August Breakout Athlete of the Month: Justin Patton

Meet Justin Patton…our August Breakout Athlete of the month!

JustinPattonAug2018BAM

Justin is just an all-around solid guy and a force to be reckoned with in the box.  Hailing from Orion, IL, Justin has been CrossFitting for 6 years now and truly embodies the CrossFit culture.  He’s dedicated, supportive of the entire Breakout family and beyond, and gives back to his community ten-fold.

A little known fact about Justin: he rowed for 2 years in high school (which would explain a LOT when it comes to his ability to just destroy the rower during “those” WODs).  His other “fun fact”?  He married his high school sweetheart (#relationshipgoals).  It’s just so much fun to watch Justin grow as an athlete.  From seeing him hit a front squat PR of 280# to joining him in his quest of getting a ring muscle up, Justin truly demonstrates a passion for bettering himself and those around him every day.

Justin, we are so happy you are a part of the Breakout family and we are excited to celebrate all of your progress this month.  Thanks for letting us be on this journey with you.  Congratulations on being named our August Breakout Athlete of the Month.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Justin and to see our past BAM athletes!

July Breakout Athlete of the Month: Lainie Rabinowitz

Meet Lainie Rabinowitz…our July Breakout Athlete of the Month!

LainieRJulyBAM2018

There’s definitely no one like our Lainie!  She’s as real as they come, which is what we love MOST about her.  She’s the self-proclaimed (and now official 😊) Mayor of our 6:30am class.  The mornings definitely wouldn’t be the same without her.

Lainie has been CrossFitting for 4 years and since joining the Breakout family, has accomplished numerous PRs, including her last 8 1RMs (nice work, Lainie!).  As small as she may think her PR is (she can now hold & hang from the bar, for example), her accomplishments are HUGE because sometimes just getting out of your own head is more difficult than lifting a heavy bar!  Watching Lainie grow and push through her challenges is so inspiring and fun to watch!

Lainie, thank you so much for being a part of the CFB family and for being one of our biggest cheerleaders when it comes to watching others nail a move or hit a PR.  Your support for each and every person here just makes our family stronger, and we couldn’t be happier to call you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for July.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Lainie and to see our past BAM athletes!

June Breakout Athlete of the Month: Katie Allmaras

Meet Katie Allmaras…our June Breakout Athlete of the month!

KatieAllmarasJune2018b

Katie is one of our amazing, strong, and fearless CFB CrossFit Moms.  Not only does she work full time AND raise her 3 young children, she also finds the time every week to work on HER.  She’s been CrossFitting since October 2016 and since then has reached countless milestones and PRs.

One of the biggest benefits Katie sees with CrossFitting is that she’s able to show her children what a healthy lifestyle looks like, and that taking time for yourself to create the best version of yourself is one of the best things you can do!

Katie has truly taken CrossFit to heart, both in her training AND in her nutrition.  She’s dedicated to overcoming her “goats” and what we love most about her is that she’s always looking for ways to be better than yesterday.

Katie, we are so excited to celebrate all of your progress this month and we thank you for letting us be a part of your CrossFit journey.   Thanks for being part of the Breakout Family, and congratulations on being named June’s Breakout Athlete of the Month.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Katie and to see our past BAM athletes!

May Breakout Athlete of the Month: Becky Fliegel

Meet Becky Fliegel…our May Breakout Athlete of the Month!

BeckyFliegel-May2018BAM

Becky is a “staple” with our Breakfast Club crew.  She keeps it real and is always there to get the group going on the days that just seem to start off a bit on the slow side.  But you almost expect that out of Becky because she’s a person who has dedicated her life to helping people…not just through her “day job” as an Occupational Therapist, but also through her “other” job as a mom to 3 wonderful kids.

Becky has been CrossFitting for about 3 ½ years now.  You actually might recognize her last name because her husband, Joel was our February BAM, and together, they make an incredible team!  But that isn’t to say Becky doesn’t make a name for herself.  She’s got an incredible amount of energy and intensity that only a girl from New Jersey can bring!  Becky never shies away from a challenge (unless it’s going face to face with a snake 😉), and her level of commitment to creating the best version of herself that she can possibly be is inspiring.  We love seeing your face 5 days a week, Becky!

Thank you so much for being a part of the CFB family.  We are honored to be a part of your journey and are so happy to call you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for May.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Becky and to see our past BAM athletes!

April Breakout Athlete of the Month: Jeffery Taylor

Meet Jeff Taylor…our April Breakout Athlete of the Month!

Jeff Taylor April 2018

Jeff is one of our more introverted athletes…said NO ONE ever!

You KNOW when Jeff is in the gym.  Not only does he make his presence known with this big personality (which we absolutely LOVE!), his results are hard to ignore.  He works incredibly hard every second he’s here and we couldn’t be more proud to celebrate him this month!

Jeff hails from Gadsden, AL and has been CrossFitting for over 3 years now.  He’s an integral member of our 5:30 Breakfast Club (mornings are NOT the same without you, Jeff!) but you’ll often spot Jeff in the box on Saturdays, crushing Team WODs.  One of Jeff’s most recent and biggest accomplishments was getting his first rope climb, right alongside his brother (who also PR’d his rope climb for the first time in 35 years!). Such an awesome moment!

We are so happy you are part of the CFB family, Jeff…and we can’t wait to watch you continue to grow as an athlete.  You’ve come so far since you started and we’re excited to watch you continue your journey into becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. Thanks for letting us be a part of that!

Congrats on being selected as our Breakout Athlete of the Month for April.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Jeff and to see our past BAM athletes!

