Member Spotlight: Heather Peterson

Name: Heather Peterson

Nickname: Hp

Where Are you From? : Grangeville, Idaho

When Did you Start Crossfit?: Oct. 2009

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Most frequented class time: 5 pm

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Commercial Senior Property Manager
Hobbies: CrossFit; reading; boating, camping and spending time with friends

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I'm an only child who was fortunate to be raised along side my cousins (mostly all girls) and love them all like sisters. When we all get together you can be sure we'll find trouble. I moved to Seattle a little over 20 years ago from small town Idaho and if you'd asked me back then I'd have told you this was temporary and never would have thought I'd make Washington my home. Shawn and I met 11 years ago and try to spend our weekends doing something fun - mostly camping or boating. This is why you'll rarely find me at CrossFit on a Saturday morning.

Do you have any pets? : 2 incredibly spoiled dogs, Daisy and Pepper, who enjoy spending their weekdays napping and barking at the UPS driver and weekends camping with us and begging for treats.

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Favorite Movements or Workouts: Handstand push-ups, toes-to-bar and snatches

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Thrusters

2 Goals you're working on: Ring muscle ups and a better squat

Favorite Cheat Meal: Tacos!

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : 1 ring muscle up over a year ago - have not been able to repeat it since.

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I enjoy cleaning and organizing.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Cleaning, lavishing my pups with lots of love and attention, camping and hanging out with friends.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Traveling to Iceland

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Time travel

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Emoji: Winking emoji


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2018 Crossfit Open Recap

Wow, so just like that the 2018 Open came and left. In 5 short (but also quite long) weeks, we saw so much commitment and dedication, a ton of PR's, hustle and heart, and most importantly, we saw our community come together. The best thing about the Open every year, is those Friday Night Lights evenings when we can all come together as 1 big group, and workout and cheer each other on. We love seeing your friends and family get to come and watch you guys show off all of your hard work! We truly our a community here, these are your friends and family and we want everyone to feel as though when they come into the gym, they can feel safe and comfortable and know they're going to have some fun that day. When we are able to go through 5 weeks of hard work like that, it really helps strengthen and build our little community we have inside of our SCF walls. We first want to give a big thank you to all of our coaches and JUDGES who gave their time to help us out this year. Every WORKOUT completed (and in many cases redone) required a judge, that is someone who gave up their personal time to come in and count your reps for you. Without our judges, this would have been impossible. So just a big THANK YOU to you guys! (If you had a judge who consistently scored you week to week, you should say thank you to them!

Usually at the end of the open we start putting together an 'End of the Year Party'. We realize that "End of the Year" parties are typically done in December/January BUT for us in the Crossfit world, we really see this season of competition as the end of our year. We train all year long, and the Crossfit Open is our opportunity to test out our abilities and see how much we have improved over the year. What we saw this year was SO. MUCH. DAMN. IMPROVEMENT. It was really, very cool to see. We hope those of you who competed are also able to look at your performance and see your own improvement over the year. For those of you who took part in your very first Crossfit Open (first off, congratulations) and second off, think about where you were 1 year ago and if you could have done what you just did. Our guess is probably not at the level you just did, and that your hard work in the gym is paying off! Our gym has made leaps and bounds at all levels this year and we just wanted to say GOOD JOB! The best news is, we are not done yet. So our "End of Year" party will be put on hold while we finish out this competition season. 

A little recap: our gym competed in the West Coast region this year of the Crossfit Open. Of the 3,666 teams worldwide, there were 473 teams in our region that we competed against. Of the 473 teams in our region, our gym placed 23rd OVERALL. Each week our top 2 RX male/female scores were used to score our gym points. What's really amazing about our gym, is we saw a bunch of athletes score for our gym. We had David Paulson and Mel Stoehr bring the muscle with some heavy cleans, Anna Brahs racked up a point with her handstand walking abilities- this all to say that everyone's strengths were able to contribute to our gym as a whole. This was a team effort. We had 2 athletes place in the top 100 in our region. Danika Lawson finished 62nd in our region for females, and Mike Abgarian finished 46th- freaking studs. 

Moving forward we will be sending 2 females and 2 males to compete on behalf of the gym at the West Regionals. We will also have an alternate for each. For the girls, we will be sending Danika Lawson, Gina Paulson and Mel Stoehr. For the guys, we will be sending Brian Levesque, Tyson Rickerson, and Dan Johnston. Their training over the next few weeks will be focused on team training- synchronization, transitions, working as 1 unit. 

West Regionals will take place May 25-27th in Del Mar, California. This is Memorial Day Weekend (so why not take a little trip guys!?) It'll be 3 days long, down in the California sunshine, and it will all go down at Del Mar Arena (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014, US)  You can get tickets into the arena here, they are $35/day or $90 for the entire weekend. We are currently getting the team booked down there, and have heard from many of you who are looking at booking weekend trips down for the event (that is SO AWESOME!) 

