athlete spotlight

CASEY PIERCE

DEC. 2016

Hometown: Mint Hill, NC

Occupation: Human Resources Manager

Member Since: February 2013


About Casey: Married to Jon for a little over a year. We met at a Christmas charity party four years ago. I thought he was weird and well, I still do but our weirdness works :-)! We have one fur-baby named Hank. We all enjoy outdoor activities together! After all, we were all three at the top of Crowder's Mountain when Jon proposed to me! I love laughing, funny people, the beach, the lake, shopping, being active, playing sports and staying busy. Speaking of outdoors, we will be moving to Belmont later next year to enjoy Lake Wylie. We will miss our CFC family tremendously!


Most challenging part of Casey's CrossFit journey thus far: I still can't do a muscle up :-(.


Special memories/biggest achievements: I couldn't do much but run before CrossFit so when I got my first pull-up, double unders and HSPU, I was stoked!


Favorite WOD or Lift: Prowler pushes! Also, anything involving running and kettlebells... all the cardio stuff.


If you could give your past self some advice... Keep your diet on track!


Advice or Tip for new members: Believe in yourself, show up, work hard and the rest will fall into place!


Favorite Coach Andy saying: 'Look it!'


Favorite Dina moment: When she dropped (fellow CFC member) Yuriy's cake on the ground. LOL


If you could program a WOD... Any suffer on Saturday WOD with a partner! 

CHRIS KOCAJ

NOV. 2016

Hometown: North Bergen, NJ

Occupation: Property Manager/Real Estate Broker

Member Since: March 2016


Chris has been married to Margaret since 2004. She robbed the cradle; I'm the younger one. Shhhh.... We met at our alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill. I enjoy Japanese art, we have two pups, Lincoln and Wyatt Earp. I use to have quite a few hobbies until my wife started law school. They all went away after that, weird... Here's to graduation in May!


Most challenging part of Chris' CrossFit journey thus far: Learning to trust and believe in myself and holding myself accountable. Once I learned to believe in myself and trust the process, the challenges seem to lessen in a sense. It's all part of the process.


Special memories/biggest achievements: Being able to introduce my wife to CrossFit. I'm truly proud that I get to share this lifestyle with my wife. I enjoy watching her complete a FULL WOD, hit a PR, learn a new lift or movement and the joy in her face when she does so.


Favorite WOD: Power Naps for time / RX+ use a partner and keep it Spicy!


Least favorite WOD: Running WOD's, you people are SO FAST, so fast!! I'm learning to tolerate them.


Favorite Coach Andy saying: "F#@!*ing WAX EVERYWHERE!!!!" and "Easy Day."


Favorite Dina saying: "Are you ready, are you ready, I'm ready... I'm starting the clock." "COME ON PEOPLE!"


If you could give your past self or someone else some advice... Show up, believe in yourself, trust the process, don't worry about the clock or what numbers Dan Conway is putting up,he's on PEDs! #winkyface.

ARLENE AUGER

OCT. 2016

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Occupation: Attorney

Member Since: 2007


About Arlene: I have been married to Herb since 1992, and we have 2 children, Ryan, a senior at Clemson University, and Andrew, a sophomore at North Carolina State University. We also have 2 Boston Terriers, Cody and Annie. As a family, we enjoy skiing in Utah, visiting family in Maine, and weekends at the beach. I enjoy hiking and have hiked from the North to the South rim of the Grand Canyon.


Most challenging part of Arlene's CrossFit journey thus far: My biggest obstacle is thinking that I can't do an exercise or lift a particular weight. A negative mindset can be your biggest hinderance.


Special memories: My favorite CrossFit memory goes back to the old box, when we used to run down Charles Street. There was a field next to the box where you would usually see several deer. My son Andrew (10 or 11 years old at the time) ran past the field and a deer started chasing him. I have never seen him run so fast, it was hysterical.


Advice or Tip for new members: There are people who are afraid of CrossFit because they are not aware of modifications; Everything can be modified. The only person you should be competing against is yourself.