March Breakout Athlete of the Month: Betty Lee

Meet Betty Lee…our March Breakout Athlete of the Month!

BettyLee March 2018b

BettyLee March 2018

Betty joined our family in December of 2016 and has been amazing us with her commitment, drive and determination ever since she walked through the doors a little over a year ago.  She works “The Night Shift” (5pm) and constantly shows us just how lucky we are to have her in the family.

Betty definitely has a full plate.  Between being a 3rd grade teacher and being a mom to her 5 kids, she still finds time to make it to the box nearly every day!  And when she’s here, she is ALL IN, giving it everything she’s got.  That’s one of the many things we love about Betty!

Congratulations, Betty, on being named our March Breakout Athlete of the Month.  Thank you for being part of the CFB family.  We are excited to celebrate YOU this month.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Betty and to see our past BAM athletes!

February Breakout Athlete of the Month: Joel Fliegel

Meet Joel Fliegel…our February Breakout Athlete of the Month!

Joel Feb 2018 a

If you look up the definition of “family man”, Joel’s picture would be right there.  Aside from lighting the financial world on fire and rocking it in the gym day in and day out, Joel spends his free time with his family at sporting events, exploring new places, or carting his kids to and from their extracurricular activities.  The amazing thing about Joel is that he’s as dedicated to his health as he is his family, and we love that about him!

Originally from Columbus, OH, Joel started CrossFitting in 2015 and has come a LONG way since then.  Not only has he greatly improved his health by working his butt off in the box, he has also checked a few things off his “to do” list, including participating in a Spartan race last year.  We are so proud of you Joel!

Thank you so much for giving 110% each and every day that you’re here, Joel.  And thanks for being part of the CFB family. We are so happy to name you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for February.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Joel and to see our past BAM athletes!

January Breakout Athlete of the Month: Caitlin Narantic

Meet Caitlin Narantic…our January Breakout Athlete of the Month!

CaitlinNarantic-Jan2018BAM

Caitlin is a native of Illinois, hailing from the south suburbs, but fear not—she was raised right: she’s a Cubs fan.  Caitlin is a former competitive swimmer and marathon runner with 2 Chicago Marathons under her belt.  But after her 2nd race in October 2014, she began CrossFitting and hasn’t looked back since.

It only makes sense then, that Caitlin’s preferred WODs are “marathons” themselves; she loves anything that is in the 20-minute range and includes a heavy barbell.  Speaking of a heavy barbell, Caitlin is working hard to hit a 180# C&J. Based on her drive and commitment, we have no doubt she’ll accomplish that goal in no time.

Caitlin, keep up the amazing work! Thank you so much for coming in every day and showing us all what dedication and ambition looks like.  We are so grateful that you are part of the CFB family and we are so happy to name you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for January.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Caitlin and to see our past BAM athletes!

December Breakout Athlete of the Month: Jared Walkowitz

Meet Jared Walkowitz…our December Breakout Athlete of the Month!

Jared Walkowitz - Dec 2017 BAM

Jared is one of our “East Coasters”, originally from Wycoff, NJ (about 45 minutes from NYC).  He and his wife moved to Illinois about 2 ½ years ago to start, and raise, their family.  Besides singing nursery rhymes, reading books and giving baths to his two beautiful daughters, Jared’s other full-time job is with the IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.  He helps build and enhance the state’s economy through business and organizational development.  Basically, Jared’s the guy who makes sure government grants are awarded to, and are being used by, local organizations and businesses in IL for economic growth.  That’s pretty impressive!

Jared started CrossFitting in 2010 and is part of the Breakfast Club (5:30am group) here at CFB.  One thing we’ve learned about Jared that’s actually pretty cool is that he has tracked his WODs since 2013 so that he can see how far he’s come and where he has yet to go.  He says this is one of the things that keeps him so motivated.  But he admits, nothing motivates him more than Bro Tank Fridays.

Jared has come a long way since his “extremely scaled” Fran (15# training bar and ring rows) in 8+ minutes.  His biggest accomplishment isn’t a PR snatch or getting his first muscle up (although snatching more weight IS something he has on his radar for 2018).  What Jared is most proud of is just learning how to alter his lifestyle to become a healthier version of himself.

And that is why we love Jared…because while having super-human strength so he can “out floor press Jeff Taylor” would be awesome, what Jared is most focused on is bettering his life and the lives around him.

Thanks for keeping it real, Jared!  We are so thankful that you’re part of the CFB family.  And we are so proud to call you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for December.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Jared and to see our past BAM athletes!

November Breakout Athlete of the Month: Janea Ortega

Meet Janea Ortega…our November Breakout Athlete of the Month!

Janea3

Janea packs a HUGE punch in her tiny frame.  Born in the Philippines, she moved to the US with her family at 8 years old.  She skipped the 3rd grade and she says it was because of her age, NOT because she was super smart, but we beg to differ 😊.  From what we’ve seen since she’s joined our family, Janea is not only super smart, but all an around amazing human being!

Janea started CrossFitting a little over 2 years ago.  She is always raising the bar and putting in extra time and effort to better herself.  We love that she is determined to shatter her limits each and every day.  Case in point: she recently PR’d her back AND front squat…by 20 lbs!!!  Next up: butterflying her pull ups and chest to bar (you got this, girl!)

Her grit and dedication come from her many years of playing sports through school, and her compassion for everyone around her shines through non-stop.  Janea, we are so happy that you’re part of the CFB family!  We appreciate your level of commitment, kindness to everyone, and your great attitude that you bring to the box every day.  We are so proud to call you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for November.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Janea and to see our past BAM athletes!