Congrats Mikelle and Riley on being our next CrossFitter’s of the Month

From the Trainers

“I haven’t yet had the pleasure of working with Riley or Mikelle personally, but after watching their performances in the Open I can say our next generation has a bright and strong future. These two were awesome to watch not only because of their performances, but also because of their motivation and encouragement they expressed for one another. They were always there to cheer one another on and push themselves to new height and new limits. Keep training hard and smart girls cause you have a bright future ahead of you! Oh and for Mikelle, GO UTES!”- Ryan

“Riley and Mikelle are the future of CrossFit Park City! They both showed great determination and support of one another and their peers throughout the open. It’s refreshing to see kids that are embracing a whole new lifestyle of fitness and hard work. Congrats to the two of you. It was inspiring to watch you work!” – Chris

“I nominated Riley Weldon and Mikelle Losee for our Crossfitters of the Month after witnessing amazing strength and determination during the 2015 CF Open. Both girls were exposed to movements we have not done in our teens class and tackled them with grace! I have the privilege of working with the girls in our Teens class and am always impressed by their work ethic. They come in excited and are determined improve their skills. Recently Mikelle Clean & Jerked 100 pounds and Riley got her first Handstand pushup! How cool is that? These girls are on their way to great things! Congrats ladies!”- Kenzie

“It have been great getting to coach Mikelle and Riley in the teen class. Not only have I gotten to see them grow with their physical performances but I have also seen them grow into awesome young adults that are just great to be around. I think they have both found that they are much more physically capable than they thought was possible before and challenging themselves by participating in the Open helped them to realized this more as I saw them do things they previously had not done and push themselves to levels that they perhaps had not gone to before. I’m really proud of you guys for more than just participating in Open but for your effort all the time, for your attitudes, and the way you continue to grow physically and psychologically. Keep up the great work”- Eric

“Mikelle and Riley are awesome! It was great to see them go for it during The Open, especially with the events which were out of their comfort zone. Their great attitude and positive energy is an asset to our community, and I always look forward to seeing them around the gym. Congrats ladies!” -Doug

From mama Kim of Mikelle

I couldn’t be more pleased or proud that Mikelle has been nominated for Crossfitter of the month. Not only has Crossfit helped her improved her fitness, it has taught her learn how to work harder and dig deeper in everything she does. Mikelle runs on the Park City High School track team as a freshman and is faster, stronger, and more detected than ever, thanks to Crossfit. Mikelle has lived in Park City her whole life. Being a member of Crossfit has helped her be more involved with her community. I’m thankful that Crossfit Park City includes her as one of the family.

From Mikelle

I started Crossfit in the heat of last July. I can’t tell you how much I love Crossfit. It was always a challenge for me to get my butt off my couch and go work out. Now, because of my strange addiction to Crossfit, there is no contemplating weather to go to work out or not. The amount of happiness I get from just walking through the doors of CFPC is amazing. The coaches and the people are just so awesome, and they motivate me to come back again, and again. While I’m there I am motivated by my coaches, Kenzie and Eric, and also by my peers.

When I started Crossfit I couldn’t do a pull-up, or even a proper squat. With hard work, dedication, and lots of time, I can now do countless kipping pull-ups and squats are probably one of my favorite exercises. If I could design a workout it would have kipping pull-ups (of course), burpees, box jumps, back squats, and handstand holds (on the wall). My favorite workout so far was the one we did before Thanksgiving that was called ‘Merry Thanksgiving’ and all I remember about it, is that there were a lot of reps, and I couldn’t walk the next day. And for some very strange reason I love the feeling when your legs hurt so much that it is difficult to walk. It sort of makes me feel like I know I worked hard. If I could have a super power I would be to save lives that were in danger no matter what the situation.

I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to all my coaches who have helped me in my ‘Crossfit journey’. Eric and Kenzie, I would be no where without you guys. You both are really awesome coaches and I’m blessed to have you guys as my daily coaches. Chris, thanks to you I can finally do pull-ups and dead lifts without wanting to jump off a cliff halfway through my workout! Yay! Doug, thanks for always giving me crap, it means a lot. Shannon, thank you for guiding me through the rough challenges of the Paleo diet, and also helping me with my science project, I will miss you!