Favorite Coach Andy saying: "What time does the 5:00 class start?" LOL


If you could program a WOD... Anything that involves working the legs and glutes (i.e. prowlers, walking lunges and thrusters).

TREY JOHNSON

SEPT. 2016

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Occupation: Student at Charlotte Christian

Member Since: December 2014


Trey Loves to play football and lacrosse. His hobbies are fishing, working out and shooting.


Most challenging part of Trey's CrossFit journey thus far: Participating in his first SealFit workout.


Biggest achievement: Finishing Murph for the first time.


Favorite WOD or Lift: Favorite WOD is Nate. Favorite lift is the Squat Clean.


Least favorite WOD or Lift: The Muscle Snatch


Favorite Coach Andy saying: “You can’t Hendel this!"


If you could program a WOD... 5-10-15-20 Push-ups & muscle-ups

ROBIN WISE

AUG. 2

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Occupation: Medical Sales Rep.

Member Since: November 2012


Robin is an avid tennis player and runner. She enjoys singing in the church choir and has one daughter (Bailey) who is student at Wofford College.


Most challenging part Robin's CrossFit journey thus far: Being "slightly" older than the average CrossFitter (LOL), I've learned that I need to take time to arrive early to warm up and stay after the WOD to stretch.



Special memories/biggest CFC achievements: Friendships made competing in the Open, watching Coach A and Coach Clewis compete in in the 2016 CrossFit Games, and attending 2013 Regionals to cheer on CFC.


Favorite WOD or Lift: Deadlifts and Squats (except OHS)



Least Favorite WOD Lift: Overhead Squats



If you could give your past self some advice... Be patient with yourself, practice and keep working hard because CrossFit will teach you to do things that you never thought you could do.



Advice for new athletes? Don't tell yourself you cant... Always be open to learning and trying new things.



Favorite Coach Andy saying: He always seems to coincidentally look over when I am screwing up, so I've learned to laugh at the faces he makes. Also, he says "lookit" a lot; must be a Yankee thing!


If you could program a WOD... Running, deadlifts, squats, & GHD SU's.

COACH A

JULY 2016

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Occupation: Retired NFL Player, Owner & Head Coach Crossfit Charlotte


Coach Andrew Hendel (Coach A) is the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Charlotte. Among his many other accomplishments, He has Level 1 and 2 Crossfit certificates, and over 30 years of strength and conditioning experience. In 2016 - his first appearance as a competitor at the CrossFit Games - Coach A ranked amongst the top 10 finishers in his division.


Favorite WOD/Lift: Never met a WOD that I didn't like. Some are just better than others.



A word to the wise: Leave your ego at the door and remember it's about improving human movement, not how much shit you can lift off the floor!



If I knew then what I know now... What I didn't know has brought me here. I wouldn't change a thing.

GREG CLEWIS

JULY 2016

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Occupation: Retired Coach & Athletic Director, CMS Public Schools

Member since: 2010


Coach Greg Clewis has an extensive athletic background with many years of coaching experience. He has been coaching at CrossFit Charlotte since November 2012 and recently obtained his Level 2 CrossFit Certificate. The summer of 2016 was Coach Clewis' third participation in the Crossfit Games, where he ranked amongst the top 20 athletes competing in his division. He also competed in 2011 and 2015 (Master's division).


Favorite WOD/Lift: Not a great lift for me, but I enjoy the complexity of the squat snatch.



A word to the wise: Start where you are, I started box jumps on an irrigation box and could not do an overhead squat with a PVC pipe. Remember you're doing this to enhance your health and fitness, not to impress the person next to you and don’t forget to take a rest day.


If I knew then what I know now... I did what I was called to do for 35 years and now I have a different calling, which is to encourage and assist people in their fitness goals. I feel blessed. I'm not special. I'm just trying to do my best while I can, and maybe encourage someone to take the next step or ask the next question.

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