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Joe Z.

Joe Z.

What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? “Brigid asked me to go to the Intro class with her. I had just started back at a conventional gym doing a bootcamp-style conditioning program, so I didn’t join right away with her. After a while, I kept listening to the...

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Victoria Vassallo

Victoria Vassallo

“I began one-on-one training with Bill at the end of February 2015. I remember calling with no intention of signing up for anything, but after hearing what CFR had to offer, I found myself with 10 personal training sessions that began the very next day. I hadn’t...

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Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

1. What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? I came to CFR looking for something different. I was bored with regular gym classes and running. 2. What was your first impression? My first impression was that although I was so sore, this was what I needed. 3. Has that...

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Mike Ramsey

Mike Ramsey

“My first vivid memory of CrossFit was my very first intro session with Bill. It was a Sunday morning and as I walked into the gym, I saw two people doing their own workout. Bill mentioned to me that they were here on their own working on their weaknesses. Immediately...

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Rob Ramsey

Rob Ramsey

What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? I went to high school with Bill, and I heard he opened his own gym in the neighborhood. My brother and sister joined and were going for a while. We would be at family functions and I all would hear about was “Crossfit,...

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Tony Rachuba

Tony Rachuba

Get like Tony. After a friend told him a little about CrossFit Renaissance, Tony decided to come check out the gym. His goals were simple: lose weight and extend his life. So, he decided to sign up for personal training with Bill Shiffler. Tony has now been here for 4...

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Mary Ann Tobin

Mary Ann Tobin

Member Profile: Mary Ann Tobin (member since January 2014) “I came to CrossFit Renaissance at the request of my daughter, Mary Ellen Stevens. I promised her that I would talk to Bill Shiffler (owner and head coach), but I put it off – I’m not sure why. Fear of the...

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Siri Larsen

Siri Larsen

What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? A Groupon brought me in the door. I had no idea what CrossFit was. I had not even Googled it! I was in the habit of trying new Groupon exercise classes. What was your first impression? Tim, the coach who led the initial intro...

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Jackie Metz

Jackie Metz

What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? Around 4 years ago, my sister Denise, her husband Tom and I were watching YouTube videos of CrossFit workouts. They were sure that CrossFit was meant for me. A year later I found a Groupon for CFR and decided to give it a try....

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Bryan Healy

Bryan Healy

So, a little about me: I’m 34 and a Structural Engineer. I have my professional engineering license in two states. I design highway bridges. I was a high school track and field and cross country runner. I was pretty good. I was recruited by some low Division 1...

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Kristina Harple

Kristina Harple

What brought you to CrossFit Renaissance? In high school, I played a various amount of sports from cheerleading, softball, field hockey and dance. Not only was I part of my high school teams, but I also played recreational softball and cheerleading. When I got to...

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Manny Gonzalez

Manny Gonzalez

“The reason I decided to join CrossFit is because I got tired of the routine gym workouts I did everyday and not seeing results. I wanted to see for myself what the hype was about with “CrossFit Training”. My first impression was, “This looks tough. There’s no way I...

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Ryan Stevens

Hometown: Philadelphia Age: 34 Occupation: Teacher When did you first start CrossFitting: 2010 When did you first start training at CFR? March 2010 Favorite WOD: Isabel Least Favorite WOD: Kalsu Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played sports...

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