From mama Julie of Riley

Riley is an 8th grader at Treasure Mountain here in town. She was born two months early in Philadelphia and almost didn’t survive. Riley has been a fighter since the beginning! She’s an amazing big sister to Luke and Finley, the compassion and patience she possesses with them are greater than most adults we know.

We’re extremely proud of Riley for stepping out of her comfort zone, believing in herself and finding the confidence to participate in the CrossFit Open. She learned a lot about herself and what she’s capable of! We can’t wait to see her tackle the Open in 2016!

Riley started CrossFit Kids with Eric when she was 7 years old.

From Riley

What keeps you going at CFPC?
I keep going to crossfit because I like how it makes me feel really good after I’m done, it makes me feel like I have done something well that day.

What do they feel have been their biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvement and struggle has been handstand push-ups because I got my first couple in the open but I had a lot of trouble doing them!!!

If they could design a workout what would be in it?
If I could design a workout it would be handstand push-ups, squat cleans, and pull-ups

What is their favorite workout?
I like rowing, thrusters, front squats, burpees,..

If they could have a super power what would it be?
If I could have a super power, it would be super fast speed

Nathalie Pepito |CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Nat on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Trainers:

“Nat has been doing an amazing job the last couple of months by putting extra focus on her nutrition and by taking extra time to focus on technique by utilizing skills sessions. It has been awesome to see her hit a lot of “firsts” the last couple of months due to this effort and I love to see when hard work pays off! She also does an amazing job of dancing to Michael Jacksons song “Thriller”, the choreography and the moves are on point!!” -Eric

“Always great to see Nat in the class setting. I have also had the pleasure to do some one on one work with her and it’s awesome to see things “click” for her and watch her improvements. Well done on the paleo challenge, your consistency in the gym, and your great attitude. It has paid off without a doubt. ” -Chris

“Nat Pepito embodies the term CrossFitter of the month, if not Year! You can find her in programmed class, Open gym, OPEN prep class, and taking advantage of personal trainings! She has such a drive to improve her technique and she works on it endlessly. Most recently she tackled the PALEO challenge and the results paid off! She looks great and feels great. Way to go Nat p!” -Kenzie

“Nat is awesome! She’s been one of the most regular attendees in classes since we started checking in and has seen results because of it. Her dedication to her diet has given her a huge boost and she’s setting new PR’s every week! Awesome Nat!” -Doug

“Nat is the definition of the term ‘Attack your weaknesses.’ She has worked so hard in every class, every prep class, barbell class, one on ones, you name it she has done it to improve her overall fitness. Her improvement in and out of the gym has been as awesome as it is inspiring! Always brings energy to the class and is always willing to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. No matter the workout, movement, or scheme of things Nat will always be there. Great Job Nat!” -Ryan

From Nat:

Who is Momma Pepito?

I was born in Queens, New York and moved to Dallas, Tx when I was 6 years old. Needless to say I was not happy growing up in Texas so I decided to join the Marine Corps. Best decision I have ever made! I met my husband in the Marines.

I am a mother of two awesome kids, Andrew, who is 24 and Kalynn, who is 21.

I am a former Marine, who eloped to Las Vegas at the age of 18 with my hubby Andy Pepito.

After we got out of the service we moved to Long Island and I was a Postal Worker for 11 years. We decided to move to Park City in August of 2002 after visiting my family that previous winter.

We packed up and started over. I went into the daycare business with my Mother and Andy started a new landscape company.

Little did we know that 3 months later, I would be diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Obviously, I kicked cancer’s ass and have been cancer free for 13 years.

What do you do for work?

I am the owner of The Kids Cabin, an hourly daycare facility here in Park City.

I grew up in the in home daycare environment. My mom did this for a living and I was always very involved with the kids in my house. When we moved to Park City, I decided to give Daycare a try and discovered that I was really really good at it! Who knew!

I love my job and work all the time!

1) When did you start crossfit?

I started crossfit at Silver Mountain in July of 2012 and I loved the concept and I wasn’t bored anymore. I worked out with Andy Cordray and Mike Bacon for a while, and they moved to CFPC. Andy came into my Daycare one day and told me that I HAD to go to CFPC for real CrossFit.