This is an exciting thing for our gym, but it also comes with some expenses. Each affiliate has a fee to send to their team to regionals, then getting the team there, as well as lodging for the weekend, it adds up. We want to be able to send a team and have our gym represented as one of the best in the region, so we will be putting together a few fundraising activities to help us send our team. Stay tuned for more information on this! 

We just wanted to pop in here to 1. CONGRATULATE EVERYONE on such an amazing 2018 Open. Truly, you guys were awesome. 2. Update everyone on where we finished and what's next! and 3. Get out some information on regionals in case any of you weren't sure what that was all about! 

If you have nay questions, you can reach out to Carrie or one of the coaches! 

Member Spotlight: Danika Lawson

Name: Danika Lawson

Nickname: Flawson, DLaw

Where Are you From? : Edgewood, WA

When Did you Start Crossfit?: April 2013

Most frequented class time: 9AM & 4PM

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Firefighter
Hobbies: Eating, drinking coffee, hanging with my cats, trap shooting, playing basketball, water skiing & anything that involves warm weather & the lake!

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If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I grew up playing every sport imaginable (including dance) but my favorite was always basketball. During my undergrad I played basketball for Saint Martin's University. While I was working on my Master's in Business I ran Cross Country & Steeplechase for the Saints as well. Before becoming a firefighter I worked at Nordstrom & in Dialysis. I'm engaged to this guy named Tyson Rickerson - you guys might know him :) We are getting married on 8.18.18!

Do you have any pets? : Oh we've got some fluffballs fur sure & they all have Instagrams! 
Oatmeal & Mush the Ragdoll kitties & Macaroni the Bulldog!

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Favorite Movements or Workouts: Box Jumps, Wallballs, Running & Chest to Bar!

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Handstand Push-ups, anything strict, L-Sits & Frantasy Land.

2 Goals you're working on: Qualifying for Regionals 2018
Improving my Strict HSPU & MU

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza & Redvines! I also love baked goods - muffins, bagels, a loaf of bread :)

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Qualifying for Regionals in 2016 (& then disqualifying myself - haha oops)!

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I took up Muay Thai in 2012 & if this kid named Tyson wouldn't have tricked me into trying this thing called "CrossFit" I would probably be somewhere fighting instead of hanging out at Sumner CrossFit all the time! :) I also love shooting. My favorite is trap shooting with my 12 gauge shotgun but I also have a Springfield XDM 9mm.

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I can fold my ears in! :)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: I would want to be the female version of Thor!

Favorite Color: Lime Green

Favorite Emoji: Laughing Cat

Anything else !?: Thank you so much for the nomination! Everyone at Sumner CrossFit motivates me daily to be better. I love our community. Coming in & working out with you all is always one of the highlights of my day!

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Member Spotlight: Dustin Stoker

Name: Dustin Stoker

Nickname: Big D

Where Are you From? : Auburn but I live in Sumner

When Did you Start Crossfit?: 2013

Most frequented class time: 5 pm

Occupation and/or Hobbies : I work for the Northwest Seaport Alliance as COO. I have worked in the shipping industry for almost 19 years. Working in the shipping industry has been great. It has allowed Callie (my wife) and I to live in 5 different countries and visit over 25.

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I was born in Oklahoma. In fact, most of my family is from Oklahoma and Texas. My parents moved here with my Grandparents when I was 6 months old and settled in Auburn. Callie and I went to High School together but didn't meet until my Freshmen year in college. Both of us graduated from the University of Washington. 

In 2005 we moved to Huntington Beach where we lived for almost 4 years. We then had the opportunity to move overseas. We have lived in Holland, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Canada. We then moved back home to Sumner in 2013. Our three boys, ages 9, 6 and 5 were all born in foreign countries (Holland, UAE and Canada). 

We plan on staying in Sumner and raising our children. We moved into a house and are starting a little hobby farm. Our three boys love living a rural lifestyle!

Do you have any pets? : We have a 7 month old Cane Corso named Bella. We also have 17 chickens. We plan on adding some goats, cows, and maybe some pigs...and who knows after that!

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Favorite Movements or Workouts: My two favorite moves are deadlifts and rowing. Mainly because I am pretty good at them.

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Thrusters, thrusters and thrusters. Mainly because I suck at them.

2 Goals you're working on: I love working on weaknesses in the gym. I have been trying to improve my HSPUs and MUs. I worked on double unders for well over a year and have finally turned a corner in the last 6 months. I am also working on my mobility. 

On a personal note I try to work on life balance. I focus on priorities of faith, family, health and career.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza or a burger and beer

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Everyday is an achievement in CF.

