Stephanie Pearce: Featured March 2018
Meet March’s Athlete of the Month, Stephanie Pearce. Stephanie has been with CrossFit Nexus since its birth. She embodies all of the values of Nexus. Stephanie strives to better her nutrition, mind and body. Making the connections between all three to live a life of health and happiness.
Stephanie is also the athlete that goes above and beyond to know everyone. In class or in the gym, she greets you with that infectious smile and takes a real interest in you and how you’re doing. She truly embodies the community of support that CrossFit Nexus strives for.
Read Stephanie’s Story:
“What brought me to CrossFit? I had done some functional training in the past, and I had heard of CrossFit but never tried it (I admit I was one of those people that made fun of it, oops!). Two years ago I saw a Facebook post saying there was CrossFit in Belton and I had to check it out for myself.
What was my first impression and how has it changed? The first one is funny – I was surprised at how young my coaches were and surprised to see that one of my high school classmates was their business partner (I went to a small school). Also, I felt REALLY out of shape after the first few workouts. After a few classes, I realized how much thought Trey and Ashleigh put into their gym, and how much they wanted to get to know their members. They have always asked how I feel about things, and how I’m doing. I appreciate how much they care about all of us.
What was my first “bright spot”? Oh man, it’s been awhile now so I’m not sure if it’s the first, but I remember being very excited the first time I cleaned 85 pounds. That was huge for me.
Right now I’m working on consistency – training and nutrition. Between regular class attendance and nutrition coaching with Sam, I’m having some great results. Losing weight and gaining strength!
There are too many favorite Nexus memories to count, but I will say that my favorite times are when we pack the gym to do a hero WOD. There is a special energy in the box on those days.”
Matt Pruett: Featured February 2018
Meet February‘s Athlete of the Month, Matt Pruett. Matt won our “Most Improved Male of the Year” award at Nexus’ fanciest party. He’s committed to improving his health and fitness. Not only do his coaches see it but so does the community that loves him.
“What brought me to CrossFit? Well, Ashley started doing CrossFit before we met and after watching the games with her, I became intrigued and decided to give it a shot!
It was a big change from what I was used to. I was always the person who wanted to be left alone with just my music and my workout! Now, I love the community, the camaraderie, and I can’t imagine going back!
What was my first “bright spot”? Not sure if it was my FIRST one, but after being here for less than 2 months, I survived last year’s 12 days of Christmas WOD! Now I’m working on kipping HSPUs and stringing together pull-ups.
My favorite Nexus memory was probably doing my first real snatch during an open workout last year.”
Kim Robinson: Featured January 2018
“I was heaviest and most unhealthy I had ever been coming into 2017. Knowing I needed to make a drastic change for myself, I saw an ad on social media about the Rise Challenge at Nexus. I had always been secretly obsessed with Crossfit, following all the athletes and watching the Games. Waffling back a forth for a day or two, I finally called and made an appointment to sign up. After one week of the Rise Challenge, I was hooked.
It was hard and intimidating at first but as my skills progressed so did my love for what I was doing. There were definitely times I said to myself, “You’ll never do that, but you can at least try”. A year later, it is still hard and intimidating sometimes but my mindset has changed the most. Those things I thought I’d never do are now my biggest accomplishments. I’ve loved the atmosphere and community from the start. These people are truly amazing and motivate me every day.
My first bright spot was doing kipping pull ups. I was in the middle of a WOD one day and just did one. I had never been able to do any sort of pull up before so this was huge for me!
What am I working on now? Stringing together kipping pull ups and HSPU’s, just trying to be more efficient when doing them during workouts. I’d really, really like to get a muscle up!!! Also, Trey has talked a lot lately about mindset during the workout, so I’ve really been working on that too. I am also super excited for Open prep!
My favorite Nexus memory? I feel like I have so many in just one year!! My favorite memory so far is probably doing Murph last year. It was my first event where I got to see the whole community working together, cheering everyone on and doing a really tough workout. It was so much fun and I cannot wait to do it again this year.”
Dustin Eckart: Featured December 2017
“What brought me to Crossfit was the barbells and the jungle gym. It’s an adults playground! I got tired of doing the same workouts every day and still struggled to make it up a flight of stairs.
When you walk into a room full of people throwing weights around, yelling, and the music is blaring, your first thought is “these people are nuts”.
There’s nothing like the CrossFit community. You walk into the gym and people you don’t even know treat you like family. You warm-up together, then somewhere in the middle everyone makes a stop at the pain cave (famous words from coach Trey). The workout ends with almost everyone lying on the floor. CrossFit is different, it takes a certain type of person to appreciate what it brings to the table. I’ve learned to embrace the pain, to live with it and use it to become a better person. Become better at every aspect of your life.
My first bright spot was the first time I climbed the rope and reached the top. That was the first time I’ve ever made it to the top. I was pretty much on cloud nine. Everything that I do on a rope now is just an added bonus!
What am I working on now? I guess the question is what am I not working on? At this moment I’ve been working on ignoring this irrational fear of not being able to do certain movements. You know when you’re a kid and you see someone do something really cool and you’re like “Wow, they are a total bad ass”. Movement wise I’ve been studying about gymnastics because I really want to learn how to do a backflip.
My favorite Nexus memory? Oh man, that’s definitely a hard one. There are so many to choose from but I would say the float trip last year when Joe, Sheena and myself were floating down the river rocking out and doing some karaoke.”
Naomi Jackson: Featured November 2017
1. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
My mom was invited by a friend and then she invited me. She wanted someone to help motivate her but she also motivated me!
2. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first impression was wow this is tough but now it’s made me tough and I look at it as challenges to overcome and striving to better myself.
3. What was your first “bright spot”?
I don’t really remember my first bright spot but doing a kipping pull-up or 205 deadlift are probably the more memorable ones.
4. What are you working on now?
Now I’m working on stringing kipping pull-ups together and handstand push-ups.
5. What’s your favorite Nexus memory?
Oh, my! One favorite memory!? That’s difficult because it’s such a great place to be. One of my favorites was Murph everyone being there and cheering each other on was just such a great feeling! But getting to know each other on the float trip or girls nights is a blast also!