So Andy, Andrew, and I joined CFPC in March of 2013. It was a rude awakening to say the least!

I couldn’t do any of the lifts and couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life.

One thing that stood out to me was the community. I made so many new friends within 3 months of joining and I consider them family!

2)What keeps you going at CFPC?

CFPC is my therapy. It takes away the stresses of running two daycares and life in general.
I get bored easily and Crossfit keeps me on my toes always. There is ALWAYS something to improve upon. It never ends and that is good!

3)What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with crossfit?

My biggest improvements in Crossfit have been Pull-ups in general. I have never ever been able to do any kind of pull-up and it took me a year and a half to get one! Now I can do chest to bars.

My biggest struggles continue to be my fear of lifting heavy weight and running. I am getting better with this…the struggle is real!

4) If you could design a workout what would be in it?

If I could design a workout it would have pull-ups, burpees, and snatches in it.

5) What is your favorite benchmark workout?

I love Annie.

6) If you could have a super power what would it be?

My superpower would be telekinesis!

Wanye Hall |CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Wayne on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Coaches:
“Wayne is great to have in the gym. He asks good questions of the particularities of the movements to further his understanding and has a fun demeanor to him. He has been consistent and does not cherry pick the WODs, even if they are workouts that contain a bit of running. I heard a while back that he went to a competition to support our gym members he ended up participating in the competition on the spot to help out the team when one of the team members could not finish……that is just plain cool”- Eric

“Love seeing Wayne in the gym. He is the quiet beast. Although he already moves well he takes the time to listen to the coaches and improve during the instruction portion of the class. You can also find him making use of open gym hours working on Olympic lifting which is always bonus points in my book. Great attitude and supports those around him in workouts, team or individual. Guys like Wayne make my job easy as a coach.”- Chris

“Wayne likes to keep a low profile at the gym and while he is lifting an insane amount of weight he hates to draw attention to his successes in the gym. Although heavy lifting is his strong suit he continues to work on his endurance and takes advantage of open gym hours to improve his skills. I love having Wayne in class because he’s quick to crack a joke and is appreciative of trainer feedback. I also nominate Wanye because he jumped in when we needed someone during the Lululemon throwdown a few months back. Well deserved Wanye!!!”-Kenzie

“Wayne is great to have in the gym! I’ve gotten to know him a bit more and he’s great to be around, easy going, fun, and funny. He works hard in the gym and I love to see him push his limits with the Olympic lifts. Congrats Wayne!!!”-Doug

“I’m super pumped to have Wayne as a member of our gym and our community. His love for Olympic lifts and throwing around heavy barbells always keeps him coming back for more during any open gym time. He also shows up and does a workout he doesn’t want any part of just because he knows it will further improve his skills. With all the support we have shown Wayne he gives it back just as much by being the ultimate fan. Wayne has shown his support to me by always coming to watch me perform at any local competition and cheers loud even when I’m at the brink of devastation! He even came out of the crowd and jumped in on the competition when an extra man was needed, in loafers! Congrats Wayne, glad to have you part of our CrossFit PC family! ” -Ryan

” don’t get the chance to work with Wayne very often, but when I do I love his work ethic and positiveness. He’s always open to suggestions and cues, and that combined with his consistency has lead to great improvement. Congrats, Wayne!” -Shannon

From Wayne:
Wow, this was a completely unexpected but pleasant surprise. I still feel like the new kid who just moved into the neighborhood but I guess it has been almost a year since I moved to Park City. Thanks to Chris, Eric, Kenzie, Doug, Ryan & Shannon for considering me, I couldn’t have found a better community to become a part of. It is a great feeling to watch and follow an athlete you are inspired by and when you get the chance to meet them in person they are even nicer and more humble than you could have imagined. Chris was that person for me. The gym and community that he has built is incredible. Through my travels I have had a chance to train in dozens of CrossFit boxes and I have never seen such a great staff as we have. I don’t think I know of a CrossFit affiliate besides Park City with 3 coaches who are part of the Crossfit HQ Seminar Staff.