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I weighed 285 lbs when I was about 25. Weight issues run in my family. I lost 85 lbs over 7 months (basically not eating). I have worked for the past decade to build back strength and fitness after my weight loss. It has been a cool journey and one in which I am always trying to learn new things about fitness and nutrition. CrossFit has helped me get in the best shape I have been in since High School.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Hanging with my family...maybe doing work on my tractor around Stoker Ranch.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: I don't have a bucket list per se. Callie and I want to raise our boys into good God fearing young men and continue to say yes to adventures. Adventures can be a small as going camping to jumping on a plane and visiting a new country.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Eat anything I want and have a six pack.

Dustin is an amazing father and husband. He is passionate about Crossfit and is always in a better mood after a good workout (thanks Barry!)
— Callie Stoker
Dustin has a great attitude, especially when it comes to doing the things he isn’t great at. Always gives a full effort every time he is at the gym.
— Coach Barry

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Cascade Classic Schedule 10/21

We have 8 athletes who QUALIFIED and are COMPETING in the Cascade Classic THIS WEEKEND! The competition is THIS weekend, Saturday October 21st. The first event kicks off at 8am, the competition will go all day long and with so many athletes competing you can stop in any time and cheer someone on! 

The event is at Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Our coaches who are not competing will be up there all day cheering them on, judging, and posting to social media so if you can't make it check in on Facebook and Instagram for updates! 

 

GOOD LUCK tomorrow athletes! 

 

 

COMMUNITY: Congrats Pete! 40 under 40 Recognition

The BEST thing about our gym here at Sumner Crossfit is the incredibly amazing group of individuals who make up our Crossfit community. We come from all different backgrounds, we spend our days doing different things and all have different goals- but we all come together for an hour each day to work hard, hold each other accountable, laugh, lift, and make both ourselves and each other better. THAT is what OUR gym is about: community. 

That is why we feel its so important to recognize when one of members receives an award in our community! Peter Beckwith is being recognized by the Business Examiner Media Group as an outstanding South Sound business and community leader under the age of 40. They select 40 individuals who have made great accomplishments and contributions towards their communities, and our very own Peter Beckwith is one of the 40! 

Be sure to congratulation him if you see him around on this accomplishment, you can read more about it below! 

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Peter Beckwith

 

40 UNDER 40 AWARD

http://www.businessexaminer.com/forty/

http://www.businessexaminer.com/blog/September-2017/40-40-Learning-for-life-public-service/

Despite being 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Peter Beckwith says his sport was soccer and his passion has always been helping organizations achieve their goals. As general counsel for South Sound 911 – Pierce County’s newer emergency calls and dispatch agency – he’s had a unique opportunity to effectively define and create new operations, policies and procedures.

“Since junior high, I’ve had an interest in public service,” Beckwith says, going beyond political science studies into law school. After graduating, it took him over a year to find a job as an attorney, before getting a call “out of the blue” from a local firm. “I interviewed and was given the job (with) the experience demonstrating to me the importance of networking and being persistent.”

Involved in leadership at his church and with Step by Step (an organization providing maternity support services) and being past president of Auburn Public Schools Foundation all demonstrate his passion, too.

“Success to me is a mindset. It’s asking myself whether I’ve given my best effort,” this young leader explains. “If I have, the achievement often follows. But having this mindset also allows me to find success even in failure.”

Get to meet Judy Loveless-Morris and Peter Beckwith, plus 38 other remarkable members of 2017’s cohort at the 40 Under Forty celebration of their honors on Wednesday, October 11, at Foss Waterway Seaport in downtown Tacoma. It begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the recognition program will conclude before 8 o’clock.  Tickets will be available at this event website.

Member Spotlight: Brittany O'Malley

Name: Brittany O'Malley

Nickname: Britt

Where Are you From? : Lake Tapps/Sumner

When Did you Start Crossfit?: July '16

Most frequented class time: 5AM yayy early morning crew! 😴

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Certified Athletic Trainer at Sumner High School
Hobbies: of course crossfit, and watching/working/participating in anything athletic related

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: Undergraduate degree in athletic training at WSU, Go Cougs! Master of Science from Univeristy of Hawai'i, Go Bows! Super close to my family, #1 reason I moved back home from Hawai'i! (Plus I missed fall and winter weather!!) I have to cutest niece ever and love auntie life! I recently put all of my HGTV watching to good use remodeling my house. Still can't cook but working on that skill with the Food Network 😜

Do you have any pets? : Anyone giving away free puppies? 🐶

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Deadlifts and Squats

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Thrusters and Double Unders (so many whip marks)

2 Goals you're working on: Going upside down! And a Pull-up

Favorite Cheat Meal: Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : becoming consistent in my attendance and getting close to/sometimes (very rarely) being able to do rx weights in wods!