So, who is this new guy… This Wayne character. Well I was born and raised in Ohio. I grew up playing football, basketball and baseball like most kids. I really loved basketball but the elusive growth spurt never hit and in junior high I started focusing on wrestling and football. Since there would be no growth spurt, I realized I would have to work harder in the weight room than anyone else in order to compete. That is where my love of the barbell started and still continues to this day. I was fortunate enough to continue playing football in college and started for 3 years as a running back at Baldwin Wallace College. After those 4 years I wasn’t ready to join the workforce so I accepted a scholarship to get my Master’s Degree in finance at the University of Akron. This gave me two years to figure out what the hell I wanted to do. After graduating I boarded a greyhound bus headed for New York City for the first time to start a career as a trader on Wall Street. I worked as an equity trader for several Institutional Money managers. This led to an opportunity to join a new startup Money Management firm, Integrity Asset Management. We built the firm over the next 7 years and then were acquired by a large capital management firm in 2011. The purchase of our company afforded me the chance to work for myself and over the past 3 years I have been keeping the electric on by trading my own personal accounts.

In grad school I got the chance to take a spring break trip with friends out to Colorado for a snowboarding trip. The first time I saw the mountains on that trip, I knew I would be trying to find a way to get back to them and find a way to live in a ski town. The purchase of our company handed me that opportunity to get back to the mountains and that is how I find myself in the land of powder, Utah. Now if someone could just tell me where they hide the stuff that would be great.

When did i start this thing called Crossfit?

In 2010 I was planning a trip to Park City for a snowboarding trip with friends. Sitting behind a desk staring at screens all day did not seem to be the prescribed training regimen for a week long powder fest. Another trader had recommended that I try this thing called CrossFit and brought me along to CrossFit Cleveland. I was completely crushed by the first workout and found what I had been missing in my life after finishing competitive sports in college.

What keeps me at CFPC?

The trainers are phenomenal and the community is top notch.

Biggest Improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

My biggest struggle has always been with the gymnastic movements (rings) and that weird thing they call running. I would be very happy if they locked us in the gym and forced us to work only with barbells and kettlebells. I know this is a pipe dream and so I am determined to get better at running, unfortunately I think that means I am gonna have to run more.

If I could Design my own workout…

It would involve no running, maybe some rowing, definitely some pullups and hand stand pushups all intertwined with a few heavy barbell movements in it. – Ok trainers come up with a good one for me 🙂

Favorite Benchmark workout

I like the short and sweet ones. I’m pretty good at Grace but if I want to know where my current fitness level is I turn to FRAN. Its a bit sadistic but it lets me know where I am at pretty quickly.

Super Power I would want most?

I hate to be a copycat but Anna and her skill of teleportation would be the best superpower. Whats that? It just dropped 2 feet of fluff in Japan. Boom, I’m there and back in time for the 4:30 workout.

Evan and Anna Miller | CrossFitters of the Month

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Congrats Evan & Anna for being our next CrossFitters of the Month

From the Coaches:

“Evan and Anna are outstanding examples of what it’s like to have strong community support in and out of the gym. They love being as social as possible with everyone in the gym and even like to bring the party to their own house on a daily basis, Millertime! They have really been there for us in the past few years. From throwing a Mountain Meltdown to celebrating your PRs just a big as you do they are a great addition to the community. Well earned and well deserved guys! Can’t wait to see you accomplish even more in the future here.”-Ryan

“I nominate Anna and Evan for CrossFit Couple of the month because of their involvement in all things Gym related. Not only have they dedicated their fitness to CrossFit they have embraced the lifestyle associated with it. They eat paleo, they promote our community, they engage in CFPC events, and are always cheering members on in the gym. I love their commitment and believe they could not be a better fit for Crossfit Couple of the month.” Kenz

“Evan and Anna are AWESOME! I am really glad that they are a part of our community and appreciate the impact that they have had on the gym as a whole. In the gym they work hard and as well as providing some humor and fun elements to the classes as well. I look forward to the adventures that await them!!” Eric

“Evan and Anna rock! Their investment in the community is awesome and they are a wonderful addition to the gym. They make the gym a better place and I’m excited to see them every day. Keep it up!” Doug

“Anna and Evan are more than deserving of the CrossFit Couple of the Month! Their support in and out of the gym for our community has been amazing. I love how they take the time and make great efforts to pull people together for fun activities. Their efforts in the gym are equally awesome, with personalities that make CFPC what it is! Congrats you two.”-Shannon

“Love seeing Evan and Anna in the gym. They have been a dedicated couple in their fitness and have been a huge part of the CrossFit PC community. Their investment in their own fitness and the relationships they have built with others in the gym has been fun to watch and be a part of. Plus, I’ve heard of some epic cheats after paleo challenges that you can count on from them. ” Chris

From Evan & Anna:

Wow! Thank you so much for nominating Millertime for CrossFitters of the Month! Super excited! Millertime consists of Anna Michalko-Miller and Evan Miller, both originally from the Twin Cities, MN and have lived in Utah since 2007. In addition to the Charley Brown Dog, our family is expecting to grow with our first little addition arriving in August! The passion of Anna’s work-life is teaching, and has been teaching Elementary School for 10 years. Evan is a “Marketing Gun for Hire”… whatever that means. We warn everyone that comes to stay with us for a couple day ski vacation to be careful, because you might just find yourself still here enjoying life 8 years later.

We cannot thank the sport of CrossFit, and CrossFit Park City, enough for the personal impact that it’s had on our lives. The Paleo challenges, the Framily that we’ve grown to love in the parking lots of Regionals, to the trip we all embarked on to go down to the Games together and whatever future craziness we have planned. We thank you all for the impact each and every one of you has on our day-to-day lives and well-being (yes, even Bacon).

CrossFit Questions:
A: I started CrossFit over in Heber in Nov 2011, and tricked Evan into coming a couple weeks later. We started at CFPC in Aug of 2012

What keeps you going at CFPC?
E: The trainers. I’ve had the privilege of dropping in all over the country, and you cannot beat our Trainers.
A: My friends. And dance parties.

Biggest Improvements/Struggles with CrossFit?
A: Increases in overall fitness and energy level – still struggle with gymnastic movements
E: 2014 was a really good year for me, and the extra training I put in with Doug really showed me that I am capable of PR’ing everything. All the PR are belong to me.

IF you could design a workout, what would be in it?
A: Dancing in the “rest” between barbell movements.
E: Something like “The 50’s” from last year that really challenges my weaknesses on gymnastics, but let’s me play with a barbell too.

Favorite benchmark workout?
A: Dirty 30! and Team Workouts like in the Team Series.
E: Helen. Because I’m not good at it, and it’s always a terrible fight.

Super Power?
E: You’re seriously asking the nerd that question? How about the ability to regenerate damaged, or destroyed, areas of cell structure at a rate far greater than that of an ordinary human. And I’ll take an adamantium skeleton while you’re at it.
A: Umm… Teleport without Evan, and the ability to steal Evan’s powers if I need to.

Kim Denkers | CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Kim on begin our next CrossFitter of the Month

Why we chose Kim this month?

“Kim is the . She is actually fun to be around at the dreaded hour of 5:15 am and this is definitely appreciated by me! Love the fact that you have been doing this for a long time and seem to have been able to keep motivated and have been working harder on finding the “pain cave”. Proud of you Kim and the progress that you have made. Keep up the great work!”- Eric

“Kim rocks! Her great attitude and consistent effort help her see results. She works hard, is great to be around, and brings a wonderful presence to the gym! Congrats Kim!”-Doug

“I’ve noticed that Kim has recently been putting in a lot of work and effort in drilling her form and technique. She’s taken extra time after class and during open gym to back the weights down and work purely on perfecting the movement outside the workouts. Your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed Kim and you definitely are well deserving of CrossFitter of the month. Congrats Kim!” -Ryan

“Kim is awesome! Always has a good attitude, has worked through some little nagging tweaks here and there, listens to her body, and pushes herself when the time is right. Always a pleasure to have in class and coach. Congrats Kim, well deserved! ” -Chris

“I nominate Kim Denkers for CrossFitter of the month because she has taken the time to work on some of her weaknesses, including overhead squats and handstand push ups. She continues to get stronger in these movements and sets and excellent of example of consistency. I appreciate having her in class as she is supportive of other members and focuses on technique under duress. Way to go Kim!” -Kenzie