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I can tape an ankle in under 1:30

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Watching sports or hanging out with family

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I don't think I have one

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Visit Ireland and New York to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree 🎄 Also skydiving

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: X-Ray vision (would be very beneficial in my job and probably get me a pay raise 😂)

Favorite Color: Crimson and Gray (Go Cougs!)

Favorite Emoji: 😂💩

Anything else !?: Thanks for making 5am workouts enjoyable coaches and athletes! Love the sumner crossfit community! 😍❤️😊

I LOVE having Brittany in 5am class! She always shows up, on time, with a good attitude and ready to work hard. It’s not an easy thing to do that early in the morning, and her dedication to getting better is so great. Seeing her get stronger and improve as an athlete so much in less than a year has been really cool and I can’t wait to see her continue to progress in the Crossfit world! (It’s also a huge perk to have a resident athletic trainier in our gym!)
— Coach Gina

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Snatch Clinic with Mike Cerbus

We had the opportunity to invite Mike Cerbus into our gym this past weekend for a small snatch clinic with some of our coaches. For those who haven't heard of Mike, he competed Nationally and Internationally in Weightlifting for the last 10 years. He medalled at 3 National Championships and 5 American Open Championships, taking out the title in 2011 as American Open Champion, while also being selected to the United States Pan American & Olympic Qualification Teams in 2012. So it was pretty exciting to get to have someone with this knowledge and experience come work with us on this. 

Our coaches had a great time during this clinic, and learned a lot. They're excited to relay some of the information onto our athletes so everyone can benefit from this. A few takeaways: 

- You may see more work coming in with snatch balance, OHS, working those full depth squats, and mobility. We can ALL benefit from this, it's not easy but takes practice. 

- Our coaches are going to start really encouraging EVERYBODY to hit that bottom position of their squat. By bottom, we mean BOTTOM. Most of us at the clinic sat down as low as we thought we could, then Mike had us sit even lower. This may mean taking some of your loads down a little bit in order to reach that full depth position but you will benefit from this in the long term. 

- For athletes with knee issues, back issues, wrist issues, etc. we took away a handful of mobility drills that we can incorporate for you guys. If you're really wanting to see improvement with mobility, ultimately its going to be on you guys to add these stretches and exercises into your routines throughout the week, coming in a little early or staying after class to work on some of these stiff spots. Be sure to talk with the coaches on these so we can make sure you're moving correctly and being smart.

- Additionally for movements like OHS, where we hear a lot about wrists hurting. Yes, they do hurt at first. As Mike put it, think about the first time you did a lunge or squat, you were sore from it because you hadn't developed those muscles yet. But working your wrists in these positions a little more often will help strengthen them and you'll slowly begin to notice it being less painful. 

- 1 rep snatches. The amount of time we spent focused on the full snatch was minimal in comparison to the clinic as a whole. We spent a lot more time focusing on the fundamental building blocks of that lift, working proper movement through those key points at lighter loads, pausing in the correct positions, and working the basics of our squats. Everyone can benefit from this moving forward with our training, really focus on proper form before loading on weights. 

Feel free to check out Power Monkey Fitness for more information on this and we look forward to sharing some of this with all of you! 

Member Spotlight: Graeme Parnell

Name: Graeme Parnell

Nickname:

Where Are you From? : Originally Woomera, Australia (dad was in the Air Force)

When Did you Start Crossfit?: 2013

Most frequented class time: 6 PM woo hoo!

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Technical program manager (aka IT project manager)
Bagpiping

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I have a wonderful wife and (almost) 8 year old son.
I only work to support my CrossFit and bagpiping habits. :)

Do you have any pets? : 3 cats, 2 geckos, fish, and a turtle

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Snatch
Wallballs
Box jumps
Squats

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Snatch
Wallballs
Box jumps

2 Goals you're working on: 185# snatch
405# deadlift
Sequential bar and ring muscle ups
Top 200 in the next Open :) Team Cerberus!
Qualify for American Ninja Warrior :)

Favorite Cheat Meal: Chocolate!

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Muscle ups

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Sleeping or watching Hulu or Netflix

What’s the strangest talent you have?: Bagpiping or juggling

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Visit Hawaii

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Flying

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Emoji: poop!

There’s only positive things to say about Graeme! I appreciate that he is always in a good mood and smiling. Also, his commitment, attention to detail, and competitive drive make him fun to coach and take class with. Plus he plays bagpipes!! How many people do you know do that?!?
— Coach Mel
Graeme always comes to the gym with a great attitude. He is always pushing himself to learn new skills and he plays the bagpipes like a boss. He is an all around great guy.
— Coach David

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