“Kim is greatly deserving of CrossFitter of the Month. She sets a such a good example by taking time to work on her goals and weaknesses. Kim is smart with her training and always a pleasure to work with. Congrats, Kim!”- Shannon

From Kim

Who is Kim Denkers you ask??? Someone who is in utter and total shock. This is such a huge surprise. It has taken days for me to wrap my head around this incredible gift of being nominated as Crossfitter of the month. Thank you Eric, Chris, Kenzie, Doug, Ryan, and Shannon. You have all been such an intricate part if this journey and I appreciate how each of you has made an impact. Your knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment make Crossfit PC an amazing and unique place.
I am a 1st grade teacher at The Weilenmann School of Discovery. I completely LOVE teaching. Even on those challenging days, I am super psyched to walk into my classroom . Everyday is an absolute adventure!

I grew up in Western Massachusetts and went to college in Vermont. I moved to Park City in 1992. It was only supposed to be here for 6 months; but as we all know…

It didn’t take long for me to realize how special this place was so I settled in and never looked back. 22 years later I have an incredible life filled with my amazing family, friends, and adventures.

I met my husband, Blake, 16 years ago. We have been married for 13 years. He was the one who encouraged me to try Crossfit. He literally took both hands and pushed me through the front doors. Together we have an 11 year old son. Kellen keeps us enjoying life with the love of comp baseball, comp basketball, skiing, mountain biking, and ocean adventures. It is with my family that I experience my most joyful moments!

I started Crossfitting in the spring/summer of 2011. I started out slowly; I attended only 1, 2 maybe in a blue moon, 3 classes a week. It was not uncommon for me to also skip a week here or there. At first Crossfit was the most intimidating thing I had ever faced. Just walking through the door made we want to cry. My head was filled with every insecurity imaginable. I had this notion that I needed to be super strong, super talented, super athletic, super perfect.

Even with all of my insecurities I kept coming. It was around the fall of 2012 that I had a moment where I said to myself, “Enough, you either go for it, embrace it or give it up.” It was then that I committed myself to going 4 days a week, every week without excuse. I became fully invested. I prepared to do anything I needed to follow through with my new commitment. As I began to chip away, and the weeks passed I noticed small improvements. I noticed small successes. I noticed small proud moments. Walking through the door now brought an excitement, eagerness, and a new found sense of confidence.

I continue to keep coming because my Crossfit carpool depends on me to pick them up at 5:10 a.m. 🙂

No, just kidding… I keep going because I want to keep climbing that ladder which brings me one step closer to the next thing. I want to keep pealing back the onion so that I can discover what else is there. With every class I move closer to something, whatever that something can may be.

I keep going back because I like that feeling of being committed to something. I love that Crossfit is there for me not matter what is going in my life. It is dependable and it is my constant.

I keep coming back because I love that I have developed such fabulous, supportive friendships. It is an honor to watch as these amazing people work hard and find success. I love to watch as this Crossfit community is in it together and we participate along side one another.

I love that I learn about healthy eating and proper nutrition.

I love that there are no failures, but rather I can just keep trying again the next time I am in the box.

I keep coming back because truly there is no other place that I would rather be!!!

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with crossfit?

Biggest improvement- over coming the mental message “I can’t” and replacing it with “I am.”
Biggest struggle- linking together those dang double unders!!! UGGGH!

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

A workout that has us working together in teams. A little bit of something from all modalities: med ball cleans, box jumps, hang power clean, rope climb or farmer walk, and a little plank hold at the end. Let’s throw in a 25 minute AMRAP.

What is your favorite benchmark workout?

I don’t know about “favorite” but it’s a strong “like”
Filthy Fifty

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Superhuman Agility– It would be so cool to have lightning-fast reaction time, great flexibility, and excellent jumping capacity. Crossfit would be a piece of cake!

Doug Vanderkooi | CrossFitter of the Month

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Congrats Doug on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

Why we chose Doug:

“Congrats to Dougster the Hugster! Doug’s great attitude and willingness to work hard have given him great results. I appreciate his even keeled approach, solid effort, and coachablity in class and love to work with him. Congratulations Doug!”- Doug Z.

“Doug has always exhibited great motivation and dedication over the past years. No matter the workout out or time of day Doug always makes it to class with a smile on his face. He puts 110% into what ever he’s doing and whatever he’s working on, but is always one to laugh it off and have good time doing it. Nice Job Doug, keep up that perfect attendance! “- Ryan R

“Doug V has been a member at CFPC for 3 years and I can honestly say he is one of the most consistent members. I’ve appreciated his coach-ability and willingness to push the boundaries of his comfort zone. Every morning Doug arrives he works on some accessory work which has proved to be helpful in his squat and posterior chain strength. Thank you for your positive attitude, your consistency, and your sense of humor! Way to go DOUG!” Kenzie G.

“Doug has shown consistency and is never complaining in the gym. Although things may be difficult he is always up for the challenge, scaling appropriately, and maintaining good technique. Maybe I’ll be like Doug someday!” Chris S.

“Doug certainly deserves to be our CrossFitter of the month for his awesome positive attitude and consistency in the gym. He is always a pleasure to work with, take cues well, and sets a great example for all of us!” Shannon D.

“Doug always seems to have a positive and laid back attitude when he comes into the gym. I don’t think I have ever heard him complain about a movement or workout and this is a great attitude to have. He works hard and focuses on doing the movements well. He has progressed a ton since he first started and this is due to his awesome attitude, effort, and consistency. Great job Doug, you are the man.” Eric O.

A little feedback from Doug:

When I got the email from Kenzie that I was nominated for CrossFitter of the Month, I thought “WOW!” Then I showed it to my wife and she laughed hysterically, “Maybe they’re just trying to get you to leave the nest and quit going to the Elements class”. Despite what my wife thinks, I’m honored to be CrossFitter of the Month and appreciate all the trainers for even considering me, let alone nominating me. Thank you Chris, Eric, Kenzie, Doug, Ryan & Shannon! You’ve all been a great help and I’ve learned a lot from each of you but most of all – you make CrossFit fun.

I was raised in Northern New Jersey and spent my first 44 years there. You can make all the jokes you want, but NJ’s a great place and I still think of it as home. After graduating from Rutgers, I worked a few years as an engineer for the DoD. I then decided to go to law school (again Rutgers), where I was lucky enough to meet my awesome, beautiful wife Bonita. I spent some time as a tax attorney for a large NJ law firm, and then decided lawyering wasn’t for me and spent the next 20 years working for State Farm Insurance. I thought I retired at the end of last year but my wife decided otherwise and I’m now working for Bonita in her State Farm Agency.

I grew up playing the traditional sports, baseball, football, basketball and stayed pretty active with those into my 40’s. I always liked playing games but never thought of it as exercise or fitness. Started skiing after college but was never any good at it. I never had any intention of leaving NJ, but in 2002 work brought Bonita and me to UT and we’ve loved it ever since. I found out snowboarding is a lot easier than skiing and it’s now about my favorite thing to do.

I’ve always tried to stay active but I never liked exercise for the sake of exercise and was never motivated enough for any kind of organized fitness program. We had some friends who were CrossFitters and Bonita wanted to give it a try. She didn’t want to go alone so she dragged me to the one on ones with Chris & Eric, signed us up and 3 years later I’m surprisingly still at it. I think what keeps me Crossfitting is that it doesn’t seem like exercise for the sake of exercise. I like the variety, the trainers and my classmates who always make it an enjoyable, comfortable place to go. And, it’s something Bonita and I have fun doing together.

I don’t think I realized how unfit I was until I started CrossFit. CrossFit has definitely improved my overall fitness and strength. Even my flexibility is better. When I started, squats were a real struggle and forget about the couch stretch. They’re still not pretty but I’m getting there. A lot of the CrossFit movements can still give me trouble at times but my biggest challenge continues to be endurance and the mental side of CrossFit. I sometimes find the longer, high volume WODs to be daunting. And, as Bonita will tell you, I’ve never been much good at counting. If I had to program my own workout, it would be an 8-12 minute AMRAP of 4-5 low rep movements (and no running!). I probably like Cindy the best of the benchmark workouts. Although it’s longer, I’m not stuck doing any one thing too long.

I never really gave much thought to superpowers but I’d like to go back in time. Not to change anything but just to see what it was like to live 100-200 years ago. I think it would be a good reminder of how good we have it today.